Tara

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In 1983, when I was 18 years old, I had the great honor and pleasure to serve His Holiness Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang for over 6 months in Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Center, Los Angeles. Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the spiritual guide in the centre at that time and he had invited His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to our center, who is his root teacher. Consequently, we had the great honor to receive many teachings from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche throughout those few months. Many people understood the preciousness of Zong Rinpoche’s presence and took the opportunity to visit Zong Rinpoche daily for audiences, divination, questions, blessings and many other reasons.

Out of all of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s followers, there was a Tibetan man named Kelsang, who resided in California. He would come to see Zong Rinpoche and, sometimes helped to cook. It was on one of these occasions that Kelsang brought a Tara tsa tsa to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and requested Zong Rinpoche to bless the tsa tsa for him – so that he would be taking back a consecrated image. I happened to be in the room to witness Zong Rinpoche decline to bless the tsatsa. Zong Rinpoche said that it is not necessary to bless a Tara image. However, Kelsang-la insisted. So, to make him happy, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche did the blessing on the Tara tsa tsa.

When I asked why Zong Rinpoche initially rejected the request from Kelsang-la, Zong Rinpoche explained that Tara’s image is so sacred, so holy and so full of benefit that her body, speech and mind, and anything that has to do with Tara – is so sacred, that no further blessing is necessary. Anything or any image made in the persona of Tara is automatically blessed and does not need to be consecrated.

The high reverence and high respect His Holiness Zong Rinpoche had for the Buddha Tara, for which he did pujas every month and recitations every single day, made me realize that she is totally incredible. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had a very special place in his heart for this incredible Buddha… A goddess whom we call Tara which means Saviouress. I always remember this story. Although I have always loved Tara myself and had a lot of faith in her… what Zong Rinpoche said and did, increased my level of faith significantly, a couple of notches to the top.

White Tara (centre), peaceful in appearance, with one face and two hands, surrounded by eight Taras and eight vignettes illustrating the overcoming of the eight fears. Click image to enlarge

In the past age, during the time of the past Buddha, Tara was named Dawa Lhamo or Moon Goddess. She was the Princess of a very wealthy king and during that lifetime, she was extremely faithful and very devoted and loyal to the sangha as well as the Buddha. She didn’t want to get married or to have a “princess kind of life”. She was simple, extremely beautiful, very virtuous and very faithful. She would often attend the teachings of the Buddha and because of her wealth, she would always use her resources to take care the needs of the sangha at that time, who were the ordained monks and nuns. The care Dawa Lhamo gave to the sangha include providing them shelter during the rainy season, provide food, robes and medications… whatever the sangha needed at that time. She would do this consistently with the blessings of her father, the king.

One day, when Dawa Lhamo was walking along a path, she chanced upon a very old monk who was not very learned but sincere and pure. This monk had made a statement to Tara saying: “Because of your virtue in sponsoring the sangha, Virtuous Princess, please dedicate that in the future you can take rebirth as a man and you can practice the Dharma as a man because, as a woman, your body is impure and not capable of attaining the highest enlightenment”.

The monk didn’t say this to put her down or to degrade women in any way. The monk really believed that because that was the norm and widely accepted opinion of women during that time – Women were viewed as inferior and not as superior or equal. Since women are considered inferior, their bodies must also be inferior and act as an impediment to achieving enlightenment. That view is the norm of the day at that time. Today, we all know that this is wrong view, we all know that it is incorrect but that is the belief that many ancient societies held in the past.

Upon hearing this statement, the Moon Goddess, Tara-to-be, folded her hands respectfully to the old venerable monk and said: “Venerable monk, what you say is incorrect because the perfect Buddha, the Tathagata, the Sage, the One who has crossed over from samsara has taught that male and the female are exactly the same and their potentials are equal. The female may have slightly more impediment in her physical body in the male society but it does not mean that she is inferior”. So, in front of that holy sangha, that old monk, she vowed to become a fully enlightened Buddha in that very lifetime with her female body, and after enlightenment, she will always predominantly manifest in the female form to benefit sentient beings. In that very life, Dawa Lhamo fulfilled her vows. She had reached very high levels of meditation and meditative absorption and became fully attained in that very lifetime.

Thereafter, she was known to be Tara or Savioress – The one who saves people from different disasters. Ultimately, Tara saves you from the eight main fears, which can be classified as internal and external depending on their source of origin as follows:

Internal External
Fear of fire (anger): The fire of anger is fanned by the wind of wrongdoing, which is caused by ignorance. Fear of imprisonment (avarice): Stinginess is viewed as something negative. Negativity binds us in ways that we are incapable of acting positively, keeping us hopelessly trapped in samsara.
Fear of lions (pride): As the king of the jungle, the lion looks down on everyone and listen to no one. This pride will isolate us from help and keep us locked in the control of ignorance. Fear of floods (attachment): Attachment functions like a violent, rushing river that keeps us trapped in the current of samsara, carrying us further and further from the shores of liberation.
Fear of elephants (wrath): Ignorance is like a wild, drunken elephant that will not hesitate to trample anyone who gets in his way. Fear of demons (doubt): Spirits a linked to the darkness. Likewise, doubt is active in the darkness of ignorance. It frightens and confuses and preventing us from progressing towards clarity and wisdom.
Fear of snakes (envy): Like a snake, jealousy hides in the darkness of ignorance. Jealousy causes us to poison the “good” of others. Fear of robbers (wrong views): A thief steals our valuables. Likewise, wrong view steals our opportunity to make any progress on the spiritual path.

