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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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:40 PM
    When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime.

    Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind’s energy to let go and we cannot.

    Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim.
    ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 12:11 PM
    Amazing and very creative architecture designed space for our home grown foods.It is a good idea for those living in the cities.The Growroom is beautifully produced made it convenience which enables people to connect with nature surrounding with plants. The smell of herbs and plants makes cities dwellers to live in happiness and healthy.
    Its takes alot of effort and determination for anyone to build a growroom.Well they can do it,if they have the will power….hoping someday KFR will have one too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:39 AM
    Lazynnes ,negative karma!and mends samajas …ITS very very , inderdependent motivations lewwels of awareness Teacher’Quality &sangha quantity ,first when samajas ARE pure Empowerment full blessings later?so give less Empowerment ITS OK.ccTR IS Wise.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:32 AM
    http://www.aikidosydneycity.com/interview-with-takeda-shihan-by-aikikai-hombu-dojo/ yes yes sumikiri!i m sure HE practice martial arts in many previous lives AS well AS have family’karma conected with ai!ki flow,,,so NEUTRAL his re:for attacks ARE.,above normal fighter skills!___and i m skull in maya astro,fine and wanth share:#####paranormalTSEMsection on:::: antarctica aliens& JFK ,Peru as egg skulls.________________have a good day&nice PRactICE.____THE LIGHT be?or just show options that can be used.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:23 AM
    For example B_LOCK can be neutral karma ,butRE_PLAY reactions can make diferent results in second person?
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:22 AM
    NEUTRAL karma not make good ,not bad result!but ITS STill karma so IS not done from lewwels of acomplishment where IS NO NEW karma acumulations.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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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!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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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
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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