Questions on Ghosts

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I posted regarding ‘psychic kids’ and Patricia posed some interesting questions which I have answered. With respect to Patricia, I am posting it here as it will benefit others. For the actual blog post, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/06/?p=4416

 

From Patricia:

Tashi delek dear Tsem Rinpoche!

Thank you very much for posting this!

I have a question to you: As it is said that the bardo takes in general around 49 days and after that comes the new rebirth. What is it than that is left of the person who have died? I mean for instance: a psychic women`s husband died 5 years ago, but still she can have contact to him; he is still around her.

I’ve heard once even some people perceive a ghost, let´s say their own relative who have died, it is actually not anymore their relative but just “la-energy” of the dead person which remained and in truth the relative actually already got a new rebirth. This la energy can stay for 7 generation. This is even more scary to me, because it is just energy, actually not the dead person`s mind anymore, but who can still communicate and help the living people. Sorry but I do not really understand that, how this can be possible. Can you please tell us something about this?

Or did I got a wrong information and it is more like this: that a person who died but can be perceived by humans as a ghost, actually had a rebirth in the realm of spirits?Or did there something go wrong, like their rebirth did not happen because they are trapped within the bardo /cannot go into “the light” because of a trauma or whatever?

How many types of spirits are existing according buddhism, do they all belong to the class of hungry ghosts?

Best wishes,
Patricia

 

My answer:

My Dear Patricia,

Your questions require complex answers, but I will be brief and sincerely hope it helps you.

  • Generally there are many types of hungry ghosts or just ghosts. They travel at the speed of thought and also can live hundreds of years almost like some sort of mini titan. So it is possible for people of many generations to see the same being after many generations. Even seven or eight generations and so on.
  • The amount of beings existing in the realm of spirits/ghost far far far exceeds that of humans. Their population is huge.
  • Spirits have various personalities just like animals and humans. You can generalize them. Like people from the North will be generally taller than of the South. That is very general with many exceptions of course.
  • You have the bitter, nasty, harmless, weak, powerful, quiet, noisy, dysfunctional, sneaky, kind, helpful ghosts and with many more personalities. Because ghosts have the ability to travel superfast they have a sort of clairvoyance. They can reak havoc with their clairvoyance because it is limited and hence can give advice that turns out wrong in the long run. But seemingly the advice is ok in the short run with or without knowing it from their side.
  • The ghosts can change shapes and forms to appear to you in the form you find comfortable to communicate with you or to frighten you. They wish to communicate for many reasons such as loneliness, anger, expressing their sorrows, or some wish to assist in their own way for something in return.
  • Some spirits can even appear to the untrained as Tara!!! Zong Rinpoche told us, some appear as Tara to people!!! So we have to be extremely careful when dealing with them. Better not to deal with them but be aware of their presence.
  • To elicit favours from them like asking for lottery number, eliminating an enemy, or getting information from them could be dangerous in the long run depending on their characters. Should be avoided. Being careful to not simply do binding rituals or order them here or there. They can get you back in a way you least suspect. Better to leave them alone.
  • Basically if they are in this form, it does not arise from positive karma. So the results cannot be generally positive.
  • If they are in the ghost realm, something definitely went wrong. To take rebirth in that realm generally requires one’s mind to have extreme great attachment to a place, person, thing, idea or the such. That attachment is what binds them to their situation until karma is ‘finished’. When they go into the light, it could be another realm, or rebirth. It is not going into a ‘heaven’ as we know it.
  • If there are psychics or people who can perceive these beings it is important to do protection and blessing prayers daily if we have to contact or see them. If seeing them is beyond our control, then daily protection would be good. It would bless the person seeing them and bless the ghosts also. Ghosts are moved by altruism or great compassion emanating from a being. Some Practices good to do daily are any of the below:
  1. Tsongkapa
  2. Singdongma
  3. Protectors such as Setrap, Four Faced Mahakala, Pelden Hlamo
  4. Ekazati
  5. Vajrapani
  6. Black Manjushri

These practices would bless the person, bless the environment and bless the spirits contacted/seen.

I hope the above helps you.

For further questions re the practices you may contact Beng Kooi.

I wish you well,
Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

From Fang:

Dear Rinpoche, a few questions if I may…

With the influences of media and upbringing, we are conditioned to fear what/who we do not understand. is there any reason we should fear these entities?

 

My answer:

Yes, there are cases that you will fear these beings such as:

  1. If you have offended them in any way, shape or form.
  2. Taken anything from them.
  3. Ask them for help and then later ignored them.
  4. They gave help and you are suppose to give them something in return and you didn’t.
  5. If someone has cursed you or send magic to you using them.
  6. Harming a person they are close to or ‘protecting’. These are just some examples people ‘might’ fear them or have experienced disturbances.
  7. But it would be good to put that fear into actual results for example by concentrating on intense Setrap practice which will bring intense benefits on so many levels not just pacifying the disturbances or the objects of your fear.

And if we do, should we learn to suppress the feeling of fear. By suppressing the fear, should we then substitute it with compassion and kindness?

  1. We should apologize to them from our hearts and not do it again.
  2. Do what we have promised once and for all unless totally impossible but don’t break the law doing so.
  3. If we have done none of the above 6 points except number 5, then we don’t need to fear or put that fear in remedial actions such as Tsongkapa or Setrap practice.
  4. Generate great pity for the state they are born in without being condescending but genuine pity and wish them well.
  5. Generating great compassion towards them will help a lot and do practices such as Tsongkapa and Setrap. Dedicate the merits of that practice to them and all beings who suffer, and be genuine in it. They will feel it.
  6. You can’t suppress fear or pretend you don’t feel it. But remember they are suffering much more than you from loneliness, cold, reliving tragedies/disappointments, hunger, thirst and great attachments. If you look at a dog who’s on the streets, starving, hurt and when you go near to feed, bite you, you don’t feel anger. But even more compassion for what has been done to the poor dog. Same example for spirits. Some are nasty and harmful because they have been given a lot of pain. They are in pain and deserve your pity not so much fear.

When harmed by what we believe to be a spirit/ghost… what should we do, where do we go? i have personally experienced a ‘confrontation’ of sort with an entity and after going to different practitioners who takes trance, i eventually found one who could help me. (this happened prior to my knowing of Kechara).

 

My answer:

  1. Kechara is not the only place that can help. Many places can help. But Kechara is qualified to help when necessary.
  2. As to what to do, this will take up much more space to explain. For now, I have a book, please refer to that and read it thoroughly. It will help a lot. The book is called ‘Protection from Black Magic and Spirits’. Please direct people to that book would help a lot.
  3. In general, practicing the 8 verses of Thought Transformation, Tsongkapa Guru Yoga then capped off with Setrap would be very very very good for general disturbances. More ferocious disturbances would require variations of the above or certain rituals. If you do the above three practices very well and daily, you will be ok. Really. Sometimes annoyingly these spirits can come get us later, years later, when we are at a low point. They watch. But doing these practices would be a great protection, blessing yourself and ‘them’. By blessing them, they eventually go away.

 

Why do some advice from ‘deities’ work and some don’t. it doesn’t mean that they are fake, i am sure because; they have managed to help others in the past.

 

My answer:

  1. The level of the deities are important. The level of the deities that are being used to nullify whatever is disturbing you is very important.
  2. How long the disturbance has been with you. If it has been a very long time, then it will not have instant effect. It will take time. Like if you see the best doctor in the whole world, but your disease is very old, it will take time.
  3. Affinity.
  4. Karmic disposition of the person who needs help. Sometimes the karma is so heavy, the helping deity cannot help you.

These are some of the possible reasons.

 

In Mahayana, i was advised to learn and recite the Great Compassion Mantra (大悲咒) when i feel uneasy in certain situations. is there a mantra in Vajrayana practice that is similar? would reciting Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema help? or would Setrap? Green Tara?

 

My answer:

  1. Definitely doing the Great Compassion Mantra, Tsongkapa’s migtseyma, Setrap and Green Tara would help. It depends on your affinity to which Deity and your karma.
  2. For some Green Tara would be and some not. It is not Green Tara’s fault, it is the affinity of the person.
  3. But for sure all these above practices are for much higher purposes, so protection for spirits is a minor side benefit.
  4. We should engage in these practices for development of wisdom, compassion, skilful means, letting go of attachments, anger and the like.

 

Thank you for your time and kind sharing, Rinpoche 🙂

Dear Fang,

I hope the above helps you.

Much care,
Tsem Rinpoche

June 12, 2010

 

   


  


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  1. Pastor Albert on Jan 18, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Ghost exist everywhere in the world, there are many people encountered spirit disturbances and don’t know how to overcome it, this post is very useful for the knowledge on how to overcome, there are practice stated clearly and also the prevention too.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post, it’s good for us to share with others on how to deal with it when we have disturbances and what motivation we should have. Most importantly we do not challenge them but to treat them compassionately when we know how painful they are.

  2. Mingwen on Jan 18, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Respect, respect and respect are the 3 things that we need to learn well if we wish to free from trouble and live in harmony and peace.

    Treat others like how we wish to be treated. Put ourselves into the others’ shoes. Everyone has their background and stories. We would never know who or what we’re facing, we will never wish to be harm, especially by our own EGO.

  3. Pastor Chia on Jan 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    One of the reason, l’m always find grateful study and learn more about Buddhism is about having compassion toward all the sentient being where there seen or unseen. since young,i had paranormal experience,which terrifying me scary about”ghost”. Until i study Buddhism it discrib more about 6 realm existing and the cause to be born within this 6 realm. It do help me overcome my fear toward ghost or spirit. The main cause born as spirit is attachment and can not letting go thing or emotion when their death. As spirit they will suffer loneliness cold, reliving tragedies/disappointments, hunger, thirst from their great attachments hundred and thousand of year . Until they find relief on their mind to seeking for next rebirth. This is important when we do the prayer or puja to dedicate merit particular to spirit generate compassion toward to their suffering to relief their suffering.

