Vajra Yogini Daju or self initiation

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Recently I had monk friends from Gaden visit me. They had assisted me in the Vajra Yogini Self initiation rite that I had needed to do.

Extensive tormas and preparations were done. And the self initiation itself took around 7 glorious hours.

Self initiation purifies ones vows taken before, mends them, re affirms them, and powerful to purify many downfalls in general that prevent attainments from one’s practice. Also you may retake your mantra count commitment if it was broken.

You plant the 4 types of initiations into one’s mindstream. It is necessary for the Lama also to do daju prior to conferring Vajra Yogini’s initiation to others.

It is a powerful tantric practice to restore one’s practice from time to time to assure success in one’s sadhanas.


Kating Rinpoche (left), myself (centre) and Ven Losang (right). This photo was taken in my ladrang in front of the  beautiful shrine with 208 Lama Tsongkapas in the niches behind us. These two monks helped me with the sacred Vajra Yogini Daju and have returned. They are wonderful monks. I thank them so much.


LamaMyself about to begin the sacred Vajra Yogini Daju. The seats on my right are for the two venerable monks who are joining me for the Daju. In front is my personal altar with Holy Vajra Yogini and Manjushri in my room.

I am indeed fortunate that I was able to obtain this sacred practice from my enlightened master with full commentary and oral transmission. In the future, many of my students will engage in this sacred practice when the time is right. It is the most appropriate practice for people of this time.

It was indeed an honour and great blessing for me to do the daju. I felt extremely happy and blissful.

Tsem Rinpoche

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25 Responses to Vajra Yogini Daju or self initiation

  1. Roland Yap on Apr 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Nice.

  2. Bob on Apr 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I don’t see other links. Are they available?
    Having done close retreat I’m qualified to do vajrayogini self-initiation.
    What I don’t have is the mandala and sindhura. Living in the US, I’m not quite sure how to obtain these.
    Great you can do this truly wonderful self-initation.

  3. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Apr 2, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Dear Bob,
    If you need help to obtain some items such as mandala and sindura, you may contact my PA Bengkooi for the items. Please go http://www.kechara.com for her email.
    Good luck to you.
    Tsem Tulku

  4. keng tan on Apr 3, 2010 at 7:47 am

    It would be great to be able to engage in this sacred practice one day. I will strife to do the pre-requisites to be ready for the day to come.

  5. K. Joey on Jun 11, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    According to Je Rinpoche’s tradition, a practitioner should practise Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja and Heruka Chakrasamvara together. But, given the limited time and ability as a lay practitioner, do you think it is sufficient to just practise Vajrayogini?

  6. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 11, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Dear K. Joey,
    What you say is exactly correct.To practice the three Kingly tantras is really the way to go. Due to time, obstacles, degeneration and laziness pervasive in our time, we find it difficult. If we do Vajra Yogini and go all the way with Her practice, it would be excellent. Many great Tantric Masters such as Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche all recommend the same thing.
    Focus all your energy into every aspect of Her practice and you will be going the right direction.
    Tsem Tulku

  7. K.Joey on Jun 12, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thanks so much for your reply. The question that has been staying in my mind for so many years finally get solved!
    In terms of Vajrayogini practice, (I don’t know whether this is a suitable place to raise this question), is training in clarity and divine pride more important than mantra recitation? Or the other way round? I heard one lama saying that, according to Zong Rinpoche’s advice, mantra recitation is most crucial in Vajrayogini sadhana. Please kindly advise me on this point as I am wondering how to balance these two aspects of practices in daily meditation

