The Mysterious Bermuda Triangle

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Mind boggling disappearances of ships and aircrafts – this is what immediately comes to mind at the mere mention of the Bermuda Triangle. Its reputation is so notorious that people have even tried to link it to the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, even though the jet went missing halfway around the world. For decades, speculations have been aplenty about what transpires at this infamous triangular area in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, but none are conclusive.

Interestingly, for a place that is famous (or infamous) globally, the Bermuda Triangle has no official standing. It is not recognised by the United States Board of Geographic Names. Nonetheless, this mysterious triangular area has more than enough monikers to compensate for this. To name but a few, it has been popularly referred to as the Devil’s Triangle, the Twilight Zone, the Magic Rhombus, the Triangle of Death, the Voodoo Sea, the Limbo of the Lost and even the Port of Missing Ships.

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Unofficial mapping of the Bermuda Triangle

In addition, it does not have proper boundaries or markers given that it is part of a larger body of water. Thus, the size of the Bermuda Triangle remains a contention. It differs depending on whoever happens to be writing about it. That being said, it is generally accepted to span across a large area of approximately 500,000 square miles from the points of Miami, Florida (United States of America), the island of Bermuda and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Seaweed patches in the Sargasso Sea

Living up to its reputation, very few facts are known about the Bermuda Triangle, adding to its enigma. Take for example the Bermuda Triangle’s departure from the norm of having two measurements of “North”. Unlike the rest of the world which has to make adjustments to cater to the 20 degree difference between the Magnetic North (i.e. the direction reflected in a compass) and the actual geographical direction i.e. True North, the Bermuda Triangle is one of two spots in the world where both Norths perfectly align.

Further, some quarters closely associate the Bermuda Triangle with the Sargasso Sea which overlaps the Bermuda Triangle at its north-western edge. With its big patch of seaweed jungle and unusually warm waters that constantly swirl clockwise despite a lack of wind, the Sargasso Sea also has its fair share of unexplained incidents. With such close proximity and unnatural oddities, it is inevitable that people would link the two together.

 

Mysterious Vibes, Vanishing Acts

Christopher Columbus leaving Palos, Spain by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

Christopher Columbus leaving Palos, Spain by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

The earliest record of the enigma of the Bermuda Triangle goes as far back as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to the New World. Upon reaching the waters of the Bermuda Triangle in 1492, Columbus reportedly experienced weird compass readings. He hid this from his crew to avoid throwing them into a panic. As they continued on, the atmosphere of uneasiness kept escalating. Three days later, all those onboard spotted strange lights hovering and this spooked the edgy crew. Many wanted to abandon the quest and return to Spain but obviously, Columbus managed to circumvent it. It is speculated that Columbus convinced his crew to forge on by chalking it up as an explainable phenomenon i.e. a fallen star (meteor). Columbus maintained that the lights were remnants of the great flame of fire from the fallen star, which he claimed to have witnessed on an earlier night.

These intriguing shipping log entries by Columbus set in motion the rather mythical bordering on eerie perception of the Bermuda Triangle. Subsequent accounts of incidents at the Bermuda Triangle appear to be heavily laden with mythical influences and even paranormal vibes. In this regard, the story of the Ellen Austin best represents the majority of tales circulated about the Bermuda Triangle by seafarers at that time.

It was supposed to be just another routine journey between London and New York over the Bermuda Triangle zone in the Atlantic Ocean, when the crew of the Ellen Austin (a 210-ft-long American large multi-masted ship weighing over 1800 tonnes) became embroiled in a chilling experience fit for a horror movie plot. In 1881, the Ellen Austin was on the last leg of its journey back to New York when, upon entering the waters of the Bermuda Triangle, it was surrounded by a sudden thick mist which blocked out all visibility. Left with no choice, the crew proceeded slowly and relied heavily on the lookout from the crow’s nest. After a few hours, they spotted another ship. Relieved at the prospect of company in such weird circumstances, the Ellen Austin sailed close to the other ship. The crew waited in anticipation for the fog to clear so they could make contact.

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The Ellen Austin

However, when the fog eventually cleared, the other ship was found to be abandoned. Despite searching high and low, the captain’s log and the trail boards could not be found aboard the abandoned ship, rendering identification impossible. Captain Baker of the Ellen Austin made the decision to sail the mysterious ship back to New York and dispatched six of his men to man the second ship. Things were smooth sailing for the next couple of days until they were forced apart by a sudden storm. It is said that the other ship mysteriously vanished but after several hours of searching, the Ellen Austin finally caught up with it.

Eerily, the ship was found to be empty once again with no trace of the six men who were stationed there earlier. The crew was spooked but Captain Baker managed to convince a handful of his men, this time armed with firearms, to sail the other ship in close proximity. Tragically, another heavy fog descended upon them once again and the unknown ship along with the men aboard disappeared for good. It remains an unsolved mystery to this day.

Some claim that the unexplained incidents are a result of the hauntings of those who perished in the waters of the Bermuda Triangle. None are more vocal about this hypothesis than psychiatrist Dr. Kenneth McAll of Brook Lyndhurst, England. He theorised that the mysterious vanishing incidents are consequences of the curse of the many African slaves who had been mercilessly thrown overboard on their voyage to America. This is heavily premised on the prevalence of 18th century insurance scams by British sea captains, who defrauded insurance companies by tossing the slaves into the sea to drown, then cashing in on a claim for them.

With stories like the Ellen Austin and the possibility of thousands of vengeful spirits, it is no surprise that these mystical and paranormal vibes have pervaded to modern times, culminating in theories where aliens are posited as a possible explanation for the numerous accounts of disorientation, navigational problems and even total disappearances within the Bermuda Triangle. Such theories generally revolve around alien abductions and the reasons for this range from scientific curiosity to inter-species breeding.

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The Mary Celeste

One of the earliest disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle which is heavily associated with alien abduction is the Mary Celeste. In 1872, Captain Benjamin Briggs, his family and a small, trusted crew set sail from New York to Genoa on a merchant ship called the Mary Celeste. A month later, the ship was found adrift off the coast of Portugal, with not a soul on board. The riddle of the Mary Celeste has intrigued and mystified ever since. The eerily pristine condition of the Mary Celeste and its undisturbed cargo at the time of discovery added fuel to claims of aliens turning up to whisk the crew away. This theory was also used to explain the mysterious disappearance of the USS Cyclops where it is said that aliens beamed the entire ship into their spaceships. However, a lack of convincing evidence and heavy reliance on hearsay continue to cast doubts on the alien theory.