  4. June Kang on Jan 18, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Ghosts is at one of the six realm, they are like human still in samsara and therefore just like human they do need kind and care. Therefor is good to generate great compassion to them as mentioned by Rinpoche as above –“Generating great compassion towards them will help a lot”. Furthermore compassion conquer all and is the best protection to us.

  5. Andrea Lai on Jan 18, 2017 at 1:59 am

    The most memorable ghost incident I have encountered was about more than 10 years ago. It was Hungry Ghost festival where me and a friend have planned out for a night movie.

    On our journey, we passed by a hospital. While we thru, sudden we’ve been attacked by a wild gust of wind.The wind was so strong, the van that my friend drove almost lost control. My friend, knowing something went wrong, she speed up and acknowledge me to hold tight to the handle. The wind kept chasing us until we reached about 3Km, it stops. It was quite terrifying and my friend only confirmed with me the next day.

    As I known that these spirits are actually harmless unless those wraftful are seek for revenge or possessed. It was unfortunate for me then because I encountered with the fierce one.

    I humbly thank you Rinpoche for explanation and giving guidelines on practice chant mantras and ritual for these poor soul.

  6. Pastor Antoinette on Jan 18, 2017 at 12:56 am

    We are very fortunate to learn in Buddhism about the 6 realms and within the 6 realms is the hungry ghosts realm. There are reasons why we can become disturbed by them, such as the karmic effects of something we have done previously.

    Because of the kindness of H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, we have here in this article the guidelines what to do to stop disturbances and how to avoid offending spirits by respecting all beings.

    It is a good reminder for all of us to let go of our attachments as they are the very reason to take such a sad, lonely and long rebirth.

    May we all be close to the Dharma always and practice from our heart.

  7. Eric kksiow on Jan 18, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Most of my “Ghost haunted” experience are from KP outlet customers, these cases i will always refer to our Kechara Pastors. And i had learn a lot of “Ghost haunted” cases from Pastor Chia, and he will always guide me to check whether the “cases” are real or.. Erm…. Maybe the customer too stressful of their work or their living life?

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing of all the details “Ghost haunted” cases article to us, and it’s make me more clear how to handle “Ghost haunted” cases from customers. And much thanks of Pastor Chia who taught me too. _/\_

  8. nicholas on Jan 17, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    I have known many people that had such experiences with spirit and many of them doesn’t know what to do. For those who have learn from their spiritual practice it’s very important to practice and share with others so many people will know what they can do. Of course we are not here to tell which practice is better than which and most of the time I believe it’s our affinity and karma to meet the right one. What important is that we must have full trust and go all the way. The doctor can prescribe the medicine to help us but if we don’t trust or follow the advice how can we be heal?

    Beside just follow we should also understand what we are doing in order to give us a better understand and the logic of the practice. What important here is not about how to protect ourselves from spirit disturbance but as mentioned in the article that we should develop compassion, wisdom, letting go our attachment and delusion. This is the main core of our practice and the antidot from any of the negative thought that resulted the negative experience.

    I must say that this article gave a good guidance for us and we should learn more from here.

  9. Pammie Yap on Jan 17, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the explanations.

    I shall remember the practices prescribed for those who need it. It is true, those beings who are trapped in the spirit realm deserve a lot of compassion because of the state they have to go through till the karma exhaust. It must be really scary and lonely. Can one imagine to be in that state even if as a human?
    No matter what, we must respect all beings and do not harm them in any way. As human, we do not wish to have other people take advantage nor harm us, so what make us think that the spirits want to feel the same?

  10. Fong on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    As Rinpoche pointed out the answers, for the ghost to be where they are, in that particular realm, something must have gone wrong somewhere. There fore, how can we rely on a being that is in the wrong place, a lower realm. So, the best thing is to avoid dealing with them.

    There a many levels to deities and ghosts, so sometimes some deities can help and other times, they cannot. So, we should only rely on the ultimate truth of the Three Jewels.

    At the bottom of it all, is that we should practice kindness and compassion and seek the proper help instead to trying to”kill” these beings.

    Best defense is to follow Rinpoche’s advise on doing our daily practices adn reap the side effect of protection against disturbances of the spooky kind.

    Definitely doing the Great Compassion Mantra, Tsongkapa’s migtseyma, Setrap and Green Tara would help. It depends on your affinity to which Deity and your karma.
    For some Green Tara would be and some not. It is not Green Tara’s fault, it is the affinity of the person.
    But for sure all these above practices are for much higher purposes, so protection for spirits is a minor side benefit.
    We should engage in these practices for development of wisdom, compassion, skilful means, letting go of attachments, anger and the like.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this timeless advice.
    May Rinpoche’s wishes manifest smoothly and swiftly.

  11. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jan 6, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this detailed posting and explanation on spirits. What I take away from this is that:

    1) compassion is the best protection. Even in the human realm, we are attracted to and support people who are kind. No matter how ugly, old, etc. they are, if they are kind, people gravitate towards them (like Mother Teresa for example. She was not conventionally beautiful but her kindness attracted so many to her). So if this is the case in the human realm, it won’t be different when beings take rebirth in the spirit realm

    2) never trust a ghost, no matter how benevolent they appear to you. What Rinpoche said about the causes for a being’s rebirth in the spirit realm made an impression on me. If the cause for you to take rebirth as a spirit is not positive, then the results of dealing with them are generally not positive.

    How can it ever be positive? If extreme attachment leads a being to take rebirth in the spirit realm, then when they are there they will continue to act out of attachment. And as Rinpoche said, although their actions may appear benevolent at the beginning, they lack the wisdom to perceive how the results will be destructive to our spiritual practice in the future.

    So that leads me to wonder why people rely on ghosts and spirits for anything, when they have the benefit of lamas and the Dharma. My thoughts about this are are that:

    1) such people do not understand the full benefits of relying on the Three Jewels, instead of samsaric beings like spirits and gods

    2) they want a quick fix and because they want that, that’s the real reason why their troubles will never end, because the inherent attitude that led to their problems initially has not changed

    3) it is so SO much negative karma manifesting for you to see your interactions with spirits and gods as being more beneficial compared to your interactions with a real teacher or lama!

  12. JP on Dec 21, 2015 at 12:49 am

    I have always been fascinated with spirits when I was young. I loved to listen to people’s paranormal experiences. What inspires me about Buddhist practice is that we always use compassionate methods to appease and subdue even the most difficult and or evil beings. This is because their negative karma is so strong that it clouds their mind to do anything positive. This can also happen to us if we continue to feed our selfishness.

    As Rinpoche explains, “You can’t suppress fear or pretend you don’t feel it. But remember they are suffering much more than you from loneliness, cold, reliving tragedies/disappointments, hunger, thirst and great attachments. If you look at a dog who’s on the streets, starving, hurt and when you go near to feed, bite you, you don’t feel anger. But even more compassion for what has been done to the poor dog. Same example for spirits. Some are nasty and harmful because they have been given a lot of pain. They are in pain and deserve your pity not so much fear.”

    This makes so much sense. We can also apply this to people whom we dislike. Anybody who is “evil” is such because they themselves are suffering and are extremely unhappy. The way they manifest their unhappiness is by inflicting sufferings onto others. It sounds twisted but it makes sense.

    Compassion is very powerful. India gained her independence from 300 years of British rule because she used compassionate methods as guided by Gandhi.

  13. Dense Kuek on Dec 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this with us. I strongly believe with the blessing from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and Setrap, we can overcome the fear of the ghost from our mind and the real ghost, we must believe our Guru and Setrap can help and we also gotta show our compassion to them.

  14. Karma Tenzin on Dec 3, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Dear Rimpoche,

    I am a Buddhist, I have once been to local deity for wanting to stop from drinking alcohol which lama at the lakhang perform some prayers and made me drink thrichu. I managed to stay away from alcohol for few years and then started again. Later I have been told, once you have made that kind of promises you cannot break it and you will be punished with all kinds of sickness and hunt you mentally. I have experience them practically. So, I am desperately in need of your valuable advice. I have been to the same lakhang for forgiveness and still now I am doing so. Please what should I do? HELP!

  15. Low KHJB on Oct 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the precious sharing . As advised,sincere practice ,empathy and respect the other form of beings would refrain us from antagonizing the spirits or ghost.
    In understanding their existence ,we seek the dharma to gain mind transformation to prevent our self and others to fall into their plight .
    Creating negative karma in our action and holding on to attachment will trap us into this realm …..

  16. Edwin Tan on Oct 16, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Great article and very helpful too!

    I believe it will tremendously help those who can see the spirits / ghost / energy.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  17. Lum Kok Luen on Oct 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you very much for the answers to questions and also your teachings on spirits.
    I believe one of the toughest challenge that we have when one encounters such spirits is to generate the compassion towards them. The normal response would be fear and how best to get rid of them.
    Your teaching has certainly opened my mind on the right response and right approach in these engagements.

    Thank you again Rinpoche

  18. Pee Bee Chong on Oct 13, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. Some people born with the 3rd eye and can see the ghosts or spirits. Is this because of their karma? Could I what type of causes from previous lives bring such results?

  19. Hee TS on Oct 13, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    謝謝仁波切分享這關於鬼界衆生的信息,以及如何应对及保護自己,也讓我们了解只祈求佛菩萨,而敬鬼神而遠之,不然將後患無窮.

  20. Joy on Oct 13, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Reading this old post again the 2nd time, made me appreciate the article even more and helped refreshed my memory on how to advice if someone came up to me with this problem. In the end Ghost are just like us humans or any sentient beings, everyone wants happiness and no one wants suffering but due to their actions, they reap the unfortunate sad result of being reborn in the lower realms as ghost and reliving their traumas and experiences of disappointment, loneliness and unhappiness, with that understanding we can generate true pity and compassion on them and chant mantras to dedicate to them.