  8. Paris on Jul 6, 2010 at 1:46 am

    The VY daju was done on the first day of the Chinese New Year – and what a new year it was! The best one yet, in all the 28 measly ones I’ve ever previously “celebrated”.
    The final VY text that was transliterated, edited, proofed and laid out was almost 100 pages – and weeks of working with the monks to perfect it. As uninitiated practitioners, us students were not permitted to really read the prayers within, but I had the huge huge huge huge huge and amazing privilege of preparing the prayers. It was something just so super sacred to even touch the printed prayers and send them up to Rinpoche with a khata. I’m still excited just thinking about it now as I type this.
    At the end of the initiation, those of us who were still hanging around the ladrang (waiting for a spillover of blessings!) were invited up to Rinpoche’s room, where Rinpoche shared Dharma teachings with us and allowed us to partake a little in the offering tormas. OH LOVE LOVE LOVE! It was the biggest and happiest buzz to be there, in a little room full that was of Vajrayogini and dakinis.
    Please please, may we never be separated from this lineage and blessings, and by any tiny little merit I may have amassed from being (so fortunately) involved in this puja, may I please please be able to receive this practice in future, and bring that same bliss to others, so people can experience just as much joy as I did in that one little day.

  9. Irene Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    How so very fortunate to have Vajrayogini initiation in this degenerate time! I pray I will have the merits to practice Vajrayogini in this life time.

  10. Shirley Tan on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    May we all truly have the great fortune to learn her Practice and become one with Vajrayogini, the great Queen of Bliss!
    However, just sitting around, doing nothing to change or improve isn’t going to get us there. Rinpoche has said many times that if we cannot even hold simple basic refuge vows and keep our Samayas with our Guru clean and well, then we can forget about getting the Vajrayogini initiations. If we can’t even walk well and we don’t even want to practise to do that well, why learn how to fly?
    I didn’t use to understand this – I thought we should all run to as many initiations as possible and collect as many blessings as possible, and somehow all our ‘sins’ will be cleansed. Right.
    I now understand why Rinpoche will not confer any higher practices. If we can’t even keep the simple ones and do them well, then we will incur even more bad karma by undertaking higher practices but not do them well, or not do them at all. We will create more negative karma this way.
    Hence, the Guru is very kind and is saving us from further karmic damage.The difference between Rinpoche and us – we see 7 hours of puja and we faint. Rinpoche sees it as pure bliss!
    So, if we are serious about Vajrayogini, then we have to get serious about everything we do in Dharma, for Dharma and go all the way.

  11. Susan Lim on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:56 am

    I remember that few weeks period, where Jamie, Sharon were pretty much away from KMP as they were working with the monks to transliterate the prayers. It was very challenging as I understand, esp non of our members have any knowledge of the Tibetan language. Thus, Jamie, Sharon, Shin and a few others were pretty much making up words to get as close to the what they hear. Pretty amazing feat!
    The monks were very patient to run through again and again on the prayers. Until that is perfected, then only they proceeded to learning how to setup the altar and the rituals… Every must know who much work and effort goes into acquiring the knowledge from these monks for Kechara House to be doing these prayers in the near future. Thank you special puja team for your efforts!

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  13. Knut Eggers on Sep 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Wow… thanks for sharing this. I hope my daily practice is good enough.
    I will do the powerful Setrap mantra every single day in addition to the prostrations (I generally do around five) and the tea offering lyrics, so that he will help and assure me to be a good practicioner, even if I don’t have the complete knowledge on the whole Vadjra Yoghini practices – yet. Does that sound okay to you?

  14. Konchok Sherab Lhamo on Oct 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Rinpoche, how is this different for practice than the empowerment?

    • tsemtulku on Oct 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

      Empowerment is when you receive the sacred Vajra Yogini (Vy) practice from a lama.
      Daju is after you have received empowerment from a lama, then you do the retreats, fire puja and then you can perform the daju and empower yourself in order to purify your commitments and renew your commitments from time to time.
      I hope that helps. Tsem Tulku

  15. Konchok Sherab Lhamo on Oct 9, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Also, I received empowerment from H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche but I have yet to find suitable image of reality source for visualization. As I personally rely heavily in beginning of a new practice on an image, I have yet to get to far with my Vajrayogini practice though I have a tiny image of the red reality source at the moment. Also, my eyes are not so great so I like large high res images and only have the small Vajrayogini mandala. Do you know where I might find these images?

