Tsongkhapa’s daily practice (video commentary)

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 Tsongkhapa’s daily practice

  

 Tsongkhapa’s daily practice (with Chinese subtitle)

  

Dear friends,

Today I visited four large Buddhist Temples here in Kelantan State in East Coast Malaysia. Afterwards the blog team and I went to the Beach (August 8, 2011) to film a Paranormal episode, teachings on the Yoga of Tsongkhapa in abbreviated commentary and also a story about the attitude behind Dharma work.

Today the weather was really good, so we were able to do a lot of filming and photography. Some of the Kechara Depts were saying they don’t have recent photos of me to use for various purposes, so we took a lot of photos at the beach.

I have taught the extended Guru Yoga of Tsongkhapa several times before and it took several days. Today I decided to give an explanation of the Yoga in very abbreviated form. I made it very abbreviated today for everyone’s benefit and finished the explanation in just an hour… that is really brief for such a profound practice. I recieved this practice from H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

I felt it is important for everyone to have a sadhana/practice/meditation to engage in daily as a way to connect with the Divine on the outside and especially on the inside. Something short, easy and effective…

The backdrop of the ocean and sound of the waves became an unexpected treat in this video. Please enjoy.

I have used one particular text of the Guru Yoga of Tsongkhapa in my recitation and explanation. There are a few versions of the English translations, and the words might be different somewhat than what I am reciting here in the video. But do not worry, the words may be slightly different than what you are using, but it is the same meditation. Don’t worry about the differences in words. There is no standard English translation.

I wish you all well. I have taped this explanation in just one hour so it is extremely abbreviated. Nevertheless, it still covers all the important points you will need for your daily practice of Lord Tsongkhapa. When depression, lack of self worth, fear, anxiety and little peace pervade our minds, environments and situations in this day and age, a meditation such as Tsongkhapa is essential, not an extra. It is essential. Take refuge in Tsongkhapa and this practice.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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Transcript

Just now I’ve recited the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa both in Tibetan and in English, sitting at this beach in eastern state of Kelantan, with a great view for everyone to see. And some soothing ocean sounds.

I believe today’s way of practicing Dharma and doing Dharma is much different than in my teachers’ generation and their teachers’ generation and the generation of the past. I’m not here to say that our method would be better, or their method is better, or what is better. What I’m trying to say is what is actually necessary now.

In today’s day and time, with the advent of technology, in the advent of many types of entertainment and places to go, easy travel, communication, Internet, conveniences, we find very little time for actual hard-core, sit-down-study-meditation spirituality. So I feel that it’s better to put something simple, it’s better to make something very simple. It’s better to make something easier for people to access and assess.

So I’ve received many practices and many sadhanas, and many teachings and many commentaries from my enlightened Gurus. And we’ve sat for hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of teachings on specific practices, tantric practices, sutric practices, many types of practices. And I, every day, keep up a long type of sadhanic recitation, little bit of meditational practices from my teachers. But a lot of the things that I do every single day would not suit many people of this generation and the upcoming generation. It doesn’t mean that the people are worse or it doesn’t mean that the people are bad. It just means that the time has changed.

As time changes, the presentation of Dharma, the practice of Dharma, the meditation and the actual contemplation on Dharma must also change. The Dharma should not change. Our commitment and our whole fated practice of the Dharma should not change. But the method, the timing, the place, the length will have to change because if it doesn’t change on its own, it will decline and disappear. So therefore, for all my friends, students and people who I have met and will meet in the future, I make this video for you with the sole motivation of giving you a practice, a meditation that is simple, that is short, yet extremely effective. And that is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa.

Lama Tsongkhapa, from his side, is a Buddha. Although we label him ‘he’, Tsongkhapa, he is without form, taste, colour, gender, time, past, present and future. He is all-abiding, he is all around, he is within you, he is outside of you, he is everything that pervades in the universe. At the same he is everything that pervades inside your universe, that you will tap into as your potential for Buddhahood. So he is a she, she is a he; he is neither, he is both, he is all. Buddhahood cannot be defined by the words that we wish to narrow it down to. So to make it simple, Tsongkhapa is an all-pervasive mind, all-pervasive being. It is a Buddha.

Tsongkhapa is not Tibetan. Tsongkhapa is not Theravadan, Mahayana, Vajrayana. Tsongkhapa is not Gelug, is not Nyingma, is not Sakya, is not Kagyu. Tsongkhapa, from his side, is without any labels. Tsongkhapa is a Buddha. So whatever background you come from, whatever religious sect – such as Theravadan, Vajrayana – you come from, it doesn’t matter. Tsongkhapa and what he represents is only a label that we have forced him to be confined into, to conform into. But from the side of Lama Tsongkhapa, there is no school. There is no confinement, there is no borders. Tsongkhapa is Buddha. Tsongkhapa and Buddha are synonymous. Buddha and Tsongkhapa is synonymous. Synonymous.

So is Tsongkhapa a Buddha? Yes. He is a Buddha. Are all Buddhas Tsongkhapa? Not necessarily. Is Tsongkhapa a fully enlightened Being? Yes, he is a fully enlightened Being. Is all Buddhas Tsongkhapa? Not necessarily which means he can and cannot be. ‘Can’ meaning? All the Buddhas’ nature and mind are one. Their compassionate nature and their wisdom are one, but there are Tara Buddhas, Vajrayogini Buddhas, Tsongkhapa Buddhas, Heruka Buddhas, Manjushri Buddhas, Avalokiteshvara Buddhas. But Tsongkhapa is a fully enlightened Buddha without name, space, barriers, borders or constricted to any time and place. That one we must make sure.

So when we see an image of Tsongkhapa, if we have a teacher, if we are fortunate enough to have a teacher, as I have had, who teaches from a genuine heart, genuine thoughts and genuine, sincere, compassionate motivation to liberate you and to help you, then that is a qualified teacher. Qualification is subjective. What is qualified in Gelugpa may not be the same in Kagyu. What is qualified in Nyingma may not be the same as in Theravadan. What is qualified in Sakya may not be the same as in Mahayana. So a qualified Guru is subjective according to what tradition you wish to enter. If there is such a thing as ‘qualified’. Tradition.

Now since you have met a teacher who has knowledge and who teaches you out of compassion, kindness, care and a genuine wish to benefit you…because if you think carefully, do you have great wealth to give to your teacher? Do you have great properties to give to your teacher? Do you have great knowledge to give to your teacher? Do you have great material things to offer to your teacher? If you don’t have any of that, and yet your teacher keeps you close, takes care of you, scolds you, nurtures you, passes the Dharma to you, that is a sign of a sincere teacher. If the teacher basically can get nothing from you and you can give nothing much to the teacher, yet the teacher still teaches you, that is a sign the teacher is genuine.

Why? A qualified teacher is a teacher who has compassion. A qualified teacher is a teacher who cares. A qualified teacher is someone that takes care of you now, and takes care of your death to be, and your bardo and your future lives. He sets the wheel and the motion going that you will be all right now and in the future. If that’s not a qualified teacher, what do you think a qualified teacher is?

So if one has found such a qualified teacher, then one should at this time visualise and think that, “I cannot see Lama Tsongkhapa directly yet. I cannot see Buddha Tsongkhapa directly but I can see my teacher. My teacher teaches me with compassion, skill, love, in peaceful means, in wrathful means, in skilful means in order for my mind to turn around. How kind my teacher is.” So if we were to do a sadhana every single day, without commitments, without vows, without initiation, without elaborate ceremony…one can sit on the beach, one can sit in the comfort of one’s home, one can sit inside your car, one can sit on the porch, in the yard, one can sit inside a temple in front of a Buddha statue – anywhere. Or one can have a simple shrine with a Lama Tsongkhapa image on top, some flowers, some incense, some beautiful biscuits and cookies, some water, can be laid out from your heart. And the purpose is that Tsongkhapa does not need these offerings but if you offer these offerings up to Tsongkhapa, you will collect the necessary merit to overcome the attachments of your five aggregates. So when you make sensory offerings to the Buddhas – offerings of the senses – you collect the propensity, the karmic propensity to overcome the attachments of the five aggregates. Now, the aggregate of sight, sound, taste, touch, mind, etc. – the five aggregates.

Now, if we’re in a rush every day, we can recite through the Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga just as I have done for you just now. My pronunciation is not very good because my pronunciation is a mixture of Central Province Tibet and Kham Province of Tibet, because most of my teachers are Khampa. Then when we go to the monastery, the monks my age speak a mixture of Central dialect, which is Lhasa. So when I pronounce Gaden Lhagyama, my dialect is not pure, it’s not clean, it’s all mixed up. On top of that, I mix it in with an American accent. So I wouldn’t follow my pronunciation of Lama Tsongkhapa but if you choose to, recite it from your heart, it’s all the same.

