Taking Trances

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Oct 10, 2012

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Work has started with the huge tractors on KFR land

Dear friends,

Work of clearing the land at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) has started. The big tractors and other equipment have been at work since October 3rd, 2012. I went to take a look at the progress so far and it was totally exciting. The land looks bigger and longer after clearing of many undergrowths. I did a land blessing and land deity puja while I was there and also gave a talk. The talk was about people taking trances of various supernatural beings. The supernatural beings include benevolent spirits, devas, mountain gods, land gods, negative entities and superior Dharma protectors. I explained who takes trance, the procedure and what is required and what we should be careful of. I also explain the pitfalls and also why trances happen and to who. I explained about trances within the Tibetan tradition in more detail. I went into somewhat of a detail on the preparation required. As it grew dark we moved inside to continue the talk on our land. We have containers on our land. So we can stay overnight if necessary. I gave this talk on trance because I have been asked many questions on this subject for many years and decided to share some information I have learned from my teachers and observation. I hope this will benefit very much.

Taking trance is nothing new and not just in the east. In the West (Greece) the Delphi Oracle was famous for it’s accurate prophecies of the future. Leaders and famous people like Alexander the Great had consulted the Delphi Oracle regarding his conquests and movements. Famous Shamans, Medicine Men/Woman/Priests of South America, North America, Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, Malaysia, Borneo, Europe and many in Africa up till today can channel or take trance of supernatural beings to help, bless or assist others in their lives. It is still commonly practiced. Some would call it real, some would call it a case of multiple personality or psychosis. I guess the truth is in the outcome. Some are real and some are psychosis.

Please do watch the video to learn more of trances and remember, the best ‘thing’ to enter you is compassion.

My good luck to everyone and good wishes,

Tsem Rinpoche

The talk on trances on our KFR land-October 8th, 2012

Newly cleared road on KFR land which we decided to explore

 

State Oracle of Tibet taking full trance to answer the questions of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 
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  1. Sahibinden Satılık Daire on Dec 19, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I like this teaching very much. It is a very interesting video. I personally don’t have much of an experience with oracles and have not much of knowledge about it. Just always hear people talking about taking trance. Now I understand more about it. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting video.

  2. Samfoonheei on Nov 20, 2016 at 2:13 am

    This interesting post..After watching the video and advice ,teaching from Rinpoche now i know better of trances.whats all about .
    None of Kecharian should be taking trance but to study Dharma ,study the Lamrim,take trance of compassion,loving,kindness and forgiveness.I will remember this advice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and your teachings.

  3. Anne Ong on Oct 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Full of knowledge and very interesting,informative video about taking trances.Thank you very much Rinpoche for sharing this topic with us _/\_

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  6. Boon on Dec 8, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for sharing this interesting and special taking trances teaching with us .After finished watching the teaching, it enables me to be more understand about the procedures of taking trances, oracle training, the differences between chanelling and taking trances etc. Once again thank you very much Rinpoche for your kindness to sharing this teaching with us!

  7. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 6, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Dealing with supernatural beings is not for the faint hearted. We would be wise to stick to practices and deities that we are absolutely sure we cannot go wrong or expose us to harm.

  8. Erickksiow on Dec 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Was always fascinated in taking trance topic when i first saw Taoism deities in human body. ( It was 10 years back ), always has a discussion with friends, what is going on.. Why like that, what deities inside human body and etc..

    After read about the topic ( Protector ) taking trance in Tibetan Buddhism, explained by Rinpoche, it’s make my self more clear and understand what is going on.

    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche. ( Much appreciated )

    Best Regards : Eric kksiow

  9. Wylfred Ng on Dec 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    虽然灵媒或是跳童在马来西亚的华人社会是非常普遍的, 不过在藏传佛教里面有神谕倒是我进入克切拉过后才知道的。

    我本人没有看过所谓的跳童, 就只是知道是神明之类的。

    不过身为一位佛教徒, 我们不可以皈依世间神, 所以我们还是不要接触跳童为妙。

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

  10. Wendy Loh on Dec 3, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche. It is very easy for a person to fake a trance and take advantage of others. Some even consume drugs to get high so as to appear in a trance. These are very dishonest folks. However, there are genuine oracles who go through proper training with a qualified teacher. No one should meddle with this without a deep understanding of Dharma or other spiritual foundations.