    Thank you.

    • tsemtulku on Oct 9, 2010 at 11:10 am

      I will upload a medium resolution image of the sacred Vajra Yogini mandala for your practice on my blog. Here is the link in which you can download a clearer picture of Her mandala: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/09/14-vajra-yogini-hand-carved-stone-statue.html

      You may hence download from there. When you have received, you may leave a comment here.
      Remember, Vy’s mantra is the King Of Mantras. Do it diligently and do your tsok every two weeks. Good luck. Tsem Tulku

      • Konchok Sherab Lhamo on Oct 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

        Thank you. That’s a beautiful mandala. And the red reality source? Where do you recommend I search for a high res image?

    • firefly on Oct 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm

      Hi Konchok, you should check if your lineage is the same as Vajra Yogini that Tsem Rinpoche is practising… i think it may not be, yours may be the Vajravarahi (Dorje Pakmo) lineage since you got it from HH Chetsang Rinpoche.

      • Konchok Sherab Lhamo on Oct 9, 2010 at 11:26 pm

        Thank you for your thoughtfulness! Actually for Vajrayogini practice in DRikung Kagyu either Vajravarahi or Vajrayogini are told to be okay. I have both images. In Vajrayogini I understand hand down with chopper subdues lower forces/realms/demons.

        May we all know the blessings of Vajrayogini and Vajravarahi! May we all awaken and know lasting well being!

        pictures of Vajra yogini and Vajra harahi:
        http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001263408999

        • Konchok Sherab Lhamo on Oct 12, 2010 at 6:41 am

          Please delete past two comments. The pictures were removed. Thank you.

  16. CTW on Nov 12, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I am very devoted to Vajrayogini practice, but I have severe wind imbalance whenever I intensely practise the long sadhana, especially when I am in retreat. My heart palpitation is horrifying, and sometimes, in my sleep, I feel my consciousness is shooting up to the crown. That’s a very terrible experience.

    I have consulted a few lamas and some recommended to switch to another extremely wrathful yidam. I have tried to follow their advices but my mind keeps on yearning for Vajrayogini. The urge is very strong and I feel I am at a crossroad.

    My root lama has done the great Vajrayogini retreat twice. When he passed away at Sera Je, another lama dreamt of dakinis packing up the belongings of my root lama. That has long been my driving force in perfecting my Vajrayogini practice.

    Against this background, would you please kindly let me know whether I should presevere in my Vajrayogini practice, keeping my chin up and bravely facing up to all the physical and mental disturbances?

  17. Riyajindi on May 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Namaste Tsem Rinpoche,
    Wish your all efforts to uplift human society come true.I am Nepali boy from Kathmandu writing to you ,After I watched and listened about this diety and her practice from your teaching posted in youtube I made round going to Buddhanath Kechara Lounge and Narayanthan residence .Both found to be closed ,I really looking forward someday I am be able to practice this god willing.Thanku you for introducing very open and pragmatic way.
    Riyaj

