Learning Pujas from Gen-la

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Dear blog friends,

Earlier at Tsem Ladrang Ven. Gen Losang taught our group some more pujas. Today it was how to consecrate mantras for insertion into precious statues. After insertion the puja to consecrate the holy images. I decided to go downstairs and give an explanation of the benefits of pujas, from whence they come from, the lineage and some more information. Afterwards I took a group shot with the puja group. Please take a look at the talk. I think you can learn more information. Good luck.

 

Tsem Rinpoche

 

The dedicated Puja group. Who is learning the sacred pujas as done in Gaden Shartse Monastery for the last 600 years.

 

Venerable Gen Losang here at Kechara.

 

 


Transcript to the video ‘Learning Pujas’

That I am quite a complicated person.  By complicated, it means that it’s sometimes  hard for people to read me or to know what I am thinking or what I like or don’t like, and let me break it down for you.  When it comes to dharma, I am 100% committed and totally serious.  When it comes to anything else, I can be a clown just like anybody else.  When it comes to anything else, I can have fun and do all kinds of things that you don’t think that monks can do.  Just like anybody else.  And the reason is actually I am not an outgoing person or kind of a fun person or do this or do that kind of person, I am not that kind of person.  But you see, to make dharma reachable, and to make dharma more accessible, the dharma itself is tangible and non-tangible.  The dharma itself has life but it requires sentient beings, (Tibetan word) kangsa,  to elucidate it. It needs people who are living it, who are believing it and they believe it from living it.  You see, you can’t know the dharma scholastically.  Or you are good in your memory, and you can repeat and you can quote, and you can say names and dates and places and you know the stuff but you are not living it.  If you are just quoting and you have a good memory and you know the dharma very well and you are just quoting it, you can bring people to the dharma but it will also attract likewise type of people who are just interested in it, intellectual sake, maybe a little bit more.  But to actually, as Kyabje Zong Rinpoche said to actually moisten a person’s mind and practice, to moisten the ground and which you plant the seeds of dharma, you have to practice.  And I remember doing Lama Tsongkhapa’s initiation, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Los Angeles had Thubten Dargye Ling told us very clearly, I remember it  even to this today, like it was just this morning that, he says, if we practice the dharma, if we ourselves commit to the dharma, if we ourselves really surrender everything, excuses, justifications,  anything and everything that can be disturbing to others, if we surrender and we adopt the dharma, then Kyabje Zong Rinpoche says, when we speak or teach the dharma to others, it will really, really, move them. It will not be from mouth to ear to brain, it will be from mouth to ear to brain to the heart. 

So therefore, it is very important for all of us to really accept the dharma. On what basis? Some people might say, well I don’t know a lot. Correct, but there are people around you who do know a lot.  For those people, makes this mistakes, they act like that, they talk like that. They do act like that, they do talk like that, they do make mistakes and they are strange at times, but they are much better than other people.  Much much better.

So therefore,  to make the dharma experience alive in another person’s mind and to change their lives, change their destinies , change their outlooks and their goals and aspirations, you yourself finally must 100% accept the dharma.  Look, what’s the worst that can happen if you accept? What’s the worst?  Even if it hypothetically, there is no bardo and no next life, and no karma, we still have to have a good job or good purpose or something good to do in this life.

Whether it is writing books, whether it’s helping the poor, whether it’s being a singer, whether it’s being a businessman, whether it’s being a good housewife, a good businesswoman, it doesn’t matter.  You see, because if you give yourself up to whatever you are doing in this life, at least this life you will have some sort of result.   Satisfaction.  But if you don’t do it all the way and you do it halfway, and you do it partway, then results will always be partway.  So therefore to really look around you and look at the past and look at examples and look at the Mahasiddhas and look at the stories of high Lamas, look at our teachers, look at the monasteries, look at the people around you who have committed, I mean everybody around us can be a hero who have committed to the dharma. Because you know, in this day and age, to commit to the dharma means to commit to others, which means to commit to yourself less in a negative way.  Those are heroes.  So instead of looking for perfect heroes where people have to be perfect, we look for people who are doing their best.  And when we look for people who are doing their best, that will be good enough.  Because you know, if we are going to be a judge and say that person has to be like that (to be) perfect for them to be my hero or my object of inspiration, then we have to look at ourselves.  What have we achieved, besides, if not even in dharma, what have we achieved? 

So therefore, what’s important is that we ourselves have to accept the dharma, practice the dharma, and I am not talking about empty words.  All the way, and how do we start, the same thing I have been griping on and talking about for 15 or 20 years now.  What is your worst quality?  Eliminate it.  Every birthday, one of your negative qualities, eliminate it.  I have a lot of negative qualities, I have eliminated some.  Prove that I, Tsem Rinpoche has eliminated some of our negative qualities.  Proof: Kechara house has grown, tremendously.  If I didn’t eliminate some of my negative qualities, a lot of people wouldn’t come to Kechara House.  And join.  And do. Because I’ll be a monsters.   Why join a monster?  So proof that I’ve eliminated some of my negative scary qualities is that Kechara House has grown. And if I eliminate more of my scary monster qualities that I have because I am in samsara, then Kechara House will grow even bigger.   That applies to me, that apply to everyone.  And if you yourself start eliminating some of the qualities that are not beneficial, then your own world will start to grow.  Your work will grow, your friendship will grow, the respect for you grow, the respect for yourself will grow.  And you know, ultimately we need respect for ourselves before we can expect respect from other people, we need to respect ourselves.  And do you know how respect for ourselves come.  Respect for ourselves come when we, deep in our hearts know, we work hard to eliminate this negative quality, and we are free of it.

Actually, to be free of negative quality is really to be free.  To hide behind negative qualities, to keep negative qualities, to defend, to protect, to justify negative qualities, you will never be free.  You may hide it from other people who don’t know what you are hiding and you think that’s freedom but it is not freedom.  Freedom is not hiding or avoiding what you know you should be doing and you are not.  Freedom is knowing that you have these bad qualities and you have these good qualities, and the bad qualities are eliminated at a very fast speed because you don’t have much time left.  And then when you know you worked hard to eliminate that certain bad quality that will not benefit yourself and others. Bad qualities are qualities that don’t benefit yourself and others, that don’t get you far. Then you will have self-confidence.  Then you will grow.  Then you will talk more, better, your head will stand up straight, learning and doing things will be easier and easier.  Why?  Because you earned it. 

Hiding, avoiding, justifying.  Hiding our bad qualities, justifying so that we don’t look bad our bad qualities, and covering our bad qualities will bring us a little bit of benefit, short term. Long term, no.  Do you know why? Because other people will destroy their bad qualities and move ahead and when you look at them, they started 5 years ago, they moved this far and you are still here.  And then 6 years later, they are here, you are here, and 7 years later, they are here, you are here. And then the gap between you and them become farther.  And when it becomes farther, you have to hide more, cover more, explain more.  Maybe you might even leave or run away or don’t want to talk anymore.  Because why?  The gap is too far.  Most people who leave, most people who run away, – not everybody – are people who don’t like that gap.  And the gap is too glaring.  The gap is too obvious.  Gap means the difference between you and your progress and other people’s progress.

So when the gap becomes very big, you think I should leave, I should go, I must go away.  I can’t do this anymore. Why?  Because you yourself are not looking at what you should do but you are looking at gap.  That gap feeds insecurity.  That gap, that space feeds anger.  That gap feeds negative thoughts.  That gap feeds everything in us that makes us unhappy.  We don’t want to go that direction.  So what we need to do is, whatever has happened to us, is our karma, if you really believe that, and you should now, you would let go of anger very quick.

Look, if you found out your car’s been stolen, because the gate was open and you are angry and you want to know why and who. And when you think back and someone says ‘hey you left the gate open’, you go ‘oh’, then your anger at other people goes away because you left the gate open.  Similarly in that same example if you want to lessen your anger, your insecurities and your fears, then you got to let go of the qualities in you that hurt yourself and others.  And as long as you keep that along with that good friend of yours which is insecurity, anger, bitterness, falling behind, fear,  those are your good friends for a long time but they are not real friends.  They are fair weather friends, they are friends only when things are good, they look good.  They are not real friends.

So therefore, if we want to really progress and benefiting others and we are here you know we are here, some of us are getting stipends, we are working in departments, you know we have given up careers or whatever outside and we are doing things inside, you are here, why don’t you just go all the way.  Why don’t you just go all the way! If you are here for 5 years, 10 years , 15 years,  20 years, 30 years, until my next incarnation, whatever amount of time you are here, wherever you are, wherever here is for you, dharma or not, go all the way!  Why do things half way?  Because whatever you do all the way, you take it with you, all the way.  So therefore, pujas means to clear.  Learning rituals, learning secret tantric hand gestures called mudras, using tantric instruments,  vajras and bells,  is only a very small part of the puja.   Mastering hand mudras, mastering the offerings, mastering the tormas, reading the text, ringing the bell at the right place is only 5% of the pujas, in my guesstimation.  It is important . 95% in the puja is what? Intent.  There are Lamas in Gaden who are very high.  Chia who has been with me for so long has met, like example, Gen Nyima Rinpoche, who is according to very many people is a bodhisattva.  Who has stayed in Yamantaka meditation most of his live and achieved oneness with Yamantaka.  And one day I went to his house and he lived right behind me in Gaden.  A few of my students had the fortune to meet this bodhisattva who has passed away and he said no incarnation, he said don’t look for me, no incarnation.  He told clearly to people.  Okay, now when I went to meet him, in his khamtsen I forgot what khamtsen he belongs to, Gowa Khamtsen. In his khamtsen in Gaden, they were having a Tara puja.  Tara puja, all of you know how to do Tara.  The whole khamtsen was there and they invited Gen Nyima to come and they set up a throne for him, and Gen Nyima wasn’t there and in his Ladrang there were very few students, not like the normal five six people, there were maybe one person there watching him, taking care of him, so I go over to Gen Nyima’s place almost every day to visit.

