Hunting for the Yeti!

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Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch and Migo are some of the names of the creature that was once known as the ‘Abominable Snowman’. This hairy and bipedal creature is known to roam the Himalayas (and many other regions around the world) and evaded mankind for thousands of years.

The term ‘Abominable Snowman’ was coined in 1921 when Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury led the 1921 British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition, which was chronicled in his book Mount Everest: The Reconnaissance, 1921. In the book, Howard-Bury wrote an account of crossing the Lhakpa La at 21,000 ft (6,400 m) where he found mysterious footprints that his Sherpa guides said belong to ‘The Wild Man of the Snows’ or ‘metoh-kangmi’. ‘Metoh’ translates as ‘man-bear’ and ‘kang-mi’ means ‘snowman’.

An extensive chart comparing the different types of Bigfoot species. This is comprehensive but by no means exhaustive. As you can see, some type of 'wild man' can be found on every continent on earth. Click on the image to enlarge.

An extensive chart comparing the different types of Bigfoot species. This is comprehensive but by no means exhaustive. As you can see, some type of ‘wild man’ can be found on every continent on earth. Click on the image to enlarge.

The use of ‘Abominable Snowman’ began when Henry Newman, a longtime contributor to The Statesman in Calcutta interviewed the Sherpa Guides of the British Mount Everest Expedition on their return to Darjeeling. Newman translated the word ‘metoh’ as ‘filthy’ and decided to replace it with ‘abominable’ instead. This was when the legend of the ‘Abominable Snowman’ was born and has since fired the Western imagination.

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, holds an artist's impression of the Yeti. Sir Edmund Hillary famously believed in the existence of the Yeti, even launching expeditions solely dedicated to finding one.

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, holds an artist’s impression of the Yeti. Sir Edmund Hillary famously believed in the existence of the Yeti, even launching expeditions solely dedicated to finding one.

To this day, the Bigfoot is still considered a myth due to a lack of conclusive evidence by the scientific community. However, for those who are native to the Himalayan region, the Yeti is not regarded as a mythical creature. It is considered as one of the many native creatures that inhabit the upper regions of the Himalayan Mountains. In other words, they have been accepted as real for thousands of years and even today, there are numerous eyewitness accounts from many Tibetan and Nepalese inhabitants from around the region.

One of the footprints that Sir Edmund Hillary discovered while hunting for the Yeti

One of the footprints that Sir Edmund Hillary discovered while hunting for the Yeti

According to native accounts, the Himalayan Bigfoot is an extremely tall ape-like creature that stands over 7 feet tall. These creatures are said to live in caves that are situated high up in the Himalayan range and move at an incredible speed. They are bipedal and covered in brown fur, which is a departure from the old Western depiction of the ‘white-furred’ Abominable Snowman. They live on fruits and berries, and they also prey on yaks, which means that they have an omnivorous diet. In the search for Bigfoot around the world, researchers have gathered mainly eyewitness accounts, a growing body of evidence like footprint casts, several undisputed video and audio footage of the Bigfoot, as well as with eyewitness accounts and reports of encountering these creatures.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who together were the first to summit Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. Both were believers in the existence of the Yeti.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who together were the first to summit Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. Both were believers in the existence of the Yeti.

