Tsongkhapa Retreat Instructions

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FOR A POWERFULLY BLESSED TSONGKHAPA RETREAT


1. PREPARE

  • Buddhist Swastika
  • Kusha Grass (from a brand new broom). The kusha grass must be placed in the centre of the Buddhist Swastika.

Place the stem of the long kusha grass inwards with the tassels facing outwards and place the short kusha grass horizontally.


2. SITTING LOCATION

  • Locate a spot where you would be most comfortable.
  • Place the cushion at the position you have chosen and do not move it from its original position for the entire retreat.
  • Then place the Buddha Swastika with the kusha grass on the spot (under the cushion).
  • Be Mindful not to step on and cross over the other participants’ cushions.


3. TORMA

  • Purchase a clear glass bottle and fill it with biscuits (white area of the diagram). Place it on a place and fill the empty space in the plate (brown area of the diagram) with sweets, candies, etc.
  • At the beginning of every prayer session, add some sweets and candies to the torma, and a few drops to each sensory offering and water offering, visualising that you are renewing the offerings.
  • The tormas for Tsongkhapa and Setrap should be similar size (large) while the torma for the entourage should be smaller.


4. OTHER OFFERINGS

  • Offerings such as milk, yoghurt, candles, cakes, fruits, etc. are strongly encouraged.
  • It is wonderful to have additional offerings of incense and candles concurrently with the retreat session.
  • Names or photographs of people whom you want to pray for or help can be put in a sealed envelope, on a plate or in a box between the mandala and torma (see below). These people may be your parents or your friends, or someone who is sick. They may also be those who have been kind to you in the past or have previously helped you.


5. ETIQUETTE

  • After toilet breaks, you are advised to wash your hands and rinse your mouth before resuming your prayers.
  • Talking during the break is not encouraged.
  • During mantra recitation, if you have to cough or burp involuntarily, go back on your mala beads -7 beads.
  • You have to restart all of the mantras if you fall asleep.


6. Do not move the statues until you have finished the retreat.


7. Do not move the torma until you have finished the retreat – everyday, add a little bit of offering to the ‘base’ of the torma, visualising that you are adding it to the torma as a whole.


8. Do not have prayer sessions at 6AM/PM and 12AM/PM. Sessions are usually from 3-6AM, 7-11AM, 2-5PM and 7-11PM (you can do as many or as few sessions as you like, with a minimum of one session per day).


9. If you are doing a group retreat, everyone must do the same sessions and same number of sessions each day.


10. Each retreat for a particular deity requires at least one statue of the deity and/or a picture representation of the deity (e.g. a thangka, poster, postcard). This instruction is for the benefit of those who are unable to afford statues. Additional representations of other deities may also be placed on your altar to be blessed – after all, a blessing is a blessing!


11. OTHER THINGS TO OBSERVE

  • 5 precepts: Do not kill, Do not steal, No sexual misconduct, No lying, No alcohol
  • Mahayana vegetarian meals: no meat (including seafood), no onion, no garlic, no eggs, no dairy products (cheese, milk etc)
  • Water offering and prostrations are encouraged during the retreat period – do as many as possible during the retreat
  • Minimise entertainment, or too much travelling – The purpose of a retreat is to clear obstacles, and hence this purification can cause obstacles to arise, hence unnecessary travelling should be minimized.


12. PRELIMINARIES

It is recommended to recite the multiplying mantra, followed by a good motivation and mantra of blessing the feet daily at the beginning of the day, before starting the retreat.

Multiplying Mantra: It was stated in the Sutras that when you recite this mantra seven times (7x) in the morning, all the virtuous actions performed by you during the day, including recitation of mantras, will be multiplied by a hundred thousand times.

OM SAMBHARA SAMBHARA VIMANA SARA MAHA JAVA HUNG

OM MARA MARA VIMANA SARA MAHA JAVA HUNG (7x)


Blessing the feet Mantra: When you recite this mantra three times (3x) and then spit on the soles of your feet, it ensures that you do not create the negative karma when you inadvertently step on and kill any living creature, e.g. ants, during the course of the day. It also helps the sentient being to have a good rebirth.

OM KHE TSARA GHANA HUM HRI SOHA (3x)




 

PRAYER TEXT FOR TSONGKHAPA RETREAT



REFUGE

NAMO GURU BEH
NAMO BUDDHA YA
NAMO DHARMA YA
NAMO SANGHA YA (3x)

I take refuge in the Guru
I take refuge in the Buddha
I take refuge in the Dharma
I take refuge in the Sangha (3x)


SANG GYE CHO DANG TSOG KYI CHOG NAM LA
JANG CHUB BAR DU DAG NI KYAB SU CHI
DAG GI JIN SOK GYI PAY SO NAM KYI
DRO LA PAN CHIR SANG GYE DRUB PAR SHOG (3x)

I take refuge until I am enlightened in the Buddhas, the Dharma and the Sangha. By the positive potential I create by practicing generosity and the other far-reaching attitudes, may I attain Buddhahood in order to benefit all sentient beings (3x)


FOUR IMMEASURABLES

May all living beings be endowed with happiness and free from suffering.
May they never be separated from the state of happiness,
and may they always remain in a state of equanimity.
(Thus meditating on the Four Immeasurables)


PURIFYING THE PLACE

TAM CHE DU NI SA ZHI DAG
SEG MA LA SOG MAY PA DANG
LAG TIL TAR NYAM BAR DU YE
RANG ZHIN JAM POR NAY GYUR CHIG

Everywhere may the ground be pure,
free of the roughness of pebbles and so forth.
May it be the nature of lapis
and as smooth as the palm of one’s hand.


OFFERING PRAYERS

LHA DANG MI YI SHO PAY DZAY
NGO SU SHAM DANG YI KYI TRUL
KUN ZANG CHO DRIN LA NA MAY
NAM KAY KAM KUYN KYAB GYUR CHIG

May the offering substances both human and divine,
those actual and those which are emanated,
unsurpassed Samantabhadra clouds of offerings,
fill the entire space.