I bring him vegetables and I bring fruits, I bring a lot of offerings because I know he is Yamantaka so if I make offerings to him  everyday it is better than offering to a statue.  So I used to go all the time and he liked me very much, he, when he saw me, he smiled, and he went like that to me, he said sit here, so I sat on the floor, right below his feet, almost every day, listening to him, talking to him, and having conversations.  And he liked me because I joked and I played, and he loves jokes, and he is a little smitchy in his own little holy way.  You know he has little smitchy jokes. (Rinpoche whispers, ‘b*tchy’). Okay, but it doesn’t hurt anyone, it’s very funny.  He will say things and he will stop and make you think, that was kinda bitchy and funny, but he never accused anybody, no, no, he is a real bodhisattva, he is a real monk, don’t get me wrong.  And one day we were seated there, and I said ‘hey where are all your students?’  And Gen Nyima  said they went for puja, Tara puja. And I said I just joked, how come the Gekola let you stay home and you don’t have to go when everybody has to go? And he laughed because how dare the Geko tell him, you have to go for puja or you are out!  Because if you don’t attend pujas, you get a mark and if you get enough marks you have to go see the disciplinary to explain why you break the discipline.  So I joked with him, I mean he is like 60, 70 years old, he is an elite Lama, he is high, of course he is excepted from pujas, you know what I mean? Because I joked with him ‘how come you don’t have to go?’  And he said to me ‘how come you don’t have to go?’  And I said ‘because I am a Rinpoche!’ (Rinpoche laughs) He went like this, (Rinpoche snorted) he said what does that mean.  I said ‘how come you don’t have to go’. That’s how we joke.  Of course I did it with deep respect and he said ‘because I don’t know how to do pujas.’ and I said ‘oh please’.  I went like this, nicely, I said ‘oh please gen-la’, I said ‘Of course you know how to do pujas’.  He said ‘no, I don’t.’ It caught me off guard. One of the highest most elite Lamas of Gaden doesn’t know how to do a Tara puja.  I said ‘what pujas do you know?’  He said ‘I don’t know any pujas.  Even you guys know how to do Tara pujas, even Gim Li Rinpoche knows how to do Tara pujas.’ He said ‘I don’t know how to do any pujas’.  I said ‘Oh.’ I said ‘why not?’  He said ‘I am not interested in them.  I said ‘why not?’  He said ‘I came to the monastery not to learn pujas, I came to the monastery to learn emptiness and to go meditate so I can become a Buddha.’

I’m not here to do pujas for villages because if I become the Buddha, I can benefit the villages much more than the pujas.  And I was like, wow, that shut me up for a week.  So I said ‘what pujas do you do?’  He said ‘none.’ I said ‘what happens when you have obstacles?’  He said ‘when I have obstacles, I meditate on Yamantaka.’  I said ‘Oh.’  I said ‘what happens when people want to throw black magic at you?’  He said ‘I meditate on Yamantaka.’  I said ‘what happens when people come and they have problems and they ask you to clear the problems?’  He said ‘I meditate on Yamantaka.’  I said ‘then why doesn’t everybody meditate on Yamantaka?’  He said ‘exactly.’  (Rinpoche laughed) And I said ‘When people have like, sometimes they get dipped, you know like sometimes they get some spiritual energy to come into them and make them have fits. So what do you do?’ Because there’s a puja for that. There’s a special mantra that you eat, it’s a mantra written, blessed and you eat it and it’s call a diety sa, and it affects you, you eat this mantra and when you eat this mantra, you stop having fits.  I have seen it, it’s very powerful.  I said what, how.  He said ‘you know Yamantaka, he has 34 arms, one his arms is holding a Nadja, I don’t know what this is called in English.  One of Yamantaka’s hand is holding this, and I said ‘okay, so?’ and he said ‘this represents he can clear way obstacles for people, purify their bodies from interferences.’  So, when Yamantaka holds this one, it represents he clear obstacles, of that nature.  And so if you meditate and if you are an accomplished Yamantaka practitioner and you bless the person with the mantra, they will be free from interferences without any pujas or eating mantra.  And I was like, well, if I have to clear the obstacles, I have to do a lot of pujas because you know, I am not Yamantaka!.  Anyways, that’s what he said.  And you know, the way he said it wasn’t like, ah ah, I am Yamantaka and I just do that and they’re fine.  He was very humble, very straightforward. He just said it, point blank.  And I was like, not one ounce of ego or showing off.  And I am very sharp. None. And he said to me, every single item that Yamantaka holds in his hand represents a power you can accomplish through his meditation.

In Vajrayogini’s tantra, the 34 arms of Yamantaka, this side 18, this side 18. This 18 combines to Vajrayogini’s right hand, and this side 18 is combined to Vajrayogini’s left hand. So Vajrayogini’s two hands represent those 34, same. I was like, oh. He didn’t say that but I concluded that.  I said ‘oh.’  And then he said you know, Yamantaka’s one of his hands is like that, pointing down, holding nothing but the mudras is like that pointing down. I said yes. And he said ‘well if you do Yamantaka’s meditation and you do the mantra blow on the person, then any spirits who want to enter them or harm them, this mudra of Yamantaka avoids them from entering because this is a threatening mudra – don’t disturb my students.’  So I said what do you do?  He said ‘well I meditate on Yamantaka and then I blow the mantra on them and they will be fine.’  I said ‘no pujas?’ He said ‘no.’ I saw this with my own eyes.

Now, so I said you don’t go to any pujas, he said no.  You don’t know any pujas? He said no.  He said actually, ‘I don’t have any need for pujas’.  And I know what he meant. Because the way he said to me, it means he is an accomplished Yamantaka, through Yamantaka he can clear everyone.  Not necessary.  So I said when you do divinations, what do you do?  He said I meditate on Yamantaka.  I was like. Oh. Don’t you have to do black tea before you do divinations, offer some incense, purify the room, he said no.  He said the room is always purified because of Yamantaka.

And I realize that if you focus on your Yidam in that strong way, it’s the same for any Yidam.  If your Yidam is Tara, if your Yidam is Yamantaka, Vajrayogini, Heruka, Guhyasamaja, Kalachakra, it’s all the same and that’s how he accomplished it.  So I said Gen Nyima seriously, you don’t know any puja, not even Tara? Because Tara’s like really easy, I even learnt that in America.  He’s like, no.  And I was so inspired. I was just so inspired.   That when you accomplish your Yidam, means you and your Yidam have become one, and you become very powerful in your mediation, you don’t need any pujas.  And sometimes when the rains don’t come on time in the monasteries. The villagers, even the Indian villagers will come to the monastery office and ask them to do pujas, so the monastery sets 10 or 15 monks aside to do rain pujas and within a day you will see the rain comes.  Especially directed to nagas.  But when Gen Nyima was in the monastery, when the villagers come to the monastery and the monastery come to Gen Nyima and Gen Nyima goes outside and he blows out to the air.  And I ask him, what mantra did you blow out to the air?  And he said Yamantaka.  I went, oh.  I said which one, and he told me.  Because the Yamantaka has four mantras.  I said ‘oh. All you do is blow Yamantaka’s mantras in the air?’  And he said yes.  And then it rains, and I have seen it.  I have seen him, not once or twice, a few times, get assisted out and stand outside of his house on his verandah, blows mantra in the air, literally look at the air and blow it, and then within 15 to 20 minutes, it will start raining.   I have seen it with my own eyes because I live right behind him.  His house is literally from here to the corner of that altar, twice that distance, that’s it.  I see it clearly, in the light of day, I mean he doesn’t do it in the night.  And there are times when some seasons the rain is very heavy and then the crops will die.  So the villagers come, they go to the office of the monastery,  the office of the monastery representative will come with khatas and offerings, maybe two monks and they go ask Gen Nyima, then Gen Nyima will go outside, he will blow into the air, in the rain. It’s raining, within 30 minutes, the rain will completely stop. And I mean for days.  I’ve seen this with my own eyes.  That’s why when I talk about Vajrayogini or Yamantaka or anything, I know those tantras work.  But you see, for those to work, you have to prepare your groundwork now.  You have to be honest, do your work hard, don’t be sneaky, you need to let go of your ego, you need to do all that now so when you do Vajrayogini, you have results very fast. You don’t get rid of them when you get Vajrayogini, because by the time you get Vajrayogini, you won’t be able to get rid of them at all because it’s built up so strong already.  Get rid of it now.  Surrender now.  Surrender your ego, go all the way.

