Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal

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The various forms of Vajra Yogini in the Bidjeswori Temple of Nepal. Click on image to enlarge.

Each enlightened being in the vast Tibetan Buddhist pantheon represents a unique method or path towards Enlightenment. Amongst all of these deities who lead us to Enlightenment, there are none that can be compared to Vajra Yogini in terms of efficacy and expediency of practice. This has been famously said by many high lamas, including Lama Yeshe who quoted the Chakrasamvara Tantras that attributed Vajra Yogini’s supreme mantra to be the King of Mantras. This means that if you have the initiation and practice of Vajra Yogini, you will not need to recite any other mantras. If your vows and commitments are intact, you can gain spiritual attainments through the mere recitation of her mantra, even if you do not engage in any accompanying visualisations. No other Tantric deity’s mantra or practice can boast of such efficacy.

An old thangka of Chakrasamvara. Click on image to enlarge.

An old thangka of Chakrasamvara. Click on image to enlarge.

Like many great Tantric traditions, the practice of Vajra Yogini has divine origins and according to the various great masters who beheld visions of her, thus arose the various traditions and forms of Vajra Yogini that we rely upon today. In Kechara for example, we rely upon the form of Vajra Yogini that originally arose from a pure vision beheld by the great Indian master and scholar Naropa, who was renowned for having given up everything in order to seek out his master Tilopa. After countless years of struggle, Naropa met his teacher and became thoroughly devoted to him. It was only after years of trials and tribulations that Tilopa initiated his disciple Naropa into the sindhura mandala of Vajravarahi, perhaps the earliest lineage of the Vajra Yogini practice. Naropa was subsequently sent off to meditate and it is said that in six months, he achieved Mahamudra-siddhi and beheld Vajravarahi in the aspect that we know today as Vajra Yogini Naro Kechari (Naro Kachö in Tibetan).

A thangka of Mahasiddha Naropa with his yidam, Vajra Yogini on the top left and smaller figures of his Nepali disciples, the Phamthingpa brothers. Click on image to enlarge.

In his lifetime, Naropa had a multitude of great disciples, many of whom were attained and illustrious figures of India, Tibet and Nepal. However, for the great Vajra Yogini lineage of Naro Kachö that arose from his pure vision, Naropa bestowed it on two brothers from Pharping, Nepal. The eldest, named Vagisvarakirti (Tibetan: Jigme Dragpa), studied under Naropa for nine years and the youngest, named Bodhibhadra (Tibetan: Dus ‘Khorba), studied under Naropa for five years. Within the lineage of masters who transmitted the Vajra Yogini teachings, they are commonly referred to together as the Phamthingpa brothers.

From these two brothers, Vajra Yogini was proliferated all over Nepal. They also taught the practice to Melgyo Lotsawa Lodro Drakpa (Mal Lotsawa), an early Sakya translator who brought the practice to Tibet. As a result, innumerable masters and ordinary disciples held Vajra Yogini as a secret Tantric practice for centuries. Due to his great attainments, Vagisvarakirti (the elder Phamthingpa brother) himself also beheld a vision of Vajra Yogini and that became the heart image of the Pharping Vajra Yogini that we see today in Nepal, along with many other sacred temples and sites.

Therefore, the connection between this Highest Yoga Tantra deity and the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal began with Mahasiddha Naropa and the Phamthingpa brothers, and Vajra Yogini’s practice eventually became immensely popular across the country.

The holy statue of Mahasiddha Naropa found within his meditation cave near Pashupatinath in Nepal. Click on image to enlarge.

Naropa is said to have abided in several places in Nepal including Sankhu, famous for being an ancient Vajra Yogini power place. Today, there are five main Vajra Yogini power places in Nepal and, including Sankhu, they are Pharping, Patan, Bidjeswori and Guhyeshwari. The first four accept visitors from all over the world, while Guhyeshwari remains the only Vajra Yogini sacred power place that does not permit foreign visitors.

It is highly recommended that all who wish to be connected with Vajra Yogini or wish to practise her Tantra should travel to these temples to offer powerful prayers and aspirations alongside many types of offerings. In visiting these power places, we gain the blessings of Vajra Yogini regardless of which form of Vajra Yogini is enshrined within, as they are all just different manifestations of the same enlightened being that showed a quick path towards liberation.

 

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Why Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage should not be treated just like any other holiday filled with only normal tourist activities like sightseeing and shopping. The purpose of visiting holy sites on a pilgrimage is to further our spiritual practice and to realign ourselves onto the path to Enlightenment.

Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa, located about 11km away from the centre of Kathmandu.

In a teaching on the significance of pilgrimages, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche explained that everything holy beings own or use, including the area they live or practise in, is entirely for the benefit of other beings. Therefore the sites where holy beings reside, practise and benefit countless beings become imbued with the everlasting energies of the compassionate, enlightened mind. Hence pilgrimages are an opportunity for us to connect with the sacred energies of these places where holy beings have chosen to take rebirth, gain Enlightenment, teach the Dharma or pass into parinirvana.

When we go to these places, show reverence, make offerings and aspirational prayers, we create the direct causes to attain this same state of compassion and to gain the same enlightened qualities that these beings had. The Buddhist tradition of going on pilgrimages began with Buddha Shakyamuni himself, who advised that after he passed away, disciples should visit the four main sites of his birth (Lumbini, Nepal), Enlightenment (Bodhgaya, India), first turning of the wheel of Dharma (Sarnath, India) and parinirvana (Kushinagar, India) and make aspirational prayers there. He advised that all Buddhas of the past had manifested there, and all Buddhas of the future will also manifest there. By visiting these places, we make a very deep connection to these Buddhas so that we might realise our own inner Buddhahood. This will help our spiritual practice in this and future lives greatly.

Lumbini, the birthplace of the legendary Buddha Shakyamuni.

Lumbini, the birthplace of the legendary Buddha Shakyamuni.

The karmic significance of visiting these four holy sites are further broken down as follows:

  1. When we go on pilgrimage to the Buddha’s birthplace: We create the karma to have control of our own rebirth; to be reborn in pleasant places where we will have the right conditions and opportunities to practise Dharma.
  2. When we visit the place where Buddha attained Enlightenment: Karmic seeds are planted in our mindstreams for us to also gain Enlightenment; we go towards the path of Enlightenment in all future lifetimes; even if we fail to attain Enlightenment within Buddha Shakyamuni’s age, we create the causes to be among the foremost disciples of Maitreya, the future Buddha, when he manifests.
  3. When we visit the place where Buddha first taught the Dharma: We create the karma
    • for the Dharma to really penetrate deep into our minds and we are able to transform our minds when we receive the teachings,
    • to be able to sponsor, propagate and put our energy towards the growth of Dharma,
    • to be able to speak and share Dharma with others and to transform their lives.
  4. When we visit the place where Buddha passed away: We create the causes to increase our lifespan in order to engage in deeper spiritual practices and gain Enlightenment; we will not die ordinary deaths with fear or anxiety, and we create the causes to have control over our death and rebirth.

The day when Buddha Shakyamuni entered into Paranirvana is depicted in this beautiful painting. Click on image to enlarge. Click here to see more paintings.

Buddha Shakyamuni gave these teachings and if we follow them, they can bring us to Enlightenment. Similarly, all those who have followed the Buddha’s teachings in the past have gained attainments and become enlightened, just like him. Therefore, visiting their holy sites is equivalent to visiting Buddha Shakyamuni’s holy sites because the enlightened mind and its energies are all the same.

When embarking on a pilgrimage, all pilgrims are encouraged to contemplate on the selfless motivation and actions of all holy beings, and on their deeply compassionate wish to constantly serve others. By meditating on this and making aspirational prayers to attain these qualities, we forge an incredible connection with the enlightened beings that is carried forward in this and all future lives, spiritual work and practice.

 

Why Vajra Yogini?

Vajra Yogini is the consort of Heruka and her incredible, efficacious Tantra was first expounded by Vajradhara within the 47th and 48th chapter of the Heruka Root Tantra. She is a Highest Yoga Tantra yidam (meditational deity; ishtadevata in Sanskrit) and is considered to be one of the most important deities in the Tibetan pantheon simply because her practice is the easiest.

Vajra Yogini and Heruka. Click on image to enlarge.

Heruka and Vajra Yogini. Click on image to enlarge.

Therefore, her Tantra is considered to be the most suitable for people of these degenerate times when desire is the strongest energy. The reason for Vajra Yogini’s efficacy lies in her ability to transform ordinary desire energy into great bliss, a quality necessary on the Tantric path to Enlightenment. Hence, she is seen as being ideally suited for people of this day and age because she provides the method to transform desire energy into enlightened virtue.

