Powerful Pujas

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Pujas (prayer sessions / offerings) have a lot of significance…

It is not just a prayer that we make when we need help with something or want to ask for something. They can have very deep meaning and can really bring so many different types of benefits to ourselves and people around us.

I have written an article before about what it means to do pujas. I explained how it can literally help people and why it is an important part of our practice for developing compassion and care for others. There is a lot of meaning behind all the rituals, recitations, altar offerings and set-up. You can read it here.

About 3 years ago, two of my friends from Gaden Shartse Monastery, Ven. Kating Rinpoche and Gen Lobsang Yeshe, came to KL to teach some of my students how to do some of the pujas that are done often in the monasteries. The monks taught my students how to do the pujas exactly the way that the Sangha in monasteries have been doing them for hundreds of years.

Together with my students, the monks spent many weeks transliterating the prayers from Tibetan to English phonetics (my students don’t speak Tibetan and Gen-la does not speak English! Kating Rinpoche helped to translate between them.)

After the pujas were transliterated into English, the monks taught them how to make the traditional tormas (ritual cakes which represent food offerings), and all the recitation and rituals for each puja. Some of them were very complex and involved a lot of elaborate set-up but the monks patiently taught our Kechara members how to do everything, so they would be able to do the pujas on their own in the future, when the monks were not around.

After the monks returned to Gaden, the puja group practised each puja a minimum of six times each on their own, including making the tormas and setting up the altar, as they had been taught. After they had fully mastered the pujas themselves, they taught it to other people in Kechara House, so that it can be available for people who need pujas done for whatever situation they are facing. Since then, two of the pujas they learnt have become a part of the weekly pujas in Kechara House – Drolchok (Tara) and Menlha (Medicine Buddha). How wonderful that we can now offer these blessed pujas to Malaysians and people around the region. These pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries by the Sangha are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and invite protection, good health and long life.

Below there are some short explanations of the different pujas that the hardworking puja group have learnt from the monks.

If you wish to sponsor any of these pujas or have them done in dedication of your loved ones, please contact [email protected]

Yes in Kechara House we can do authentic blessed pujas for the public now after much training. The pujas are from the 600 year old Gaden Monastery.

Tsem Rinpoche


  

Kechara House Puja Team

 


A regular get-together to do pujas.
After receiving training, KH members will be performing these pujas exactly the way they are done in the monasteries.

Part of the training includes learning how to make all the tormas (food offerings) and altar set-up, which is different for each puja.

Students learning how to mix the torma dough, which includes ground oats, sugar, honey, milk, melted butter and yoghurt (all representing white substances).


Part of the training includes learning how to make all the tormas (food offerings) and altar set-up, which is different for each puja. 

 


 

PUJAS

Lhapsang | Drolchok (Tara) | Menlha (Medicine Buddha)

Namgyal Tsechog | Sheningdundok | Gyabshi | Setrap

 

Dzambala | Dukkar | Manjushri (Jampel Tsenchoe)

Traveling Puja | Dorje Denmo | Lama Chopa | Soongdrup & Rabnye | Trusol

 

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Lhapsang

This is an incense offering prayer which is very good for removing obstacles, especially during urgent situations when we don’t have much time to do a long ritual. It is also very good if we do recite this prayer and offering sang (incense) just before we embark on a big new project, activity, event or travel. It can help us to clear immediate obstacles to our endeavours.

Offering incense is also a very powerful way to create the cause / karma to be able to hold our vows and live in very ethical, pure ways.

For this prayer, you offer a special mixture which includes oats, honey, sugar, some yoghurt, beans and a lot of incense, as much as possible. It is usually, offered outside the building as it can become quite smokey; then you recite the prayer. At the same time, the ritual includes hanging prayer flags outside the home, in dedication of the sponsor.


Mixing the special oat mixture together with the incense.

 


Burning the incense outside the premises.


Hanging up auspicious prayer flags.

 

 

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Drolchok (Tara)

This is a Tara puja – a very beautiful prayer that includes many verses of offering and the famous Praises to the 21 Taras, which are recited many times throughout the puja. Tara is known to be very swift for answering our requests and wishes. She is very helpful especially for making Dharma wishes come true and helping Dharma work and practice to grow. It is very good to engage in Drolchok practice if we wish for success, harmony and smoothness in whatever we are doing.

Kechara House now does Drolchok pujas every Sunday evening at 5pm.

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Beautiful offerings made to Tara during the Drolchok puja. At every week's Sunday Drolchok puja, the puja team set up everything exactly like this, including making the tormas from scratch.

 

 

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Menlha (Medicine Buddha)

There are eight sets of offerings made to each of the eight Medicine Buddhas. The set-up is very simple, so you can even do this puja at home on your own.