  11. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Dec 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Wow, thanks Rinpoche for repost this article. From the photos above, it remind us for the Muddy road in KFR and Rinpoche cabin in KFR.

    Thanks Rinpoche for the details explanation of taking Trance also, we are so blessed that able to take a look the taking Trances in process. I really feel excited and wish i can pay a visit when taking Trance in process.

    But we are so Fortunate to have Rinpoche being with us, Rinpoche advices and instructions is as same when oracle taking trances. Thanks Rinpoche, may u long life, good health and continue turn the wheel of Dharma in Beautiful Malaysia.

  12. Julien Roth on Dec 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    This is such a strong and wise teaching. I would believe that many people would be afraid of trances the first time they see one. Like me, when i first saw a trance i have to say i was very shocked and scared. But as i get used to the thought of people taking trance and how it is a good thing, i get more comfortable to the situation. And after reading this teaching, i now know more. Thank you.

  13. Ck siah on Dec 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享,关于降神在大马是很普遍的事,在各处大街小巷都不难可以向灵媒问事或找乩童来帮我们解决问题。但是原来很多都是低层次的灵体附身。所以我们可要小心的提防冒牌降神。只要我们跟随仁波切的佛法开示和教诲,就不怕走向错误的修佛道路。

  14. Fong on Dec 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for a very illuminating teaching.
    Trances and channelling are too dicey for lay people to delve into.
    We should only rely on the Three Jewels.
    We should practice sincerely to clear our obscurations to enable us to have clarity and purpose.
    Then, we will not be desperate to seek out mediums.

  15. Sean Wang on Dec 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing all this information on trances. It is good to learn that we must not simply dabble in all these subjects without proper preparations as you do not know whether the trance is true or false..

  16. Jim Yeh on Sep 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    This is a very insightful video on trances that Rinpoche has shared.

    I can see the allure of oracles and trances and why people seek them, it could be out of desperation or just pure boredom. Even though Rinpoche possess a deep understanding of oracles and trances, Rinpoche’s advice to us is to not dabble in them, as Buddhism is about freeing our minds.

    I really enjoyed this video and Rinpoche’s anecdotes with real life oracles. Rinpoche has also clarified that there are many types of beings who can take trance, some are enlightened and some are not, some have good motivation at first and some do not. These unenlightened beings are just like us.

    Very interesting video. Thank you for sharing this with us Rinpoche.

    Jim

  17. Leu Chong Hin -kH (JB) on Jul 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for Rinpoches for sharing this topic and feel the contents was so interesting. After gone through the video and it clear some of my doubts. Thanks you.

  18. web sitesi on Jan 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    never before heard of such things interesting

  19. Davin on Dec 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I like this teaching very much. It is a very interesting video. I personally don’t have much of an experience with oracles and have not much of knowledge about it. Just always hear people talking about taking trance. Now I understand more about it. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting video.

  20. Joy on Dec 26, 2012 at 4:50 am

    This is an interesting video teaching that basically explains all our curiosity on mediums, trances and channelling the supernatural. This tradition has been kept so alive up till this day and age. People are always curious and running to mediums taking trances for a quick fix not knowing who and what deity or spirit is really entering the medium and not realising the commitment or promise they sealed to the deity/spirit that could possibly cause them harm if they don’t fulfil after they have gotten their wishes. Also what ever is being predicted could also cause harm especially if the “being” that entered is not an “Enlightened” one hence giving a short term solutions which could result in some other consequences.

    That is why we should not go or get so hung up about trances/mediums/fortune tellers etc and if one must, it is best to seek and consult in Dharma Protector oracles like Setrap who is an Enlightened being, who is Amitabha Buddha.

    Thank you Rinpoche for explaining and sharing so much info on trances and on how people become oracles and the arduous training process they need to go through is no easy task. It is also very kind and compassionate of the Dharma protectors to actually take trance and come down to our level to benefit us.

    Yes it is true we should not focus so much on trances and “super powers” such as these, they are just another method used by Dharma protectors to help us on our Dharma path. The real focus and trance we should take is the 6 paramitas, 8 verses, wheel of sharp weapons and Lamrim… wow if we can take trance of those… we’d be Buddhas!

