10 Japanese Folklore Creatures

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So many things about the Japanese and Japan itself fascinate me. When I visited Japan a few years back, it was one of the best places I ever visited. One of the best trips I ever had. I wanted to stay longer. The country is organized, very EXCELLENT customer service nearly everywhere, convenient, safe, and so many interesting things to see, experience and explore. There were so many places in Japan I wanted to visit and didn’t have time even though I was there for three weeks. Tokyo is an amazing Metropolis, and if I spoke Japanese, I would not mind living there. I really like so many things Japanese so very much. Well for now let me share some of their folklore with you… very interesting as with most things Japanese.

Tsem Rinpoche


These are the top 10 most bizarre creatures from Japanese folklore:


Kappa#10 KAPPA

This is a Kappa (“river-child”). According to Japanese folklore, Kappas are scaly, reptilian-skinned creatures who are about the size of a child. Although they are dangerous and are perceived as trouble-makers, they are extremely polite and understand Japanese culture and language.

One thing strange about them is the indentation at the top of their head. When away from water, it is said that they have to keep water within the bowl-like indentation to maintain their magical powers. Without it, they would be immobilized.

When in a threatening situation, a human can bow towards a Kappa. A Kappa, being very polite according to Japanese tradition, would then be obliged to return the bow, only to spill the water from the top of his head, becoming immobilized in a bowing position! Hehe

It is said that if you were to refill that bowl, the Kappa would serve you for all eternity.

You may have heard of Kappas before without realizing it: “Kappamaki”! Kappas are known to really like cucumbers – you could possibly even befriend Kappas by giving them cucumbers. Because of this, the cucumber-filled sushi was named after them.

On the bad side, they have been blamed for causing animals and children to drown, for causing children to be kidnapped and women to be raped… However, because they hold their promises honourably, if you were to trick a Kappa into promising you something, he would have no choice but to carry it through. They have been known to help farmers irrigate their land and pass out knowledge on medicine. There are existing shrines dedicated to those Kappas that have served a human in some way.


hikecrab#9 HEIKEGANI

A Heikegani is a crab that has a shell resembling a human face! The Japanese believe that the crabs are reincarnations of a fallen and lost ruling clan called the Heike. They were led by the Emperor of Japan, who was only a 7 year old boy then.

In a bloody war with another samurai clan, they lost a battle close by the Japanese inland sea, and the Emperor (together with his grandmother) drowned in the depths of the ocean.

To honour the Heike whose clan was wiped out in the Japanese waters, crabs which have shells looking like human faces are released back into the waters. The Japanese wouldn’t want to eat crabs which they thought were reincarnations of those fallen warriors.

I have added a video produced and hosted by Carl Sagan.

Oh… the Heikegani is not a legend. They really exist hehe


Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Legend-of-the-Heikegani-Crab.mp4


Kasa Obake #8 KASA-OBAKE

Called the “Umbrella Ghost”, the folk legend about this Japanese spirit came about after the umbrella was used for 100 years. Kasa-obake are a type of “Tsukumogami” which are objects that will come to life after existing for 100 years… i.e. when a TV exists for 100 years, it becomes an animate object!

The Kasa-Obake were animating so often that the Japanese people wanted to give them another name, to distinguish them from the other Tsukumogami’s… so they named them Kasa-Obake!


suushi_nuppeppo#7 NUPPEPPO

The Nuppeppo is a Japanese folk legend that has very little information available on the Internet.

They are apparently a lump of human flesh that smells like rotting flesh. There is some sort of face that creates creases on the blob-like body, and they have fingers and toes. They are about 1.5 metres tall and if you happen to get the chance to eat a Nuppeppo’s flesh, you could possibly live for an eternity in a young, youthful body.

They can apparently be spotted at graveyards or deserted temple areas when the clock strikes 12 midnight.


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#6 MAKURA-GAESHI

Makura-Gaeshi is also known as the “pillow-mover”. They are known to be a trickster or a prankster, moving pillows from a peacefully sleeping persons’ head to his feet! Hehe

The creature, who can apparently steal souls too… are only visible to children.

The Japanese are very specific with this mystical creature… they have even pointed out its anatomical features!! Apparently, the Makura-Gaeshi has 5 organs: one for storing children souls, one for converting the souls to energy and supplying that energy to the rest of the body… and a pouch that has sand in it. They would put sand into people’s eyes to make them go to sleep.

The Makura-Gaeshi also has 2 brains. One for scheming out pranks and one for creating rainbow coloured light that is emitted through its eyes.


mokumokuren#5 MOKUMOKUREN

The Mokumokuren are spirits that live in torn paper sliding walls/doors (shoji). This type of door is commonly found in Japanese houses, and can collect many holes over time.

If there are many holes on the paper sliding walls. it increases the chance of someone seeing the eye of a Mokumokuren staring through them. If you were to stare at it for long enough, it can apparently make you blind!

The only way to get rid of the spirit, is to patch up your walls. Easy enough!


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#4 KONAK JIJI

The Konak Jiji is a mystical creature that takes on the form of an infant. It is very malicious and draws its victims in by crying like a baby when someone’s in sight.

