Power Place: Jog Falls

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In the Heruka and Vajrayogini tantras, it is mentioned that there are 24 holy places that are empowered with the energy of Heruka and Vajrayogini. Within these 24 power places, a very powerful deity that is worldly in aspect and samsaric in nature abides there in the past.

Therefore, many people worshiped and adulated this deity, and they also made a lot of offerings to him. When they did that, many people got their wishes granted but as a repercussion, their desire and attachment grew because this deity was very attached and desirous. He abides in the god realm but on earth, he has 24 power places where his energy is very potent. So great temples in ancient times were built and dedicated to him in these 24 places, and people would go there to worship and make direct contact with him.

Vajrayogini and her entourage abides in the 24 sacred sites including Jog Falls.

Vajrayogini and her entourage abides in the 24 sacred sites including Jog Falls.

Therefore, Buddha Heruka understood the disbenefit of the so-called ‘blessings’ of this deity, and he found that it was time to overcome this deity’s energy and transform it into something more positive. So, Heruka blessed this deity and sent him to Kechara Paradise. Heruka also took over the 24 holy places and they became the 24 holy places of Heruka and Vajrayogini along with their entourage. So, these 24 holy places are very alive, potent and very blessed because Vajrayogini and Heruka’s energy abide there. Consequently, it is recommended for anyone visiting those places to study the Dharma, meditate and practice any of the tantras there.

This is a picture of me and my assistant monk, friends and students with Jog Falls behind us.

This is a picture of myself and my assistant monk, friends and students with Jog Falls waterfalls behind us in 1993.

If you practice the Heruka and Vajrayogini tantras, these places would be very powerful to help us gain higher insight and realization. One of these 24 power places is called Jog Falls in the Karnataka state of South India. This is in the same state where Gaden and Drepung monasteries are, and it is about 3 to 5 hour drive, depending on how fast you drive because the paved road is rudimentary. You have to go through a winding and remote road in order to get there.

A is where Hubli, which is close to Gaden Monastery and B is where Jog Falls is located.

A is where Hubli is, which is close to Gaden Monastery and B is where Jogs Falls is located.

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Back in 1993, I went with a few of my monk assistants, students and friends over to Jog Falls from Gaden Monastery and our plan was to spend a day having picnic with the monks and to do some rituals and pujas associated with Vajrayogini and also to do a tsog offering. So, it was a splendid day because it was a pleasant drive to Jog Falls and the driver that was hired to take us there knew the roads well. When we arrived, we checked into a simple hotel, which had simple rooms and beds. Nevertheless, we were happy with that and we stayed there for two days instead.

We swam in the lake that formed at the bottom of the Jog Falls

Myself with monks swam in the lake that formed at the bottom of the Jog Falls waterfalls. It is considered a blessing to be in the waters.

Jog Falls is a massive set of waterfalls with a lake at the bottom with rocks surrounding it. You can swim in the lake. It is a popular place for local Indian tourists, and it is very beautiful especially in the summer. So, we went there, we went swimming and we swam across the lake, which is quite broad and big. We swam to the waterfall and went behind the waterfall and swam back. After that, we had our meals and the most exciting part was when we set up and had our puja there.

We were able to do a very good puja and generated a good motivation there with good prayers. It was wonderful. So, I am sharing about this place in South India and if you are ever in the area, it is recommended to visit Jog Falls. In fact, I have heard that many monks go there to do prayers and rituals.

 

What Makes a Place Holy?