    I also like Buddhism’s approach on protecting ourselves from ghost. The concept of doing certain practices to protect ourselves, blesses us as well as the “spirit” so that through blessing them, they will eventually stay away is a good and positive effect which is very different from other faiths that usually wants to catch them or harm them etc. These action are more negative, hostile ways of dealing with these entities which I think would lead to more problems, perhaps that is why some ghost keep coming back or some follows quietly the person who harmed them life and life, waiting for an opportunity to get them back. So I thought this key point on “blessing” them as a way to protect ourselves and also benefits them in a way is a positive one.

    Also a good reminders for us to not hang on and be so attached to things, problems, negative mind set, projections, possession, people, friends, etc. anything of this life because strong attachments of not being able to “let go” is what propels us to be reborn in such a state of suffering. Definitely none of us want that, hence we breath, meditate, and stop living in the pain body.

    • Michael C. on Oct 14, 2014 at 2:04 am

      “Also a good reminders for us to not hang on and be so attached to things, problems, negative mind set, projections, possession, people, friends, etc. anything of this life because strong attachments of not being able to “let go” is what propels us to be reborn in such a state of suffering. Definitely none of us want that, hence we breath, meditate, and stop living in the pain body.”

      so i need to focus on my out breath – Breathing out my negative habits & attachments to friends & thoughts. There is not enough space in my mind for Dharma to grow and stabilize because there are so many weeds in the way!

  21. nicholas on Oct 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Seeing those kids having psychic power at such a young age really worrying as they can’t control them or even understand what their ability will lead them to. The interaction with the spirits may haunt them or confused them. But if they were being nurtured and guided it will bring good benefits to them and the beings just like what we watch in the video.

    I often thinking of seeing spirit is always a negative thing. Reason is that I don’t know what to do or what I can do if I really see them. But after reading the post it’s really answer a lot of my question and teaches me what the dos and don’ts.

    The practices recommended are not just for protection but it’s best for gaining wisdom and compassion which we can help those spirits being in more permanent ways.

    Being in the spirit realm it is really in one of the suffering realm but if we can’t help them at least by reading this blog and the answers we can at least not to engage any of those action that will cause us and people around us in danger.

  22. henry ooi on Oct 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I find this article very interesting. Interesting in that there are so many people, young and old, who are able to connect with spirits/ghosts. Like the three young girls in the video being afraid of their ‘gift.’ My son, Edward, too was able to ‘see’ until after Rinpoche sealed his “seeing cakra”. But Rinpoche said to Edward that he will again start ‘seeing’ his “friends” when he misbehaves 🙂

    • Pastor Henry Ooi on Jan 18, 2017 at 1:03 am

      Now Edward has grown up and he does not talk of spirit encounters any more. However, my wife Angel, who is sensitive to the presence of spirits can still feel their presence when she goes to ‘unclean’ places or when she stays in hotels during her travels. How does she cope with it? She will say out loud “Please don’t disturb me. My guru is Tsem Rinpoche. Go to Kechara House and he will help you.”

  23. nirmal on Oct 13, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Dear Rinpoche, The souls of the dead passengers on board MH370 came to see me in my dream two days after the sad incident.They showed me the map of Australia and the rough location of the plane that is to the south west of Perth.They said that they were hungry. I offered them 8 different type of food which I left at a quiet roadside.I multiplied the offerings so that all could have a share.Was what I did right or wrong? Thank you.

  24. Beatrix Ooi on Oct 13, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I’ve always find myself being drawn to ghost related matters/ facts/ stories. I can’t see them, but sometimes I think that I can feel them( maybe its just my imaginations running wild ). I must also admit that I’ve had always wished to see them, and of course normal people don’t wish for things like that( I’m just retarded ).

    I had always thought that spirits look like the ones we see in the movies, but the fact is, most of them don’t. I was also told that hungry ghosts have very tiny mouths that do not allow them to eat, and everything they happen to consume will taste really really bad that they won’t even eat.

    I believe that there are many types of spirits vary in personalities. Some are just so lonely that they just want some responds or interactions from us, sometimes we really can’t blame them. What I don’t understand is that, what do they eat, like on daily basis. Or they just don’t eat?

    Lately, I realised that I have a huge issue with child spirits. Anything that’s related to them, will keep me thinking, imagining. The moment I close my eyes, they just keep popping out and that leave me thinking if I were a child killer in my past life( LOL ). I even have goosebumps while typing these down, it must be again my imagination and ego that led me to this state.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing the information, I’ve learnt a lot.

    Love, beatrix.

  25. Sean Wang on Oct 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you for resharing this interesting article on ghosts. It is extremely important to know not to use spirits to attain personal gains as spirits have been created due to negative karma, they cannot generate truly positive results. Their results are similar to when someone prays to a land god to achieve things like lotto numbers however Land Gods have, in a way, better luck but with equal amount of wrath.

    Thank you for sharing alternative practises as I am sure that many people are misguided by other spirit manipulators into thinking that it is a good idea to invoke the “blessings” of spirits. I would personally recommend Tsongkhapa as he is a 3-in-1 Buddha, Vajrapani will protect you, Manjushri will make you wise to not do anything rash while Avalokiteshvara will allow you to emanate compassion to move spirits in a positive light and help them incarnate to a better life.

    When Rinpoche was mentioning the fear of spirits having 7 causes, I do not fall under any of those categories yet I immensely fear spirits because to me they are of the unknown and temporarily unfathomable. How do I deal with this? Do I just do Setrap? Or maybe I should just follow as you say and replace said fear with compassion.

    I have another question. How does one determine the level of a deity and what levels are there for deities?

    Thank you for the lovely article, Rinpoche.

  26. Edward Ooi on Apr 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, although I know that some spirits are not trying harm me but I just can’t stop being afraid of them. They said that the bigger my ego is the more I’m afraid of spirits and my ego is growing bigger and bigger. And when my ego is big, many people will hate me and when I want to promote something they would not help me with their heart. My question to Rinpoche is that, how can I lower down my ego? Thank You Rinpoche

  27. Jacinta Goh on Mar 7, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I personally do not encounter any of those… And I pray that I won’t encounter it, to say the least. Anyway, to a certain degree I do have the kind of fear that most of us do. Compassion, I mean altruistic compassion is what I have learnt. Thank you Rinpoche for guiding us on how we should deal with them.

  28. Audrey Lee on Dec 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Rinpoche,

    I was possessed by a fierce spirit before and then during that period I were to become a buddhist through a ceremony and holding 5 percepts. Then the monk asked me to recite om mani pad me hung on a daily basis for 108 times. He also asked me to invite the spirit to recite with me. In a day later than that, it became very fierce and I have no energy to fight against her and i was possessed by her. Then I went to a taoist temple, there is a person who was said to be possessed by god to help me but with condition that i must be one of them to be possessed by god and help people.

    Then, after the spirit was gone. I attended their ceremony to be possessed by the temple’s god. It was okay for the first 2 days but when the third day I am unable to be possessed by god. My mother said that I am already a buddhist. it is impossible for the god to possess me as taoist and buddhism isnt the same. I was confused and then I become a normal person and not possessed by spirit or god but the person who was possessed by god told me i will be possessed one day.

    I have been worrying that i will be possessed as i feel i will be doing something against what i learnt from dharma. For example, people come and ask for help to improve their business or ask for prediction. It is actually increasing their self centred mind.

    I recite “om mani pad me hung” and the big compassionate mantra on a daily basis to pray that i wouldnt be possessed by the said god and stay in a temple to grant’s ppl wish in a way they think this is helping people. Yes, it is helping people like me who was life treathening but i find it is totally against my value that i hv learnt from the dharma.

    what can I do more to not being possessed by the said god? can you advise me?

  29. Vinnie Tan on Aug 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us such detailed explanation on this sensitive issue that most of us are curious about but do not dare to ask. In the end, we might have invited some beings that we do not wish to mess with them. Thank you for explaining this to us here.

  30. Sahr on Jul 22, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    A little 12 year old girl was attacked, in Pretoria South Africa, The thing that did so, was invisible and another Child witnessed as this thing pulled the Child towards the the end of the corridor of the house they were in. The Child’s leg was as if held by an invisible hand as She was dragged across the floor. This has resulted in a broken and splintered Tibia bone. She might lose her foot because of this and Adults and Doctors are baffled by this event. I turn to You, because I believe that none know better than Buddhists about these sort of issues… The Girl gets operated upon tomorrow and any advice would be greatly appreciated. Namaste.

  31. Joy on Jan 20, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this information and knowledge with us all. I remembered I used to dabble in playing “spirit of the coin”, I guess my mind, just like many, was curious about the other side. Curious to know if it existed and the mysteries behind it all. But after meeting Rinpoche, I now understand why we should not dabble in to such things as we may encouraged the unknown to come and not go. Many of my friends keep asking me about this topic and it still is a very hot topic from time to time… how lucky we are to be able to share what we’ve learnt from Rinpoche with them and how wonderful it is that it is just at the click of our fingers here. I have just shared this post with someone on blogchat!

  32. […] Tsem Tulku Rinpoche (formerly known as the Neon Lama) answers some questions from students about ghosts from a Vajrayana Buddhist perspective. […]

  33. Edgar on Aug 29, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Dear Venerable Rinpoche,

    I read the questions posted by Patricia and was very much interested in these questions myself. Unfortunately I very personally do not feel that you have answered them. Do all ghosts perceived by clearvoyant human beings belong to the realm of hungry ghosts or are some in the state of bardo? If they have been transformed into another realm, how is it possible that they feel, behave and are perceived as the persons they have been before. Are some trapped in the bardo state, so? Or are they / some just la energy? And in respect to the 7 generations: in many, many old traditions it is not said that one being can be seen for many generations, but exactly (!) for 7 generations – and than reincarnates. In short: the stories about ghosts we now know seem not to fit very well into any Buddhist concept, because they include the suggestion of a persistent soul. Could you, please, explain this?