It is human nature that people will want to look for the child to comfort it… but upon finding the child and picking him/her up, the child will spontaneously put on an enormous amount of weight – possibly up to 300kg!

You wouldn’t be able to let go of the child as upon touching it, you’d be immediately paralyzed. However, it is said that if you don’t get crushed under all that weight, you would instead receive magical powers.

There is a spirit similar to Konak Jiji’s in Malaysia, they are called Toyol. They are a lot more sinister, and could possibly fall under the category of black magic.


akaname#3 AKANAME

Akaname is also called the  “filth-licker”… and that is literally what they apparently exist to do! They dwell in places which are filthy, like uncleaned toilets and use their very long tongues to lick all the grime and dirt off their poisonous saliva.

It is believed that this creature was made up by parents to scare their kids into cleaning their bathrooms. However, it was Toriyama Sekien who came up with the mystical creature. He was an 18th century scholar and artist of Japanese folklore, who attempted to catalogue all of the Japanese folklore creatures.


004-1#2 ITTAN

The Ittan (or Ittan-momen) are Japanese folklore’s form of ghostly phenomenon. They exist as a 33-ft long strip of white cloth and are not that frightening by nature. However, if THEY are scared or frightened (or are the “evil” ones), they might just wrap themselves around your head and smother you to death!

In Japanese, Ittan-momen is translated as ‘one-tenth hectare of cotton’. They do have a friendly side and can be worn by those who have gained their trust.

They have appeared in manga (Japanese comic) series such as GeGeGe no Kitaro and various video games and movies. All Japanese, of course hehe


shirime#1 SHIRIME

Shirime or “anus eye” is an odd Japanese mystical folklore creature that has an eye where his anus is supposed to be!

Folklore describes how there was once a samurai who was walking along a road in Kyoto at night. Someone shouted from behind, asking him to wait. The man was so nervous that he quickly turned around to ask who was there, only to find another man undressing and pointing towards his bottom, an eye mysteriously appearing where the man’s anus was meant to be.

The Japanese poet and artist Yosa Buson liked this mystical creature so much that he has added him into many of his paintings.


The photos above are extracted from: http://listverse.com/2010/01/20/10-bizarre-creatures-from-japanese-folklore/

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  1. Pastor Antoinette on Feb 25, 2017 at 1:35 pm

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  2. Pastor Chia on Feb 1, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Every creature existing in different country are so interesting. I do fascinated how this being existing story. Out of the 10 Japanese Folklore creatures story,i heard about Kappa (“river-child”) the most. Many story of river child story has reported in Asia country which people has seeing this being existing. Having said that,most of river child story causing people lose their life when people swimming at the river side. Their existence has prove that about buddha said many beings within 6 realm.

  3. Mingwen on Feb 1, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Every creature on earth is unique.

    It’s not necessary to prove their existence with science and technology because we all know the capabilities of science is limited.

    Believe or not is everyone’s own choice, but to respect every creature and behave well are MUST DOs if we wish to live in harmony and peace.

  4. Pastor Albert on Feb 1, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Very interesting article, half of it I have read about it before when I was a child, there is a collection of Japenese folklore that was presented in a comic form.

    Although it is said to be Japanese folklore, but I do believe the existence of these beings for the past and even now and future. There are 6 realms in Samsara, every beings are possible.

  5. Julia Tan on Feb 1, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Different races, countries and cultures have their own different Folklore to tell. I believe many are made up to scared or discipline the children or just stories. There are 6 realms where lives different creatures, there are possibility of someone have seen these creatures in the pass just like Big Foot, Yeti and dragon due to individual karma with these creatures.

  6. Andrea Lai on Feb 1, 2017 at 2:03 am

    I always like reading funny,weird stories. I used to enjoyed having kappamaki as my snack and now additional knowledge to me is, while having kappamaki and also sharing this sushi with a “friend.”

    Some people may find it disgusting and others may find it hilarious when mentioned “anus eye”.As I know people often mentioned it either as prank or insult but in this article, Shirime is a folklore creature.Interesting!

  7. June Kang on Feb 1, 2017 at 12:36 am

    I believe some exist but some were people make up the story for a purpose. Each time ready this type of story, a question of ” are they suffer” always came to my mine. Suffer is because human can not accept them and afraid of them. And in the actual world, some of us may behave like them also. Well, is nice to read all this to understand Japan’s cultures and beliefs. Thank you.

  8. Eric kksiow on Jan 31, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I believe all of them are existed, and most of “theirs” stories or histories are more than 100 years, is it a myth? story? Or the history? I have no idea of it.

    At my point of view, i will read it as for knowledge, and i don’t want to offended “them” too. Spirits, creatures, UFOs, Gods and Buddhas.. At my level i don’t have any ability to see and communicate with them.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this article to all of us.
    Much learned from you
    Eric kksiow _/\_

  9. nicholas on Jan 31, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Every country or culture may have their own beliefs and cutoms. Japan really has it own interesting folklore. I feel Kappa is an interesting creature and being such a polite creature it’s a respectful type.