You can recite it in English, you can recite it in Tibetan. You can recite it in Tibetan, stop at each paragraph and contemplate it in English. You can recite it in English, stop at each paragraph and contemplate. So today I’m going to do a very short explanation on the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. Something short and simple and easy. When you recite the first line GA-DEN HLA-JI NGON-JYI THUG-KA NEY so that’s the first line,

From the heart of the Protector of the hundreds of deities of the Land of Joy,
Comes a cloud that resembles a mass of fresh, white curd,
Omniscient Lo-zang Drag-pa, King of the Dharma, together with your sons,
I request you to come here now.

What you visualise here, if you want to do the visualisation completely – although I’ll tell you in short – you visualise your mother on your left. Whether your mother and father is alive or passed away, it doesn’t matter – you visualise your mother on the left, you visualise your father on the right. You visualise your relatives, your brothers, your sisters, friends, sponsors, patrons and anyone who has been very kind to you, in a human form, behind you. Even your beloved pets such as your dogs, you visualise them in human form because it’s auspicious for them to be in a human form, to be able to practice the higher teachings. You visualise all those that love you behind you, that have helped you.

You visualise those that have hurt you, that have damaged you, that have done you any harm, you visualise them directly in front of you, looking in the same direction as you. Then all sentient beings in the oceans, on the land, in the mountains, in the skies, under the ground, in the universes, in the galaxies, on other planets, everywhere – the countless, countless, trang mey, without count – amount of sentient beings surrounding you completely. So if we look out into the vast ocean, we can visualise that every space on top of this ocean is filled with sentient beings. In the form of humans, youthful, beautiful, clean and looking at Lama Tsongkhapa with their hands folded, just like you. And in front of you, in the sky, is Lord Tsongkhapa…is Lord Tsongkhapa.

How do you visualise that? “From the heart of the Protector of the hundreds of deities of the Land of Joy…” – Ga-den. Ga wa gi den sa, ga wa gi den. “Ga wa” in Tibetan means happy, “den” means place or joyous abode. Happy place, joyous abode. That place is Tushita Heaven. In Sanskrit, Gaden is Tushita. In Tibetan, it’s called Gaden. And in English, we just say “Gaden”. So Gaden Monastery on earth is named after Gaden Paradise of Maitreya Buddha. So it’s Tushita.

So the Lord of Gaden Heaven is Maitreya Buddha. Maitreya Buddha is the next Buddha to come down to teach the sutras, not tantras. When Shakyamuni descended down from Tushita to enact the 12 deeds of a Buddha, he passed his crown to Maitreya. Maitreya became the next so-called ruler of Gaden Heaven or Tushita. So from Maitreya’s heart, from the Buddha Maitreya, you visualise he’s sitting in Western style on a chair, his hands in a Dharmachakra mudra, with two lotuses. On top of that is a Dharma wheel and a Tibetan vase. And in the form of a beautiful 16-year-old boy with long flowing locks of hair, partially tied up, with crowns, slender waist and round hips. Very soft, golden like honey – golden honey colour – smiling, very beautiful with broad shoulders, with all the signs of Enlightenment, the 112 signs of Enlightenment on his body, smiling blissfully.

And from his heart, a white cloud comes like yoghurt and it descends in front of you and on top of that sits the All-Knowing King of Dharma Lama Tsongkhapa, wearing the three robes of a monk, a yellow pandit’s hat, with a lotus and sword on top, and a lotus and le bum or wisdom texts…sitting cross-legged, full position – vajra-asana position – and smiling blissfully, white with a tinge of pink. Then on this side, which is facing you, which will be left, will be his regent of sutra Gyaltsab Rinpoche, the senior, white hair, wearing a pandit’s hat, sitting respectfully near his Guru Lama Tsongkhapa. And then on the other side, which will be on your right side, will be Khedrup Rinpoche, slightly wrathful in the form…in a pose of debate, slightly angry because Khedrup Rinpoche was a very anger-manifesting lama. He wasn’t angry inside but he showed a lot of anger, and he was very fierce in debate but he was highly enlightened. So in the form of debate, near his Guru, wearing a yellow pandit’s hat.

Or you can visualise Khedrup Rinpoche simply, with his…both of them, Khedrup and Gyaltsab Rinpoche, both with their hands on their lap and the other hand in teaching mudra, both. So Gyaltsab Rinpoche (points to his right), Khedrup Rinpoche (points to his left). Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Je Rinpoche, Khedrup Rinpoche. Gyaltsab and Khedrup Rinpoche, both their hands are in this position, wearing the robes of a monk.

Then you see Lama Tsongkhapa, the King of Dharma, together with his two sons. When they say ‘sons’ here, it doesn’t mean Tsongkhapa has a wife and he’s produced two sons. ‘Sons’ here refers to those who have taken refuge in the ‘father’ Lama Tsongkhapa and become a fully enlightened Being. From their refuge and practice, they are born forth as enlightened Beings. Those are his spiritual sons. Okay? So it’s not son of a parent/father. Then you visualise that in front of you altogether.

Try to hold that visualisation every single day. Start with just the hat, just the face. Start with a form, even if it’s not clear. The better you can do this visualisation, the better it is for you because by doing this visualisation, you develop a type of concentration. Not exactly shinay but a type of concentration where your mind becomes focused and it will be more receptive in the future towards achieving concentration, memory, understanding, listening and awareness and focus. So when you develop this type of concentration, your awareness of everything around you will be very fast and quick. Your memory will be very resplendent, very powerful. And your reading of other people’s body language and facial language, and speech will be very sharp and clear when you do this type of meditation. Why? Because you’re developing very powerful concentration. Alright?

So the next line…that’s what you visualise after you recite the first paragraph. After you recite the next paragraph:

O venerable Gurus, with white smiles of delight
Seated on lion-thrones, lotus and moon in the space before me,
I request you to remain for hundreds of aeons in order to spread the teachings
And be the supreme Field of Merit for my mind of faith.

Now you fold your hands to Lama Tsongkhapa and his two spiritual sons and what do you think? You think very carefully that they are smiling at you. They’re sitting on lion thrones with a lotus. On top of that is a moon. On top of that, they’re sitting there smiling, very happy. And immerse yourself in their smile. See light coming from their faces, see light coming from their bodies, see them very pleased with you and believe that you are loved. Believe that you are worthy. Believe that you can achieve something. Believe you can be more than what you have projected yourself to be. At this moment, develop a type of connection that you believe that you are worthy to be loved, you are worthy to be cared about, and you have the potential to love and to be loved, and to believe. Acceptance.

Think like that for a few minutes by meditating on Lama Tsongkhapa’s beautiful, youthful face, who is smiling at you and bright and glowing like the sun. Even when you close your eyes, you see it bright and glowing, and see acceptance. By having this acceptance, let go. Of looking good, looking bad. Let go of everything that you’re afraid of, let go of your insecurities. Let go of your face, let go of wanting to be right. Accept yourself and be who you are, and move on. Think like that.

Next one is you’re praising Lama Tsongkhapa’s qualities:

Your minds have the intellect that comprehends the full extent of what can be known,
Your speech with its excellent explanations, becomes the ear ornament for those of good fortune,
Your bodies are radiantly handsome with glory renowned.
I prostrate to you who to behold, hear or recall is worthwhile.

So what you can do now is, you can think, “Your mind, everything that exists, every single grain of sand, how many grain of sands there is, how many atoms there are in the sky, in the universe, how many water molecules – Lama Tsongkhapa, you perceive directly. Your mind is beyond any human restrictions of comprehension. Every single world, being, suffering, karma to be known, is known to your mind. You have no obstructions to your omniscience. Your speech, because of your fully enlightened nature of your mind, your speech is an ornament to those who hear it.”

What is an ornament? People put earrings in ancient times, princes and kings and nobility put earrings on their ear. Women put earrings on their ear to beautify, to ornament, to bring attention to how beautiful it is. So what is even better than an earring, what is better than gold and silver and jewels on the ear is the Dharma. So if you…so listening to your Guru’s Dharma, listening to the Dharma from Tsongkhapa, which is inseparable from your Guru, which when you hear the Dharma relaxes your mind, gives you knowledge, clears your ignorance, and gives you direction and hope, that is the best ornament for your ear.

Then on top of that, Lama Tsongkhapa’s body is beautiful, perfect in shape, no flaws, no scars, tall, resplendent, clean, shaped just like a celestial being. Yet when we see Lama Tsongkhapa’s beautiful handsome body, although it’s the best of the best, far surpassing any male supermodel, the best, it doesn’t create desire in your mind. It doesn’t create attachment in your mind. It creates awe because Lama Tsongkhapa has not committed any negativity with his body, and all his body is the manifestation of full Buddha Enlightenment. So to even see Lama Tsongkhapa’s body in the form of a statue, thangka or even in your meditations, is a blessing for the mind. So you’re praising Lama Tsongkhapa’s body, speech and mind in order to plant the seeds to achieve. When you praise a Buddha, you collect the merit and you collect the potential to achieve the omniscient mind, the perfect speech and the body that is resplendent with the 112 signs of a fully enlightened Being. So praising a Buddha is very powerful.