The Medicine Buddha puja is now done in Kechara House every Wednesday at 8pm and has become one of the most popular pujas. It’s a very profound and beautiful practice for healing of all levels – physical healing (when we wish to pray for someone who is ill), emotional and mental healing. It is especially a very powerful way to help people who are suffering from sicknesses and even for families or friends of people who are sick. It’s also very good for people in the healing profession (e.g. doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors, masseurs, energy healers etc) to do Medicine Buddha’s practice to make their healing work more efficacious and effective.

At the highest level, Medicine Buddha’s practice “heals” us of the greatest “illness” of the 3 poisons – ignorance, attachment and hatred. This is what keeps us in samsara, so being cured of these poisons is very, very important for us to gain realisations and attainments, and get closer to Enlightenment.

 

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Namgyal Tsechog

This is a puja done towards Namgyalma, one of the three most well-known long-life deities (the other two are White Tara and Amitayus). Namgyalma’s practice, in general, is very powerful for bestowing long life or extending one’s life, healing illnesses and protecting us from negative interferences / spirit disturbances.

It is said that reciting her long mantra three times over an animal is powerful enough to prevent them from taking rebirth in lower states. There are many beautiful stories related to how Namgyalma’s practice has saved beings from being reborn as animals or in suffering states.

This puja that the monks taught Kecharians is helping to clear for obstacles, especially in relation to health and illnesses. The tormas which are made as well as the ritual are structured towards removing obstacles and then inviting in good health, abundance and all good things. A part of the ritual includes long-life pills (“tseri”) which are made together with all the tormas and long-life nectar (“dutsi”) – during the puja, there are times when participants will all eat some of the tseri and drink a few drops of the dutsi. This is also passed out to everyone as a blessing for long-life after the puja.

 

Full altar set-up for Namgyal Tsechog which includes the "tseri"(long life pills) "dutsi" (long life nectar) in a long-life vase and of course an image of Namgyalma.

 

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Sheningdundok

This puja is related to the Heart Sutra, one of the most central and important sutras of the Buddhist cannon. It is often prescribed during divinations to clear negative spirit disturbances; people who are afflicted by spirit disturbances are also sometimes advised to recite the Heart Sutra as it is also very helpful to the spirits who come looking for help.

For this puja, we have to make tormas for the spirits (called “lus”) that are offered to the spirits during the ritual. There is also what we call a “sponsor lu” which is a torma made into the shape of a person, in the likeness of the sponsor. The sponsor lu is dressed in beautiful cloths, including a piece of the sponsor’s own clothing and a photo of the sponsor, and adorned with materials like iron, copper, silver and gold (or representations of these items).

During the ritual, we invite the spirits to come and we draw their attention towards the sponsor lu, telling them how beautiful and wealthy this version of the sponsor is. The representations of gold, silver, copper etc that we placed on the lu symbolise his wealth, that he has many extensive resources. The sponsor lu, together with all the lu offerings are then taken out of the room; the spirits and obstacles then follow this version of the sponsor instead, freeing the actual real sponsor of any further disturbance.

In the middle of the puja, before tormas are taken out, there is also a very long recitation of the Heart Sutra – 9 times for each spirit lu that is placed on the altar. This amounts to 252 recitations of the Heart Sutra, which generates a tremendous amount of merit for the sponsor, puja participants and even the spirits.

 

Making the "lu" tormas, to be offered to the spirits

KH members and regular puja-goers receiving training for the Gyabshi puja. Over 20 people have already been trained in this puja.

 

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Gyabshi

During the Gyabshi ritual, we make prayers to and request Buddha Shakyamuni to “talk” to and bless the spirits before we send them away.

Gyabshi means “400 offerings” which refers to the offerings that are made to the 400 obstacles during the ritual – we offer up 100 stupas, 100 candles and 200 lu tormas throughout the puja.

Gyabshi is is normally only for very severe cases, where obstacles cannot be removed by other means. In this case, obstacles can mean spirit disturbances, very severe illnesses or even obstacles which could pose a danger to our lives such as very difficult financial or legal cases, physical threats etc

During the puja, we invoke the blessings and protection of Yamantaka, Setrap and Buddha Shakyamuni, to assist in removing the obstacles. Then, there are many, many offerings made throughout the puja to generate merit for the sponsor and also to appease the spirits or obstacle- maker.

The set-up is similar to Sheningdundok – there are also “lu” tormas made as offerings to the spirits and a “sponsor lu” made in the likeness of the sponsor. The spirits / obstacle-makers are invited to the place and we give them many offerings; we also instruct them to sit in front of Buddha to receive blessings and teachings from him. All the lu tormas and sponsor lu are then invited out of the building. This symbolises that the obstacle follows the tormas out and is no longer attached to the sponsor.

 

Main altar set up for Gyabshi, including sensory offerings to Yamantaka.

Side altar, specifically set up with extensive offerings to the spirits/obstacle-makers.

A close-up of the many offerings made to the spirits / obstacle makers of each direction (North, South, East, West)

A view of the full altar-set up for Gyabshi, which, as you can see is very complex but beautifully and meticulously arranged.

Buddha Shakyamuni sitting atop a butterlamp of pearls.