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  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 03:05 PM)
    Dorje Shugden followers in the millions will not abandon their practice. So it would be good leaders of the Dorje Shugden practicing community met with the Tibetan leadership to work out something that will be a win-win situation for both sides. His Holiness Dalai Lama wants to meet the Chinese current leaders to resolve the Tibet issue. Why not meet the Shugden followers to resolve this issue too? Why forgive one ‘enemy’ and ignore another?~Tsem Rinpoche (Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431)
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 04:59 AM)
    Bradley Kassian: Might interest a few people here. It’s amazing what can pop up on youtube these days. This initiation of Dorje Shugden was conferred in Los Angeles in the 1980s onto Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen’s own students in Thubten Dhargye Ling. Prior to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche giving the advice, Geshe-la formally requested Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to give an initiation of Dorje Shugden. Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen was a very strong and devoted practitioner of Dorje Shugden and you can hear Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen’s voice at the beginning of the video. After the formal request was made, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche himself, who is the overlord of all tantric mandalas, gave the profound initiation of Dorje Shugden to Geshe-la and all his disciples. And thereafter, Geshe-la and all his students practiced Dorje Shugden very strongly and very devotedly until the ban. : http://youtu.be/f6KuCPKDuCI
  • abby foo
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 08:01 PM)
    Now I understand, spirituality is NEVER about how great my practice, my Guru, my lineage are. Spirituality is NOT a competition of I am better than you or I am the best, spirituality is NEVER about right or wrong, higher or lower, bad or good. All these are what make us bitter and unhappy, and are the reasons why we came to seek spirituality because we know deep down inside we should be someone with a more opened heart that accepts and tolerates. Why putting ourselves back to the bitter situation again when we are in spiritual?

    Then what is spirituality? From Tsem Rinpoche’s actions and teachings, I know loyalty IS spirituality. Humble, tolerance, respect, understanding, keeping promises and being kind are spirituality no matter what you practice, no matter what is your religion/belief. All the qualities above have nothing to do with what your religion/belief are, but how you act, speak and think determine if you are a spiritual person.

    Those who don’t like Dorje Shugden, why keep condemning people over and over? Why speaks against it over and over? If you think you going to stop people from getting ‘harm’ because Dorje Shugden is bad, your intention is to stop harm, but why end up you actually CREATING HARM everytime you speak against Dorje Shugden and put those who practice it down??? If your intention is pure and kind, then the results should be pure and kind too, but obviously you are hurting people’s belief and emotions, and you show no respect to people.
  • Ashlee
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:33 PM)
    Buddhism is about following the true lineage passed down from Buddha Shakyamuni to his disciples and i personally find that Buddhist teachings are very logical hence i continue to learn and practice it by following my Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. If Dorje Shugden is an enlightened protector practices by high lamas such as Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and passed down to Tsem Rinpoche, how can they be doing the wrong practice? After all, Dorje Shugden is an “Enlightened Protector” and not just any normal worldly protector. Enlightened protector are suppose to help excel our Dharma practice and help us clear away our Dharma obstacles in this degenerate age. Logically speaking, then how can an enlightened protector bring harm to us or even help us to harm others? Also how can an enlightened being harm another enlightened being? That is illogical.Each of us bring with us imprints from previous lives and for some of us, we do have strong affinity with Dorje Shugden due to our practices from previous lives. I personally feel that i have a very strong affinity with Dorje Shugden protector and if it’s good enough for my Lama and his root Gurus and other high lamas to practice it, i think i can safely practice it without any doubt and at the same time still respect H.H. Dalai Lama. Thank you Rinpoche for speaking up.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:25 PM)
    Tsem Rinpoche: I hadn’t spoken up about the Dorje Shugden ‘conflict’ for 15 years. Let me explain why: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:24 PM)
    When we find kind people, We appreciate them, When we find difficult people, We find ways to forgive them, When we find sad people, We find ways to uplift them, When we find people without hope, We find a way to give them light, By doing this tirelessly, We find our true selves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:08 PM)
    When we find kind people,
    We appreciate them,
    When we find difficult people,
    We find ways to forgive them,
    When we find sad people,
    We find ways to uplift them,
    When we find people without hope,
    We find a way to give them light,
    By doing this tirelessly,
    We find our true selves.~Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 01:34 PM)
    Steve Tobias can think beyond the box and yes he is right. I am only doing what my guru has instructed me to do over 26 years ago. No politics, leaders or other masters will change my practice or change what I have promised my guru to do. Guru devotion is everything to me and it always will be. Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-people.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 01:33 PM)
    Steve Tobias can think beyond the box and yes he is right. I am only doing what my guru has instructed me to do over 26 years ago. No politics, leaders or other masters will change my practice or change what I have promised my guru to do. Guru devotion is everything to me and it always will be. Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-people.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 01:32 PM)
    A comment left on the post: DORJE SHUGDEN PEOPLE http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-people.html