The Eight Great Fears can be interpreted from a few levels beginning with the outer meaning, which are exactly as described and are tangible and can be experienced physically or materially. At a deeper level, the inner meaning relates to passions, ego and emotions. On the deepest level, these fears relate to tantric techniques and philosophies that, when overcome, lead to realizations and enlightenment.

For example, protection from fire on the outer level means that if you solicit and pray to Tara, you will be safe from fire or disasters related to fire or being burnt by a fire. You may think: “What is the big deal these days as we have smoke alarm”, but this was not the case in villages during the olden days where: when it burnt, you really burned. So, protection from fire was a very big deal. When you meditate on Tara on the inner level, it helps to destroy the quality of anger. Fire is likened to anger on the inside. So, on the outside you are protected by Tara from fire while internally, you are protected from anger and from doing actions related to anger. Therefore, solicitation of Tara is very complete as she protects us from outer, inner and secret obstacles.

21 forms of Tara depicted in this artwork

If you observe Tara’s iconography, you will see that there are 21 main forms, but in actuality her emanations are unlimited. Within the 21 forms, you will see many types of Tara. The Tara that Kensur Rinpoche gave me is a White Tara. The form of the White Tara has seven eyes: two on the palms, two on the feet and three on the face. The seven eyes represent she can see into the six realms plus ultimate reality, which is emptiness. Each of her eyes can see into one realm of samsara in which she saves, benefits, helps, assists and emanate for the sake of those beings. The extra third eye she has on her forehead is symbolic of her having penetration to the reality of samsara, meaning she has achieved emptiness… that she is a fully enlightened Buddha with unlimited clairvoyance. Her white body represents the purity of enlightenment, unstained by any soils of samsara. She sits in a meditation pose with her legs fully crossed, meaning by meditation and practice she has achieved full enlightenment. So, she encourages us to do our meditations by her pose. Then, she has two full breasts that are exposed, representing the bliss of enlightenment. Additionally, breasts are meant to feed, to take care of as well as to assist, help and nurture. So, Tara’s exposed breasts means that she will nurture you, take care of you, “feed” you and watch over you like a mother for her only child until you are strong, grown and fully able to stand on your own. This is symbolic that Tara will nurture you until enlightenment, where you can rise and be free of samsara if you rely on her all the way.

Tara’s hair is partially tied up on top with three topknots where the highest one represents achievement of full Nirvana and that she cannot ever fall down in samsara again. The remaining half of her hair flows down her shoulders and back, straight and is blue-black in color, representing that although she is fully enlightened, she is still emanating and active in samsara. Tara’s time and her affinity to sentient beings are not over, enabling her to still help in samsara. Therefore, the half of her hair that is down means she emanates in samsara, while the half of her hair that is tied up represents that she is completely free from samsara. Tara wears five ornaments on her body, which is the crown, necklace, armlets, and anklets. Her body being so beautiful and so incredibly out of this world that no beautiful woman on this planet or in samsara can compare to the beauty of Tara. In fact, the beauty of Tara’s body is said to be so great that her body itself represents the 6th ornament. Hence, the 5 ornaments that she wears together with her body represents six ornaments, symbolizing that Tara has perfected the path of all six paramitas.

A beautiful White Tara Nathang (black thangka)

Paramita is the perfection or culmination of virtues, which are cultivated as a way of purification of karma and accumulation of merit to help aspirant to reach the goal of enlightenment. The six paramitas include giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, contemplation and wisdom.

By practicing, relying and praying to Tara, one can achieve the six paramitas because, we are directly fulfilling the six paramitas. For example, when we make offering to Tara, it is the paramita of giving; When we meditate on Tara, it is the paramita of concentration etc. So by doing the worship of Tara, we are fulfilling the six paramitas. Tara is universal and is free from sects, free from schools of Buddhism and free from labels. Tara is a fully enlightened Buddha. Anyone relying upon her will be blessed, be free of the Eight Great Fears on the inner and outer level. On top of that, you will be able to accomplish lower and higher attainments. Lower attainments include clairvoyance, walking fast, ability to heal and make medicines, control etc. Higher attainments include reaching mahamudra siddhi or gaining full enlightenment.

Therefore, if we wish to do the practice of Tara, you do not need any initiation. You can do the prayer to Tara as written by the first Dalai Lama, which is my favorite.

 

A Gem to Increase Life and Wisdom

A Praise of White Tara by Gyalwa Gendun Drub, The 1st Dalai Lama

Homage to the Female Buddha beautiful with youth
Who sits on seats of white lotus and moon in nature
Spreading with stainless compassion and knowledge,
Who captures the radiance of snow mountains.