 

Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/pujaVideoSetupKH.flv

 

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Setrap

 

The Dharma Protector, Lord Setrap who is the wrathful emanation of Amitabha Buddha, is an enlightened being manifesting as a worldly protector to help us directly and quickly. Sworn to protect the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, Lord Setrap has been the Dharma Protector of Gaden Shartse Monastery for the past 600 years.

It is Lord Setrap’s task to clear our immediate obstacles and create conducive conditions for us to practise the Dharma. Thus in response to sincere prayers requesting his assistance, Setrap is well known for swiftly destroying outer (physical) obstacles and clearing inner (mental) obstacles for our spiritual progress.

 

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Dzambala

 

With rich gold skin, Dzambala is renowned as the Buddha of Wealth. In the short term, he can help us overcome financial problems and bring material wealth.

Ultimately, Dzambala’s practice brings us spiritual wealth and helps us to overcome inner emotional poverty. Emotional poverty refers to afflictions such as our miserliness, greed and the inability to share.

Dzambala’s practice helps us dispel miserliness and develop generosity which is the real karmic cause for wealth. When we develop such generosity, all our material and emotional difficulties melt away and abundance will naturally fall upon us.

Thus when we propitiate Dzambala in a puja, he will help to invoke powerful wealth energy on many levels – material, emotional and spiritual.

 

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Dukkar

Also known as White Umbrella or Sitātapatrā, Dukkar is regarded as a female counterpart to Avalokiteśvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. Like him, Dukkar manifests in many elaborate forms: having a thousand faces, arms and legs, or simply as a feminine deity of great beauty. Her speciality is the removal of obstacles related to legal cases, black magic, diseases and disturbances from 60 classes of spirits.

Dukkar puja is very effective for purifying the karma of being wrongly accused in arguments or legal cases, healing and strengthening the body against physical harm. She is also particularly efficacious in providing protection against spells, black magic and harmful supernatural forces. On a worldly level, Dukkar is very healing and helps to strengthen the body against physical problems – it is said that prayer to her fortifies our body so strongly that spirits literally cannot invade.

 

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Manjushri (Jamphel Tsenchoe)

 

In the monasteries, Jampel Tsenchoe, or recitation of the 108 names of Manjushri, is a praise of Manjushri as the embodiment of all knowledge. This prayer is recited daily by young monks to sharpen their learning, memory, intellectual ability and prowess to prepare them for debate.

Invoking the energies of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom, bestows upon us great clarity and the ability to study well. Manjushri helps to remove our temporary obstacles to learning so that we can gain great knowledge which will benefit ourselves and others.

This puja is extremely beneficial for students who are studying and preparing for examinations or for anyone seeking to gain higher wisdom.

 

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Travelling Puja

Chokchu Munsel or The Sutra of the Great Vehicle called “The Exalted Dispeller of Darkness of the Ten Directions” can be recited to clear obstacles for people travelling for leisure, work or business, pilgrimages and students going abroad to study.

Leaving nothing to chance, have us perform the Chokchu Munsel on your behalf and leave with peace of mind.

 

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Dorje Denmo

Of the 10 Refuge Vows, four are focused on cutting negative habituation’s related to speech. It is because words have power and can turn into physical obstacles. For example, people who practise black magic can create physical obstacles such as accidents, death, poisoning and sickness for others. Similarly, if people gossip about us enough, we can become sick, have accidents or encounter unpleasant incidents.

Recitation of Dorje Denmo is done specifically to cut the power of such words. It does not stop malicious speech but it can stop the effects of such talk. This is an effective defensive mechanism but ultimately it is more beneficial to find a permanent solution to this harm by decreasing or removing the cause of it in the first place. As the Buddha taught, cause resembles the result.

 

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Lama Chopa

Lama Chopa Tsok Puja and recitation of the Lamrim (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment written by Lama Tsongkhapa) can be performed to accumulate merits for the deceased to take a good rebirth and help surviving relatives of the deceased to overcome their grief.

Ideally, it should be done within 49 days of the passing away of the deceased. This can be performed at the centre and need not be performed in situ as the purpose is the accumulation of merit to be dedicated to the deceased and this can be done from anywhere.

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Soongdrup & Rabnye

Soongdrup is somewhat similar to Trusol, but its main aim is to consecrate statues instead of an environment.

Rabnye Puja is done to purify holy items like mantras as well as thumbdrives, photos etc that is to be placed into a statue. Before consecrating items into a statue, the items have to be purified and blessed thus the purpose of Rabnye is to do this.

 

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Trusol

 

 

Trusol is a sacred bathing the Buddhas ritual and consecration. In reality, Buddhas do not need to be bathed, but practitioners (and patrons) cleanse their own negativities, sicknesses and obstacles through this ritual.

This holy practice has been passed down to His Eminence from the great Abbot Emiritus of Gaden Shartse Monastery, His Eminence Kensur Jetsun Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche on 26th October 1991.