  34. KYC on Aug 24, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Some people, for example, meditators can hear the ghosts. Master Hsin Tao from Taiwan used to meditate in cemeteries. These beings could be quite noisy and behave as if they are having a party. In a book by a Christian belonging to a local Sarawakian tribe, the author describes a similar experience. Just before a death in the village, one would hear beings making a lot of noice in the local cemetery.

  35. Leann Lim on Jul 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I have see this post twice d, because of found that a lot of people very curious about the ghost or interesting about black magic topic, always can found answers here. Thank you Rinpoche again for sharing this precious teaching.
    And i found that even the post/teaching we view 2nd or 3rd times, you always will get a new point catchy and into your mind, that’s so true…have a same feel when reading Lamrin.

  36. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Ghosts are definitely real and can harm us but at the same time we should be very aware that these beings are not in a good state and they arrived there through negative actions or thoughts and can you imagine live for hundreds of years or even thousands and you cannot feel, touch etc etc. So these beings will crave a body wont they?

  37. Grace (KSLC) on Jul 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks for the Information , Rinpoche. This is a interesting and scaring topic as well-did ghost exist ?? i do believe when i have an encounter in Genting highland, which i still the sound come from the toilet, so scary, your instant feeling will tell you something is wrong. but wihtout dharma, we may think of how to “get rid” the ghost, but from dharma , we know that we need dedicate the prayer to them, not only blessing us and also can blessed them. this is true compassion that we need to practice.

  38. Julia Tan on Jul 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I think those ghosts that stayed in the house are very pitiful. I think most of them do not want to be there. Imagine they are stuck at that small corner, sometimes at that particular corridor for ages. Some might be waiting for someone. Some don’t to even know they are dead. Some wanted to be with their family. When we found out that they are in our house, we find some master to chase them away. Then where do they go after being chased out? Will they be waiting for us outside the house?

  39. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    This blog post answers many questions that common people usually have towards ghosts.

    This is really a very informative place and I am glad to know from Rinpoche that ghosts are moved by altruism and compassion and so I will try to practice this if I really run into this situation, although I can imagine that the very first reaction I have when I am in that scenario is nothing but scares.

    Reading this post also makes me glad as it seems to me that there are specific buddhas who will be there if we need their help. How compassionate they are, and how fortunate I am to come to know tibetan buddhism.

    Personally I have been doing Setrap practice for coming to a year. Whenever I feel that I am in potentially dangerous situation I will chant Setrap mantra. I feel more at ease when I do that and I how this feeling that Lord Setrap will protect me, although I cant see him. 🙂

  40. Han on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for all the ghosts answers and very informative facts with regards spirits.
    I not really scare of spirits since young. I always think that as long as I do not disturb the spirits, spirits will not come to disturb me or harm me either!
    Until I involved in producing Tsem Paranormal Zone and filming some interviews and stories. Through Rinpoche teachings, I learn how to respect spirits, what are the dos and donts when we encounter paranormal experiences. The key is our motivation is not to harm but respect them like what we respect another human being. The experiences I gain in producing paranormal program is an eye opening to me and I will continue working hard on it with the team , to bring benefits to others.

  41. pat on Jun 26, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I personally have not encounter with a ghost before but i definitely believed they do exist…..At one night I was with a friend ,both of us were playing with the swing at a playground.Then suddenly my friend suggested that we leave quickly…so we left, then out of curiousity i asked her why.She told me she saw a mother and a child waiting for their turn to play with the swing, but i told her i didn’t see anybody…she explained that she got the third eye…… and i got the goosebumps….i think we must also respect them,give them their space… not all ghost are harmful.

  42. abby F on Jun 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for telling/explaining us this. By knowing that those who takes rebirth in the ghost realm means something goes wrong and they have great attachment to something thus they suffered a lot. I believe that not all ghost are evil, as there are good people and bad people too.

    I also believe that近朱者赤,近墨者黑。If we behave well, kind to others, then we don’t have the bad energy to attract ghosts. If we act cruelly and badly, we will definitely have the bad energy to attract all the evil ghosts as you are ‘close’to him/her.

    In short, spirits/ghosts are not object to take refuge, but we can be kind to them when we really encounter some particular situation. They are just like is, who needs love and care. And I am sure, Dharma is the best gift to us and them.

  43. June Kang on Jun 25, 2012 at 1:46 am

    reading this, feel that ghost is human who live in a different world. However they are more suffering than us. We should do more recitation of mantra and dedicating to them. Of course the highest is we ourselves get enlightenment and help to liberate them.

  44. henry ooi on Jun 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    These questions and answers are a great help for me to understand more of the spirit realm, what to do and what not to do. They are a great source as reference for friends and acquaintances who have similar questions and encounters. I have come across many people who have many questions pertaining to this topic and they and others would benefit from this post.

    I will keep by the general guideline given by Rinpoche and prevent untoward events. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  45. ECheah on Jun 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I think the fear of ghosts are compounded by watching scary ghost movies because they make them so dramatic and frightful. Therefore our imagination starts to play out and we’re always fearful of ghosts maybe quite unnecessarily. They exist and we exist but there are people who choose to meddle in their realm for whatever reason. Isn’t there anything better to do? Don’t we have enough problems ourselves? Once one chooses to open the floodgates and invite them, then be prepared for the consequences especially when one is not at a level to be able to control or handle it. It’s true, they are in a less fortunate realm and are suffering a lot. But we can at least be mindful of their existence, be respectful and through dharma practice, dedicate merits that they have a good rebirth in a human realm next time. We should develop our communication channels with the Buddhas instead rather than the netherbeings, wouldn’t that make better sense and be more beneficial?

  46. Paul Yap on Jun 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I always thought having the ability to see ghost and communicate with them is NOT a good thing…cos it takes one to know one, those people is opening a portal for “THEM” to penetrate into their lives and eventually harm them…

  47. MayOng on Jun 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    The cause to take rebirth in the Spirit realm generally requires one’s mind to have extreme great attachment to a place, person, thing, idea or the such. That attachment is what binds them to their situation until karma is ‘finished’. Quoted by Tsem Rinpoche.

    Attachment is emotional bond, affection or loyalty or an object to be attached. I remembered asking why in areas around hospitals, police stations and T-junctions – people sees these ‘spirits’ lurking around for years and never seem to get out of this realm. It is so sad but Rinpoche have a solution for us, is to generate compassion towards them, as they were ‘humans’ in previous lives. So if we do come across these beings, we would know what to do for them.

  48. Helena Chin on Jun 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Wow.. I have more understanding about ghost now. Thank you Rinpoche for explaining.

  49. Leann Lim on Jun 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this topic with details, is lead me to know more about how to deal with spirits, why we attract with the spirits, and the protection practice. How fortune we have this teaching and concept about ‘Ghost’.

    From very young ages, I had listen many ghost story, and I do very fear about this ‘unknown being”. And even is happen on myself..But Thanks Buddha, i have meet Rinpoche, by following the instruction (this is very important), I know by practicing it’s help to removed disturbing problem and it’s really work. At the same time, i understand it a good way for practice our compassion and kindness to others being, to understand their suffering, is beautiful if we can help them but not only fear them.

    Through this sharing , i understand more about other ‘divination tools like : crystal, tarot card and more..Yes, i been tarot card player before, and i really get into “trouble” at that time… By linked with my experience and the teaching here, i understand why we are discourage to ‘touch’ this tools, is really for our own good. And i understand more when we are using this ‘tools’ what actually the spirits or others ‘being’ coming and work on.

    Thank you again for Rinpoche. This is a very interesting topic, i learn a lot.

    Fold Hand_/|\_,
    Leann

  50. Sofi on Jun 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Everyone is interested in or have met with the supernatural one time or another, so Rinpoche’s post is very helpful in clearing up the doubts and providing information on this. Having met with the dharma, I now have more understanding towards “ghosts” and with sincerity, include them in my dedications. Yesterday while doing my saddhana, suddenly wondered why do we segregate sentient beings during our visualization. It is at that moment that I realised that all had been my mother and father, so now jus visualize in human forms (no assigning parents, family, relatives, friends, etc.) Thank you Rinpoche for your sharing.

  51. Cynthia Ng on Jun 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    感谢仁波切的答案与教诲!

    我是100%相信有鬼魂与邪灵的存在的,只是没有亲眼目睹过。当一个人的果报成熟时,确实会和它们扯上联系。我丈夫就是因为业报成熟而被干扰,这些幽灵确实拥有相当大的能力,它们几乎达到无所不能的地步。如果没有仁波切的帮助,我丈夫是难逃一命的。

    仁波切给我丈夫的指示当中是有做到Ekazati的持修法,做了之后严重度慢慢减轻。仁波切都教我们要很慈悲的对待众生,幽灵也是需要被善待的,它们才是最孤独以及无助的。当我们通过做持修法或持咒语后回向给它们,这是安抚它们心灵的一个方法,它们非常需要被佛法加持的。

    佛法才是真正的解决方案!

  52. Lim KH (JB) on Jun 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for sharing this article to let, is very useful and complete if someone ask about the unnatural problems with us. Sometime we really dunno when, where, why we are connected to others beings but we can try to practice Setrap or Guru Yoga so we can prevent this happen on us.

    ” Prevent is better than cure”, so practice now to gain the protection and sharing this out to help others also.

  53. Albert Ratchaga on Jun 20, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Yes, it is very important to not mess with things to do with spirits / ghosts, because their energy and power are beyond us, they are already died with so much attachment, but due to the greediness of human, we use them as a portal to help us get what we want. sad to say that, many of us didn’t realize or I should say material attachment has blind folded us to see the consequences after used them to get what we want. By doing so, it is so bad for us and for them.

  54. Jace Chong on Jun 20, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for answering all these questions in details, I think most us have similar questions in our mind.

    I met a lot of people who can “feel” and “see” spirits. Sometimes, I am not sure it’s a privilege or a disadvantage. From what Rinpoche has answered, it really depends on your motivation and what you gonna do about it.