    Heikegani is an interesting crab with samurai face. Not sure if the background is just a myth but looking at the video of how it look it only can be found in Japan.

    Whatever culture or belief an individual has what important is for us to respect even if we don’t believe. Only through respect we can live in harmony and preserve the rich culture for our future generation.

  10. Pastor Antoinette on Jan 31, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    These are indeed curious creatures. I wonder how can anyone come up with such beings. But then again, still today new species of animals are discovered.
    The difference is that compared to animals, we feel in power, because of weapons or because we know how to handle them. But with these folkloristic creatures, we need to know very precise tricks to be safe from them.

    I am not very familiar with Japan, its customs and folklore so this is a very instructive article although scary.

    Thank you,

  11. Anne Ong on Jan 31, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for these Japanese Folklore Creatures Tales. I really enjoyed reading all the stories. Each and every story has its own interesting background. Here are some of the stories that i like. #10 KAPPA. #2 ITTAN. #1 SHIRIME. #6 MAKURA-GAESHI.#4 KONAK JIJI.

  12. pammie yap on Jan 31, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Japan has many interesting things. Like their culture, tradition and manners, which I find interesting and unique. I have yet to visit Japan but reading these folklores added more interests to go and visit.

    The one I find interesting among the ten are Kappa because of the indentation on the top of its head and Kasa-Obake where things come to life after 100 years. Even Kappa have tradition and manners although perceived as trouble maker. How interesting!

  13. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jan 31, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I find Kappa fascinating in that it can be controlled and won over to do our bidding. Just making it bow, filling the water and offering it cucumbers and voila! We have a ‘friend.’ Cool!

    Akaname would be the dream of every house keeper and hotel. If only they exist. They are similar to the suckermouth catfish bred in aquariums to clean algae and filth.

  14. Sofi on Aug 8, 2016 at 1:39 am

    I always find Japanese folklore interesting. I find the Japanese very ingenious especially in creating perfectness in their living, like their beautiful gardens, their quality of food and presentations, the quality of their manufactured products, etc. They are so advance in science and technology and yet maintained their traditionalism in religion and beliefs. Many families lived together with their parents and grandparents under the same roof due to filial piety. I think that some of the folklores were made up to entertain the younger ones and to scare the mischievous ones into toeing the line. And some folklores could be very real as experiences could have been passed down the generations by word of mouth.

    The Kappa sounds easy to handle by just bowing and using its politeness to return the bow thus spilling the water on top of its head. Hehe… so we must make sure we always carry a bottle of water with us to refill the hole on the head of the Kappa and be rewarded. The strangest would be the Shirime. Wonder what is the story behind the eye at its anus… should be interesting.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the stories of these 10 creatures of Japanese folklore.

  15. Edward Ooi on Jun 11, 2015 at 2:27 am

    To this very day, I still love watching anime and read manga. Japan is truly an amazing and beautiful place to be. Japan is filled with beautiful places and nice people. I will definitely visit Japan one day. The only thing is that they have very less vegetarian choices.

    It is so fascinating that the Heikegani, a Japanese folklore which has been scientifically proven to exist. How often do we see these things exist? The crabs could have look like any other beings or things in the world but why would it have a samurai face on it’s back? Do you think is the reincarnations of the fallen samurais? For me, I believe it.

    The Shirime looks and sounds kinda funny to me. I don’t believe that Shirime is real, there is a big possibility where the witness mistaken something for it because he was high or drunk. The other are fascinating as well but not so compared to the Heikegani. Thank You Rinpoche for sharing.

  16. Edward Ooi on May 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Dear RInpoche, I’ve only heard of Heikegani. It’s really fascinating that this species of crabs only appear after the emperor and his men committed suicide, and the fisherman says that they do not fish this type of of crabs because they believe that these crabs are the emperor and his men. In other words, they kinda cursed the sea. No offense Rinpoche, but I think the rest of them are fake.

  17. Vinnie Tan on Jul 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I always love Japanese folklore. It is scary yet mysterious. There are many anime cartoons that tells viewers how the creatures are. But they will be depicted in a good manner at the end of the day by helping some one or something.

  18. edward ooi on Feb 11, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Wow, these creatures that live in Japan are so unique. The creature called Shirime is so funny, it have an eye on its bottom. I wonder do they really exist in this world? If I ever have the chance to visit Japan, I would never wish to see them. But if they doesn’t hurt humans then i would like to see them. By the way, thank you Rinpoche for sharing these information about folklore creatures in Japan

  19. Sean Wang on Jan 31, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I really love Japanese folklore. The japanese are indeed a colourful culture. Some of the “monsters” are so messed up. Especially, the Shirime, the anus eye. I would really be terrified if I get called from behind only to find myself being mooned by a man with an eye up his butt. Another very interesting one is the baby spirit that turns into 300kg. I wonder if one were to sacrifice their legs by putting the baby on their lap, will the person still receive powers?

  20. su an on Jun 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    This is really interesting! The Japanese folklore creatures here are quite funny… i particularly like the story about Kappa (also i happen to like kappamaki the most out of all sushi hehe).

  21. Andrew Chiam on Mar 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche. It was an intresting post for “mystical” knowledge. thanks for your great kindness and effort to compile the information for our learning.