In the following documentary, we follow travel-adventurer Josh Gates on The Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti through the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal and Bhutan on a mountainous trail through the Himalayas, investigating various clues and eyewitness accounts. The host of this program is witty and the pace of the documentary is fast and exciting, which is coupled with spectacular footage of the Himalayas alongside genuine and intriguing discoveries. This is one of the more exciting Bigfoot programs in recent times that will turn even the most skeptical viewer into a die-hard fan. I’ve watched many other Bigfoot/Yeti documentaries and invited friends to watch them with me, but they showed no interest. This four part documentary was quite well done and exciting. Previously uninterested friends in the Bigfoot/Yeti phenomena pulled up their chairs and came watched the four parts with me! At the conclusion, they remarked it was very good! One even said he is interested in Bigfoots/Yetis now! So hands up for Mr. Josh Gates! You did a good job with your team and I noticed you were very respectful of the native traditions, people and religion. I hope you will visit Nepal again and do further and more extensive research and I know the challenges are great with altitude and climbing. But I hope you do. I really enjoyed seeing Nepal as do many. It is a exotic place and I hope many will visit. I will look forward to you doing more Bigfoot documentaries also in North America and Australia (Yowie). It will be great if we can hear more about Mr. Kuniaki Yagihara a dedicated Yeti researcher from Japan with his own association. Maybe you can team up with him! I liked what little you showed of him when you met up with him. I will be re-watching the four episodes and share with more friends as they were exciting, educational as well as entertaining. But the Nepal locations are my favorite!

I have provided the videos here for strictly educational purposes and I hope many more will take interest in the Bigfoot/Yeti phenomena.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Episode 1: Hunt for the Yeti

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Beginning in Kathmandu, Josh Gates heads high into the Himalayas of Nepal to obtain scientific evidence of the legendary Yeti. This time his mission is personal, and his search for the elusive creature will take him into uncharted territory.

 

Episode 2: The Monster and the Mountain

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In part two of his hunt for the elusive Yeti, Josh Gates ascends higher into the Himalayas to explore caves, examine ancient artifacts and investigate the mystical ties the legendary creature holds with the Nepalese people.

 

Episode 3: Out of Thin Air

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The hunt for the Yeti continues as Josh Gates’ quest takes him from the frozen slopes of Mount Everest to the isolated forests of Bhutan, where Josh uses bait to force a more personal encounter with the creature.

 

Episode 4: Unmasking the Myth

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In the finale of Josh Gates’ hunt for the Yeti, he rafts into the remotest corners of Bhutan to capture some of his best evidence yet of the reclusive creature. Then, Josh returns to the USA, where all of his samples are analyzed to answer the question…is the Yeti real?

Synopsis source: http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/expedition-unknown-hunt-for-the-yeti/episodes

 

People and Places Featured in the Documentary

Kuniaki Yagihara

Kuniaki Yagihara is a seasoned Japanese mountaineer who reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1985. He is also the Chairman of Mountaineering Japan and Yeti Project Japan. He photographed footprints of an alleged Yeti near Mount Dhaulagiri, Nepal in October 2008.

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The Japanese mountaineering group he belonged to said that they spotted several footprints in the snow at an altitude of 14,500 feet (4,400 meters). In the documentary Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti, Yagihara presented footage of an alleged Yeti that was filmed during one of his mountaineering expeditions.

 

Rum Doodle Café

One of the places that Josh Gates visits during his search for the reclusive Yeti is Rum Doodle Café in Kathmandu, Nepal, established in 1980. The café derives its name from the satirical series of mountaineering books called The Ascent of Rum Doodle by William Ernest Bowman. Rum Doodle is the name given to the highest peak in the world in his fictional work. The café itself is plastered with pictures from the book, and has become a venue for planning expeditions to the highest peak in the real world, Mount Everest.

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Food served there is also named after events or characters in the fictional series, such as a bacon cheeseburger with egg named ‘Pong’s Revenge’. In the fictional series, Pong was an anti-hero who did tried his best to stop a handful of eccentric English mountaineers from reaching Run Doodle’s elusive summit. Though the story is well-known as a spoof, it has come to embody the determination and strength that mountaineers who climb Mount Everest need.

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As one of the world’s favourite meeting places for mountaineering expeditions, it has seen the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary (the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest together with Tenzin Norgay), Reinhold Messner (who made the first ascent without the use of supplemental oxygen) and Ang Rita Sherpa (who climbed Mount Everest 10 times without the use of supplemental oxygen). In fact their signatures can still be seen behind the bar.