OFFERING CLOUDS DHARINI

OM NAMO BHAGAWATE BENZA SARA PRAMADINYE TATHAGATAYA ARHATE SAMYAK SAM BUDDHAYA TAYATA OM BENZE BENZE MAHA BENZE MAHA TESHA BENZE MAHA VIDDHYA BENZE MAHA BODHICHITTA BENZE MAHA BODHI MANDROPA SAM KRAMANA BENZE SARVA KARMA VARONA BHIKSHU DANA BENZE SOHA


POWER OF TRUTH

KON-CHOG SUM-GYI DEN-PA-DANG
SANG-GYE-DANG JANG-CHUB SEM-PA
TAM-CHE-KYI JIN-GYI-LAB-DANG
TSOG-NYI YONG-SU DZOG-PAY
NGA-TANG CHEN-PO-DANG
CHO-KYI YING NAM-PAR DAG-CHING
SAM-GYI MI-KYAB-PAY TOB-KYI
DE-ZHIN NYI-DU GYUR-CHIG

By the force of the truth from the three Jewels of Refuge
By the firm inspiration from all Bodhisattvas and Buddhas
By the power of all the Buddhas who have fully completed
Their collections of both good merit and insight
By the might of the void
Inconceivable and pure
May all of these offerings be hereby transformed
Into their actual nature of voidness


JE TSONGKHAPA’S YOGA – GANDEN LHA GYAMA

(Invocation)

GA-DEN HLA-JI NGON-JYI THUG-KA NEY
RAP-KAR SHO-SAR PUNG-DEE CHU-ZIN TSER
CHO-KYI GYEL-PO KUN-CHEN LOZANG DRAG
SEY-DANG CHE PA NE-DIR SHEG SU SOL

From the heart of the Lord of the Gaden Devas (Maitreya Buddha) emerges a brilliant white cloud, like a great mass of fresh yoghurt. Atop sits Tsongkhapa all-knowing, King of Dharma; we request your coming to this place along with your great disciples.


(Prostration)

DUN-JYI NAM-KHAR SING-TI PEE-DEE TENG
JE-TSUN LA-MA JYEH-PI DZUM-KAR CHYEN
DAG-LO DE-PE SO-NAM SHING-CHOG TU
TAN-PA JYEH-SHIR KAL-DJAR JUG-SU SOL

My Lord Guru is seated before me upon a lion throne, lotus and moon cushion. His body is white and he smiles blissfully. Please remain many eons and serve as the great merit field for the growth of my mind’s faith, and for the increase of Lord Buddha’s teachings.


(Praises)

SHE-JYEH CHON-KUN JAL-WEY LO-DO THUG
KAL-ZANG NA-WEY JYIN-JUR LIK-SHEY SUNG
DRAG-PI PEL-JYI HLAM-MER DZEY-PI KU
THONG-THO DRAN PI DON DHAN LA-CHAG TSAL

His omniscient wisdom-mind encompasses all that is existent. His voice is a profound teaching, which ornaments the ear of the fortunate pupil. His body’s beautiful radiance evokes wondrous admiration. To Lama Tsongkhapa, whom merely viewing, hearing or contemplating earns one great merit, I make prostration.


(Offering)

YIH-WONG TCHO-YON NA-TSOG ME-TOG DANG
DRI-JEM DUG-PO NANG-SAL DRID-CHAB SOG
NGO-SHAM YIH TUL TCHO-TIN GYA-TSO DI
SO-NAM SHING-CHOG CHE-LA CHO-PA BUL

I present to you, great merit field, Tsongkhapa, beautiful offerings, water, a display of flowers, fragrant incense, butter-lamps, perfumes and more both physical and mental offerings, vast as the clouds and wide as the ocean.


(Confession)

DAG-GI TO-MEY DU-NEH SAG-PA YI
LU-NGAG YIH-KYI DIG-PA CHI-JYI DANG
CHEY-PA DOM-PA SUM-JI MI-TUN SHO
NYING-NEH JO-PA TRAH-PO SO-SOR SHAG

The unwholesome actions of body, speech and mind, which I have accumulated over a measureless period, especially actions contrary to the three vows (Vinaya, Bodhisattva, Vajrayana), I regret extremely and from the depths of my heart, and reveal each and every such action.


(Rejoice)

NIK-MI DU-DIR MANG-THO DRUP-LA TSON
CHO-JYED PANG-PI DAL-JOR DON-YO SHYE
NGON-PO CHEY-KYI LAP-CHEN DZE-PA LA
DAG-CHAG SAM-PA TAG-PEH YI RANG NGO

We totally rejoice in your magnificent achievements, my Lord, who received numerous teachings and performed the practices with utmost diligence, who abandoned the eight worldly objectives and made the most meaningful use of the eighteen opportune conditions during these degenerate times.


(Request to turn the Wheel of Dharma)

JE-TSUN LA-MA DAM-PA CHEY-NAM KYI
CHO-KU KA-LA CHEN-TI TIN-TIK NEY
JI-TAR TSAM-PI DUL-SHIH DZIN-MA LA
ZAB-JI CHO-KYI CHAR-PA WHAP-TU SOL

All you Holy Gurus, unerring in conduct, may you precipitate a rain of realization of Bodhicitta and Sunyata from the clouds of all-knowing compassion, which fills the Dharmakaya sky, providing for the field of disciples precisely what is needed.


(Requesting to remain)

NAM-DAG WO-SAL YING-LEY JING-PA YI
ZUNG-JUG KU-LA CHAR-NUB MI-NGA YANG
THA-MAL HNANG-NGOR ZUG-KU RAG-PA NYI
SEE-THEE BAR-DU MI-NUB TAN-PAR SHUG

May the Vajra body created from the purity of clear light, free of the rising and setting of cyclic existence but visible to the ordinary viewer only in its unsubtle, physical form, stay on unchanging, without waning, until Samsara ends.


(Dedication)

DAG-SOG JIN-NYEH SAG-PA GE-WA DEE
TAN-DANG DRO-WA KUN-LA GANG-PHAN DANG
CHE-PAR JE-TSUN LO-ZANG DRAG-PA YI
TAN-PI NYING-PO RING-DU SAL-SHEH SHOG

May this merit accumulated by myself and others, beneficially serve all sentient beings and the Buddhadharma and especially may the essential teachings of the unerring Master Tsongkhapa, become clear and enduring.


MIG-TSE-MA MANTRA

MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHEN-RE-ZIG
DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG
DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG
GANG-CHEN KE-PEY TSUG-GYEN TSONG-KHAPA
LO-SANG TRAG-PEY SHAB-LA SOL-WA DEB (21x)

(*Actual retreat mantra – recite thus, as many as possible)

Je Tsongkhapa, crown Jewel of the holy masters of the Land of Snows
You are Avalokiteshvara, great goldmine of compassion untainted by ego’s delusion.
You are Manjushri, great master of stainless wisdom.
You are Vajrapani, great subduer of all the gatherings of demons.
At your feet, famed Lobsang Dragpa, I humbly bow and earnestly request that all sentient beings achieve Enlightenment.