In the year 2008, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche taught a small group of 5 students this ritual, which was passed down through and practised in Gaden Shartse Monastery, initially for the purpose of blessing the land for the future Kechara World Peace Centre.

This ritual is commonly done to bless Buddha images, temples, homes, offices or new places. The water from Trusol can also be used for cleansing the chakras.

When it is a new place, there is no positive or negative energy. Therefore, before it starts collecting negative energy, we bless the place with positive energy first.

We are not Buddha or Enlighten Beings, we do not have the power to bless, but having the right motivation and compassion when we do the rituals, coupled with the Buddha’s blessings, the puja becomes a powerful blessing ritual.

It is Rinpoche’s wish that the lineage can be held by and passed down to local practitioners. The first group of students has since performed various blessings and consecrations, and now is ready to train up the second batch of Trusol-ers in Kechara.

Trusol is a safe and gentle ritual for non-initiatives to learn. Ritual is actually an inappropriate word to encapsulate the true meaning of trusol. In Tibetan, they call it “shabden” (not sure if spelling is correct).

Shabden means literally to stablize, to make firm, potent and to be blessed. So, when we do a trusol shabden, it stablizes the life of the person we are praying for, or the house, the environment, and even ourselves. It blesses the people and will even prolong their lives.

In Tibetan Buddhism, there are different pujas to counter specific problems. For example, a Manjushri Shabden or puja is best for countering stupidity or ignorance. Manjushri is the Buddha of Wisdom. To counter anger, we can perform a Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara shabden or puja. Avalokiteshvara is the Buddha of Compassion.

Hence, to bless a new room, office, building, temple, we perform a Trusol Shabden or Puja. It is to bless the environment or place with positive and good energy, and to block the negative energy.

When we do a Trusol puja, we are infusing the walls, ceilings and floors of the rooms in a building with positive energy.

The water is the main essence in this puja. Here, water is symbolic for washing all the impurities and negativities away and to prepare the place or object to be blessed for something much better.

The mirror is another important substance in this puja. The mirror represents our mind. It reflects the outside as well as inside – what is within our mind and what we see on the outside.

In Buddhism, our mind is endless, as Shantideva said, “There are no limits to our minds.”

All that is needed is consistent training of the mind for it to become a mind of good memory, a mind of clarity and etc. With constant training, the mind becomes better and wider – limitless.

Therefore, we cheat ourselves when we counter Buddha’s teachings when we keep saying that we do not have good memory and our mind is inferior. We will also end up cheating everyone else around us with such a limited thinking. Hence, we should cast limitations on our minds when its capabilities are boundless.

There is the outer Buddha and there is the inner Buddha – our inner potential. The first step of transforming our mind is to surrender all our harmful actions of body, speech and mind. When our harmful habits and actions stop, then real transformation takes place. We stop limiting ourselves.

So, the mirror is symbolic representation of our mind. In Trusol, we flash the mirror around the environment, and everything will be ‘captured’ or reflected in the mirror. Everything is in the mirror.

 

We invite the Buddhas by taking refuge with the vajra and bell. We request of the Buddhas, “Out of great compassion, please come forth.”

When we ring the bell, it is like a huge Enlightened welcoming party for the Buddhas. Then we dissolve the Buddhas into the mirror and wash the Buddha, the Dharma and Sangha.

The Buddhas do not need to be cleansed but our negativities and bad karma need to be purified badly. So, this washing or bathing sequence in the puja represents the cleansing of everything that is impure and negative in us.

Whatever we offer up to the Buddhas, we make the best offerings that we can afford. It is not the Buddhas who need them, but we need them. Hence, by offering the very best we can afford to the Buddhas, we create the causes for us to receive in return. This applies to when we make food offerings, water offerings, etc.

And the merits we collected from doing this wonderful puja, we dedicate it back to the purpose or the cause of the puja.

So, after washing the mirror, we flash it back around the environment, putting everything back in place.

When we have more concentration, the puja becomes more effective and more beneficial.

This is exactly how they do it in Gaden Monastery and they perform the Trusol with about 300 monks together.

All these help us to do our Trusol puja well, because we are blessing something for someone, making it meaningful and beautiful for someone.

By the power of our motivation and combined with the Buddhas’ Blessings, it is very powerful, beneficial and effective.

This Trusol puja was taught by the great Lama Tsongkhapa. So, it is authentic and real.

Therefore, it is our honour to be able to learn this here and now. To be chosen to be trained is a great priviledge.

 

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  1. Stella Cheang on Oct 23, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this extensive article on the authentic pujas conducted by Kechara just like how they were done in the monastery. The pujas that have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries by the Sangha are very powerful methods for everyone to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and invite protection, good health and long life. How fortunate and luck of us to have these unabridged pujas with authentic offerings. Many people truly benefited from the pujas.

  2. Samfoonheei on Sep 10, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Wonderful to know there is so many different types of pujas for different occasions and what they can do for us.A very good explanation and clear teachings for us to understand.There is a lot of meaning ,in each of the pujas as they are very powerful that will benefit all sentient beings. Example like help us to clear our obstacles, overcome difficulties, protection against harm and blessing and so forth. Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful post for us…

  3. Lin Mun on Sep 4, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us a clear explanation on the importance of puja and the various puja available which can help us to clear our obstacles.