Vajra Yogini’s practice contains special instructions to transform all ordinary daily experiences into higher spiritual paths; and the prevention of ordinary death, intermediate state (bardo) and rebirth by transforming them into paths towards Enlightenment. It is stated in the Heruka Tantras that it is possible to achieve spiritual attainments by merely reciting Vajra Yogini’s mantra if our vows are intact, along with our spiritual commitments to our lama, known as samaya.

 

VIDEO: H.E. Tsem Rinpoche on Vajra Yogini

 

The History and Lineage of the Five Forms of Vajra Yogini

It is said that Vajradhara manifested as Heruka Chakrasamvara in order to transmit and elaborate on the practice of Vajra Yogini. While all lineages of Vajra Yogini can be scripturally traced back to this original text, the subsequent lineages of her practice can be attributed to various great Indian masters of the past. Although there are innumerable lineages of Vajra Yogini, five main lineages are diffused within Tibetan Buddhism.

 

1. Vajravarahi (Indra Kachö)

One of the oldest and perhaps the earliest lineage of Vajra Yogini’s practice is the Indra Kachö or Indra Kechari lineage of Vajra Yogini. This lineage is also commonly known as the ‘Adamantine Sow’ or Vajravarahi; in Tibetan, this form of Vajra Yogini is known as ‘Dorje Phagmo’.

A depiction of Vajravarahi or also known as Indra Kacho. Click on image to enlarge.

A depiction of Vajravarahi, also known as Indra Kachö. Click on image to enlarge.

Vajra Yogini in her Indra Kachö form stands in the dynamic posture of a great vajra dance, with one foot stomping on Maha Ishvara representing great ignorance and the other leg raised in dance. Her right hand wields a curved knife up to the side and her left hand holds a skullcup at the level of her heart. She is sometimes depicted with the prominent face of a sow protruding from above her right ear; at other times, the sow protrudes from the crown of her head. The sow represents the transmutation of ignorance into the transcendent experience of great bliss and Emptiness.

This ancient lineage of Vajra Yogini can be traced all the way back to Indrabodhi or Indrabhuti, who received the practice from his guru, the Mahasiddha Lawapa also sometimes referred to as the Mahasiddha Kambalapada. The name Indra Kachö literally means that this form of Vajra Yogini was practised by Indrabodhi and so the lineage took his name. According to tradition, Indrabodhi was a king who ruled the kingdom of Sambhola, one of the two kingdoms in the land of the dakinis, Oddiyana. King Jalendra ruled the other non-Buddhist kingdom of Lankapuri. Although there was peace in the land, a propitious marriage was arranged to unite the two kingdoms and so a betrothal took place between Princess Laksminkara, the sister of King Indrabodhi, and the son of King Jalendra.

Map of Oddiyana. Click on image to enlarge.

A map of Oddiyana. Click on image to enlarge.

Princess Laksminkara was just 16 years old when she was escorted to her new home with great pomp and ceremony. Prior to this, she had been practising the sadhana (daily meditational prayers and visualisations) that she had received from her guru and, driven by great renunciation, she was loathe to be bound by her new royal duties. In fact, the moment she arrived in her husband’s kingdom, a deep revulsion for the material world overcame her. She locked herself in her room, tore her clothes and seemed to be overcome with madness. One night, she escaped from the palace and went into the mountains to live in a cave and meditate. There, she is said to have gained Enlightenment (mahamudra-siddhi) and she began preaching the Buddha’s teachings to latrine sweepers and other outcasts of the kingdom.

From the time of her arrival, Princess Laksminkara’s outrageous behaviour brought much shame and trouble for her new royal family-in-law. King Jalendra immediately sent for King Indrabodhi to speak with his sister. However, King Indrabodhi realised that his sister had gained attainments and he himself felt the utmost shame for living a life surrounded by ease and comfort. And while his sister had realised the nature of existence, he had realised nothing and merely ruled his country.

A depiction of Princess Laksminkara. Click on image to enlarge.

A depiction of Princess Laksminkara. Click on image to enlarge.

Thereafter, King Indrabodhi resolved to follow in his sister’s path. After the coronation of his son as the new king, he retired to a small palace where he practised his sadhana for 12 years, finally achieving full Enlightenment himself.

One day, his son came to visit Indrabodhi, accompanied by those who loved the old king. As they were about to enter the palace, a loud voice boomed from over their heads. Looking up, they saw Indrabodhi floating in the air while seated on a magnificent throne.

Everyone prostrated to Indrabodhi and it is said that for seven days, he remained floating in the air while giving teachings to his son and friends on the doctrine of ‘inconceivable profundity and immensity’. On the eighth day, he ascended to Kechara Paradise with 700 disciples. Therefore, according to tradition, the Indra Kachö lineage of Vajra Yogini is one of the teachings that is attributed to the great king Indrabodhi.

 

2. Uddhapada Vajra Yogini (Maitri Kachö)

A thangka of Uddhapada Vajra Yogini, also known as Maitri Kachö Vajra Yogini. Click on image to enlarge.

Another famous lineage of Vajra Yogini’s practice is the Maitri Kachö or Maitri Kechari lineage. This lineage extends all the way back to the great Indian Mahasiddha Maitripa. It is also known as the Uddhapada Vajra Yogini or ‘One Leg Up’ Vajra Yogini lineage.

Uddhapada Vajra Yogini has her sacred body in a yogic posture with her right leg bent behind her at the knee. Her left arm, holding a skullcup, pulls her left leg up high against her breast while her right arm, holding a curved knife, is flung out behind her, above the sole of her right foot. In the crook of her left arm, she cradles a khatvanga which rests on her left shoulder.

Uddhapada Vajra Yogini arose from a vision beheld by the Mahasiddha Maitripa (1007-1078 CE). Maitripa was once a monk who studied at both the great monastic institutions of Nalanda and Vikramashila. While he was at Nalanda, he studied under the famous teacher Naropa, who was then known as the great scholar Abhayakirti.

An image of Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini from the Rinjung Gyatsa set of initiation. Click to enlarge.

An image of Uddhapada Vajra Yogini or Maitri Kachö Vajra Yogini from the Rinjung Gyatsa set of initiations. Click to enlarge.

Later, Maitripa studied in Vikramashila under the abbotship of the great master Atisha. However, he was expelled because of his controversial behaviour that contravened monastic rules. After leaving the monastery, he took up the practices of a wandering ascetic.

It was then that he met the great mahasiddha Shavaripa and became his student, receiving from him special instructions on Mahamudra. Maitripa went on to become known as a highly-accomplished adept of the Buddhist Tantric system and was renowned for passing the Mahamudra lineage and practice to the legendary Tibetan translator Marpa Chokyi Lodro, who in turn became the master of Jetsun Milarepa.

 

3. Vidyadhari Vajra Yogini (Flying Vajra Yogini)

Vidyadhari Vajra Yogini also known as Flying Vajra Yogini. Click to enlarge.

Vidyadhari Vajra Yogini also known as Flying Vajra Yogini. Click to enlarge.

Vajra Yogini in mid-flight is known as Vidyadhari, which literally means ‘Knowledge Holder’. This name in the Nepali language is ‘Bidjeswori’. Hence, her main shrine in Nepal which is located by the banks of the Bisnumati River is also called Bidjeswori. There is also another very sacred shrine to her at the Mahaboudha Stupa in Patan.

Vidyadhari Vajra Yogini appears to be flying with her legs pulled apart in mid-stride towards the sky. Therefore, she is also known as Akash Vajra Yogini, literally ‘Sky-Going’ or ‘Flying Vajra Yogini’. Her right arm is stretched behind her, holding a curved cemetery knife (drigug). She cradles a khatvanga in the crook of her arm, resting it on her left shoulder while holding a skullcup with the same hand. In some depictions, her left leg is placed on her left arm or shoulder.

This form of Vajra Yogini is known to be a variant of the vision beheld by the Mahasiddha Maitripa and is sometimes known in Tibetan as Maitri Kachö as well. In general however, the name Maitri Kachö is usually reserved for Uddhapada Vajra Yogini.

 

4. Sukhasiddhi Dakini

This form of Vajra Yogini is known as the White Khechari. The practice arose from the 11th Century Indian yogini Sukhasiddhi. After she gained Enlightenment, she appeared to others in various forms. She is traditionally depicted as a dakini who holds a skullcup in one hand, points to the sky with the other and is white in colour. However, in her secret yidam aspect as White Khechari, she is depicted differently.