TORMA MANTRA

OM AH GURU BENZA DHARA SUMATI KIRTI SIDDHI SAPARIWARA IDAM BALINGTA KAKA KAHI KAHI (3x)


OFFERINGS

OM AH GURU BENZA DHARA SUMATI KIRTI SIDDHI SAPARIVARA ARGHAM PRATĪTSAYE SVAHA
OM AH GURU BENZA DHARA SUMATI KIRTI SIDDHI SAPARIVARA PADYAM PRATĪTSAYE SVAHA
OM AH GURU BENZA DHARA SUMATI KIRTI SIDDHI SAPARIVARA PUPE PRATĪTSAYE SVAHA
OM AH GURU BENZA DHARA SUMATI KIRTI SIDDHI SAPARIVARA DHŪPE PRATĪTSAYE SVAHA
OM AH GURU BENZA DHARA SUMATI KIRTI SIDDHI SAPARIVARA ALOKE PRATĪTSAYE SVAHA
OM AH GURU BENZA DHARA SUMATI KIRTI SIDDHI SAPARIVARA GANDHE PRATĪTSAYE SVAHA
OM AH GURU BENZA DHARA SUMATI KIRTI SIDDHI SAPARIVARA NAIVIDYE PRATĪTSAYE SVAHA
OM AH GURU BENZA DHARA SUMATI KIRTI SIDDHI SAPARIVARA SHABDA AH HŪM SVAHA

(Thus making offerings)


SETRAP MANTRA

OM MAHA YAKCHA TSA SO HA
(One mala or more)


SERKYM OFFERING

Golden drink offering – black tea, milk or yogurt. Composed by H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche

OM AH HUM (3x)

HUNG NGO DRUB CHAR BEB LA MA YI DAM LHA
TRIN LE DRUB TZE KA DRO CHO KYONG SOG
DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI
BUL LO SUNG KYOB YEL WA ME PAR TZO (T)

Those who pour down the attainments, Gurus, yidam deities,
Performers of activity, dakinis, Dharmapalas, and so forth
This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered;
Never waver in your protection! (T)


HRI KYE PAR GYEL WAY TEN PA SUNG WAY TSO
SE YI TRAB CHEN KOR DANG CHE NAM LA
DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI
BUL LO SUNG KYOB YEL WA ME PAR TZO (T)**

HRI! Especially, principal guardian of the Conquerors’ Teachings,
Setrap Chen along with entourage to you
This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered;
Never waver in your protection! (T)**


KU YI TRUL PA MI ZE MUN PAY ZUG
NEU LU TREN YANG TRUL PO NYAR CHE
DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI
BUL LO DANG WAY DRA WO TSE NE CHO (T)

Body emanation of irresistible dark form,
And your emanated messengers, mongoose, and ‘tsen’,
This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered;
Cut down hateful enemies! (T)


SUNG TRUL DU KYI ME CHE YO WAY GAR
TRO TUM DRAG SHUL TSEN GO PO NYAR CHE
DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI
BUL LO LOG TAY DE PUNG CHAM LA POB (T)

Speech emanation dancing like fire of time’s end’s flames,
And messenger, wild ‘tsen’ with expression of fierce wrath,
This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered;
Banish forces with distorted views completely! (T)


BUM TRAG TON DA TSEG PAY LANG TSO CHE
TUG KYI TRUL PA LHA RIG PO NYAR CHE
DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI
BUL LO MI TUN BAR CHE ZHI WAR TZO (T)

With graceful beauty of hundred-thousand-fold autumn moons,
Mind emanation and messenger of deva family,
This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered;
Pacify negative interferences! (T)


SI SUM YI WANG YE KYIL DUNG GI DRE
NYO JE JE YI GYEL PO PO NYAR CHE
DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI
BUL LO TEN YO LEG TSOG WANG DU DU (T)

Crazer of the three realms’ beings’ minds with sounds
Of right-spiralling conch, and messenger, King of lords,
This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered;
Powerfully attract all goodness of animate and inanimate worlds! (T)


LHUN DUG GANG RI DUM BU KYO PAY NYAM
YON TEN TRUL PA TER SUNG PO NYAR CHE
DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI
BUL LO SI ZHI GE TSEN GYE PAR TZO (T)

With expression shaking the atoms of massive snow mountains,
Quality emanation and messenger, Guardian of treasures,
This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered;
Increase all samsaric and nirvanic excellence! (T)


DUG CHEN TRAG GI SHER WAY SIN PO ZUG
TRIN LE TRUL PA TSEN GO PO NYAR CHE
DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI
BUL LO NEL JOR LE LA TSEL MA ZHEN (T)

In form of a raksha, wet with vicious beings’ blood,
Activity emanation and messenger, wild tsen
This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered;
In yogic activity be not weak of power! (T)


ZHEN YANG LHA LU TSEN DU A TSA RA
MON PA JIG RUNG DREG PAY MAG TSOG NAM
DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI
BUL LO GEL KYEN SOL LA TUN KYEN DRUB (T)

Furthermore, devas, nagas, ‘tsen’, maras and tantrikas,
Tribal natives, and fearsome proud army forces,
This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered;
Dispel contrary conditions and provide all facilities! (T)


(At the verse below, pour tea till finished:)


GYEL TEN SHE DRUB CHO ZHIN GYE PA DANG
DE TZIN LA MAY KU TSE TRIN LE PEL
NO PAY GEG DOG DANG DRA ZHOM PA DANG
CHOL WAY LE KUN TRIN LE YI ZHIN DRUB

Increase Buddhist Teaching and Practice in accord with Dharma,
Augment life span and spread activities of Gurus who uphold it,
Stop harmful obstructers and conquer hateful enemies,
And accomplish all requested aims with activity as wished!

Note: (T) – Pour tea once (T)** – Pour tea 21x or 108x (as instructed)

(End of black tea)


DISSOLUTION

(Dissolving Je Rinpoche into Ourselves)

PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE
DAG-SOG CHI-WOR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA
KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE
KU-SUNG THUG-KYI NGO-DRUP TSAL-DU SOL

Dear worthy root Guru, please ascend the lotus seat atop the head of myself and the other beings, and in your great kindness please remain with us. Bestow upon us the blessings of your body, speech and mind.


PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE
DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA
KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE
CHO-DANG THUN-MONG NGO-DRUP TSAL-DU SOL

Precious, noble, root Guru, please occupy the lotus seat within our hearts and in your great kindness remain with us. Please grant us your blessings for our temporal success and for the supreme attainment.


PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE
DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA
KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE
JANG-CHUB NYING-PO BAR-DU TAN-PAR SHUG

Beloved, noble, root Guru, please occupy the lotus seat within our hearts and in your great kindness remain with us. Please stay on until we achieve the great goal of ENLIGHTENMENT.


100-SYLLABLE MANTRA

[OM BENZASATTO SAMAYA MANU PALAYA / BENZASATTO TENO PATITA / DIDRO MAY BHAWA / SUTO KAYO MAY BHAWA / SUPO KAYO MAY BHAWA / ANU RAKTO MAY BHAWA / SARWA SIDDHI ME PAR YATSA / SARWA KARMA SUT TSA ME / TISHTAM SHRIYAM KURU HUM / HA HA HA HA HO / BHAGAWAN SARWA TATAGATA / BENZA MA MAY MUN TSA / BENZA BHAWA MAHA SAMAYA SATTO / AH HUM PHET]

(Recite the 100-syllable mantra to stabilise the recitation)


COMPLETION DEDICATION

JANG-JUB SEM-CHOK RINPOCHE
MA-KYE PA-NAM KYE GYUR CHIK
KYE-PA NYAM-PA ME-PA YANG
GONG-NA GONG-DU PEL-WAR SHUG

May the precious Bodhi-mind
Where it is not born arise and grow
May that born have no decline
But increase forever more.