  21. abby F on Nov 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for the teaching. From this teaching I learnt that there is nothing mystery behind trances. Everything is very logic, and we don’t have to criticize anyone for their belief. Rinpoche teaches us the way to protect ourselves, giving us knowledge to differentiate what is good for us.

    One that I remember well is Rinpoche said that it is not who you are or how powerful you are, is who take trance on you. What being take trance on you, this is what matter. And I like which Rinpoche said, we should use Dharma, logic, clarity and Lamrim to solve our problem and this is good for us.

    And thank you Rinpoche for sharing your own experience in the monastery and the female healer story. We can’t get to know all these stories by our own. I agree with what Rinpoche said, the thing that we can rely on, is the 3 Jewels. Clarity and logic can help us to see and observe. And compassion is always the best protection 🙂

  22. Pastor Yek Yee on Nov 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Rinpoche gave a good and informative teaching about taking trances, from lower deity to Buddha. After I watched it is open my view of taking trance. Since I am a kid I knew many people went to temple requested media to take trance for finding solution of their problems. Before than I not really trust that, now I believed all is real and it will be happen in our daily life very often.

    Many people like me are curious how something can go into our body and ordered us to do what they want. It is incredible! According to Rinpoche’s teaching we can take trance with various supernatural beings such as benevolent spirits, devas, mountain gods, land deity. However Rinpoche totally not encouraged all of us engaged invited those beings into our body. It is not be consider for everyone because it quite dangerous.
    But for the higher beings, if they taking trance used our body to deliver some very important message to us who needed.

    I think this video teaching is very good for us as a session of for us to share with peoples. Because many people have a wrong view about taking trance. So after watched then shared to our friends who interest in this kind of stuffs. And also remind them; don’t allow any being go into our body. Because this may create very dangerous situation for our selves… we must remember that!

  23. wei theng on Oct 29, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I grew up in a village with exposure to mediums taking trances in Chinese temples. When I learned Buddhism in the university time, I thought all these trance are not ‘real buddhism practice’.

    After learning Vajrayana Buddhism, I get to know there is also real Buddhism practice to take trance.

    Thanks Rinpoche’s explanation that I get to understand the differences and see the intensive retreats and practise that need to have as the foundation for taking trance of the high beings which is different from other lower level beings from taking trance.

    However, the most important is still to ‘taking trance of compassion, love and forgiveness, and kindness.’ It is more important to study and practice Lamrim, Six Paramitas, and change our mind to be a good person!

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  25. patsy on Oct 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    When I was young,I was very scared of mediums taking trance and also have doubts as to whether they are real or just faking the whole thing. After listening to Rinpoche’s talk, it makes me understand better on the whole process of taking trance.

  26. Pastor Chia on Oct 26, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I live at small city.At there have more than 100 Taoist temple around the city. Since young,i always see medium take trance by Taoist deity at the temple to help rinpoche.

    Thank to rinpoche sharing this indeed information about taking trance, we should more focus on dharma teaching,tansform ourmindand not focusing the medium who give you advice at the future. At this teaching rinpoche mention about what is different between channeling and taking trance. Thank you rinpoche

  27. verontung on Oct 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    很多时候,华人从小就被带去各式神庙去看或参拜神明,甚至面对任何生活上的难题时,往往家长们就会向灵媒问事,甚至找乩童解决问题。但,真正的意义或原由,可能从来都不了解。
    现在,我明白多了!谢谢仁波切给于了这么多正确及详细的神谕的讲解。

  28. James Long on Oct 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    一般华人社会,都会向灵媒问事,甚至找乩童来帮我们解决问题。可是往往却不知道没后可能会付出的代价。毕竟我们看不到这些灵体,他们或许是真的神明可是一般的凡夫庶子,没有修行的情况下如何能够祈请到观音菩萨等的前来呢?

    一个具格的神谕必须拥有上师的加持,进行一系列的闭关,还必须通过许多的测试才能够进行正式的降神仪式。

  29. Paul Yap on Oct 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Tibetan Buddhism has this special knowledge and skills, which can invoke and request dharma protectors to enter human body and speak to us. Many questions and problems will be answered and solved, most of time, give direct blessing to the devoted students. The monks who take trance should be highly trained, qualified and hold their vows, and not some layman without any knowledge, and do not understand dharma.