    We are very fortunate that Rinpoche invited monks from Gaden Monastery to teach the puja team in Kechara to do puja so we can apply the same approach as in monastery in Tibet.

    Puja is very beneficial in helping us to clear our obstacles, overcome difficulties and give protection against harm and blessing.

  4. Chris Chong on Mar 2, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for setting up Puja House in Kechara. Our Pujas had been helping peoples in dire situation and some even in the matter of life and death. I had seen the effects of puja with my own eyes and how puja can benefit someone so much.

    In another post, Rinpoche says Puja is an act of compassion. When someone near to us have obstacles in their life and we are unable to help them due to our own insufficient of resources or ability, doing a puja for them is way better than sitting around and hoping the situtation to unfold itself.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  5. Jason on Feb 4, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Thx Rinpoche for sharing . I like the explanation on Trulso Puja. I like this statement ” we cheat ourselves when we counter Buddha’s teachings when we keep saying that we do not have good memory and our mind is inferior. We will also end up cheating everyone else around us with such a limited thinking. Hence, we should cast limitations on our minds when its capabilities are boundless.”
    Many people always said not good in memory , I am the one of them. I will change my mindset after I read the statement above.

  6. Loh Ann Leong (Penang Study Group) on Aug 16, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this posting. It’s make us layman aware and have good understanding and meaning of each and different pujas that served its purposes and circumstances that may required.

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA _/|\_

  7. Pee Bee Chong on Dec 28, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing and brings Pujas to Malaysia. It is so honored that we can volunteer in Puja House and doing the puja to benefits ours.

  8. Adrian Cho on May 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Lhapsang incense offering it is a very powerful and effective to clear obstacles and purify our negative energy. It is very good to do it before you go for travel.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post.

  9. Davin Chan on May 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Incense offering prayer(Lhapsang) is very effective to help us clear obstacles,collect merits and create the cause for us to be able to hold our can hold our commitment and vows in a pure way.
    May all sentient being continue be benefited from this powerful pujas. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  10. Erickksiow on May 27, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    That’s so many Puja’s in Tibetan Buddhism. Long way to learn.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing the article to us.

    Best Regards
    Eric

  11. Felix Kong on May 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing the the powerful pujas and the important of make incenses offering( Lhapsang ).Nowadays people always have excuse said that busy for work or other things, need short cut to clear our obstacles and difficulties. Making incense offering is the easy step for clearing obstacles and even can hold our commitment and vows. Will keep sharing to more peoples 🙂

  12. romi on Feb 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I believe in the power of Buddhist Mantras and pujas. I have been trying very hard to revive my already devastated career since 2011 by going for an MBA study abroad, but owing to lack of funds I am unable to go. I would request you to please pray on my behalf to GOD-the Almighty, so that I may be able to get some funds through disposal of my aunt’s property this year, which would enable me to undertake the desire destination for me.

  13. Wylfred Ng on Nov 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing. There are some puja that i am not familiar with and through this blog post, i can know the actual purpose of doing some of the puja like Gyabsi.

    I like Tara Puja the most.
    I know that the puja that Rinpoche want to be done everyday at Kechara House is Tara Puja and Dukkar Puja.And both of them also are my favorite deity.

    Hope that the puja not only can benefit me, but to benefit the people around me too.

    Thanks for the sharing.

  14. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Nov 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I love Puja! Especially Menhla (Medicine Buddha Puja)! By the way Menhla is held every Tuesday 8pm at Kechara House. I have an experience with the benefits of Medicine Buddha Puja. Last year December, I have undergone a corrective jaw surgery under the advised of my Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons/Dentist. KMP (Kechara Media & Publications) has kindly sponsored a Menhla puja to be done on the day of my surgery and another Menhla puja which was kindly sponsored by Chin Yong, Gim Lee’s Cousin for my fast recovery.

    The miracle is I did not feel much/severed pain as predicted by the doctor, Morphine was being removed the next morning of the surgery. My recovery process was fast and even the doctors are surprised. As they said my case is rare as I have to do both the upper and lower jaw and being under GA (General Anaesthesia) for 8 hours or more. The day before the surgery, I had visitors and flower baskets sent to me which are from Rinpoche, KMP and some other kind members. I’m considered very lucky that Menhla puja and prayers have been done to ease my mind and feel blessed. Thank you Rinpoche and all that have shown me much care and love. Good wishes to all of you.

    For more informatio on puja’s benefits, please visit the links below:

    1. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/learning-pujas-from-gen-la.html

    2. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/inviting-lord-setrap-to-ones-abode-links-to-teachings.html

  15. Tong sunsun on Oct 19, 2013 at 2:19 am

    法会带来的益处不可小觑,在克切拉的药师佛法会几乎每天都会有一场,可想而知受业力影响的众生何其多。所以仁波切要我们设立法会组,就是让病苦的众生可以脱离病困。也同时让参加法会的义工有机会多累计功德,真是一举数得。

  16. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 27, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Having a puja house can bring a lot of benefit to Malaysians.