Take for example the USS Cyclops incident, which represents the largest non-combat loss of life in the history of the United States Navy. In 1918, the USS Cyclops was supposed to deliver 10,800 tonnes of manganese ore (to be used in the manufacturing of munitions) from Brazil to Baltimore. The ship never arrived at its destination and no trace of it was ever found despite exhaustive search efforts. Mysteriously, no distress signals were sent prior to the ship’s disappearance, nor did anyone aboard the USS Cyclops respond to the radio calls made by hundreds of other American ships in the vicinity. In addition, the waters were relatively calm with no storms strong enough to cause the USS Cyclops to founder. To date, the lives of the 309 on board remain unaccounted for and to quote Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States of America,

“Only God and the sea know what happened to USS Cyclops.”

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The USS Cyclops

 

Mainstream Theories and Explanations

The disappearances within the waters of the Bermuda Triangle all occurred at various spots and each was subjected to different circumstances. Thus, the scientific community maintains that there is no single theory that can explain all the disappearances. The following are some of the mainstream theories that have been put forward as plausible explanations over the years.

 

The Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream is a warm ocean current flowing from the Gulf of Mexico around the Florida Straits north-eastward towards Europe. It acts like a saltwater river on the surface of the ocean. As its currents are extremely swift and turbulent, floating objects are easily washed away. The unique features of the Gulf Stream also make it possible for a vessel to encounter disaster at one location and for the wreckage or debris to end up in another.

An example is the disappearance of Daniel Burack on 22 December 1967. He radioed for help from his cabin cruiser “Witchcraft”, reporting engine trouble near the Miami buoy marker one mile from the shore. However, when the Coast Guard arrived at the location 19 minutes after the distress call, the cabin cruiser and its passengers were nowhere to be found. The search party continued for six days, during which some 24,500 square miles were covered, but to no avail.

In the end, the coast guard closed the search effort and the final statement reflects the passengers of the Witchcraft “to be presumed missing, but not lost at sea“.

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The Gulf Stream

 

Underwater Methane Explosions

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Infographic about the Methane Gas Theory

When Dr. Ben Clennell of Leeds University, England delivered his lecture about methane gas in Wales in 1998, little did he know his findings would spark an explosion of interest to justify the mysterious vanishings around the Bermuda Triangle.

In short, the theory works on the basis that;

  • Large amounts of methane gas exist below the ocean floor, trapped in the sediment in the form of methane hydrate.
  • Large volumes of methane gas can be released as a result of landslides under the ocean floor. Under such circumstances, the water density in that area and right up to the surface can become so low that a ship could drop like a rock.
  • As methane gas is highly combustible, an eruption can also cause a plane flying above it to catch fire become completely destroyed.

 

Ever-changing Ocean Bed

The ocean bed of the Bermuda Triangle is strangely volatile. It comprises of deceptively gentle slopes, sudden deep drops and some of the deepest trenches in the world. Thus, it significantly reduces the chances of locating sunken vessels particularly as some of the deeper trenches are virtually inaccessible. In addition, the constant strong current of the Gulf Stream interfacing with reefs and marine trenches rapidly changes the topography of the sea floor. This in turn gives rise to many navigational hazards.

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The unusual and ever-changing ocean bed of the Bermuda Triangle

This rapidly changing topography also explains why most rescue efforts and subsequent deep-sea salvage operations turn up nothing at all. The discovery of giant craters (about half a mile wide and 150ft deep) in the Barent Sea off the coast of Norway in March 2016 has also been used to support claims that there are large deep ocean craters on the sea floor of the Bermuda Triangle. The giant craters are attributed to oil leaks or methane gas bursts, trapped at different layers below the sea floor. This also complements the theory that if a ship is wrecked due to a methane blow out or other reason, it may drop into a crater causing the unfortunate vessel to remain hidden forever.

 

Rogue Waves

This refers to the sudden appearance of gigantic waves capable of taking out a large ship within moments. They can take place during a storm or even in calm seas. These nearly vertical walls of water can easily flip supertankers, sinking them in seconds. They can also utterly immerse and knock down any low-flying airplane or helicopter.

The first rogue wave ever detected by a measuring instrument was the Draupner wave or New Year’s wave. It was recorded on 1 January 1995 on a device placed at the Draupner platform in the North Sea off the coast of Norway.

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Ocean Ranger Memorial Sculpture

Other incidents include;

  • The capsize of the Ocean Ranger in 1982. The loss of the then world’s largest offshore platform affected the design and safety features of future oil facilities. It also resulted in much tougher regulations regarding safety equipment and training.
  • In 1982, a wave measuring approximately 157 feet struck Fastnet Lighthouse in Ireland and caused significant damage.

The unpredictability of rogue waves makes them possibly the most terrifying ocean phenomena. It is believed that rogue waves are not caused by any one factor but a culmination of high winds and strong currents which routinely cause waves to merge. The odds of them occurring are still rare, approximately once every 200,000 waves. Nonetheless, they are more prevalent in the Bermuda Triangle given the frequency of hurricanes and the Gulf Stream therein.

 

Electronic Fog: A Hutchison Effect

This theory corresponds with testimonies about vessels being engulfed in some kind of electronic fog. It is said that the fog is not stagnant and appears to move in parallel with the vessel, causing its electronics to malfunction gradually. Eventually, the vessel is incapacitated and may even vanish without a trace.

This theory is heavily propagated by Vancouver-based scientist John Hutchison. He has conducted numerous experiments to demonstrate how electronic fog can wreak havoc on electronics.

 

Compass or Electromagnet Anomaly

As mentioned earlier, the Bermuda Triangle is one of two places on Earth where both Norths are the same. However, a normal compass is calibrated to cater for two different Norths. Thus, depending on the mechanism of the compass, it could behave erratically in the Bermuda Triangle, with compass needles intermittently spinning or spiking. This phenomenon has led to theories that compass anomalies could be the cause of mishaps or fatal accidents within the Bermuda Triangle area due to inaccurate reading of directions.

 

Human Error

Overestimating the capacity of the vessel, not understanding the area’s hazards sufficiently and poor seamanship are the top three human errors associated with disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. Reports are aplenty of personal pleasure boats and aircrafts radioing for help prior to mysteriously vanishing without a trace. That being said, even the most seasoned sailor or pilot can make mistakes with deadly consequences.

Take for example, Flight 19 which is the Bermuda Triangle’s most famous plane wreck. What was supposed to be a dry bombing practice run over the Florida Keys on 5 December 1945 became a tragic tale of 14 airmen perishing in the open sea. It is believed that the crew, especially the veteran flight leader Lieutenant Charles Taylor who was also a Naval Air Corps flight instructor, somehow became so disoriented that they deviated from their route and flew out over the Bahamas, never to be heard from again.

