Hari Guan Yin

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Saya telah lama mengagumi Chenrezig (dalam bahasa Tibet) atau Guan Yin, dalam semua bentuk manifestasinya di dalam Buddhisma, disebabkan oleh apa yang diwakilinya. Semasa saya masih muda, saya banyak bermeditasi tentang belas kasihan dan membaca banyak mantra-mantra, dan boleh saya katakan bahawa Chenrezig merupakan salah satu Buddha yang saya sentiasa doakan dan sembah.

Saya sudah terpesona dengan penjelmaan Guan Yin Cina sebelum saya datang ke Malaysia lagi. Saya masih ingat, semasa saya masih tinggal di Amerika Syarikat, saya mempunyai sebuah lukisan garis Guan Yin dan meletakkannya di atas altar saya. Saya kerap membaca buku-buku tentang Guan Yin oleh John Blofeld. Saya tidak tahu pada ketika itu yang saya akan berakhir di Malaysia, mengasaskan Kechara, dan berkongsi Dharma di kalangan komuniti penganut Buddha di sini. Saya berasa gembira apabila mendapati Guan Yin disembah dengan begitu meluas di kalangan komuniti penganut Buddha Cina, dan semenjak itu telah mempelajari lebih banyak perkara tentang Guan Yin, asal usulnya, sejarahnya, latar belakang penyembahannya dan tentang sambutan Hari Guan Yin.

Oleh kerana itu, saya ingin berkongsi dengan anda semua beberapa maklumat tentang Guan Yin, sambutannya, beberapa buah tokongnya yang terkenal dan bagaimana anda boleh melawatinya. Adalah menjadi hajat saya, bahawa makalah ini akan membawa anda untuk mempersilakan Guan Yin di rumah dan menggunakan doa-doanya yang berkuasa di masa akan datang. Saya berharap dengan makalah ini, anda akan dapat melatih penghayatan yang lebih dalam tentang temasya bersempena Guan Yin, memandangkan ianya disambut oleh komuniti penganut Buddha di Malaysia.

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Dewi Belas Ihsan, Guan Yin dianggap oleh kaum Cina sebagai dewi anutan Buddha dan juga Tao. Dalam tradisi Buddhis Mahayana, dia dihormati sebagai seorang bodhisatva yang mewakili keperimanusiaan Buddha. Dalam keseluruhan bentuk penjelmaannya, Guan Yin telah dianggap sebagai bodhisatva paling terkenal di negara-negara utara Asia yang mengamalkan Buddhisma Mahayana.

Penyembahan Guan Yin sangat terkenal dan berkesan sehingga dia turut dibawa ke dalam amalan Tao, di mana dia dianggap sebagai kekal abadi dan sehingga kini, merupakan salah satu dewa-dewi Cina yang paling terkenal. Dia kerap kali digambarkan sebagai seorang wanita yang diselubungi jubah putih, dan rupanya sering digunakan dalam lukisan-lukisan skrol tradisional dan patung-patung tembikar putih. Dewi Guan Yin telah diterima secara umum oleh penganut Buddha Cina sebagai berasal dari bodhisatva lelaki India, Avalokiteshvara yang penyembahannya dibawa masuk ke China melalui Laluan Sutera semasa penghantaran Buddhisma ke China. Oleh sebab itu, Guan Yin kadang kala digambarkan sebagai kedua-dua lelaki dan juga wanita, yang melambangkan keunggulannya menjangkaui jantina, label dan swaharga kendiri ‘Saya’.

 

Lotus Sutra

“Universal Gateway”, Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sutra

‘Pintu Sejagat’ (Universal Gateway), Bab 25 Lotus Sutra

Rekod terawal Avalokiteshvara atau Guan Yin telah disebut dalam Lotus Sutra, yang dikenali sebagai Sutra Saddharma Pundarika dalam bahasa Sanskrit. Guan Yin atau Avalokiteshvara telah disebut dalam bab ke-25 dalam naskah Sanskrit kuno ini. Dalam bab ini, nama sucinya dijelaskan sebagai ‘Dia Yang Mendengar Laungan Dunia’. Ini mencerminkan terjemahan langsung namanya, Guan Shi Yin, dalam bahasa Cina.

Bab ini memuja Avalokiteshvara sebagai salah satu makhluk yang tertinggi dalam himpunan kedewaan Buddha. Di dalam bab ini, dikatakan, “Jika seseorang itu menyembah Avalokiteshvara dengan kewarakan yang sebenar untuk sedetik, dia akan menjana lebih banyak rahmat daripada seseorang yang menyembah dengan pelbagai persembahan kepada seberapa ramai dewa-dewi yang menyamai jumlah butiran pasir di pesisiran Sungai Ganges untuk seumur hidup”. Berdasarkan naskah ini, Avalokiteshvara telah menjadi salah satu daripada kedewaan yang paling penting dalam Buddhisma Mahayana.