  17. Beatrix Ooi on Sep 22, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Pujas are truly very powerful, I had the honour to witness quite a few miracles that have happened after Pujas being done. I personally do believe in Pujas, when Pujas are done with correct motivations, it will definitely show results. Kechara House has a very special Kechara Puja House, where a group of members will be performing Pujas for the sponsors, I think that it’s very great as it will benefit a lot of people.

  18. jerry_sito on Sep 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    每当我参与法会的时候,总是给那宁静祥和的力量给深深的感动着,记得我刚接触Kechara的时候

    当我走入大殿,给那庄严的佛像与色彩缤纷的供品给吸引的有种难以形容的喜悦与熟悉的感觉

    后来慢慢接触法会后,发现法会的力量切切实实的帮助到很多的人与一切众生

    让我学习到要用真心的透过法会帮助大家,并因学习法会,更能转化我们自己与他人的心识

    让我们变的更慈悲

    感谢师父成立了kechara ,并让我们在这里学习法会与了解法会正真的意义

    i love puja 🙂

  19. Cliff on Sep 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I have always found Puja’s very beautiful and therapeutic once after coming out of one. It is beautiful that Rinpoche has given the opportunity for all the Kecharians to learn and went through great lengths to get Ven. Kating Rinpoche and Gen Lobsang Yeshe to come all the way to Malaysia and patiently teach Kecharians how to conduct pujas. Now the traditional practice can be spread to other people who are interested in learning how to do pujas. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us.

  20. AdelineTan on Sep 19, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Pujas are very powerful and effective when they are done with the right motivation with Buddha’s Blessing. I personally have benefited from the pujas done in the monastery by the monks for 8 months more than 4 years ago and now my major health problems have been solved. I wish to thank Rinpoche from the depth of my heart for being so kindly and patiently arranging all these wonderful pujas for me.

  21. KYC on Sep 18, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I was fortunate to be part of the puja team in Kechara House from the beginning and learned many pujas. Later I was able to perform pujas in the Kechara Puja House. A puja, as Rinpoche said, is an expression of our compassion. When we do pujas for others, we are in fact showing that we care about others and their well-being. When we hear from the sponsors that the pujas have benefited them, we feel very happy.

  22. Andrew James Boon on Sep 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    How wonderful that Kechara has such authentic pujas that are incredibly meritorious and efficacious!

    It is all thanks to Rinpoche’s forward vision and blessings that we in Kechara are able to learn directly from the true source that is the Monasteries in India.

  23. Felix Kong on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    So fortunate that learning the exactly tradition Puja from Ven. Kating Rinpoche and Gen Lobsang Yeshe(Gaden Shartse Monastery). Pujas can benefit a lot of peoples, now we have special team for doing Puja and we can request a Puja from this link http://vajrasecrets.com/pujas-1.html?SID=6r1l3pkpo98h7l54o20pg6i2i3

  24. Adrian Cho on Sep 17, 2013 at 3:25 am

    This is so nice, that I can knows more in details about all this pujas.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post and teachings.

  25. Alan Chan ( KHJB ) on Sep 17, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Thank you Rinpoche Sharing !
    I am believe Puja can bring benefit to us !
    I have requested for Green Tara puja and dedicated to my twin daughters , during that time , they are pre-mature babies and need to stay in incubator , after done the puja , both of them in good health and cute , Thank you Rinpoche .

  26. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Sep 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I’ m felt so proud that Kechara House can provide so many powerful puja which can help us overcome different type of obstacles. They are well trained, in proper protocol, all the steps and set up is in order.Thank you Rinpoche and the team make it so successful.

  27. Shelly tai on Sep 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this puja explanation with us. I love all puja I think for lay people like us need puja a lot because it help us to clear obstacles, we are so fortunate that we have these powerful puja here available in Kechara for us.

  28. Jill Yam on Sep 16, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I believe in the powers of puja. As a volunteer in Kechara Puja House (previously known as Shabten Kang), I have performed quite a few pujas that Rinpoche has mentioned in this article.
    Performing a puja for the sponsors, I do feel very healing myself too, to be able to help those in need, through pujas. I have faith in the pujas and more importantly, my Guru.

  29. wansan on Sep 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    How bless we are to be at Kechara Houses where we can do authentic blessed pujas after much training from the seniors and also all the pujas are from the 600 year old Gaden Monastery. How fortunate! Pujas are wonderful and effective at the same time. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about each individual pujas and its benefits.