The practice of White Khechari was disseminated by the Tibetan master Khyungpo Naljor (1050-1140 CE) and was eventually incorporated into the Shangpa Kagyu lineage.

Sukhasiddhi. Click on image to enlarge.

Sukhasiddhi Dakini. Click on image to enlarge.

Vajra Yogini’s form according to this lineage is that of a youthful 16-year-old who bears an expression that combines the sentiments of passion and wrath. She has three piercing eyes and her mouth opens ever so slightly, revealing her white teeth, four sharp fangs and twisting red tongue. White in colour, she sits in the posture of giving birth with her legs spread apart, thereby exposing her sacred secret organ. Her naked form is adorned with bone ornaments and a garland of 50 freshly severed heads. Just like the other forms of Vajra Yogini, she holds a curved knife in her right hand and a skullcup in her left. Her loose black hair flows freely down her back.

The yogini Sukhasiddhi was originally from Kashmir, where she was a kind but impoverished mother of six children. One day, she mistakenly gave away her last bag of rice to a wandering beggar, thinking that her family would return with more food. However, when they returned empty-handed, her own family chased her away in anger. Distraught, she wandered about until she found herself in Oddiyana where she began to earn a living as a brewer of rice beer. It was also in Oddiyana that she gained the allegiance of a female disciple of the famous Indian Mahasiddha Virupa (not the same as the mahasiddha who stopped the sun), to whom she anonymously supplied free beer.

When Virupa learned of Sukhasiddhi’s kindness, he summoned her to his forest hermitage. She arrived bearing offerings of beer and pork. Impressed with her great generosity, Virupa immediately bestowed some of his most profound teachings upon this kindly old woman, who was 61 years old at the time. It is said that Sukhasiddhi attained full realisation that very same night, and spontaneously assumed the guise and appearance of a beautiful young girl.

 

5. Naro Kachö Vajra Yogini

Naro Kachö Vajra Yogini. Click on image to enlarge.

With one face and two hands, and standing on both legs, this form of Vajra Yogini is the most widely recognisable form of the Queen of Tantras. Vajra Yogini in this form is so named because her lineage and practice first arose through a vision beheld by the great Indian Mahasiddha Naropa, thus giving rise to her Sanskrit name ‘Naro Kechari’, meaning “Naropa’s Dakini”.

Naropa was an eminent scholar of Nalanda Monastery who was especially known for being a faultless debater. Appointed as the “northern gatekeeper” of the monastery, it was his role to deal with anyone who entered Nalanda’s northern gates to challenge the monastery to a debate. It was an enormous responsibility for in those days, debates were a highly sophisticated art, and the defeated debater would have to adopt the practices and views of the victor. Such was the trust that Nalanda, a monastery of tens of thousands of highly accomplished scholars, had in Naropa to guard and protect their views.

A sacred tsa tsa of Vajra Yogini in Naro Kacho form.

A sacred tsa tsa of Vajra Yogini in Naro Kachö form.

Nevertheless, Naropa was soon compelled to leave Nalanda in search of Tilopa, a master he had heard of only in name, but whose very name alone filled him with unshakeable faith. Naropa would go on to receive the practice of Vajra Yogini in the form of Vajravarahi from Tilopa, who initiated his student into her sacred mandala after 23 years of purification and practice.

In the first 11 years, Naropa searched the length and breadth of India for his guru Tilopa, undergoing countless hardships, doubts and mental confusion as he chased every whisper of Tilopa’s name. It is commonly believed that during this time, Naropa purified the karma necessary in order for him to meet his guru. His meeting with Tilopa then began 12 years of punishing training, during which Naropa became a leading exemplar in the practice of guru devotion.

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The Pashupatinath Temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal. Close by are the meditational caves of the legendary mahasiddhas Tilopa and Naropa.

Naropa’s 12 years of training under his guru culminated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, at the Pashupatinath Temple. At this holy site, Tilopa initiated his student into the mandala of Vajravarahi (Indra Kachö) by drawing her mandala in the sand. After receiving the initiation, Naropa entered into deep practice and meditation, and gained siddhis (realisations) within six months. His attainments are attributed not just to the initiation he received and the depth of his practice, but to his trust and devotion in his teacher. It was through this guru devotion that Naropa was able to gain Enlightenment within one lifetime.

Through his supreme practice of Vajravarahi, Naropa later gained a vision of Vajra Yogini in her Naro Kachö form, which he later initiated the Nepali Phamthingpa brothers into. They themselves subsequently became attained through the deep practice of this “new” form of Vajra Yogini.

One generation later, the lineage of Naro Kachö Vajra Yogini arrived in Tibet through Sherab Tseg and Mal Lotsawa, entering first into the Sakya pantheon of practices. To this day, Vajra Yogini remains one of the Sakya lineage’s five principal Tantric practices. In the 18th Century, the Naro Kachö practice was introduced into the Gelug tradition. Later, in the 20th Century, it was His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche who recommended Naro Kachö Vajra Yogini as the main meditational deity (yidam) for the majority of practitioners of the Gelugpa tradition.

A painting of Naropa perceiving Vajra Yogini. Click on image to enlarge.

A painting of Naropa perceiving Vajra Yogini. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Sacred Vajra Yogini Temple #1: Bidjeswori

The sacred Bidjeswori Temple of Vajra Yogini lies on the west bank of the Bisnumati River in Kathmandu city. Also known by a few other names such as Bijayaswar, Visyasvari or Vidhyeshvari, the temple was built right at the epicentre of a powerful ancient cremation ground that is described in the Vajravarahi Tantras to be populated by vultures in the day and howling jackals at night. In the text, this cremation ground is known as Ramadoli or Karnadip. Hence, it is said that Citipati, the Protectors of the Vajra Yogini Tantras, also known as the Lord and Lady of the Cemetery, reside on this sacred ground.

Bidjeswori Vajra Yogini Temple located in the Kathmandu Valley.

Bidjeswori Vajra Yogini Temple located in the Kathmandu Valley.

At the centre of the temple’s main altar is a statue of the goddess Vidyadhari, the ‘Knowledge Holder’. ‘Bidjeswori’ being the Newari pronunciation of her name. Her sacred body is poised in mid-flight with her right leg bent behind her at the knee and her left leg pulled up high against her breast with her left arm. In this pose, it is easy to see why she is colloquially referred to as Akash Vajra Yogini or ‘Flying Vajra Yogini’.

Her right arm is flung out behind her, holding a curved cemetery knife (drigug) above the sole of her right foot. She cradles a khatvanga in the crook of her arm, resting it on her left shoulder.

The main altar at the Bidjeswori Temple. Left to right: Vajravarahi (Indra Kachö), Vidyadhari Vajra Yogini, and Uddhapada Vajra Yogini (Maitri Kachö). Click on image to enlarge.

To the left of the central image is Vajravarahi (Indra Kachö) in sacred dance, and to the right of the central image is Uddhapada Vajra Yogini (Maitri Kachö), also known as Phamthing (Pharping) Yogini. This form of Vajra Yogini has one foot extended skywards while the other stomps vigorously down upon the worldly god Maha Ishvara, who acts as a cushion for her foot. She holds the same implements as the other forms of Vajra Yogini.

On the right wall of the temple is a statue of Vajra Yogini Naro Khechari, or Naropa’s Dakini, the form of Vajra Yogini that originated from a vision of the Mahasiddha Naropa.

Naropa’s Dakini is enshrined on the right wall of the temple. Click on image to enlarge.

Carved into the ceiling of the temple is the double-tetrahedral mandala of Vajra Yogini, while the courtyard of the temple is filled with stupas of various shapes and sizes. The temple itself is an ancient Newar Buddhist temple and is topped by a traditional Newari pagoda-style roof constructed directly above the shrine. The roof is intricately carved and ornamented as an offering to the Tantric goddesses residing beneath.

The scriptural basis of the four Vajra Yoginis found within this temple can be traced back to the Chakrasamvara Tantra, which is widely practised by the Newaris. The Newar people are a mixture of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan-Burmese ethnicities and they are the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley.

It is said that a separate Tantra concerning these four dakinis was revealed some time ago but this Tantra is highly secret and little is known about it outside the Sambara guthis or ‘Tantric covens’.

 

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About Bidjeswori

Bidjeswori is located in the Swayambhu area of Kathmandu, a short distance away from Swayambhunath Hill and a short taxi ride from Thamel. It is believed to be the site of the ancient charnel ground of Ramadoli (Karnadip). The Hindu devi temple of Sobha Baghwati stands nearby.