  1. A place can be holy because of a man or lady had done intensive meditations and generated higher insight and developed higher states of mind such as love, compassion and Bodhicitta in an area, cave, house or a particular place. So, the generation of this higher state of mind infuses the place to become holy and imprints the place with its energies. So when people go there, they feel at peace, happy, become healed and they can actually feel the energy blessing them.
  2. A holy or sacred place can become holy and sacred because someone had a pure vision of a holy being such as a Buddha, mahasiddha, daka, dakini and so forth. For example, if someone had a pure vision of Lama Tsongkhapa in that place and he had spoken to them or had given them a Dharma discourse or composed texts or given them a special transmission, then that place becomes infused with Lama Tsongkhapa’s energy. Then the place becomes infused with the energy of the teaching that was given. So that infusion makes the place holy. When we do meditations or study there, it has special blessings.
  3. Another reason a place can become holy is when it has sacred beings abiding there apart from the ordinary people abiding and travelling in the same area. For example, it could be a place where Bodhisattvas converged in the past. It could also be a place where the nagas had kept the teachings of the Buddha. It could be a place where supernatural beings have engaged in positive activities and infused the area with good energies. Examples of such holy places is where the Buddha was born – Lumbini, where the Buddha first turned the wheel of Dharma – Sarnath Park in Varanasi, where the Buddha became enlightened – Bodhgaya, where the Buddha had entered parinirvana – Kushinagar. These are the places that are holy because a Buddha had appeared there, a Buddha had performed Dharma activities and Dharma works or a Buddha had done works that benefited others. It is because the Buddha had been to those places, they had become infused with very powerful energies. So, these are some ways that a place can become very powerful and energised.
  4. Another way a place can become infused with powerful energy like a certain forest, cemetery, lake or a certain mountain where a realized being had blessed and consecrated the place and left a Buddha, Dharma Protector, a special naga or a special being to abide in that place. So when people go there, they are blessed by these beings or these beings can be seen where people can ask questions and they can give prophesies of the future. So there are quite a few lakes in Tibet where it is infused with the lama’s energy. So when a place is infused, blessed and consecrated by the lama’s energy, then these places will bless and heal a person. You can drink the water from this place as it is blessed because it has healing properties and one can even receive visions of the future. Also a place can naturally have a powerful spiritual being abiding in it already and recognized by a seer. There are many places in Tibet, India, etc where there are mountains in which special spiritual beings abide and assist the locals in the area.
Jog Falls is very popular with the local Indian tourists.

Jog Falls is very popular with the local Indian tourists as well as Tibetan practitioners.

These are various ways in which a place can be consecrated and thereby becoming a sacred power place. There are more ways a certain place can become a holy place but these four methods just to name a few for now. When we do any type of spiritual activity in these places, the blessings  are potent and thereby it is believed our spiritual results will be quicker and also healing of our body expedited. People often like to visit holy places like where Buddha Shakyamuni manifested His activities in the four special places of India (Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath-Varanasi and Kushinagara), Tsongkapa’s birthplace and meditation cave, Milarepa’s cave, Lake of Pelden Hlamo, Dorje Shugden’s Chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Jokhang where Jowo Rinpoche abides, Gaden Monastery, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Tashilunpo Monastery, Tsongkapa’s mausoleum, Pabongka Rinpoche’s Chuzang Hermitage, Kandy the tooth temple in Sri Lanka, Mt Kailash and even our root guru’s residence. For a tantric practitioner, according to Marpa the guru of Milarepa, the most holiest place is the residence of our personal guru where we can offer prostrations, butterlamps, prayers and meditations. The best is to generate bodhicitta and meditate on emptiness in these holy places. Reciting the prayers to our guru is very auspicious also to ask for higher attainments. So there are many holy places in this world and various methods they become holy.

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What Do We Do at These Holy Places?

When we arrive at these holy places, it is very good to chant out scriptures, Dharma books or passages, engage in the meditation of various Dharma subjects, recite mantras, perform prostrations, contemplate on the Guru’s kindness, engage in special rituals such as tsog, recite prayers or we can simply just sit and recite healing mantras to heal our body and mind and to intoxicate ourselves with the blessings of the place. We can engage in any of these actions at these holy places.

In some of these places, there are shrines where you can make butter lamp offerings, khatas, prostrations or you can just offer garlands of flowers. So, it is very good to offer these things at these holy places. There are holy places all over the world that are infused by holy beings and the key point of a holy place is that it is infused with higher thoughts of love, compassion, selflessness, generosity, openness and tolerance. These places are also infused with the energy of beings who have generated a kind heart and a kind mind. So this is what makes a place very powerful and holy.

The Mahabodhi Stupa at Bodhgaya.

The Mahabodhi Stupa at Bodhgaya where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.

For us Buddhists, the holiest place in the world (there are many) is the Buddha’s place of enlightenment, which is Bodhgaya. So, Bodhgaya is the place where Buddha meditated and manifested full enlightenment and so, it would be wonderful to go to a place such as Bodhgaya where Buddha had manifested enlightenment to do prayers, circumambulations, make offerings and simply to pay homage to the Buddha.