  30. mitra on Oct 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Very informative and beneficial teaching thank you rinpoche.

  31. Mei Fong on Oct 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I like the part where we write something on a paper and ask the person who went into trance to guess what was written on the paper (respectfully). I find that very direct and easy to test whether is one taking a real trance or just trying to get some attention. But as Rinpoche has advised, no Kecharians should be taking trance or going towards that direction as Dharma is what we should be really learning or doing here in Kechara.
    Thanks Rinpoche for explaining in much detail about taking trances and i am sure it will benefit a lot of people who watches the video

  32. Seng Aun on Oct 18, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I used to feel doubtful about trance. What it’s for and how it can benefit the people. After watching these videos, I’m quite clear about trance now.

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  33. Lim (KH JB) on Oct 17, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing such interesting topic in details… This topic is so informative.

    We should always keep this quote in heart, ” There are 84000 Buddha teaching to help us transform but not taking trance”

    We will be a better person for a better life when we truthly take refuge in 3 Jewels and transform ourself by learning Buddha teaching such as practice the 6 Paramitas (of generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiastic perseverance, concentration and wisdom), practice the 8 Verses of Mind Transformation, study the Lamrim, Wheel of Sharp Weapons etc.

    Since we already get the right advises from Living Buddha then what are we waiting for???

  34. Pastor Susan on Oct 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    It is quite common that people here in Malaysia seek oracles for help. It’s incredible how trusting people can be to seek help and take the advice of these oracles without knowing who these oracles are taking trance of. Rinpoche’s teaching is so clear regarding oracles who take trance of low/high deities and the requirements etc. Please share this link with your friends and family so they are educated on this very important matter.

    On the other hand, there are people who wishes to be oracles. The motivation must be pure with no self gain involved. Some take trance to “show” they are special. Rinpoche as always is so compassionate to give a full proof method to achieve this. Be special by developing compassion for others!

  35. gary foo on Oct 15, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the valuable teachings
    I understand better the trances session which I witnessed from the many different faiths
    The entourage that clear the ‘paths in the body first’ before the king or queen comes
    The tiredness due to such intense energy taking over the human body

    Even helpful deities who heal others  I witnessed before a session where rusty nails were taken out from a persons stomach
    But most importantly is to have faith and confidence in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and through pujas and prayers, the Buddhas/Dharma Protectors shall help us overcome our difficulties without the need to consult the medium whom we do not know what exactly are they channeling or trancing

  36. Han on Oct 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Very informative and beneficial teaching that I love so much!
    After watching this video, I learned that

    1) We should not rely on or admire people that can take trance, there are higher level and lower level of trances.

    2) The best trance is “taking trance” on compassion, kindness, care and love.

    3) Differences between trance and channelling

    4) We should not get involve in taking trance. Do not need to contact other beings to solve our problems, better to rely on dharma and logic to solve our problems, we are here to learn dharma.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this great teaching!

  37. Irene Lim on Oct 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

    This teaching is most meaningful and logical. Why should we consult to trances we do not know of. We might land ourselves into trouble and problem. Best is to stir away from trances and practise Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching, be kind and compassionate. Things would fall into its way positively.

    We should rely on enlightened protectors namely Setrap, Palden Lhamo and Mahakala instead of consulting lowly beings who are not enlightened.

  38. Chew Mee Yin on Oct 13, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for the teaching [and Pastor Susan for assigning it as our Oct 11 puja class homework :)]. What resonated was Rinpoche’s emphasis on logic, study and practice. The recommended protection practices were helpful and reassuring. Rinpoche’s sharing of how his cyst was removed by a healer who took trance of a benevolent being was interesting. Thank you, Rinponche._/\_

  39. KYC on Oct 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I learned a lot about trances, oracles, and practices that one can engage in to protect oneself from spirit harm. It’s good to know about such things but the best practice is Dharma practice, learning the Lamrim and transforming our mind. Then we are naturally protected and do not need to rely on mediums to solve our problems. The best protection is the Three Jewels.