Then the next one is if you’re in nature, you see the beautiful ocean, the animals within, you see the sky, the sun, the trees around you, or if you’re in your meditation room you have your sensory offerings laid out – the next one is making offerings to Lama Tsongkhapa in order that one can overcome miserliness, selfishness and attachment. Attachment to form, attachment to taste, attachment to smell, attachment to words, attachment to thinking and thoughts, attachment to anything that can keep you imprisoned. So by offering up the sensory offerings or anything around you, you recite that and you recite that clearly, and then you stop for a moment and you think, “I offer everything up.” When you offer up everything correctly and you offer it consistently – ‘correctly’ means you truly offer it up – you will see your attachments become less. The gross attachments. Subtle, not yet; gross will become less. Which will help your mind become calmer. Your mind can only be calm if your attachments are less.

Then the next one is, if you’ve taken refuge vows, bodhisattva vows, tantric vows or you haven’t taken any vows, any negative karma you have collected from beginningless time up till now, you confess to Lord Tsongkhapa. Without hiding. And if you need to pause here and speak to him, and tell him what you have done and you have regretted, tearfully, from the heart, applying the four opponent powers, then you will purify that karma and stop it from increasing. So at this moment you release your guilt, release what you have done, release your fears and confess to Lama Tsongkhapa. Why? A fully enlightened Being has the ability and qualities for you to confess up to and get results.

Then the next one is, from the depths of your heart, you rejoice. ”O Protectors” – who are the Protectors here? Protector Tsongkhapa, Protector Khedrup Rinpoche, Protector Gyaltsab Rinpoche. Why are they Protectors? Because they are fully enlightened Buddhas and if we listen to the Dharma – their Dharma or Dharma, a Buddha’s Dharma – we will be protected from rebirth, from fears, from the Three Lower Realms, from samsara. We gain freedom from suffering; we will be protected. Therefore “O Protectors”…Protector Tsongkhapa, any Buddha is a Protector, any Buddha.

You are requesting the three Protectors, that in this degenerate age, when everything has become difficult, when everything has been tight, when everything has become so full of obstacles and problems and heartaches, that Lama Tsongkhapa still used his life, 100% for the Dharma. You rejoice in what he has done. You rejoice in what Shakyamuni has done. You rejoice in what your Gurus have done. You rejoice in what the Sangha have done. You rejoice in what your Dharma brothers and sisters have done. And anybody in anywhere who does anything good, rejoice. When you rejoice, you will counter jealousy. When you counter jealousy, you will achieve a state of mind that is peaceful, quiet, kind, forgiving and very, very accepting of others. People who are always not happy with what other people get, they always create schisms, problems and consequently other people do not like them and they segregate them.

So to counter this type of emotion, one should rejoice in the deeds of Tsongkhapa, of Shakyamuni, of the great Mahasiddhas Tilopa, Naropa, Mekhala, Kanakala. One should rejoice in the deeds of Dongbi Heruka. One should rejoice in the deeds of Trijang Rinpoche, Ling Rinpoche, in His Holiness the Dalai Lama. One should rejoice in the deeds of one’s Gurus, the Sangha, one’s Dharma brothers and sisters…and friends. Whenever someone does good, rejoice, congratulate them, send them a note, feel happiness from your heart. Why? You will counter jealousy. Okay?

So the next one is you are asking Lama Tsongkhapa, “O holy and venerable Lama, from the clouds of compassion”, to turn the wheel of Dharma. You’re asking Lama Tsongkhapa in the next line, “O holy and venerable Lama, from the clouds of compassion, that form in the skies of your Dharmakaya wisdom”, etc., you are asking him, like a rain that comes down from the clouds of the Dharmakaya…Dharmakaya is the ultimate Buddha body, the formless body of a Buddha, the ultimate achievement of a being is Dharmakaya or Buddhahood. You’re saying from the clouds of Dharmakaya come down a rain of teachings. So when you request Lama Tsongkhapa for teachings in this mind and you request from your heart, you may think, “Oh I’m asking a statue, I’m asking a visualisation for teachings, what effect is that? I request Lama Tsongkhapa for teachings every day but I still can’t see him, I still can’t hear him,” that’s not true. If you request Lama Tsongkhapa for teachings, and you request every single day, then you will plant the seeds in your mind, the karmic seeds, to receive teachings. Then when you request truthfully and honestly, then you will create the karma that you will be near a teacher, you will gravitate towards teachings, you will gravitate towards Dharma books, you will gravitate towards Dharma study.

And when you listen to a teacher, when you go near a teacher, when you listen to the Dharma, when you read Dharma, you will be attracted, you will acknowledge, you will feel it is correct and you will practice. So when you pray every day from Guru Yoga to Lama Tsongkhapa, every single day when you pray in that manner, and you request Lama Tsongkhapa to teach you, in this life and in future lives, from a very young age, you will not be attracted to samsara, to money, to fame, to material gains, to acquisitions. You will not be attracted to vice or to activities that hurt others. You will be near a spiritual teacher. You will listen to the teachings. You will follow and you will think it’s correct.

 

By requesting Lama Tsongkhapa for teachings every day, you are requesting a Buddha for teachings every day. And when you request a Buddha for teachings, you create the karma to receive teachings. And when you receive teachings, naturally you will have to receive it from a teacher. Naturally you will gravitate towards the teacher of your karma. Naturally you will want to be near a teacher, naturally you will want to be near the Sangha, naturally you will want to listen to more Dharma. Naturally when you listen to Dharma, you will feel happy and you want to practice. So from this request, you can plant the seeds of receiving the Dharma, and not be pulled away to more fears. So this prayer to Lama Tsongkhapa, although short and simple, is very powerful.

The next one is you dedicate. You dedicate all the good things that you have done, all the good things that others have done, all the powerful things that others have enacted, you dedicate it this highest of the high, the supreme, the most supreme, which is Enlightenment. When you dedicate it towards that, the next day or the evening when you get angry, it will not burn up or eradicate the merits you have achieved. When you don’t dedicate, it is like piling up something in the sand and immediately the waves destroy it. So when you kind of pile it up in the sand and you kind of put something on it to solidify it, even the waves come, it cannot knock it down. So dedication of the merits is very important because it helps you to keep and store the merits you have collected for a future time to be triggered open for attainments. So dedication is very important.

Then the next one is, the next one is, offering the mandala. One can do the long one, one can do the short one, one can do with the mudra, one can take one’s mala and visualize it. One of the reasons why sometimes Tibetans put jewels on their mala or precious items is when they make mandala offerings, they are offering something very precious. So when you make mandala offerings like this, you recite the mandala offerings, you visualize that this is Mount Meru in the center, the four continents, the sun and moon on the top, everything beautiful and wonderful that’s in samsara is here, visualized and symbolized by you.

For example when we give the key to the city to someone, the key…I mean in the city there are thousands and millions of key holes, one key cannot open everything but it’s symbolic that this key opens the city’s hearts to you. Similarly the mandala is a symbology of everything beautiful and excellent in samsara and you offer it up. And on top of that you offer your attachments, you offer your happiness and your sadness. How is it you can offer your sadness to a Buddha? Because the Buddha cannot feel sadness, but they can receive any gifts you give. How can we give the gift of sadness? We are not dumping our sadness to the Buddha, we are offering it up so it is not a part of us so we don’t need to keep experiencing it so that we keep creating more negative karma from it. In that way the Buddha will be very happy to receive.

So after that “OM IDAM GURU RATNA MANDALAKAM NIRAYATAYAMI” that is the mantra of offering up to the Three Jewels. Then you think that Lama Tsongkhapa has received your mandala – Tsongkhapa cho rang gey men dey ya shey bey res – he’s accepted it, think like that. Then you recite…then for a moment you think…at each one you can meditate more or less, it is up to you. Then you can do the mantra. You can do the mantra:

MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHENREZIG
DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG
DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG
GANG-CHEN KE-PEY TSUG-GYEN TSONGKHAPA
LO-SANG TRAG-PEY SHAB-LA SOL-WA DEB

What a nice time to take pictures.

Now MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHENREZIG is equivalent to OM MANI PADME HUM
DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG is equivalent to OM AH RA PATSA NA DHI
DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG is equivalent to OM BENZA PANI HUM
GANG-CHEN KE-PEY TSUG-GYEN TSONGKHAPA, all of you is Tsongkhapa
LO-SANG TRAG-PEY SHAB-LA SOL-WA DEB, at your feet Lama Tsongkhapa, I prostrate.

So when you do the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa you are doing the mantra of compassion OM MANI PADME HUM. So you will be able to develop boddhicitta – loving compassion, great compassion – and let go of anger and fears. When you recite DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG, it’s equivalent to OM AH RA PATSA NA DHI so you are reciting the mantra of wisdom. So when you recite the mantra of Manjushri’s wisdom, you will gain great memory, the power of debate, the power of speech, the power of memory, the power of recollection, the power of correct perception, the power of seeing reality as it really is: empty of true existence which we are holding on to. So therefore when your recite this mantra it is very powerful for developing one’s mind and memory. Hence this mantra is wonderful for kids to do every single day. Parents should encourage kids to do Guru Yoga and especially the Migtsema. It is very, very, very powerful.