Aside from Bodhgaya, some of the holiest places are where the Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, where the Buddha first turned the wheel of Dharma in Sarnath Park, Varanasi and also passed away into parinirvana at Kushinagar. In fact, it was recommended by the Buddha himself to visit these places after he was gone because these places are infused with powerful blessings and by going to these places, it would be equal to meeting the Buddha himself.

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 4, 2016 at 1:08 am

    It is always good to visit spiritual power places, it can open up latent seeds within us and bless our minds to engage in spiritual practice. Samsaric powers and rewards can only create more causes for us to stay in samsara,
    I do wonder what happened to that worldly deity now? Has it achieved supreme enlightenment by now?

  2. Edwin Tan on Sep 17, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing us such a beautiful place like Jog Falls.

    There are so many holy areas in the World, and it will be a great blessing to visit those areas together with Rinpoche. So much to learn and do.

    I hope to be able to visit some during my lifetime and to be able to do pujas and prayers there and absorb in the energy and be embraced by the blessings.

    What we have now in Kechara Forest Retreat will also be another great spot to soak in the holy energy and blessings as many prayers and Dharma teachings were and are conducted there.

    Looking forward to doing my Gyenze puja in KFR 🙂

  3. Stella Cheang on Sep 17, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    In an article by pastor Niral previously “Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds”, we were enthralled by the story of Heruka Chakrasamvara and the origin of these 24 holy places. It is very fortunate for us to have His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche sharing with us one of the these power places, called Jog Falls in the Karnataka state of South India. His Eminence had visited the Jog Falls in 1993. In this article, we learn the several reasons that make a place holy and be infused by powerful energy, for example a place where a realized being had blessed and consecrated the place and left a Buddha, Dharma Protector, a special naga or a special being to abide in that place, so when people go there, they are blessed by these beings or these beings can be seen where people can ask questions and they can give prophesies of the future. It will be very blessed for us here in Malaysia to have a holy place that fulfils these conditions in the near future. Thank you Rinpoche for this article.

  4. Mingwen on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    It would be a bless and wonderful to visit all these holy places! People should start planning to visit all these holy places, especially Buddhists!

    Just like how our Muslim friends in Malaysia are doing, they start saving to visit Muslims’ holy places since they are borned with the helps from their parents. An example of Muslims’ holy place Masjid al-Haram (“The Sacred Mosque”), is a large mosque in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia and the second largest in Islam,considered by Muslims to be the holiest place on Earth.(Retrieved from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiest_sites_in_Shia_Islam).

    In fact, I should start saving as well! =)

  5. Pastor Chia on Sep 15, 2016 at 8:12 am

    This is interesting article to read and provided many information of holy places.Thank you rinpoche sharing this article. Whenever we have change to visit India and Nepal, rinpoche always instructed us go to different holy places to make offering and generate good motivation,in order received blessing from the deities or masters from the pass who has generate their inspiration prayer in these scared places. It will help us purify our negative karma and make closer connection with them at the future. So we able to born near to this holy places received teaching and close to the dharma.

  6. Albert on Sep 15, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Interesting place called Jog Falls, the scenery is really beautiful and it is great enough to attract people to go visit. The best part for a holy places is beside enjoying the beautiful view, we can get connected to the Buddha’s energy, in this place, it is Heruka and Vajrayogini, how wonderful it is to get the blessing from this 2 Buddhas.

    To me, the best holy places I’ve been in Gaden monastery, where there are His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Zong Rinpoche and many High Lamas stayed there before and Kechara Forest Retreat where my guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem rinpoche founded this place. Gaden is the starting of Gelug Lineage and kechara Forest Retreat is the continual spreading of this lineage. It is very fortunate for me to be able to born near Kechara Forest Retreat.

  7. Khoo Hou Haw on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for introducing this Holy place, Jog Falls. This is the first time I heard of it and it looks very beautiful.
    Thank you also for explaining of what make these places holy and what can we do in these holy places. So the next time if we have a chande to visit, it will not be just a sight seeing but we can engage in more beneficial activities as explained in the articles.