  40. Lim Han Nee on Oct 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    ,Thank you Rinpoche for this very illuminating teaching on Taking Trance.

    We should not be involved with mediums who take trance of, or channel beings who we are not sure are genuine higher Enlightened Beings or malevolent lower beings. There is every chance and danger that they are the latter. This is especially more scary when, as Rinpoche has explained, some malevolent beings can spend decades patiently winning over our confidence with accurate and beneficial help and advice and then zoom in on us and trap us in a vicious grip of malevolence and harm thereafter.

    Actually when we consult negative lower realm beings , we are party to their accumulating more negative karma, leading to more and more suffering for them.Any samsaric being,with clairvoyance, be it a deity or a spirit,is bound to samsara by their desirous attachment. Hence, they collect more negativity when they continue to endlessly demand(with threats to our safety and well-being)that we make them offerings, over and over again, long after the ‘favor’ has been done for us.

    In Tibetan Buddhism,trained oracles, who go through rigorous spiritual training and take trance of compassionate Enlightened Beings(including Dharma Protectors) have a very important and significant role to play directly or indirectly in the spread of Dharma. There are also,but rarely, very benevolent spirits who take trance to heal or perform beneficial work.

    However,in general, we should,as lay Buddhists, rely solely on Refuge in the Three Jewels,studying and practicing the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation and the Lamrim, and practicing Compassion. Transformation of the mind, abandoning non-virtuous actions,are our best shield against any form of suffering,especially long-term. If we need protection from harmful spirits, we can do any one of the Buddha Deity/Protector practices that Rinpoche has listed out in this teaching.

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  47. May Ong on Oct 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

    After watching this video, the main message is not to dabble into the ‘unknown’ because we may not know what we are getting into. The practice of going to a medium to ask for trances is a common phenomenon in Asia, especially in local temples.

    As Rinpoche said, since we know that the Lamrim, the Three Jewels and dharma is better for us, we should transform from learning true teachings to practice, rather than look for external mystic beings for answer as we are not qualify yet to know if they are real or not.

    Prevention is better than cure. This teaching really clarifies many of the questions we are commonly asked in the Gompa. Thank you.

  48. nicholas on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    This is really a great teaching. We always hear people talking about taking trance and which deity enter them but we have not much of knowledge about it.

    After listening to Rinppche’s teaching it really gave an understanding of why people take trance, why people seek for people taking trance and how the medium prepare themselves.

    As what Rinpoche mentioned if we are not sure don’t get involve, Less danger and what most important is the true dharma practice such as the 6 paramitas, the 8 verses of thought transformation, the wheel of sharp weapons and the lamrim to become a best person.

  49. Wah Ying on Oct 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I heard and witnessed people take trances of certain deities/god when I was a kid. I was puzzled by how people can take trances and doubt about the action – when I see the medium prescribed medicine and ways to solve people’s problems – financial, study, health and etc – I was puzzled, not sure it’s true or not and many questions arise.

    Today I listen to Rinpoche’s teaching on take trances and get many of my doubts solved, and get some new knowledge. Rinpoche even talks about the training of oracle/medium, offers good advise to those with “third eyes”.

    As usual, Rinpoche’s teaching on trances is good for people of any levels, since it explains in a very clear and logic way. With Rinpoche’s explanation, one will find taking trances is nothing “fascinating” and his advise to take trances in love, kindness and compassion should clear many’s doubts, including mine.

    Rinpoche, I like this teaching, thank you very much.

  50. Uncle Eddie on Oct 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Upon seeing the clearing of KFR land on Oct.8, Rinpoche commented it was exciting that the land looks much bigger and longer with the undergrowths cleared. Containers have been erected on the KFR land to provide for those who stay overnight if neccessary. After the land talk and inspection, Ripoche gave an explanation on “Taking Trances”, which many found the teachings very intriquing, mystical and exciting, but Rinpoche advised against anyone to dabble on it without proper, closed and qualified supervision. Though this is common in many cultures, we should seriously concentrate on our study of Dharma, practice the 6 paramitas, the Lamrin and the wheel of sharp weapons, and let a “trance” of compassion to enter into us instead! Many thanks to our caring Rinpoche for the good advice always!