The next one is if we have psychosis, fears, we have lack of self-confidence or we have spirit disturbances, possessions, and we have…we see negative beings disturbing us, if we see forces that try to harm us, by reciting DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG is equivalent to OM BENZA PANI HUM, the bodhisattva of protection, the bodhisattva of expelling inner and outer demons which is Vajrapani. So instead of OM BENZA PANI HUM, if you recite that third line line, Vajrapani is included to dispel negative energy, negative thoughts, negative emotions. That’s why when we do Lama Tsongkhapa’s mantra, it is very powerful for releasing us from depression and unhappiness and sadness. And we should do Lama Tsongkhapa’s mantra as much as possible in this day and age because although outwardly although we have so much, although outwardly we have so many conveniences, inwardly we have become more unhappy.

So therefore as you see, the more we work, the more we acquire, the more we buy, the more commitments we have, the more unhappy we become. So acquisition and getting things is not the secret to happiness. That is not. So therefore the more we get, the more we have, the more unhappy we become. So in this day and age, depression, suicide, thoughts of harming ourselves, locking ourselves away, or reacting back negatively, or harming others to release our pain has become something that is very common in order to release depression and unhappiness, and to gain some freedom, to get some momentary release. So these moments can build up into bigger releases of the mind. Migtsema is very, very powerful. So one can recite this mantra during one’s meditation every day, or one can recite it in the car, anywhere. You don’t have to recite it together with the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, you can recite it on its own, which is very, very powerful.

Then the next line, after you recite the mantra as much as you like, after you recite the mantra, then you can insert Setrap’s prayer for protection, Setrap’s black tea, or you can insert just Setrap’s mantra and then continue with the rest, that’s up to you. Or you don’t need to insert anything, you can just continue down. So when you recite the next line, there are three more paragraphs.

The first of the three, you’re reciting for your Guru to come down and dissolve into you. What you visualize is this: you visualize the thrones of the two sons dissolve into them, they all dissolve into Lama Tsongkhapa, then Lama Tsongkhapa’s throne and lotus and moon dissolves into him. He dissolves into a small light in front of you. Small Tsongkhapa with light around him into you, you visualize that.

Then when you recite the next paragraph, you visualize Lama Tsongkhapa, now who is all the Buddhas, bodhisattvas and deities, in the form of golden light and he’s inside, mini. The size of a thumb – light, clear, luminescent – come and sit on your crown, facing out.

Then when you recite the third line, you can visualize Lama Tsongkhapa turn into light or as is, going down your central channel. You should visualize from the top of your crown all the way down to your heart centre; below that you don’t need to think about it this time. You think of a blue tube with a red inside and then at the end of the tube, there is a lotus – eight-petalled lotus is fine at this time – pink, and then with a moon cushion waiting, empty. Then when you recite the third line and the last line, you are requesting Lama Tsongkhapa to melt into you.

So this is your central channel. This is the channel in which, when you die, all your winds will gather here. All your winds will gather here and you can hold your wind there and stay in tukdam. You can hold your wind there…when you are staying in tukdam, you are not just staying in blissful meditation, you are in complete awareness. That means when you are in that state, although your body is clinically dead, the heartbeat has stopped, the breathing has stopped, you will not decompose or smell in any way. When you hold your wind in that area; the wind is your mind…your mind, your subtle mind travels on the wind.

So in the central channel your winds will gather at the time of death, and clinically you will be dead but you can stay in this central channel. And when you are in this central channel, without your eyes, ears and physical brain, you will perceive everything and anything in the universe. All sounds and thoughts and smells. Everybody around you, everybody anywhere, you will see and perceive. You will be in a natural state of your mind, clear light. And you can abide in this meditation for one day, three days, eight days, nine days, one month, one year. And when you’re ready to leave your tukdam meditation, then your light, your mind will leave your central channel, out, and leave your body.

When it leaves your body, then a little bit of the blood will come out here (points to nostril), and a little bit of blood will come out from your lower regions and you will start decomposition because your mind has left. So highly attained lamas can hold the wind in their central channel. You and I, we don’t have that power right now but we can gain that power. So the last line you recite in Lama Tsongkhapa’s meditation is, Lama Tsongkhapa is sitting on top and the central channel and the lotus in your heart is your mind. The lotus in your heart is not a real lotus. It is your subtle mind in the form of a lotus, waiting to become one with Tsongkhapa. So when you recite the last line “PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE, DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA, KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE, JANG-CHUB NYING-PO BAR-DU TAN-PAR SHUG”, you visualise Lama Tsongkhapa descending through your central channel. And he sits on your lotus…and when he sits on your lotus at your heart, you feel great lights permeating your whole body from Lama Tsongkhapa. Lama Tsongkhapa and your mind has become one, and he is permeating your body. And from the pores of your skin, the lights permeate and go out to the ten directions. And you’re surrounded in this light, protected in Lama Tsongkhapa’s wisdom, compassion and skilful power. You, your mind and Lama Tsongkhapa has become one.

And the lights go into the ten directions, to the oceans, to the seas, to the mountains, to the sentient beings, to all ghosts and spirits, to the hells, to the devas, to the demigods and it goes to the other galaxies and universes, and the light touches every single sentient being and blesses them, and turns them into Lama Tsongkhapa. You should think like that and abide in that meditation if you can, for a few moments or more. And do not hold your breath and focus here too strong, because your winds will gather and you will feel a choking sensation. You should think at this time, Lama Tsongkhapa and me are one. And then focus clearly and strongly and think, “I am not stupid. I will not…I do not lie. I will not hurt others. It is easy for me to give. It is easy for me to help. It is easy for me to memorise and to learn. It is easy for me to benefit. It is easy for me to bring happiness to others. I will only bring happiness to others. I will bring others no harm. I will cessate and cut off all causes to negative karma. I will live my life to benefit others.” And think these thoughts and infuse yourself within this light, and sit like that for a few moments, meditating that you and Lama Tsongkhapa are one.

Think that your sleep will be deep when necessary, but you will have full awareness. Then last but not least, the cloud that Lama Tsongkhapa was floating on, a string of it is still connected to him. So remember Lama Tsongkhapa was sitting on a fresh curd-like white cloud, and on top of that was his throne and him. Well all that has dissolved into him but the cloud is still there. And the cloud is connected to Lama Tsongkhapa, which is one with your mind. When Lama Tsongkhapa sits on your heart, that you and him are one, your heart…your mind is represented by the lotus. You and him are one. You’re not separate, he and the lotus has become one. It’s like a lotus filled with water…a lotus-shaped glass filled with water and then a Lama Tsongkhapa glass filled with water and you put it together, the two waters just mix, become one. And then the cloud, from your heart, goes through your central channel, no pain, and leaves the exit of your crown and it goes up to Tushita Heaven.

And it goes directly to where? Its origin, Maitreya’s heart. You should think you’re connected to the Buddha of great compassion and the future Buddha-to-be, all the time. So when you’re walking here and there, you should think that the light or the cloud-like string automatically stretches. You shouldn’t think, “Oh if I close the car door, it cuts.” It cannot cut. It cannot dismember, it cannot stretch…don’t think that, “Oh if I’m on this beach, it’s this long but if I go somewhere, it’s got to stretch out. But if I come back to the beach and I have an extra pile of string clouds,” you shouldn’t think like that. It condenses and expands automatically because the cloud is not a physical cloud. It is the compassion, wisdom and omniscience of Maitreya, Tsongkhapa Buddha. So the cloud condenses and shrinks and expands as and when necessary. And when you sleep at night, you should think of the cloud immediately.

You should think before you sleep – don’t think tomorrow, this and that, don’t worry – think that the cloud is connected to Maitreya and fall asleep because if you should die that night, it will help you to take rebirth in Tushita Heaven. Then the minute you wake up in the morning, don’t think “breakfast, how, this, that” – don’t. The minute you wake up, train yourself to immediately visualise the string going to Tushita Heaven. Create that awareness because in that day, should you have…you have something happen to you and you should die – I hope not – the last thing you thought about is a string to Maitreya Paradise. So it will help you to have self-powa, self-powapowa is the transference of consciousness. To transfer your consciousness from your rough, organic, gross body, to a subtle body that can receive the Dharma in one of the pure lands of the Buddha. I repeat, powa is the transference of your consciousness from your rough, gross, degenerate body to that of a subtle body, that can receive the Dharma in one of the Buddha realms. So you should think like that all the time.