  30. CK Siah on Sep 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    在很久以前,曾听过一位法师说:看到有佛教法会, 要争着去做,可以功德无量。那时我才知道法会的重要性。记得第一次来克切拉上的法会是黄财神,那时还神经兮兮的道处问法会的行程, 给志工的感觉我很怪。后来进来了克切拉才知道这里法会林林种种,怪不得志工见怪不怪。很感恩仁波切从甘丹萨济寺传授种种的密宗法会给我们。这些法会都是很殊胜,精华和佛法无边。它可以协助我们消除各种各样的障碍或健康和疾病的痛苦。
    我向来都很相信法会的一股无形力量,只要我们诚心诚意的观住,专心观想和意念,它是可以达到我们要求的效果。谢谢仁波切的分享

  31. Patsy on Sep 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Pujas are very effective to bring relief and clear obstacles and especially if the practitioners performed with the right motivation. I have personally had many obstacles cleared after pujas were performed.

    The KH puja teams are very fortunate to be able to learn and train up to do the pujas and they have dedicated their time and effort to do the puja well so that it will be of tremendous benefit to others.

  32. Sean Wang on Sep 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Pujas are indeed powerful. I have felt their effectiveness and benefits before. When pujas are done with right motivation and for good things, the effect is almost certain. Pujas show that on a scientific level, our mind can heal others through good intention and on a spiritual level, we can use the Buddhas to heal others via chanting and puja. I guess it is another sign that our mind has Buddha nature. The capability to heal.

  33. Shelly tai on Sep 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this information about puja. I personally think puja is very effective as long as our motivation in doing the puja is correct. We as a Kecharian are very fortunate to get to learn all these pujas which will bring tremendous amount of benefits to our spiritual journey.

  34. skyong on Nov 16, 2011 at 3:12 am

    I find that puja is very interesting in the sense it involve our body, speech and mind into action. And that you can ‘perform’ it repeatedly, no matter the number of times you have actually done it previously. It can be a prayer for a sick person, for a challenging part of our lives we are going thru and for a good outcome.

    It should not be thought as a bored or meaningless task. Instead we can support and help the person indirectly by doing pujas. It should be a feeling of compassionate towards the person, the wish we can help the person. And perhaps everyone? So puja is towards other people.

    A puja includes preparation, the prayers, and the cleanup, a lot of effort and sweat. Very happy for them, the KH Puja Team, they have dedicate their time and energies into learning and doing pujas for others. 🙂

  35. James Long on Nov 9, 2011 at 2:40 am

    We are very fortunate to learn all these Holy prayers/ pujas according to out mother monastery Gaden. It is very lucky for local Malaysian to have pujas ready in Kechara.

    My mum suddenly lost her right eye sight, my brother, sister and I are so worry as my mum staying alone. I called up Mrs Ngeow to arrange for Setrap Puja and Medicine Buddha Puja for my mum, the next day when my brother took my mum to do a medical check up, Doctor said the eye is still fine, just that there’re some blood clog at the back of the eye, which they need to do some test to determine if operation needed.

    Dr Jiang told me that it is quite normal to happen as long as the eye is still fuctioning, then my mum’s eye sight will recover once the blood clog is cleared, Dr Jaing told me before the actual medical check up, so it matches what the Doctor said the next day.

    I thank you Rinpoche for planning to have Malaysian learned up and do traditional Puja in modern city.

  36. Ethan Chu on Oct 28, 2011 at 5:24 am

    This is a wonderful post with such details on each puja offered by Kechara. Pujas itself are very effective to clear obstacles, they have such great power to calm our mind down and a great meditation.

    Kechara is so kind to have so many authentic pujas available for us especially cater for us modern busy life. Thankyou!

  37. Arnaud Pontacq on Oct 24, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you Dearest Rinpoche !
    I shall ask you to do a Menlha and a Gyabshi Pujas for my Dearest mother and me who have big troubles. Dukkar and Namgyal Tsechog seems very good too. I think I am a Jodo Shinshu practitioner first. I hope it doesn’t matter. I am very frightened for our lives.

    Thank you so much Dearest Rinpoche !!!
    Arnaud and Georgette

  38. Matthew on Oct 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Hello,
    How do you make the tormas red?
    Thanks!

  39. tenzin llhamo on Oct 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the explanations above. Wish that I can be part of the puja team one day.

  40. So Kin Hoe on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for all the pujas sharing. The knowledge I receive here can connect me to Buddhahood.

  41. Steve Tobias on Oct 18, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the detailed explanation and correlating dharma talk which Paris transcribed. I don’t have the causes to perform these pujas at the moment, but it will help me focus on my own practice and on what I can do to improve. It is helpful to study the information, then apply the concepts where they can connect.

  42. Roland on Oct 18, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I saw a book on The Intention Experiment today (didn’t buy the book), how our thought can heal the world. I am thinking, if we can do a prayer every week for a start that dedicate our thought to heal this world. How wonderful can that be, since it incorporate into our prayer session too.