Modern mountaineers, trekking groups and backpackers still use Rum Doodle Café as a meeting place, to plan their expeditions or share stories of their modern adventures, including tales of the their Yeti encounters. The walls and ceilings are covered with Yeti foot prints, on which visitors have left messages or thoughts for others.

 

Flag of Nepal

Flag of Nepal

Nepal

The Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia wedged between China in the north and India in the south. It has a multi-ethnic population of 26.4 million with Nepali as its official language. The city of Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and the largest city. Major ethnic groups in Nepal are the Newar, Sherpa, Gurung, Thakali, Tamang, Rai, Limbu, Tharu, Dolpo-pa, Brahman / Chhetri, Chepang, Sunuwar and MagarManagi.

Sherpas are renowned mountaineers, often hired as guides and porters for those wishing to ascend Mount Everest. And while there is no ethnic restriction, those from the Gurung, Magar, Rai, Limbu, Sunuwar and Chhetri ethnic groups often join the British Army as the world famous Gurkha soldiers who are known for their fearless military prowess.

Nepal on the world map (highlighted in red)

Nepal on the world map (highlighted in red)

Nepal is renowned for many things including its breathtaking scenery and its reputation as an extreme sport mecca. The country is also famous as a spiritual hotspot, and people travel from all over the world to Nepal seeking spiritual enlightenment. As for the Nepalese themselves, the overwhelming majority are Hindus while some of the ethnic groups consider themselves Buddhists, Jains, Muslims and animist. Due to the country’s position as a spiritual hotspot, ancient religious and cultural sites can be found throughout the country, many of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lumbini is one such example; as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lumbini is famous for being the birthplace of the Buddha and hence one of the great pilgrimage sites for Buddhists from around the world.

 

How to Get There

By Air
Nepal’s only international airport is in the city of Kathmandu. Named Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), it is served by many international airlines including Emirates, Qatar, Jet Airways, Air India, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways. The autumn (Sep-Nov) and spring (Feb-Mar) months are popular tourist seasons so airline tickets usually fill up months in advance for these dates. Airfares depend on both seasons and individual airlines. Most countries around the world do not have direct flights to Kathmandu, so they usually involve at least one stopover in neighbouring Asian countries. The majority of visitors travel to Nepal in conjunction with a trip to India, as there are many international airports with flights to Nepal.

By Land
It is possible to enter Nepal from both India and Bhutan via land. From India these crossings include the Sonauli-Belahiya route that is reachable via Delhi and most of North India, the Raxaul-Birgunj route that is reachable via Patna and Bodhgaya, and the Kakarbhitta route reachable from Darjeeling and Siliguri. Entry to Nepal from Tibet is also possible, if you have the correct permit.

Tourist Visas
It is very easy to obtain a tourist visa when visiting Nepal. On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport or at all land border crosses that are open to foreigners, you are able to obtain a tourist visa. As long as you can pay the visa fee (the immigration offices take payment in USD, and sometime even insist on this), have passport photos on hand for the paperwork, have a whole page in your passport free for the visa and have a passport that is valid for six months or longer, you should have no problem with your tourist visa.

 

Some Famous Sights

The world-famous UNESCO Heritage Site Boudhanath Stupa

The world-famous UNESCO Heritage Site Boudhanath Stupa

Another world-famous UNESCO Heritage Site, Durbar Square

Another world-famous UNESCO Heritage Site, Durbar Square

Nepal is full of incredible, breathtaking sites like this lake at Pokhara

Nepal is full of incredible, breathtaking sites like this lake at Pokhara

The tiny village of Baglung Pani, high in the Himalayas near Besisahar, Nepal

The tiny village of Baglung Pani, high in the Himalayas near Besisahar, Nepal

Swayambhunath Temple, famous for its monkey residents

Swayambhunath Temple, famous for its monkey residents

 

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Flag of Bhutan

Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas of South Asia. Bhutan is sandwiched between China to the north and India to the south. The capital of Bhutan is Thimpu, which is also the largest city, while Phuntsholing is Bhutan’s financial heart. Bhutan has a population of around 770,000 people that consists of mainly Ngalops and Sharchops, who are of Tibetan heritage and the minority Lhotshampa, who are of Nepalese heritage.