Homage to the Youthful One with budding breasts,
Who has one face and two arms, sits in the vajra posture,
Is bold with grace and calm, has a full moon as backrest
And is filled with great bliss.

Homage to the Ultimately Generous One whose right hand,
Showing the mudra Supreme Giving
Easily releases boundless karmas of peace, increase, power and wrath
As well as the eight siddhis and even supreme Buddhahood.

Homage to the Spiritual Mother who gives birth to Buddhas
Past, present and future; whose left hand
Supporting a blue lotus, grants protection
From lions, elephants, fires and all eight terrors.

Homage to the Refuge of the World, who has eyes
In hands and feet gazing at the four doors of freedom
And who leads all living creatures
Toward the isle of blissful liberation.

Homage to she whose face unites
The beauty of a million autumn moons,
Whose wide eyes gaze with compassion
Whose Joyous mouth smiles equally on all.

Homage to she with head adorned by Amitayus, boundless Life,
The mere thought of whom grants life and wisdom,
Whose hand, in the contemplative mudra,
Hold a vase filled with ambrosia of immortality.

Homage to the All-Beautified One whose crown
Steals the light of sun and moon,
Whose sapphire hair is half knotted on top
And half falling freely over her shoulders.

Homage to the Majestic One of precious ornament blazing,
Whose crown, earrings, necklaces, arm-bands,
Bracelets, anklets and belt so elegantly arranged
Surpass the ornaments of men and gods.

Homage to she of celestial raiment,
Whose shoulder-sash and skirt
Hug her body like rainbows
Hug the crystal mountains.

Homage to the goddess before whose lotus feet
Vishnu, Indra, Shiva, Brahma, the antigods, spirits,
Men, semi-humans and all the world
Submit themselves in devotion.

Merely by reciting your mantra,
Those who make offerings at your lotus feet
Gain immortality, wisdom and merit
And attain all desired siddhis; to you I bow down.

The knowledge, compassion and perfect actions of all Buddhas
Appear in the form of the beautiful goddess
I take refuge in you and offer you my prayers;
Pray eliminate all my obstacles and fulfill all my aims.

Quickly release your perfect action of peace,
Calming all interferences to my practices for enlightenment;
Interferences such as the eight terrors,
Sickness, demons and other harmful agents, inner and outer.

Quickly release your perfect action of increase which multiplies
All good qualities, such as life, merit, unapprehending compassion,
The stainless wisdoms of learning, contemplation and meditation,
And the three higher trainings.

Quickly release your perfect action of power,
Which causes gods, men and spirits
To humbly bow before you
And which fulfils all wishes of the mind.

Quickly release your perfect action of wrath,
Which with punishments befitting the evils done
Destroys demons, interferences and hindrances
Hateful opposing Buddhadharma and its holders.

Pray, bestow quick and easy attainment of siddhis
Such as the magic sword, mystic eye-medicine, fast-walking,
The food pill and the precious vase,
And even mahamudra, the highest siddhi.

In brief, from now until enlightenment
I respectfully make offerings at your lotus feet
I need seek no other refuge
Out of compassion gaze upon me and quickly grant protection.

By the meritorious energy of this practice
May the transcended, perfect Tara
Look upon me forever with pleasure
And never leave me, even for a moment.

May all sentient beings after death take rebirth
Before Amitayus in Sukavati, Land of Pure Joy,
May they live in the ways of the great Bodhisattvas
And come to equal Avalokiteshvara, Lord of Compassion.

May I realise the oceans of Sutras and Tantras
To be able to pass them on to others;
And until samsara be emptied may I strive
To uphold the victory banner of practicing exactly as taught.

 

Upon completing the above praise to Tara, you can do her short mantra:

OM TARE TUTARE TUREE SOHA

 

Tara’s mantra, is short but extremely powerful whereby every syllable has a meaning:

  • “OM” represents Tara’s enlightened body, speech, and mind.
  • “TARE” means one who liberates from suffering.
  • “TUTTARE” means one who liberates from the eight fears.
  • “TURE” means one who liberates from ignorance with wisdom that brings the true cessation of suffering.
  • “SOHA” means may the meaning of the mantra take root in my mind.

 

Alternatively, or you can do the extended White Tara mantra:

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAMA AYU PUNYE JANA PUTIM KURUYE SOHA

 

You can do this recitation every single day. You can choose either to recite the short or extended mantra, it is your choice. This practice can be done anywhere, but doing the prayer in front of her image, would be excellent. Tara’s practice will help to increase our life, free us from the Eight Great Fears, and if we want particular obstacles to be removed, it is very good to do Tara’s practice. In fact, in Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monastery, Tara prayers are recited every single day, before debates. Additionally, Tara pujas are done by the whole sangha community and tormas are offered to her in a special ritual called Drolchok on a monthly basis. Therefore, Tara’s practice is very much prevalent in the monasteries because her effects and very quick, blessed and she has very special karma to benefit us.