TONG-NI TONG-WA RINPOCHE
MA-KYE PA-NAM KYE GYUR CHIK
KYE-PA NYAM-PA ME-PA YANG
GONG-NA GONG-DU PEL-WAR SHUG

May the precious emptiness
Where it is born arise and grow
May that born have no decline
But increase forever more.


DAG-SOG JIN-NYEH SAG-PA GE-WA DEE
TAN-DANG DRO-WA KUN-LA GANG-PHAN DANG
CHE-PAR JE-TSUN LO-ZANG DRAG-PA YI
TAN-PI NYING-PO RING-DU SAL-SHEH SHUG

May this merit accumulated by myself and others
Beneficially serve all sentient beings and the Buddhadharma
and especially may the essential teachings of the unerring Master Tsongkhapa,
become clear and enduring.


KYE-WA KUN-TU YANG-DAK LA-MA DANG
DRAL-ME CHO-KYI PAL-LA LONG-CHO CHING
SA-DANG LAM-GYI YON-TEN RAP-DZOK NA
DORJE CHANG-GI GO-PANG NYUR-TOP SHUG

In all my rebirths, may I not parted from perfect Gurus,
Let me enjoy abundance of the Dharma!
Perfecting the qualities of the stages and paths,
May I quickly attain the rank of Vajradhara Buddha.


GE-WA DI-YI NYUR-DU DAK
LA-MA SANG-GYE DRUP-GYUR NA
DRO-WA CHIK-KYANG MA-LU PA
DE-YI SA-LA GO-PAR SHUG

By this virtue, may I quickly
Realize Guru-Buddhahood
And transfer each sentient being
Into that Enlightened state.


CHO KHI GYAL PO TSONG KHA PA
CHO TSUL NAM PAR PHEL WA LA
GEK KI TSHAN MA ZHI WA DANG
THUN KYIN MA LU TSHANG WAR SHOK

May all conducive conditions arise
And all obstacles be pacified
In order to increase infinitely
The doctrine of the spiritual king, Tsongkhapa.


DA DANG SHEN GI DU SUM DANG
DRIL WA TSOK NYI LA TEN NAY
GYA WA LO ZANG DRAG PA YI
TAN PAR YUN RING VAR GYR CHIG

By the merits of the three times
Of myself and others
May the doctrine of Lama Tsongkhapa
Blaze forever.


NYIMO DELEK TSEN DELEK
NYIME GUNG YANG DELEK SHIN
NYITSEN TAKTU DELEK PEL
KON CHOK SUM GYI JIN GYI LOB
KON CHOK SUM GYI NGOR DRUL TSOL
KON CHOK SUM GYI TRA SHI SHOK

At dawn or dusk, at night or day
May the Three Jewels Grant us their blessing
May they help us to achieve all realizations
And sprinkle the path of our life
With various signs of auspiciousness.


(Dedication for the Guru’s Long Life)

JETSUN LAMA KU TSE RABTEN CHING
NAMKAR TRINLEY CHOG CHUR GYE PA DANG
LOBSANG TENPE DRON ME SA SUM GYI
DRO WE MUNSEL TAKTUR NE GYUR CHIG

May the holy teachers have a long life
May the enlightened activities be fully displayed in the ten directions and
may the brightness of the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa continuously dissipate
the veil of darkness covering the beings of the three realms.


(Dedication for the Long Life of H.H. The Dalai Lama)

GANG RI RAWE KORWAI SHING KHAM DIR
PEN DANG DEWA MALU GYUNG WAI NE
CHENREZIG WANG TENZIN GYATSO YI
SHA PEI SITHAI BARDU DEN GYUR CHIG

In this Holy Land surrounded by snow mountains
You are the source of all benefit and happiness
May your lotus feet, O powerful Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso
Remain in this world until the end of existence.


(Thus making prayers of dedication and auspiciousness)



 

THE KING OF PRAYERS
(Upon completion of the entire retreat)

I bow down to the youthful Arya Manjushri!

O lions amongst humans,
Buddhas past, present and future,

To as many of you as exist in the ten directions
I bow down with my body, speech and mind

On waves of strength of this king
Of prayers for exalted sublime ways,

With bodies numerous as atoms of the world,
I bow to the Buddhas pervading space

On every atom is found a Buddha
Sitting amongst countless Buddhas’ spiritual children,
I look with eyes of faith of the victorious ones,
Thus filling the entire sphere of phenomena

Of these with endless oceans of excellence
Endowed with an ocean of wondrous speech
I sing praises of the greatness of all Buddhas,
A eulogy to those gone to bliss

Garlands of flowers I offer them,
And beautiful sounds, supreme perfumes,
Butter lamps and sacred incense
I offer to all the victorious ones

Excellent food, supreme fragrances
And a mound of medicinal substances as high as Mount Meru
I arrange in a special formation
And offer to those who have conquered themselves

All peerless offerings I hold up
In admiration of those gone to bliss
With the strength of faith in sublime ways,
I prostrate and make offerings to the conquerors

Long overpowered by attachment, aversion and ignorance,
Countless evils I have committed
With acts of body, speech and mind.
Each and every one of these I now confess

In the perfections of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas,
The arhats, training and beyond,,
And in the latent goodness of every living being,
I lift up my heart and rejoice

O lights into the ten directions,
Buddhas who have found the passionless stage of enlightenment,
To all of you I direct this request:
Turn the incomparable wheel of Dharma

O masters wishing to show parinirvana,
Stay with us and teach, I pray,
For as many eons as there are specks of dust,
In order to bring goodness and joy to all beings

May any small merits that may have amassed
By thus prostrating, making offerings, confessing, rejoicing
And asking the Buddhas to remain and teach the Dharma,
Be dedicated now to supreme and perfect enlightenment

May my offerings be received by all past Buddhas
And by all those now abiding in the ten directions.
May all the Buddhas who have not yet come
Quickly perfect their minds and reach Buddhahood, the state of supreme full awakening

May all the Buddha realms of the ten directions
Remain forever vast and completely pure.
May the world be completely filled with Buddhas who have attained illumination under sacred trees,
And may they all be surrounded by bodhisattvas

May all living beings in the ten directions
Always abide in health and joy.
May they live in accord with the way of Dharma
And may their every wish be fulfilled

By my living in the ways of enlightenment,
May I remember my past lives in all my reincarnations;
And in all cycles of death, migration and rebirth,
May a sensitivity for truth be ever strong in me

By my following in the footsteps of the Buddhas,
May I utterly perfect the sublime ways of the bodhisattvas,
And may I practice the faultless, undegenerating, stainless
And pure ways of self-control

May I master all languages that exist,
Including those of the gods, yakshas, spirits and varieties of humans,
As well as all forms of communication of living beings,
That I may be able to show the Dharma in every way