  8. Pastor Antoinette on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:51 am

    This is a beautiful Power Place, the Jog Falls.These are beautful pictures and amazing benefits to visit such a holy place. I would love to visit the Jog Falls. Luckily we have a powerful holy place in Malaysia, Kechara Forest Retreat.
    Through the kindness of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, Kechara Forest Retreat has a Vajra Yogini stupa, Buddha statues, meditation walk and the Ladrang or the residence of Rinpoche. It is most beneficial to visit Kechara Forest Retreat.

  9. June Kang on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:20 am

    文章里说到由于圣地都是诸佛菩萨与历代高僧大德们修持过及加持过的地方,因此修行者们朝礼这些圣地,能够得无量的加持与功德,所以尽可能在圣地可做禮敬、朝拜、供養及诵经等以净化恶业累积功德。

    米勒日吧的上师Marpa说:“ 世界上最神圣的圣地就是我们上师的所住的地方。我想这神圣来自于我们身为弟子心中所发起之一功德或者断除之一过患等一切所证所断皆源自上师善知识。

  10. Eric kksiow on Sep 14, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this holy place ( Jog Fall ) to us, it is another good holy Buddhist pilgrimage site to visit. And thank you for sharing ( What Do We Do at These Holy Places? ) in detailed.

    For sharing : When we arrive at these holy places, it is very good to chant out scriptures, Dharma books or passages, engage in the meditation of various Dharma subjects, recite mantras, perform prostrations, contemplate on the Guru’s kindness, engage in special rituals such as tsog, recite prayers or we can simply just sit and recite healing mantras to heal our body and mind and to intoxicate ourselves with the blessings of the place. We can engage in any of these actions at these holy places.

    PS : If everyone go for a pilgrimage trip should read about this article

    Thank You
    Eric kksiow

  11. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 14, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    There are many places on Earth deemed holy as described by Rinpoche in this article. Here in Malaysia, Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) fits the description. Not only are there different Buddha statues and Vajrayogini stupa in KFR, the whole land is highly blessed and charged up due to the ongoing dharma activities being carried out. Also, KFR land was consecrated and blessed by visiting monks from India and Tibet. And by Dorje Shugden through the 7th Panglung Oracle in trance. There will be more Buddha statues, more dharma activities, and more blessing by Dorje Shugden henceforth. And the most blessed is that KFR is the residence of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche.

    • Julia Tan on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:09 am

      The Jog falls is beautiful and holy but i have to agree with Pastor Henry that Kechara Forest Retreat does fit into this category too. Thousands of retreats, pujas, fire pujas meditation and teachings have been done personally by our root guru H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, by his students, lamas, geshes, Rinpoches and monks from many monasteries. The holy Dharma protectors such as the kind himself Dorje Shugden and His minister Kache Marpo visited here and given a very profound Dharma teachings via the most well known oracle in the world. We also have the world biggest Dorje Shugden. Kechara Forest Retreat is also a healing place and merit field for the people who stay here, who do their retreats and pujas here, who visited here due to the powerful energy here.

      • Ben Winter on Feb 10, 2017 at 1:54 pm

        I really would like to visit there and circumambulate the Vajrayogini Stupa!

        vajrayogini stupa

  12. Jace Chong on Sep 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing one of this beautiful and sacred place of Vajrayogini and Heruka, the explanation of how a place become holy also very important information to understand.

    The holiest place that I went before was Bodhgaya, where Shakyamuni Buddha achieved enlightenment under the sacred Bodhi Tree. After finish reading on this post, I found that the most holy place I visit is Kechara Forest Retreat, where my root Guru resides, and it’s a place that fulfills all the points of making a place holy.

    Thanks Rinpoche for conceptualizing the beautiful Kechara Forest Retreat, I believe there will be more people be benefitted in not long future when everything is completed.

    Thank you.

  13. pammie yap on Sep 14, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    This is the first time I am reading about Jog Falls. Of course, to be able to visit and do prayers at these power places would be wonderful but some may not be able to do so.
    So, one of the nearest holy place that I can think of at the moment, is Kechara Forest Retreat (we have a waterfall nearby too!)! It has all the points as stated in “What Makes a Place Holy?” We don’t even have to go far to visit. Here, we can do meditations, retreats, circumambulations, pujas, offerings and many more. I have always love the peace and calm here in KFR, it makes me feel the same. How blessed to be able to live and ‘work’ here!
    Thank you Rinpoche for this Holy place!