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The crew and plane of Flight 19

 

Atlantis

Another interesting theory is the link to the lost city of Atlantis. This is largely premised on the discovery of ancient man-made structures submerged in 15 to 20 feet of water, just off the northwest coast of North Bimini Island, about 50 miles east of Miami, Florida. Discovered in 1968 by a scuba diver, these limestone structures, dubbed Bimini Road, are said to be remnants of the sunken Island of Atlantis. Believers allude to the very advanced (possibly alien) technology of the Atlantean empire as the cause of unusual phenomenon at the Bermuda Triangle.

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Bimini Road

Evidence cited to support this theory is the testimony of Dr. Ray Brown in 1970, who claimed to have discovered a pyramidal structure with a smooth, glass-like and partially translucent finish. Not only was the pyramid illuminated by some unknown light source, it also appeared to be housing a unique sculpture in the centre, of human hands holding a four-inch crystal sphere, above which was suspended a red gem at the end of a brass rod. The pyramid is said to be about 300 meters in length, 200 meters in height and approximately 100 meters above the sea floor.

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An illustration of the crystal pyramid found by Dr Ray Brown

The discovery of this pyramid has been used to strengthen another speculation that the Bermuda Triangle and the area where the pyramid was found is some sort of “holy ground” under the protection of the Atlanteans. Thus, whatever crosses over is considered an offering.

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Holy ground for Atlanteans?

 

Is This Notorious Reputation Warranted?

The number of aircraft and sea vessels lost to the Bermuda Triangle is uncertain and largely depends on which source materials are referred to.

 

Lost at Sea

Some of the notable sea vessels and their crews who sailed into oblivion in the Bermuda Triangle include;

  • 1800: The USS Pickering, on course from Guadeloupe to Delaware, was lost with 90 people on board
  • 1814: The USS Wasp, whose last known position was in the Caribbean, was lost with 140 people on board
  • 1824: The USS Wild Cat, on course from Cuba to Tompkins Island, was lost with 14 people on board
  • 1918: The USS Cyclops left Barbados on March 4 en route to Baltimore, Maryland and was lost with 306 crew and passengers on board
  • 1925: The SS Cotopaxi, having departed Charleston, South Carolina two days earlier bound for Havana, Cuba, radioed a distress call reporting that the ship was sinking. She was officially listed as overdue on 31 December 1925.
  • 1941: The USS Proteus (AC-9) was lost with all 58 persons on board in heavy seas, having departed St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands with a cargo of bauxite on 23 November. The following month, her sister ship the USS Nereus (AC-10) was lost with all 61 persons on board, having also departed St. Thomas with a cargo of bauxite on 10 December. According to research done by Rear Admiral George van Deurs, the acidic coal cargo would have eroded the longitudinal support beams, making these ageing colliers extremely vulnerable to breaking up in heavy seas. Both were sister ships of the USS Cyclops.
  • 1963: The SS Marine Sulphur Queen was lost with 39 crewmen, having departed Beaumont, Texas, on 2 February with a cargo of 15,260 tonnes of sulphur. She was last heard from on 4 February in rough seas with northerly winds of 25-46 knots, and listed as missing two days later. The Coast Guard later determined that the ship was not seaworthy and never should have sailed. The final report suggested four causes of the disaster, all related to poor design and maintenance of the ship.
  • 2015: The SS El Faro sank off the coast of the Bahamas, within the Bermuda triangle, on 1 October 2015. The boat was missing for exactly one month until search crews identified the vessel 15,000 feet beneath the surface.

 

Vanished into Thin Air

The skies of the Bermuda Triangle are no less treacherous. The notable aircraft who vanished without a trace therein include;

  • 5 December 1945: Flight 19 (five TBF Avengers) was lost with 14 airmen. Later the same day, PBM Mariner BuNo 59225 was lost with 13 airmen while searching for Flight 19.
  • 30 January 1948: Avro Tudor G-AHNP Star Tiger was lost with six crew and 25 passengers, en route from Santa Maria Airport in the Azores to Kindley Field, Bermuda.
  • 28 December 1948: Douglas DC-3 NC16002 was lost with three crew and 36 passengers, en route from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami.
  • 17 January 1949: Avro Tudor G-AGRE Star Ariel was lost with seven crew and 13 passengers, en route from Kindley Field, Bermuda to Kingston Airport, Jamaica.
  • 8 January 1962: A USAF KB-50 51-0465 was lost over the Atlantic Ocean between the US East Coast and the Azores
  • 9 June 1965: A USAF C-119 Flying Boxcar of the 440th Troop Carrier Wing went missing between Florida and Grand Turk Island. The last call from the plane came from a point just north of Crooked Island, Bahamas, 177 miles from Grand Turk Island. On 18 July 1965, debris from the plane was found on the beach of Gold Rock Cay, just off the northeastern shore of Acklins Island.
  • 6 December 1965: Private ERCoupe F01 was lost with pilot and one passenger, en route from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahamas Island.
  • 20 June 2005: A Piper-PA-23 disappeared between Treasure Cay Island in the Bahamas and Fort Pierce, Florida. There were three persons on board.
  • 10 April 2007: A Piper PA-46-310P disappeared near Berry Island after flying into a level 6 thunderstorm and losing altitude. Two fatalities were listed.
  • 23 February 2017: Turkish Airlines Flight TK183 (an Airbus A330-200) en route from Havana, Cuba to Washington Dulles airport was forced to change direction after mechanical and electrical problems occurred over the triangle.

Sceptics, on the other hand, rely on statistics to dissuade any postulation to a “Bermuda Triangle effect”. Take for example Lawrence David Kusche who wrote the book, “Bermuda Triangle – Solved”. After extensively researching the issue, Kusche concluded that the number of disappearances occurring within the Bermuda Triangle was no greater than in any other similarly trafficked area of ocean. He also boldly asserted that previous Bermuda Triangle authors didn’t do their research and either knowingly or unintentionally “made it up.”

 

Conclusion

Unexplained phenomenon and unsolved mysteries always elicit interest, more so when there are undiscovered secrets. Regardless of whether you are a believer or a sceptic, the mysterious Bermuda Triangle is a stark reminder that despite the technological advances made to date, there are still places which remain unexplained by science.

 
Sources/References:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda_Triangle
  • http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/652734/REVEALED-The-truth-about-the-mysterious-Bermuda-Triangle-where-boats-and-planes-vanish
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Cindy finds Tibetan Buddhism compelling but the Tibetan language mind boggling given that she is somewhat linguistically challenged. Her belief that there has to be more to the purpose of life than to perpetuate DNA has culminated to her encountering H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings around 2014. Cindy has since decided to reorganise her priorities in life to include Dharma and is constantly reminding herself of that goal as she navigates her way in samsara.
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  1. Pastor Chia on Aug 10, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Is Interesting about mysterious bermuda triangle existance until now, people still find out what was happen this exorinadly phenomena cause many planes and ships disappear when pass by this mystery area.
    Sometime thing can’t explain by mankind with the logic may lead the mysterious continue, but they are thing and places from other dimension existance connecting with our world. It make mankind feel fear we are not only being existance . It make mankind to be humble and respect other being exitance living in this world.