What I’m explaining to you in short today came from the incomparable emanation of Heruka, which is Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He explained all this to us. He gave these teachings. He told us exactly what I am telling you right now. What I have shared with you right now is exactly what His Holiness, the emanation Heruka Buddha, Zong Rinpoche taught us in Los Angeles. So therefore what I’m saying to you is condensed but it has a lineage and it has a practice. You can do this meditation without initiation. You can do this practice without commitments and vows. And in fact, before you take higher commitments and higher tantras and more commitments, you should do this practice every day. Why? You should train yourself to get into the mode, to be used to a commitment, not to feel that the commitment binds you or ties you up, but the commitment actually is a method to release you to what binds you here. So the practices you do in Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga is not something you are bound to, like, “Uh oh, I gotta do my sadhana…uh oh I didn’t do my sadhana…uh oh I’ve made a promise to do my prayers…oh I’ve got to do a mantra…uh oh I’m stuck.” You shouldn’t think like that. In fact, your sadhana is not something that binds you. Your sadhana’s actually the key and the method to release you. So today, you do not need to get oral transmission. Even if you don’t recite this correctly – like me, I don’t recite it correctly because I don’t have good pronunciation – it’s still powerful and real if you are real about it. So if you want a short concise practice every single day, please do Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice. Please do the Guru Yoga as I have explained today…explained to you today. And I gave you a short meditation to do with it every single day. So I hope very much you will do so, and I wish you well.

Let’s take a look at the ocean while I recite Shantideva’s dedicational prayer. As you look at the ocean waves, please listen to my dedication. After you do Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga, it will be very good to do a dedication prayer and I choose the one by Shantideva, which is the condensation of the ten-chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara.

May all beings everywhere
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind,
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
By virtue of my merits.

May no living creature suffer,
Commit evil or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
With a mind weighed down by depression. May no one ever have depression.

May the blind see forms
And the deaf hear sounds.
May those whose bodies are worn with toil,
Be restored on finding repose.

May the naked find clothing
The hungry find food
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks.

May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy;
May the hopeless find hope,
Constant happiness and prosperity.

May there be timely rains
And bountiful harvests;
May all the medicines be effective
And wholesome prayers bear fruit.

May all who are sick and ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May they never occur again.

May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed;
May the powerless find power
And the people think of benefiting each other.

For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world.

That last line is very beautiful, I’m going to recite while you’re looking at the ocean and the waves.

For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world.

This is the meditation that you can do every single day, short and sweet. If you have time, please do it with the visualisation that I have explained to you just now. If you don’t have time, just recite it. If you’re really pressed for time, or you’re sick, just recite Migtsema. Every single day, just recite Migtsema. I urge you to do it because it will benefit you. Zong Rinpoche said so. Ling Rinpoche said so. Trijang Rinpoche said so. Even His Holiness the Dalai Lama has mentioned it in the past. So therefore all the great masters recommend us to do this practice, simple and easy, for those who are overwhelmed with so much commitments.

Do this every day, without any sort of fear that you’re not doing enough because when you recite Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga, it is complete. Short, powerful, complete and simple – do it every day with or without meditation. If you can do it every day with meditation, it is much better. And recite the mantra from your heart. Any time, any place. Bless animals with the mantra; when you see animals, bless them. When you see birds, when you see animals to be slaughtered, bless them by reciting the mantra and letting them hear it. Do this practice every single day and experience the methods to peace, happiness, harmony and letting go. Thank you.

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  1. chris chong on May 13, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this powerful practice with us here. I had started this practice 8 months ago and I had already felt a difference in my moods and well being. Negative moods appear less and I am generally more happy now. This practice also helped me with my stress and I felt refreshed after this practice. I will start to add in the visualization part to have a more effective practice.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  2. Rachel P C on Nov 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    This teaching is a gift. Thank you Rinpoche for making Ganden Lhgyama so easy to learn and so accessible. I have been able to learn it in Tibetan by listening to this recording over and over and it’s special to say it along with you. I have had the goal to learn this for a very long time- since you first suggested in a teaching that we learn it by heart and then we will always have something holy in us. I haven’t quite committed it to heart but I will. It will always be part of me now. Something I hoped to do and doubted I could – by listening to this recording I learned 1 para a week. It served as a teaching for me on persistence and consistency. Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for this gift to us. May you be strong and healthy and may you live long and continue to bring many beings to the Dharma.

  3. Pema Thinley on Nov 8, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    this is so powerful teaching. I loved it so much and now found it much inspiring to do it after knowing the meanings. But one thing I am not sure is that, During Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga i feel like i am not including My guru. Feels like i am grading my Guru lower than Tsongkhapa, with the contrast of what Rinpoche mentioned in one dharma teaching that we should think our Guru one with any Buddha we visualize, not separate or lower.

    thank you,
    Humbly your student
    Pema

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  9. jerry_sito on Sep 16, 2013 at 11:52 am

    感谢仁波切的教导与开示

    倘若没有仁波切在,我想我们无法掌握那么多的修行细节,即使我们花了再长的时间修行,也无法真正领悟到其中的窍门

    我非常喜欢这个法门,因为透过修习Tsongkhapa大师的上师瑜伽法,让我感觉跟仁波切有很贴近的感觉,然我更懂得感恩与关怀更多的人

    每每重复的看着师父的开示,就每一次都有不同的领悟,倘若没有仁波切,我根本没有机会好好的学习与领悟这殊胜的法门

    感恩仁波切,祈愿您常驻在世长转法轮

  10. Jim Yeh on Sep 15, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for taking the time to do the video commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga.

    This video helped me a great deal in my visualization. I used to dread visualizations, because my mind just wandered here and there. But just like what Rinpoche mentioned in an example before, our mind is like our body, when we go to the gym to workout, it will hurt for the first few days because we have never worked out before, but as we train on a daily basis, our muscles will grow and we can do more. Similarly, our minds have not done this before and it does take a great deal of effort at first. I have not mastered visualization yet, but I’m definitely getting better and more focused at it.

    The visualization also helps me remember the kindness of my parents and the people around me. Lastly, at the end of the Guru Yoga, we are connected to the future Maitreya Buddha, so that what ever may happen in our unpredictable life, we will be able to self-transfer ourselves to Tushita heaven. How incredibly lucky is that!

    Thank you Rinpoche!

  11. Patsy on Jul 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for always making dharma accessible to all of us. The setting of this dharma talk is so nice; on the beach and the sound from the ocean.

    Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa may be short and simple yet so powerful and profound as it has all the 84,000 Teachings of the Buddha. This is a suitable practice for people of our time; in this degeneration age, when our minds are distracted by mundane activities.

  12. Dragos Mitrofan on Jun 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    very special !!!

  13. Leu Chong Hin (KH) JB on Jul 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    這個视频给我更了解应该如何正确的学习Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa。上師的教悔不管是思維,感覺,情緒給我的感受是很自然及平靜。這種心情,情緒是舒服是高興。用心明白。謝謝。

  14. Kamala on Jun 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you,Rinpoche.You add so much Beauty to my life with your teachings.

  15. Boon on Jun 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you very much Tsem Rinpoche for sharing the Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga practice with us. Thank you very much for your kindness compassion!!!

  16. Lin on Mar 4, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I really Rinpoche’s site, and his students, whom I chatted with online. It’s nice and friendly here, which I like.

  17. pat on Feb 19, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for helping me out with very clear explanation on Guru Yoga.Now i can do my daily sadhana correctly especially the visualisation part which is very important that i left out.Truly a great benefit for myself….& others too..TQVM

  18. yenpin on Feb 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    谢谢Rinpoche的解释的那么清楚。
    观想是对我们这么重要的,不要认为观想没有用。这一段是在Tsongkhapa的书里面看到,(在迦叶佛(Buddha Kashyapa)的时代,有一个小孩将沙子观想成黄金,并将它放到迦叶佛的钵碗中。由于这一分全然的诚意,他不但建立了菩提迦耶寺,为僧人贡献良多,还将佛法弘扬开来)

  19. beckyyap on Feb 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, for the video.
    That’s a very clear explaination for this precious teachings.
    We are very fortunate to receive the this teaching and know how to practice the prayer. It is very beneficial for us to do Guru Yoga prayer come with protector prayer in daily with the visualization. It can help us to calm down our mind, eventually our bad thought will reduce and it’s like charging our positive energry into our mind.
    Therefore, in my opinion after I practice the prayers I felt more peaceful.

  20. PhillisChin on Feb 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Thank You so much for your compassion sharing. It is very clear and i can understand more on the practice, thank you ^^, And never forget the lovely people behind the scene, can see from the shadow under the hot sun ;p Heee ;p Thank You!!!

    This touch my heart when watch this video. The sincerity, compassion, love from the way Rinpoche’s talks.We are so so fortunate to have such precious Guru. We must treasure!

  21. Helena on Feb 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you very much for the clear explanation on Guru Yoga. I also need to go through the video a few times again 🙂
    Thank you so so much Rinpoche _/\_
    Much care, Helena

  22. Louise Lee on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I love this post !! that is very clear & direct information. We can be more clear during we do visualize.

    If we doing our prayer we correct visualize, that is very meaningful !!

    Thank you!