Now, for ordinary people like you and me, pujas are very effective because pujas comes from either Buddha himself or one of his great disciples like one of the great pandits like Nagarjuna, Chandragomin, Dharmakirti, one of these great masters, or someone like Atisha who made the wealth vase pujas.  The wealth vases in Tibet, they didn’t exist in India, Atisha made those.  Because in Tibet, getting things for dharma was very difficult, supplies, needs, sponsors, you know, materials, because Tibet was quite barren compared to lush India.  So Atisha when he came to Tibet, when he is building monastery, it is very difficult to get people and sponsors, and what they needed to build, so he invoked Tara’s blessings and he created wealth vases.  And what it contained inside, the mantras, the prayers, so you could have that wealth vase, it will bless the environment to attract like a magnet the things you need to make the dharma grow.  That was originally started by Atisha.  So a lot of pujas were created by highly enlightened masters, for example, even Pabongka Rinpoche came along with very powerful pujas.  The Yamantaka sadhanas is written by Pabongka.  Current. There were sadhanas of Yamantaka before but Pabongka condensed it and made it even more effective for today.

So there are many pujas written and some of the pujas are by the Lamas and from their own understanding of current pujas and they combined it make it better.  Some pujas are from visions.  Some high Lamas actually have visions.  Clear, authentic visions in which certain beings will teach them and they will write down the pujas and they were compiled, and it’s very effective.  Certain pujas were planted in the environment or in the minds or the area of the person so when the time is right that puja will appear.  Example, let’s say in Chia’s life, ten lifetimes ago, one Rinpoche planted a puja in his mind stream and he said  in 2011,  when you have this disaster, this problem, that puja will come to life.  So let’s say we have a disaster, a problem, and Chia’s here, he will remember the puja.  Maybe he made a prostration and he will remember, maybe he does his guru mantra he will remember.  Maybe he does a puja and he will remember and he goes, oh, then he will write that down immediately.  And that becomes a mind puja, something that was planted lifetimes ago.  That can happen also.  Rare for us, but not rare.  Anything is possible. 

So pujas are effective, mostly by intent. If our intent to do a puja is to show off, get money, get respect, then the pujas will be effective but not totally effective. If your motivation for doing the pujas is truly, as much as you can to benefit the recipient, that means, let’s say Gim Lee ask you to do puja for her health and you do it with an intention that yes, I will do medicine Buddha and I want Gim Lee to get well and I want her to have her obstacles removed and I want her to have her karma purified so she can do dharma and she can become an enlightened being to benefit others.  For these reasons, I will do the beautiful and powerful medicine Buddha.  And when you do the medicine Buddha puja for Gim Lee with that motivation, not only her obstacles, your obstacles for health will be cleared too.

Okay, you can do pujas for individuals, for you yourself. You can do pujas for an institution like Kechara, you can do pujas for business or organizations, you can do pujas for a group, you can do pujas for a country.  You can do pujas for a purpose, you can do pujas for a particular aspirations, you can do pujas before travelling, you can do pujas for safety, for protection, you can do pujas for attainments.  Example, tsok pujas are for attainments.  When we do a Lama Chopa, composed by the great Panchen Rinpoche, when we do the Lama Chopa tsok puja, la-tsok, it is for attainment.  What is a Lama Chopa tsok puja?  It is to support us in gaining a great amount of merits so whatever tantric practice we are doing will gain results.  So let’s say we are doing Yamantaka, let’s say we are doing Manjushri, let’s say we are doing black Manjushri, let’s say we are doing Tara, we are doing Vajrayogini,  we are doing Yamantaka, you see for those tantras, to get results, you need a lot of merits.  So every two weeks, you do a tsok puja.  In a tsok puja, everything is multiplied.  If you have ten things there, it is multiplied to a million. An example, so when you offer a million items, you gain the merits of a million so that you go back to meditate after the puja, you gain accomplishments.  Therefore, in between tsok, you should do your sadhanas, very well.  You must do your sadhanas very well.  So when you do your sadhanas very well, and you don’t miss your tsok and you do your tsok well, it collects tremendous amount of merit for you to gain enlightenment.   So tsok pujas have many purposes but primarily to gain merits for your tantric practice to bear fruits and results.  For your tantric practice to bear fruits and results, you must have very strong guru devotion, guru samaya, and to hold on to your words and honor and vows and samaya commitments.  So whatever vows you have taken during the tantra is very important.  So you hold your vows very strongly, you have very strong guru devotion and you do your sadhanas and practice.   That one, combined with tsok, will gain attainments, Put in a nutshell, it’s all connected.  So therefore, when we do pujas, in Kechara, I don’t want our people to be lopsided, half past six, or simply make up something and do.  

We have to have a true lineage.  We have to have a true source. So we are very fortune that my friend Gen Losang took time from his studies and his examinations to come and teach us.  And he is learning from authentic source and he is from my monastery, our monastery, ours, so we know the source is well.  How do we know if he is not doing the pujas on his own in his room, he is doing it in the monastery with thousands of other monks.  So whatever he is doing here is what the monks are doing every single day in Gaden. Think about it.  What you guys are doing here is exactly what the monks are doing, in Gaden.  How do we know that he is correct? Because he is doing with thousands of monks every day for the last 10, 15, 20 years. He can do it with his eyes closed. And he studies the pujas since he was very young.  Unlike me, when I was very young, I was in the disco dancing to Madonna in America.  So I don’t know a lot of pujas but it’s alright.  I aspire to be a Gen Nyima. Why I am aspired to be a Gen Nyima could be because I am lazy or could be I have a good intention, I leave that to you guys to think.

Now, so whatever he is teaching you here, I want you guys to remember, Kechara House and all my friends, it is exactly what thousands of monks are doing in Gaden.  How you pick up your vajra, and bell, how you ring your damaru, how you throw your rice, how you use your bumpa, your vase, is exactly how the holy monks and the high Lamas such as – Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Ganden Tripa, Sharpa Chuje, Jangtse Chuje, Khensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Khensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche – all these high Lamas, for their whole lives they benefit others with pujas right, is exactly what you are learning here, think about that.  So whatever Lati Rinpoche was doing during his life pujas for other people, whatever Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was doing, whatever Trijang Rinpoche was doing, is exactly what you are doing here.  You think about that.  So when Trijang Rinpoche was doing this, that’s what Genla’s teaching and that’s what you are doing.  When Trijang Rinpoche was doing this with his vajra bell, that’s what Genla is doing and that’s what you are learning from him.  So exactly the way Trijang Rinpoche is moving, you are moving.  I want you guys to have the impact of that in your mind. How fortunate you are.  And I want you to ask yourselves, what merit did you collect in your previous lives to sit in front of a Gaden Sangha to learn authentic pujas to benefit others.  What merit did you collect? I want you to think about that for a minute.  What did you do?  Remember I always say cause resembles results.  Results resemble cause.  So you must have done something in your previous lives to collect the merits to be right here. Look at you guys, what were you guys doing before the dharma?  Nothing wonderful, nothing bad, I mean you are just hanging around like a mosquito.  What do mosquitos do?  They sleep, they eat, they mate. That’s what you guys were doing.  You eat, you sleep and mate.  I mean you know you are not bad, but you pretty much like a mosquito, or any other sentient beings on this planet, just eat and sleep and die, and mate.

So what did you do? To be here, in a beautiful alter, with 108 Lama Tsongkhapas or 200 whatever, I have lost count.  In front of Tsongkhapa, with dharma friends, with the air cond, in a pleasant (inaudible 0:33:08) with a real monk from Gaden, learning real pujas stemming from Trijang Rinpoche and Pabongka Rinpooche. What did you do?  Are you going to throw this opportunity away by leaving this room and going back to your old poor me, justification, and insecurities? Or you can go all the way. And for the pujas to be really effective, doing pujas you are reciting holy prayers and mantras, and supplications and aspirations and words and meditations.  So when you leave this room are you going to use the same mouth to be mean to people?  To use your mouth to hurt people?  Because if you are, it’s like putting honey and milk and curd inside your mouth and putting dirt, and feces and pee in your mouth and mixing it in your mouth, and swallow that.  Same.  What did you do to be able to be in this room to learn this pujas that His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang,  Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, Khensur Jampa Yeshe, what did you do to sit here and learn these directly, and you know you don’t have to go to Gaden, you don’t have to spend any money, you don’t have to come out with anything , someone sponsored their ticket, someone sponsored this place, someone sponsored the air cond, you didn’t have to pay anything to learn.  You know monks like them spent 10, 15, 20 years in the monastery with their hair cut to learn all these things?  You don’t even have to become monks! How come you are so fortunate and lucky?  I rejoice for all of you from my heart.  I rejoice.  How fortunate for you are to be in Kechara to learn sacred pujas, sacred rites, sacred prayers, passed down by the masters of the past who we know are living Mahasiddhas.  And did you spend your whole life like Genla?  Studying, meditating, retreating, holding vows, being clean, being a monk?  Did you spend your whole life doing that? Or did you spend your whole life having a good time, enjoying yourselves, doing drugs, alcohol, whatever.  And then you are here, at the same level, at the same room, learning from a monk.