  2. June Kang on Aug 10, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Although Christopher Columbus was the first to record Bermuda Triangle existence, however after so many years, it is still a mystery place in the world. It was reported that more than hundreds Boats and planes have been lost within and just outside the triangle. I was wondering is that a possibility there is another dimension of world which we can’t see it. This is because those boats and planes reported lost with no trace of any debris. Hope one day we can know the truth of this place. Thank you Cindy for sharing this interesting article.

  3. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 10, 2017 at 7:13 am

    The Bermuda Triangle is worldwide known but how come that still nobody has found out what is really happening there. It is indeed a mystery and science can not explain it. There are many theories about the Bermuda Triangle as we can see.
    I am curious if this mystery will ever be lifted… Thank you

  4. Justin Cheah on Aug 10, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Interesting article. Thank you Cindy for researching the facts and past incidents. I am somewhat baffled as to why till these days we are not able to find out what really happened? Why nobody has actually tried sending in drones to this area to find out and test what the outcome will be. Researching is important as it affects all of us, just like exploring the space, equally important as to why the world is at its current shape.

  5. Mingwen on Aug 10, 2017 at 1:20 am

    I think human beings should focus back on Earth, do research and explore our mother Earth. We can’t even know all about our own land, why spend money to go outer space? Doesn’t make sense to me, the deep oceans, the mystery forests, how many more are left undiscovered?

  6. Andrea Lai on Aug 10, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I first got to know of Bermuda Triangle when watched the magic of David Copperfield, back in my teens. The Bermuda Triangle indeed a very mysterious region in discovery even though profession found difficulty in solving. Other than that, in the article stated of some Geography issues may link with the disappearance. That is logical statement but what intriguing was the absence of corpses or skeletons were not found when vessels were discovered. Where could have these people been? Probably be plunged into another dimension. Until now, Bermuda Triangle remained as puzzle.

  7. Eric kksiow on Aug 9, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I knew about The Mysterious Bermuda Triangle from documentary & David Copperfield magic show ( Since my very young age ). Is an very interesting to read more about this article, unsolved mystery and until today Scientists can’t even explain more deep of The Mysterious Bermuda Triangle.

    Thank You Cindy for doing more re-search of this topic.

    David Copperfield magic show – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwJ259y4fWY

  8. Datuk May on Aug 9, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Mysteries and unsolved phenomena are interesting and one has to decide whether to believe or not believe.

    As the Bermuda Triangle a very much used sea lane, I tend to believe that the listed accidents or disappearance may not be that many relative to other areas.

    But records like ships disappearing and reappearing in Portugal without crew nor soul on board but in pristine conditions with cargo intact is something to ponder.

    Nature and her phenomena are hard to comprehend at times and it is important that if there are things unexplained, it is best left to what it is and respect be paid to such places.

  9. Pastor Henry Ooi on Aug 9, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    The Bermuda Triangle has been a much talked about place internationally for decades. Movies have been made revolving around the disappearances of crafts in this area. Yet after so long no one, no scientist or no government body has any proof to the mystery surrounding it. I would have thought that with modern day state-of-the-art equipment someone would venture out to unravel the causes of the disappearances. Maybe no one dares to or maybe there is no profit in it.

  10. pammie yap on Aug 9, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    The part where I find it mysterious is where the crew vanished but the vessel is still intact. Even if it sank, I am sure there will be bodies inside. I have seen documentaries where people find remains inside sunken vessels.

    If would be interesting to know if there are any scientists or research teams that are still researching the actual reasons for those disappearances.

    I love mysteries, because it makes me see and think from different perspective. Perhaps, it’s some special place that leads to another unseen dimension. Just like in the case of Bigfoot, unexplained and intriguing.

  11. nicholas on Aug 9, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Bermuda Triangle is definitely another mysterious phenomena that still being question. It always give me the thought that anything pass through will be disappeared and I just thought they would go to another dimension and never returned.

    So far, scientists have not come up with clear reasons to explain the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. Even though this area has the most tragic unexplained deaths of all time it can all have natural explanations as mentioned in the article. It should be noted that not much disappearances or deaths have taken place lately in this area as today is more technically advanced. Today the Bermuda Triangle is an area where plenty of ships and aircrafts pass through regularly without any problems. It has also been noted that most of the incidents that are said to have taken place here are not true by some.

    This place will remain as mysterious legend for may people.

  12. Pastor Albert on Aug 9, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Very interesting article indeed, I’m always very interested with the mysterious cases because there is always unsolved and left it hanging for years, or even decades.

    When things happened in the world, and it appeared to be mysterious, it kinda left some imagination space for all of us, like, is that the work of Alien? or they were sucked into like some dimension? Or they traveled to different timezone of the world? Or they were sent to outer space or other planet by a mysterious force? or any other reason? It sounds really interesting, it will definitely be great if I have the chance to participate in a project like this.

    I would not surprise if there are really third or forth or even more dimensions, because Buddha has said that there are more than 1 universe, probably it is countless universe, so if just this universe we already haven’t explore 100%, what more about other universe, and put the universe aside, even to the planet we are living in for billions of years, we have yet to explore everything, what more we talk about something so huge.

    I’m sure it will be mind blowing to all of us if one day, these mysterious cases are solved, probably it will bring us to another whole new level of understanding about this world, and I’m waiting for this day to come.

  13. Anne Ong on Aug 2, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    i have always read and watched documentaries about Bermuda Triangle and i find them very interesting and very mysterious, Thank you very much Rinpoche,Cindy and blog team for this very interesting article for everyone to read.

  14. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 24, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    The Bermuda Triangle, often conjures the notion that people who enter it may not leave it to tell the tale. Almost like a portal to another dimension, The Bermuda Triangle has intrigued many. I wonder has any research submarines researched that area and check out its depths?

  15. Paul Yap on Jul 24, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    The stories of Bermuda are always mysterious and fascinating. Many believe that the strange encounters in Bermuda Triangle were the act of aliens. I believe that many missing ships and airplane have gone into a difference dimension, which connect our world to others. Otherwise, how could many of the planes and ships go missing without any clues and trace for years?

  16. Edwin Tan on Jul 24, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Pardon my ignorance, but shouldn’t with the tech advances, send in drones or unmanned ships or submarines to investigate? Or maybe the mystery is already solved?