    Like everything else in life, something that drive you to do good thing and be a better person, that’s something good and the other way round. I mean no offense, it’s really not a big deal for a person who has supernatural ability, what’s the big deal is, how do you help others and yourselves with the ability.

  55. patsy on Jun 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Cakras are blessed talismans containing the Buddha’s essence, power and protection. The powerful energies within provide very effective protection against negative energies such as harmful supernatural forces, accidents, spells and black magic. Cakras also bless us with the energies of wisdom, healing, longevity and wealth.

    For more info: http://www.kechara.com/shopping/products/protection/chakras/

  56. verontung on Jun 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thanks for opened up my mind about ghost and spirit. Since young, i will always be fear with all these ghost stories. If happen to be gathering or partying with friend and they ends up sharing horror stories, I’ll will have to force myself to sit together, pretend to listen but all the words they are sharing i will just have them bypassing my ear. I’m really glad that I have the chance to read all about ghost & spirits. And i know i do not have to fear them if i would always know what i did and make sure myself do not disturb or offend them. I have better understanding on what is spirits. I sure be able to advise my friends who has problems with having “friends” around them.

  57. nicholas on Jun 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    The advice is really useful. A lot of people out there really don’t know why and what to do when they faces such disturbance and unable to understand dharmicly.

    With Rinpoche great explanation,actually we should be compassion towards the spirit because of taking rebirth in such a realm nothing much they can do until their karma exhausted in this realm.
    Glad that we are able to help them with the prayer to bless them beside protection.

  58. nani on Jun 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    long time ago i have real storry .i was 12 year old i can see ghost yong girl .what i thinking she is real.every time she come to play after 12am when my mother not around.my father already passway when i m 12 year.every time she point to follow with her .but i scare my mom come to scold me.never go with her.1 day i request mom that i want to follow her.she also think i wanted to go with nest house people s children.then she say ok but come fast.nest day same thing she come to vijit me and she point to follow her .this time i go with her from my house almost 1 hours . there have big river.sudanly she jump in the river .i ready scare qukly come home and i told mom.many people go to sherch in the river but they only found boon.my uncle that boon make fire.after that i never see that girl agen.this is my true storry.

  59. Mei Fong on Jun 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching on ghosts. Many of us are curious about the existence of ghosts, some even fear on them and thinking that they can harm us. Ghosts can only harm us if we have the karma to be harmed.

  60. pastor ngeow on Jun 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    A common ‘ mistake’ we make when chanting mantras or performing pujas of Buddhist deities is that we limit its function to only clearing obstacles. As Rinpoche said, we can also achieve good qualities like love , compassion, and wisdom which can help us gain realizations to help others.
    I don’t hv personal encounters with spirits and ghosts except for a few hair raising experiences which I cannot ascertain they are the influences of spirits or just plain fear of the dark or self induced fear of being alone.I really like the explanation on how respect and compassion can protect us from harm of these unfortunate beings and it is not easy to generate such qualities due to the often unsightly forms they take on and also our own wrong views about them by labelling them as naturally evil or threats to our safety.

  61. JP on Jun 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    When we all start talking about spirits, I realise many people have actually experienced an encounter or two or even more. But nobody talks about it. I used to have spirit encounters 5 times a year for 4 to 5 years. Then when I started energy healing, the encounters became daily. It was as though the gates to the ethereal realm were wide open. Felt literally like an open house!

    The spirit encounters became more intrusive. Some of them were attacking me and won’t let me sleep. Thank goodness, at that time I have already met Tsem Rinpoche. Rinpoche explained to me that I should stop my energy healing and just focus on reciting the Heart Sutra and Rinpoche’s long life mantra. Rinpoche performed a “Gako”, Vajrayogini’s purification and protection ritual, on me and all spirit disturbances stopped immediately!

    I was so relieved because I hadn’t been sleeping for 2 weeks due to the spirit disturbances. In a nutshell, I’ve learnt never to meddle with new age healing as it opens up the portal to the ethereal realm which is potentially very dangerous. It’s better to stick with helping humans and animals if we really want practise compassion.

  62. Lim Han Nee on Jun 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for answering questions on ghosts posed by Patricia and Fang in this post, questions which we ourselves would have asked. Thank you for giving us the prayers and mantras that we can recite when we are troubled by these spirits.

    Ghosts belong to the samsaric realm of The Hungry Ghosts. If they can live so long as to appear to 7 generations of people, we can imagine their tremendous suffering over such a long period; their suffering comes in the form of their not being to get any food or water at all or not being able to eat or drink because of their tiny mouths, or their seeing even water in front of them as blood or urine or some undrinkable stuff, as the Lamrim says. They also have to wander everywhere and for long distances in a vain search for food.

    Thus, when we have the karma to encounter them, we must learn to react with compassion(as Rinpoche says) and not with fear, though they will appear to us in a horrifying form.

  63. David Lai on Jun 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I have actually been afflicted by spirits before. I was pressed down by a certain kind of spirit. It came to a point where I was getting a few of these ‘attacks’ a night. I consulted Rinpoche at that time and he told me to recite Dukkar mantra.

    He said that Dukkar or White Umbrella is very effective to fend off these kind of attacks. However, the effect wouldn’t come immediately as one must build up the shield against these spirits. At that time, I recited, it initially became worse. I was worried but I continued my practice and later, the attacks became lesser and lesser. I hardly get these attacks these days.

    So, when people talk of spirits pressing them down, I always recommend them to recite Dukkar’s mantra. Here on Rinpoche’s blog, there’s the Dukkar Sadhana that one can perform daily to build a shield against these spirits :- http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#dukkar

  64. Uncle Eddie on Jun 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Ghosts may be exorcised and can be also rid-off by ritual daggers, as shown in some ritual books. It is said that some were caught in “spirit-trap” and were burnt, thus releasing them to be reborn, as said in other buddhist script. All ghosts have their own realm, and sights of certain ghosts can be scary as shown in pictures. Some are said to have mouths the size of an needle eye and a stomach the size of a big baloon, while others have necks too thin for food to go through, yet with bloated stomachs. It seems they are always hungry and can never get enough food. For people to prevent or counter-act spirits’phenomenum must have accurate knowledge – in other words, they must know the truth of the facts of the case, in order to tackle them. Otherwise, one will be asking for trouble, which be years later when we are at a low point, as mentioned by Rinpoche.

  65. Andrew Chiam on Jun 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    So much to learn about ghost. Very informative. But come to think of it, now human are even more scarier than ghost. Thanks for the sharing Rinpoche.

  66. cindy on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you for this informative blog. I certainly believe in Spirit/Ghosts. I also believe that if we done no harm to others we shouldn’t be afraid.
    I do experienced before when I worked with my previous company, usually in the morning I’ll be alone in the office, than i’ll start to hear the door handle noise like someone is trying to open the door but i just ignore it. So, when my boss came in i’ll tell her about it then only she tell me the story, she said that before she rent this office she already know that there is her pregnant lady that hang herself beacuse her boyfriend do not want to married her.
    Till then she is staying there, so my boss told me to offer foods to her every morning, so i did that every morning & fr that day onwards i don’t hear sound any more.Even every Qing Ming we’ll burn things & pray for both of them. And actually alot of people rent theis place but no one last long. We stay at the office for almost 7 years.

  67. Pastor Yek Yee on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Malaysian famous with 撞鬼,this post from Tsem Rinpoche is tremendously understand more. It is so powerful. In the post, Rinpoche mentioned how we can deal with ghost/spirit, what practice we should do, what is the reason we 撞鬼?Karma, affinity and may be people put it to you…one thing heated me very badly is while we deal with them must show respect, sincerity and compassion to them. Make them pleased and calm. Some of them had lived in the spirit realm over eight generation…some of them may be we meet them in previous life too…can you image…over hundred years…

    I would to share to everyone, the spirit/ghost generally is existed in this planet and surprisingly their popular is more than human..OMB. Now, I knowing they are anywhere so I will use the proper way to work them instead of harm or chasing them.

  68. KH Ng on Jun 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for this post. It is really interesting. In this post Rinpoche mentioned that ghost are moved by great compassion and altruism. I also remember that Guru Rinpoche subdued the spirit Pehar with the power of compassion and make him promised to protect the Dharma. How does this work? When we say subdue, we usually think of using force or wrath. It seems contrary to me. I request Rinpoche to teach us.

  69. Yoke Fui on Jun 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for the clear explanations.

    At KH, we are often asked questions like these. Without the complete knowledge, we usually blame the practice/puja for not being effective in solving the problem and stop the practice. This may further agitate the beings and become more ferocious.

    Therefore it is very important to follow through with the instructions on how to clear the problem. Just like seeing a doctor when we are sick, we must take the medicine in the correct dosage.

  70. Bengkooi on Jun 19, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I enjoyed reading this post 2 years ago when it was first published, and this second time round, I appreciate it even more, having met many people over the past 2 years who have suffered from such disturbances.

    As one of Rinpoche’s assistants, I hear many such stories, and I can definitely feel the fear from those affected. Sometimes, when the problem is particularly bad, I too feel my hairs standing on end. So when Fang asks about fear, I can totally relate. Rinpoche’s advice about having compassion and pity for them is not easy to follow, especially if we are in the grip of fear, but the analogy to the abused dog really makes sense for me.

    What strikes me very strongly most of all, is how fortunate we are, to have even come across this post, let alone a guru like Rinpoche. So many people who are having spirit disturbances or black magic could perhaps have avoided their problems altogether, or reduced the intensity of their problems, if they were armed with this knowledge.

  71. su an on Jun 19, 2012 at 1:02 am

    From what I gather from this post, ghosts/ spirits are really the same as humans in terms of having feelings of sadness, loneliness, anger, and have different personalities just like us. it is rather scary to know that their population size is much larger than humans… it means to me that there are more sentient beings reborn in that realm compared to humans or the likelihood of us going down to the ghost realm is so high. It is rather fascinating to know that they can travel at the speed of thought.. that is super fast! but they live really long lives… i heard from someone that in the animal kingdom, big animals tend to move slower but they live longer, while small animals move fast (and their world moves fast) but have shorter lives (time also moves fast). Can you imagine being able to move at the speed of thought (i believe that is faster than the speed of light) and yet live for super long? it means they stay as ghosts for really really really long time… i don’t want to be reborn as a ghost! Although i can’t perceive ghosts, i am glad that i can do something to help them a little by doing prayers daily and dedicating it to them. and i am glad i have met the dharma in this life so i can reduce a very very little amount of the probability to be reborn as a ghost (better than nothing!)