What did you do to deserve this? Obviously, something.  I want you guys to think about that, how fortunate you are.  That when it’s puja practice, run here, and have the best motivation, be alert, be very respectful.  And if I may recommend to all of you, at the end of the pujas when you finished learning, all of you from your own pockets should put a beautiful ang pow and offer to Genla.  Am I telling you to offer ang pow? Yes, I am, he is a monk.  Don’t offer him silly things, a little bell, a little clock, all these things he cannot carry.  Offer him ang pow to collect merit. You are very fortunate. What’s an ang pow?  It’s an expression of our appreciation. How much? What something was worth to you.

Now, when you learn these pujas, make sure you are dressed appropriately as usual because you are in the presence of monks.  You guys are dressed fine.  Act appropriately, sit appropriately,  don’t point your feet at the monks,  don’t talk loud in front of the monks,  don’t start pushing and joking and playing with the monks, they are monks.  This is a real monk, not a business monk, a real one.  Why should you do that?  Because he is way above you in one sense, yes, because he is very disciplined.  In another way, it is to show respect for the dharma, the sangha, the third jewel.  Learn the pujas very well.  Study it and practice it. And when you have the good fortune and luck to perform the pujas for others who ask you for your help, listen to this, by doing the pujas you help yourself, by doing the pujas you help the person requesting you, by doing the pujas you collect a great amount of merit for you to attain enlightenment, and before that, attainments.  By doing the pujas well, you also can help in getting donations to sustain our beautiful center.  

Most of you don’t have money to give to the center. And I am talking for everybody around the world.  Most of us don’t have a lot of money to give to the center but if we did we would definitely donate, I am sure you guys will definitely help. But you see, if you don’t have the money, you have the skill that can draw the donations.  So by doing these pujas well, it will draw donations to give to the center to sustain the center.  Are we doing pujas for money?  No.  But that’s a byproduct so we might as well face the fact it’s a byproduct so you can help Kechara that way.  And never just play, after pujas never just go out and just play and just pretend and just tell people to show off.  Always be humble about what pujas you know.  Don’t show off.  Don’t just do part of it here and there and play games and show people and talk like that.  Don’t bring down pujas to a low level. Because there will be less effect, for you.  Talk about it, Facebook it, tweet it, blog it, explain and share how fortunate you are. Not once, not twice.  Since you enter Kechara and for everybody in dharma centers, your life has completely changed for the better.

Today, you’re getting real knowledge.  You’re getting secret knowledge, do you know that people in the past, people in the past who have, like, people in the past in the early 30s or 40s or 50s will travel very far to go to Tibet in disguise to learn the secret of Tibetan pujas and tantras because they are effective.  And now we brought Shangri-la here, we brought Tibet here.  Think about it.  We don’t have the fortune right now to have a few Sanghas staying in Kechara constantly or consistently, not yet, but we can do half way, we can learn the pujas ourselves.  Be humble when you do the pujas.  Learn the pujas well, perfectly.  And if you miss something in the pujas, do it over.  Make sure that whatever people have (speak in Tibetan) whatever people ask you to do for their health, for their business whatever, make sure it’s genuine.  And when you make the offerings, make the offerings as beautiful, as extensive, as rich, rich means what, extensive as possible.  Rich doesn’t mean you need silver bowls, if you can put silver bowls, rich means if you use paper cups, use a bigger paper cups.  Never be stingy on pujas because they are offers to the Buddhas.  Pujas that have been offered to the three jewels, Buddha, dharma and sanghas, you may eat a little afterwards, as a blessing.  Pujas that have been offered to the local gods or nagas, you don’t eat. It’s very important to remember.  And before pujas, make sure the offerings are pure and wonderful, even preparing tormas you should be enthusiastic to learn and come and do, you know why, because the tormas are being offered to the three jewels.  According to Zong Rinpoche, the ingredients of the tormas correlate with certain attainments accomplished in tantra.  The ingredients of the tormas, along with the color and the shape, ingredients, color, and shape of the tormas correlate directly to certain attainments achieved in tantra.  So those attainments achieved in tantra, manifested in symbolic form is a tormas.  So when you are offering the tormas up to the Buddhas, you are offering back the symbolism of the attainments you wish to gain.  So therefore, Boddhicitta can manifest as a moon disc of a torma, or a white torma.  Purification of negative karma can manifest as a red color on a torma.  Meditation on the winds and channels to move your chi so you can gain control of your mind, so you can gain control of your death can be manifest on the white butter that is the line that is put on the edge of the torma. On certain tormas.

So therefore the attainments you gain in tantra correlates with the shape, color and ingredients of the torma.  So even making the torma, your mouth is covered, your hand is clean, and you do it well, and you do it perfectly.  You don’t do it with a slouchy, bored, let’s do it quickly done attitude because even making tormas is part of dharma practice.  That’s how extensive it is.  So Kyabje Zong Rinpoche says offering tormas is one of the, one of the root ways to gain attainments.  That’s how powerful it is.  So therefore the offering should be extensive, your tables big, your offerings should be big and full also.  Whatever you are taught as the primary offering, see these are the primary offerings , you can replicate it and duplicate it, that means you can do 20, 30, 40 butter lamps, your tormas can be bigger.  In the monastery I was very well known and famous for that and when I ask pujas tormas this big, I usually sponsor them to make tormas this big and that big.  They be ‘we know, we know, you want the tormas that big’  Ya, the monks always says that, they said ‘we know, we know’ because every time I call the monks to my room, I always call the monks to my room and say okay, I want this puja done, this puja, and this puja, because I am sponsoring.  And then they say, oh how many tormas, they’ll say this many, but I said make it triple. But they say this is enough but I say, not for me, and they go, okay.  So whenever we do tormas in the monastery, I know, I require the tormas, like this tormas is unacceptable to me.  But it’s fine, because by tantra you bless it to become very big but for me my mediation is not so good so I just have big tormas.  Saves me the work.  So I always make huge tormas, big ones, a lot of ingredients.  Sometimes I put the ingredients and the monks say, that’ll be enough, that’ll be enough, but I said no, no, just put it, just dump it in there, always.  I mean if you going to invite Tara, you going to invite Buddha, invite Vajrayogini over to have your torma, I mean it’s a party, it’s a little dinner party, you don’t what Vajrayogini and her 32 dakinis and Heruka and Yamantaka all come and say ‘that’s it?’ like, like who gets to eat first?  So I like to have a lot because I always have dinner parties for Buddhas. And my dinner parties always have a lot of offerings.  It sounds like that but that’s my imagination I want to implant.  And then the place where you have the tormas, the room should be very clean, the room should be very clean, you know why?  When you are inviting special guests over, aren’t you going to clean your house and make sure it’s clean, otherwise they say, oh, dirty bum, you lose face.  You should make sure the place is clean.  You should make sure whatever you put out is perfect, you should make sure everything is bountiful, full, because you are inviting very special guests to come.  That’s how I do it.  Okay, so, I want you guys to feel very fortunate that you are learning pujas here, from a real source, a genuine source, one.  Two, you are learning pujas as another expression of your compassion. You are learning pujas as another expression of your compassionate activity because this activity can benefit somebody in the future.  So it is an expression of your compassion.  What else could it be? Thirdly, all the conditions for you to learn are here, how fortunate are you? The monk is here, everything is paid for, there’s room, there’s knowledge, everything is comfortable, everything is brought to you, you don’t have to go to Tibet.  How fortunate you are.  So your job?  Good motivation, pay attention, learn it well, that’s your job.  So in Kechara house we are very different than other center, with deep respect to other centers, with deep respect.  We are very different than other centers because we have so many activities, we have so much to learn and what we are learning is authentic, it’s authentic.  You think about all that.  In the near future in Kechara House I will institute one to four persons to do Tara pujas every single day, dedicated to our organization.  So let’s say in Kechara house, we are going to do Setrap puja every single day, so whatever is necessary for Setrap puja, Kechara house will sponsor because the benefit will go to the whole organization.   So in the future, I am going to institute Tara pujas to be done in Kechara house every single day.  Do you know why?  Tara has a very, according to Zong Rinpoche, Tara has a very special energy that she is very quick to help success in dharma work so any dharma work we want to accomplish, the monks in Gaden, Sera, Drepung, Tashi Lhungpo, all these great institutions, (spoken in Tibetan) will invoke upon the gentle lady goddess, Tara. So for things to accomplish quickly and faster, especially dharma work, Tara is the Yidam.  Tara is the Yidam. She removes obstacles for the growth of dharma.  So I would like very much for Kechara house to do Tara pujas and a normal Tara puja, minimal is 4 people.  Correct? I would like to have Tara puja done every day and another puja I would like to do every single day eventually is Dukkar. Why? Dukkar is powerful for removing obstacles that are beyond our control, and protecting, beyond our control.  So I would like very much for Dukkar puja and Tara puja and Setrap to be done every single day from Kechara House to Kechara House and all members can come.  It will make the place even more powerful and blessed.  It does sound very exciting because we do that in the monastery, we do Tara pujas almost every day.  Before we debate we have to do Tara puja every single day and torma to Setrap every day.  Every day it’s done, hence the monasteries grow.  Imagine, let’s say that Gim Li does Tara every single day for all of Kechara house, she is our representative, she represents all of us and she is invoking Tara to bless all of Kechara House.  Very, very powerful.  So therefore, I was very excited that all of you are doing this.  I am very very happy and I rejoice from my heart that all of you are doing this and I want you guys to please master it, without any deficiency.  Be precise. You know why it’s precise?  Because somebody’s life might depend on these pujas in the future.  How much more worth is a person’s life?  It’s, it’s beyond price.  You can lose anything but your life.  Some people’s safety and protection and care and accomplishment and some people’s aspirations, if you do these pujas it will change and make it better for them, change their destiny and make it better for them.  That’s a beautiful responsibility, it’s not a heavy responsibility, it’s a beautiful responsibility.  So learn these pujas without any deficiency, meaning no mistakes, and learn it well because it is another expression of your compassion.  And this is what we do in Kechara, it’s the traditional pujas available.  These pujas are not usually done by lay people, probably never.  Okay, in Gaden at least.  So you guys are able to do this.  You are very fortunate.  Alright?  So I want you guys to make sure that Gen Losang is always comfortable, make offerings to him, make sure he eats well, make sure he’s comfortable, make sure you show yourself in such a way he wants to come back. Of course he won’t be affected by how you are because he operates from himself but it’s nice to create the causes for a monk to come back, isn’t it? Alright? And he’s not like me, he’s very traditional, he doesn’t joke much, he’s very serious, he’s very un-Tsem Rinpoche.  That might be good, that might be better, I don’t know, we all have our own styles, I just have to be, me! As I usually say, if you don’t like me, maybe it’s not my problem. Okay, whatever!