    I am always a huge fan, and if the mystery is not solved, I do wish to be able to experience it myself by crossing the seas or flying over to see what actually happens.

    This Bermuda Triangle mystery has been on my mind since i was 12! Do hope more lights can be shed on the disappearances.

    If it is alternate realms.. it will be a huge discovery! hehe.. imagine those lost crew due to fog was actually there but not able to be seen by the other due to parallel universe..

    Anyway, just part of my imaginative mind. Thank you for the wonderful article.

  17. Samfoonheei on Jul 19, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Interesting post.I love reading anything regarding these mysterious Bermuda Triangle from books to news.The Bermuda Triangle is a large area of ocean between Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda. Over centuries,there were dozens of ships and planes have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Many scientists have attempted to theorize what makes the place so dangerous.None came to conclusion.The mystery of Bermuda Triangle still remains unsolved and is one of athe world’s greatest mysteries.
    There are many theories and explanations to the disappearance and in the infamous region has repeatedly been blamed on the paranormal.
    Thank you Cindy for sharing these interesting post.

  18. Fong on Jul 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    There is no straightforward answer to the disappearance of vessels within the Bermuda Triangle. All the authors have only written about what has been observed but no explanations or substantial theories. Thus, the area remains a mystery with more leaning towards alien theories. This has intrigue me for the last 40 years and the hypothesis and theories have not brought any closer explanations. Still intriguing and mysterious.

  19. Stella Cheang on Jul 17, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    This is a very interesting topic and brings back many memories of discussing this topic with my late dad. We were both fans of unsolved mystery. Our conviction of what happened to the ships and aircrafts at the Bermuda Triangle would alternate between the work of aliens or the work of evil spirit forces. Of course, it largely depends on which case we are looking at. But I think we both lean towards the work of aliens because the scale of things are larger than the normal occurrence of the unseens. I really enjoy reading this write up. Thank you, Cindy.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 10:58 PM
    Danny Bowman’s case is extreme, more of a mental problem instead of a vanity issue. However, many people around us are addicted to taking selfie. Even though it might be just showing off their beauty to gain attention, it should not be dismissed lightly. Because of their excessive love for themselves, they lack the empathy for others. This is the real issue. When someone place all the attention on themselves and expect others to do the same, it is against the practice of Bodhicitta. And if it not corrected at early stage, it will become a habituation and strong imprint that will also affect them in their next life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/selfie-addiction-is-no-laughing-matter-psychiatrists-say.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 05:59 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing on Dr. Joona Repo’s work. In his book “Phabongka Dechen Nyingpo: His Collected Works and the Guru-Deity-Protector Triad,” Dr. Joona Repo’s impartial recollections of Pabongka Rinpoche serves to debunk certain perception people have towards this erudite master, who was brought into question because of his emphasis on Dorje Shugden and what was deemed as sectarianism practices.

    Through presenting the vastness and diversity of the works by Pabongka Rinpoche and records of his teaching against sectarianism, this book empirically presents a balanced view of Pabongka Rinpoche against those baseless allegations. The fact that Pabongka Rinpoche wrote extensively about Vajrayogini and had visions of Heruka proved that he is no ordinary Lama.

    Pabongka Rinpoche was, in fact, the reincarnation of a well-known scholar Changkya Rolpay Dorje who was the Royal Tutor to the Chinese Emperors. Because of this sensitivity, Pabongka RInpoche was not recognized his lineage by the power of the day. This in itself is a hint that there are more than meet the eyes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-collected-works-of-h-h-pabongka-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 12:24 PM
    Very inspiring and powerful quotes for us to have a deep thought of it. Which we will need to remember at all times in our spiritual journey.
    I do loves these quotes…
    Remember, if we wish to make an offering to our teacher, no offering is greater than that of our own dharma practice..~Geshe Tsutrim Gyeltsen

    Never abandon your spiritual teacher no matter how many inner obstacles you need to overcome……~Tsem Rinpoche

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all these powerful quotes which will change our lives and should not be ignored.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/quotes-that-should-not-be-ignored.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 12:23 PM
    Wow beautiful and meaningful this precious poem wrote by Rinpoche.And the lyrics of the song made from the poem below by Gavin Gooi is fabulous. Could not beliveve it from a poem to a lovely songs. Nice to hear and i love listerning each and every words said….very touching poem from sadness to happiness expressed .Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion and the love for His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/a-poem-to-my-teacher.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 12:22 PM
    Its a interesting post with 2 giants countries discussing over movie market. Hollywood producers who are increasingly looking to tap the country’s fast-growing box office into China market.However there is restriction .They hopes China will increase the quota and the share of revenues more in line with international markets. And even has openly criticized China on trade.China is likely to raise the quota of imported films as part of recent trade talks.
    China are trying to protect its growing domestic film industry from Hollywood domination. The most best measure is the strict quota limiting the number.
    Brad Pitt was back in China nearly 20 years after being baned over a film about Tibet .Time has changed China policy on celebrities entering China.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/china-raises-movie-quota-hollywood-on-best-behavior.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 10:05 AM
    You won’t believe what this former Citibank vice president has to say. One of the most powerful and inspiring speeches you will ever hear in your life! Plse take a few moments to listen to this. It is worth it.-
    https://www.facebook.com/mercyforanimals/videos/10152917764269475/?hc_ref=ARTTZV6szVgZXaepZJFJ_-wCZ1U-SiyFA3jzC20EoNgCNwsOyTV_ELImvK3Lq_IgBBQ
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 09:48 PM


    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these precious pictures. It shows so much about Guru Devotion and a very close Guru and student relationship. The love and care of a Guru to his students are unlimited.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gurus-love-their-students.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 07:53 PM
    This article reminds me of how, in general, people understand the need to have a strong and fit psychic body but rarely willing to take action to go through the training. Let alone Dharma training of the mind which is much more tougher. Because our habituation has conditioned us to perceive and think a certain way, and the need to unlearn and relearn is not part of our program.

    To me, understanding the need to be trained and having the courage to go through the training is a process in itself. The mind has to be conditioned to understand the need of the training which is to eliminate the “i” and the importance of the training which is to speed up the journey of crossing the ocean of samsara.