    Submitted on 2015/01/27 at 8:04 am
    I know that Rinpoche’s actions are making me think more deeply about my practice. I haven’t had a reason to really think about Dorje Shugden before, or what I would do if Rinpoche or Kechara practiced it. It is very taboo, and so it requires contemplation. If it wasn’t taboo, we wouldn’t be thinking deeply about it. If we appreciate Rinpoche’s kindness and think about all he has done, it is impossible run away at the simple mentioning of a dharma protector. Therefore we are forced to confront the topic of Dorje Shugden and come to a conclusion.

    In other words, is it really truthful to ignore every single one of Rinpoche’s blogs, videos, teachings, how he has helped the homeless and animals, how he has spread dharma, because of one thing? That one thing may be big depending on one’s commitments, but if you look Rinpoche has written in detail about the subject to help guide our minds. If it was just a random negative action with no instructions, it would be different.

    I personally may initially feel shock at the announcement, or have opinions, and those opinions change, and I may feel uncomfortable, but comfort is an obstacle to dharma practice. Rinpoche is keeping his commitments with his gurus, and we are supposed to do the same. I don’t need to practice Dorje Shugden, and I’m sure not all Kecharians will either. And during the times that Rinpoche gave me advice, he mentioned many Buddhas and even graciously sent me Buddhas, but not once told me to do this or that dharma protector practice, ever. He genuinely cares about his students. I feel that his real life students feel the same way, which is why many of them do not need to second-guess the choice of the new dharma protector. I thank Rinpoche for allowing me to get out of my routine for a few days to give serious thought about the issue. Whether I have moments of agreeing, disagreeing, re-agreeing, it doesn’t change that when I sit down to do my sadhana I’m not going to change the guru who I visualize as Buddha.

    Between Rinpoche’s two posts on this subject there is a repost from a few years ago when Rinpoche gave offerings to Theravada monks with his students. We would like to think that Dorje Shugden discriminates against Nyingma teachings, and so we are clean if we don’t practice it. If we look right in the tantra vows it says not to spend more than 7 nights in the house of a Hinayana. Does that mean we all discriminate? Or maybe we should investigate the truth further? Here Rinpoche is giving Hinayana monks offerings with his students with nothing but words of admiration. Are we going to pretend that it never happened?

    From Steve Tobias
  • Gina
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 11:38 AM)
    May those who practice Dorje Shugden in India be no longer segregate.
    May they be able to live in peace and practice their deity freely.
    May there be peace among all buddhist brothers and sisters, specially in India.
  • Gina
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 11:35 AM)
    Thank you so much, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for speaking out your truth!
    Much love here for you and may there be peace and harmony for all.
  • Gina
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 11:33 AM)
    I have been practicing Dorje Shugden for years in the USA. And although I live in a free country and do not feel the limitations and humiliations caused by the Dalai Lama ban upon this practice I have always felt a certain discomfort (almost like shame) to say in public that I am a Shugden practitioner (so, I have to recognize the ban had a psychological impact on my me). Tsem Tulku Rinpoche decision to clarify his position openly on this matter helped me to feel perfectly fine for being a Shugden follower. No I am no longer a shame to speak out: YES, I am s Shugden practicioner!
  • tsemtulku
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 03:27 AM)
    Protectors are not our main point of worship. Protectors function is not as important as the Buddhas. If we wish to have a altar, in the centre should be our Guru, Buddha or Tsongkapa. Then on the left and right are any Buddhas. Then besides that is the Protectors. We must focus on Lord Tsongkapa for our practice daily or Manjushri, and last practice we do is protector. More important than that is the practice of Lam Rim and Lojong teachings. ~ Tsem Rinpoche
  • Paloma
    (Monday, Jan 26. 2015 10:24 PM)
    I have been practicing DS for a while and I’ve got nothing but the increase of my compassion and wisdom from practicing the teachings. The New Kadampa Tradition transformed my self and helped me to purify my mind. I apply the teachings and now I’m much a more peaceful, patient and loving person. However, because of all this controversy and propaganda against the New Kadampa Tradition there were times, specially in the beginning of my association with them, in which I felt doubt and discouragement (because I was used to believe the DL was such an authority…) … I was even almost giving up the dharma because of all this polemic, but then I decided to check for my self and follow my own inner guidance. I am so happy I did so. These teachings (The New Kadampa Tradition) are based on the teachings of Je Tsongkhapa,the King of the Dharma.
    Much love,
    Paloma