Now, before you start your pujas, training, have a good motivation.  May I learn this to invoke upon a certain deity, to remove the obstacles and problems of others so they may gain attainments, happiness and fulfillment.  And after you finish your pujas you should do the same motivation.  And learn these pujas very well, have a good attitude and be very cohesive with each other. If you are in the back fighting, being bitchy with each other, you come sit here and do your holy pujas, don’t match. Like I say, why put curd or yogurt in your mouth that’s sweet and then put poison on the other side and mix it.  Doesn’t make sense.  And if there is someone who is not nice and not kind, just let them be, just leave it.  Their karma comes back to them, what to do?

Okay?  So that’s very very important.  Any questions on what I spoke about?

(questions by the audience is inaudible)

I have answered this hundreds of times, hundreds and hundreds of times. For example, when you do solicitation to Lama Tsongkhapa in a guru yoga, isn’t there a part where you ask Lama Tsongkhapa to remain forever until the end of time, turn the wheel of dharma 84,000 times, or have you met Tsongkhapa yet?  Have you seen Tsongkhapa yet?  By soliciting Tsongkhapa it creates the karma for you to meet any qualified Lama to bring you onto the path. Okay, so, if you, if you are studying with the Lama, and that  Lama passes away, the merit that you collect with that Lama will transform or translate into you finding, after your guru is passed, another one exactly the same that will give you and continue in the future life.  The merit and the connection and the affinity never end because the purpose of you holding on to that Lama is not to meet him in every life, actually, the real purpose is to become a fully enlightened being, then he is in your heart all the time.  You understand?  So therefore if your Lama has passed away and there is no incarnation, so you think so how do I, how do I continue?  Well, Shakyamuni passed away, how do we continue?  Tsongkhapa passed away, how do we continue? You understand the logic behind that?  That’s how we continue.  Okay, relate that to everything.  So whether your Lama’s incarnation comes back or not, it doesn’t make any difference, on an ultimate sense.  It would be nice to have our Lama back, but you see, the whole purpose for having our Lama back is not to have our husbands back or our lover back, the whole purpose is to continue on practicing dharma.  So let’s say, that I didn’t get to meet Zong Rinpoche immediately, I didn’t get to meet Pabongka Rinpoche immediately but I met Pabongka Rinpoche’s elite student, Geshe Lobsang Tharchin who is the same as Pabongka Rinpoche.  It was like studying with Pabongka Rinpoche.  But when I saw Kensur Lobsang Tharchin’s picture for the first time, I just thought what a great Lama and that was it,  but when I saw Pabongka Rinpoche picture, I cried, I freaked out, my hair stood up, I just went (Rinpoche gasped) but I never got to meet the actual Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo. But when I met his student, I received the teachings, Vajrayogini, the practices, my vows, my refuge from Pabongka’s direct students and during the teachings, he would quote Pabongka all the time.  You understand my point?  So, what’s the difference?  When you do your prayers to Lama Tsongkhapa every day,  isn’t  there a part where you solicit him to remain until time ends, to turn the wheel of dharma 84,000 times, don’t you say that, in the Gaden Lhagyama Guru Yoga? Well, you have been saying that every day, either Lama Tsongkhapa is dead which he is, and he has no blessings which is not true or it creates the karma for you to get the teachings one way or another.  Does everybody understand that?  Let’s remember that forever.  Okay, questions?

Questions from Jamie Khoo ‘Rinpoche, actually I would like to work to translate all these to English, the effect might be less if we don’t do it in the original language?’

Rinpoche answers ‘Oh no, if that’s the case, then we should all do it in Sanskrit, all right? A lot of the pujas are in Sanskrit.  I mean, Atisha when he composed a prayer, he didn’t compose it in Tibetan, he compose it in his language, whatever that language was at that time.  Okay, so that means the Thai monks all have to recite in Sanskrit, the Japanese ones have to recite in Sanskrit, what about all of China?  What about Tzu Chi Foundation all that? They all have to recite in Sanskrit.  They recite in Chinese, Thai, Tibetan, Pali, then they are all ineffective?  Illogical!  So does it have to be in it’s the original language? Student Jamie answers, ‘No.’ Rinpoche continues ‘But the essence?’ Student Jamie answers, ‘Ya.  But I remember Rinpoche said…’ Rinpoche adds, ‘But the mantras will remain.’  Student Jamie continues ‘I remember Rinpoche saying that it is more auspicious if it were in Tibetan…’ Rinpoche clarifies ‘No it’s not more auspicious if we do in Tibet, it flows better. The staccato is there, like, Sang gye cho dang tsok kyi chok nam la, next line, jang chub bar du dag nyi kyab su chi, it’s just easier, the staccato, there is a format.  Whereas (in English) it’s like I take refuge the Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha, for all sentient beings until I become a fully enlightened being, you know it’s just sounds better, all right? That’s it, and it’s easier, it’s got a rhythm.   It’s very meditative.  Because once you start doing the puja in English, it’s fine, the power is there, it just sounds a little different.  And if you hear some dance Tibetan chants “I take refuge in the Buddha dharma and sangha and from now until Enlightenment, oh my god! “  I mean it’s nice for some people but there is a set way, it’s kind of nice.  It’s not wrong but it’s nice, you know what I mean?  So let me answer the question again, the Chinese chant all in Chinese the sutra to the western paradise but that originated from India, don’t you think they originally chanted in their own language?  So does that mean no Chinese Mahayanas has ever ascended to Amitabha paradise?  Cannot be.  So many have ascended to Amitabha paradise, by reciting in Chinese.  In fact the Chinese sounds very nice, the way they hit the bell, they hit the drum, tah, tah, tah, tah, tah, tah, tah, ting, and then they prostrate.  Actually when they do it well, it’s beautiful, it makes me cry. It’s very beautiful, it’s very very beautiful.  I went to real mahayanas temples in the past and I listen to them, chanting to Amitabha, and then when they chant very slow, oh, it’s beautiful.  It’s very beautiful.  That’s, to me, that’s very original.  I don’t know how to justify that but it’s very beautiful.  And Tibetans, and have you seen the Thai monks chant?  Oh, wow, when they start chanting and they pass down that cord to bless you, it’s like wrap me around twice, I love it!  Have you seen the Japanese monks chant?  Oh, beautiful! You know why?  Because I went to a Buddhist chant forum in America with Geshe-la, where we were in a huge hall and there were Buddhist traditions from all different countries and each one of us have to chant in our own styles and I was there listening to everybody, oh, it’s just so beautiful.  Which one beautiful?  I don’t, I really couldn’t say.  And the Vietnamese, oh so beautiful. To me, Tibetan is very comfortable but it was all fine to me.  Then to answer Paris’ question in another way, then which one in that room is a real chanter? Which one has the real blessing?  The debate can go on for days.  Okay, does everybody understand? And the Chinese in the Chinese sutras recite the mantra of Avalokitesvara, they do recite that, Namo Arya Avalokitesvara. They do it their way and the way Tibetan chanted they both actually wrong, they don’t sound like the original but because the intent is there, its closest possible, it’s fine.   Trust me, Avalokitesvara comes from India but he is not Indian.  He’s not Chinese, Kuan Yin is not Chinese.   Kuan Yin is not Tibetan, Kuan Yin is anything that suits your energy and manifestation of compassion.  So for Chinese, it’s a beautiful lady with a white robe holding a child because that’s what appeals to Chinese. For Tibetans, it’s Mahakala fierce, that’s Kuan Yin. But the energy’s the same.  Kuan Yin is not a race, it’s not define.  Kuan Yin will appear differently in every planet in different dimensions and places differently.  Kuan Yin can be you know ET go home!. I mean on different planets, Kuan Yin can appear looking like them, green little men.  So don’t define Kuan Yin’s energy in form, just like chanting, to only one way.  So if we don’t chant in its original form, will it have as much blessings, the scholar asks?  Yes it will. So is Tibetan language more superior in chanting than other language?  No, it’s not.  You do the best you can.  Because if I need to send you all to India to study Tibetan and come back, well, see you my next incarnation!  You can see Chia mastering Tibetan?  Actually, Chia likes the monastery.  If it was a different situation, Chia would be a monk in a monastery, hanging out. Probably, I am sure of it, he holds his vows very well, either by default or on purpose, I don’t know but anyway he holds his vows very well. Any other questions? Good.