Map of the Bidjeswori Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of the Bidjeswori Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Sacred Vajra Yogini Temple #2: Pharping

The Vajra Yogini temple at Pharping is known as Pharping Bajra Jogini in Nepali, or Phamthing Dorje Neljorma in Tibetan. It houses a sacred image of Vajra Yogini which has, in the past, manifested the miracle of speaking.

The Phamthingpa Vajra Yogini temple located in Pharping, Nepal.

The Phamthing Vajra Yogini Temple located in Pharping, Nepal.

The main form of Vajra Yogini at the Pharping Temple is known by many names including Uddhapada Vajra Yogini (Maitri Kachö) and Phamthing Yogini; to the Hindus, she is known as Nil Tara. Like most forms of Vajra Yogini, she is red in colour. With her right foot firmly planted upon the worldly deity Maha Ishvara on the ground, the other is raised straight up into the sky, pulled up by her left arm which holds a skullcup to her mouth. A khatvanga staff rests on her left shoulder and in her right hand she holds a curved cemetery knife to her side. Her attendants Baghini and Singhini, the Tiger- and Lion-Headed Yoginis flank her.

This form of Vajra Yogini is known as Phamthing Yogini, named after the Phamthingpa brothers. Click on image to enlarge.

This unique form of Vajra Yogini first appeared in a vision to Vagisvarakirti, the elder of the two Phamthingpa brothers who was a Nepali master and disciple of the famous Mahasiddha Naropa. Hence it is likely that the statue was originally made during the time of Vagisvarakirti himself but was restored at a later date by a subsequent vajracharya (a Vajrayana Buddhist priest from the Newari community of Nepal).

The famous Vagisvarakirti lived in the 11th Century and was renowned as one of the greatest teachers of his day. This great yogin of the Guhyasamaja, Chakrasamvara and Hevajra traditions was the heart disciple of Naropa, who had most likely spent some time in the Kathmandu Valley. Vagisvarakirti studied under Naropa for nine years, receiving the transmissions of the Chakrasamvara and Hevajra Tantras, amongst many other teachings and transmissions. Vagisvarakirti’s brother Dus-‘khorba also studied under Naropa for five years.

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According to Tibetan sources, the Phamthingpa brothers were attributed to be Indian, perhaps due to their ancestry or from a prolonged stay in India to receive teachings. It may also be that at the time, the Tibetans themselves made no distinction between India and Nepal and thus, they were called the ‘Indian’ Phamthingpas to identify them as foreigners, since Phamthing could also be a Tibetan name.

The explorer and scholar Nicholas Roerich suggests that the elder Phamthingpa was actually known as Vagisvarakirti (Ngagi Wangchuk Drakpa) and that his sacred remains are preserved at Lo-chia-t’un in Gansu, China where he passed away upon his return from a pilgrimage to the Five-Peaked Mountain Paradise of Manjushri (Wu Tai Shan). He writes that the village of Phambi (Pharping) near Kathmandu is where the descendants of the great Phamthingpa currently live.

The Vajra Yogini temple located at Pharping

The Vajra Yogini temple located at Pharping

Aside from the image of Phamthing Yogini in the main chapel, there is another holy statue of Vajra Yogini enshrined in a separate chamber to the side. In terms of iconography, she is exactly the same as the main Vajra Yogini image belonging to Phamthingpa, except that she has a yellow face. It is said that this statue belonged to the travelling Tibetan master Marpa who, while on his travels to India, actually stopped at Pharping to worship Vajra Yogini at this shrine itself.

The Pharping Vajra Yogini Temple is located on the upper level of the building. In the shrine downstairs, a red standing Lokeshvara is in the middle alcove, with Basundara or Yellow Tara on the left, and Buddha Shakyamuni flanked by his two foremost disciples on the right.

According to Chokyi Nyima, the name ‘Pharping’ was derived from Nagaraj Sesa’s epithet Phanathinggu, ‘the Nine Hooded Cobra’. Over time, it has since been corrupted into ‘Phamthing’, which was the name of the village or district in the 18th Century. And so, it was the ‘Indian’ Phamthingpa who was named after his birthplace, the pronunciation of which was presumably further corrupted into ‘Pharping’ over time.

 

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About Pharping

Pharping is about 19 kilometres (about an hour’s drive) south of Kathmandu city. Located on the road to Dakshinkali, it is a major Buddhist pilgrimage destination due to a number of sacred sites. Most people visit Pharping to pay homage to the self-arising Tara image at Drolma Lhakhang (Tara Temple), hike uphill to visit the Guru Rinpoche Cave (Asura Cave temple) where Guru Rinpoche left his handprint in the rocky mountain face, and then continue downhill to visit the Newari-style Vajra Yogini Temple of Pharping.

Those who are unable to walk long distances can hire a car to get dropped off closer to the Vajra Yogini temple. From the drop-off point, the temple is a short walk up a few flights of stairs.

Map of the Pharping Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of the Pharping Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Sacred Vajra Yogini Temple #3: Patan

Another sacred Vajra Yogini temple can be found at Patan’s Mahaboudha Temple, which is known in Tibetan as ‘Yerang Sangye Tongku’ or ‘Thousand Buddhas of Patan’. Located in Oku Bahal, the Mahaboudha Temple is an attractive Indian-style stone stupa constructed right in the middle of a courtyard, with the stupa above a shrine to Lord Buddha below. It is a replica of the original stupa that stands at Vajrasana in Bodhgaya, India, the ancient temple constructed at the very spot where Buddha is said to have gained complete Enlightenment.

Patan, the third largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Patan Durbar Square. It is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Abhayaraja of the Sakya caste built the Mahaboudha Temple in 1601, and his contemporary descendants grew in fame as artisans and craftsmen who now live in the Patan area. It is said that the Mahaboudha Temple was built for faithful local devotees who lacked the financial means to travel to India to pay homage to the Buddha. The blessed stone image of Lord Buddha, brought from Vajrasana (The seat of Buddha’s enlightenment-Bodhgaya) itself, resides here in the aspect of Enlightenment.

The original builders of the Mahaboudha Temple probably also constructed the Vajra Yogini Temple located on the first floor directly opposite the Stupa. The main Vajra Yogini image is that of Akash Vajra Yogini, or the ‘Flying Vajra Yogini’.

The Vajra Yogini statue that is being enshrined in the Vajra Yogini temple located in Patan.

The Vajra Yogini statue that is enshrined in the Patan Vajra Yogini Temple. Click on image to enlarge.

The Patan Vajra Yogini Temple is located in the old part of town, not far from Patan Durbar Square. Visitors must walk through a narrow alley in between shops to get to the entrance to the courtyard. The temple is accessible via a steep flight of steps.

 

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About Patan

Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is an ancient city known for its beauty. Located approximately five kilometres south of Kathmandu city on the southern side of the Bagmati River, Patan is the oldest of the three cities in the Kathmandu Valley, the other two being Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Major sights in Patan include Patan Durbar Square, a stunning collection of temples and palaces and the Golden Temple, a Buddhist monastery which is heavily gilded as its name implies.

Patan is also renowned for being home to a great many craftsmen and artisans, and it is an excellent place to purchase Buddhist and Hindu statues, figurines, paintings and the like.

Map of the Patan Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of the Patan Vajra Yogini Temple. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Sacred Vajra Yogini Temple #4: Sankhu

Located at the top of a hill just off the road from Nyanang, the Sankhu Vajra Yogini Temple is actually a temple complex consisting of multiple shrines. The central image worshipped at Sankhu is an ancient and extraordinarily sublime image of the goddess Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara, who is enshrined in the lower temple inside a Newari-style building with a gilded copper roof.

Another Vajra Yogini temple in Sankhu

The Vajra Yogini Temple in Sankhu

The statue, said to be self-arising, is painted red in colour. With one face and four arms, two of her hands hold a skullcup and curved knife at the level of her heart, while the remaining two hold a sword and an utpala lotus on either side of her body. Since the sword is her distinctive implement, she is also popularly known as Khadga Jogini, ‘khadga’ being Nepali for ‘sword’.

The self arising Vajra Yogini of Sankhu, flanked by her attendant yoginis. Click to enlarge.

According to a Tibetan source, a powerful and attained female lama used to live in Sankhu. She is said to have attained Enlightenment by relying on Vajra Yogini and benefited countless beings. After she passed away, many auspicious signs are said to have manifested during her funeral, thus indicating her sublime nature. In the end, her sacred remains were inserted into this statue of Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara.