    Most importantly, we must recognize it is very rare for us to be in a perfect human condition, meet the dharma and the perfect Guru, therefore, we must not imagine that we have time by thinking there will always be tomorrow. Actually this is the conversation in my mind sometimes… lol.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/training-shouldnt-be-optional.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 10:54 AM
    A beautiful true story shared, I have seen patients suffered under cancer treatment ,at times I felt sad for them and lost of words at times. Most practitioners I have come across thinks of their profit but did not take a real effort to understand their patients pain. When we care for our patients, encourage them really makes a big difference in their life. In my line of duty I have seen many patients suffered in pain, fear, anxiety and very emotional. When we are in the patients shoe,, we can understand and feels the pain as well. As a health provider its only my duty to provide words of encouragement, help and care for them.
    Dr.Richard Teo spoke the very truth ,to inspire the younger generations of furture doctors when embark on their journey to be in health professioner ,to think of others too. Do agree with Dr.Richard Teo in private practice doctors made lots of money but at the end of the day they are not happy in life. We go through life attaching to things, wanting them to last forever. But they don’t last anyway. .Over time, we just came to accept that all good things in life must end. Nothing is impermanent
    Since we all know death is inevitable. To Live a meaningful life till to the fullness to learn and practice Dharma ,to transform ourselves, lighten up and makes us a better person.If you want happiness for a lifetime, helping, caring for others can change our life. We should always appreciate people when they are alive.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these inspiring post and hope more people will be inspired . Saluting Dr Richard Teo, who have touched the lives of thousands on views of life at the end of his lives.At the time of writing he has passed away since in 2012.May he have a swift rebirth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/this-will-change-your-life.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 10:53 AM
    Amazing worth travelling there to see for myself such a holy place. Being there will be a tremendous blessing as it is one of the places where Manjushri the Buddha of Wisdom’s energy abides.Wow ….As a natural reserve it is the home of China’s three holy mountains, which are Jampelyang, Chenresig and Chana Dorje.Looks very beautiful and the scenic views were just amazing to be there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i would like to travel there someday to enjoy the beauty of these Holy mountains.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/excellent-travelogue-of-holy-places-in-tibet.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 10:52 AM
    The former N.B.A. player Stephon Marbury has become a beloved celebrity since playing for professional basketball in China. Marbury was able to change China’s basketball culture.From NBA to CBA …he lead the team to national victory, winning three Chinese Basketball Association.
    A 300-square foot museum dedicated to Stephon Marbury’s career was opened in China, where the former NBA star has flourished since deciding to play there.He was given a Green card for his outstanding contributions.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring…Never give up even though he failed with the NBA but he found success after playing for CBA.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stephon-marbury-embraces-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 20. 2017 03:09 PM
    Beautiful ,meaningful songs if you listern and reading the lyrics.
    In the stillness of remembering What you had,And what you lost…,And what you had…and what you lost …..well said i love this part.
    Fleetwood Mac was not my favourite singer though yet i enjoyed this oldies songs.
    Since now i have Dharma in me i do like to listern to Buddhist songs example of Tsongkhapa’s blessings songs and Tibetan music.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this meaningful song for relaxing after a stressful day.
  • jason
    Sunday, Aug 20. 2017 02:56 AM
    Past few years, my grandmother,Aunty, Uncle passed away. I feel sad but this also create awareness to me that death is the final destination of everyone in samsara. Practicing of Dharma really help me in knowing that we must achieve final liberation and no more rebirth.
    Besides that, we must appreciate the moment we gather with anyone and share Dharma to them.
    Thanks Datuk May to remind me that to spend more time with the love one. I really grateful to my family and friends.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-generation-gone.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Aug 20. 2017 01:03 AM
    For steven d –

    Dear Steven, Thank you for your question. I appreciate your wish to become better, improve your health and to continue your journey.

    In regards to your question, there are many dimensions that need to be addressed in order to ‘assign’ a specific Buddha’s practice for a person. Some of the factors are:

    1. Temperament
    2. Malady
    3. karmic affinity
    4. Immediate pressing needs
    5. Long term needs
    6. If the person has been in dharma and understand dharma well
    7. How much time a person has daily or in general for practice/what other practices they have
    8. Living conditions (has space and quiet or with busy family)
    9. If the person is willing to take vows as there are ‘higher’ and more in-depth practices if vows can be taken
    10. How many or what other sadhanas/practices is already being done. Sometimes we can intensify one of the practices the person is already doing.

    These are a few of the factors I would examine before I suggest a practice for someone.


    Remember to always go for a qualified medical treatment in your country or place of residence and then with this treatment you can apply various spiritual practices in addition to the medical treatment.

    Spiritual practices can help heal as they purify the karma fueling the problem but medical treatment takes care of the problem that is karmically already opened. So important to do both. By doing practice you can ‘lessen’ the problem either by intensity or duration. and sometime get well. If you ask me to give a general sweeping answer for the general crowd or for a person I don’t know much about, I would suggest these practices:

    1. Black Manjushri http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=70674
    2. Avolokitesvara (Chenresig) (four armed, thousand armed, etc)
    3. Loma Gyonma http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=64691
    4. Medicine Buddha http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=44277

    Any of the the above four practices is helpful in general and overall. You don’t have to do all but just one would suffice and according to your tradition of Buddhism. You do not need initiation or take on vow commitment but you can do these practices daily and or in full retreat. Would be good to be vegetarian with good motivation as less harm done to other sentient beings directly and indirectly will help the healing process. Read up on the practices well before starting. Much information on the internet.

    It is good to learn up on the 9 round breath meditation daily also. Take 20 minutes daily to do this breath meditation. You can do the breath meditation first and then any of the four practices you choose or just breath meditation alone. (Theravadin Buddhist can just do the 9 round breath meditations daily and be consistent with this practice and you will see your mind release, open up and become calmer. You can do this breath meditation no matter who you are and if you are ill or healthy. This meditation has many benefits you can research and learn up. No ill effects with this meditation even if done ‘wrongly’.) Breath meditation is highly recommended by me for all persons both spiritual or not, young or elderly, Buddhist or otherwise as using the breath powerful and can be done anywhere and anytime. Breath is fundamental and we must breathe, so this is using meditation to manipulate the breath to heal our bodies and bring some peace to our minds. Done daily is highly beneficial.

    I hope this sincerely helps you. I send you my good wishes and for your healing. We all need healing. May you be happy, well and achieve your goals, Tsem Rinpoche
  • steven d
    Saturday, Aug 19. 2017 10:28 PM
    Namaste,

    Thank you for sharing all this beautiful buddha images, prayers and information for so many to learn from and be guided.

    Question for Rinpoche:

    What practice, prayer or deity (‘s mantra) would you advise for the uninitiated in regards to healing the causes of trauma, ptsd, dissociation and grounding into your physical body?

    I got diagnosed with PTSD 6 yrs ago, at age 29, right after my spiritual awakening after which all the past rauma revisited me in the course of 2 weeks.

    I wasn’t under the guidance of a lama or teacher at that time and still am not.