  72. KYC on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:30 am

    It’s true we must develop compassion for ghosts. Normally we are afraid of them thinking that they can harm us. I read somewhere that it is possible to teach dharma to some ghosts because unlike animals, they have the intelligence to understand.

  73. Pastor Yek Yee on Jun 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    The biggest snake in the world was found in Malaysia. But it had dead! The amazing thing is the snake already 140 years old. OMB!!!

    If I live around 140 years old what can I do in my 140 years old? Wah…something I want to think about it…140 years, what I want to do in this planet?

  74. Lai on Jun 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    about the “La energy”, is it mean if “A” was pass away and already take a re-birth, but we still can feel “A” beside us?? how can we know whether “A” is already “re-birth”? the energy of “A” mantain as a ghost after re-birth, so this energy still exit as “A”?
    Sorry for many question, because i am having this problem with my friend, my friend did abortion 7~8 years ago, she always feels sorry to the child and she also did paid a taoism master for sending the child to rebirth, but problem is after so many years, she still feel that the child is around her. What can i advise her?

  75. lanse on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I have heard a lot about ghost since I was a child. I always wonder whether ghost actually exist, or it is just a man created story. But since so many people have been talking about ghost, and these stories existed all over the world for thousands of years, there must be “something” real, perhaps they are other forms of energy. I would rather take it as an alien beings than relate them with people who are dead. Perhaps I refused to accept that there is life after death in any way or form.

    Life is so full of suffering, if ghost really exists, it only means that we have to go through everything again, may be worst. This is very scary. So basically I did not really afraid of ghost, what I afraid of is that if I really see them, what can I give them in order to comfort them? They must be sad and lonely, wandering around, looking for something and couldn’t get. They do not want us to see them too. So if I happen to see them, what can I give them? I used to think like that before I learn any Dharma. So since I never met one, I chose not to believe in their existence.

    However, since I came to know Kechara, since I started to learn about prayers, rituals and Lam Rim, I found out that I started to not so refuse to think about ghost. When I do my prayer or Lam Rim recitation at home, I would sometimes talk to the “air” and asked “them” to listen carefully. I do not know how this would help them, but since this is the only thing I can give them, it makes me feel better when I think about them.

    Everyone needs love and care, so do ghost. I hate to feel helpless when I can’t do anything to help. Thanks to Rinpoche’s teachings and explanation. Now I know what I can do to help. Compassion is the key.

  76. Elizabeth Ann on Jan 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I wonder if people that are attacked by black magic have been caused the harm due to their negative past lives? If so does it follow that the Tibetans in chinese prisons also have (all of them) the bad karma to be imprisoned and tortured? I think there are accidents. I don’t think it is always karma. Blaming an attack by black magic on the being attacked or Tibetans torture in prison on negative karma is like saying the rapist had no choice and the rape victim is a partially responsible party to the act. Is it sometimes just too late to purify? Maybe. I have issues about people having been good, even quite spiritual during their lives and then they are imprisoned/tortured or attacked by evil spirits and it is all over for them. Their life is excruciating suffering. If they go to the hell realms they will get enlightened faster. Manjushri It is almost impossible to become enlightened and the path is dangerous, you dare the obstacles but if you don’t you suffer. There is no escape.

  77. nbl on Dec 23, 2010 at 11:52 am

    http://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/ann/20101221/tmy-5-m-sian-cops-suffer-stomach-ache-af-d2ec26b.html

    Sad to see that there are still many people practise black magic in this part of Asia.

  78. Elizabeth Ann on Oct 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    It is my understanding that once a person is fully possessed and has no free will it is a lifelong suffering and there is no hope for them to be free again. Part of the reason is that they are tied down by black magic and their mantras or prayers don’t work. They are unable to free themselves. Is this true? E

  79. Marianne on Oct 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing this understanding of ghost and black magic
    Can you help me find the ‘link’:-)for the book
    Protection from Black Magic and Spirits, so I can buy it!
    Thank you Marianne

  80. Ash Ng on Sep 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I have always been fearful of ghosts for many years which I can’t explain why. Perhaps because of their horrible facial expression they have or maybe thinking that they would harm human beings for whatever reasons I guess. Little did I know that I was followed by a spirit for many years until when I met Tsem Rinpoche three years ago. Fortunately, with the kindness of my Lama – Tsem Rinpoche who compassionately introduce a powerful Dharma protector – Lord Setarp to engage in protector practice for self protection. It would scares the hell out of me even if I meet one today, guess it’s human nature 🙂

  81. keng tan on Aug 13, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I used to see an old man all dressed in white in the little red huts by the trees, roadside when I was little but I have no re-collection of it. I think children do have the abilities to see such things but due to their innocence, they have no comprehension of what they are. I remembered once we were in a bed and breakfast in Scotland and were about to sleep and my young son who was 2 years old then, pointed to the curtain and said – man there. Yikes – scared the hell out of us. Thankfully, we only stayed one night.

  82. Maggie Chang on Jul 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing beneficial info about ghost and how to protect ourselves.
    With Great Respect,
    Maggie Chang

  83. pamela on Jul 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    My mum and family members told me that I used to scare them with ghosts when I was much younger. Especially my full time stay at home mum who mentioned that I used to tell her someone is standing behind her or someone is the house or someone is staring at me from the ceiling. Well, I dont recall those things, I would rather think that I made it up just to scare them. Even when my kids tell me they have nightmare or scared, I always tell them to chant Setrap’s mantra.
    Anyway, people always think that having the ‘3rd eye’ is a good thing but it depends as mentioned by Rinpoche :
    If you use the 3rd eye for good things then it is good. If you use it to take advantage of people, then it is not good.
    If you have that ability, what your motivation behind it’s usage makes it good or negative.
    It’s always the motivation that is of utmost importance.
    Tsem Tulku

  84. Elsie Toy on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche
    Thank you for this informative blog. I certainly believe in Spirit and Ghost.I was very arrogant and full of ego that I believe that I done no harm to others I shouldnt be afraid. I was wrong wrong wrong. My ex evicted me from the apartment in Causewaybay and I moved to apartments opposite Tung Hwa hospitals next to the Mortury. I was disturbed by spirit or rather the spirit attached to me. I would dress with shirts and tie to work and constant headhead and would want to kill myself most of the time. However, I was lucky at that time I met a benefactor Michelle Yim who brought me mooncakes and invited me to have “yum cha” with Bryan. (Bryan is a taoist – he knew what it was) he has never been to my apartment but he told me in my room there were things that you must throw destroy (my tarot cards – which in my younger days used them for fortune telling) He also told me that there things in my apartment in Singapre to be destroyed too. Someone has been controlling me with the items in the house with black magic). My lesson is best not to accept food, gifts from people. I learned my lesson well. Although it was a lesson. I also understand now some spirits are weaker and some are stronger some full of vengence hatre and pain. I am also glad that I have friends who come by to help me. My gratitude to 米雪, Bryan Lai and my “Lou Tau”. Thank you for helping me through my difficult times in Hong Kong. I believe all these happened to me is because of my own Karma. I may have hurt these being in my past lives. Correct me if I am wrong thank you.
    With Much Love and Great Respect…

  85. weeliang on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:50 am

    I was once told that if we stay positive and kind, spirits and ghosts will not be able to stick to us. This applies for the case of whether you have affinity to them or you have the affinity for people to send them to harm you. They are attracted to negativity like jealousy, anger and hate. I found that since I have been participating in more dharma activities, I have become less angry and have almost gotten rid of all the hate embedded in me. As a result of that, I do not fear darkness as much as I used to. I use to stare into darkness and feel fear. Does anyone know whether that has anything to do with ghosts or spirits?
    Wee Liang

  86. Likheng on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    It is pretty freaky to get a confirmation that ghosts are for real. Simultaneously, it is very mind changing to read Rinpoche’s way of viewing these beings.
    From the way Rinpoche explain about ghosts, my mind begins to look at them like a different “species” that exist along with us. Animals like dogs, cats, rabbits etc. look very different from us and behave very differently too. However, we can accept them because our eyes, or rather our MINDS, are used to their images. We have this fear for ghosts because our minds are not used to viewing them as beings that co-exist with us within the 6 realms. Instead, our minds are habituated to view them with fear. Therefore, the problem lies with us. The fear of ghosts etc. is due to my fixed belief and perception, which influences my reaction to them.
    With habituation, may we develop a different view about the ghosts and with a new view about them being a part of our universal system. May we develop compassion for them (which as Rinpoche advises, does NOT mean to interact with them) as the Dharma teaches us to be compassionate to all sentient beings.

  87. May Ong on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Can ghost kill us? No – but they can harm us.
    Do ghosts give birth to ghost babies? They adopt ghost babies.
    Can ghost babies grow up? No they do not eat. That is why they are called hungry ghosts.
    There are some humans who experience the similar sufferings to that of a hungry ghost.
    Examples of these are: a rich person lying down on a bed with a tube stuck into his throat feeding him or people dying from hunger in certain parts of Africa. These are caused by previous lives karma.
    So how does a human become a hungry ghost in their next life?
    They are those who kept on taking and taking from other and never giving back. Or those that stole food from the sangha. It is miserliness.

  88. Peter on Jul 7, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    “Some spirits can even appear to the untrained as Tara!!! Zong Rinpoche told us, some appear as Tara to people!!! So we have to be extremely careful when dealing with them. Better not to deal with them but be aware of their presence.”
    This is a good and important point raised by Rinpoche and yet ignored by many as most are taken in by the emotional dazzle that these beings can perform as counterfeit.
    I recall reading in the Shurangama Sutra on the 50 Demon Skandha States Chapter, it has a similar warning ringtone to caution people to beware and avoid these common pitfalls.