The national language is Bhutanese or Dzongkha, one of 53 languages in the Tibetan language family. The official script for the language is called Chokey or ‘Dharma language’, which is basically classical Tibetan. It is estimated that between 66% to 75% of the Bhutanese people are followers of Vajrayana Buddhism, which is also the state religion. The King of Bhutan is known as the Druk Gyalpo, meaning the ‘Thunder Dragon King’. The present King is His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the fifth King of Bhutan who ascended the throne after his father abdicated in his favour.

Bhutan on the world map (highlighted in red)

Bhutan on the world map (highlighted in red)

Bhutan is famous for their adherence to a “Gross National Happiness” policy, a term coined by His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck in the 1970s. The concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards notions of progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing. For this reason, Bhutan is a forerunner in environmental protection and conservation initiatives in the region.

About 25% to 33% of Bhutanese are followers of Hinduism, while the remaining identify as Buddhist. The highest mountain in Bhutan is the Gangkhar Puensum with an elevation of 7,570 metres (24,836 ft). Due to its location, Bhutan has also been a hotbed of Yeti sightings for hundreds of years, especially in the higher mountainous regions and thick forests.

 

How to Get There

By Air
Bhutan has only one international airport known as Paro Airport. It is served by Bhutan Airlines, Druk Air and the Nepalese Buddha Air (by charter only). Considered one of the world’s most challenging airports to land on and take off from, only a certain number of highly trained pilots are certified to land there. Due to Bhutan’s small size, high altitude and relatively small scale of tourism, there are not many flights. Bhutan can be reached by air from neighbouring countries and a handful of other Asian countries. There are no long-haul flights available from countries outside of Asia. Therefore you will need to make a stopover at one of these Asian airports on your way there, if travelling from outside of Asia. The most popular of these airports are Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Dhaka (Bangladesh), and Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati and Gaya in India. Due to the small fleet of airplanes and erratic weather patterns, delays can occur in flight times, so it is advisable to allow at least four to five hours transit time before connecting to or from a Bhutan Airlines or Druk Air flight.

By Land
There are only two official land border crossings into and out of Bhutan. These are Phuntsholing which is reachable from the town of Jaigaon, West Bengal in Northern India. The other is Samdrup Jongkar which is reachable from Assam State in India. Roads to and inside of Bhutan are usually quite narrow and the usual speed of driving is between 35-40 kilometres per hour due to the number of bends in the roads amongst the mountainous terrain.

Tourist Visas
Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals can obtain their tourist visa at Paro airport or the two land border crossings. They simply need a passport that is valid for six months or longer from the date of entry. All other nationals must obtain their tourist visa before travelling to Bhutan. These cannot be obtained in person but must be acquired through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or foreign travel agent. As part of the visa application process, foreign nationals are required to submit the photo-page of their passport to the Tourism Council of Bhutan, via their tour operator. Once the full payment of your holiday, inclusive of the USD40 visa fee, has been transferred to the Tourism Council of Bhutan, a visa clearance letter will be processed within 72 hours. Visitors will need to provide a copy of this visa clearance letter upon entry to Bhutan, where the tourist visa will be stamped into the passport.

 

Some Famous Sights

Taktsang Lhakang (Tiger's Nest Temple) in Paro, Bhutan

Taktsang Lhakang (Tiger’s Nest Temple) in Paro, Bhutan

A view of Taktsang Lhakang from afar

A view of Taktsang Lhakang from afar

Whitewater rafting is a popular activity in Bhutan. This image, taken at Tachog Lhakhang, also features one of Bhutan's famous iron chain bridges, made in the 1300s by Thangtong Gyalpo who is said to have made 108 such bridges throughout Tibet and Bhutan.