I thought I would give you a little bit of explanation about Tara. Sometime, we have special beings that do their meditations correctly, hold their vows correctly and they could even be very good monks or nuns. Very good monks and nuns on their own are very blessed and the longer they hold their vows the more and more blessed they become. This is why we respect senior, older monks and nuns very much. It is a privilege to serve older monks and nuns: to wash their clothes, to offer them food, to clean their seat, to carry their bags or to make offerings of water or fulfill other needs of the sangha. Making offerings to the sangha is not special only in Tibetan Buddhism only but it is a practice that is started and implemented by Lord Buddha himself. Therefore the sangha is the third of our refuge because the monastic community are virtuous ones who practice, meditate and focus on the Dharma 24 hours a day all their lives.

Without the sangha, the Dharma cannot exist. Without the Dharma, a Buddha cannot arise. So, Buddha is dependent on the Dharma and the Dharma is dependent on the sangha. Without sangha, there is no Dharma, without Dharma there is no Buddha. Some people may say that there are exceptional lay people who hold the Dharma. Yes, there are exceptional lay people who can hold the Dharma but they don’t create a monastic system where their lineage can be passed on to others. So the lineage can be lost… the practices, teachings and Dharma can be lost. Therefore the sangha community is very important. When you have special sangha who are learned, advanced, highly trained and who hold their vows very well, even a piece of cloth from them is considered very holy. If we have the hair and even nails of these being;, they can be placed inside the stupa as an object of veneration, faith and offering. Therefore, sangha, advanced sangha, senior sangha are very blessed beings for us to serve, to assist, to take care of and, also, to show veneration.

H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende

In Shar Gaden Monastery we have an elite, senior and older sangha, his name is Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende. He is a scholar, a meditation master and an erudite learned person in both sutra and tantra. Kensur Rinpoche received his lineage and practice from the greatest Lamas of Tibet such as His Eminence Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche. He has received teachings from these great erudite masters, practiced and put it into complete application and received the results. What are the results? Kensur Rinpoche is still a monk, which shows you he has given up attachment to the world. He is practicing a teaching, which shows you his commitment in spreading the Dharma.

Kensur Rinpoche is always happy, smiling and pleasant and delighted to meet anyone who comes to receive his blessings or ask questions, which shows that he has no attachment to himself. So, this is a great master. I have been his friend for over 25 years. He is a friend of mine from Gaden, for which I am humbled to say. At the same time, I respect Kensur Rinpoche very much for being the first abbot of the Shar Gaden Monastery. When our team went to Shar Gaden Monastery, to make some offerings, we had a great honor and pleasure to be able to serve Kensur Rinpoche, to take him for a full medical check up and also improve his medication. It was at this trip that I was able to call him through my team and speak to him directly and request him to give a series of teachings in the monastery. I also requested Kensur Rinpoche to use his meditative ability to extend his life, to live very long for the benefit of others.

A gift from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende

I was extremely honored to receive a special image of White Tara as a gift from Kensur Rinpoche himself. This special image of Tara was taken from Kensur Rinpoche’s personal altar. I wanted to share this White Tara that is double blessed with everyone. Firstly, it is blessed because: it is Tara! As Zong Rinpoche said, if it is an image of Tara, it is so blessed it doesn’t even need to be consecrated. Secondly, it was on the altar of a very holy, senior monk… and it was given to me in that way. I feel very blessed and honored to receive such a great gift. I couldn’t keep such a precious item on my personal alter and selfishly collect all the blessings myself every single day! So I placed this blessed Tara statue in Kechara’s altar in Wisdom Hall, with a label of when she arrived and where she came from together with this blog post about the holiness of this statue. So, if anyone ever comes to Kechara Forest Retreat, please make a beeline path to this image, prepare your khata and make your offering and prostrations and pray for Tara.

I thought I’d share this beautiful image and a little bit of history and story about Tara with everyone. I was inspired by this gift to share about sacred Tara here. Please enjoy it! I wish everybody happiness, long life, excellence, and may everyone sincerely be taken care of by Tara in this life and all future lives.

Sarva Mangalam,
Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Tsem Rinpoche has worked very hard over the years to provide accurate and important information about Dorje Shugden to dispel the malicious disinformation spread about the Protector. It is fantastic that Rinpoche’s efforts have translated into many people such as the commenter seeing the beauty in Dorje Shugden’s practice. Also Suzy has an interesting opinion about why His Holiness banned the practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. KarenC on Nov 13, 2016 at 1:48 am

    I like the story how Tara vowed to emanate as female body in her every reincarnation to ease others’ sufferings. Tara used her actions and result to prove the wrong views of that ancient time was wrong.

    Personally I respect and like Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende a lot. The few of us had the great opportunity to serve Kensur Rinpoche for weeks in India due to the kindness of Tsem Rinpoche few years back. I witnessed how Kensur Rinpoche is so humble, simple and extremely holy.