Guan Yin painting in the Mogao Caves, Dunhuang

Lukisan Guan Yin di dalam Gua Mogao, Dunhuang

Menariknya, Lotus Sutra juga mengandungi penerangan tentang kebolehan Avalokiteshvara untuk mengambil pelbagai penjelmaan semula untuk membawa manfaat kepada makhluk-makhluk yang dapat merasa. Di dalam naskah tersebut, telah disebut bahawa Avalokiteshvara mempunyai kebolehan untuk bermanifestasi ke dalam bentuk dewa-dewi keduniaan, termasuklah Indra dan Brahma, Raja-raja maha kuasa atau Chakravartin, Pelindung-pelindung Dharma seperti Vaisravana, sebarang bentuk Buddha, sebarang jantina, umur, bentuk manusia atau bukan manusia, untuk mengajarkan Dharma kepada mahluk-makhluk yang dapat merasa.

Terdapat banyak tradisi di China dan negara-negara Timur Asia yang lain, yang telah menambah banyak ciri-ciri dan lagenda tersendiri kepada Avalokiteshvara dan Guan Yin. Dai negara China, Guan Yin asalnya digambarkan sebagai seorang bodhisatva lelaki dalam kesenian awal China, dan kerana itu digambarkan dengan pakaian yang mendedahkan dada, dan kadang kala digambarkan dengan misai nipis. Kesenian China ini kemudiannya, menggambarkan Guan Yin dalam bentuk tubuh wanita. Oleh kerana penjelasan dalam Lotus Sutra dan yang sebagainya, sesetengah pengamal mempercayai bahawa Guan Yin adalah androgini, atau mungkin tanpa jantina.

 

Lagenda Miao Shan

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Di negara China, Guan Yin pada asalnya disembah dalam bentuk tubuh lelaki tetapi akhirnya telah disembah di dalam bentuk tubuh wanita sebagai Dewi Belas Ihsan. Perubahan kepada bentuk dewi wanita ini mengambil tempat sewaktu Dinasti Song Utara (tahun 960-1126 Masihi) dan dikaitkan dengan kemunculan lagenda Miao Shan.

Dari segi sejarahnya, kultus Miao Shan mula-mula wujud di Xiang Shan Si (Biara Gunung Harum) pada tahun 110 Masihi, melalui sebuah tulisan oleh Jiang Zhi Qi (tahun 1031-1104 Masihi). Biara Gunung Harum telah terkenal dengan patung Guan Yin yang mempunyai seribu tangan dan seribu mata yang tersergam indah, yang turut dikenali sebagai Dia Yang Maha Pemurah (Da Bei). Dalam tulisan Jiang, dia mengenalpasti Biara Gunung Harum sebagai lokasi manifestasi Guan Yin, di mana dia menunjukkan dirinya dalam bentuk Maha PemurahNya, dengan seribu tangan dan mata, kemas menggabungkan lagenda Miao Shan dengan imej Guan Yin yang bersemadi di biara tersebut. Dia kemudian mendakwa, peninggalan Miao Shan telah disemadikan di dalam sebuah stupa, lantas memperkenalkan Biara Gunung Harum sebagai satu destinasi terkenal untuk jemaah penziarah.

Menurut satu catatan bertulis dari zaman tersebut oleh seorang sarjana bernama Zu Xiu, yang telah menulis sebuah babad tentang Buddhisma pada tahun 1164 Masihi, Guan Yin dikatakan telah dilahirkan semula sebagai Puteri Miao Shan. Ayahandanya merupakan seorang raja yang bernama Miao Chuang Yen, sementara bondanya bernama Pao Ying; yang telah melahirkan tiga orang puteri, yang sulung, Miao Yen; yang tengah, Miao Yin; dan yang bongsu, Miao Shan.

Sewaktu Miao Shan berada dalam kandungan, permaisuri telah bermimpi bahawa baginda telah menelan sebutir bulan. Apabila tiba masa untuk melahirkannya, bumi bergegar, dan wangian harum dan bunga-bungaan kayangan jatuh menghujani dari alam cakerawala dari atas. Miao Shan dilahirkan bersih, seolah-olah telah disirami oleh makhluk suci cakerawala. Tubuhnya membawa tanda-tanda suci yang mulia dan agung. Rakyat berasa kagum dan sesetengahnya mengatakan ini merupakan tanda-tanda kelahiran semula makhluk suci. Walaupun kedua ayahanda dan bondanya kagum dengan tanda-tanda ini, mereka mempunyai perancangan yang berbeza untuknya.

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Bodhisatva ini membesar menjadi seorang gadis yang mulia, bersederhana dan merendah diri di dalam istana. Dia lebih cenderung kepada ajaran-ajaran Buddha, malah telah membawa dayang-dayangnya kepada anutan agama Buddha. Ayahandanya, seorang raja yang zalim, merancang untuk mengahwinkannya dengan seorang lelaki kaya raya untuk memujuknya dari kecenderungan spiritualnya itu, tetapi apabila disampaikan titah untuknya mengahwini lelaki kaya itu, dia berkata bahawa dia hanya akan menuruti perintah ayahandanya itu sekiranya perkahwinan itu dapat meringankan tiga musibah.

Ingin tahu, ayahandanya bertanyakan apakah tiga musibah tersebut. Dia menerangkan bahawa musibah yang pertama adalah penderitaan usia tua sejagat. Musibah kedua adalah penderitaan jatuh sakit. Musibah ketiga penderitaan yang tidak dapat dielakkan iaitu kematian itu sendiri. Dia menyatakan bahawa jika perkahwinannya itu tidak dapat mengurangkan sebarang dari tiga musibah tersebut, dia lebih rela menjalani hidup dalam pengasingan dan membuat amalan spiritual.