Striving thus and in the transcending perfections,
May I never forget the bodhi mind,
And may I totally cleanse from within my mindstream
All negativities and mental veils

May I gain freedom from karma, delusion and karmic maras
To be able to live in the world unaffected by its stains,
Like an unstained lotus grows in the mud,
And like the sun and the moon shine without obstruction in the sky

For as long as there are Buddha fields and directions
May I strive to quell the misery of the lower realms,
May I place all living beings only in happiness
And bring them only happiness and joy

May I strive to complete the ways of enlightenment
And to abide in ways harmonious with the world.
May I expose to others the ways most sublime
And myself abide in them throughout all future eons

May my ways and the ways of a bodhisattva
Always go together hand in hand
In body, speech and mind
May I attune to their sublime ways

May I never be separated from the good friends
Who reveal the path of the sublime ways
And who wish only to benefit me;
May I never disappoint them even for a moment

May I constantly envision the perfect Buddhas,
The protectors who are surrounded by bodhisattvas,
And in the future may I never weary
Of devoting myself to them with all my strength

May I forever uphold the holy Dharma of the Buddhas
And illumine the sublime way of enlightenment,
May I practice throughout all future ages
The ways and deeds of the sublime path

Circling in the various realms of existence
May I amass inexhaustible goodness and wisdom,
And may I become an unending treasure of qualities
Such as methods, wisdom, samadhi and the experience of a bodhisattva

In every atom are Buddha fields numberless as atoms,
Each field is filled with Buddhas beyond conception
And each Buddha is surrounded by a myriad bodhisattvas,
To all these dwellers in sublime ways I turn my attention

Thus all atoms within the directions
Abide within the space of a single hair
An ocean of Buddhas within an ocean of Buddha fields
Performing enlightened activities for an ocean of eons

Each Buddha, with perfect speech, releases
An ocean of sounds with every word that is said
To satisfy the infinitely diverse tendencies of beings,
Thus does the speech of a Buddha constantly flow

All these conquerors past, present and future
Continually turn the methods of Dharma wheels;
With all the powers of my mind I listen
For the inexhaustible sound of their words

All future eons that could possibly be
Manifest within me in a single instant,
And I myself in a fraction of a moment
Enter into all these eons of the three times

All past, present and future lions among humans
I envision with the instantaneous wisdom
And by the power of the bodhisattvas’ examples
I focus upon the objects of their experience

I manifest Buddha fields past, present and future
Upon one single atom of existence
And then I transform every single atom
Of existence into a Buddha field

By this, when the future lights of the worlds
Eventually gain bodhi, turn the Dharma wheels
And reveal the passing to nirvana’s supreme peace,
May I take rebirth in their very presence

Then may I attain the ten powers:
The power of instant magical emanation,
The power which is a vehicle with every door,
The power of excellent activity,
The power of all pervading love,
The power of constantly positive energy,
The power of passionless wisdom,
The powers of knowledge, method and samadhi,
And the power of enlightenment itself

May I purify the power of karma,
May I crush the power of delusion,
May I render powerless the powerful negative forces
And may I perfect the powers of sublime ways

May I purify an ocean of realms,
May I liberate an ocean of sentient beings,
May I see an ocean of truths,
And may I realise an ocean of wisdom

May I perform an ocean of perfect deeds,
May I perfect an ocean of prayers,
May I revere an ocean of Buddhas,
And may I practice untiringly for an ocean of eons

Through my practice of the sublime bodhisattva ways,
May I gain the enlightenment of Buddhahood
And then fulfil the enlightened and sublime aspirations
Of the Buddhas, past, present and future

In order to match the ways of the sage
Called Samantabhadra, the always sublime one,
Chief amongst the awakened ones’ spiritual children,
I now dedicate all virtues that I possess

Just as the sublime sage Samantabhadra,
Dedicated all pure practices of body, speech and mind
To the attainment of a pure state and pure realms,
So do I now dedicate the fruit of all my efforts

In order to engage in all sublime virtues
I offer the prayer of Manjushri;
In the future may I never become faint
In striving to perfect the exalted bodhisattvas’ way

May my deeds never reach a limit,
May my qualities of excellence become boundless
And by abiding in immeasurable activity,
May I find Buddhahood, the state of limitless manifestation

Limitless is the extent of space,
Limitless is the number of sentient beings
And limitless is the karma and delusions of beings,
Such are the limits of my aspirations

One may offer supreme ornaments of the Buddha fields
Of the ten directions to the conquerors
And also offer the highest joys of humans and gods
For eons numerous as atoms of the world

But to read or hear the King of Prayers
With eyes looking towards supreme illumination
And faith shining in one’s heart for even an instant
Gives birth to far more superior merit

Should anyone recite this aspiration of sublime ways,
They will pass beyond all states of sorrow,
Will rise above all inferior beings and gain
A vision of Amitabha, Buddha of Infinite Light

Even in this very lifetime,
All sublime joys will be theirs,
The experiences of the all sublime Samantabhadra
Without obstructions, will quickly be theirs

Merely by giving voice to these aspirations
Of the sublime ways of a bodhisattva,
The effects can only be known by an omniscient Buddha;
Therefore doubt not that it leads to enlightenment

In order to follow the excellent examples set
By the wisdom of the bodhisattva Manjushri,
And the always sublime Samantabhadra,
All virtues I dedicate to their peerless ideals

All conquerors passed into the three times
Have praised as supreme this peerless dedication;
Therefore I also surrender all roots of my activities
To the sublime goals of a bodhisattva

When the moment of my death arrives,
May I remain free from the spiritual obscurations;
May I perceive the face of Amitabha
And transmigrate to Sukhavati, the pure land of joy

Having arrived there, may I fulfil
All aims of this prayer of aspirations
And benefit the countless living beings
Residing throughout the ten directions

In the joyous Mandala of Amitabha, Buddha,
May I be reborn from a beautiful lotus
And may I there have the pleasure of gaining
A pure prophecy from Amitabha, himself

Having won this word of prophecy
By the power of mind, may I fill all directions
With many millions of mystical emanations
And bring limitless benefits to the world

If by reciting this prayer of the sublime ways,
I have amassed a tiny fragment of goodness,
May it work immediately to fulfil
All Dharmic hopes of the living beings


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22 Responses to Tsongkhapa Retreat Instructions

  1. Adeline Woon on May 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Rinpoche, why do we have to avoid praying sessions as mentioned in Point 8, i.e. 12am/pm & 6am/pm?

  2. Rafael on May 18, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

    I will start right away on this retreat!

  3. Roy Martinez on Jul 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I have a question regarding the hours. In your teaching “Mirror Mirror on the wall” you say you have to avoid certain hours when doing meditation. Is this just retreat instructions or instructions that people should follow daily?

    • tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      Those were for retreat instructions. Thanks.

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    May I have the good fortune to do such retreats in the future. Rinpoche said people who have entered retreats and if they have done it well when they come out of it they are very different. Like they have let go a lot of samsara.