    Kensur Rinpoche was the one who spoke up and be firm in his Dorje Shugden practice despite the ban and led Shar Gaden and become their first abbot. The ban did not waver his faith. I remember how Kensur Rinpoche shared his story about how he fought for Shar Gaden in the beginning of the ban. The hardship and difficulties Kensur Rinpoche had to gone through during that time was beyond imagination yet He was so determined. The monks in Shar Gaden should always remember the kindness of this holy Kensur Rinpoche. _/||\_

  3. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  4. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Jul 3, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Buddha Tara is so magnificent. Tara has tremendous benefits. She became enlightened as a woman. As she is enlightened there is no limit to her forms.

    Here is the meaning of her holy mantra:

    OM – Tara’s enlightened body, speech and mind.
    TARA – One who liberates from suffering.
    TUTTARA – One who liberates from the eight fears.
    TURE – One who liberates from ignorance with wisdom, the true cessation of suffering.
    SOHA – May the meaning of this mantra take root in my mind.

    Thank You,

  5. tsering dolma on Dec 18, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I bow down to your holiness Tsem Rinpoche. The teachings are so gr8 and inspiring. Thank you Rinpoche la… _/\_

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 24, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    All manifestations of the enlightened mind and Tara is ever more so, why?
    As Tara made an additional vow to be a buddha in female form lifetime after lifetime, how fabulous is that?

  7. Phng Keng Hwa on May 18, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It was really interesting to red these information on Tara in this blog post. I was really fascinated and amazed at how amazing Tara truly was. Now, I actually can’t believe how lucky my family is to have all 21 forms of Tara on our alter. I thank my grandmother for giving it to my brother as a birthday present; a really awesome gift indeed. 😀

    I enjoyed reading up on Tara. Thank you for posting this Rinpoche. _/|\_

  8. Uncle Eddie on Apr 13, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your special image of white Tara received as a gift specially from Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsung Phende. As said, this white Tara image taken out from Kensur Rinpoche’s altar is being double blessed because it is an image of Tara and so it is automatically blessed, and doesn’t need to be consecrated. Simultaneously, it was taken from the altar of “a very holy, senior monk”…..which anybody receiving such a very blessed honorable holy gift will automatically be receiving all blessings. Therefore,it should be fitting to be placed in Kechara’s altar in the wisdom hall of Kechara Forest Retreat! So if anyone visiting KFR and making a beeline path to this image with a Khata to make offerings, prostrations and prayers to Tara, will be collecting all merits deserving of him/her! As said by Rinpoche, he is sharing this beautiful meritorious image and a little history with a story about Tara with everyone for their personal benefit! Rinpoche has very graciously extended to everyone his best wishes for everybody’s happiness, long life, excellence and, may their life be taken care of by Tara in this and all future lives! Om mani Padme Hung.

  9. Pema Thinley on Apr 11, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Dear Ripoche,
    Until today i didn’t realise the true essence of Tara statue and the effects and power of her blessings. Though we are very fortunate to be with those Tara images and statues, it was not much effect unless we understood the complete and true story about Tara. Thank you so much Rinpoche _/\_. I got the much better understanding on Mother tara. So privileged to have met such a rare dharma.

  10. 陈蕙柔 on Apr 10, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    谢谢仁波切分享了如何和白度母结缘的故事。从中让我认识了百度母的由来他的名字,她的神圣,她的美丽与慈悲,她的法相每个身体部分都带有特殊的意思,她也能够帮助我们面对及远离8种内在与外在的恐惧,她的心咒的意思。这个故事也让我知道男女都是平等,只要肯努力修行且成佛和SANGHA是非常神圣及重要。(之前我对百度母的感觉普通,但是看了这个文章觉得她非常的美丽与神圣。)

  11. Alice Tay on Apr 10, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    感谢仁波切的慈悲,在此展示了由H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende赠送给仁波切~如此庄严与完美的白度母像来利益与加持大家(此白度母的佛像被开放在克切拉禪修林里的智慧殿)。由此也带出了这篇关于度母的博文。

    在这之前,生为女儿身的我,以前总会想起为什么在今世里,我不是个男儿身?!而当时的想法是,如果我生为男儿身,我应该可以做更多和一些女生不能做到的事情。

    但这篇博文给了我很大的信心与启发~原来生为女儿身并不是件坏事。因为在博文里有提到,Dawa Lhamo在那一世就以女儿身登上证悟之道。我想,如果当时没有Dawa Lhamo 的慈悲与坚持,那会有今天的度母呈现出来救渡众生呢?

    有了这个前例,如果我们加倍努力与持续的遵守六度般若密-布施、持戒、忍辱、精进、禅定、智慧,朝着这正确的方向坚持下去,就如当时的Dawa Lhamo,要达到证悟并非不可能的事情。

    在这娑婆世界,每个有生命的生物,不是孤立的,但却是互相牵连的。就如上师所提到的:“没有僧伽,就没有佛法。没有佛法,佛陀就不会出现。”因此,我们要尽信三宝,得到三宝的加持,赶上证悟之道。

  12. stella on Apr 9, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you very much, Rinpoche for sharing this blog post with us. The teachings of Buddha Tara’s iconography and benefit of the Great Tara’s practice is in depth and comprehensive. Buddha Tara is the hallmark of men and women are equal when it comes to the potential to achieve enlightenment.