Murka dengan syarat-syaratnya, raja menitahkan puterinya itu ditempatkan dibawah hukuman kerja-kerja berat di taman istana, dan santapannya dicatu untuk mematahkannya. Walaupun begitu, dia tidak mengalah. Bonda dan puteri kekandanya cuba untuk merayu supaya dia mempertimbangkannya semula, tapi tidak berhasil. Setelah itu, bonda dan puteri kekandanya telah merayu kepada ayahandanya, dan akhirnya raja mengalah dan membenarkan dia untuk memasuki Biara Pipit Putih, baginda juga telah menitahkan para biarawati untuk memastikan bahawa Miao Shan diberikan kerja-kerja yang paling sukar.

Biarawati yang ketakutan telah memberikannya pelbagai kerja – mengangkut kayu api dan air, bekerja dengan lesung dan alu di dapur dan menjaga kebun sayur biara. Di bawah jagaannya, hasil sayur-sayuran melimpah ruah walaupun di musim sejuk, dan sebuah mata air dengan ajaib muncul betul-betul bersebelahan dengan dapur. Apabila raja mendengar perkhabaran tentang mukjizat kebun sayur yang tumbuh segar dan telaga mata air tersebut, baginda lantas murka durjana. Baginda menitahkan agar anggota tentera untuk membawa pulang kepalanya dan untuk membunuh semua para biarawati.

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Apabila anggota tentera sampai di tokong, kabus tiba-tiba muncul menyelubungi seluruh tokong tersebut. Apabila kabus itu lenyap, anggota tentera tersebut telah mencari ke seluruh pelusuk, namun Miao Shan tidak dapat dijumpai. Telah dikatakan bahawa dia telah disembunyikan oleh roh baik di gunung yang berhampiran, dan roh itu telah memindahkannya beberapa kali sebelum akhirnya dia mendapati dirinya berada di Gunung Harum, di mana dia tinggal, hidup dengan bergantung kepada buah-buahan dari pohon-pohon disekitar dan minum dari sebatang sungai.

Masa berlalu, dan akhirnya raja itu jatuh sakit mudarat hingga tidak berupaya lagi beradu mahupun bersantap. Baginda berada dalam kesakitan yang amat, tubuhnya dipenuhi kudis, dan tabib istana juga tidak mampu menyembuhkannya. Seorang Sami muncul menawarkan untuk menyembuhkan raja, tetapi kaedahnya memerlukan sepasang tangan dan mata dari seseorang yang bebas dari amarah. Raja mengeluh duka kerana merasakan ini satu tugas yang mustahil. Sami itu kemudiannya memberitahu kepada raja, “Di atas Gunung Harum, di sebelah barat daya jajahan Tuanku, ada seorang bodhisatva yang menjalankan amalan spiritual. Jika Tuanku titahkan utusan kepadanya, pasti dia akan menurut perintah.”

Raja segera menitahkan sida-sida untuk membuat pengaturan yang diperlukan. Apabila rombongan itu tiba dan menyampaikan hajat kepada Miao Shan, dia berkata, “Ayahandaku telah menghina Tiga Mustika, dan dianiaya dan ditindasnya Sangha saat dia membunuh para biarawati yang tidak bersalah. Dia ditimpa karma negatifnya di waktu ini.” Kemudian dia mencungkil kedua mata dan memutuskan kedua tangannya. Dia menyerahkannya kepada rombongan tersebut dan meminta kepada utusan untuk menyampaikan gesaanya kepada baginda Raja untuk berubah kepada kebaikan dan tidak lagi terpedaya dengan ajaran-ajaran palsu.

Apabila kedua-dua barang itu sampai ke istana, Sami itu segera menggunakannya untuk dijadikan ubat. Raja mengambil campuran itu dan dengan serta merta sembuh. Dia dengan murah hati menganugerahkan ganjaran kepada Sami-tabib itu. Namun Sami itu menolak dan memberitahunya, “Kenapa Tuanku berterima kasih kepadaku? Tuanku seharusnya berterima kasih kepada dia yang memberikanmu sepasang tangan dan mata untuk menyembuhkanmu”. Dengan tiba-tiba Sami itu ghaib dan raja itu sedar bahawa itu adalah campur tangan tuhan. Dia menitahkan untuk kereta pedatinya dan berangkat bersama-sama dengan permaisuri dan dua orang puterinya ke Gunung Harum untuk menyampaikan secara peribadi rasa terhutang budinya kepada bodhisatva itu.

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Setibanya mereka di sana dan belum sempat pun mereka berkata-kata, permaisuri sudah mengenali itu adalah puterinya, Miao Shan. Mereka berdua tersedu dengan tangisan. Miao Shan berkata, “Adakah bondaku mengingati Miao Shan? Sedar akan kasih ayahandaku, aku telah membalasnya dengan sepasang tangan dan mataku”. Sebaik sahaja mendengar kata-kata ini, ayahanda dan bondanya mendakapnya dan mengangis. Saat permaisuri hendak menyapu air mata Miao Shan dengan lidahnya, satu kejadian mukjizat berlaku di hadapan mata mereka berdua. Awan dari kayangan mengelilingi mereka, muzik ketuhanan dari pemuzik cakerawala dapat didengari, bumi bergoncang, dan bunga-bungaan jatuh mengujani dari alam cakerawala di atas.