A larger image of Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara cast in bell metal is enshrined in Sankhu’s main (and larger) upper temple. This statue is the one that lay vajracharya priests take on the annual religious procession (jatra) through the town of Sankhu. In both the upper and lower temples, Baghini and Singhini, the Tiger and Lion-headed Yoginis accompany Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara.

A picture of the Sankhu Vajra Yogini statue that is believed to contain the remains of the great yogini who had become one with Vajra Yogini. Click on image to enlarge.

A picture of Sankhu’s Vajra Yogini statue in the upper temple. Click on image to enlarge.

Next to Sankhu’s self-arising Ugra-tara image, a self-arising stone Swayambhu Stupa is enshrined in another Newari-style chapel. The upper temple at Sankhu also houses the actual loom of the Nepali Princess Bhrkuti. Other notable sights at Sankhu include an ancient solid bronze standing Lokeshvara and a solid bronze standing Buddha.

Due to concerns regarding the structural integrity of the temples after the 2015 Nepal earthquake, many of the statues at Sankhu have been displaced from their original locations and moved to other buildings within the temple complex in order to protect them.

The self arising Swayambu Stupa at Sankhu. Click on image to enlarge.

Both Buddhists and Hindus worship Ugra-tara and have their separate Tantras and sadhanas to propitiate her. Although Ugra-tara’s prevailing reputation is that of an ancient manifestation of Vajra Yogini, to Hindus the goddess is known as Sankhu Narayani, a form of Durga. They acknowledge that Ugra-tara was originally a Buddhist deity but nevertheless, Hindu devotees have incorporated her into the Dasamahavidhya pantheon (the ten aspects of the Mother Goddess’ wisdom) where she is revered as the personification of spiritual hunger.

Like many other temples in Nepal, Sankhu is said to have a connection with Guru Rinpoche. It is said that Guru Rinpoche hid 1000 treasure teachings (termas) throughout Nepal in Sankhu and other monasteries, as well as in the environment itself. These termas were to be discovered at a later time to benefit future practitioners.

A stone image of Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara in one of the meditation caves at Sankhu. Click on image to enlarge.

According to the Newari tradition, the Sankhu Vajra Yogini is said to be the oldest of the four sister yoginis of the Kathmandu Valley, the others being Guhyeshwari, Pharping and Bidjeswori. Therefore, Sankhu is inarguably one of the Valley’s oldest shrines. Having such ancient roots comes with its own set of difficulties, and the origins of Sankhu are somewhat shrouded in mystery although the shrine itself is referred to throughout recorded history.

Sankhu has a 5th Century association with Manadeva, and a 7th Century Amsuvarman inscription that mentions a ‘Gum Vihara’ may be referring to the Gvam Vihara of Bajra Jogini (i.e. Sankhu). In Urgyan Ling-pa’s Padma Kathang, Sankhu is mentioned on three occasions in the history of the 8th Century; later on in the 9th Century, it is said that Sankaracarya, a Hindu, may have visited or even resided at Sankhu.

During the annual Bajrajogini Jatra, the sacred image of Vajra Yogini bedecked in finery is carried in a religious procession to bless everyone in Sankhu town.

During the annual Bajrajogini Jatra, the sacred image of Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara bedecked in finery is carried in a religious procession to bless everyone in Sankhu town. Click on image to enlarge.

Therein lies the mystery of Sankhu’s origins. Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara has sometimes been referred to as a wrathful aspect of Tara and although Tara is originally a Buddhist deity, the Hinayana Buddhists of the time would never have worshipped Tara in her Sankhu form as Ugra-tara. Hence, it seems possible that long before the present temple was built by the Nepali King Prakash Malla in 1655, the site was originally occupied by Hindu priests. It was they who established the Devi (goddess) as the chief image for worship and instituted blood sacrifice to her. The hypothesis that Hindu priests originally occupied the site is further reinforced by the fact a devi pitha is not a likely site for the establishment of a Hinayana vihara (as Sankhu eventually became), and blood sacrifice is never performed for Buddhist yoginis.

Nevertheless, the vihara has long since disappeared and the Sankhu of today is occupied by Buddhist Newar priests who once again attend to the temple. If the name ‘Vajra Yogini’ is Buddhist in origin, and a Buddhist goddess was being worshipped at Sankhu in the 9th Century, author Keith Dowman writes that it is unlikely she was Ugra-tara. He postulates that it is possible she was a different deity, perhaps even Naro Khechari (Naropa’s Dakini) herself.

 

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About Sankhu

Sankhu is an ancient Newar town that was once an important stopover on the old trade route between Kathmandu and Lhasa, Tibet. It is located in the northeastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley about 17 kilometres from the capital city of Kathmandu. Unfortunately, earthquakes in 2015 heavily damaged this ancient town and the roads leading there. Fortunately, larger four-wheel-drive cars can still make the journey to Sankhu. At the time of writing, the damaged Vajra Yogini Temple on the northern hillside of the village is being reconstructed but is still open to pilgrims.

Map of the Sankhu Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of the Sankhu Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Motivation, Prayers and Offerings

While at each of the four sacred sites of Vajra Yogini, you should set a good motivation before engaging in making offerings and prayers there. Setting a good motivation and making a very strong dedication, when combined with the action itself, transforms the energies generated into merit, which is essential for our path towards Enlightenment and ultimate happiness. The immense energies from merit can never be used up; rather, we benefit from them over and over again, and in myriad ways until we achieve our spiritual goals.

 

The Motivation

Since these sacred sites are associated with holy Vajra Yogini, which is a Highest Yoga Tantric practice, our motivation should be geared towards receiving and accomplishing her practice for it is through her practice that we can swiftly achieve Enlightenment.

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As such, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche recommends to his students to make the following four aspirational prayers, together with the Mahayana motivation of achieving Enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. These are:

  1. To receive the full initiation of glorious Vajra Yogini in this very lifetime from a qualified lama or master, inclusive of the oral transmission and commentary.
  2. To master the 11 yogas and the generation and completion stages of Vajra Yogini practice; and to engage in a long Vajra Yogini retreat during this lifetime.
  3. To ascend to Vajra Yogini’s sacred pure land, Kechara, upon our passing.
  4. To never be separated from Vajra Yogini in this life and all future lives.

 

Prayers

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Holy sites are excellent places to recite prayers as their benefits are multiplied due to the enlightened energies imbued in the environment by great practitioners and masters who have come before us.

For those who have not yet received initiation, when at these holy sites you can engage in Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa), combined with reciting the mantras of Lama Tsongkhapa, Manjushri, Chenrezig, Vajrapani, Medicine Buddha or Tara. You can also recite your own Guru’s mantra at these sites; it is said that if you are sincere and have tremendous faith, your Guru’s mantra is the most powerful mantra of all.

For those who have received initiation into Vajra Yogini’s Tantric practice, if you have the time, you can engage in your daily sadhana here. Otherwise, you may simply recite her Eight-Line Praise, her holy mantra, and even your Guru’s mantra for the reasons mentioned above.

Before leaving each holy site, recite dedication prayers to dedicate the merits accumulated towards the four aspirations previously mentioned; at the end of your entire trip, seal the merits of your pilgrimage by reciting the King of Prayers, and dedicating it to the great goal of Enlightenment.

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Some of these temples have mani wheels built into the walls. Filled with thousands of mantras and prayers, turning these in a clockwise direction sends the energies of the mantras into the environment, thereby blessing all beings in the area, including yourself and other pilgrims. It is also said that turning these wheels multiplies the effects of our own mantra recitation, and each turn of the wheel is equivalent to reciting the number of mantras that are encased within.

Apart from offering prayers at these sites, visitors and pilgrims can also engage in other merit-generating activities such as prostrations, which help to purify negative karma and lessen the ego; circumambulation, which generates merit and helps us create a stronger connection to the divine through our physical veneration; or even mandala offerings if time, space, and other considerations allow.

 

Offerings

There is a long history of making offerings in the Buddhist tradition. Practices at these four holy Vajra Yogini sites are no different, although they may take on a form more closely related to local Nepali customs, which are steeped in devotional practices. Such offerings include butterlamps, which are offerings of light that can be purchased from the temple’s caretakers who usually prepare them together with their families. Approach the temple’s caretaker and let them know you wish to offer a butterlamp, and they will be more than happy to assist you.