    From this blog post and as guided by Pastor Adeline during blog chat sharing session, we learnt the importance of Buddha Tara in our lineage through Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s view. This is important as it is part of our lineage.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for sharing this valuable teaching with us.

    Sincerely and humbly,
    Stella

  13. Lucy Yap on Apr 6, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the opportunity to pay homage and receive blessings from this holy Tara at Wisdom Hall,Kechara Forest Retreat. Her mantra is extremely calming and relaxing,which I really enjoyed reciting. May those who recite her mantra gain peace and harmony in their lives.
    As the mother of all the Buddhas,she is incredibly superior.powerful and compassionate.
    Thank You Rinpoche.

  14. Pastor Adeline on Apr 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    The practice of Tara is so powerful and not limited in merely granting us long life when we are doing the White Tara practice as highlighted in the article. Tara’s practice is complete as She grants us both mundane and supramundane wishes and attainments.

    It is particularly important for us to understand the 3 levels of interpretation for the Eight Great Fears: outer, deepr and deepest that protect us from inner, outer and secret obstacles. It also means that any practice of the enlightenment beings can also be interpreted with these 3 levels.

    Generally, people are more interested in learning of the outer benefits as they are more convinced in the tangible results. It means they want something practical and useful that can benefit them directly. Although it is true that the Tara’s practice bestow that, but it will be waste for us to remain at that level.

    By knowing and understanding the next 2 levels, it is even more practical in which if we understand, aware and practice in that sense, we will be enlightenment and our abilities will be unlimited in helping ourselves and others, allowing unlimited possibilities for all the good things to come our way.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  15. yenpin on Apr 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享
    在以前的时代是父权世代,男人身体才可以成佛。但是Dawa Lhamo公主切不认同,她跟僧人发愿,Dawa Lhamo公主说她会成佛是于女人的身体来成佛。佛法是平等,不管你是男人身体还是女人身体只要好好修行一样可以成佛。
    Dawa Lhamo公主实现他的誓言于女人的身体成佛,成为度母。
    修行度母可以让我们远离内在与外在8种恐惧然,圆满心意。达到证悟。

  16. beckyyap on Apr 6, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing this inspiring Tara’s story.

    I have inspired that Dawa Lhamo, she is a princess at that time and she always use her resources to take care the needs of the sangha.
    And she vowed to become fully enlightened Buddha to benefit sentient beings with her female form. If anyone relying upon her will be blessed and to be free of the Eight Great Fears on the inner and outer level.

    I love Tara because she looks graceful and kind. 🙂 _/\_

    Thank you.

  17. Steve Tay on Apr 6, 2015 at 11:58 am

    謝謝師父分享關於白度母的故事

    這故事讓我理解到白度母在成佛以前就一直的以身作則,只要是能力所及的都會去幫助有需要的出家人,因為沒出家人就沒佛法,沒佛法就沒人能夠成佛.

  18. tongsunsun on Apr 6, 2015 at 11:56 am

    谢谢仁波切的分享,我现在才了解度母外在的8恐惧里的‘耐心’才是我们修持的重点。因为如果我们没有了这一点,对身边的人,事和物都会漠视。我们常常会对很多事情例如:情感,金钱,知识(包括佛法)和 时间等等爱无能助,冷眼相看,给自己诸多藉口都是显现自己耐心的不够。希望自己能够培养更好的耐心往自己的学佛努力。

  19. Jimmy tan on Apr 6, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for your post on Tara. This is the greatest article i read about holy tara. With your kind sharing now I have better understanding that Tara able to help us get rib of 8 type inner & outer fears etc… Tara also act like our mother she will take care us , guide us until achieve enlightenment if we practice with very sincere heart. With Rinpoche’s explanation on Tara it really gain my confidence n faith toward her.I must share the great things of Tara by chant her mantra to peoples around me.

    Thank you. With folded hand.
    Jimmy tan

  20. Loh Ann Leong (Penang) on Mar 30, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for contiuous sharing the Dharma and this time were the benefits and knowledge of Green Tara and White Tara. I would not know so much about Buddhism, as all I know previously, as simple and ignorant by putting incense and hopes my requests will be granted, but it is not. All I come close, is to know more by surfing Rinpoche blogs and to gained more knowledge, therein by that, I am hoping to eliminates my own poisons.

  21. antoinette on Mar 26, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Without Sangha, there is no Dharma, without Dharma there is no Buddha. This is a most beautiful White Tara statue from the personal shrine of Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende. How fortunate we are to be able to pay homage to her in Wisdom Hall!

    Thank You Rinpoche for giving us access to all this information on Buddha Tara! May we be blessed and protected always.

  22. Pastor Chia on Mar 26, 2015 at 12:20 am

    It was so blessed to read about this article and Rinpoche teaching about mother Tara. Not doubt mother Tara is so powerful and helping people in danger and overcome their obstacle in life threatening.