  23. Julia Tan on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us such a powerful meditation and prayer. it is very easy short, very beautiful and powerful. I have been doing guru yoga as my daily sadhana for many years. Rinpoche’s teaching this time gave me a lot more details on the meditation part. Guru yoga had helped me a lot when i was going through the hard time with my ex husband. When Rinpoche said: “We are not dumping our sadness to the Buddha, we are offering it up so it is not a part of us so we don’t need to keep experiencing it so that we keep creating more negative karma from it. In that way the Buddha will be very happy to receive.” Buddha received a lot of my sadness, complaints, angers, jealousy and bitchiness. It peaced my mind whenever i did that and gave me strength to move on. made me believed that i am a good person again. heheh..

    When Rinpoche mentioned about we should think of the string from Tushita Heaven actually attached to us all the time. Think about the string as the last thing before we sleep, the minute we wake up in the morning. Hence, the last thing we thought about is a string to Maitreya Paradise. So it will help us to have self-powa so that we can receive the Dharma in one of the Buddha realms when we die. Yes, i might die after I fall as sleep or at the moment I step out of my door or when I’m having my lunch. I will think of the string like that all the time to make sure I will be connected to Meitreya Paradise so that when I die I will have a chance to practice dharma again in my next life..

    No one shall give any excuses to not to do guru yoga practice if we are sincere.

    Love, Julia

  24. kwok wai on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    This is the third time i,ve watched this amazing video and everytime i learn something new or discover something different. I am really grateful to receive such immaculate and powerful teachings from such authentic lineage. Thank you, Rinpoche for your love and care.

  25. justin cheah on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for always finding new ways to spread the Dharma and holy teachings of Lord Tsongkhapa’s.

    I have noticed, as time passes by, Rinpoche has been very creative to make the Dharma even more simpler for the modern society. With the teachings available on the blog, you tube and other websites, more people will get to receive the precious teachings!

    Thank you very much Rinpoche!

  26. Siong Woan on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    THANK YOU is far from enough to express our gratitude to you for taking the trouble to make this video teaching. It should be referred to from time to time to check if we have done the practice correctly.

    Love
    Siong woan

  27. Hui Keng on Feb 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for always so kind and compassionate. Your passion in gifting the Dharma to all beings really touches my heart. You genuinely want to benefit everyone so they may be liberated of suffering and you do this every minute, every second tirelessly.

  28. Yvonne Yap on Feb 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche to sharing this video,today our head of department sharing Rinpoche’s video,and explain how to do our Tsongkhapa daily practice and why we should do,now i understand how important for and more clear about doing daily practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

  29. DR on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for making this available to all. Rinpoche explained it so well, as always. Nice setting too instead of the usual ‘Lama teaches in gompa’ kinda concept.

    Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Tsongkhapa) is so appropriate for us of such degenerate times because it is not as difficult as some other practices in terms of visualization yet just as profound. I remember reading somewhere that once a disciple who was already doing Gaden Lhagyama requested Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche to give him a higher practice. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche gave this student Gaden Lhagyama. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche told the student that it is the most profound teachings as it contains the essence of all 84,000 of Buddha’s teachings! Wow!!!

  30. alen kok on Feb 10, 2012 at 3:04 am

    May all the merits dedicate to the long life of Tsem Tulku

  31. Don Buchwalter on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    This is truly a beautiful teaching by Rinpoche!

    The Lord Tsongkhapa practice is a treasure that I cherish more than anything!

    Thank you, Rinpoche!

  32. freon on Dec 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you Guru, for this valuable information. Everytime i forget, i can listen to this record, i try to do the prayer. This prayer become more meaningful with the explanation of Guru. Thank you

  33. Natalie on Nov 27, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you for all your teachings and I pray for your long life, good health and success in all your wishes. I live in another country but feel I have still benefited from your kindness.

  34. andrew hibberd on Oct 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    the more natural we can make our hardcore teachings for our children
    the better we become

  35. sgcawaii on Sep 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Rinpoche and team really thanks for the effort. Really still enjoy the blog keep it going!

  36. ngeowchin on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for always making Dharma teachings and practices so accessible to all.
    I had just introduced and gave some brief explanation on Guruyoga to Shanghai Study group during my last trip there. I will be make sure all the members will learn the practice following your above teaching and explanation . Thank you for always supporting my small dharma teaching effort. You are more precious than a wishfulling jewel.

  37. lucy yap on Aug 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    Such wonderful teaching and beautiful sounds from the ocean!Thank you Rinpoche for your great compassion to benefit all.Lama Tsongkapa’s Guru Yoga practice brings peace,healing and harmony for those who practice.Thank you Rinpoche for your compassionate heart!

  38. Uncle Eddie on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Many heartfelt thanks to our kind guru, who, with the backdrop of the ocean and the sound of blissful waves, shows us the recitation and the chanting of Tsongkapa’s guru yoga for our daily practice to collect and gain merits for our spiritual developments. The foundation for every realisation in spirituality, is said to rely on a kind guru’s guidiance. We earnestly pray for the kind blessings of the Devine for our efforts and devotion to be able to develope and bring tremendous benefits to all sentient beings. May our compassionate kind guru who guides on this spiritual path and all our friends who practice it have long healthy lives, so as always, to remain to dispel the ignorance of all beings! “OM MANI PADME HUM”.

  39. Alizson Ng on Aug 12, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and the team who are so creative.

    The beach is always a romantic place. It is my enjoyment and happiness
    to read the blog every day. Is a wonderful way to bring love and joy to
    the world.  Metta

  40. Kiersten on Aug 12, 2011 at 5:23 am

    This was such a wonderful teaching. I’m so glad that I was able to watch and take notes on this practice. Your explanation of the visualization was superb and I want to do this daily now! I hope that as I continue to learn that I will continue to be able to learn from you, Rinpoche. Thank you!

  41. ng on Aug 11, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I’ve never seen Dharma being taught in such a setting before. Beautiful, peacefull , mind opening backdrop. It’s really like watching a movie instead of a typical classroom dharma talk. I feel a bit ashamed that i like it so much because dharma should be loved just as much, regardless of the backdrop.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your unending ways in spreading the dharma. It’s really amazing !

  42. Lim Han Nee on Aug 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for thinking of us always. This very lucid and powerful teaching and explanation of the concise practice of Je Tsongkapa’s Guru Yoga with visualizations, will bring tremendous benefits to all of us. It is easy to practice and so suitable for us in a world where we are driven by so many mundane distractions every day of our lives.

    It is especially meaningful if we can keep a continual focus on the string of light that connects our subtle mind to Maitreya Buddha’s heart in Tushita Heaven and especially on Buddha Tsongkapa sitting on the lotus seat at our heart and our mind as one with Tsongkapa.

  43. Kunya on Aug 11, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    A heartful thank you for all your teachings about dharma basics and great motivation to practice. I drink them like nectar and feel infinitely grateful to finally have a practical approach to the teachings and put them into practice! Thank you so much.

  44. tenzin llhamo on Aug 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    Eric Siow was watching this website and it’s about a group of people from Hong Kong that goes around Asia filming paranormal. Their teacher is a Taoist priest and he guide/teach them during the filming. It is in Cantonese therefore Rinpoche will need someone to translate while watching. Eric tells me there are a lot of exciting movie clips on their website.

    http://gytam.newmonday.com.hk/

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  45. Maggie Chang on Aug 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your love and blessing. I would like to dedicate these to Rinpoche’s health, my parents and all the sentient beings, specially from the ocean.

  46. Mercedes on Aug 10, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Thank you so much dear Rinpoche,this is awesome!!!!! Always with much love and blessings to you,your pets,and the wonderful Kechara people :)))))))

  47. Rita van der Wijden on Aug 10, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Thank you for this most clear and precious teaching. Lama, at your feet I bow.

    • Michelle Tan on Feb 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      I like your humbleness. Cheers.

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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jun 25. 2016 08:33 PM
    I agree we do resemble our parents be it positive or negative values. Nevertheless it is for us to change if we realised that it is negative values that we are having.