  22. David Lai on Mar 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

    This is really a most fascinating blog post. I love all the stories here and I am very fascinated to read about them. I think all cultures would have an equivalent of some of these supernatural beings. The universality of it makes them most likely to be real. One just need to see the smoke to know that there is fire. I believe in ancient India and Tibet too there are all those supernatural beings that are not enlightened and have smaller or bigger impact on people’s daily lives.

    I think, learning about supernatural beings and if one get a chance to perceive them would be most educational for most modern people. It is educational because it shows us that there other realms and dimensions and types of existences. Hence, even the Buddhas and Dharma Protectors do exist as well.

  23. Jon Antony on Mar 4, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Very interesting! No Shinigami though?

  24. cynthia on Mar 4, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I always felt beings like this do exist even though some stories may not be entirely accurate. If anyone tells me, I never hesitated to believe. I always always always believe in anything mystical and the possibilities of it especially as a kid.

    As a kid, knowing the unknown and what may not seem possible to be real seems so much easier. Then again, life was so much easier as a kid. As I grew older and got caught in “life”, the fantasy world slowly fades because the shift in priorities and responsibilities. It’s like we have to stop being in the fantasy world which is funny because is the life we live is an illusion.

  25. Elena on Mar 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    It’s interesting how people across many different cultures have their own folklores…and how some folklores transcend cultures (like the Yeti and Bigfoot). Just goes to show humans aren’t as different to one another as we think…just some characteristics are more pronounced in one person than in others!

    x

  26. Lew, Kwan Leng on Mar 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I was brought up to based all the things on science. If science cannot prove it, I won’t believe it. More so for folklore like these, I will just brush them aside and never even want to look at it second time.

    Reading Rinpoche’s blog really challenge my mind. While I am not sure if these creatures really exists (because I have not seen them before), I don’t brush it aside immediately, and will ponder on the matter. This actually make my mind more open, and thus open to more new concepts and most importantly Buddha’s teaching.

    I sincerely thank Rinpoche for finding new ways to challenge my mind, and pray that others will benefit from it too!

    • Jin on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:27 am

      Just because science cannot prove it, doesn’t make it unreal. Science cannot prove the origins of life, does that make life not real? Nay.

      And these beings can be proven by science very easy. They are call jinn, they are made out of smokeless fire (which today we would call plasma), and there are many lights that are unseen to the naked eye. As they are made from fire they can appear to us as different forms and shapes. And not everything in life can be explained 100% by humans, for we use the senses we have.

  27. Terri on Mar 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    It reminds me of teachings i heard on the Shurangama mantra.