Feel good about the pujas you are learning, remember they have a real source, it’s authentic and it really helps people.  I want to talk about the seven limbs that are related to the pujas but I am not going to talk about it today.  You guys take a rest.  Good.  Let’s master this so that Kechara House has another service to offer the public that will benefit them.  And it benefits us.  This is the best education you can get.  Alright?  Good.

(Dedication prayer)

Very good, very good.

 


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  1. Gim Lee on Aug 26, 2013 at 12:14 am

    These are the points I learn from this beautiful teachings by Rinpoche.

    For us to be able to help others, we ourselves have to accept Dharma and to practice Dharma all the way by eliminating our worst qualities.

    Our insecurities and fears were the covers for our negative qualities. We must work hard to eliminate our negative qualities, only then we can be free.

    For one’s advancement in dharma, especially for tantric practice to bear fruits and results, one must have strong guru devotion, hold samaya with guru and hold one’s vows and commitments well.
    Learning and performing puja is an expression of our compassion. For pujas to be effective, the intention is very important. When the intention is motivated by compassion to help others then the pujas will be effective.

    Highly attained lamas do not need to do pujas as their minds are one with Buddha or their Yidam. They can heal and even stop rains by just blowing mantras. Unlike them, ordinary people like us have to learn the pujas. It is especially important for us to learn from authentic source and we must learn to do it well.

    Pujas can be done for individual, institution, country, and for various purposes: safety, protection and attainment.

    By doing pujas, you’ll help the person requesting you and also yourself, you’ll collect great amount of merits, these merits are important for our attainments and ultimately for us to attain enlightenment.

    Having the skills to do pujas well, we can help to sustain the center with supports for our service while helping others removing their obstacles.

  2. abby f on Feb 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    We are lucky to have monks from monastery to teach us the authentic rituals, teachings and etc. Of course, this is because of Rinpoche, we got all these.

    What special about Kechara is that what we learn here is the same as Gaden monastery in India. The Gaden lineage spread and flourish here, because we have Rinpoche here with us. All of us in Malaysia must have some good merits to have a real monk, a Guru in Malaysia. So many people out there wishing and praying hard to have a Guru to stay with them so that they can learn from the Guru…

    In order to have more and more monks from the monastery to teach the authentic teachings, we have to create causes for them to come. We indirectly create the causes for Dharma to grow and flourish in this region too! Kechara Forest Retreat is going to be a place to learn and heal, not just a place to pray! We wish to have monks from monastery to come to KFR and teach, so that we can learn more. We definitely can learn a lot from them. 😀

  3. Joy on Jan 16, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for allowing us the opportunity to learn sacred rituals from our lineage Gaden Shartse Monastery that has been practised for 600 years, since Lama Tsongkhapa’s time and passed down from onegeneration to another generation. We are truly fortunate to learn it from an expert and a holy sangha Genla. We are so lucky here in Malaysia to be able to have this great luck or good merits to be able to meet with qualified masters like Rinpoche. It only make sense to me that our group must have done some Dharma together in our previous life and now we have the affinity to meet again. Definitely it cannot be just a random coincidence to be so fortunate!

  4. mima on Feb 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Intent and motivation are so important!

  5. mima on Feb 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very useful talk on eliminating some of our negative qualities!

  6. Klara Morakova on Jul 18, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Thank you…Ven Rinpoche:-) beautiful teaching,I have problem whit pujas:-)thank you!

  7. May Ong on Jul 8, 2011 at 8:59 am

    There is alot of truth when we work towards eliminating our negative qualities and bring about more positive qualities to freedom. It feels like a huge burden has been lifted off our own shoulders from the past. Then we are able to feel happier, lighter and work better with others and our family.

    We need to have courage to face our own insecurities and fears which we have accumulated over many years, recognise them and find a solution via dharma to clear them. I know it work. Dharma work very subtly, slowly but surely.

    This is a very good teaching. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  8. Steve Tobias on Jul 7, 2011 at 5:14 am

    This is an excellent and very helpful talk, thank you

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  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Aug 31. 2016 11:10 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche: You can hate me all you want. You can send vulgarities, accusations and call me a fake Tibetan and anything else you can think of but I will not give up my lineage, my practice, my guru and my my devotion to Dorje Shugden. My mind is firm. I harm no one and wish no one ill. I send love and prayers to everyone. We have the religious freedom to practice or not practice any religion we like. If another does not agree, it is their right, but they do not have to judge and criticize others who do not agree with them. I experienced so much hatred, backlash, loss of family and friends and my reputation has been pulled down just because I choose Dorje Shuden because of the ban against people who practice Him. But my mind is firm. For the rest of my life I will keep my promise to my guru and practice Dorje Shugden and bring Him to others as much as I can. I know I will be immensely popular if I give up Dorje Shugden and have a few pictures taken with the Tibetan leadership and my works will grow even more, but I have to be real and genuine to my conscience. I have made a promise to my root teacher to practice Dorje Shugden and no one and no temptation will make me change this. You see I am in dharma for dharma reasons and no others reasons. I practice Dorje Shugden for Dharma reasons and no others reasons so I must keep my promise to my teacher. Thank you. ~Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Aug 31. 2016 09:01 PM
    Very interesting findings. I believe aliens must have been in the earth and therefore the drawing and carving in the early days. I just find it amazing that the paintings are so similar to our description of aliens in movie. This is a strong evidence that there are other living beings other than earth.

    I’m sure this finding will give more leads to scientist to find out more about this mystery beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/10000-year-old-rock-paintings-depicting-aliens-and-ufos.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Aug 31. 2016 09:00 PM
    Very interesting findings. I believe aliens must have been in the earth and therefore the drawing and carving in the early days. I just find it amazing that the paintings are so similar to our description of aliens in movie. This is a strong evidence that there are other living beings other than earth.

    I’m sure this finding will give more leads to scientist to find out more about this mystery beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/10000-year-old-rock-paintings-depicting-aliens-and-ufos.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Aug 31. 2016 05:17 PM
    nsanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein. It logical to expect the same unhappy results when we continue to reinforce the negative thinking and actions. If certain things we are doing now is not making us happy, it make sense to try a different approach if we truly want to be happy. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/10-habits-of-chronically-unhappy-people.html
  • JASON
    Wednesday, Aug 31. 2016 01:44 AM
    This write up really make me gain more knowledge on Naga Realm.In Buddhism, compassion to every sentient beings(seen or unseen) is the key element for us to achieve higher attainment.

    Prayers or Puja to be done to appease Naga which we might offended them unintentionally.Besides that, the Puja also appease others beings also.

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this informative write up to benefit us.

    With folded hands
    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/apology-to-the-naga-realm.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Aug 30. 2016 09:43 PM
    It is not acceptable for threatening someone’s life just because of different belief. Religious freedom is basic human rights. No one should be discriminated and segregated because of different religious belief.

    I hope those who throw all the negative words and actions on Dorje Shugden practitioners to first find out the right source and origins of Dorje Shugden before jumping the gun and put all the blame to Rinpoche and even kill him for this.

    How can an enlightened dharma protector and emanation of Manjushri bring harm to the practitioners? Not acceptable.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/they-want-to-kill-me.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Aug 30. 2016 08:27 PM
    Kechara Sunday Dharma School (KSDS) is proud to announce our second activity of the year!

    This time, join us with your family and friends as we celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival, more commonly known as the Mooncake Festival, with a charity bazaar!

    There will be exciting programmes such as a lucky draw, salsa performances by Malaysia’s award winning professional Salsa Dancers, children’s latin, hip-hop and Chinese fan dances, a magic show, story-telling and of course, the lantern parade!

    Not only that, a selection of merchandise will be sold to raise funds for charity. Do look out for children’s shoes and apparel, food and beverages, homemade body care, mooncakes, knitting products, soft toys and many more.

    If you’re interested in joining us, please take note that only coupons are accepted for the exchange of goods throughout the event. Coupons will be available for sale on the evening itself. Please bring along recycled bags when you come as plastic bags will not be provided.

    Event Details
    Date: 3 September 2016 (Saturday)
    Time: 6pm – 10pm
    Venue: Kechara House SunwayMas Commercial Centre, Petaling Jaya
    Contact: 03-7803 3908

    http://www.kechara.com/kids-corner/events/come-to-join-our-mid-autumn-festival/
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Aug 30. 2016 02:45 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this sharing about 10 holy sites of China having the Buddha Shakyamuni’s sacred relic.

