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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8 Responses to Learning Pujas from Gen-la

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

    This is an excellent and very helpful talk, thank you

  2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

    Intent and motivation are so important!

  6. 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!

  7. 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. :D

  8. 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.

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  • vincent tan
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 12:18 AM)
    Today I purpose to live My life will shine
    As the morning sings
    I walk in liberty
    Bound in true dreams
    Manifested promises
    Chase my forward motion
    A covered path before me
    The fruits of my hoping
    The fruits of my living Today I purpose to love My love will speak
    With the sound of grace
    Merciful within mercy
    The works of my faith
    Smiles of overflowing
    Inspire my giving
    Abundance of joy as rain
    The fruits of my living michael john faciane
  • vincent tan
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 12:11 AM)
    May I be protector for those without one,
    A guide for all travellers on the way;
    May I be a bridge, a boat and a ship
    For all who wish to cross (the water). May I be an island for those who seek one
    And a lamp for those desiring light,
    May I be a bed for all who wish to rest
    And a slave for all who want a slave. May I be a wishing jewel, a magic vase,
    Powerful mantras and great medicine,
    May I become a wish‐fulfilling tree
    And a cow of plenty for the world. Just like space
    And the great elements such as earth,
    May I always support the life
    Of all the boundless creatures. And until they pass away from pain
    May I also be the source of life
    For all the realms of varied beings
    That reach unto the ends of space. a guide to the bodhisattva’s way of life – shantideva
  • Sameer
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 01:05 PM)
    Hi I’m Sameer Online SEO Consultant . Do you want to see your website in Top 10 position in Google or other major search engine? Do you want more targeted visitors on your website? If yes, please let us know your domain and keywords name which you want to optimize so that we could analyze the keywords, level of competition and could supply you with our best price to optimize the website . Also, Please let me know the competitors URL for better understanding of the level of competition . Most firms overseas have achieved a significant amount of savings by outsourcing either complete or part of their SEO Work to us in India. All our work remains in the background and the end client never knows that the work has been outsourced resulting in both savings and brand value for you and your company. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful business relationship with you and your company. Thanks & Regard Sameer Online seo Consultant P.S: this is our marketing stratergy that we use the Gmail Account . Once you reply us back , the next communication I will do is from my corporate email id. Note:We are not spammers and are against spamming of any kind. If you are not interested then you can reply with a simple \\”NO\\”,We will never contact you again
  • Sameer
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 01:04 PM)
    Hi I’m Sameer Online SEO Consultant . Do you want to see your website in Top 10 position in Google or other major search engine? Do you want more targeted visitors on your website? If yes, please let us know your domain and keywords name which you want to optimize so that we could analyze the keywords, level of competition and could supply you with our best price to optimize the website . Also, Please let me know the competitors URL for better understanding of the level of competition . Most firms overseas have achieved a significant amount of savings by outsourcing either complete or part of their SEO Work to us in India. All our work remains in the background and the end client never knows that the work has been outsourced resulting in both savings and brand value for you and your company. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful business relationship with you and your company. Thanks & Regard Sameer Online seo Consultant P.S: this is our marketing stratergy that we use the Gmail Account . Once you reply us back , the next communication I will do is from my corporate email id. Note:We are not spammers and are against spamming of any kind. If you are not interested then you can reply with a simple \\”NO\\”,We will never contact you again
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 12:31 AM)
    Eight Verses of Training The Mind (By Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa 1054 – 1123) With the determination to accomplish
    The highest welfare for all sentient beings
    Who surpass even a wish-granting jewel
    I will learn to hold them supremely dear. Whenever I associate with others I will learn
    To think of myself as the lowest among all
    And respectfully hold others to be supreme
    From the very depths of my heart In all actions I will learn to search into my mind
    And as soon as an afflictive emotion arises
    Endangering myself and others
    I will firmly face and avert it. I will learn to cherish all beings of bad nature
    And those pressed by strong sins and sufferings
    As if I had found a precious
    Treasure very difficult to find When others out of jealousy treat me badly
    With abuse, slander, and so on,
    May I suffer the defeat
    And offer the victory to them When one whom I have benefited with great hope
    Unreasonably hurts me very badly,
    I will learn to view that person
    As an excellent spiritual guide. In short, I will learn to offer to everyone without exception
    All help and happiness directly and indirectly
    And respectfully take upon myself
    All harm and suffering of my mothers. I will learn to keep all these practices
    Undefiled by the stains of the eight worldly conceptions
    And by the understanding of all phenomena as like illusions
    Be released from the bondage of attachment.
    [no sender]