Butter lamps offering

Butterlamp offerings

It is not uncommon for devout pilgrims to offer hundreds, even thousands of butterlamps. The offering of light symbolises the dispelling of ignorance (represented by darkness) and the gaining of true knowledge of existence and enlightened wisdom. Butterlamps are available at temples and shrines all over Nepal, whether Buddhist or Hindu.

Pilgrims will also find that other methods of making offerings are abundant at these temples, including khatas (silk scarves) which symbolically carry our prayers and aspirations to the divine when offered to Vajra Yogini’s sacred images. Flower garlands are frequently available for offering purposes, as are fruits, milk, yoghurt and tea. These are all symbolic of gaining the sustenance we need in our lives.

Khatas

Khatas

Another very significant offering is incense, widely practised throughout all traditions, schools and vehicles of Buddhism. In Nepal, incense offering commonly takes the form of Indian-style incense sticks, or Tibetan-style incense sticks set to light a mound of powdered juniper. The Tibetan style is especially favoured, as the ingredients are specific herbal combinations prescribed in the scriptures. This smoky offering is so popular for its purification qualities that most temples will provide pilgrims with a large incense burner outside their main entrance for this very purpose. Incense offerings inside the inner sanctum are usually left to the temple caretakers to do.

Visitors to the Vajra Yogini shrines will also notice small amounts of money being offered. These are usually symbolically placed near Vajra Yogini as an offering of both our material and spiritual wealth, as well as offering our wishes.

Nepali throwing sindura powder at each other during the Sindoor Jatra (Vermillion powder festival) as part of the celebrations commencing Nepali New Year.

Nepali throw sindhura powder at each other during the Sindoor Jatra (vermillion powder festival) as part of the celebrations commencing Nepali New Year.

Another form of offering that is closely related to the practice of Vajra Yogini is the offering of sindhura (vermillion or powdered cinnabar). It is said that when we gain realisations through the practice of Vajra Yogini, sindhura powder will spontaneously appear on the crown of our heads as an external manifestation of our spiritual accomplishments. This is one of many signs that indicate Vajra Yogini will take us to Kechara Paradise, her pure land, on our passing. Once there, we can focus on our spiritual path even more intensely and attain higher states of being, leading to Enlightenment.

Before leaving each holy site, do not forget to request the temple caretaker for some flowers or dust from Vajra Yogini’s holy body. More often than not, they will be happy to oblige. Store these well in a clean container, as they can be enshrined in our own statues upon our return home.

 

Nepal: An Overview

Nepal, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a small landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia. Nepal has always been a popular tourist destination, not only for its incredible natural beauty or as a mecca for adrenaline junkies but also for its deep spirituality expressed in the daily lives of the locals. With a population of around 26.4 million, this Himalayan nation consists of a multiethnic society with Nepali as the official language. The nation’s largest city is its capital Kathmandu, an urban sprawl which is the location of the country’s only international airport, Tribhuvan.

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The name “Nepal” was first used in the ancient texts from the Vedic Age, the era in which the foundation of the Hindu faith was formed. Hinduism is now the predominant religion of the country. Sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, Prince Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism was born in southern Nepal in present-day Lumbini. Thus, Buddhism continues to be practised alongside Hinduism as a major spiritual tradition within the country.

A map of Nepal. Click on image to enlarge.

A map of Nepal. Click on image to enlarge.

Nepal borders with China to the north, India to the south, east, and west while Bangladesh is just 27 kilometres away from Nepal’s southeastern-most tip. In a roughly trapezoidal shape, Nepal is 800 kilometres (497 miles) long and 200 kilometres (124 miles) wide, with a total land area of around 147,181 square kilometres (56,827 square miles).

The country can be divided into three main geographical regions: the Himalayan region, the mid-hill region, and the Terai region. The diverse landscape includes fertile plains, subalpine-forested hills and eight of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest peak on Earth (8,848 metres above sea level). It is precisely this environment that has made Nepal a draw for nature lovers and extreme sports enthusiasts.

 

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the main gateway for foreigners flying into the Himalayan nation. It is a huge city with a population of 1.5 million in the urban area, and three million across the larger Kathmandu Valley, which includes the surrounding towns of Lalitpur, Kirtipur, Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur and other municipalities.

One of the busy streets of Kathmandu

One of the busy streets of Thamel, Kathmandu.

The entire Kathmandu Valley sits at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres or 4,600 feet above sea level. Traditionally referred to as “Nepal Mandala”, the Valley has been the home of Newar culture, developed by the ancient inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley for thousands of years. The city also functioned as the old royal capital of the Kingdom of Nepal and thus, scattered throughout the city are many ancient palaces, mansions and gardens of the old Nepali nobility. Today, the city is the seat of the modern Nepali republic that was established in 2008.

Kathmandu has been the epicentre of Nepali art, culture, history and the economy for centuries. Most of its diverse multiethnic population are adherents of the Hindu and Buddhist faiths and so religious and cultural festivities are an important part of life for people living in the Kathmandu Valley.

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Due to the city’s role as an important gateway to the Nepali Himalayas, tourism is a major source of income and livelihood for Kathmandu’s residents. Since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed historic areas of Kathmandu on 25 April 2015, the capital is still recovering from the ravages of the devastation and tourism is only just starting to improve again. Tourists will face few challenges navigating their stay in Kathmandu – while Nepali is the most widely spoken language, many of the city’s educated residents can understand and converse in English.

 

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Getting There

As a land-locked country, Nepal cannot be reached by sea; the country is only accessible by land and air.

 

By Land

Visitors can travel overland to Nepal from China via the Kodari crossing on the border; or from India, at either the Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj or Gaddachowki entry points. A tourist visa can be obtained at any of these border crossings.

Kodari, a border crossing from Nepal into the Tibet .

Kodari, a border crossing from China into Nepal.

 

By Air

Tribhuvan International Airport is located in the country’s capital, Kathmandu. A tourist visa can be obtained upon arrival at the airport (see below for visa requirements). Airlines that fly to Kathmandu include: Silk Air, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Air Asia, Thai Airways, Cathay Dragon, China Southern, Oman Air, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Regent Airways, US-Bangla Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Himalaya Airlines, Nepal Airlines, Malindo Air, and many others.

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Airports in Nepal. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Visas

All visitors travelling to Nepal will need a valid passport and one passport-sized photograph on a light (or white) background for the tourist visa application process. Upon arrival, visitors should fill out the application form before approaching the payment counter to submit the application fee, whereupon the visa (if approved) will be issued at the immigration desk itself.

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Payment for the tourist visa is only accepted in one of the following currencies: US Dollar, Pound Sterling, Euro, Swiss Franc, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, Japanese Yen, Singapore Dollar or Hong Kong Dollar.

Note: If you enter the country on a 15- or 30-day visa, these can be extended to the 90-day visa at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. The cost of this extension will be the difference between the tourist visa you already have and the one you are applying for. The process of extension is simple and can take as little as 15-20 minutes depending on how busy the office is. Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in Nepal during the calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31). Below is a table detailing the types of tourist visas available:

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Free Tourist Visas

Free 30-day tourist visas are granted upon arrival to nationals of the following countries: Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Bangladesh. These visas can be extended at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu after payment of the appropriate fee mentioned above.

Chinese nationals are also provided with a free 30-day tourist visa but need to apply at either the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing, the Consulate General of Nepal in Lhasa, the Consulate General of Nepal in Hong Kong or the Honorary Consulate of Nepal in Shanghai to be eligible.

Indian nationals do not require a tourist visa to enter Nepal as long as they have valid identification such as a passport or Electoral Commission Card.

 

Foreign Nationals Not Eligible for Visas on Arrival

Foreign nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine or Afghanistan need to obtain Nepal tourist visas from the Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries before travelling to Nepal.

For more information about tourist visas or for enquiries, please contact:

Department of Immigration Nepal
Kalikasthan, Kathmandu
Tel: 00977-1- 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868/ 4433934
E-mail: mail@nepalimmigration.gov.np, dg@nepalimmigration.gov.np   
Website: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

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Getting Around Nepal

Due to earthquakes, poor road maintenance, weather conditions and traffic in Kathmandu, getting around can be difficult. While there is public transport available, local buses are usually overcrowded and quite uncomfortable. Tourist buses are available on major routes, and car and motorcycle hire is readily available.

However most tourists find it easier to hire taxis (abundant at major sites in cities), to charter four-wheel drive vehicles, or simply catch a flight to other destinations in Nepal. If staying at a reputable hotel, the concierge staff can arrange transport for you. Although these are usually more expensive than your average taxi, they are a lot more reliable.