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    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 08:38 PM
    It is very sad for the Tibetan in exile that after 60 years they are still refugees and not able to have a good environment to develop in any sense. The question is why isn’t the governing body (Central Tibetan Administration) whom has been receiving helps from other countries been able to help the Tibetan in exile in getting good education and get them out of the vicious cycle ? Above article clearly shows that Tibetan living in other countries were given the opportunity to learn and freedom to develop ones talent. I hope the Tibetan in exile understand their position and stand up to fight for their rights and freedom.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:19 PM
    Very touching…….farmer and his cow for 23 years through thick and thin .A special bond between them even when separated to retirement home we can see how much tears flowing the two of them. True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils.
    After the cow was sent to the retirement home, the cow refused to eat for 3 days till the owner came to show up again. Amazing the cow started eating after met up the farmer. There must be a direct relationship between these two of them.
    Animals have feelings too ,and they needs our care ,love aswell.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/so-touching-you-will-cry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:18 PM
    Is really heart breaking to watch this video ,how horrible and sad how those chickens, turkeys ,cows, cattle ,pigs and died suffering so much pain and abused. I almost in tears how can the slaughter men did it…..so cruel. The chicken is the worst abused animals ,suffered cramped, bitten by the owner before been slaughtered. Having the throat slit alive or scalded alive.
    Cattle horn were piled off, injuries on them left alone. Thousands of cows or cattle were not able to walk before going to the slaughtered house. Pigs suffered the same faith, throw against the wall. Many pigs suffered injuries and so forth. Those who are so sick and cannot made to the slaughtered house were shot dead. Some are burned alive.
    Choose vegetarian ,live healthy and safe those poor aniamals.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/please-watch-leave-your-thoughts-in-comments-for-me.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:15 PM
    What I heard is more than the 9;s…. 3 and 6 too from old folks many years back. I was warned on these ….year we odd to be careful and so forth. All those black years has passed by me with up and down. I do not believed of such myth and I don’t quite actually remember much and try not to remember as it’s the past. I have let go all ,just looking forward and now I am glad to have Rinpoche to thank for having learn and practice Dharma. Every day is a new day for me ,learning new knowledge from Rinpoche blog.
    Thank you Datuk May for sharing your thoughts of the 9’s.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-blind-corner-at-each-decade.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:14 PM
    Wonderful platform for Rinpoche to share with more people having an account of FB. From there they can have live streaming to express each individual opinion on certain interesting subject. Having these live streaming Rinpoche did a lot of sharing with people of different walks of life ,his biography, his spiritual journey, meeting his Guru and on the practice of Dorje Shugden .It s a powerful way to spread Dharma knowledge through social media. It can be shared by many and since the video is saved ,the viewer could see from time to time to get a better understanding .
    These live streaming lasted for 3 hours with many beautiful comments.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. We love HH Dalai Lama and we love Dorje Shugden ..Please resolve the Dorje Shugden issue as soon as possible. and please end the suffering, segregation and prejudice.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-tsem-rinpoches-first-live-streaming.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Oct 21. 2017 09:30 PM
    This is great move by Gucci and I hope it will encourage more brands to follow suit. We do not need to have animals fur on our body to look pretty and to prevent us from cold. We have many options. Choose one that does not harm and bring suffering to other beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-what-gucci-did.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Oct 21. 2017 09:22 PM
    This is horrible and it is a shame that we human can do such actions that bring tremendous pain to the animals. We should stop using leather products and this will directly stop the demand of leather goods. I hope authority of respective country will implement rules to protect animals welfare. It is only when there are laws that people will stop such act.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/where-does-leather-come-from.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:04 AM
    Interesting someone like Rob Lowe a famous actor actually told he came face-to-face with Bigfoot was with his two sons .No proof and details given to support his encounter. Whether for publicity his coming show no one knows. He was filming his new paranormal documentary series when he said he saw it. It does not matter at least it helps to raise awareness of that Bigfoot do exist. Good in way more people will come to accept it and will further investigate its existence of Bigfoot. It also encourages people to start thinking broadly of possibilities.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/rob-lowe-face-to-face-with-bigfoot.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:03 AM
    Well,I have read news of Bigfoot sightings in the jungles of southern Malaysia before years back. Interesting as our country do have the sighting of Bigfoot too.It seems that Bigfoot can be found anywhere in this world. To many people, Bigfoot is the stuff of nightmarish folklore. Described by hundreds of alleged eyewitnesses as an ape-like creature that stands nearly eight feet tall. There is a number of sighting by the locals and may be linked to environmental changes and the shrinking jungle. This has attracted world attention, having teams from different countries and our local government as well. The research scientists, has been trying to verify Bigfoot’s existence so far none has really performed intensive research on this matter. Historical records show eight claimed sightings of enormous apemen or Bigfoot or oversized apes. Despite numerous sightings, photos and footprints , there has never been conclusive proof that these creatures exist in Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bigfoot-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:02 AM
    Alarming height and shocking to know there is microplastic contamination in our drinking water after scientific investigation has discovered that.
    Glad to know scientists are doing more for research on the implications for health. At least we could know more knowledge and more aware of all plastics fibres in our tap water. All this while we have been drinking . Scientists warn microplastics are so small they could penetrate organs. That is bad for our health. Plastic fibres have infiltrated the drinking water of cities and towns all over the world. Our oceans are littered with plastic, which is killing whales and other marine mammals, and contaminating fish. Previous studies have shown when people eat seafood, they are also eating high levels of microplastics, not to mention taking in a lot of mercury as well
    Many people have involved to make a change for a better environment for the generation to come. Educating the people from school children to the people on the streets the safest ways of garbage disposal will be a wonderful start. We should all take responsibility to care for the environment and help raise awareness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 01:51 AM
    In Buddhism, before become an enlightened beings, all living beings have to experience the suffering in taking rebirth for many lifetimes and each of the rebirth, we must have father and mother. It is possible that our previous lifetime’s father and mother have taken rebirth in other forms such as animals, hungry ghosts and etc in this lifetime. Due to this reason, we should love and treat all sentient beings well as everyone might once been our father or mother in the previous life. We owe them kindness and therefore we should practice dharma and help to liberate them from suffering and lead them to enlightenment.

    I am extremely grateful that I meet and learn dharma from Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s skilful means teachings let me understand that I should not only care about myself, my family and friends but to be kind and compassion to everyone around me. Rinpoche reminds and encourage us to do our commitments and daily sadhana. Later, I realized that when we do prayers, sadhana or pujas, we must begin with Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels and followed by recitation of the Four Immeasurables. Through this practice, it is actually to help us to set a good motivation and generate our Bodhicitta for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/five-ways-to-love-more-by-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 10:27 PM
    Rinpoche’s blog has so many interesting topics and articles. Be it heavy and technical or light such as traveling tips, all are very useful and informative to the readers. I appreciate Rinpoche and writers team hardwork in giving us vast information and opportunity for us to learn and improve our dharma knowledge.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-am-honoured.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:04 AM
    Wow …such a unique island called Socotra which i did not know before or come across . Everything from trees to flowers looks so unique. A place home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely which adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. The landscape of this remote Socotra Island looks as if it comes from a sci-fi film.
    From what I see through the pictures this Socotra Island, looks more like Alien place. It’s truly unlike any place on earth and is also called the ‘Lost World ‘ to some of the tourist. I did some research on this island .
    It seem over millions of years, the isolated island in the Arabian Sea has cultivated a unique biodiversity unlike anywhere else on Earth. Twisted dragon’s blood trees and bulbous bottle trees have made Socotra a place of legends, feared by sailors throughout history and believed by some to be the site of the original Garden of Eden.
    Now it seem to be a tourist attraction in Yemen after when UNESCO named it as World Natural Heritage Site in 2006. Its wonderful news as UNESCO recognizes the importance of preserving the island.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these unique island with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/socotra-island.html#comment-753145
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:03 AM
    Beautiful sacred painting by Rinpoche. Amazing to know RInpoche as a small kid is so talented in drawing and painting . Yet after so many years the painting still looks good condition. Such a beautiful White Tara painting and now Rinpoche still paints.
    Wow interesting stories behind the scared painting of the powerful white Tara. When we have trust and faith that’s how these powerful Tara will help us.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/sacred-painting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:02 AM
    The two beautiful Yeti painting comes a long way from Nepal with love to Malaysia .Specially for Rinpoche……such a beautiful gift and unique .. Knowing Rinpoche like Bigfoot so much. Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. It is not the gift but the thought that counts.
    Rejoice for Mitra Poudel and Khom Thapa
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful paintings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/from-nepal.html