  • vincent tan
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 11:08 PM)
    Let the rain come and wash away
    the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds
    held and nurtured over generations.
    Let the rain wash away the memory
    of the hurt, the neglect.
    Then let the sun come out and
    fill the sky with rainbows.
    Let the warmth of the sun heal us
    wherever we are broken.
    Let it burn away the fog so that
    we can see each other clearly.
    So that we can see beyond labels,
    beyond accents, gender or skin color.
    Let the warmth and brightness
    of the sun melt our selfishness.
    So that we can share the joys and
    feel the sorrows of our neighbors.
    And let the light of the sun
    be so strong that we will see all
    people as our neighbors.
    Let the earth, nourished by rain,
    bring forth flowers
    to surround us with beauty.
    And let the mountains teach our hearts
    to reach upward to heaven. Amen. a prayer for the world – rabbi harold kushner
  • vincent tan
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 06:27 PM)
    Great God, who has told us
    “Vengeance is mine,”
    save us from ourselves,
    save us from the vengeance in our hearts
    and the acid in our souls. Save us from our desire to hurt as we have been hurt,
    to punish as we have been punished,
    to terrorize as we have been terrorized. Give us the strength it takes
    to listen rather than to judge,
    to trust rather than to fear,
    to try again and again
    to make peace even when peace eludes us. We ask, O God, for the grace
    to be our best selves.
    We ask for the vision
    to be builders of the human community
    rather than its destroyers.
    We ask for the humility as a people
    to understand the fears and hopes of other peoples. We ask for the love it takes
    to bequeath to the children of the world to come
    more than the failures of our own making.
    We ask for the heart it takes
    to care for all the peoples
    of Afghanistan and Iraq, of Palestine and Israel
    as well as for ourselves. Give us the depth of soul, O God,
    to constrain our might,
    to resist the temptations of power
    to refuse to attack the attackable,
    to understand
    that vengeance begets violence,
    and to bring peace–not war–wherever we go. For You, O God, have been merciful to us.
    For You, O God, have been patient with us.
    For You, O God, have been gracious to us. And so may we be merciful
    and patient
    and gracious
    and trusting
    with these others whom you also love. This we ask through Jesus,
    the one without vengeance in his heart.
    This we ask forever and ever. Amen prayer for world peace – sister joan chittister – benedictine sisters of erie
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 09:08 AM)
    For vincent tan – Yonten Shigyurma – The Foundation of All Realisations Well-realising that the root of the path,
    the foundation for every realisation,
    is to properly rely on my kind Guru,
    bless me to do so with great effort and devotion. Knowing that this life of freedom, found but once,
    is difficult to gain and greatly meaningful
    bless me to develop the continual wish
    all day and night to take its essence. Mindful of death, this life disintegrates
    as swiftly as a bubble in turbulent water
    and after death my good and bad
    karma follows me like my shadow. Having gained firm certainty of this,
    bless me to be ever conscientious
    to abandon even the slightest harm
    and practice every possible virtue. Enjoying deceptive samsaric pleasure
    brings no contentment and is the door to all suffering.
    aware of its drawbacks, bless me to develop
    a strong wish for the bliss of liberation. With mindfulness, introspection, and great care
    induced by that pure aspiration
    bless me to make my essential practice
    the Pratimoksha, root of Buddha’s teachings. Just as I’ve fallen in this sea of suffering
    so have all beings, my kind mothers;
    seeing this, bless me to train in Bodhicitta,
    taking up the burden of liberating them. And yet, just wishing this, without practicing
    the three ethics, Enlightenment cannot be attained.
    knowing this well, please bless me to intensively
    strive to train in the Bodhisattva vows. Properly analysing the correct object
    and pacifying distraction to mistaken objects
    bless me to swiftly realise the path
    which unifies quiescence and special insight. When I’m a pure vessel, trained in common paths,
    bless me to enter with perfect ease
    the sacred gateway of fortunate ones,
    the supreme of vehicles, Vajrayana. Then, foundation for the two attainments
    is keeping the pure vows and commitments.
    having found unfeigned conviction in this
    bless me to guard them with my life. Having precisely understood the essentials
    of the two stages, heart of the tantras,
    bless me to strive without break in four sessions
    to practice Yoga as taught by holy Masters. May the spiritual guides who reveal this excellent path
    and the friends who practice it all live long.
    Please grant blessings that outer and inner
    hindrances all be fully pacified. In all lives may I never be parted
    from perfect Masters and enjoy the glory of Dharma.
    Perfecting realisations of the paths and stages,
    may I swiftly gain the state of Vajradhara. this is the Prayer of the Great Saint Great Buddha Lama Tsongkhapa!
    [no sender]
  • vincent tan
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 01:49 AM)
    Those are the words of the Living Christ
  • vincent tan
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 01:49 AM)
    I am always with you,
    even when you are not able to feel me in your heart.
    I love you always,
    I surround you with my protecting love,
    even when you occasionally forget me.
    I listen to your problems,
    if you are sincere and receptive, I give you solutions.
    I hear your prayers and answer those which are in the best interest
    of everyone in your life including, but not limited to, you. I am the light and the thoughts in your mind,
    I am the sight in your eyes,
    I am the life in your body,
    I am the feelings you feel in your heart.
    I am always at work in your life for your greater good,