  51. Carmen Lin on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

    After watching this teaching of trances, I felt sorry for the unseen beings being used or people make used of the unseen beings for their own dark pleasure. If those trances took place is to help and benefit others, I rejoice for that. However, people should learn and understand so that they would not just lead by the nose, without knowing where the beings came from and just blindly believed it. We should all learn the Dharma, Lamrim, 8 verses of thought transformation and engage in practices to make us a better and more understanding person we can be. By learning we can break free the misconception and misunderstanding of taking trances, and those have learnt should not by any means involve themselves in trances. As mentioned by Rinpoche, the best ‘thing’ to enter us is compassion. Highly appreciate Rinpoche for giving this teaching, and I shall humbly learn more, always remember YOUR kindness and compassion, and always hold YOUR words dear to my heart as I shall never forget whatever YOU’ve taught.
    Thank You Rinpoche 😀

  52. Seo Uzmanı on Oct 11, 2012 at 4:45 am

    never before heard of such things interesting, I will continue to monitor

  53. Sock Wan on Oct 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such an interesting topic with us. We are not the only form in this world, there are many forms that cannot be seen.

    We should not rely on supernatural power to solve our problems, we should learn, understand and gain realisation. Main reason why we should not go for a trance because we do not know who they really are. Lamrim, prayers are safe and reliable because we know the origin of these texts and we see the good results of people who study and practise them.

  54. Sharon Saw on Oct 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    i love this teaching very much. So many people are intrigued by trances, which are common in many cultures over the passage of time. Rinpoche explains very clearly why we should not dabble in trances especially when we are not qualified.

    Instead, we should study Dharma, practice the 6 Paramitas (of generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiastic perseverance, concentration and wisdom), practice the 8 Verses of Mind Transformation (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html), study the Lamrim, Wheel of Sharp Weapons (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#sharpWeapons) and become the best person we can be.

    And i particularly like this advice: the best “trance” we can take is the trance of compassion, the trance of love and forgiveness and kindness.

    Thank you for this teaching, Rinpoche.

    • Paris on Oct 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Sharon, I agree with what you’re saying and yes, I think the best part of the teaching is what you have also extracted. Unfortunately, I think way too many people place far too much of an emphasis on the mystical aspect, without understanding that it is relatively “easier” to perform so-called miracles than to develop the qualities of compassion, kindness etc. Yes, the mystical element is helpful at times, for solving problems that most of us perhaps cannot see with the naked eye, but Rinpoche has also explained that many people can get these supposedly mystical “powers”. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a highly attained being with a huge amount of control or kindness or true wisdom to have these “abilities”.

      I’ve always maintained that for me, the real miracle of being around Rinpoche is seeing his kindness. There are many people out there who can perform tricks, do magical things like fly in the sky or tell your future. But very, very, very few people who can be so truly kind, so consistently and so determinedly for such a long period of time, every single moment of every single day. For which one of us can say that we can do this? That’s the true miracle!

      I do appreciate this teaching tremendously though for cutting right through all the misunderstandings and misconceptions about what it means to really take trance. I think it’s important also for people to realise what it’s about so they’re not conned or worse, harmed in the process of relying on certain trances. Sadly, there are quite a lot of people out there who may be in desperate situations, who will turn to anything for help, but sometimes, the “help” could end up being more harmful in the long run. So understanding real, authentic methods for dealing with such cases is important and extremely necessary.

      Thank you Rinpoche 🙂

      PS it was just so awesome sitting up there on the KFR land receiving these teachings! A divine picnic, as it were!

      • DR on Oct 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        Dear Paris, aren’t we so fortunate to have our Guru with us instead of having to run all over seeking mediums; right in front of us and straight from ‘the horse’s mouth’. And in the cases of some very fortunate ones, it is just a sms away!

  55. lewkwanleng on Oct 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Just finished watching this video. It is very informative and clear away a lot of my questions (such as how to make sure a person is not faking trance; how practices a person should undergo to qualify as oracle, etc).

    I think the key messages:

    1. Though trances and beings do exist, a Buddhist should focus on mind transformation by studying Lamrim, Wheel of Sharp Weapon, 8 verses of mind transformation etc instead of focusing on mystical part of trance.

    2. Do not invite beings to take trance unnecessarily and without supervision.

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  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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