  89. Susan Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Dear Melissa
    I will attempt to answer your question:
    Who we are with is due to our uncontrolled karma..which is the result of what we have done in the past. What we do now will affect what comes next. In short, this is what Karma is like.. Most if not all of us live our lives based on what we like, prefers, what we find pleasant and pleasurable..that’s how we get happiness. Often times, what we do to make us happy will turn out to harm us in the long run. Why? because we don’t know better (ignorant)
    When I was young , ok..not that young (about 18 years old), i could just eat donuts for dinner! I know…ain’t i disgusting! 🙂 And I did…I had many nights of dinner which comprised of DONUTS. It made me happy…but I’d be DEAD by now if I had continued eating donuts for dinner every night. If I had died, perhaps as a ghost I may be lingering over the donut shop because of my attachment to donuts! Maybe not,…as Rinpoche taught us, our next rebirth will depend on what our mental state is like at the point of death to determine where we go next. Anything could spring up in our minds at that point…
    So to answer your question there’s no guarantee that if a family member dies and turn into a ghost if he/she will reunite or be separated for life. It depends on what he has done, what he’s attached to… Even if he lingers around the family as a ghost, he will not be able to receive the love and care as how he used to when he was alive as a human. Memories will fade. We will not know ourselves as how we know now…
    So it is important to learn and apply dharma into our lives and to help everyone. We never know,…some stranger could have been our family member from a previous life. It’s stated in the teachings that everyone at some point had been our mother.
    You are a real sweet kid, always helping in the ladrang, cleaning the aviary…I know you will grow up to be a wonderful person, taking care of your mom, your family, friends and contributing in Kechara.
    best wishes
    susan

  90. Susan Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Dear Skywalker
    I will attempt to answer your question the best I can.
    Dharma, defined as “right conduct, right view” as taught by Buddha is powerful. It is powerful because it works. It worked to set Prince Siddharta free of samsara, resulting in him achieving total liberation, Buddhahood or Enlightenment. On this basis, Dharma is proven to be powerful because it is not a theory waiting to be tested to see if it works. To start out with, it worked then, it was written and presented to us as a guideline/path to follow.
    Dharma is powerful and works when we APPLY it in our lives, that’s how our negativity which manifests as “evil” can be rid off.
    Evil may be scary, hurtful, damaging, but it does not mean it’s more powerful than Dharma. Why? Any negativity or evilness can be changed due to the law of impermanence. Harmful ghosts, spirits and our own negativity can be changed when Dharma is applied.
    Example: MR EVIL can lose its powers to become MR GOOD. But MR BUDDHA is ULTIMATE GOOD and his qualities cannot degenerate into MR EVIL. On this logic, is MR BUDDHA more powerful of MR EVIL?

  91. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    If you use the 3rd eye for good things then it is good. If you use it to take advantage of people, then it is not good.
    If you have that ability, what your motivation behind it’s usage makes it good or negative.
    It’s always the motivation that is of utmost importance.
    Tsem Tulku

  92. Beatrix Ooi on Jun 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche
    The person that has a ‘third eye’,is that good or bad?
    Why do some people see ghosts but some can’t?
    Love
    Beatrix Ooi

  93. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Dear Venerable Rinpoche ,
    Wishing you a good day. An interesting story on The Star today. For your reading.
    Sunday June 27, 2010
    Close encounter with spirits and a headless woman
    THE older the structure, the more likely it is to be haunted. Given the chequered history of Pudu Prison – which dates back to 1895 – you can be sure it has more than its fair share of ghostly tales.
    Abu Bakar Juah says it was common to hear things at night – footsteps where no one was supposed to be, chains rattling, and even hearing someone or something taking a bath when everyone is locked in.
    “We normally shout out loud that we are merely trying to make a living and tell whatever that’s out there to leave us alone,” he says.
    Haji Aziz Haji Idris tells of an encounter while on duty at one of the guard towers when he was still a young officer.
    “It was shortly after midnight and I was on night duty with another person when I saw an officer approaching. As we had been trained, I banged my rifle on the floor and shouted out ‘Everything all right, sir!”
    Aziz says the figure said nothing but raised his hand, and then suddenly disappeared.
    He also remembers one particular bunk in the warder’s dormitory which everyone tried to avoid.
    “Anyone who slept there would be sure to feel an unseen force pressing down on his chest. They may try to shout or move but will be helpless to do anything,” he says, adding that some would rather sleep on the floor than use the bunk.
    Abu Bakar also recalls a weird phenomenon – a ball of fire the size of a football that suddenly appeared and rolled out of sight.
    “It happened every once in a while, and in cycles. Everyone would be talking about it for a while,” he says.
    But the scariest tale is that of a recurring apparition of a woman. Aziz believes it was the ghost of a woman who was hanged there.
    “She had tried to kill herself previously by slitting her throat. She survived but before she was fully recovered, the execution order came,” he says.
    “She was brought to the execution chamber and hanged – but because of the injury, her head was literally torn off. It was a gruesome death and that is the ghost that many people have seen.”
    He recalls an encounter with this apparition.
    “I was on duty at Block D, where death row is located, and directly above the execution chamber is a huge anchor stone.
    “Out of the corner of my eye I saw a figure sitting on this stone. Malays believe ghosts’ feet do not touch the ground, and when I bent over to look, the figure disappeared,” he says.
    But a fellow officer’s encounter was even more shocking.
    “Once, a police officer was interviewing prisoners and it was getting late. However, he said that he could interview one more, and I went down to bring another one.
    “As he was filling in some forms he saw a figure sitting down. Thinking it was another prisoner he looked up, only to see a headless woman with blood flowing down her chest. The officer ran down the stairs as fast as he could,” he says.
    Aziz believes Pudu Prison is a very “dirty” place and in some places is a giant graveyard.
    “During World War II, the British buried Japanese soldiers there, and when the Japanese took over, they buried the British there.
    “The ghosts here are real,” says Aziz.
    Yours Sincerely ,
    Liew Chee Khoi.
    (the above was emailed to me, I thought I’d share it)

    • YoshiruLiaw Yung Fang on Jun 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      that was interesting! :DD gonna share with my friends! thanks rimpoche! ^^

  94. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Dear Gimlee,
    The object of the classes is not to have more questions directed. You should read, encourage research, encourage answers among yourselves. If you just read and ask and read and ask, then you are promoting a class of kids who wish to be spoon fed. That is not learning.
    Encourage research, and finding answers on your own and posting questions with answers to share with the world. Help the kids to learn by research and effort.
    Tsem Tulku

  95. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Two reasons:
    1. When they see the food, they feel you care. So it gives their minds temporary relief.
    2. They cannot eat but they can smell it and the smell temporarily ‘fills’ them up.
    Tsem Tulku

  96. Gimlee on Jun 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thanks for this post on ghosts. I definitely believe in their existence after my real encounter during my teen… due to curiousity a group of us in students house have foolishly meddled with them in a game called ‘Spirit of the coin’. After that night a few of us were disturbed by spirits especially while we’re sleeping..
    Anyway, in the class today I showed them this video to excite them..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c54NXuyr2Ds
    The kids were encourage to ask questions… Oops… I hope Rinpoche will not be too tired to answer all their questions…
    Thank you Rinpoche for your patience and your kindness…
    With folded hands, Gimlee

  97. Alex Yeoh on Jun 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Dear Venarable Rinpoche,
    In which state of karma we will be reborn as a ghost or a hungry ghost?
    With sincerity and folded hands,
    Alex Yeoh

  98. Bradley on Jun 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    There are some humans whom experience the similiar sufferings to that of a hungry ghost. Are they considered to be in the hungry ghost realm?
    With folded hands and respect,
    Bradley

  99. Phng Keng Boon on Jun 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Can ghosts kill us? If they can, how do they kill us?
    Do ghosts give birth to ghost’ babies? Can ghost babies grow up?
    Teacher Gimlee give me this idea.. :p
    Keng Boon

  100. AdrianC on Jun 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you for your tip on ghost. XD
    AdrianC

  101. Sean Wang Xian-An on Jun 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Dear H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,
    Why do people see ghosts? Do they have a specific reason in life to see them?
    When you say that they are not positive is that in general? Can Lamas reincarnate into spirits? If so, what is their purpose? Can they benefit us in that state?
    An ocean of prayers and folded hands,
    Sean Wang Xian-An

  102. Melissa Sin on Jun 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    If people from the same family dies, when they turn into ghosts, will they reunite as a family or be seperated for life?
    With folded hands,
    Melissa

  103. Phng Keng Hwa on Jun 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    If hungry ghosts cannot eat food, why do we offer food to them during hungry ghost season?
    Keng Hwa

  104. Yoke Fui on Jun 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for the teaching on ghosts. Many people fear ghosts and yet curious about them. Children are fascinated by ghost stories.
    Manjushri Kids Class will have a class on ghost. Teacher Gim Lee will explain the “unknown” to the children based on Rinpoche’s teaching and most importantly we will teach the children to have compassion instead of aversion and fear for these unfortunate beings.
    Love & prayers,yf

  105. skywalker on Jun 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Would Rinpoche kindly shed some light on my previous question above ?
    Thank you very much ..