    From this post, 2 places stood out to me :
    1. Relics at Tian Tan Big Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
    2. Relics unearthed below the Leifeng Pagoda

    The 2 places as mentioned above become more famous because of many of the films and televisions’ producers especially from Hong Kong and China like to choose these 2 places as the shooting location. Therefore, the exposure for these 2 places are become more as compared to the others.

    Everyone is encouraged to follow the guidelines from this post to visit these holy places. Through the visit to make offerings and prayers to Buddha’s sacred relics, may everyone be blessed and protected by the Buddha and have the opportunity to plant the karmic seeds to learn and practice dharma in order to achieve the qualities as Buddha.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/holy-relic-sites-of-china-very-interesting.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Aug 30. 2016 12:28 PM
    随喜Mr Miles Kessler,因为他最终了解到灵修的目标并非追求外在的东西。之前,Mr Miles Kessler 一直以为他利用了这么长时间在合气道(武术之一)包括他自己的训练与教导学生,就是在填埋他的心灵上的那一块。但其实并不是这样。

    后来,当他遇到这位来自缅甸的禅修大师,Sayadaw U Pandita,启发了他并告诉他“当你的心灵上得到安全/保护,你是不需要利用武术来保护自己”。Mr Miles Kessler才了解原来灵修的目标并非追求外在的一切,就比如他喜欢的合气道。他明白如果继续执著于合气道(武术),将会阻止他领悟心灵上更深层次的价值。而这位禅修大师Sayadaw U Pandita,就是在帮助他纠正之前所产生错误的想法。Mr Miles Kessler认为这是一个艰苦的经历。但也因为这样却能改变他对合气道的执著心甚至改变他整个人生的方向。因为他选择放下“自我”也就是他一直引以为荣和认为合气道的重要性,然后选择了拥有2,500 年之久的佛学智慧与真理。

    感谢仁波切分享这篇激励性的博文。我个人非常喜欢这篇博文,希望会有更多人可以从这篇博文里的得到一些启发。

    阅读全文:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/sometimes-what-i-am-is-not-me.html
  • sonny tan
    Tuesday, Aug 30. 2016 11:19 AM
    sonny tan on Aug 30, 2016 at 11:18 am
    I have finally set my eyes on the ever alluring Mother Tara on August 27th, this inner feelings of meeting Mother Tara for the first time at Kechara Forest Retreat was something magical hard to describe in words. The feeling is like floating in the midst of a realm where time stood still, her gentle sweet smile, her majestic face radiates a sense of peacefulness that soften and energies every cell in my body. The lush green surrounding, cascading water fountain mingling with birds chirping away, the gentle hill breeze soothes my being and elevates one to a timeless long forgotten era of peace.
    O, Mother Tara I prostrate with folded hands in front of my heart wishing that you would continually bless all at Kechara Forest Retreat and all who have the affinity to meet you and be blessed by your compassionate and loving care.
  • Jason
    Tuesday, Aug 30. 2016 02:45 AM
    People always said dog is the best friend of human beings. It was a heartbreaking story. My eyes getting red after read the letter. How can a person who did hand fed to raised up the doggie but finally become a person who throws doggie intothe dumpster.

    Suffering of animals can’t be voice out by them.Why people keep causing animals in suffering?Social media jobs must be done to create public awareness regarding animal abandon.

    We must respect all sentient beings and create a harmony and peaceful living environment.

    Thanks My Guru Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for sharing. I will keep sharing on compassion to animals.

    With folded hands

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/why-dont-you-love-me-anymore.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Aug 29. 2016 11:05 PM
    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this story and present it in an interesting comic.

    From this story I have learnt to:

    1) Respect all living beings be it alive or dead. Do not abuse or torture them.

    2) Protector mantra is very powerful and have full trust it the practise. It will clear our obstacles and interference of evil spirits.

    We are so fortunate to be able to learn the practise of Setrap from Rinpoche in Kechara. Thank you Rinpoche for your continuous teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-11.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Aug 29. 2016 10:35 PM
    “Some people want a guru in a feel good factor. Meaning they do prayers, learn a little dharma, volunteer as and when they make themselves free. But the minute the Guru points out to them according to the dharma attitudes that should be transformed to create less problems for themselves and those around them, they run. Or protest not to judge them. Some really join a Guru to learn the dharma and transform. If you see a therapist and only listen to what you should do to improve your situation and never apply it, you’ve wasted your money for the sessions. Similar to this example, mindless surrender to the Guru is not what your after, but surrendering the ego/wrong pride to see a perhaps better way is the point of learning dharma with a Guru. Being open and applying a new way of thinking and acting can surprise you to work much better. That is the purpose of Buddha’s teachings from a Guru.” ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
  • sonny tan
    Monday, Aug 29. 2016 12:57 PM
    sonny tan on Aug 29, 2016 at 12:56 pm
    Thank you Rinpoche and Mr. Kessler for sharing this very inspiring event that made Mr. Kessler rethink and reevaluate his life’s destination. His notion that Aikido is spiritual was probably a misconception that was imparted to him wrongfully.
    He was torn between his wants in life and his spiritual yearnings and when Sayadaw Pandita said ‘No’ to him was actually helping him to realize his wrong concept between spirituality and martial arts. It is just like a soft slap on his face pretty much telling him ‘ hey wake up to reality’ Sayadaw saw through his inflated ego and wanted to help him diminish it, in addition Sayadaw could see that Mr.Kessler was carrying unnecessary baggage and was trying to help him offload it. He knew Mr. Kessler has purity in his heart and on that basis accepted him back later on to the meditation center.
    Enlightened gurus, masters, lamas has the abilities to see through pretty much all our faults, strength, weaknesses and characters and therefore would probably let us go through tough assignments to bring up our strengths, running us down to ground levels to deflate our egos. When once these are minimized then perhaps the actual teachings would gradually start and finally help and guide us to realize the true nature of self.

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    Monday, Aug 29. 2016 10:36 AM
    Ole is HHEaltHY but as sutra ref given to500K.ppl ~~~& sex with over500own students-girls its? http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/charlie-sheen-could-sued-700-6877314 inner karmapa’ in oposite to outter dalaiLA.MMA.$’/”debts”? http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lama- ole-nydahl.html #great.this comentary i not postUNDERstand!?all is http://www.buddhanet.net/cbp1_f6.htm Ole Nydahl & Tenzin Gyatso POPULARITY is UNShaken,no matter what (great lamas=great suffeRING?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul43787wSF8 (__above the law(OFFkarma?)__VIP.S’shadows ar not funny:( &sad when impact so many.., unaware abt true +/- _|of course HHDL&YogiNYDAHL have many many good qualitys too, but HH TRIJANG much less popular than TR it’s sth what will change
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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
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I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
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This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
Kechara\'s kindly Pastor Shin is in Mumu\'s room doing long life Amitayus retreat and blessings for Mumu, Dharma and Oser (my three doggies) right now. I am very grateful for this. She will complete 10,000 mantras in three days mini retreat to increase their lives, plant positive imprints in their mindstream, bless their health and collect merit indirectly for their future lives to practice dharma..... Tsem Rinpoche August 28, 2016.
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Kechara's kindly Pastor Shin is in Mumu's room doing long life Amitayus retreat and blessings for Mumu, Dharma and Oser (my three doggies) right now. I am very grateful for this. She will complete 10,000 mantras in three days mini retreat to increase their lives, plant positive imprints in their mindstream, bless their health and collect merit indirectly for their future lives to practice dharma..... Tsem Rinpoche August 28, 2016.
You must read this. Wait till you are in a quiet place and not out on the streets or some cafe, but in your rooms and read this twice at least..it is so powerful. I just found it. 