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Nepal Travel Tips

  1. Bring a universal power adapter: Electricity sockets in Nepal are compatible with European plugs (three round prongs) and are powered by 220v/50Hz electricity. Bring extra batteries as well as you may experience power outages.
  2. Safety: Nepal is generally considered a safe country to visit. If you want to take extra precautions you can register with your local embassy while in Kathmandu, and make photocopies of all your important documents, such as your passport, flight tickets and travel itinerary. These should be stored in a separate place from the originals.
  3. Weather: It is essential to know what the weather will be like during the time you plan to be in Nepal, as the climate can vary greatly. Winters are very cold while summers can be scorching. Pack extra layers, woolly hats, and scarves for winter; thinner clothing, a hat, sun screen and sun glasses are essential for the summer.
  4. Clothing: Dress modestly, especially when visiting temples. Women should keep most areas covered, including the shoulders, chest and below the knees. Men should wear long trousers, and avoid wearing shorts.
  5. Hygiene: Keep tissue and hand sanitiser with you. Some public toilets, even in restaurants, may not have running water, and some toilets may even require squatting.
  6. Water: Do not drink water directly from the tap. Use bottled water, even for brushing your teeth, and avoid drinks with ice in them, since the water used for the ice may not be filtered. Bottled water can be found in practically every shop in Kathmandu.
  7. Face masks: Nepal’s climate is extremely dry and Kathmandu is extremely dusty, which turns to mud when it rains. Parts of the city are quite polluted as well, so it is a good idea to have face masks on hand. Even many of the locals opt to wear such masks. The atmosphere can irritate the respiratory system and cause symptoms such as runny noses, blocked sinuses, mild headaches, dry lips, and even general exhaustion. It is better to be prepared.
  8. Connectivity: Do not expect great internet service. In 2016, Nepal was ranked the country with the second lowest internet speed in the world, so visitors would do well to lower their expectations in terms of Internet speed and service.
  9. Entrance fees: Be aware that some tourist sites such as temples charge entrance fees for foreigners. Always check with your local tour guide or look out for signs near the entrances.
  10. Shopping: You can haggle for better prices for just about anything from taxi fares to souvenirs. Do make sure to walk around before you buy, as there may be something better just around the corner. Do remain respectful when haggling – the few rupees you save may hold an entirely different (and much greater) value for local shopkeepers.
  11. Environmental friendliness: Many shops in Nepal no longer use plastic bags but provide cloth bags to customers for a small fee. It is best to avoid using plastic bags altogether to ensure Nepal becomes environmentally-friendly.
  12. Tipping: In general, tipping is not necessary as hotels, cafes and restaurants add a service fee, which is usually around 10%. Exceptions are tour guides, porters, etc., and you should aim to offer them 10-15% of their service cost.
  13. Avoid: Avoid bars and clubs. These are tourist traps that scam you into buying alcohol and food at ridiculously inflated prices. Some of these places even have a history of intimidation and violence. Also avoid displaying food around temples. Many temple complexes in Kathmandu are also home to monkeys, who may often snatch food (and other belongings) away from you if you have it out in the open.
  14. Foreign exchange: Be sure to exchange your excess Nepali Rupees before leaving the country. Many currency exchanges do not accept Nepali Rupees outside of Nepal itself.
  15. Etiquette: Do not touch someone’s head or sit showing the soles of your feet to another person as it is considered extremely rude. Pointing with your finger is also considered rude; it is best to point with your chin if needed. Never pass food or give something to another person using your left hand, as it is considered unhygienic.

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Where to Stay

As the four holy Vajra Yogini temples are in or around Kathmandu, it is recommended to stay within the city limits. Not only will it be easier to arrange transport to these holy sites, but hotels in the city generally have better facilities.

Most tourists prefer to stay in areas popular with the tourist crowd, such as Thamel. Below are three places recommended as a strategic and comfortable base from which visitors can explore the rest of Kathmandu. You may wish to do further research for other accommodation options to meet your needs.

1. Kathmandu Guest House

Address: PO Box 21218, Ward no. 16, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: (+977-1) 470 0632/470 0800 & +977 9851020484

Website: https://ktmgh.com/kathmandu-guest-house/

Kathmandu Guest House

Kathmandu Guest House

2. Shambaling Boutique Hotel

Address: GPO Box: 3064, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: (+977-1) 491 6868
Website: http://www.shambaling.com

3. Hyatt Regency Kathmandu


Address: PO Box 9609, Taragaon, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: (+977-1) 517 1234
Website: https://kathmandu.regency.hyatt.com/

Those on a limited budget will find many backpacker-style accommodation options online, but be sure to choose one that is in an area with a large tourist population for safety reasons. Those who are adventurous can also check out local homestays for a more authentic experience. Many reputable international platforms have expanded their services into Nepal, for example Airbnb (http://www.airbnb.com). Just be sure to check out previous reviews so that you know what to expect.

 

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Vajra Yogini and Other Sacred Power Places in Nepal

by Pastor David Lai

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Vajra Yogini and Other Sacred Power Places in Nepal was inspired by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche when he took 61 people on a whirlwind pilgrimage to Nepal. This book is an account of the amazing spiritual journey with each temple and holy site beautifully captured on camera along with Tsem Rinpoche’s powerful explanations and stories.

The principle pilgrimage sites which the pilgrims were privileged to visit consisted of ancient caves and temples related to the Tantric deity called Vajra Yogini, the Mahasiddha Naropa and his Guru, Tilopa. There are many photographs particularly of the ancient and sacred Vajra Yogini statues that have never been seen in print – in fact, most of these sites are not even mentioned in the usual guidebooks. It is hoped that this book will serve to inspire intrepid spiritual seekers who wish to make their own spiritual journey to discover the ancient world of Vajra Yogini.

Source: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/vajrayogini-and-other-sacred-power-places-in-nepal

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The Life and Teaching of Naropa

Herbert V. Guenther

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In the history of Tibetan Buddhism, the 11th Century Indian mystic Naropa occupies an unusual position, for his life and teachings mark both the end of a long tradition and the beginning of a new and rich era in Buddhist thought. Naropa’s biography, translated by the world-renowned Buddhist scholar Herbert V. Guenther from hitherto unknown sources, describes with great psychological insight the spiritual development of this scholar-saint. It is unique in that it also contains a detailed analysis of his teaching that has been authoritative for the whole of Tantric Buddhism.

This modern translation is accompanied by a commentary that relates Buddhist concepts to Western analytic philosophy, psychiatry, and depth psychology, thereby illuminating the significance of Tantra and Tantrism for our own time. Yet above all, it is the story of an individual whose years of endless toil and perseverance on the Buddhist path will serve as an inspiration to anyone who aspires to spiritual practice.

Source: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Teaching-Naropa-Herbert-Guenther/dp/1570621012

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The Six Yogas of Naropa

By Tsongkhapa (Author), Glenn H. Mullin (Translator)

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Tsongkhapa’s commentary entitled A Book of Three Inspirations: A Treatise on the Stages of Training in the Profound Path of Naro’s Six Dharmas is commonly referred to as The Three Inspirations. Anyone who has read more than a few books on Tibetan Buddhism will have encountered references to the Six Yogas of Naropa, a preeminent yogic technology system.

The six practices — inner heat, illusory body, clear light, consciousness transference, forceful projection, and bardo yoga — gradually came to pervade thousands of monasteries, nunneries, and hermitages throughout Central Asia over the past five and a half centuries.

Source: https://www.amazon.com/Six-Yogas-Naropa-Tsongkhapas-Inspirations/dp/1559392347

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The Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa

By Glenn H. Mullin

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The Tibetan tradition known as the Six Yogas of Naropa is one of the most popular Tantric systems with all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Structured and arranged by the 11th Century Indian masters Tilopa and Naropa from various Buddhist Tantric legacies, this system of yogic practice was carried to Tibet by Marpa the Translator a generation later. These six yogas — inner heat, illusory body, clear light, consciousness transference, forceful projection, and bardo yoga — continue to be one of the most important living meditation traditions in the Land of the Snows.

This book on the Six Yogas contains important texts on this esoteric doctrine, including original Indian works by Tilopa and Naropa and writings by great Tibetan lamas. It contains an important practice manual on the Six Yogas as well as other works that discuss the practices, their context, and the historical continuity of this most important tradition.