  106. Dechen Chötso on Jun 14, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Thank you very much Rinpoche

  107. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Dear Dechen Chotso,
    “Crystals and divination tools (pendulum, tarot cards, etc.) connect with spirits/ghosts or with a different entity? should we avoid using them for being dangerous, waste of time…?””
    What you connect with is dependent on a few factors:
    1. The abilities/power/ or attainments if it applies to the person using these tools to call upon a ethereal being. If the person calling them through these tools are not prepared or know how to handle them, it could go out of hand. If you invite a spirit no matter how nice they seem at first, can harm you later on. Or they might want you to return their help in ways you can’t fulfill, then they can become angered. Crystals and other divination tools should be avoided as much as possible. They might bring ‘quick’ results in communication with something not physical, but there is a price to be payed usually. I would not advise.
    2. What beings are available when you are summoning them.
    3. The nature, level and character of the being being summoned. They could be powerful, weak, nasty, helpful, playful or even tricky. It is hard to tell their motives.
    You have to be careful, avoid and not contact them. It is not a game or for quick gains. There are no quick gains when it comes to these beings. Some like to contact them out of ego, to look powerful, to win respect from others, that is also very dangerous. Because if the spirit gets offended and gets you, you will look very silly and not impressive at all.
    Some wish quick answers for difficult problems, but asking these type of beings will not really solve the problem for long term.
    I offer you my good wishes,
    Tsem Tulku

  108. Dechen Chötso on Jun 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Crystals and divination tools (pendulum, tarot cards, etc.) connect with spirits/ghosts or with a different entity?
    should we avoid using them for being dangerous, waste of time…?
    On the other hand, I have highly appreciated your teachings available on the web.
    THANK YOU.

  109. Fang on Jun 13, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Thank you very much, Rinpoche 🙂 I will try get a copy of the book Rinpoche suggested and read more on the topic.

  110. skywalker on Jun 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing with us these hard-to-find details.
    A question that i’ve been pondering since long time has just flashed back to my mind, although it’s not directly about ghost, but to certain extent is similar …
    – while Dharma is powerful enough in the universe (无量无边), why is that Evil can still exist in parallel with Buddha or Heaven realm, sometimes even much more powerful than Dharma ?
    i’m sorry if this question sounds noob.. But i wish Rinpoche could kindly shed some light.. Thx a lot.

  111. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    fang said…
    Dear Rinpoche, a few questions if i may…
    – with the influences of media and upbringing, we are conditioned to fear what/who we do not understand. is there any reason we should fear these entities?
    Yes, there are cases that you will fear these beings such as:
    1. If you have offended them in any way, shape or form.
    2. Taken anything from them.
    3. Ask them for help and then later ignored them.
    4. They gave help and you are suppose to give them something in return and you didn’t .
    5. If someone has cursed you or send magic to you using them.
    6. Harming a person they are close to or ‘protecting’.
    These are just some examples people ‘might’ fear them or have experienced disturbances.
    And if we do, should we learn to suppress the feeling of fear. by suppressing the fear, should we then substitute it with compassion and kindness?
    1. We should apologize to them from our hearts and not do it again.
    2. Do what we have promised once and for all unless totally impossible but don’t break the law doing so.
    3. If we have done none of the above 6 points except number 5, then we don’t need to fear or put that fear in remedial actions such as Tsongkapa or Setrap practice.
    4. Generate great pity for the state they are born in without being condescending but genuine pity and wish them well.
    5. Generating great compassion towards them will help a lot and do practices such as Tsongkapa and Setrap. Dedicate the merits of that practice to them and all beings who suffer, and be genuine in it. They will feel it.
    6. You can’t suppress fear or pretend you don’t feel it. But remember they are suffering much more than you from loneliness, cold, reliving tragedies/disappointments, hunger, thirst and great attachments. If you look at a dog who’s on the streets, starving, hurt and when you go near to feed, bite you, you don’t feel anger. But even more compassion for what has been done to the poor dog. Same example for spirits. Some are nasty and harmful because they have been given a lot of pain. They are in pain and deserve your pity not so much fear.
    – When harmed by what we believe to be a spirit/ghost… what should we do, where do we go? i have personally experienced a ‘confrontation’ of sort with an entity and after going to different practitioners who takes trance, i eventually found one who could help me. (this happened prior to my knowing of Kechara).
    1. Kechara is not the only place that can help. Many places can help. But Kechara is qualified to help when necessary.
    2. As to what to do, this will take up much more space to explain. For now, I have a book, please refer to that and read it thoroughly. It will help a lot. The book is called ‘Protection from Black Magic and Spirits’. Please direct people to that book would help a lot.
    3. In general, practicing the 8 verses of Thought Transformation, Tsongkapa Guru Yoga then capped off with Setrap would be very very very good for general disturbances. More ferocious disturbances would require variations of the above or certain rituals. If you do the above three practices very well and daily, you will be ok. Really. Sometimes annoyingly these spirits can come get us later, years later, when we are at a low point. They watch. But doing these practices would be a great protection, blessing yourself and ‘them’. By Blessing them, they eventually go away.
    Why do some advice from ‘deities’ work and some don’t. it doesn’t mean that they are fake, i am sure because; they have managed to help others in the past.
    1. The level of the deities are important. The level of the deities that are being used to nullify whatever is disturbing you is very important.
    2. How long the disturbance has been with you. If it has been a very long time, then it will not have instant effect. It will take time. Like if you see the best doctor in the whole world, but your disease is very old, it will take time.
    3. Affinity.
    4. Karmic disposition of the person who needs help. Sometimes the karma is so heavy, the helping deity cannot help you.
    These are some of the possible reasons.
    – In Mahayana, i was advised to learn and recite the Great Compassion Mantra (大悲咒) when i feel uneasy in certain situations. is there a mantra in Vajrayana practice that is similar? would reciting Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema help? or would Setrap? Green Tara?
    1. Definitely doing the Great Compassion Mantra, Tsongkapa’s migtseyma, Setrap and Green Tara would help. It depends on your affinity to which Deity and your karma.
    2. For some Green Tara would be and some not. It is not Green Tara’s fault, it is the affinity of the person.
    3. But for sure all these above practices are for much higher purposes, so protection for spirits is a minor side benefit.
    4. We should engage in these practices for development of wisdom, compassion, skilful means, letting go of attachments, anger and the like.
    thank you for your time and kind sharing, Rinpoche 🙂
    Dear Fang,
    I hope the above helps you. Much care, Tsem Tulku

    • Paris on Jan 20, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Hi Fang,
      Rinpoche has also advised us that when we are in places which we feel are scary or “unclean”, one of the best mantras we can recite is our Guru’s mantra. We think that our Guru embodies all the Buddhas, and that a thumb-sized version of him is sitting atop our head. Then we recite his mantra. For Tsem Rinpoche, it is “OM AH GURU KIRTI DAZA SHASEN DARA KYANDI SIDDHI HUNG HUNG”. Recite with faith and call for the protection and blessings of the Guru, and have faith in two things: that you will be protected, and that your Gurus (embodying all the Buddhas) will also send blessings and relief to the spirits, who are in great suffering.

      In this way, the Guru’s mantra encompasses all the mantras that you have named (Great compassionate mantra, Tsongkhapa, Setrap, Green Tara etc etc).

      Hope that helps!

  112. fang on Jun 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, a few questions if i may…
    – with the influences of media and upbringing, we are conditioned to fear what/who we do not understand. is there any reason we should fear these entities? and if we do, should we learn to suppress the feeling of fear. by suppressing the fear, should we then substitute it with compassion and kindness?
    – when harmed by what we believe to be a spirit/ghost… what should we do, where do we go? i have personally experienced a ‘confrontation’ of sort with an entity and after going to different practitioners who takes trance, i eventually found one who could help me. (this happened prior to my knowing of Kechara). why do some advice from ‘dieties’ work and some don’t. it doesn’t mean that they are fake, i am sure because; they have managed to help others in the past.
    – in Mahayana, i was advised to learn and recite the Great Compassion Mantra (大悲咒) when i feel uneasy in certain situations. is there a mantra in Vajrayana practice that is similar? would reciting Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema help? or would Setrap? Green Tara?
    thank you for your time and kind sharing, Rinpoche 🙂

    • andrew hibberd on Oct 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      rest man do your best work after now

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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School students, Kayene and her brother Karlson made a day trip to visit Kechara Forest Retreat with their parents. Stella, KSDS
Lovely visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, Wisdom Hall
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Lovely visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, Wisdom Hall
Prostration is a practice to show reverence to the Three Jewels. Let the children have this practice at their young age, Alice Tay, KSDS
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Prostration is a practice to show reverence to the Three Jewels. Let the children have this practice at their young age, Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Stella together with WOAH Camp young participants to check the broken egg. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Stella together with WOAH Camp young participants to check the broken egg. Alice Tay, KSDS
Great to see Dian and Wen Xin tried to do breath meditation slowly. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Great to see Dian and Wen Xin tried to do breath meditation slowly. Alice Tay, KSDS
Happy faces of Teacher Irene together with KSDS's youngest age group. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Happy faces of Teacher Irene together with KSDS's youngest age group. Alice Tay, KSDS
Most of the KSDS students like drawing and discuss about their drawing. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Most of the KSDS students like drawing and discuss about their drawing. Alice Tay, KSDS
The yearly gotong royong event on Malaysia Day. Great day to contribute back to the society. Lin Mun KSDS
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The yearly gotong royong event on Malaysia Day. Great day to contribute back to the society. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS students, parents and teachers participated in food packaging for Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS students, parents and teachers participated in food packaging for Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
The team is setting up the tent and games for the Halloween party. Lin Mun KSDS
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The team is setting up the tent and games for the Halloween party. Lin Mun KSDS
Students of SRJK (C) enjoyed themselves so much during Halloween 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students of SRJK (C) enjoyed themselves so much during Halloween 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
Khai Te is very talented in drawing. Look at the van. It has a Kechara logo. Lin Mun KSDS
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Khai Te is very talented in drawing. Look at the van. It has a Kechara logo. Lin Mun KSDS
Students listening to Teacher Grace attentively during WOAH camp 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students listening to Teacher Grace attentively during WOAH camp 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
Happy visitor invited Dorje Shugden back home.
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Happy visitor invited Dorje Shugden back home.
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When we love others without projections, we truly LOVE. ~ Tsem Rinpoche . YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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When we love others without projections, we truly LOVE. ~ Tsem Rinpoche . YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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