  5. James Long on Nov 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    我们一生人最好能够腾出一段时间来做闭关。我们照顾身体,却没有照顾自己的心灵。我们会吃好的食物,可是我们的心灵,我们“喂”他吃了什么补品?
    宗喀巴大师闭关是最适合现代的人,尤其是有忧郁症倾向的人。加油!

  6. norden tamang on Jan 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Is there life after death? If yes how could we say there is life after death? We need some evidence, don’t we?

    • David Lai on Feb 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Dear Norden Tamang,
      There is evidence. There is a growing interesting in Past Life Regression therapy in the west. This is already a legitimate field of study. There are countless cases all over the world where people could remember their past lives.

      This is revealed under hypnosis and the details given are astoundingly accurate and some have even baffled scientists and researchers on the accuracy of the information. On top of that, many of the test subjects are not even Buddhist or Hindu and they have no background in their believe in past lives.

      Rinpoche had blogged many cases all over his blog and here is one recent one. -http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/reincarnation-true-or-false.html Please go in, read and watch the video. There’s just so much evidence that it is impossible not to have at least an intellectual belief in reincarnation.

  7. James Long on Oct 4, 2013 at 3:23 am

    宗喀巴大师是我们现代人最需要修的佛,去除我们混沌的思想,平息我们负面的思想,给我们力量,勇气去面对每一天。有机会一定要做宗喀巴大师的闭关,奖励自己,让自己有个开心的每一天。

  8. Soon Huat on Oct 4, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for being so compassion to share such the beneficial Tsongkapa Retreat procedure with us. The instruction is very detail and flexible. Really hope one day I can do it or Penang group can have one session of it in near future.
    Thank You Rinpoche

  9. Janice Kwok on Oct 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this. i like the suggestions of the torma because it makes it easy for us to setup and do it. It was mentioned in the text that Buddha sat on kusha grass. is there an alternative to this? Why do we avoid praying sessions within the hours mentioned? Thank you.

  10. jerry_sito on Oct 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    感恩仁波切的爱

    总是给予我们最好与最适合我们的修持法,并给予我们很多的讲解与分析,让我们有机会修持与把闭关掌握的很好

    宗喀巴大师是我们现代人最需要修的佛,去除我们混沌的思想,平息我们负面的思想,给我们力量,勇气去面对每一天。有机会一定要做宗喀巴大师的闭关,奖励自己,让自己有个开心的每一天。

  11. Wei Theng on Oct 14, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the instruction and explanation and also have David to share to us.
    The explanation is very clear. Thank you Rinpoche for allowing us to engage in this powerful Tsongkhapa Retreat.
    Will work and prepare on the necessaries so that can engage in this retreat as soon as possible.
    With folded hands..

  12. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on Oct 19, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the detailed and accurate instructions during the Tsongkhapa Retreat. May all of us have the merits to engage in Tsongkhapa Retreat and transform our mind to be free from all the attachments, free from delusions, free from sickness, free from hatred or anger, free from wrong views and free from samsara by achieving the liberation and Enlightenment.

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  16. Michael C. on May 2, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I want to do this retreat eventually but I want to master the outer preliminaries, complete 100,000 prostrations, and a few other things first. Thank you for providing the text here. As it stands now I don’t feel I have enough diligence to see this retreat through. I am waging war on my laziness & bad habits but the war has not been won yet. This must have taken you all day to type up.

  17. patriciasnodgrass on May 6, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I’m looking forward to doing this within the next couple of week. <3

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  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:30 AM)
    Ms. Sarah Yap, Pastor David and Pastor JJ are working with me to come out with a powerful practice of Trakze. We should be finishing soon and will post on the blog. It is the first of it’s kind and I wish that it will bring benefits to many beings. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:17 AM)
    Every single day now I look forward very much to the day coming soon where the disappointing ban against the World Peace Buddha Protector Dorje Shugden will be over. It will be soon. Everything the Tibetan leadership has said against the Dorje Shugden practice has not made any sense. At first it sounded good, but as time goes on, educated people are examining their claims and coming to the conclusion it does not make sense. More are speaking out. Any government or leader should never criticize or ‘advise’ against any religious faith, path or practice. It is politically wrong not to mention it infringes on our religious freedom. If you don’t like a certain religious path, you keep it to yourself and not announce it publicly disappointing many.Un-democratic. What is important is look at the person not their skin color, race, religion or economic background. Religious apartheid must be removed even in the ‘advices’ we give others. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:15 AM)
    In Malaysia we are blessed with a government that allows us religious freedom and for that I am thankful. So the Dorje Shugden issue should not be brought to Malaysia and Malaysian Buddhists have the right to explore the practice of Dorje Shugden without interference from any outside governments or outside religious authorities.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dalai-lama-china-shugden.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:13 AM)
    In the Gelug Monasteries debate is an integral part of learning, retaining and understanding the Buddha’s teachings. So I laid out three possible debate scenarios for you. Therefore whatever is in the questions and in the answers is not definite but it is just thoughts I had. I would like all of you to read through it carefully and not be offended by what I say because no matter what I say, I still have the deepest respect for the Dalai Lama and my faith is unwavering in him, my teachers, my practice and my protector.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/can-tibetan-lamas-make-mistakes.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:12 AM)
    你不享受宗教自由吗?你喜欢因为你的信仰被另一些人标签为恶劣的而被禁止上学、被迫与你的朋友和亲人隔开、不被允许经商吗?我们可以争吵至湿婆、梵天和毗湿奴毁坏、重建再保留宇宙几百次,即使是这样,我们也不会争出个胜负、对错来。事实是:我们每一个人都有权接受平等的对待,没有人应该面对基于自己的宗教信仰而被某些条例和规则所束缚的不公。无论我们的信仰是否被接受,或是否被视为正统的,说到底我们还是凡人一个。我们都需要食物、关爱、慈悲的对待,更值得拥有不可剥夺、与生俱来的权利,好比说选择的自由。不管是世俗或是宗教的领袖都不应从我们身上剥夺此权利。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/%E6%88%91%E5%BF%A0%E4%BA%8E%E6%88%91%E7%9A%84%E4%BF%AE%E6%8C%81.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:09 AM)
    当雄登修持者靠近佛陀、莲花生大士或宗喀巴大师的时候,这些证悟者会将他们赶走,并说他们破坏了三昧耶,所以是不合格,也不纯净的人吗?