Miao Shan bertukar menjadi Guan Yin bertangan seribu dan bermata seribu, dan dia terapung-apung penuh agung di udara. Berpuluh ribu orang pengiring muncul tiba-tiba, menyanyikan lagu memuji belas kasihnya, dan lagu mereka menggegarkan seluruh gunung dan lembah. Tiba-tiba, bodhisatva itu bertukar kembali kepada Miao Shan saat dia meninggalkan dunia. Telah dikatakan bahawa raja, permaisuri dan kedua puteri kekanda menyalakan unggun api pengkebumian, mengabdikan peninggalan suci yang muncul, dan membina sebuah stupa di atas gunung yang sama untuk menempatkan peninggalan tersebut.

 

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Guan Yin kebiasaanya telah digambarkan dalam bentuk tubuh lelaki dalam kesenian keagamaan China sebelum Dinasti Song (abad ke-10 hingga ke-13 Masihi). Pewakilan Guan Yin sebagai kedua-dua jantina pada waktu ini dan selepasnya telah disebabkan oleh penjelasan yang terkandung di dalam Lotus Sutra, di mana Guan Yin boleh menjelma sebagai lelaki atau perempuan, bertujuan untuk melegakan penderitaan makhluk-makhluk yang dapat merasa, di samping kebolehan unik untuk mengurniakan anak-anak kepada mereka yang mandul.

The older depiction of Kuan Yin as a male bodhisattva with moustache

Gambaran lama Kuan Yin sebagai seorang bodhisatva lelaki yang bermisai

Ini menunjukkan contoh belas kasih dan kebaikan seorang bodhisatva kepada rakyat China kuno. Dia menjadi terkenal sebagai ibu dewi dan penaung ibu-ibu mengandung dan para pelaut, yang akhirnya menyebabkannya lebih popular digambarkan dalam bentuk tubuh wanita seperti yang kita kenal pada hari ini. Kini, bodhisatva Guan Yin sentiasa digambarkan sebagai seorang pelindung, bersusuk tubuh wanita yang berjubah, sama seperti Avalokiteshvara Padmapani yang bertangan dua dari India, yang lemah lembut atau dikenali sebagai ‘Pembawa Bunga Teratai’ (Holder of the Lotus).

Walau bagaimanapun, menjelang penghujung Dinasti Song, masih wujud gambaran Guan Yin sebagai pemuda lelaki, yang duduk dengan lemah lembut, berpakaian jubah dari gaya Song Utara. Dia selalunya digambarkan tunduk melihat kebawah, yang melambangkannya sentiasa melihat berjaga-jaga terhadap penderitaan makhluk-makhluk yang dapat merasa. Gambaran ini kemudiannya telah berubah kepada susuk tubuh wanita memakai jubah putih berjela, dihiasi dengan barang kemas yang halus buatannya untuk mewakili pencapaian spiritualnya. Dia memegang sebuah jambangan tembikar yang mengandungi air suci di tangan kirinya, dan tangan kanannya memegang sebatang ranting pohon willow. Pohon weeping willow menjadi perlambangan belas kasihan bagi masyarakat Cina, kerana walaupun dahan-dahan pohon willow lembut, namun ia masih boleh menahan ribut kencang yang kerap menumbangkan pokok-pokok lain yang lebih keras dan tebal. Ranting willow juga digambarkan tergantung dari mulut jambangan.

Terdapat sebuah imej Buddha Amitabha yang diletakkan di mercu kepala Guan Yin, melambangkan pernghormatan kepada panduan spiritual. Dia selalunya digambarkan berseorangan, kadang kala menaiki seekor naga sambil menyeberangi lautan di Selatan China, dan kadang kala bertemankan seekor burung nuri putih.

Di dalam ‘Skrol Suci Burung Nuri’ (Precious Scroll of the Parrot), diceritakan sebuah kisah tentang seekor burung nuri yang menjadi pengikut Guan Yin. Sewaktu Dinasti Tang, seekor burung nuri yang kecil, dikatakan telah keluar mencari makanan untuk ibunya, namun telah ditangkap oleh seorang pemburu. Burung nuri kerap menjadi haiwan peliharaan sewaktu Dinasi Tang. Setelah ia berjaya melarikan diri, burung itu menjumpai ibunya telah mati. Burung nuri itu berkabung dan mengebumikan ibunya. Kematian ibunya telah memberi ilham kepada burung nuri itu untuk menjadi pengikut Guan Yin. Dalam gambaran popular, burung nuri itu biasanya berwarna putih dan berdiri di sebelah kanan Guan Yin, sambil memegang sebutir mutiara atau tasbih sembahyang diparuhnya. Sejak itu, burung nuri telah menjadi lambang untuk ketaatan kepada ibubapa.

 

Kuan Yin Bertangan Seribu

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Satu lagi bentuk Guan Yin yang terkenal adalah Guan Yin bertangan seribu, dan asal usulnya boleh dikesan kepada Karandavyuha Sutra. Di dalam sutra ini, Avalokiteshvara digelar sebagai ‘Dia yang bertangan seribu dan bermata seribu’ (The One with a Thousand Arms and a Thousand Eyes), malah ada kalanya dikatakan sebagai lebih tinggi dari seluruh Buddha dan dewa dewi dalam dewata India.