    although you may not always believe this;
    hopefully, your faith in me will grow constant.
    you must realize:
    “my will is whatever is happening in the present moment”.
    within this moment you must think and act
    with integrity, humility and courage,
    you must trust in me,
    and surrender your will to mine through acceptance.
    if you continue to demonstrate acceptance,
    integrity, humility, courage and trust,
    you will discover the secret of opening your heart to my love.
    the greater your faith in me
    the more I am able fill your heart with my love. it is I, who grants you the serenity to accept
    the things you cannot change,
    the courage to change the things you can
    and the wisdom to know the difference.
    eventually you will realize the samplings of love
    I bestow on you through others
    are purposefully designed to draw you closer to me.
    it is only I, who loves you unconditionally,
    I am an ever-flowing fountain of love, peace and joy,
    I will never disappoint you; I will always be with you.
    I mete out to you the exact amount of pain you cause others,
    because I want you to be compassionate.
    I want you to be able to give love and equally as important,
    I want you to be able to receive love.
    how else will you learn to love me?
    how will you learn to accept my love?
    the moment you realize the error of your ways,
    the moment you sincerely regret the pain you cause others,
    I forgive you; I nourish you with my tender mercies.
    remember, I never stop loving you for you are my precious child.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 12:52 AM)
    Here are all the news links related to Kechara’s Pray for MH370 event at Kechara Forest Retreat on Sunday 13 Apr 2014. Kechara Forest Retreat was mentioned in all the posts for organizing the prayer for MH370. Few major paper like SinChew, ChinaPress, GuangMing & The Star have more coverage on the event. URL for the event on different media: 1) Times of malta.com http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140413/local/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-long-hunt-looms-as-pings-go-silent.514697 2) Yahoo.com.my https://my.news.yahoo.com/photos/malaysia-slideshow/buddhist-devotees-holding-prayer-beads-offer-prayers-passengers-photo-042103955.html 3) ut Sandiego http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/13/missing-planes-black-box-batteries-may-have-died/ 4) Financial express http://www.financialexpress.com/news/long-hunt-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-mh370-looms-as-pings-go-silent/1240308 5) The Malaysian Insiders http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/black-boxes-crucial-if-those-aboard-mh370-are-to-be-cleared-says-cnn 6) The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/13/mh370-australian-team-halves-smaller-search-zone-in-hunt-for-black-box 7) 8TV 8pm Mandarin News 《续为MH370祈福 为机上人员家属送上关怀》 http://www.8tv.com.my/mandarinnews/news-local/MH370_1397394692.html#sthash.ny7cg8z6.gbpl
    8) United Daily 联合日报在线 http://www.uniteddaily.com.my/?q=node/70334 9) The Rakyat Post http://www.therakyatpost.com/gallery/ 10) China Press中国报 http://www.chinapress.com.my/node/517023 11) Sin Chew Daily星洲日报 http://news.sinchew.com.my/node/359691 12) Guang Ming Daily光明日报 http://www.guangming.com.my/node/201746?tid=3 http://www.guangming.com.my/node/201745?tid=3 13) Kwong Wah Jit Poh光华日报 http://www.kwongwah.com.my/news/2014/04/13/82.html 14) The Star http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/14/MCA-gets-show-on-the-road-Top-leadership-to-brief-grassroots-leaders-on-plan/ 15) Nanyang Siang Pau南洋商报 http://www.nanyang.com/node/613913?tid=460 16) MSN News http://news.msn.com/world/official-says-sub-will-be-used-in-search-for-jet 17) Negara Kita http://www.negarakita.com/Post-981505-%E4%BE%9B%E7%81%AF%E7%A5%88%E7%A6%8F%EF%BC%8C%E5%BB%96%E4%B8%AD%E8%8E%B1%EF%BC%9A%E6%88%91%E4%BB%AC%E9%9A%8F%E6%97%B6%E6%8F%90%E4%BE%9B%E6%8F%B4%E5%8A%A9 Enjoy reading!
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 12:19 AM)
    For vincent tan – OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG
    [no sender]
  • Martin B
    (Tuesday, Apr 15. 2014 08:12 PM)
    Hi dear Rinpoche and dear Kecharians !
    I’d like to attract your attention to one serious world problem in the field of health care. It’s about a petition which potentially could save thousands or may be millions of human lives in the future. It will take you no more than 5 minutes to read, sign and share it on your wall in Facebook and Twitter
    http://www.alltrials.net/
    you could also watch a TED video about this serious problem which is relevant to all people:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/ben_goldacre_what_doctors_don_t_know_about_the_drugs_they_prescribe
    P.S.Abstract: Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered. Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated. All trials past and present should be registered, and the full methods and the results reported. We call on governments, regulators and research bodies to implement measures to achieve this.
    Thank you !
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 14. 2014 10:31 PM)
    Mother Theresa-People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 14. 2014 09:42 PM)
    MOTHER THERESA ONCE SAID- A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love in chastity, convinced that nothing and nobody will separate it from his love. Purity, chastity, and virginity created a special beauty in Mary that attracted God’s attention. He showed his great love for the world by giving Jesus to her. There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family.
    Find them.
    Love them. Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness. Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well. The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not mortification, a penance.
    It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy. I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Ask yourself “How has he loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?” Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery. Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing. A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is p