    We cannot put all the blame to our parents. We control our mind and are responsible for our own behaviour. Especially now that we are learning dharma, the more it should trigger that we need to transform our mind for the better.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/we-are-our-parents.html
  • samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jun 25. 2016 04:28 PM
    samfoonheei on Jun 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm
    Christian’s story inspire each and everyone of us.It’s amazing to know that a boy at such a young age could ever think of keeping his hair to help others.He will be a great leader some day having such a beautiful heart.
    Thank you Rinpoche for such a inspiring article
    .http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/an-8-year-old-boy-with-a-mission.html
  • Joy
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  • samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 11:05 PM
    samfoonheei on Jun 24, 2016 at 11:02 pm
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing those amazing pictures and beautiful post on Ganden Sumtseling Monastery.One of the most special features of the monastery is its blending of Tibetan and Chinese-style architecture which i admired.Its just amazing looking at those beautiful murals as well.The monastery is so rich in history for one to visit.
    Thanks again

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ganden-sumtseling-monastery.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 09:33 PM
    Before we are qualified to preach the noble Dharma, we must learn and understand the Dharma from our Guru. On top of that, we must put in practice what we learnt daily. Hence, we must be humble to learn the Dharma and be persistent to apply and practice. Once we are a pure vessel to receive Buddha’s Dharma, the sharing will be more impactful.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for the very important teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/the-supreme-merit-of-preaching-dhamma
  • samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 03:41 PM
    Samfoonheei on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm
    it’s amazing to know that Vijra Yogini do exist long time in China and they do practice much earlier. I do enjoy reading it …it’s so interesting to know the history .even though I have,nt got a chance to visit it but I do consider that I am lucky to see some of those beautiful images posted here.Tibetian Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism is more or less similar though the deity defer by appearence.May more people be blessed with the practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative and interesting post.
    With folded hands.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/vajravarahi-caves-in-china.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 03:16 PM
    As I read this article, three scenario came to my mind:

    1. We do not live or work alone, whether secularly or spiritually. When we do not carry out our part, it is irresponsible because deep inside we expect others to do the job for us. When the job gets overwhelming because of our wrong view, it is easy to quit, drop the job, say ‘no’, walk away and pretend it is other people’s fault. Sometimes the person who has been helping us get the blame because we use our wrong view to judge. As a result, we are ungrateful even when there was no such intent. In the end, we never learn how to do it because it is always someone else who is doing it.

    2. We may feel that finding money is more important, because with money, we can sponsor the centre, sponsor the Dharma project, And due to our generosity, we expect to be sheltered from responsibility that we don’t like to do. Only we know ourselves whether our intention is out of pure generosity and void of the eight worldly concerns. It is true that money can buy us comfort and convenience, but there are not many lifetimes that we can sustain with good rebirths. Eventually we will have to face the same situation perhaps in a harsher condition.

    3. And when we finally do our job, we do it with resentment, completing it for the sake of avoiding criticism, we are robbing others who are keen & passionate of the opportunity to do it. We are also irresponsible and sneaky to say the least. Imagine if each lama tasked to pass down Buddha’s Dharma decided to do it with resentment? What knowledge will we have today? Imagine if every mother decided to bring up their children in this manner, what will become of us?

    Since we have these negative traits, we must try our best to correct it in this lifetime, so that it does not stick with us in our future lifes. When we are ignorant of our own negative traits, and other point out to us, don’t quit and run away. We are habituated with negative traits from many lifetimes, the learning, unlearning, relearning, reminding and continuous practicing is necessary for us to transform.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this impactful teaching. Thank you Cindy for sharing this on FB.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/this-is-important-to-know-for-your-life.html
  • sonny tan
    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 09:10 AM
    sonny tan on Jun 24, 2016 at 9:08 am
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai and Rinpoche on this subject on death and advice that we so badly needed especially when there is an unexpected and sudden death in the family. We all know that it is a taboo subject never to talk about and never to be discussed and people will shun you or show their disgust or walk away very quickly whenever such topic are raised.
    It is always very devastating for everyone no matter how strong they may professed to be when death comes knocking at our door. It would be more painful especially when it happens so suddenly. I remembered that I attended a friend’s passing just recently, she was at the prime of her life when children are all grown up and a time to retire, relax and enjoy the holidays with her hubby and then tragedy suddenly strike. It pains me to see her going through this ordeal going from one hospital to the next; operation after operation, tears flowed whenever we visited her. There are no right and proper words to described her agony, her fears, her uncertainties and the so many times seeing her like that I just wished that I have this power to remove all of the mental and physical pain that is within her. Many times I tried to assure her and pleaded with her never to give up because we have the same spiritual master and assured her that if the master is not giving up on her then she should not even think of giving up. All she ever wanted from us is each time we meet is to give her a hug we even crossed our little last pinky finger together and I make her promised me that we would attend the level three healing training together when she recovered from her ailment and I continually ask her to be strong.
    During my meditation I will use whatever I have learned, like lighting candles, prayers and I will visualize light from the Buddhas especially Medicine Buddha going into her body and cleanse all the dark energy and each time I do that tears would flow incessantly.
    This was a very poignant event in my life and it has left an indelible mark which I would hold dear in my heart
    I guess it was not meant to be with all the hopes we have, all the prayers, all the meditations, all the promises just vanished into thin air, God gives and God takes it away.
    I remember a Buddhist quote that says life is uncertain and death is certain, now that we have Rinpoche with us guiding and teaching us on death meditation I believe it would come a time after much practice that we will all be more open and see and accept death as part of our living and we should not let fear cloud our mental frame all the time on death.
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    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 04:56 AM
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  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 09:09 PM
    Yeo Kwai Gin on Jun 23, 2016 at 9:08 pm
    感谢仁波切和罗胜彪讲法师分享这编文章。

    习气~在我们每个人都有,有好,有坏,可是每个人大多数都不会发觉自己拥有自己的习气,就像以上所提到的,习气不好的人,就如一直都执着心重的人,就会拥有强烈的自私心,执着‘我’的心很重,遇到事情不是他想象之内,就会大发雷霆,矛头一直向着别人责备。上师时常要我们学习佛法,明白其精髓,让我们心识转化,把佛法运用和实践在我们的日常生活里,放下自我,时常为别人着想,遇见难题就如何把它消化,乐意去接受,这就是佛法。

    遇见一位关心我们和愿意全心全力的用尽不同管道和方法把佛法传播个我们的上师是一个非常难得的事,仁波切用尽方法把佛法带给我们,让我们在最快的时间证得更高的成就。但是,身为弟子的我们,已经拥有一位具格上师教导我们,拥有佛堂修行,网络的发达学习佛法,拥有那么完善的学习管道,错过了真的是可惜和遗憾。愿大家一定要珍惜这机缘和缘分,人身难得,拥有完善的人身,而且有机会学习佛法,就如海底捞针,请珍惜!

    愿上师健康,长寿,常转法论,吉祥如意!

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/devadatta-blaming-others-cn.html
  • Uncle Lai
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 04:06 PM
    , I came across this video on how a couple is living off the grid in the Australian outbacks. The video was well made, well explained and you feel a sense of happy anxiety to see the finished product. What amazed me so much was this person NEVER built a house and yet step by step he did research and he learned how to. Every aspect of living water collection, solar power, toilet, compost, electricity, growing vegetables is discussed. Of course you can’t build a container house from this video alone as much more research is needed, but it can be done is the message. I loved this video. I hope you will watch it. I hope many more people will watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRN0uClnJBw
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 02:51 PM
    It is very emotional to have a family member passed away. Especially when it is the one whom we have fond memories with. I can tell what a loving person Pastor Jean Ai’s Ah Ma was from the writing. When my father past away in 2011, it was difficult for the family. I can still remember the feeling of lost that lingered within the family even two years on after his passing. Therefore I can imagine the feeling of loss suffered by Ah Kong. Ah Ma and Ah Kong had spent almost a lifetime together and now suddenly the better half is gone. Hence, the extra care and attention for the living is imperative.

    I wish I had known this at the time of my father’s passing so that the emotional support for my mother could had been much earlier. But I am still thankful for my mother is still alive and I can now do for her what I could not for my dad. And now I have learnt from Rinpoche’s teaching, the best gift I can give my mother is Dharma knowledge.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this emotive article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/advice-at-a-funeral.html
  • Joy
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 02:32 PM
    Did you know that when H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche first entered Gaden Shartse Monastery, he lived in a small room in Zong Ladrang, and life was very hard as Rinpoche had very little food to eat and even less money? This Saturday (25/06/16), join the Blog Chat at 11am (GMT +8) and stand a chance to walk away with a special prize**. Be sure to read up on H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s biography especially on Rinpoche’s preparation to go to India, his life there and his enthronement. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html See you on blog chat*! *http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/chat http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/user-pictures/tblogpics-gp1f2te274.jpg
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 12:02 PM
    Thank you for sharing the book review of the inspiring life of Teresa Hsu. She is truly a Bodhisattva. I learnt that :

    1) It is very important to persevere and not give up no matter how others view us. We should stay strong as long as we believe we are conducting the good values and not mistreating people. Many a time we tend to give up when we face challenges or do not get support. Also we must always stand up for others were treated unfairly, must be an upright person.

    2) Education/values from family are very vital. Teresa has a very compassionate and kind great grandfather and mother. The values are instill since young and I really admire their compassion in helping the people in need even though they need they are not in a good financial condition.

    3) Always put others need over our own. She will always make sure that others have food to eat and been taken care of. She doesn’t mind sharing her food , eating much lesser as others has nothing to eat. She has a big heart.

    4) Keep good family values. Although she has spent most of her life taking care of others but she did not neglect her mother. She constantly send letters to her mother weekly for more than 30 years. This is a good reflection to us, with so many technologies now where we can reach our family within seconds, but we do not even call back enough to speak to them.

    5) Love everyone. Teresa principal is that she must help everyone regardless of their background, race and etc. There is no segregation. Everyone is her brother and sister. This is oneness.