Sebuah lagi lagenda Buddha terkenal, seperti yang diriwayatkan di dalam ‘Kisah Lengkap Guan Yin dan Lautan Selatan’ (Complete Tale of Guan Yin and the Southern Seas), menyatakan Guan Yin bersumpah untuk tidak berhenti rehat sehingga dia telah membebaskan semua makhluk-makhluk yang merasa dari samsara, atau kitaran kematian dan kelahiran semula, dalam Sanskrit. Selepas bertenggang untuk memahami kesengsaraan makhluk-makhluk yang merasa, kepalanya telah terpecah kepada sebelas bahagian. Buddha Amitabha dikatakan telah muncul saat itu dan menyembuhkannya dengan menukarkan setiap bahagian pecahan kepada sebuah wajah yang yang mendengar laungan kesengsaraan makhluk-makhluk yang merasa. Apabila terdengarnya laungan-laungan tersebut, Guan Yin telah mencuba untuk menghulurkan tangannya kepada makhluk-makhluk yang menderita ini, tetapi mendapati tangannya telah terpecah kepada seribu bahagian juga. Buddha Amitabha muncul sekali lagi, dan memberikannya seribu tangan untuk menghulurkan bantuan kepada mereka yang sedang menderita.

 

Guan Yin dan Pengikutnya

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Guan Yin juga sering digambarkan diapit oleh dua orang kanak-kanak ataupun dua orang pahlawan. Kedua-dua kanak-kanak ini adalah pengikutnya; yang perempuan dikenali sebagai Long Nü dan yang lelaki dipanggil Shan Cai. Shan Cai merupakan nama Cina bagi seorang budak India yang kurang upaya, bernama Sudhana. Dia telah mengembara ke Potala dengan tujuan untuk menuntut dibawah Guan Yin, yang telah mengujinya dengan menyulap tiga orang penyamun bersenjatakan pedang, yang datang menyerang bodhisatva itu. Kejadian kejar-mengejar itu berakhir dengan bodhisatva yang melompat terjun dari tebing; dan budak lelaki itu, tanpa berfikir panjang, lari terincut-incut turun dari tebing untuk menyelamatkan bodhisatva tersebut. Mujurlah, dia telah diselamatkan oleh Guan Yin, yang telah menyembuhkan kakinya dan turut mengembalikan rupanya. Guan Yin kemudiannya mengajarnya keseluruhan Dharma. Di dalam kisah yang lain, seorang anak perempuan kepada raja naga, telah mengambil bentuk seekor ikan kap, dan telah tersangkut di dalam jaring nelayan. Sedang dia bergelut di dalam jaring tersebut dan bakal dijual oleh nelayan itu, dia telah melepaskan laungan ke kayangan dan Guan Yin telah mendengar permintaan pertolongannya. Guan Yin telah menghantar Shan Cai untuk bertawar-tawaran untuk melepaskan ikan tersebut, tetapi telah kalah dalam bidaan oleh orang lain yang menganggap daging ikan aneh ini dapat memberikan mereka keabadian.

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Guan Yin campur tangan dengan laungan suaranya, dan berkata “Satu-satu nyawa itu harus dimiliki oleh orang yang cuba untuk menyelamatkannya dan bukan orang yang cuba mengambilnya”. Ketakutan dan berasa malu dengan perlakuan hina mereka, ikan itu telah diserahkan kepada Shan Cai untuk dibawa pulang kepada Guan Yin. Guan Yin melepaskan ikan itu ke dalam laut dan anak raja naga itu mengambil bentuk asalnya dan telah disatukan dengan bapanya.

Sebagai tanda terhutang budi, raja naga itu telah menghantar cucu perempuannya, Long Nü, untuk menghadiahkan mutiara cahaya kepada Guan Yin; namun, merasa sangat terharu dengan belah kasihannya, telah menawarkan dirinya untuk menjadi pengikutnya. Oleh itu, kedua-dua Shan Cai dan Long Nü seringkali digambarkan sebagai pengikut Guan Yin. Cerita ini juga menjadi inspirasi kepada gambaran Guan Yin Fujian sebagai seorang anak gadis berpakaian dari zaman Tang dan membawa sebakul ikan.

Satu lagi bentuk Guan Yin yang popular, muncul sepanjang kawasan pesisiran Selatan China dan telah disembah dikalangan pelaut dan nelayan. Bentuk Guan Yin ini, bersama dengan yang lain-lain, yang telah dikatalogkan di dalam ensiklopedia China lewat abad ke-16, juga turut digambarkan dalam lukisan garis dalam novel ‘Bunga Teratai Emas’ (Golden Lotus) dari zaman yang sama.

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Di dalam gambaran lain yang melibatkan dua orang pahlawan, salah seorang pahlawan yang berdiri dengan Guan Yin adalah jeneral Guan Yu dari penghujung Dinasti Han, yang telah dikenali sebagai Qie Lan atau Bodhisatva Sangharama. Dia turut dipaparkan dalam epik klasik China, ‘Catatan dari Kerajaan yang Tiga’ (Records of the Three Kingdoms), dan diketahui telah bersumpah dihadapan bapa Zen, Zhi Yi (pengasas kepada sekolah Tien Tai) untuk melindungi ajaran-ajaran Buddha dan juga biara-biaranya.