    Are there any practices you would advise? As there are so many people with trauma and PTSD (10% of the population in Western countries) , there would be so many to benefit from your wise words.

    I have read that certain deities have more affinity for certain diseases/imbalances. Are there any deities that are specifically related to releasing trauma or the above-mentioned afflictions/asymptoms.

    In love

    Steven


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I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha's omniscience. Tsem Rinpoche)
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One of the nicest Taras I've seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it's very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
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(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende\'s collection. Tsem Rinpoche
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You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende's collection. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I\'ve never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it\'s the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it\'s beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
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ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I've never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it's the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it's beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I\'ve had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I've had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
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Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche\'s room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche's room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
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Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche\'s cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche's cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov\'s brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
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Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov's brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
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Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
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Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
Think about this...
3 weeks ago
Think about this...
Our frustrations have meaning when it\'s for others and a greater cause.
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Our frustrations have meaning when it's for others and a greater cause.
It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
3 weeks ago
It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
Contemplate this please...
3 weeks ago
Contemplate this please...
Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
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Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it\'s most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
4 weeks ago
It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it's most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. 

Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. 

This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
1 month ago
A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
1 month ago
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
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Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
Real spirituality is kindness.
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Real spirituality is kindness.
Our time on this earth in this lifetime is short. It\'s our choice what will look back on when we are in our final moments.
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Our time on this earth in this lifetime is short. It's our choice what will look back on when we are in our final moments.
Materialism, desire and greed never result in happiness.
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Materialism, desire and greed never result in happiness.
Never ever eat our friends. Go vegetarian.
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Never ever eat our friends. Go vegetarian.
It is a privilege to serve the Dharma and to serve others. Real freedom comes in serving others.
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It is a privilege to serve the Dharma and to serve others. Real freedom comes in serving others.
Compared to humans and all other sentient beings, animals have just as much right to happiness and freedom.
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Compared to humans and all other sentient beings, animals have just as much right to happiness and freedom.
Dharma is not something I engage in as something separate from me. Dharma has been me since young.
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Dharma is not something I engage in as something separate from me. Dharma has been me since young.
How much we are willing to suffer is how compassionate we are.
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How much we are willing to suffer is how compassionate we are.
Dharma is the medicine of the mind prescribed by the Buddha.
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Dharma is the medicine of the mind prescribed by the Buddha.
How much effort we are willing to put into our practice, is how much results we will get.
1 month ago
How much effort we are willing to put into our practice, is how much results we will get.
What do you worship on your altar, meat or compassion? One develops coldness and encourages lack of empathy, and one choice encourages attainments.
1 month ago
What do you worship on your altar, meat or compassion? One develops coldness and encourages lack of empathy, and one choice encourages attainments.
Where does patience come from? Think about it closely
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Where does patience come from? Think about it closely
Indian sadhus and mendicants also very happy to receive Bhagwan Dorje Shugden
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Indian sadhus and mendicants also very happy to receive Bhagwan Dorje Shugden
Tsem Rinpoche with the great Geshe Namgyal Wangchen of Drepung Loseling Monastery. Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132495
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche with the great Geshe Namgyal Wangchen of Drepung Loseling Monastery. Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132495
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(1st row) Alexandra David-Neel, Nicholas Roerich, Helena Roerich, Anagarika Govinda
(2nd row) Walter Evans-Wentz, John Blofeld, Bill Porter (Red Pine), Ekai Kawaguchi
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Some of my favorite people (1st row) Alexandra David-Neel, Nicholas Roerich, Helena Roerich, Anagarika Govinda (2nd row) Walter Evans-Wentz, John Blofeld, Bill Porter (Red Pine), Ekai Kawaguchi
Do share this message and create more awareness. Thank you
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Do share this message and create more awareness. Thank you
All that we want in samsara is just fleeting and illusionary and we are tired of chasing something that is so short lived, Lady Buddha Dakini Vajra Yogini, please embrace me as you did Naropa with great affection and lift me to your Kechara Paradise in my rainbow body. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All that we want in samsara is just fleeting and illusionary and we are tired of chasing something that is so short lived, Lady Buddha Dakini Vajra Yogini, please embrace me as you did Naropa with great affection and lift me to your Kechara Paradise in my rainbow body. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Lady Buddha Diamond Dakini Vajra Yogini, you appear in so many forms, guises and methods out of great compasion to bring me to your paradise of Kechara heaven. Bless me to waste no more time and engage in my spirituality thoroughly and may I see your coral visage soon. Bless me that I surrender all my games, attachments, projections and endless chasing of all that is futile in samsara now.... Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Lady Buddha Diamond Dakini Vajra Yogini, you appear in so many forms, guises and methods out of great compasion to bring me to your paradise of Kechara heaven. Bless me to waste no more time and engage in my spirituality thoroughly and may I see your coral visage soon. Bless me that I surrender all my games, attachments, projections and endless chasing of all that is futile in samsara now.... Tsem Rinpoche
Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. There is so much to explore. I have compiled 20 MUST VISIT places for you to see in Sri Lanka. Enjoy the post and the great pictures! Enjoy: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=127234
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Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. There is so much to explore. I have compiled 20 MUST VISIT places for you to see in Sri Lanka. Enjoy the post and the great pictures! Enjoy: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=127234
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/chat-pictures/chat-8yzmaqog68754.jpg Sacred and holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini being escorted from the Vajra Yogini temple on the streets on festival day to bless the masses. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • August 22, 2017 01:55
    jason asked: what is the significance of a solar eclipse in terms of sadhana practice besides multiplying merit