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In the monasteries we debate out issues for a logical conclusion. I have laid out three possible scenarios regarding: CAN TIBETAN LAMAS MAKE MISTAKES? Please take a look and let me know what you think: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57528
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Dorje Shugden followers in the millions will not abandon their practice. So it would be good if leaders of the Dorje Shugden practicing community met with the Tibetan leadership to work out something that will be a win-win situation for both sides. His Holiness Dalai Lama wants to meet the Chinese current leaders to resolve the Tibet issue. Why not meet the Shugden followers to resolve this issue too? Why forgive one 'enemy' and ignore another?~Tsem Rinpoche (Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431)
13 hours ago
Adorable little boy paying respects to Lord Shugden. 
15 hours ago
I hadn't spoken up about the Dorje Shugden 'conflict' for 15 years. Let me explain why: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431
yesterday
Scotch and Mykol who are Valentina's wonderful good friends came to our LA Tsem Ladrang to have dinner. I am so glad they can come as they are nice friends. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
January 15, 2015. On today's Vajra Yogini day, the ladrang arranged a Vajra Yogini mandala made of flowers as an offering. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
January 15, 2015. Today is Vajra Yogini day. So Pastor Jj and our wonderful team has arranged these beautiful offerings on my shrine. Nice.  Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Uncle Lai for years now without a miss comes in once a week to clean the altar of the ladrang. To clean the sacred spots where holy images reside is considered good purification of karmas. He never misses this and then upon completion he makes nice fresh offerings. Uncle Lai is generally a very kind and reliable person. We all love him. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche said to me a few years back that in order to practice or teach dharma these days, it's like being a white crow among the black. That means we will stand out and look unusual. But no matter what we must persevere. I miss this great teacher so much since his passing. He was gentle, scholarly, erudite, accomplished in sutra and tantra and had a very loving demeanor. He treated everyone equally and his vows of a monk were spotless. He was like a bright sun in the night sky. Even the first time I met him, he impacted me very strongly. I have received many teachings from him. He was a student of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H. H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I brought 60 students with me from various countries to have audience with Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche the last time I had a chance to gaze upon his golden face. His perfect incarnation has returned. May he manifest in this incarnation as the previous. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche with his close disciple Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche. Very beautiful and old vintage picture. TR
2 weeks ago
This was the first woman to request Buddha to become a nun. Because of her, the nun's tradition began. She is a Arhat in the Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Tradition. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
January 10, 2015. Nice to see Kecharians studying the dharma together today. I really enjoy seeing this and Pastor Shin was leading the class. Thank you.
3 weeks ago
How lucky I would be to live here...TR
3 weeks ago
Must share this wisdom always. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is wonderful to remember. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Pastor Niral giving a talk in Kechara. Wonderful.
3 weeks ago
January 9, 2015. Pastor Seng Piow takes his little nephew out for some toy shopping. The little guy was waiting anxiously to go out. 
3 weeks ago
His Holiness 9th Panchen Lama in Calcutta in 1905.
3 weeks ago
How nice. What a great gift from Mavis Yeh.  Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I was so lucky to get teachings by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche today on the SIX YOGAS OF NAROPA translated by Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche. And also Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche was the one who sent me these videos. How fortunate for me to get this. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