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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,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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We have 13 Buddhist Pastors in Kechara. Four were newly ordained last night. After the ordination it rained for 15 minutes I am told while the sun continued to shine brightly in the area. One Pastor is in the USA right now so not pictured. Tsem Rinpoche
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When can I find a location, house and environment like this? This is the kind of place I would like to spend the rest of my life in. Tsem Rinpoche 
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Jill Yam and also Mr. Hee always conducts wonderful pujas for those who come to Kechara House and request. I am very happy about that. The pujas offer tremendous results and therefore benefits for many. Our puja requests are growing very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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Even animals can show great compassion and sense when another needs it. Be kind to animals and be vegetarian. Collect less negative karma by not eating meat. Be kind always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This mechanism was recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck in 1901. Its complexity and purpose was not understood for another hundred years. Dated to around 200 BC, it is identified to be an analog computer used to calculate the astronomical position of the stars and planets. Its juxtaposition among other ancient artifacts is akin to finding a jet airplane inside King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The device, whose inner workings are far more complex than a Swiss watch, is capable of accurately measuring the movement of the sun, the moon (and all its phases), eclipse cycles and the position of the planets. Who could have built this?~https://www.facebook.com/cosmic.intelligenceagency
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Prince Palta is my maternal grandfather. Princess Nirjidma is my aunt. She has two sons. The sons are my cousins. Wonder if they are alive or not? Where are they? Any offsprings? Interesting to find out. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Never be angry at your guru, Hold a grudge against your guru. Never seek revenge against your guru. Never talk badly about your guru to cover your mistakes. Don't abandon your guru or ignore  your guru because he loved you for you as no one else  did and dared to love your potential too. Never hold your anger for long against your guru. Your guru was only doing his 'job' by teaching you, showing you better, explaining the dharma to you and was very brave to do so for you as no one else would dare do so. No one would dare take that job. No one else dared to love you and give you more. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Nothing would make me MORE HAPPIER than to retire in this environment. I hope this manifest soon. By the karma of myself and the people I have hopes in will help it to manifest. I love this so much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
A very important poem to understand: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47846
2 weeks ago
Billy Meier took the best pics of UFOs. I watched a documentary about him with Seng Piow and we were both stunned how good the documentary is. It's alittle older but relevant. When you watch, you must please pay full attention as they have accents, but understandable. Listen closely to the technical information when his material goes through tests for authenticity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q7ye0dic0U
2 weeks ago
Nobody should put beautiful grandma to sleep ever and nobody should put that lovely dog or any animals to sleep. No animals should be harmed, butchered or caged. We are humans and supposedly more intelligent. So let's act like it by being kind to those animals that are 'lesser' than us and our intelligence. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This is exactly what Buddha taught. What Tsongkapa explained. What H.H. Trijang Rinpoche embodied and what H.H. Zong Rinpoche shared with me.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
NEW POST-And some partners just drag each other down anyways because it’s convenient to be with that person. It’s not love but just using each other. I’ve seen that clearly in a few cases. People can hide with their partners and avoid real efforts because they are in denial, but denial or not, it will catch up. I am deeply sorry to say things like that too. But it’s true..please read on: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47760
2 weeks ago
Do you know about Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho? If you don't you should find out now!! It is totally necessary to find out and share with others: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47397
2 weeks ago
It's fortunate for the student to meet a caring and real teacher in this day and age. It is also very fortunate for the teacher to meet a caring and genuine student. It benefits the dharma and many beings when a genuine teacher and genuine student meet and work together to benefit others. Very powerful and good combination.-See what I mean please: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47425
2 weeks ago
The evil ways of some completely amaze me every single day.. They better take a deep breath when they close their eyes for the last time, because it's not going to be pretty. This is how this little sweetheart was dumped on the street.-From Harbored Souls Rescue (FB)
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, a special letter for Frederick but it might benefit everyone out there who are really seeking inner change and spirituality. I invite you to read as I just posted now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47445