    The reason of this sudden interest in this Intention Experiment is not sudden actually, I have been thinking for some time about the inequality in the wealth and poverty among different countries and people in the world. Not that I don’t believe in Karma, that everyone are result from their past, the other side of argument/position of our thinking is, we can do something, we can start to change and to make things right again. That come to my mind is that the world now need a revolution in the financial world system. We need a change now. Recently, the new movement of “Occupy Wall Street” started in new york any spreed to many different countries already. I think many people are thinking about the need of revolution. So the Intention Experiment is not that sudden when I think of it, when I saw that book today.

    This lead me to thinking, if we can now start to cultivate a mind or intention thought/prayer specifically for healing our world and bring world peace in everywhere we live in this world, won’t it be good we can start to have it in our mind stream now? which it will eventually become a new heal the world or world peace movement that come in the future, just like the “Occupy Wall Street” it won’t start just like that, many people have been thinking about it in their mind and eventually become a movement. For a world to heal, we can try thinking good thoughts and good action toward this world too. right?

    sorry for long story and hope you can answer few of my questions that is more relate to his article, Puja.

    Dear Rinpoche,

    please advise or write for us a special prayer to have in our mind or thought that we can add into our prayer before the prayer or in the dedication part, toward healing the world?

    please advise what puja we can do weekly specially dedicate to minimise or lessen the natural disaster in the place we stay and in other part of the world? Tsong Khapa puja? Setrap Puja?

    Rinpoche, Please live long and healthy to teach us Dharma. Thank you.

    • Choongs on Sep 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

      I like your noble motivation.

  43. wanwaimeng on Oct 18, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Pujas are truly amazing and have effacacious results when done by practitioners with the right motivation and right knowledge. There was a lady whose daughter was ill and the daughter kept having high fever non stop and when pujas were started by the gaden monks her fever immediately subsided.

  44. freon on Oct 18, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I personally experienced the effectiveness and the powerful of chanting mantras. Previously I was chanting Sutras and it was really wish fulfilling! Chanting or pujas in group is really powerful. Rinpoche is great to bring all these treasures to us. Revealing it to us to save us. These are the treasures that are very hard for us as an ordinary person to learn or even hear it if Rinpoche had not brought it to us. Thank you Guru

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  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:01 PM
    This is really great news for having SFS campaign to help the stray dogs. Other than to urge and educate the public to treat the stray dogs with compassionately, SFS campaign encourages for all quarters to work together to spay or neuter stray animals which is an effective method to control the amount of stray dogs. Indirectly, this may reduce the suffering of stray dogs from being abused or die because of starvation.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:00 PM
    Good news finally Selangor becaome the first state free from stray dogs. With the support of the royalties and the Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) organised the campaign to make
    the state free of stray dogs and create the awareness of compassionate love towards stray animals.They are working work towards a radical change,thats a worderful news.
    Well ,do hope more states will follow Selangor to replace the inhumane way of dealing with stray animals too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful news.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 05:29 PM
    These iconographically correct Buddha images set in precious gemstones are one of its kind and unique in every sense of the word. And the designs are versatile to suit any apparels and occasions, redefining the Buddhist sense of fashion in a big way. Thank you, Rinpoche and Louise for this sharing. I hope the pendants will bring protections to the wearer and connections to the Buddha to those who admire it by sight.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 03:29 PM
    Very inspiring true story of a monk…Master Xuyun after going through many hardships and illness to pursue what he wanted to be. What he did was amazing travelling in harsh conditions to so many places just to preach chinese buddhism from one country to another. Master Xuyun has spent his entired life devoted to the Dharma,During the war many monasteries and holy sites was destroyed but somehow Master Xuyun managed to restore once again.Because of him ,those monasteries and holy sites were till today. He was a household name at that time and have inspired many modern spiritual seeker to strive along the path towards enlightenment.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline Woon for such an interesting and inspiring article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html#tabs-7
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 11:47 AM
    It is ironic that Dalai Lama would have given a remarks to discourage country such as Germany to accept refugees and that refugees should return to homeland and to build the country. I think this is really a callous statement to be mentioned. Dalai Lama being the Tibetan Buddhist leader should portray compassion and extending help to those in need. All these refugees are running away for their life because their own country is not safe to stay anymore. Just like what Tibetan has encountered in the late 1950s.

    This kind of contrary statement is also very obvious in the Dorje Shugden ban. Dorje Shugden have been practised by many high lamas since 400 years ago and also by Dalai Lama’s Guru but it is ban by Tibetan leadership.

    Dalai Lama is a high lama and is believed to be the emanation of Chenrezig. Although his statements were contrary sometimes but I believe he would have the reason that we may not understand yet. Hopefully all the issues would be resolve in peace.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-europe.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chef-turned-hero.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
yesterday
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
yesterday
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.
yesterday
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.
4 days ago
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
4 days ago
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
4 days ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
2 weeks ago
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
2 weeks ago
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.
2 weeks ago
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
2 weeks ago
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!
2 weeks ago
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!
2 weeks ago
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
2 weeks ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
2 weeks ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
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
2 weeks ago
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
2 weeks ago
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
2 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
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. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 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.
4 months ago
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
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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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?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • 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.
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