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
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These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
yesterday
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
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Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
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Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
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Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
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Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
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Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
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Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
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This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
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Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
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This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
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First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
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I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
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More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
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The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
I just did another one. See how it\'s done-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
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Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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  • October 18, 2017 23:32
    Yen asked: Dear pastor, I am married but have not been blessed with a kid after several years. How can I overcome the pain I am going through? I also like to ask u for guidance to help someone dear to me who have met with an accident and in vegetative state. How do I help the friend suffer less? What can I do to help her overcome this obstacle in life even when doctor seems to have given up hope?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Yen, Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear of your situation and that of your friend. One thing we need to remember is that the Buddha explained to us how karma works. Everything we experience in life, whether good or bad is due to our actions previously in this life and previous lifetimes. While this may sound unfair in that we need to experience the results of something that we do not remember doing, this is the way samsara exists. They only way to be free of this type of suffering is to attain enlightenment, the state of a Buddha. That being said, we all need help in our daily life, and that is where deity practice can help us. In order to overcome the pain you are going through, may I suggest that you engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. You can find an excellent commentary by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. You can find the prayers to recite here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19. There is also a practice box set dedicate to Lama Tsongkhapa, which you can order online here if you wish: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom; Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion; and Vajrapani, the Buddha of skilful means. As such the practice is extremely powerful and is well-known to help people heal psychical pain, but more importantly the sufferings felt in the mind. You can concentrate on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra and beseech Lama Tsongkhapa to help ease your suffering. He will surely help. His practice is known for relieving anxiety and even depression. In regards to your friend, on a practical level you can research about your friend’s specific state and see if there are any treatments available that can be effective if you have not done so already. In any case what you can do is to engage in prayers or pujas and dedicate the merits generated to your friend. For example, you can engage in the practice of Medicine Buddha, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html, or alternative have Medicine Buddha pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund. Medicine Buddha is excellent at healing on all levels, and provide us with soothing and beneficial energy. Another method that you can use to help your friend is to generate as much merit for her as possible. A vast amount of merit and purification of karma can help even the direst of circumstances. Such activities could involve releasing animals from slaughter or deplorable conditions, feeding the homeless and less fortunate and providing for them, and making vast amounts of offerings to the Buddhas and enlightened beings. If done with a good motivation, and dedicated towards your friend, she will benefit from the virtuous actions, even if you cannot see the benefits at the moment. Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as a Dorje Shugden. You can find the prayers here if you wish to engage in them yourself: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden, alternatively you can have Dorje Shugden pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund. Dharma protectors help to overcome obstacles and conditions that we wish to arise. I understand that it is a difficult situation, but you should maintain your faith in the Buddhas and enlightened beings, and they will definitely help. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 14, 2017 13:27
    Ling asked: I have been practising chakrasamvara for over 2 years now and recently during my meditation I feel that during the deity meditation portion that it feel like my entire body is under a heavy water fall. My heart and limbs also feel like flowing water and there is some crawling sensations. What could this be
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Ling, Thank you for your question. I rejoice to read that you are practising Chakrasamvara for over two years now. This is very good, you should keep the practice steady, keep the vows and commitments well and you will progress on your spiritual evolution. Generally speaking when you engage in higher tantric yoga meditation, the meditations include movement of your psychic winds. Therefore sometimes people will experience strange feelings in the body. When this happens, once should ease off the concentration on that particular visualisation when engaging in the practice. What you can do to lessen these feelings is to engage in purification practices such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. Alternatively if you have the appropriate initiation, you can engage in the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva, which would be included in your sadhana text. Engaging in the purification practices would lessen these sensations when you practice, as everything we experience is due to our karma. What I would advise the most, however, is to consult the guru that gave you the empowerment of Chakrasamvara practice. Your guru would be able to better advise you in addition to the above, the methods you can use to minimise the physical effects if they are due to the actual practice. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 13, 2017 11:15