  14. nicholas on Sep 14, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    It’s important for us to set a good motivation to perform Dharmic activities such as reciting mantra, prayers, perform prostration and etc. at the holy places. For me it’s a great blessing and fortunate for one to be able to visit such holy places and should not miss the chances to energise ourselves from this place where strong energy and holy seed that has been planted.

    Of course if those holy places we treat it just like another place for eye viewing it will just be it but if we take this great opportunity to treat it as a one a life time and contemplate the history and the energy that infused by the great being that resided there with positive motivation it will not only change our perspective on this places but also make a fruitful beneficial Dharmic pilgrimage.

    From this article I will relate KFR as one of a holy place. This is due to there are many people and Lama did various type of retreats here, numerous teaching has been conducted by Rinpoche, various holy & blessed statues & holy monument around KFR, numerous puja/prayers have been done to bless KFR and we also have the great World Peace Protector took trance and personally bless and give teaching. All this just fit in KFR as a holy place to benefit many people to visit, to make offering, to meditate, to do retreat and many more holy activities.

  15. Moh Mei on Sep 14, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Some of the points mentioned in this article about what makes a place holy and what do we do at these holy places are interesting knowledge. I believe in energy field and I believe human has interactions with these energy fields around us.

    Since ancient times, we have been lured by the presence of powerful energy fields. Maybe once upon a time our ancestors held some knowledge of these energy fields and hence built places like the pyramids of Giza and many other pyramids around the world, Stonehedge, Machu Picchu, and so on. Our ancestors appeared to know how to harnest these powerful energy fields and built civilizations based on them. Perhaps it is because in ancient times, the archituect also held knowledge of healing, astrology and of nature. They were holistic architects who built to connect life, nature and knowledge. An ancient and precious craft that we may have lost over time.

    Another term that is now very popular in new age spiritual movements is energy vortex. A Vortex by definition is a place in nature where the earth is exceptionally alive with energy. Some of the well known places of powerful enerygy vortex include Mount Kailash, Lake Titicaca and Glastonbury to name a few. The question still remains as to why in that specific place and where did the energy come from? There are many explanation given but the scientific evidence is still inconclusive.

    Based on the definitions given in this article on what makes a place holy, Kechara Forest Retreat definitely qualify as a holy place.

  16. Szymon on Sep 14, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Wow! I hope that one day I am going to have the journey to all those 24 places. Probably it has to be the amazing adventure where you can find yourself and people to talk about everything that worries you.

  17. Wylfred Ng on Sep 14, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    我对胜乐金刚及金刚瑜伽母24个圣地的文章都非常有兴趣。 胜乐金刚慈悲把一位天神的圣地转变成胜乐金刚及金刚瑜伽母的圣地, 让我们凡人都有机会近距离接触到他们的力量, 也让我们感觉到圣地并不是遥不可及的地方。

    佛陀涅盘之前也告诉过他的弟子们, 在佛陀涅槃过后, 前往佛陀出世、成佛、转法轮及涅槃的地方朝圣都可以接触到佛陀的能量, 而且前往这些地方就如同亲自见佛陀一样。

    不过文章中也有提到米勒日吧的上师玛尔巴说过, 世界上最神圣的圣地就是我们上师的住所, 如果我们有机会去到上师的住所就要更珍惜这些机会。

    谢谢

  18. William Chua on Sep 14, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    The waterfall is beautiful and it does look very blessed. Thank you Rinpoche for introducing Jog Falls to us and knowing the story behind it. For many, it may just be a place to go for relaxation but besides that, it does bless the visitors.

    It is also very nice of RInpoche to share his experience and trip with us to know Rinpoche better. Nice to see Rinpcohe with the other monks having some relaxation time as well as doing prayers at Jog Falls. Wherever Rinpoche goes, RInpoche will always bless the place or do a prayer there with offerings. Just like what Rinpoche did in Mt Shasta in USA.

    Would definitely like to visit this place in the future.