Whitewater rafting is a popular activity in Bhutan. This image, taken at Tachog Lhakhang, also features one of Bhutan’s famous iron chain bridges, made in the 1300s by Thangtong Gyalpo who is said to have made 108 such bridges throughout Tibet and Bhutan.

Punakha Dzong, just three hours' drive from the capital city Thimphu

Punakha Dzong, just three hours’ drive from the capital city Thimphu

Tigers at Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan's oldest national park stretching over 1000 square kilometres

Tigers at Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan’s oldest national park stretching over 1000 square kilometres

Thimphu Handicrafts Market

Thimphu Handicrafts Market

 

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  1. wan wai meng on Dec 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I do think the Yeti exist. If we relied on solely on empirical proof and a body, then all the people who have seen or encountered the Yeti are delusional.

    The hunt for the Yeti, may not be feasible as this creature the Yeti, why does it remain so elusive, could it be has above average intelligence compared to other animals and it is in its element in nature he can disappear at will, who knows perhaps it can even read minds of the people who are trying to catch it.

    I like one of the scientist who appeared in the initial part of the documentary, he said that new species are still being discovered as we speak, so why not the Yeti.

  2. Kb Thapa on Nov 22, 2016 at 12:47 am

    This is the of the best documentary ever seen. This team to Find Bigfoot traveling around the world including Nepal in search of the infamous Yeti. They visit monasteries with Yeti relics, talk to witnesses and travel into the dense forests of the Himalayas. Nepal is famous and soo many eye witnesses can not which can not ignored. I would say Big Foot diffidently exist we very near to find him. Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting article…

  3. Uncle Eddie on Nov 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    It is said “Tibetan high Lamas of great standing have reported seeing Yetis or Bigfoots……..There has never been doubts amongst Tibetans, Nepalese, North Indians, Monguls of Siberia that these extraordinary creatures exist. It is also said in the scriptures, that bigfoot/Yetis exist……….!” It was also once reported that, “Domo Rinpoche who used to meditate in scheduled caves and when he gained attainments, Yetis who were Himalayan Bigfoots visited him, giving him special milk, with which he made into powerful healings, which even the 13th Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama also wanted these pills. Scholars, doctors, Lamas and even “conquerors” to the summit of mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary and Terzing Norgay, were both belivers of the existence of Bigfoot/Yeti! As for scientific analysists, Researchers led by prominent Dr. Melba S.Ketchum of DNA Diagnostic authority, were said to have analyzed 111 specimens that were purported to be sasquatch hair, blood, skin and other tissues types. Individuals at other 34 different Hominin Research sites in 14 U.S.States and two canadian Provinces has submitted samples for study. As a result, Dr. Melba S. Ketchum told RedOrbit that “The findings definitively prove the existence of a surviving Hominin in North America!” Therefore, whatever depicted hereto, were true evidences and existences, and there should’nt be any doubts, unless otherwise proven!!! Yes, Yeti is truly in existence! Om Mani Padme Hung.

  4. Kb Thapa on Nov 16, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Bigfoot known for centuries to the Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest of America and Canada. The Yeti has been known to the Tibet and Nepal people as well for centuries…

  5. Choong on Nov 13, 2016 at 2:15 am

    After Rinpoche piqued my interest in Bigfoot, a long time after I read about them when I was a child, I decided to do some research.

    To me, the strongest evidence that Bigfoot exists and has in fact been captured on film such as the famous Paterson, lies in body ratios.

    Here is a short video on Youtube that explains the body ratios.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk6dPSiIG54

  6. Fong on Nov 12, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    There seems to be a lot evidences of Big Foot in landlocked countries or region across the world and especially so in forested areas in high altitude.