2 weeks ago
Click on photo to enlarge and see what this six year old has to share with the world. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
My dad rescued her from an abandoned store front two years ago. They watch TV like this together! -Via Reddit (facebook)
2 weeks ago
My shrine here in the USA. Do you like it? Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, as you know part of my ancestry is Mongolian (Kalmyk). The Kalmyk Republic is one of the republics in Russia. And Kalmyk Republic is the only European republic that is Buddhist and they are Mongols in ancestry. They are proud people. I found a video that is very good. It showcases all the dances of the various Russian Republics. Very beautiful and rich Russian heritage. At 27:59 of the video you will see the Kalymk performers doing the Mongol-Kalmyk dance. I use to dance in a Kalymk dance troupe as a kid, but I couldn't dance like this! I was amazed how beautiful it was done and talented the Kalmyk dancer are as well as the other republics. I want to share with you. Please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhnbLoFbpsU -Thank you- Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
The Medicine Buddha is the composition of the buddhas. This means that when we practice the seven-limb prayer and make offerings with the seven limbs, we receive the same merit as we would if we had made offerings to all the Buddhas. Similarly, when we recite the mantra of Medicine Buddha, we collect unbelievable merit just as when we offer the seven-limb practice to Medicine Buddha. Be the cause for many to come to receive the healing of the Medicine Buddha and seal tremendous merits for yourself and your family in this life and the other lives to come.~Martin Get involved: http://www.medicinebuddhahill.com
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, Came across this which is short and gives hope. Do see: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47218 Always trying my best to expose you to all types of knowledge, information and inspirations, Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
I love country roads. I wish this one lead to a secluded wooden retreat house where I lived away and far from the trappings of samsara and it's endless deceptions. Those who agree or participate in the deceptions will not only invite depression and disillusionment, but perhaps eventually be 'crippled' by it and trapped for long spells of 'time'. TR
2 weeks ago
What a nice comment by Antonio Rocco Romeo left on my facebook comments. I like people who have gratitude and show it. Not just say it but show it because they are the people who will get far and be less self-introverted creating less unhappiness in their minds. Happiness comes from having gratitude. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
March 29, 2014-Went to a Native American Indian store yesterday to find stones to make offerings to the Buddhas. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
In horror of death, I took to the mountains— Again and again I meditated on the uncertainty of the hour of death, Capturing the fortress of the deathless unending nature of mind. Now all fear of death is over and done. ~ MILAREPA
3 weeks ago
This is what my 1972 blue Volkswagon beetle looked like when I had it in the 80's.  This is the exact color too. I drove it all over Los Angeles. It didn't have alot of power but it got me around. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo: "However dark our minds may be, however hard our hearts may be, this is not our true nature... enlightenment is when we finally come into our true humanity." ... pic Korea Nov 2013 ( We must keep practicing and applying the dharma strongly to bring our real nature out. Don't let temporary emotions and dark feelings let us give up our dharma practice or works. Don't listen to people who have done very little for us or what they did for us heralds only more sufferings. Listen to the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche )
4 weeks ago
This can be applicable to some experiences in our past? So we just let go, forgive and offer our prayers. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My shrine in my room where I work. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Nicholas arranged alot of flowers at my request in front of the house so it's more colorful and natural. Nice offerings. He has been working at it. Nicholas is hardworking, straightforward and easy to work with. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Joy has been with me for many years and very talented. She really has painted hundreds of Buddha images within Kechara. I asked her to join me in USA to help do some work and she was on the plane within 48 hours after her spiritual retreat in another part of the US. Joy is here in the USA to help our Tsem Rinpoche Foundation. She went for a two week retreat and then joined me. Welcome. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Mountains may crumble, the oceans may dry up, but the Buddha cannot lie.~Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Nothing is more precious than having a guru that loves you and teaches you. It is through his divine teachings you find yourself and become someone who brings light, life, joy and bliss to all those you meet. You make your life beautiful due to the beauty your guru shows you have in you. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
We have five dharma store outlets (Kechara Paradise) and these are the wonderful sales persons who work our stores and always has a bright smile on their faces. They are good people and I am happy to have them. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