  19. jerry_sito on Sep 14, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    感谢仁波切的分享与开示

    当我看到照片时,我被那宏伟的瀑布所吸引着,原来在印度的这个地方(乔格法尔尔斯)有着那么美丽的金刚瑜伽母朝圣地,我们也在仁波切的开示与教导下,我们组团到尼泊尔许多殊胜的地点(包括几个金刚瑜伽母圣地)朝圣,祈福,并且在过程中学习放下,在朝圣的过程中,我们诚心依据仁波切的教诲来诵经,并且持素,看着一张张感动的脸孔,有些团友更是在不同的朝圣地点,被感动与感受到那力量磁场纷纷红了眼眶掉下了眼泪。

    朝圣是一个过程,让我们在灵修的道路上,寻找自己内心,学习方向,并透过朝圣来累积大量的功德… … 希望我们踏上这一个美丽的地方朝圣,在印度与金刚瑜伽母有一个完美的邂逅

    谢谢
    Jerry

  20. Adeline Tan on Sep 13, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the detailed explanation on how the places became holy and what should and can do when visiting these holy places such as perform prostrations, offer butterlamps, recite mantras, engage in meditation, make khatas,fruits and flowers offerings to the Buddhas.As for people who are going on pilgrimage must read this post.

  21. Samfoonheei on Sep 13, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Wow,,,another Holy places of Vajrayogini and Heruka….Jpg Falls in south India.Thats interesting to know. Thanks Rinpoche for sharing with a clear explanation what makes a place so powerful and Holy, I did not know that is such a beautiful power place exist till after reading this post.I could imagine its indeed a beautiful place from those photos shown. Great to know what we suppose to do at these Holy place as taught by Rinpoche ( Recite prayers, make offerings and so forth to intoxicate
    oneselves with the blessings of the place.) May all those who have visited Jog Falls and any other Holy place to be blessed as these places are infused with powerful blessings.
    Thanks again ,its a wonderful teaching.

  22. Lum Kok Luen on Sep 12, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such wonderful Dharma on Holy Places and the blessings these places invoke onto people who visit.
    Thank you also for sharing and recommending on what to do when one arrives at these holy places.
    If I have sufficient merits to be able to visit any of these places, I am well prepared on what to do upon arrival to “Meet the Buddha.”

    Thank you.
    Lum Kok Luen

  23. Fong on Sep 11, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    This sounds like a place right at the top of the list with holy places like Bodhgaya and Lumbini. It would be a must visit place if we wish to create more cause to be able to receive Vajrayogini practice in our future lives?

    But, I guess, it is of no use if we do not have the right motivation and action to go with it.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for always giving us comprehensive teachings on holy places and the motivation and visualizing during pilgrimages.

  24. Lin Mun on Sep 11, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing another holy places of Vajrayogini and Heruka. It is such a blessing to be able to visit all these holy places.

    Appreciate all the explanation on what make a place holy and what a pilgrimage can do at these places. I think it is very important to understand and set the correct motivation when visiting.

    I have not visited any of the above mentioned holy places yet except for Kechara Forest Retreat. However, this set as a good start and I’m sure by engaging more dharma workd and retreat I will have the affinity to visit holy places.

  25. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Sep 11, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Even when Rinpoche goes on a ‘holiday’ to take a break, it’s somewhere that is imbued with Dharma significance. Thank you Rinpoche for explaining the basis of what makes a place. This is a post everyone should read before they go on pilgrimage anywhere, not just Jog Falls, because it makes their pilgrimages that more meaningful than just another holiday.

    When Rinpoche took us to Bodhgaya in 2005, I remember the advice Rinpoche gave to us before we started circumambulating the Mahabodhi Stupa. Rinpoche advised us to visualise that we are walking to receive teachings from Shakyamuni. That whatever pains, obstacles, sufferings we had experienced in reaching Bodhgaya, we should visualise as the purification of our karma in order to receive the teachings.

    Then as we circumambulate, we recite mantras and prayers. In that way, our mind (visualising we are going to see the Buddha), our body (actually circumambulating) and our speech (reciting mantras) are all engaged in the virtuous act of making merit. Rinpoche advised us that our time in such a holy place was short so we should maximise the opportunity for us to make merits. I will never forget this teaching.

    Anyway I wanted to share with everyone these beautiful pictures of another holy place – Pabongka Monastery, just north of Lhasa in Tibet. I hope you like them.

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  26. Sofi on Sep 11, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the story of the holy place, Jog Falls, one of the places where Buddha Heruka and Vajrayogini’s energies abide in. It would be wonderful to offer prayers there. Now I understand further what constitute a holy place and what we should do at places as holy as this and how we can gain the benefits of the blessings.