    So, even though we have found remains of Big Foot, it does not mean that they don’t exist. If there is the 6-realms of Samsara, then they may exist within Samsara and yet we are unable to perceive them.

    Love reading about the various Himalayan countries and what they have to offer in terms of Big Foot.

  7. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 12, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the story of Josh Gates’ search for the Bigfoot/Yeti. Josh Gates is very passionate and sincere about getting conclusive evidence on the Yeti. He will leave no stone unturned in his search. Yes, there are many names for the BigFoot and so many reports of sightings. However, the trail is getting hotter! Conclusive hard evidence will definitely be found. Already, Josh has taken us on a rather convincing trail in search of the mystic being, that featured significantly in the annals of Tibetan Buddhist Lamas. It gets more exciting now.

    The Yeti is huge in size and has been evasive so far because, I believe, he is very intelligent. The earthquake described in Josh Gates’ first video apparently did not destroy the Yeti in the area where Josh Gates is looking for him.

  8. Stella Cheang on Nov 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Wow, there are many names for “Big Foot”, which goes to show that this being had been in existence in many places and for a long time. They have been elusive which is why human developed interest on them and wanted to “hunt” for it. It can be a good way to bring awareness to places where the “Big Foot” exist(ed). Personally, I believe there is many amazing beings around us either living in the urban with us or in the less explored places. As urbanization take place, it is not surprising that many “Big Foot” exist today nearer to us than before. Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

  9. Bradley Kassian on Nov 11, 2016 at 2:50 am

    So many names for the same being all around the world. Prehaps different subspecies but it’s amazing how there are so many accounts of these creatures. I remember fondly my grandfather who had an encounter along the Thompson River in the Okanagan, BC Canada. He saw one well he was out on a trip. He stated it was picking berries, and had an awful smell. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team. This is a great article. Bigfoot has always been facinating too me from a young age. I just didn’t realize how many names there are of these creatures.

  10. Hayden Chan on Nov 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know that there are so many names for Bigfoot. I actually found a comic book that contains some information about Bigfoot. It is by Gempak Stars,a Malaysian comic company. I forgot the name of the comic. But it has useful information about Bigfoot. Thank you Valentina for writing this post.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:40 PM
    When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime.

    Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind’s energy to let go and we cannot.

    Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim.
    ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 12:11 PM
    Amazing and very creative architecture designed space for our home grown foods.It is a good idea for those living in the cities.The Growroom is beautifully produced made it convenience which enables people to connect with nature surrounding with plants. The smell of herbs and plants makes cities dwellers to live in happiness and healthy.
    Its takes alot of effort and determination for anyone to build a growroom.Well they can do it,if they have the will power….hoping someday KFR will have one too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:39 AM
    Lazynnes ,negative karma!and mends samajas …ITS very very , inderdependent motivations lewwels of awareness Teacher’Quality &sangha quantity ,first when samajas ARE pure Empowerment full blessings later?so give less Empowerment ITS OK.ccTR IS Wise.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:32 AM
    http://www.aikidosydneycity.com/interview-with-takeda-shihan-by-aikikai-hombu-dojo/ yes yes sumikiri!i m sure HE practice martial arts in many previous lives AS well AS have family’karma conected with ai!ki flow,,,so NEUTRAL his re:for attacks ARE.,above normal fighter skills!___and i m skull in maya astro,fine and wanth share:#####paranormalTSEMsection on:::: antarctica aliens& JFK ,Peru as egg skulls.________________have a good day&nice PRactICE.____THE LIGHT be?or just show options that can be used.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:23 AM
    For example B_LOCK can be neutral karma ,butRE_PLAY reactions can make diferent results in second person?
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:22 AM
    NEUTRAL karma not make good ,not bad result!but ITS STill karma so IS not done from lewwels of acomplishment where IS NO NEW karma acumulations.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:16 AM

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
7 days ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 week ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
4 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
6 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR

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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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