Seorang lagi pahlawan yang menemani Guan Yin ialah Wei Tuo atau Bodhisatva Skanda. Wei Tuo dipercayai adalah penjelmaan semula Bodhisatva Vajrapani, dan dipercayai merupakan salah seorang daripada jeneral yang melindungi Miao Shan dalam melarikan diri dari istana dan ayahandanya yang kejam. Menurut satu keterangan, kedua-dua jeneral itu dan Miao Shan telah mati dibunuh di tangan ayahanda Miao Shan yang kejam dan dia telah menjadi seorang bodhisatva untuk terus melindungi Guan Yin.

 

Guan Yin sebagai Pengiring kepada Buddha Amitabha

Buddha Amitabha is depicted in the middle with Guan Yin on his right side and Bodhisattva Mahastamaprapta on his left side

Buddha Amitabha digambarkan ditengah-tengah, dengan Guan Yin dikanannya dan Bodhisatva Mahastamaprapta di sebelah kirinya

Di dalam tradisi China, Guan Yin juga merupakan salah satu daripada bentuk bodhisatva yang sering digambarkan disamping Buddha Amitabha selain daripada Bodhisatva Mahastamaprapta. Triniti ini dikenali sebagai ‘Tiga Keramat Tanah Suci Barat’ (Three Saints of the Western Pure Land), dan mereka digambarkan sebagai watak utama di tanah suci Sukhavati. Selain dari itu, dia juga turut digambarkan disamping bodhisatva-bodhisatva dan buddha-buddha yang lain; kadangkala diapit oleh kedua-dua pahlawan yang telah dinyatakan sebelumnya, yang menunjukkan diri sebagai bodhisatva untuk melindungi tokong dan kepercayaan ini.

 

Hari Kuan Yin

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Secara umumnya, terdapat tiga sambutan yang dikaitkan dengan Guan Yin: hari kelahirannya, hari pencerahannya, dan hari dia meninggalkan dunia. Hari kelahirannya disambut pada hari ke-19 dalam bulan qamari kedua, hari pencerahannya disambut pada hari ke-19 dalam bulan qamari keenam, dan hari dia meninggalkan dunia disambut pada hari ke-19 dalam bulan qamari yang kesembilan.

Pada hari kelahiran Guan Yin, para penganut mengamati diet vegetarian untuk mengingati belas kasihan dan kebaikannya. Mereka akan melawat tokong-tokong atau tempat-tempat suci yang utama untuk mempersembahkan colok, bunga-bungaan dan makanan – kebiasaannya buah-buahan, kek perayaan khas atau makanan vegetarian. Satu lagi persembahan yang popular adalah dengan menambahkan minyak ke dalam lampu minyak di tempat penyembahan Guan Yin, agar apinya akan terus menyala. Para penganut yang berhajat untuk mendapat anak, akan bersembahyang, dan memberi persembahan dan colok kepada Guan Yin, dan apabila mereka memperoleh anak, anak itu akan diletakkan di kaki Guan Yin agar dijadikan anak angkatnya secara spiritual, kerana dipercayai dia akan merahmati anak ini dengan umur yang berpanjangan.

Sementara bagi mereka yang bersumpah biarawan, mereka menyambut hari ini dengan membacakan bab ‘Pintu Sejagat’ (Universal Door) dari Lotus Sutra. Bab ini merupakan puji-pujian yang panjang lebar tentang kebaikan dan belas kasihan bodhisatva itu yang tiada sempadan, tentang keupayaannya untuk membebaskan makhluk-makhluk yang merasa dari tujuh jenis musibah, keupayaannya untuk menunaikan dua jenis permintaan tersebut, dan keupayaannya untuk merubah bentuk dirinya kepada 32 bentuk penjelmaan.

 

Tokong-tokong Guan Yin di Malaysia

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Selepas agama Islam, agama Buddha merupakan agama kedua terbesar di Malaysia, dengan 19.2% daripada penduduk Malaysia mengenalpasti diri mereka sebagai penganut Buddha. Walau bagaimanapun, sesetengah anggaran meletakkan jumlah angka itu lebih tinggi kepada 21.6%, apabila angka itu digabungkan dengan agama-agama Cina yang lain. Agama Buddha kebanyakannya diamalkan oleh masyarakat Cina tempatan di Malaysia, serta juga oleh suku kaum yang lainnya, seperti masyarakat India Malaysia, dan juga rakyat Malaysia dari keturunan Siam, Burma dan Sri Lanka.

Sebahagian besar penganut Buddha di Malaysia merupakan penganut besar Guan Yin dan telah menubuhkan tokong-tokong Guan Yin yang hebat di seluruh Malaysia. Berikut merupakan beberapa contoh tokong-tokong Guan Yin yang terdapat di Malaysia.