Source: https://www.amazon.com/Practice-Six-Yogas-Naropa/dp/1559392568

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  1. Anne Ong on Jul 16, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Love the wonderful write up and explaination of sacred Lady Vajrayogini iconography and benefits of her practice. I find all forms of Lady Vajrayogni very interesting and captivating.
    Am considering taking up her preliminary practice in the near future if i have the merits to do so. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor David for this blessed and interesting article on four sacred sites of vajrayogini in nepal 🙏👍😘🌈🌻

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 02:48 PM
    Voodoo is an Afro-Caribbean religion where by their practices revolve around specific beliefs and a pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. These African Voodoo practice has been going on for many hundreds of years. It was once misunderstood. Some claimed as witchcraft but they are not and it is still practiced today. It was declared as a true religion where everyone can practices freely and worship as they like without discrimination.
    Because of the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) political agenda and due to the differences from their own belief, they instituted the ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners. At this century everyone should given the freedom to choose what they believes and what to practise without discrimination.
    Is heart breaking to read articles on the CTA’s official website of the ban which has indeed cause disharmony among the Tibetan communities. The Tibetan Leadership at one side said that everyone can have the freedom to practise but at one end they are against it. They are not truly democratic at all. Dorje Shugden practice is banned by the Tibetan leadership while the Voodoo was banned by European colonisers previously. As times goes by the authority accepted the voodoo practice. The CTA should followed the example of what actually a democratic country like by lifting the ban so as people can practice freely to what they want .
    Its wonderful to know of the Voodoo’s practice from the videos.
    May HH Dalai Lama please lift the ban soon to create a peaceful and harmonious communities .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/voodoo-and-the-tibetan-leadership.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 02:47 PM
    Great post for many to have a better understanding of our own Malaysian land…..state of Kedah. Many of us are not aware of the beauty of Kedah. I have been twice there yet still could not cover all corners as it is a vast State. Yes ..its definitely a place to visit this ‘ Rice bowl of Malaysia’ which was sometimes called. Visited the mainland and Langkawi Island which has plenty to offer to locals as well as foreigner. The many places of interests are fantastic which has a historical stories and legends behind it. I have visited those common places like … Paddy Museum, Pulau Payar Marine Park, Tasik Dayang Bunting , Mahsuri’s Tomb and so forth to name a few.
    Visitors to Kedah must try their delicacies which are different from those other states of Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon Ong for this sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-kedah-malaysia.html
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    Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for these useful tips when we engage in a retreat. I think it is very important to set the highest motivation before engaging in a retreat and then focus on it during the retreat. We are really very fortunate to have all the guidance from Rinpoche and pastors and comfortable venue to do retreat here in Kechara. Appreciate Rinpoche’s kindness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/5-practical-tips-for-a-spiritual-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 08:40 PM
    Retreat is indeed a great way to breakaway from our busy schedule to seek for a calm and peaceful mind. Not only that, it is a great way to connect with the Buddha for a few days without any disturbance, just us and Buddha. We are all very fortunate that Rinpoche created Kechara Forest Retreat where we have a conducive environment for retreat. Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness.

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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jul 15. 2018 10:27 PM
    A wonderful news to see Megnath sharing Dorje Shugden practise to his family, friends, students and Nepal’s community. So glad that the powerful practise of Dorje Shugden can be spread to so many places. With the 2 chapels in Nepal, I am sure more people will learn and engage in the practise. Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness in sharing Dorje Shugden and created so many methods and opportunities for all to know him.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/dorje-shugden-arrives-in-nepali-school.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jul 15. 2018 08:27 AM
    It is fascinating to read about the tradition and practice in Sikkim at the time when Lamaist countries were deemed as mysterious and out of reach. Through the writing of Waddell, it came to light that the enlightened Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden was revered by the Nyingma lineage in Sikkim as the protector was placed in a prominent position within the Pemayantse Monastery. Pemayangtse Monastery stood as one of the most prominent monasteries in Sikkim and it was tied to Mindrolling Monastery in Tibet. It was also the seat of Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, a great master of the Nyingma tradition, who through “his mastery of Riwo Sangcho, established and consolidated the Buddhist teachings in Sikkim.” Given the Given Waddell’s proficiency of the Tibetan language and culture, but perhaps not with the religion and its pantheon of deities, Dorje Shugden remained undisputed as a deity venerated by the people of Sikkim at that time. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 08:12 PM
    I am not letting go, so don’t drag me yelps Gizmo! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=a70X2ql5Lys
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 01:43 PM
    Through out human history, villains and unkind beings are allowed to hold office and make significant decision that caused damages, to not just one but many people. For example He Shen during Qianlong Emperor’s time in Qing Dynasty, or Judas Iscariot during Jesus Christ’s time. It is frustrating to learn in hindsight that, for certain particular reasons, circumstantial or purely out of the leader’s selfish motivations, these villains to reign and damage. Shameful and disgusting.

    Back to Depa Norbu, as a person, he is unkind, certainly not spiritual. He is self-serving and unscrupulous. He was given power and ascent to the position of Regent, then he flipped and joined the rebellious against Gelug tradition. Why would the crimes of such a person being covered up? The worst of all, he murdered a highly attained lama who arose as an enlightened protector of the lineage and teachings? Something is seriously amiss!

    Logically, the Tibetan leaders should have drawn a clear line with Depa Norbu and charged him with all the crimes he have done, including the murder of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. It may seem unfair to charge a person centuries after he is dead, but it should not be new to the Tibetan leadership. They are capable for ascribing wrongs to the dead anyway, i.e. alleging TDG for making a bad prayer when he died and arose as an evil spirit, Dorje Shugden.

    The Tibetan leadership should use this unscrupulous tactic now, for the sake of unifying the people as well as undoing the wrong of accusing a highly attained lama (Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen) and reinstating Dorje Shugden. It is really too bad that the Dalai Lama, the King of Tibetan Buddhism and his peers were (still is?) surrounded by people the like of Depa Norbu.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-articles/murder-in-drepung-monastery-depa-norbu.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 03:18 AM
    The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here – https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 03:06 AM
    Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Jul 13. 2018 09:11 PM
    This post brought me back to my days in the university’s time. During 3 years studied in Kedah, I have tried all the foods as stated in the post except fried porridge. At that time, most of my friends are Malays (born in Kedah) and therefore the Buddhism temples such as Buddhist Hermitage Lunas, Wat Kalai etc. are not in our list for visit.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon sharing this interesting post of Kedah. Hope I get the chance to visit Kedah again especially Wat Kalai that built more than 200 years ago by Prak Nikcrodthamadtada.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-kedah-malaysia.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Jul 13. 2018 08:59 PM
    It’s alarming reading this article. Year 2030 is very near and if we don’t do much to help the earth and our environment, we will very soon exhaust our natural resource. We are facing with so much deficiency such as clean water, air, trees and our whole ecosystem are affected. We should create awareness and start taking action to help our mother earth instead of looking for another earth. It is with the right mindset that we can sustain our earth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/time-to-find-a-second-earth-wwf-says.html

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A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his \'assistant\' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
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A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his 'assistant' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae (\'initiation\') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae ('initiation') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
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Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
I first saw this \'red\' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
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I first saw this 'red' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a \'tsakaley\'.
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Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a 'tsakaley'.
Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche

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Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
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Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
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My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
Oser and Dharma meet \"His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche\"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
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Oser and Dharma meet "His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
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Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
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Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
Beautiful and sacred shrine
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Beautiful and sacred shrine
Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w

What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
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Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
Take two minutes and  look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
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Take two minutes and look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
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Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational-  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
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Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
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Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
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A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
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Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
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Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
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Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
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It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
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Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain?

A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don\'t have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA

Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain? A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don't have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA Tsem Rinpoche
Stunning \'nathang\' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
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Stunning 'nathang' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
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Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It\'s beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
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Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It's beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
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His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it\'s the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
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Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it's the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
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Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
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Throwback - Colouring contest during Grand Dorje Shugden Puja 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
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Jenny, Eunice and Nurul Anisa were such a great help to our kitchen today. Apart from serving in the kitchen, they also helped to prepare materials to be used for the needy families' skills training project. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Jenny, Eunice and Nurul Anisa were such a great help to our kitchen today. Apart from serving in the kitchen, they also helped to prepare materials to be used for the needy families' skills training project. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
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Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
Dharma sister Wong Li Yen come to volunteer in our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown during saturday. So kind to spare time to help in the hot sun! Love you. Louise
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Dharma sister Wong Li Yen come to volunteer in our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown during saturday. So kind to spare time to help in the hot sun! Love you. Louise
Daily everyone receive precious gift from our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
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Daily everyone receive precious gift from our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
So glad to have children engaging in dharma practise at a young age. Lin Mun KSDS
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So glad to have children engaging in dharma practise at a young age. Lin Mun KSDS
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