    Many year ago before meet H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, I was working as a cook at restaurant. One of my colleague was having bad car accident and went in coma more than a week.Doctor has said he might not be awake I was concern about his safety and request help through friend asking Rinpoche for divination. The result of divination is to recite mother Tara holy mantra and blow to the person and call his name to awake him. When I received her holy mantra, without knowing much about mother Tara, I went to hospital together with my colleague mother reciting holy mother for help to awake my friend. The miracle happen at the second day after what we did at hospital,my friend is awake from coma. That is my first counter how powerful by recite mother Tara and saving people awake in the coma. Although so many year ago, I never forget this incident case.

    • Jacinta Goh on Mar 9, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Thank you Pastor Chia for this. Looks like Mother Tara can be invoked easily as compared to other Buddhas. This was again proved the sharing from Julia.

  23. Julia Tan on Mar 25, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the story of Tara and explaining the 8 fears, 6 ornaments and the significant of Tara’s body. I remember the first time i recited Tara mantra was when I prayed for my brother who’s in coma in the hospital. Every day I do that and blew to the 10 thousands of candles and incense that I offer to Tara to ask Tara for help. On top of that many Kechara siblings were doing White Tara mantra for him. My brother woke up right after I offered up all the candles.

    Rinpoche always say all Buddhas are powerful. How fast the Buddha comes to help us depends on our affinity with this Buddha. I am grateful that at that time I have very strong faith with Rinpoche although I newly know Rinpoche. Also because of that I followed through Rinpoche’s instructions and make offerings after offerings for my brother. Tara saved my brother’s life. But without Rinpoche, I do not know Tara. Without Rinpoche I do not know about making offerings can collect merits for my brother and literally saved his life. Without Rinpoche I may not be practicing Dharma today. When I look back it seems impossible for someone like me to even chant a holy mantra but I make it.

    Manifestation of Tara proved to me that enlightenment is possible for everyone. Enlightenment depends on our mind and our determination not our body.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the picture of the holy Tara. May we all be blessed with the condition that we can always make offerings to the Shanga by Buddha Mother Tara and achieve enlightenment in this life time.

  24. Pastor Henry Ooi on Mar 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    This is such a wonderful teaching on mother Tara who is being practiced by all Tibetan Buddhists regardless of their sect and lineage, and regardless of their gender. Buddhism practices should be so instead of comparing which practice is ‘better’, which lineage is more ‘superior’, who is the ‘higher’ lama, which dharma centre is ‘bigger,’ which dharma protector is ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Whatever dharma practices my lama gives me is for me to walk my spiritual path.

  25. pammie yap on Mar 25, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    “She vowed to become a fully enlightened Buddha in that very lifetime with her female body, and after enlightenment, she will always predominantly manifest in the female form to benefit sentient beings. In that very life, Dawa Lhamo fulfilled her vows. She had reached very high levels of meditation and meditative absorption and became fully attained in that very lifetime.”

    Wow! I love this story. Tara show us that whatever you want to do, you can do it.
    Nothing is impossible!
    How fortunate are we to have a such a beautiful and Blessed Tara in Wisdom Hall and to bless all who come and visit. Thank you Rinpoche!

  26. Khoo Hou Haw on Mar 25, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the story and iconography of Tara. I especially like the explaination by Zong Rinpoche that Tara image is os sacred that no further blessing is necessary. I totally believe in Zong Rinpoche. Just like what Rinpoche has explained about the iconography, Tara’s body represent the 6 paramitas, the virtues to reach enlightenment. By looking or thinking of Tara’s image and remember the 6 paramitas, this is a very great blessing already.

    Thank you Rinpoche,
    Khoo

  27. nicholas on Mar 25, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    It’s indeed a double blessing of the Tara statue that Rinpoche received from Kensur Rinpoche as explained by Rinpoche.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this precious teaching about Tara. It really a great benefit for one to practice as we are protected from the 8 great fears (internal and external fears). By holding our vows and diligently do Tara practice we can achieve lower and higher attainment. The benefits of Tara practice encompasses all that we need for enlightenment.

    Rinpoce explaination on the important of sangha is really make sense as without sangha, there is no Dharma, without Dharma there is no Buddha. It’s important for us to show our gratitude to the sangha members as they have hold their vows 24/7 and is an inspiration for us to do so.

  28. DR on Mar 24, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    How fortunate and blessed we are to be able to view this holy statue. Thank you Rinpoche for making it possible for all of us.

    My first introduction to the vast pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism divinities was Tara. I remember Rinpoche advicing me that I should embrace Tara practice. That started our shopping expedition all over New Delhi looking for a Tara statue to bring home to KL. Rinpoche also gave me Tara incense and a postcard size of Tara which I still keep dearly.

  29. Mark davis on Mar 21, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Thank u so much sharing pic and talk on Tara’s. Most beautiful.