We have wonderful Kechara dharma seniors who are good and caring guides for our precious youths. I am happy to see this. Youths are so important. We must love them, respect them and share dharma with them to they mature into good people. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
Beautiful Lady Buddha, not everyone has realized you are the alpha and omega of our inner liberation. Our mind constantly wanders in karmic creations weary yet still travelling of no choice. I seek the solace of your embrace to experience great bliss and home. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Does this picture remind you where all of our lives are eventually heading to? It's just where in line are you right now? But you still are in line.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
We have to save this one and reflect upon it. TR
4 weeks ago
Very powerful. Never be stuck in our comfort zones. Think out of the box and do more to accomplish our goals. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
I love this type of environment so much. TR
1 month ago
Special gifts of toys and snacks for some special doggies...
1 month ago
This is very helpful. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
We have to be ready to change when we seek a teacher otherwise stay hidden.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
15 minutes to watch this will blow your mind: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=55883
1 month ago
H.H. the current Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche -December 2014
1 month ago
December 2014-His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in front of the largest Tsongkapa statue in the world. This Tsongkapa is in Champa Ling Monastery, Chamdo, Tibet. 
1 month ago
This is the perfect setting of the environment of where I like to live. With trees, blue waters, mountains, green, speckled with flowers. TR
1 month ago
Nothing can be found without searching for it. Just because others say you can't do it or don't believe in you or you can't see it, doesn't mean it cannot exist. Never give up!~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
This Manjushri is in Kechara's publishing wing. Stunning. TR
2 months ago
This Tara is beautiful. Save the pictures. TR
2 months ago
Having dinner with special friends from around the world. We are honored to be with Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. 
2 months ago
This is very powerful. Share it. TR
2 months ago
Decemeber 2014-They just finished their Tsongkapa retreat and I am so glad for them. TR
2 months ago
We have so many mysteries and some can be proven while others not. TR
2 months ago
Amazing and so appropriate for some. 
2 months ago
This is so true and we have to think about it carefully. 
2 months ago
This is so true. It makes sense. 
2 months ago
Good dharma friends explore interesting places together.
2 months ago
These powerful quotes are timeless and I must read from time to time. It brings sanity, peace and focus. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
This is very interesting news. News I thought was not possible. 
2 months ago
This is good advice. I will do more and more of this as it's time. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
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  • Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
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  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    5 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    5 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    5 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    6 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    8 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    8 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    9 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    11 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    11 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    11 months ago
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    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
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    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    2 yearss ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    2 yearss ago