    6)Be contented no matter how little we have. She showed a good example of how living frugally the whole life is fine. Importantly is to share and help others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/heart-to-heart-with-teresa-hsu-book-review.html
  • Joy
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 04:12 AM
    Dear friends, Did you know that His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche posts up interesting pictures from time to time here on >>>PHOTOS ON THE GO<<<? See the column on the right or go here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/photos-on-the-go.html Do check it out as these are things Rinpoche likes to share and at times there are spontaneous bits of teachings 🙂 SEE A RECENT PIC: Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/thumbs/thumbs_photo_160618155623_0.jpg

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India
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This sacred White Tara is on the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa marking the very spot Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.
2 weeks ago
Myself at the sacred lake at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's residence
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Myself at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's house where there is a sacred lake on his property. The Five Sister Protector Goddesses abide at this lake. I am making offerings to the divinities in the lake here. Many contractors or workers who come to do work often observe 'Asian ladies' dressed very well walking around the perimeter of the lake and there are no Asian ladies living nearby at all. Tsem Rinpoche
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Myself sitting at a lake where Bigfoots are often sighted in Willow Creek, California. This area in Northern California is a hot spot for Bigfoot sightings for hundreds of years till present day. We spent the afternoon there and we did our sadhanas and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL cool/dry weather (no humidity) and you don't sweat. The water was clear and sparkling. It is one of the most beautiful places I have been too and I can easily live there in this area. It was hard to leave this place. Tsem Rinpoche
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Such a beautiful conservatory. How I would love to have a room like this among woodlands.
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Another beautiful Gyenze statue arrives made by Kechara
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My Mumu boy is super duper cute. I love you Mumu.
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Pastor Adeline leads a holy and beneficial Tsongkapa retreat group in Kechara Forest Retreat today. Very nice to see this. I like it when our Pastors and senior students encourage, nurture others into the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
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Images of the Buddha are always a great blessing
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Beautifully painted Shakyamuni the Buddha
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Nice painting of Lord Tsongkapa
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Beautiful painting of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the omniscient.
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This is a traditional thangka painting of the Karma Gadri style, which was especially commissioned by Tashi Mannox on the rarely depicted great calligrapher and scholar Thönmi Sambhota. Sambhota is a historical figure responsible for developing the foundation of the Tibetan writing systems in the seventh century A.D, which form the basis of the Tibetan language today.
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Spectacular outdoor Tsongkapa in Mongolia
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BEAUTIFUL Tara statue! Magnificent
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Vajradharma. In Vajra Yogini's tantra, we always visualize our root teacher in this form. We should see him in his divine form. 
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These are the tantric implements that a Tantrika must carry with them everywhere they go as part of their commitment
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Myself walking with my teacher the then abbot fo Gaden Shartse Monastery. H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe and I was leaving the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse and walking through the debate courtyard.
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Emperor Kangxi's official state seal
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Such a beautiful Yamantaka Statue
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Grand looking painting of the Gelug Savant His Holiness Chankgya Rolpai Dorje
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My shrine in Los Angeles back in 2014. I just came across this picture from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/look-what-i-found.html
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Very unique art work of Dorje Shugden
1 month ago
Beautiful 7ft Tara arrives today. See the beautiful picture and video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okk8P3WIWFo
1 month ago
35 Confessional Buddhas
1 month ago
Please do not hate us
1 month ago
Beautiful statue [image: Inline image 1]
1 month ago
Such a stunning White Tara!
1 month ago
Neerja's mother accepting the highest award in India on behalf of her daughter. Her daughter's bravery saved 300 people. Her strength, compassion and presence of mind during great tragedy earned Neerja a deep place in our hearts forever. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Goddes supreme, with a wave of your right hand the 84,000 demonic interfering beings are repelled. With the powerful umbrella you hold in your left grants supreme protection upon your devotees. Although beautiful to behold you are fully attained and beyond samsara and a perfect refuge. Grant us protection, love and wisdom with your sacred mantra powerful Dukkar Goddess. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
I love Japan so much. The water is so blue and clean. The landscape is so magical. It's such a beautiful country and a great place to engage in meditational retreats.
1 month ago
A good meme by Pastor Seng Piow!
1 month ago
Gaden Jangtse Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Chojor together with Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
1 month ago
May 31, 1990, the day Tsem Rinpoche was enthroned formally in Gaden Shartse Monastery
1 month ago
Panglung Oracle in trance back in 1925
2 months ago
More lamas/Tibetans are speaking up. This has nothing to do with Dorje Shugden ban although it helps the Dorje Shugden cause because there is more unrest and disharmony from many sectors within Tibetans showing the world so many are unhappy with the leadership.-Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche's strong letter to the Dalai Lama regarding giving religious freedom within the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism is a MUST READ- and he is applauded as courageous for writing this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
2 months ago
The beautiful truth
2 months ago
Manjushri notes
2 months ago
Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
2 months ago
The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
2 months ago
How death is so near, yet I cherish my ego more than my guru, more than his instructions and my protector. They are the only ones significant at death for me and yet I still think I have time. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
2 months ago
Because of the ban against Dorje Shugden followers started in 1996, 700 monks had to cut from Sera Mey Monastery and start this new monastery. This new Serpom Monastery located in South India still suffers tremendous hatred and prejudice, but the brave monks continue their practice and lineage.
2 months ago
Vietnamese monk who self immolated hoping to bring change in his country. He sacrificed his life and sat still during the immense pain of his body burning.
2 months ago
Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
2 months ago
Such a wondrous place to be with such a view that heals the soul. Why live in a city where it is unnatural and polluted. Everyday in the city is a day away from where we belong. We belong among the greens, forest, mountains and clean air. We belong in such a place and doing our retreats, sadhanas and mantras to find the ultimate place of belonging and peace....the ultimate place is within us with a developed spiritual mind. Hard to achieve among distractions in the city. 
2 months ago
This is the five foot Arya Avalokitesvara statue I have offered Gaden Shartse Monastery many years ago. It still graces the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    1 month ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    1 month ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Taking Trance
    1 month ago
    Taking Trance
  • See what humans can do
    4 months ago
    See what humans can do
  • Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
    4 months ago
    Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
  • Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
    4 months ago
    Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
  • People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
    4 months ago
    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    7 months ago
    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
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    9 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    9 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    10 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    10 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    10 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    11 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja

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6 hours ago
Dorje Shugden puja today to help clear obstacles for sponsor - Pastor Gim Lee
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Briefing to the participants of the 2D1N Inner Peace Retreat this morning by Pastor Tat Ming - Jill Yam
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Exiting weekend in Kechara Forest Retreat. Inner Peace Programme start briefing in Dukkar Apartment by Pastor Tat Ming. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com http://www.dorjeshugden.org retreat.kechara.com (Cynthia Ng)
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2D1N Inner Peace Retreat with 7 participants doing the 7 point meditation led by Pastor Tat Ming at Dukkar Apartment, Kechara Forest Retreat (25/6/16) - Jill Yam
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15 hours ago
Happy faces of students attending Sunday Dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
15 hours ago
Group work is part of the integral exercise instill during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
15 hours ago
So heartwarming to see children age as young as 2 yrs old attending dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
15 hours ago
Children were so excited when learning Mitsegma song guided by teacher Jesvin and Alice. Lin Mun KSDS
15 hours ago
Teacher Jenni guiding children to do breathing meditation before start of Sunday Dharma Class. Lin Mun KSDS
18 hours ago
“If one keeps even a drop of the nectar of the name of this holy being – Lama Tsongkhapa – in a devotional heart, it plants the seed of liberation and one receives the fortune to practice and enjoy happiness from this life up to enlightenment.” ~ Pabongka Rinpoche (P. Adeline)
22 hours ago
Part of the team assembled to plant Hibiscus in Kechara Forest Retreat
22 hours ago
At work, to set up reinforcements for the newly planted trees in Kechara Forest Retreat
22 hours ago
The Full Team assembled to set up reinforcements for the newly planted trees in Kechara Forest Retreat.
23 hours ago
What are the kids raising hands up for? KSDS-Serena Boon
23 hours ago
Kids are lining up according to do prostrations before the lesson starts. KSDS-Serena Boon
yesterday
We apply various teaching method for each age kids group. KSDS-Serena Boon
yesterday
Kids learn to use mala as counter for mantra recitation. KSDS-Serena Boon
yesterday
We teach kids to recite Migtsema mantra and also singing too. KSDS-Serena Boon
yesterday
Volunteers were busy been planting over the weekend in Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
yesterday
Welcome to the Herbs Garden in Kechara Forest Retreat. KSDS, Alice Tay
yesterday
Do light offerings as much as we can to Gyenze, an increase form of Dorje Shugden. KSDS, Alice Tay
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yesterday
What Pastor Yek Yee and Puja team are going to do? Pastor Yek Yee went up to the 4WD to do the 20 acres land blessing after we completed Dorje Shugden Puja this morning. Feel inspired with the blessing and Puja done this morning to the environment and to all sentient beings. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com http://www.dorjeshugden.org (Cynthia Ng)

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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