Enjoy it and understand it well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107335
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You must read this. Wait till you are in a quiet place and not out on the streets or some cafe, but in your rooms and read this twice at least..it is so powerful. I just found it. Enjoy it and understand it well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107335
This is a short and powerful blog post..be ready to have your heart broken. But you should still read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107363
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This is a short and powerful blog post..be ready to have your heart broken. But you should still read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107363
100 holy and beautiful Tsongkapas arrived today!
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100 holy and beautiful Tsongkapas arrived today!
(Tsem Rinpoche\'s doggy) hehehe...Mumu\'s face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you\'re looking into a human\'s eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
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(Tsem Rinpoche's doggy) hehehe...Mumu's face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you're looking into a human's eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our \'pleasures\'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it\'s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
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The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our 'pleasures'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it's too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear Rinpoche,  I\'ve made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry.  Thank you,  Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It\'s a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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Dear Rinpoche, I've made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry. Thank you, Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It's a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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Keep it up!
2 weeks ago
Keep it up!
Karen does a nice sharing
2 weeks ago
Karen does a nice sharing
Something nice from Wan San
2 weeks ago
Something nice from Wan San
The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
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The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” 
― César Chávez
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“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” ― César Chávez
Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
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Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
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An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
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This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
 The three most important statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, the Founder of Buddhism. The 1st photo is the Buddha aged 8, the 2nd photo is the Buddha aged 12 and the 3rd photo is the Buddha age 35. These three statues of Buddha Shakyamuni are believed to have been created 2,500 years ago and have the blessings of Buddha Shakyamuni. Two of the statues are in Tibet and one is in India. The statue of Buddha aged 8 is in the Ramoche Temple, the statue of Buddha aged 12 is in the Jhokang Temple and statue of Buddha aged 35 is in India at Bodhgaya.
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The three most important statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, the Founder of Buddhism. The 1st photo is the Buddha aged 8, the 2nd photo is the Buddha aged 12 and the 3rd photo is the Buddha age 35. These three statues of Buddha Shakyamuni are believed to have been created 2,500 years ago and have the blessings of Buddha Shakyamuni. Two of the statues are in Tibet and one is in India. The statue of Buddha aged 8 is in the Ramoche Temple, the statue of Buddha aged 12 is in the Jhokang Temple and statue of Buddha aged 35 is in India at Bodhgaya.
This gorgeous area is in Kongpo Tibet. Notice the village nestled among the purple trees. Such a beautiful place to live with a blue lake and clear mountains.
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This gorgeous area is in Kongpo Tibet. Notice the village nestled among the purple trees. Such a beautiful place to live with a blue lake and clear mountains.
Beautiful Gaden monastery built by Lord Tsongkapa over 600 years ago has produced countless powerful mahasiddhas, teachers, practitioners and masters in Tibet.
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Beautiful Gaden monastery built by Lord Tsongkapa over 600 years ago has produced countless powerful mahasiddhas, teachers, practitioners and masters in Tibet.
This stairway nestled among green hills is Sanku Vajra Yogini temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the five sacred shrines and temples dedicated to Her. In this temple a lady who was an emanation of Vajra Yogini showed many miracles and when she passed they made a likeness of her body and enshrined it here. So we can worship Vajra Yogini in the form of this lady at this sacred temple in Sanku. I visited here with many of my dharma friends years ago to pay homage to this sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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This stairway nestled among green hills is Sanku Vajra Yogini temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the five sacred shrines and temples dedicated to Her. In this temple a lady who was an emanation of Vajra Yogini showed many miracles and when she passed they made a likeness of her body and enshrined it here. So we can worship Vajra Yogini in the form of this lady at this sacred temple in Sanku. I visited here with many of my dharma friends years ago to pay homage to this sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
They are digging up so much more ancient and beautiful Buddhist arts, statues/artifacts in Afghanistan. They have been buried for hundreds of years...Look at this recent find of a BEAUTIFUL Buddha head dug up in Hadda Afghanistan. Afghanistan of course was Buddhist in ancient times.
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They are digging up so much more ancient and beautiful Buddhist arts, statues/artifacts in Afghanistan. They have been buried for hundreds of years...Look at this recent find of a BEAUTIFUL Buddha head dug up in Hadda Afghanistan. Afghanistan of course was Buddhist in ancient times.
Dharma and sangha friends from the Monastery
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Dharma and sangha friends from the Monastery
Absolutely beautiful lake. I like the clearness of the water and vegetation very much
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Absolutely beautiful lake. I like the clearness of the water and vegetation very much
Something I just thought of....
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Something I just thought of....
Such a beautiful scene of a Japanese man made lake. Wish to do something like this so much.
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Such a beautiful scene of a Japanese man made lake. Wish to do something like this so much.
Did you know this about Vincent van Gogh?
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Did you know this about Vincent van Gogh?
AN ALTERNATIVE FARM FAMILY PORTRAIT SHOWS A HIGHER LOVE...this chicken mamma has adopted a puppy...and her biological child wonders why her new sibling looks so strange...and wants to get some love and some warmth, too...but this mother is not a speciesist...she loves all children of all species, equally...and this puppy is so big, he is getting all the warmth...wait your turn, chickie, she has lots to spare...LOVE MULTIPLIES AS YOU GIVE IT OUT, LOVE ALL BEINGS....Animal Freedom Fighter--Chickens have this type of capacity to care and love. They are sensitive beings...We should never harm or eat them.
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AN ALTERNATIVE FARM FAMILY PORTRAIT SHOWS A HIGHER LOVE...this chicken mamma has adopted a puppy...and her biological child wonders why her new sibling looks so strange...and wants to get some love and some warmth, too...but this mother is not a speciesist...she loves all children of all species, equally...and this puppy is so big, he is getting all the warmth...wait your turn, chickie, she has lots to spare...LOVE MULTIPLIES AS YOU GIVE IT OUT, LOVE ALL BEINGS....Animal Freedom Fighter--Chickens have this type of capacity to care and love. They are sensitive beings...We should never harm or eat them.
In Thailand, they also make large images of their holy gurus and or well known holy monks for people to honor, worship and make offerings to. We do the same in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
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In Thailand, they also make large images of their holy gurus and or well known holy monks for people to honor, worship and make offerings to. We do the same in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
This picture says it all. I wonder always why constructed items these days wear out so fast.
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This picture says it all. I wonder always why constructed items these days wear out so fast.
This is a beautiful portrait
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This is a beautiful portrait
Sacred art work on Vajra Yogini
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Sacred art work on Vajra Yogini
Never forget to do our Vajra Yogini practice. We can lose our money, we can lose our friends, we can lose our position, we can lose our family, we can lose our wife, we can lose our husband and we can lose our materialistic possession because in the end we will lose all outer objects anyway, but NEVER lose our Vajra Yogini practice. Everything lost is meant to be lost because we are in samsara and whatever we enjoy in samsara will not last and will be lost. It is their nature. Never waste time, energy and keep procrastinating, but do our Vajra Yogini practice intensely and strongly and be firm. Samsara never grants permanence and happiness, but Vajra Yogini\'s practice will hand the universe and all the joys within it to you.-Tsem Rinpoche
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Never forget to do our Vajra Yogini practice. We can lose our money, we can lose our friends, we can lose our position, we can lose our family, we can lose our wife, we can lose our husband and we can lose our materialistic possession because in the end we will lose all outer objects anyway, but NEVER lose our Vajra Yogini practice. Everything lost is meant to be lost because we are in samsara and whatever we enjoy in samsara will not last and will be lost. It is their nature. Never waste time, energy and keep procrastinating, but do our Vajra Yogini practice intensely and strongly and be firm. Samsara never grants permanence and happiness, but Vajra Yogini's practice will hand the universe and all the joys within it to you.-Tsem Rinpoche

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Nice friends who help each other in Dharma works.
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Nice friends who help each other in Dharma works.
Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQF6_6BD6s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-jCJQWMMs&t=0s
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Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQF6_6BD6s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-jCJQWMMs&t=0s
Beautiful image of Avalokitesvara who has spoken before. Housed in Ladakh
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Beautiful image of Avalokitesvara who has spoken before. Housed in Ladakh
Our Panglung Kuten taking trance of Dorje Shugden in Tibet where he is greatly sought after
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Our Panglung Kuten taking trance of Dorje Shugden in Tibet where he is greatly sought after
Beautiful painting of Atisha
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Beautiful painting of Atisha
Beautiful Tara has arrived in Kechara Forest Retreat. See many more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=105289
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Beautiful Tara has arrived in Kechara Forest Retreat. See many more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=105289
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  • Dog Abandoned - Why Don't You Love Me Anymore?
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    Dog Abandoned - Why Don't You Love Me Anymore?
    Dear friends around the world, I have come across so many stories of suffering, pain and abandonment but sometimes one stands out stronger than the rest. What happened to this little boy doggie is heartbreaking. I am re-posting here to create awareness and to bring attention to the heroes that help animals and create awareness to their suffering. The purpose of creating awareness is to let people know how much suffering animals go through and to not contribute towards this. To help lessen the suffering. Giving pain to any animal never brings good luck or happiness to anyone. Never harm animals and never eat them. Tsem Rinpoche Article link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/why-dont-you-love-me-anymore.html *********************************** Dear mom and dad. They found me inside the dumpster you toss me in around 8 in the night. I was crying for u begging for u to come take me back. What have I done wrong. I feel pain all over my body. My joints ached, the hole in my buttocks hurt, I cannot see my behind. I try to get up but I can’t. I cry and cry until a man who was dumping his garbage heard me. He got the shock of his life finding me in the pile of rubbish. It was wet and smelly here. The worms are eating me inside out. Again I keep thinking, what have I done wrong. The vet said my condition is pretty bad. My old body won’t be able to handle it for long. I was full of lice, fleas and ticks. I had blood parasite too. My white blood count is too high. I am an old boy, in pain and suffering. After lengthy tests, they finally decide to let me go. I understand. I am not angry. I am just sad you are not with me. They gave me a nice meal, my last supper. It reminds me of you when I was young. You used to love me and handfed me when I was a baby. People cry around me. They held my hand as I closed my eyes. And then I finally let go and my heart beat the last. Dear mom and dad. I am now in heaven. For whatever I did wrong to you, I hope you won’t do to another dog what you did to me. I will always love you. Until we meet again. Remarks: Many thanks to Century Animal Medical Centre (Putatan) Dr Adit and Frankie for your help, for the love to animals you waited for us to help him even you were was closing. Thank you again for your compassion towards the less fortunate animals and rest in peace doggy.
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    It's Tibetan Language Video
  • Please see what this young boy says about grass.
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    Please see what this young boy says about grass.
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    Benji's touching story
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    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche giving Dharma teaching 2
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    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
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    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
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    Taking Trance
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    See what humans can do
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    Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
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    Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
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    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    9 months ago
    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
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    11 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche

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