    Fearful asked: What does violent shaking all of the sudden and "shrinking" feeling of the head mean during practice mean? I've been practicing the dharmapalas, and this is happening. What does it mean?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Fearful, Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons for this to be occurring. What you can do when this starts to happen is to stop what you are doing, and take deep breaths, and concentrate on your breath. As you concentrate on your breath, this will have a calming effect on both your body and mind, which should stop the involuntary shaking and strange feelings. In fact focusing on the breath is one of the best known methods of developing a focused, concentrated, yet calm Your practice of the Dharmapalas should begin with either Guru Yoga or deity practice, therefore I would suggest that you engage in these practices more before you begin the actually Dharma protector practice. One of the best practices is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is well known for its healing ability on for both the body and the mind. Over time, you should see such occurrences lessen. If this shaking happens regularly and also when you are not practicing, you should consider visiting a qualified health professional just to rule out anything untoward. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 8, 2017 20:48
    John asked: Dear pastors, When reciting mantras we are instructed to visualize the deity. However I realize that my visualization is very very fuzzy and very very ever-changing. It is not a still image, there is like thick clouds moving and blocking the visualization then they would clear and block again and clear again and the deity would even change shape. The round part would be more oval one moment and more circle the next etc. In fact, I don't even know if the picture that ends up appearing in my mind is really looking like the deity or not. What if I end up visualizing a monster without knowing it since it's so fuzzy? Is there danger if that happens? What do you advice me to do?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear John, Thank you for your question. This is a question that people actually ask a lot, but there is no need to worry, especially if we do not have tantric initiation. In fact, the more we practice getting our visualisation stabilised now, the better we will be able to practice tantra when we eventually receive tantric initiation. The issue you are having maintain a steady visualisation is not an uncommon one. This is because we actually have to train our mind to concentrate on what we are doing. One of the major facets of Buddhist meditation is concentration, and this is something we need to develop. We might think that we have a good ability to concentrate, but what the Buddha and the great masters have taught is that we actually do not, but we can obviously develop it. Visualisation itself is a form of concentration meditation, therefore until we achieve a good level of concentration, things like this will happen as we train our minds. What we can do is to focus on a particular aspect of the visualisation, such as the face of the deity, and once that is stable and focused, we can continue onto other parts of the deity’s body, and then the various other aspects of the visualisation. That way, we train ourselves little by little to have a complete visualisation. No in regards to your question about their being danger if something goes wrong or if we make a mistake during our visualisation, this cannot be at our stage of practice. This is because the visualisation is engaged in during the mantra recitation section. Mantras themselves are the Buddhas and enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore when we recite mantras we are invoking the holy energies of the Buddhas, which naturally guide and protect us from any harm. The fact that you are facing this issue is in fact a good sign. It shows that are trying to concentrate on the visualisation, but that your mind has not reached a level of concentration powerful enough to maintain the stability of the visualisation. The antidote to this is simple, keep practising. As you continue to practice, you will notice that your visualisation becomes stronger and stronger. If however, you are still worried, you can end your recitation sessions with the prayer dedicated to a Dharma protector to any obstacles, and end with a completion dedication. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 6, 2017 22:31
    Wong asked: Hi, i would like to ask about jhana which is the last factor of the eightfold path. How is it being practised?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Wong, Thank you for your question. The last factor of the eightfold noble path is called jhana in the Pali language. In the Sanskrit language it is called dyana. This is a state of meditative absorption which culminates in the understanding of emptiness and is the pathway that leads us to attain liberation. Generally this state is achieved through the practice of single-pointed concentration meditation. But within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition once you have achieved stabilised single-pointed meditation, you progress onto the path of special insight meditation. It is at this stage, that one is able to concentrate completely on understanding emptiness and therefore attain enlightenment. This topic is somewhat outside of the scope of this section of the blog. However, Pabongkha Rinpoche in his excellent Lam Rim text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” gives a very concise yet thorough introduction to the topic of meditation. Pabongkha Rinpoche addresses the path to enlightenment, not through the eightfold noble path however, but through the six perfections of a bodhisattva. In essence although on the surface the two ways of structuring the path to enlightenment may seem different, they are actually both the same if one analyses them carefully. If you read “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” you will understand how the two structures are interlinked if you have an understanding of the eightfold noble path. You can order a copy of the book here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand and the book is also available at Kechara Paradise outlets. Alternatively, you can ask your local book store to order the book in for you if they have that service. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 3, 2017 04:11
    jason asked: i have been practicing higher yoga tantra for over two year now and recently i started to get nightmares for three continuous nights now and i think it will continue, What is happening ? did i do something wrong? The first nightmare was me being cut in to numerous pieces , the second was me being visited by a greyish blue female old female ghost with no eyes in eye sockets, and the third was a giant dark brown black centipede encased in a white translucent sac exploding out of my thigh and crawling/ rolling away in to darkness. Im quite worried that i may have done something wrong even though i think i have not.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you have been practising Higher Yoga Tantra for over two years. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments that you would have taken during the empowerment into the practice. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better, which is after all what Buddhist practice is all about. In regards to your nightmares I do not think that you have done anything wrong per se. In this case it could be due to two possible reasons, the first is that your negative karma is arising in your dreams and the second is that you are being afflicted by a spirit. In the first case, when we practice Higher Yoga Tantra properly and sincerely, it purifies a lot of negative karma. As when engaging in any practice that purifies negative karma, this karma can open and manifest under control situations. For example you the karma manifests are nightmares or scary figures or feelings, rather than physically, which would come about through uncontrollable causes and conditions. When karma is purified it manifests in its most mild form, and for you in this case, it could manifest in the form of nightmares. Therefore if we are engaging in powerful practices, or when we concentrate on these practices, such things can occur. Some people may find this sort of situation bad. But this is not correct, because due to the nature of samsara, we are affected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey. When you face such difficulties, the key here is continue with your practice strongly and not give up. In this manner, the karma which causes such situations to occur is purified quicker and then we are no longer affected by it. Therefore you should wholeheartedly engage in primary sadhana of your meditational deity. On the other hand, it could be that you are being affected by a spirit or spirits. In this case there are methods of protection that you can engage in which should be included in your Higher Yoga Tantra practice. If you are unsure of what these could be, please humbly approach your initiating guru for more guidance. Another way that can help solve this problem is to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. Since you are already practising a Highest Yoga Tantra, you can ask your guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with the practice. Each of the major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult your guru as he or she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. Whatever the case may be, it comes down to karma. The Higher Yoga Tantra you are practising should include a purification practice such as Vajrasattva. For example if you practice the Heruka Chakrasamvara tantra, and have received the appropriate empowerment, you can practice Heruka Vajrasattva. You then concentrate on the practice of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma causing the situation, and over time you will see the situation get better. If you are not sure of the purification aspect of your daily practice, you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. All of these can help, however I strongly advise you to humbly approach your guru and ask for further advice and instruction, as he or she may assign you other practices or even ask you concentrate on specific sections of the sadhana that they passed to you, to help you overcome these problems. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2017 22:31
    kevin asked: hi pastor, I've been very problematic lately and depressed. My plans seem to be always out of place. I read from an article that some problems are caused by negative karma from the previous and present life. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to drain my negative karma. Im very wary now on my actions to others so not to add to my existing karma. Can you suggest a mantra which I can recite and reflect on everyday to help alleviate my problems and drain my negative karma. Thank you very much. Bless you.
    pastor answered: Dear Kevin, Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist thought everything we go through in life is caused by karma. This can be either good or bad, so difficulties we face in life are indeed due to our karma. Now, one thing about karma that people often forget is that it can be purified. There are many methods within Tibetan Buddhism that are used for the purification of karma. In fact all practices necessarily involve the purification of negative karma and the generation of merit. The most effective of these are known as purification practices, which have the specific benefits of helping us to purify negative karma which leads to all kinds of problems within in our lives. These include Vajrasattva practice, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html and the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. You can read more about these practices by clicking on the respective links. These are two very powerful methods of purifying negative karma and have been relied upon by countless practitioners and masters to progress on the spiritual path. They are two very extremely effective methods used within Tibetan Buddhism. Since you are going through many problems, however, you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector who can help alleviate the obstacles you are facing and at the same provide conditions that are suitable for you. One such Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden, you can read more about his practice here, and his daily prayers here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The website also has a lot of information about the practice and how it can benefit you in daily life. While it may seem daunting that you have negative karma, you should not be disheartened because negative karma can be overcome by purifying it. What you said is right, you should be wary of creating more negative karma. In fact that is one of the main points a Buddhist lives by, which is not creating more negative karma. People often wonder why Buddhists take vows and precepts, this is actually to stop the accumulation of negative karma. For example a Buddhist takes the vow not to kill, this obviously stops the Buddhist from creating the negative karma of killing because they consciously remember that they should not kill in whatever situation they are in. So it is very good that are checking your actions to make sure that you do not add to the negative karma. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2017 13:18
    Nepal asked: I've noticed that in Nepal, Shugden and his retinue are forms of the worldly protector Za Rahula, or that's what the lamas and sadhanas say. Wouldn't that make Shugden dangerous or wouldn't that make Manjushri a worldly deity or one that is dangerous?
    pastor answered: Dear Nepal, Thank you for your question. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, that is what the high lamas and masters have taught and explained using Buddhist logic. Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being has been practiced by all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and was first practiced within the holy Sakya tradition. Similarly, Manjushri is an enlightened being. In fact all Tibetan Buddhist schools and Vajrayana traditions, including those in Nepal, say that Manjushri is an enlightened being, the Buddha of wisdom. Rahula on the other hand is a worldly deity who was bound by oath to protect Buddhism and Buddhism practitioners. You can read more about him here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html#tabs-1. All Tibetan Buddhist schools similarly agree to this point. Therefore to equate Dorje Shugden as a form of Za Rahula would logically mean that Manjushri is not a Buddha. This cannot be since hundreds of thousands of holy masters have relied on Manjushri and gained enlightenment through such beliefs and practices associated with Manjushri. Since from a logical perspective this cannot be the case, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, it is safe to say that Dorje Shugden is not a form of Za Rahula. You can read more about Dorje Shugden, his history, lineage of practice and benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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