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/%E9%9B%84%E7%99%BB%E4%BA%BA.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:08 AM)
    “纯净的传承十分重要。它不仅必须拥有纯正的来源,还要能够说明出处。根据宗喀巴大师传承,即格鲁派,当上师授予教诲的时候,他们必须说明来源、出处,以及他们在何时接受这项教诲。上师不能随意告诉你“我从文殊菩萨那儿接受这项修持……”

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/a-gift-from-geshe-kelsang-gyatso.html
  • tsemtulku
    (Thursday, Jan 29. 2015 01:38 PM)
    Every single day now I look forward very much to the day coming soon where the disappointing ban against the World Peace Buddha Protector Dorje Shugden will be over. It will be soon. Everything the Tibetan leadership has said against the Dorje Shugden practice has not made any sense. At first it sounded good, but as time goes on, educated people are examining their claims and coming to the conclusion it does not make sense. More are speaking out. Any government or leader should never criticize or ‘advise’ against any religious faith, path or practice. It is politically wrong not to mention it infringes on our religious freedom. If you don’t like a certain religious path, you keep it to yourself and not announce it publicly disappointing many.Un-democratic. What is important is look at the person not their skin color, race, religion or economic background. Religious apartheid must be removed even in the ‘advices’ we give others. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 03:05 PM)
    Dorje Shugden followers in the millions will not abandon their practice. So it would be good leaders of the Dorje Shugden practicing community met with the Tibetan leadership to work out something that will be a win-win situation for both sides. His Holiness Dalai Lama wants to meet the Chinese current leaders to resolve the Tibet issue. Why not meet the Shugden followers to resolve this issue too? Why forgive one ‘enemy’ and ignore another?~Tsem Rinpoche (Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431)
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 04:59 AM)
    Bradley Kassian: Might interest a few people here. It’s amazing what can pop up on youtube these days. This initiation of Dorje Shugden was conferred in Los Angeles in the 1980s onto Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen’s own students in Thubten Dhargye Ling. Prior to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche giving the advice, Geshe-la formally requested Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to give an initiation of Dorje Shugden. Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen was a very strong and devoted practitioner of Dorje Shugden and you can hear Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen’s voice at the beginning of the video. After the formal request was made, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche himself, who is the overlord of all tantric mandalas, gave the profound initiation of Dorje Shugden to Geshe-la and all his disciples. And thereafter, Geshe-la and all his students practiced Dorje Shugden very strongly and very devotedly until the ban. : http://youtu.be/f6KuCPKDuCI
  • abby foo
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 08:01 PM)
    Now I understand, spirituality is NEVER about how great my practice, my Guru, my lineage are. Spirituality is NOT a competition of I am better than you or I am the best, spirituality is NEVER about right or wrong, higher or lower, bad or good. All these are what make us bitter and unhappy, and are the reasons why we came to seek spirituality because we know deep down inside we should be someone with a more opened heart that accepts and tolerates. Why putting ourselves back to the bitter situation again when we are in spiritual?

    Then what is spirituality? From Tsem Rinpoche’s actions and teachings, I know loyalty IS spirituality. Humble, tolerance, respect, understanding, keeping promises and being kind are spirituality no matter what you practice, no matter what is your religion/belief. All the qualities above have nothing to do with what your religion/belief are, but how you act, speak and think determine if you are a spiritual person.

    Those who don’t like Dorje Shugden, why keep condemning people over and over? Why speaks against it over and over? If you think you going to stop people from getting ‘harm’ because Dorje Shugden is bad, your intention is to stop harm, but why end up you actually CREATING HARM everytime you speak against Dorje Shugden and put those who practice it down??? If your intention is pure and kind, then the results should be pure and kind too, but obviously you are hurting people’s belief and emotions, and you show no respect to people.
  • Ashlee
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:33 PM)
    Buddhism is about following the true lineage passed down from Buddha Shakyamuni to his disciples and i personally find that Buddhist teachings are very logical hence i continue to learn and practice it by following my Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. If Dorje Shugden is an enlightened protector practices by high lamas such as Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and passed down to Tsem Rinpoche, how can they be doing the wrong practice? After all, Dorje Shugden is an “Enlightened Protector” and not just any normal worldly protector. Enlightened protector are suppose to help excel our Dharma practice and help us clear away our Dharma obstacles in this degenerate age. Logically speaking, then how can an enlightened protector bring harm to us or even help us to harm others? Also how can an enlightened being harm another enlightened being? That is illogical.Each of us bring with us imprints from previous lives and for some of us, we do have strong affinity with Dorje Shugden due to our practices from previous lives. I personally feel that i have a very strong affinity with Dorje Shugden protector and if it’s good enough for my Lama and his root Gurus and other high lamas to practice it, i think i can safely practice it without any doubt and at the same time still respect H.H. Dalai Lama. Thank you Rinpoche for speaking up.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:25 PM)
    Tsem Rinpoche: I hadn’t spoken up about the Dorje Shugden ‘conflict’ for 15 years. Let me explain why: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:24 PM)
    When we find kind people, We appreciate them, When we find difficult people, We find ways to forgive them, When we find sad people, We find ways to uplift them, When we find people without hope, We find a way to give them light, By doing this tirelessly, We find our true selves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:08 PM)
    When we find kind people,
    We appreciate them,
    When we find difficult people,
    We find ways to forgive them,
    When we find sad people,
    We find ways to uplift them,
    When we find people without hope,
    We find a way to give them light,
    By doing this tirelessly,
    We find our true selves.~Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