When we trust our guru, things don't become better or easier, but our goal becomes clear and we head towards a direction that leads to something supreme for ourselves. Nothing from my guru to me has ever been easy or simple or without much obstacles, but I will not quit. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
People who truly love animals have the special mind to love without agenda and without rewards. Su Ming is one of those rare souls that love, care and help you without any personal agenda. She is warm, intelligent, sharp and a GREAT FRIEND TO HAVE. She is what defines friendship. You will find it hard to find another like her. People are blessed to have her in their lives and I mean every word of this. Treasure her friendship alway and never lose it because hard to find again. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Kecharians in a strange time and place.....Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Was casually walking around Venice Beach today and suddenly a Marvin called out "Rinpoche!" I never met this gentle person, but he has been following me on my youtubes and blog and recognized me. It was nice to meet up with him and say hello. And say hello to his dog Scooby too! It touched me that he said my teachings online and blog helped him and changed his life. Thank you Marvin! Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We walked by a house in Los Angeles that was fantastic! They made a special outdoor place for Lord Buddha to be placed. Hundreds of people walk by and can see this Buddha and be blessed. I really like this alot. I always like to do this too! Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Beautiful Buddha at the Japanese Garden in San Francisco. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IS THE MEAT INDUSTRY... PLEASE DITCH THE DAIRY & DON'T SUPPORT THIS CRUELTY! --This is what happens when dairy cows have outlived their usefulness ...after their calves have been repeatedly and systematically stolen from them and they have been exploited as milk-producing slaves.
1 month ago
This was the view of the mountains near where I live USA. I love the mountains and seeing them daily. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
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  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 month ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 month ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    2 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    7 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    7 months ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    10 months ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    11 months ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    1 years ago
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    Dato' Ruby won the Bella Awards!
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    This is a wonderful video for Moh Mei because she is sleeping in the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT CONTAINERS all alone...ehehehhehe...this is a new friend to keep her company....tsem rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    The 2 tortoises in Tsem Ladrang, Kadro and Menlha are enjoying their fresh veggie meal.
    1 years ago
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    Organic vegetables at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
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    This is Dorje our friendly fish that lives with us. He captured my attention the first time because he was exceptionally friendly. TR
    1 years ago
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    SP's mom said that she is from Penang. This is her first trip to bodhgaya, and she truly finds bodhgaya is very holy and spiritual.
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    Very touching video...Buddha said it was very important to visit the four holy places associated with Him before our deaths. Remembering this, I had instructed Paul to take this senior group to Bodhgaya and make sure they are able to plant imprints. When this life of 'fun', money, parties and socials are over, we cannot leave empty handed. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Our two rescued tortoises who live at Tsem Ladrang happily and will be transferred to Kechara Forest Retreat where they will have much more space to roam and run. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Aki is the old African Grey that was abandoned by his owner. Because he is old, no one wanted him. Well we wanted him and we took him and in and love him. He is in a big aviary and he likes his cage. We leave his cage open at all times so he can go in and out as he likes. His cage is his security blanket. Cute. He gets nice food and sunshine daily and also we play monks chanting for him to be blessed. We love you Aki. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Dear james, very nice video of Kechara outlet and the activity led by Kien. You must always make more videos. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    This little birdie was at a pet shop. He has maimed leg, permanent damage to his wing and cannot fly and also one eye blind. I don't think anyone would want the poor thing, so I adopted him and keep him safe, fed and with lots of fresh air. He's also in a large aviary so he can be with other birds and not be alone. He is alert, active, and has a good appetite. I like him very much and will make sure he is safe, happy and has a good life. I name him Lucky. Lucky will always be safe now. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Setrap's mantra
    Setrap's mantra
    2 yearss ago
  • Rinpoche does Baby Jane!
    Rinpoche does Baby Jane!
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    2 yearss ago
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    Dear TR:

Aiyo so cute. I am in KD now going through some design work with Karen and Mrs.Chua is teaching Pat, Kumar, Yen Ping, Louise and Jeff English.

May they be able to learn up fast and assist Rinpoche's work!

Love,
Ethan

    2 yearss ago

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-- Prove them wrong -- It’s amazing how some people have never met me or know who I am, but based on a few things they read here & there & rumours, they have formulated a new personality for me & all the things I’ve never done they passionately speak about… I find it funny and entertaining now. I guess we can’t spend our lives fighting rumours… we just have to work hard & then rumours get proven wrong on it’s own as a by product. No point explaining repeatedly. Just do our work & show results!! ~ Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/prove-them-wrong.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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--- A Thought… --- While thinking earlier, I came to some more understanding. However other people act towards me or anyone, should not affect me much as it was never between them and me but between me and karma. What I need to watch out for is my mind and the reactions. When I am unhappy then the 1st chapter of Lam Rim should be applied strongly… Otherwise there’s nothing much to be attached to how others react… it’s all temporal and it doesn’t last at all. Why waste the time to evaluate, just treat everyone as best as I can irregardless. ~ Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-thought-2.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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--- Losing Face --- To be a leader, an example, or a good person we have to always give the credit to others SINCERELY who work with us. Because they make us who we are. Without them we are nothing..~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/losing-face.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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--Many Doors-- Looking for a non-existent door when you can enter from anywhere is the source of our barriers.~ Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/many-doors.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Top pic: With my family after I was ordained as a Kechara Buddhist pastor. Bottom pic: With fellow Kechara Buddhist pastors after ordination ceremony in Kechara forest retreat. Henry Ooi
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Sog Shing placed in the center and holy items inserted around and inside second part of Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara forest retreat. Concrete will be poured to seal everything and holding Sog Shing in place. Henry Ooi
8 hours ago
Vajrayogini is a representation of complete Buddhahood in female form, whose practices are associated with the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Anuttarayoga Tantra. Log in for more info - http://vajrasecrets.com/statue/statues/vajrayogini/vajrayogini-stone-15.html ~ Erick @ Kechara ~
9 hours ago
Pastor Seng Piow in the USA shares his experience while given the meritorious opportunity to work close to His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. ~ Wai Meng
11 hours ago
Pastor Niral, a sangha to be sharing about his spiritual journey with Kechara ~ Wai Meng
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Pastor David enjoying his first #talk at KFR ~ Wai Meng
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Pastor Henry, giving his first talk at Kechara Forest Retreat, a very experienced BOD and senior student of Tsem Rinpoche ~ Wai Meng
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