 

Tokong Kuan Yin di Kuala Lumpur

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Tokong ini telah dibina pada tahun 1888 oleh masyarakat Cina dan ditujukan kepada Guan Yin. Seni bina tokong ini jelas berpengaruh Cina dengan sentuhan gaya Baroque, dan walaupun baru menjalani pengubahsuaian, masih banyak ciri-ciri lamanya dikekalkan. Di dalam dewan sembahyang utamanya, berdiri sebuah patung Buddha Shakyamuni di atas tempat pemujaan utama, dengan patung Guan Yin Lautan Selatan di kanannya, dan Guan Yin Bertangan Seribu di kirinya. Patung-patung lain di atas tempat pemujaan adalah Kshitigarbha, juga dikenali sebagai ‘Bodhisatva Khazanah Dunia’ (Earth-store Boddhisatva), dan Di Zang. Waktu pembukaan adalah di antara jam 7 pagi hingga 5 petang, setiap hari.

Menurut sejarah, tokong ini bermula sebagai tempat ibadat Masyarakat Cina Hokkien. Cerita menyatakan tentang perkuburan Cina yang dibina berhampiran dengan kawasan tanah yang kini dikenali sebagai Stadium Merdeka, dan tokong ini menawarkan tempat ketenangan untuk mereka yang menziarahi tanah perkuburan. Sekitar tahun 1920, pemerintah British telah mengisytiharkan tokong ini sebagai sebuah rumah ibadat dan menyerahkan hak kepada Persatuan Hokkien Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor. Malangnya, ia telah mengalami kerosakan akibat dua kebakaran yang berlaku pada tahun 1963 dan tahun 1989, namun telah diubahsuai dan dipulihara dalam kedua-dua kejadian.

 

Menuju ke Tokong Kuan Yin

Tokong ini terletak bertentangan dengan Bulatan Merdeka dan berada bersebelahan dengan Stadium Merdeka, di penghujung Jalan Petaling. Orang ramai boleh menuju ke Jalan Petaling, meletakkan kenderaan di situ dan berjalan kaki ke tokong tersebut. Stesen Monorail Maharajalela juga terletak sangat berhampiran untuk kemudahan, dan menawarkan capaian yang lebih mudah ke tokong ini.

Tokong Kuan Yin

Alamat:
Jalan Maharajalela
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

 

Tempat-tempat penginapan berhampiran Tokong Kuan Yin

  1. Cosmic Boutique Hotel
    Alamat:
    No. 21 & 23
    Jalan Maharajalela
    Chinatown
    50150 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 3 9226 3339
  2. OYO Rooms Maharajalela Monorail Station
    Alamat:
    21 Jalan Maharajalela
    Chinatown
    50150 Kuala-Lumpur
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 17 7584 3417
  3. Grid 9 Hotel
    Alamat:
    9 Jalan Maharajalela
    Chinatown
    50150 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 3 9226 2629

 

Tokong Kun Yam Thong, Kuala Lumpur

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Tokong Kun Yam Thong juga dikenali sebagai Biara Alam Dharma Kebijaksanaan Guan Yin (Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery). Tokong ini dibina pada tahun 1880 dan asalnya dinamakan Tokong Deng Bi An sehinggalah ia diambil alih oleh Persatuan Budhhis Alam Dharma (Dharma Realm Buddhist Association) pada tahun 1993, dan kemudian telah diubahsuai dan dibuka semula pada tahun 2006. Menara-menara bangunan pejabat bertingkat tinggi, hotel-hotel dan kompleks membeli belah mengelilingi tokong ini, menjadikannya sebuah oasis yang tenang di tengah-tengah kesibukan bandar.

Dewan sembahyang utamanya, dipanggil Dewan Besar Bertatahkan Permata, mempunyai sebuah tempat pemujaan dengan tiga patung besar emas Buddha, setiap satu seberat satu tan. Ia adalah patung Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddha Perubatan, dan Amitabha Buddha. Selain dari tempat pemujaan itu, terdapat sebuah dewan makan yang terkenal, di bahagian belakang tokong ini yang menghidangkan makanan vegetarian yang enak dan menyihatkan dengan harga yang sangat rendah. Tokong ini juga mempunyai sebuah perpustakaan dan kedai buku untuk mereka yang ingin mencari sedikit ilmu.

 

Menuju ke Kun Yam Thong Temple

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Tokong ini terletak di Jalan Ampang, betul-betul di pusat Kuala Lumpur. Ia berada di antara Menara Citibank dan kompleks membeli belah KLCC, tidak jauh dari bangunan MCA. Anda juga boleh menuju ke tokong ini melalui stesen LRT Ampang Park.

Kun Yam Thong Temple

Alamat:
Menara Citibank
165 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
No.Telefon: +60 3 2164 8055

 

Tempat-tempat penginapan berhampiran Kun Yam Thong Temple

  1. Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur
    Alamat:
    Jalan Ampang
    Hampshire Park
    50450 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 3 2161 8888
  2. Le Apple Boutique Hotel (KLCC)
    Alamat:
    160 Jalan Ampang
    Kampung Baru
    55000 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 3 2179 3777
  3. GTower Hotel
    Alamat:
    199 Jalan Tun Razak
    50400 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 3 2168 1919

 

Tokong Kuan Yin Teng, Pulau Pinang

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Tokong Kuan Yin Teng, atau Tokong Kong Hock Keong, merupakan salah satu tokong Cina tertua di Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, dan menggunakan Guan Yin sebagai kedewaan utamanya. Ia telah dibina pada tahun 1728 dengan belanja sebanyak 4,000 dolar Sepanyol, satu jumlah yang besar pada ketika itu. Ia merupakan salah satu daripada bangunan Cina yang sangat indah di Utara Malaya pada ketika itu, memandangkan kebanyakan tokong-tokong Cina yang lain di George Town, masih belum dibina oleh suku lain, untuk menandinginya.