  30. KL sim on Mar 20, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Hi , i am pretty much interested in Tara. Hardly can see red Tara.
    The most popular are Green Tara & White Tara . My favorite is Green Tara ^.^ I hope the Green Tara will Bless me & smooth sailing life with Happiness

  31. Candice Loke on Mar 20, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such beautiful story about Tara.
    And I’m thrilled to learn that you have placed such blessed and holy Tara statue @ KFR Wisdom Hall! I’m so excited that I’ll get to see such blessed Tara statue one day in near future!
    Thank you again for your selflessness Rinpoche, that I’d like to let you know that you’ve inspired me in so many ways through your teachings and through your selfless actions. That I know with you as an example, I’ll arrived at pure land filled with happiness joy and eternal peace.

  32. Bradley Kassian on Mar 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Tara <3 Thank you for sharing Rinpoche! 🙂

    "Wide-eyed Mother, Protector of the three
    worlds!
    Mother producing all the three times' Buddhas!
    Though You move not from the state of non-dual
    Gnosis,
    Your power of Compassion works diverse good
    for migrators.
    I bow in homage to You, O kindly Mother!"

    • Jacinta Goh on Mar 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Lady Tara!!!!!! Very happy that Rinpoche was gifted a White Tara statue from Kensur Rinpoche. May it be the cause for Rinpoche to live long and continue to turn the Wheel of Dharma. Thank you for sharing with us the image here so that we can venerate or pay homage to this White Tara mentally and hopefully I have the great fortune to view it in person.

      When I think of Tara, there’s three things are in my mind. First I am very fortunate to have received a White Tara mini statue from Rinpoche last year too. I was extremely thrilled. Very happy that I can do my prayers (including the prayer composed by the First Dalai Lama as shared by Rinpoche in this article) daily in front of Tara. Secondly, is because of Bradley! Bradley posted many many prayers on Tara (not too long ago) composed by many erudite Masters. Due to his strong affinity with Tara, I have another great fortune to read some of the prayers too. The last one being the White Tara mantra bank project by Kechara. I hope many will join in to pray for our Guru’s long life. Your mantra deposits in the White Tara Mantra Bank will help prolong H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s life so that Rinpoche can continue to turn the wheel of Dharma. Click here to join http://www.kechara.com/rinpoche/white-tara-mantra-bank-project/

      Thank you.

      • Bradley Kassian on Apr 5, 2015 at 3:29 am

        Haha Thanks Jacinta Goh, I’ll be happy to share more items when, I come across more. 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed the prayers I posted.

  33. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on Mar 18, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for sharing the story of Dawa Lhamo, which can motivate us to have more faith in Mother Tara. I sincerely wish whoever recites Tara’s prayer and mantra will gain realization and attainment in a faster speed upon learning about the benefits of Tara’s practice, the iconography of Tara and understand the meaning of Tara’s mantra in a deeper level. The explanation and description of Tara given by Rinpoche is easy to follow and understand, that can benefit many practitioners from around the world.
    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion towards all sentient beings.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  34. sandra on Mar 18, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Yay i love Tara too. She is just so lovely and lovable even in her pictures, the real Tara must be incredible. I like her. She is a cool female buddha and nice to read about her lovely qualities. I am a very fearful person and I pay respects to Tara almost daily.

  35. Wylfred Ng on Mar 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing

    I love White Tara very much. May this teaching eliminate our 8 Fears and lead us to enlightenment.

    Thank you
    Wylfred

    • Wylfred Ng on Apr 6, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Thank you Rinpoche again for the teaching on Tara.

      I like all the Buddhas but the Buddha that i love the most is White Tara.

      There is another post by Rinpoche about Tara is http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/spectacular-white-tara.html

      White Tara is the Buddha who brought me to Kechara and meet with my Guru.

      Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching and hope that many will get connected with Dharma and Tara by reading this 2 teaching on Tara

      Thank you

  36. Sharon Ong on Mar 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post on the supremely beautiful White Tara. I really love the White Tara Nathang and Mandala. With folded hands.

  37. HillHermit on Mar 18, 2015 at 9:38 am

    So moving. Thank You.

  38. Yee Ling on Mar 18, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for this post on Buddha Tara. I especially love the story of how as Dawa Lhamo, she vowed to become a fully enlightened Buddha in that very lifetime with her female body, and after enlightenment, she will always predominantly manifest in the female form to benefit sentient beings. In that very life, Dawa Lhamo fulfilled her vows. What an inspiring story and how blessed we are to even hear her name. The Praise to White Tara will be added to my collection of your earlier post on the Praise to the 21 Taras. Could she be one of the earliest example of the Women’s Liberation movement?, LOL. I will definitely make it a point to offer a kata to the blessed image of holy Tara on my next vita to the Kechara Forest Retreat.

    The Sangha including the hardworking Sangha members of Kechara should receive support of the Kechara community. You lead the way by example by always providing resources and support to the aging members of the sangha in Gaden Monastery. We take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and should never forget that Sangha members can only accomplish what they set out to do with our support.

    Humbly,

    Yee Ling

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  • 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
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • 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

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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
17 hours 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
17 hours ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 week 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
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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
1 week ago
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
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
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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. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 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
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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
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
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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
6 months ago
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
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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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.
  • 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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