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. It is good to see you here. As you have rightly pointed out, during solar eclipses the merit from engaging in virtuous actions are greatly multiplied. Therefore there are many prescribed practices one can do during these times to generate a lot of merit, such as engaging in prayers, making abundant offerings, animal liberation, taking precepts for the day, etc. In terms of sadhana practice, the main benefit here would be the multiplication of merits generated. However on a tantric level, since the movements of the planets are linked to the movement of energy within the universe, and therefore one’s body, there would be subtle changes in the psychic winds within the body as well. On the whole, the patterns of the universe are mirrored within the psychic winds in the body as well. The tantric system that deals with these movements in the most detail is the Kalachakra Tantra, which you can read more about here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/introduction-to-tibetan-astrology.html In the Kalachakra Tantra it is said that when a solar eclipse occurs, merit is either multiplied a thousand, ten-thousand times, or a hundred-thousand times. The sun and the moon are linked with the psychic winds, channels and drops with tantric practice. According to the Kalachakra Tantra everyone breathes 21,600 time every day and our minds are said to ride on the winds within our bodies. The majority of the winds within out body are karmic winds, in that they come about and are affected by karmic tendencies. During an eclipse however, more wisdom winds are said to prevail in the body. As these circulate in the body, doing Dharma practice, especially tantric practices in which you use these winds, one can achieve spiritual attainments at a speed that would not normally be possible. In traditional mythology, there is a celestial body known as Rahu. This isn’t actually a physical planet, but a node on the orbit of the moon. When Rahu appears, he is said to swallow the sun for some time, this is the ancient explanation of a solar eclipse. Rahu is also known as the “dragon’s head”. Within the Kalachakra Tantra, practitioners use Rahu to bring the sun and the moon under control. As the sun is associated with psychic channels on the right side of the body, and the moon with psychic channels on the left side of the body, what this means is that the practitioner controls these energies and brings them into the central psychic channel instead. Thereby the solar eclipse is said to mirror a tantric yogi’s ability to bring the psychic energies of the left and right side into the central channel. Once in the central channel the yogi can engage in the higher psychic energy meditations in order to gain spiritual attainments and even enlightenment. For an everyday practitioner therefore, the main benefit of practicing during a solar eclipse is the multiplication of merit. For a tantric practitioner however, it is a time that they can make use of the energies of nature to boost their practices. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 18, 2017 01:27
    Todd asked: Does Rinpoche have any information on the deity Rakta Yamari, who is believed to be an emanation of Manjushri?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Todd, Thank you for your interesting question. Rakta Yamari is indeed a wrathful emanation of Manjushri, in the form of a yidam or meditational deity belonging to the Anuttarayoga, or highest tantra, class of deities. The practice has been incorporated into all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism: the Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug. Generally speaking some of the wrathful forms of Manjushri can be classified into three groupings, the Rakta (blood-red), Krishna (blue-black), and Vajrabhairava (adamantine terrifying). Since Rakta Yamari is therefore a classification of deities, it would be hard to give information here on all of them. The specific forms of Rakta Yamari differ in how the main figure appears and the number of other deities in the mandala. Of particular note, is that each of these forms and their practices has their own lineage of practice as well. Whilst there are forms of all three classifications within the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, certain lineages place more emphasis on a particular form than others. For example, within the Gelug lineage emphasis is placed on Vajrabhairava Yamantaka, of which there are two forms in particular that are practiced: 13-deity Yamantaka, and Solitary Hero Yamantaka. In fact Vajrabhairava Yamantaka is one of the three main Anuttarayoga Tantra deities practiced in the Gelug lineage, which we follow, alongside the Akshobhyavajra variant of Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara. There are two important lineages of Rakta Yamari practice: the 13-deity Rakta Yamari, and the 5-deity Rakta Yamari practice. Both of these practices can be traced back to an important lineage holder, the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa. In the case of the 5-deity Rakta Yamari lineage, he was taught the practice by a wisdom dakini. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 17, 2017 19:26
    Aldric Wilson DuXing asked: How can the alleged "DiSanShr" "Dorje Chang Fo" Yi Yun Gao be the actual incarnation of Buddha Dipankara Buddha?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Aldric Wilson DuXing, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, I do not know much about Yi Yun Gao to be able to comment on this. However, within Buddhism we do believe that the Buddhas, out of their compassion appear in human form to help sentient beings in whatever way they can. Within Tibetan Buddhism there is a long history of recognising great masters as the physical body emanations (also known as tulkus) of the Buddhas. The logic behind this is that the Buddhas are all compassionate and so help sentient beings in any and all means that they can. This would obviously include taking the physical form of a human. To say that the Buddhas cannot or do not do this, would be limiting the abilities of the enlightened beings, which goes against the scriptures. In fact, in the scriptures it states that Buddhas can emanate out in countless different forms at the same time. This includes animate beings, such as humans, animals, etc., and also inanimate objects such as bridges, or other things. These emanations, or incarnations if in human form, can be recognised by those who have the ability to perceive the enlightened beings, such as highly attained masters or other emanations themselves. That is why you see only the highest masters within the Tibetan Buddhist traditions recognise others as incarnations of the Buddhas. Other methods of confirming this can include checking with an enlightened Dharma protector, such as Dorje Shugden, when in trance of a qualified oracle. Those who really are emanations of the enlightened beings do not actually need to be recognised as such, as they will always help others no matter if they are recognised or not. However the recognition of such beings is more for us, as practitioners to gain merit by helping them achieve their goal of helping other sentient beings. But as I mentioned earlier, these beings do not self-proclaim themselves but are recognised as such by other highly attained masters who are trustworthy and really work for the cause of helping others by upholding and practicing the holy teachings of Lord Buddha. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 16, 2017 00:47
    Anonymous asked: Sorry about the link not working. They can be found at dharmawheel.net and then looked under Tibetan Buddhism and then under topics which are under all the other lineage topics. Since this is recent, the title "Crazy Scandal somewhat related to Gelug hitting Taiwan" should come up. But anyway, here are the sources in that case: https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/mary-jin-gebis/ https://maisonneuve.org/article/2013/06/18/when-monks-come-town/ https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/bw-dorje-shugden/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad355FqDQuo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzvPhv_eldk http://www.blisswisdom.org/statement/1854-1006 https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/dalai-lama-speaks-to-chinese-devotees-about-bliss-and-wisdom/
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  • August 15, 2017 01:43
    Anonymous asked: Hi, although this is not a question, I would like to bring awareness towards a particular cult in China and Taiwan that has been having scandals with their leader, Mary Jin. The cult has been defaming the Dalai Lama and has begun supporting Shugden here even though that's not really bad. However, I would like to bring attention so they may not begin corrupting the Buddhists here. Even though I used a dharmawheel website, it has links to its sources: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40
    pastor answered: Dear Anonymous, Thank you for bringing this to our attention, however the link you provided does not work. I do not know anything about this particular person or their organisation, so I really can’t say much. However, there are some people out there who use religion for their personal gain, and twist the teachings to suit their greed. These sorts of people are often embroiled in scandals and the like and often have views that go against common sense. That is why it is very important to check that a teacher is qualified, is practicing, and is teaching the Dharma as it should be according to the scriptures. All students are encouraged do to so and this in mentioned clearly in the scriptures themselves. The actions of a teacher should be in line with actions laid out in the scriptures and their views should match the logic laid out in the scriptures as well. Once we see a teacher’s qualities, and we have made sure that what they practice is real and genuine, we can devote ourselves to that person fully. We at Kechara, following the teachings of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, think very highly of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as he is the emanation of the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. Similarly, we also believe that Dorje Shugden is the emanation of the Buddha of wisdom, Manjushri. For us, both are enlightened beings, and many practitioners all around world follow this belief as well. We are saddened to see or hear when others talk badly about either, since both are enlightened beings capable of benefiting the world tremendously. Thank you.
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