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Trakzey is a special practice to help us bless our environment, for protection for our family, dispel negative energy and negative entities. We've just published and it's live for the first time!!! See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57357
5 hours ago
This description sounds like me perfectly. Tsem Rinpoche
7 hours ago
This is super good news. Let's hope this trend continues to grow massive until everything is vegan. Tsem Rinpoche 
20 hours ago
In the monasteries we debate out issues for a logical conclusion. I have laid out three possible scenarios regarding: CAN TIBETAN LAMAS MAKE MISTAKES? Please take a look and let me know what you think: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57528
yesterday
Dorje Shugden followers in the millions will not abandon their practice. So it would be good if leaders of the Dorje Shugden practicing community met with the Tibetan leadership to work out something that will be a win-win situation for both sides. His Holiness Dalai Lama wants to meet the Chinese current leaders to resolve the Tibet issue. Why not meet the Shugden followers to resolve this issue too? Why forgive one 'enemy' and ignore another?~Tsem Rinpoche (Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431)
2 days ago
Adorable little boy paying respects to Lord Shugden. 
2 days ago
I hadn't spoken up about the Dorje Shugden 'conflict' for 15 years. Let me explain why: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431
3 days ago
Scotch and Mykol who are Valentina's wonderful good friends came to our LA Tsem Ladrang to have dinner. I am so glad they can come as they are nice friends. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
January 15, 2015. On today's Vajra Yogini day, the ladrang arranged a Vajra Yogini mandala made of flowers as an offering. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche 
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January 15, 2015. Today is Vajra Yogini day. So Pastor Jj and our wonderful team has arranged these beautiful offerings on my shrine. Nice.  Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Uncle Lai for years now without a miss comes in once a week to clean the altar of the ladrang. To clean the sacred spots where holy images reside is considered good purification of karmas. He never misses this and then upon completion he makes nice fresh offerings. Uncle Lai is generally a very kind and reliable person. We all love him. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche said to me a few years back that in order to practice or teach dharma these days, it's like being a white crow among the black. That means we will stand out and look unusual. But no matter what we must persevere. I miss this great teacher so much since his passing. He was gentle, scholarly, erudite, accomplished in sutra and tantra and had a very loving demeanor. He treated everyone equally and his vows of a monk were spotless. He was like a bright sun in the night sky. Even the first time I met him, he impacted me very strongly. I have received many teachings from him. He was a student of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H. H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I brought 60 students with me from various countries to have audience with Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche the last time I had a chance to gaze upon his golden face. His perfect incarnation has returned. May he manifest in this incarnation as the previous. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche with his close disciple Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche. Very beautiful and old vintage picture. TR
2 weeks ago
This was the first woman to request Buddha to become a nun. Because of her, the nun's tradition began. She is a Arhat in the Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Tradition. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
January 10, 2015. Nice to see Kecharians studying the dharma together today. I really enjoy seeing this and Pastor Shin was leading the class. Thank you.
3 weeks ago
How lucky I would be to live here...TR
3 weeks ago
Must share this wisdom always. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is wonderful to remember. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Pastor Niral giving a talk in Kechara. Wonderful.
3 weeks ago
January 9, 2015. Pastor Seng Piow takes his little nephew out for some toy shopping. The little guy was waiting anxiously to go out. 
3 weeks ago
His Holiness 9th Panchen Lama in Calcutta in 1905.
3 weeks ago
How nice. What a great gift from Mavis Yeh.  Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I was so lucky to get teachings by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche today on the SIX YOGAS OF NAROPA translated by Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche. And also Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche was the one who sent me these videos. How fortunate for me to get this. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
We have wonderful Kechara dharma seniors who are good and caring guides for our precious youths. I am happy to see this. Youths are so important. We must love them, respect them and share dharma with them to they mature into good people. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
Beautiful Lady Buddha, not everyone has realized you are the alpha and omega of our inner liberation. Our mind constantly wanders in karmic creations weary yet still travelling of no choice. I seek the solace of your embrace to experience great bliss and home. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Does this picture remind you where all of our lives are eventually heading to? It's just where in line are you right now? But you still are in line.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
We have to save this one and reflect upon it. TR
4 weeks ago
Very powerful. Never be stuck in our comfort zones. Think out of the box and do more to accomplish our goals. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
I love this type of environment so much. TR
1 month ago
Special gifts of toys and snacks for some special doggies...
1 month ago
This is very helpful. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
We have to be ready to change when we seek a teacher otherwise stay hidden.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
15 minutes to watch this will blow your mind: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=55883
1 month ago
H.H. the current Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche -December 2014
1 month ago
December 2014-His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in front of the largest Tsongkapa statue in the world. This Tsongkapa is in Champa Ling Monastery, Chamdo, Tibet. 
1 month ago
This is the perfect setting of the environment of where I like to live. With trees, blue waters, mountains, green, speckled with flowers. TR
1 month ago
Nothing can be found without searching for it. Just because others say you can't do it or don't believe in you or you can't see it, doesn't mean it cannot exist. Never give up!~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
This Manjushri is in Kechara's publishing wing. Stunning. TR
2 months ago
This Tara is beautiful. Save the pictures. TR
2 months ago
Having dinner with special friends from around the world. We are honored to be with Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. 
2 months ago
This is very powerful. Share it. TR
2 months ago
Decemeber 2014-They just finished their Tsongkapa retreat and I am so glad for them. TR
2 months ago
We have so many mysteries and some can be proven while others not. TR
2 months ago
Amazing and so appropriate for some. 
2 months ago
This is so true and we have to think about it carefully. 
2 months ago
This is so true. It makes sense. 
2 months ago
Good dharma friends explore interesting places together.
2 months ago
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  • Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
    3 months ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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    3 months ago
  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    5 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    5 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    5 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    6 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    8 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    9 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    11 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    11 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    2 yearss ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    2 yearss ago

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Reading and hold discussions on Tsem Rinpoche's blog chat weekly promotes healthy learning together @ Kechara Puja House team. 29Jan15 may ong
11 hours ago
House blessing in a new house today lead by Pastor Yek Yee and puja team. 29Jan15 may ong
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Alter setup of Dorje Shugden for a sponsor today in Kechara Puja House. 29Jan15 may ong
11 hours ago
Homeless no more! Uncle Tai (who was beaten and robbed the other night) is now living life #offthestreet. We also gave him new set of clothes and shower before referring him to Pusat Kebajikan Global for permanent stay. It took us quite a few days prior to this to build the trust that we can actually help him. Happy that this 72 year old uncle is now able to sleep on a comfortable bed with people taking care of him. Justin@KSK
12 hours ago
Students from INTI International University & Colleges who helped in the kitchen today! Justin@KSK
13 hours ago
Bless your home with beautiful Dorje Shugden canvas thangka available now at Kechara House gompa souvenir shop. Lucy Yap
15 hours ago
Karma is not fixed, take hope in that.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
15 hours ago
No matter how big the opposition is, keep trying.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
16 hours ago
Bless your home with this beautiful Dorje Shugden canvas thangka now available for invite at Kechara House gompa souvenir shop. Lucy Yap
16 hours ago
16 hours ago
Sometimes we have to realize nothing is fixed~~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
16 hours ago
Our life is filled with endless mysteries, embrace them and don't be attached~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
16 hours ago
Love is easy if we surrender our anger~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
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We could never harm another, but that doesn't mean we sit by and be harmed. ~ Tsem Rinpoche_Share by Frederick Law
yesterday
I am not always available to meet, but my teachings are online always.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
yesterday
I am not always available to meet, but my teachings are online always.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
yesterday
Being kind to animals should be effortless.~Tsem Rinpoche_Share by Frederick Law
yesterday
Weekly Dzambala puja (E) at Kechara House gompa was led by Tat Ming and assisted Choo Weng Loong. Time: 8pm to 9.30pm. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Tonight's puja attendance in Kechara gompa for Lord Setrap and Dorje Shugden in chinese lead by Pastors. 28Jan15 may ong
yesterday
At Puja House other than doing Torma, pujas, volunteers and staffs gathered to learn and discuss Dharma together from H.E Tsem Tulku Rinpoche Blog. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/
yesterday
Weekly Dzambala puja (E) at Kechara House was led by Tat Ming and assisted by Choo Weng Loong. Time: 8pm to 9.30 pm. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Our Wednesday "A" team (from left) Ashley, Annabelle, Angeline and Agnieszka. Justin@KSK
2 days ago
Kechara House gompa is beautifully set up for tonight's auspicious double Protector Dorje Shugden and Setrap puja. Puja starts at 8pm to 9.30pm. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
New volunteers, Shuni and Hecelus Tan prepared cleaned fruits for the 1st double protector puja in chinese tonight. 28Jan15 may ong
2 days ago
#Gyabshi puja for a sponsor to remove dangerous negative energy and obstacles of health, financial or supernatural causes. 28Jan15 may ong
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