Terdapat beberapa kisah mengenai Tokong Kuan Yin Teng ini, namun hanya sedikit sahaja yang telah didokumentasikan dalam rekod-rekod rasmi. Sebagai contoh, sewaktu Perang Dunia Kedua, tentera Jepun telah menjatuhkan sebutir bom di atas tokong ini bertujuan untuk memusnahkannya. Mungkin semata-mata nasib baik atau mungkin campur tangan tuhan, bom itu sebaliknya mendarat di tengah halaman, dan tokong itu terselamat tanpa kerosakan. Kisah lain menceritakan begitu ramai orang-orang Pulau Pinang yang mencari perlindungan di Tokong Kuan Yin Teng ini sewaktu perang yang sama.

 

Menuju ke Kuan Yin Teng Temple

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Tokong ini terletak di Georgetown, di persimpangan Jalan China dan Jalan Kapitan Keling (sebelumnya dikenali sebagai Jalan Pitt).

Tokong Kuan Yin Teng

Alamat:
Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling
George Town
10200 Penang
Malaysia

 

Tempat-tempat penginapan berhampiran Kuan Yin Teng Temple

  1. Palm Mansion Boutique Suites
    Alamat:
    76 – 88 China Street
    Georgetown
    10200 Penang
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 4 261 3609
  2. Red Inn Court
    Alamat:
    35 B&C Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling
    George Town
    10200 Penang
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 4 261 1144
  3. Queen’s Hostel
    Alamat:
    20 & 22 Queen Street
    Georgetown
    10200 Penang
    Malaysia
    No. Telefon: +60 13 489 6218

 

Tokong Kek Lok Si, Pulau Pinang

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Tokong Kek Lok Si, (juga dikenali di dalam bahasa Hokkien Pulau Pinang sebagai ‘Tokong Kebahagiaan Agung’ (Temple of Supreme Bliss) atau Tokong Sukhavati, dan disebut dalam bahasa Cina Mandarin sebagai Ji Le Si) merupakan sebuah tokong Buddhis Mahayana yang terletak di Air Itam, Pulau Pinang. Kompleks tokong ini menghadap ke arah laut, memberikannya sebuah pemandangan yang sangat menakjubkan, dan merupakan salah satu tokong Buddhis yang paling terkenal di Malaysia. Ia juga dikatakan sebagai tokong Buddhis terbesar di Malaysia.

Ia merupakan satu kawasan ziarah penting untuk penganut Buddha dari rantau ini, memandangkan pelawat-pelawat datang dari Hong Kong, Filipina, Singapura dan negara-negara Asia Tenggara yang lain. Kompleks tokong ini dibina dalam jangkamasa dari tahun 1890 hingga tahun 1930, dan merupakan inisiatif inspirasi oleh Beow Lean, ketua biarawan tokong ini. Ciri yang paling menarik tokong ini adalah bangunan Pagoda Rama VI setinggi tujuh tingkat, juga dikenali sebagai ‘Pagoda Sepuluh Ribu Buddha’ , dengan sejumlah 10,000 patung-patung Buddha yang diperbuat daripada alabaster dan gangsa, dan patung Guan Yin yang diperbuat dari gangsa setinggi 30 meter (99 kaki).

 

Menuju ke Kek Lok Si Temple

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Di penjuru Jalan Air Itam dan Jalan Pasar di Georgetown, anda akan dapat melihat sebuah papan tanda besar menunjuk ke arah tokong. Hanya ikuti papan tanda itu melalui Jalan Pasar, dan mengambil pusingan ke kiri apabila sampai ke sebuah persimpangan. Tidak jauh dari situ, anda boleh milihat sebuah laluan kecil di sebelah kiri, yang akan membawa kepada sebuah anak tangga, dan kemudiannya membawa ke laluan pejalan kaki utama. Anda kemudian perlu berjalan menaiki beberapa pasang anak tangga dan koridor-koridor yang dikelilingi dengan kedai-kedai cenderamata.

Tokong Kek Lok Si

Alamat:
86 S Jalan Kampung Pisang
Ayer Itam
11500 Penang
Malaysia
Laman web: http://kekloksitemple.com
Emel: [email protected]
No.Telefon: +60 4 828 3317

 

Tempat-tempat penginapan Kek Lok Si Temple

  1. Vstay Guesthouse
    Alamat:
    134-K 1st Floor Jalan Paya Terubong
    Ayer Itam
    11600 Penang
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 16 422 6879
  2. Fang Zu Ming Concept Guesthouse
    Alamat:
    1228 N3 & P3 Jalan Paya Terubong
    Air Itam
    Penang
    11060 Malaysia
    Telefon: +60 19 477 7661
  3. Fastbook Hostel
    Alamat:
    1228L-3 Jalan Paya Terubong
    Ayer Itam
    11060 Penang
    Malaysia
    Telefon: +60 19 477 7661

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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
1 month ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month 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
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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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 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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