    As Lew said, Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong is a very holy place due to our precious Guru residing there and all the prayer and offering activities engaged there. With the many large holy statues and Vajrayogini Stupa consecrated and placed at various places of Kechara Forest Retreat blessing all as they make offerings, pray, circumambulate and make strong aspirations. We even had the blessings of the powerful enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden graced our land in taking trance of the 7th Panglung Kuten and with Karch Marpo too. It is all thanks to our compassionate Guru who made it all possible for everyone to receive the blessings and a place for us to learn & practice towards gaining attainments. May we all never forget his love for us and strive to fulfil his wishes which will benefit so many.

  27. Lew on Sep 11, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the meaning of “holy places”. There are many times we have heard people said Bodhgaya is very holy, but we don’t know what makes the place holy.

    Based on the reasons given, we can also conclude that Kechara Forest Retreat is a holy places, because: 1) There are many people engage retreats frequently; 2) Rinpoche had been giving teachings here in KFR; 3) Dorje Shugden has arrived in KFR before during trance session in 2015.

    I must say I am extremely fortunate to be able to work & do my practice in this very holy place. I pray more and more people can come to KFR to engage in even more retreats to make the place even more blessed.

  28. Sarah Yap on Sep 11, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing about Jog Falls and the attitude we should have when visiting holy places such as these.

    I remember reading an article written by Pastor Niral about the 24 holy places and I think it’s a very nice complement to this article for those interested to know more about the 24 holy places (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html#comment-715780)

    Many of us have been or perhaps are planning to visit holy places, which is an important component in our lives as Buddhists. However, I think most people may not be well equipped with the knowledge of what they should do in such holy places, making the trip nothing but a sight seeing trip or a holiday. Though we still get the blessings for physically being there, we could have derived more if we took the trip to a higher level, and make it a meaningful pilgrimage that will make a difference in our lives.

  29. Soon Huat on Sep 11, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this meaningful article. I always want to visit these holy places in India and Nepal especially those related to Lord Buddha and Vajrayogini. Pastor Patsy has given me a book of the photo of Vajrayogini holy temples and statues. I always browse the book and feel the energy of Vajrayogini and wish one day I will be able to receive the Vajrayogini Initiation from my Guru in this life.

    However, the closest holy place I can visit is KFR. It is our home center, I wish I can retire over there and work full time to serve my Guru and protect KFR. That is my dream and wish, I hope one day I can realize this dream after I settled my worldly commitment.

  30. Joy Kam on Sep 11, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Wow! I pray and wish that one day soon I will be able to make a pilgrimage trip to this beautiful powerful sacred place – Jog Falls.

    The water must be very healing… it would be nice to go there to do our sadhana or puja like what Rinpoche did with the monks. India and Nepal is truly a beautiful mystical land with so many powerful sacred places.

    I’m glad I went to Bodhgaya with Rinpoche, another powerful holy site where many of us receive refuge under a Bodhi tree 🙂
    Wouldn’t mind going there again and then to Jog falls.

    Thank you for sharing with us what makes a place holy… and this clearly shows that our Kechara Forest Retreat can be a pilgrimage site as well due to our aspirational prayers and of course the blessings of our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

  31. Alice Tay on Sep 10, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing this nice article about the holiest places that we should visit, do prayers, circumambulations, make offerings and pay homage to the Buddha eg The Mahabodhi Stupa at Bodhgaya , Lumbini, Sarnath-Varanasi, Kushinagara, Tsongkapa’s birthplace and meditation cave, Milarepa’s cave, Lake of Pelden Hlamo, Dorje Shugden’s Chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Jokhang where Jowo Rinpoche abides, Gaden Monastery, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Tashilunpo Monastery and so forth.

    These places are so holy with full of energies which would bless us and spiritual results will be quicker and also healing of our body expedited when we do any type of spiritual activity there.

    Nevertheless, not everyone is managed to visit each of the holy places. What we can do is to offer prostrations, butterlamps, prayers and meditations at our guru’s residence as according to Marpa the guru of Milarepa. In addition, we can recite the prayers to our guru is very auspicious also to ask for higher attainments.

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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
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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
3 months ago
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.
4 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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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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