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We could never harm another, but that doesn't mean we sit by and be harmed. ~ Tsem Rinpoche_Share by Frederick Law
7 hours ago
I am not always available to meet, but my teachings are online always.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
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I am not always available to meet, but my teachings are online always.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
7 hours ago
Being kind to animals should be effortless.~Tsem Rinpoche_Share by Frederick Law
7 hours ago
Weekly Dzambala puja (E) at Kechara House gompa was led by Tat Ming and assisted Choo Weng Loong. Time: 8pm to 9.30pm. Lucy Yap
7 hours ago
Tonight's puja attendance in Kechara gompa for Lord Setrap and Dorje Shugden in chinese lead by Pastors. 28Jan15 may ong
7 hours ago
At Puja House other than doing Torma, pujas, volunteers and staffs gathered to learn and discuss Dharma together from H.E Tsem Tulku Rinpoche Blog. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/
8 hours ago
Weekly Dzambala puja (E) at Kechara House was led by Tat Ming and assisted by Choo Weng Loong. Time: 8pm to 9.30 pm. Lucy Yap
8 hours ago
Our Wednesday "A" team (from left) Ashley, Annabelle, Angeline and Agnieszka. Justin@KSK
9 hours ago
Kechara House gompa is beautifully set up for tonight's auspicious double Protector Dorje Shugden and Setrap puja. Puja starts at 8pm to 9.30pm. Lucy Yap
10 hours ago
New volunteers, Shuni and Hecelus Tan prepared cleaned fruits for the 1st double protector puja in chinese tonight. 28Jan15 may ong
11 hours ago
#Gyabshi puja for a sponsor to remove dangerous negative energy and obstacles of health, financial or supernatural causes. 28Jan15 may ong
13 hours ago
Hecelus Tan just returned from Taiwan buddhist studies to volunteer in Kechara Puja House today. 28Jan15 may ong
14 hours ago
Druchuma puja in 3 sets to send away for sponsors today. 28Jan15 may ong
14 hours ago
Staff dharma class (C) with Pastor Adeline sharing the amazing blogchat topic "Amongst White Clouds" at Kechara House Gompa today. Lucy Yap
14 hours ago
In life it's better to find Manjushri than anything else.~Tsem Rinpoche_ share by Frederick Law
15 hours ago
Weekly White Tara puja dedicated to the long life and stable health of our precious Guru at Kechara House gompa was led by KH Ng and assisted by Pastor Gim Lee. Lucy Yap
23 hours ago
Weekly White Tara puja dedicated to the long life and stable health of our precious Guru, H.E.Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara House gompa was led by KH Ng and assisted by Pastor Gim Lee. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Death is truth and avoiding it will make it more frightening when our time comes.~Tsem Rinpoche https://mobile.twitter.com/tsemtulku/status/557318948593471488 From: June Tang (Khjb)
yesterday
Fear is part and parcel of projections.~Tsem Rinpoche https://mobile.twitter.com/tsemtulku/status/557937272155168768 From: June Tang (Khjb)
yesterday
~我的护法神如何让我从病中痊愈~ http://zhandugu.blog.163.com/blog/static/14152094820150263426270 确吉拉(Choje-la)是7位伟大佛法护法神的官方神谕。过去的30年来,护法神能降神于他,控制他的身和语,借其身作传递讯息、预言、训诫的媒介,更可以借其身给人治疗病痛。确吉拉并不是一位平凡的僧人,他是经受前世至尊嘉杰赤江仁波切及嘉杰托摩格西仁波切亲自栽培,且是一位训练有素的僧人。40余年前,他获得嘉杰赤江仁波切的认可,授权成为官方邦隆神谕。这些高僧大德亲自训练确吉拉,打通其体内通道,好让7位不同的佛教护法能降神于他。色拉美寺乃确吉拉之母寺,现他为色邦寺之成员。我一向都没有跟确吉拉有任何很深的交情,也不太认识他,直到3年前......~ 詹杜固仁波切 From: June Tang (Khjb)
yesterday
~你选俗世之道,还是佛法之道?~ http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/are-you-secular-or-spiritual.html 世界上是否存在滥用本身地位的上师?他们又做了些什么?或许有这样的上师,不过若真如此,你就该透过法律途径去寻求补偿,并且停止继续无止尽地谈论了一回又一回,因为这样做并没有让我们变成更好的人,反而让我们看起来像是失心疯、小气和……事实上,它并没有让我们好看。这是我个人的看法,我或许是错的,但我要表达的很简单:你是否要从俗世的眼光还是佛法修行的眼光看待本身与上师的关系。如果你用俗世的眼光,你就失去了修持密续的资格;如果从佛法修行的眼光来看,你就没有资格用俗世的方法来毁谤任何一位上师。 ~詹杜固仁波切 From: June Tang (Khjb)
yesterday
Love is not blind, but projections are. ~ Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
yesterday
Fear is part and parcel of projections.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
yesterday
《药师佛法会》药师佛在证悟成佛前许下这个愿望,以他治疗者的无比威力治遍世间疾苦。具备治愈神力的药师佛法会,能为有需要的人治愈生理,心理和情绪等各方面的痛楚。# 詹杜固仁波切 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com (Cynthia Ng)
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