A Wish-fulfilling Shrine

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The 9-foot Dorje Shugden statue in Kechara Forest Retreat. Click on image to enlarge

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The Kechara Buddhist Organisation’s Puja (prayers and rituals) House was established to perform a wide range of authentic prayers and rituals for the sick, dying, deceased and those who are going through tremendous obstacles; or even simply wishing to invoke the powers of the Buddhas for their wellbeing or success. Amongst the many pujas that are available at our Puja House, the Dorje Shugden and Medicine Buddha pujas are the most popular due to their effectiveness in removing obstacles, healing the sick, assisting the dying or the deceased and also in accumulating spiritual merit. In addition to prayer services, Kechara’s Puja House also accepts requests to make a range of offerings to the Buddhas on behalf of members and practitioners.

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In recent years, offerings of candles and incense to Dorje Shugden have become extremely popular. Due to the karmic affinity between Dorje Shugden and the people of our time, this enlightened Dharma Protector has proven to be exceptionally swift in responding to prayers and bestowing blessings and protection. As such, making offerings to Dorje Shugden is now recognised as one of the most efficacious ways to accumulate merits in order to fulfil both our spiritual and mundane aims.

To accommodate the growing requests to make offerings to Dorje Shugden, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche saw there was a need for a much larger outdoor space where people would be able to make offerings in a safe, sanctified environment. Thus, the project to develop an outdoor Dorje Shugden chapel was launched.

Work began a few months ago to create this outdoor chapel, located behind the sacred Vajra Yogini Stupa and next to Wisdom Hall where Rinpoche has enthroned the world’s largest Dorje Shugden statue. Supervised by dedicated Kecharians, a grand altar for Dorje Shugden was constructed along with a candle-offering grotto. In addition, two stone incense burners were built to accommodate both traditional Tibetan incense (sang) offerings as well as joss sticks, familiar amongst Chinese and South East Asian worshippers.

There is also space for devotees and visitors to make offerings of Dorje Shugden mantra stones, similar to the way mani stones are offered at sacred power places in Tibet, Nepal and throughout the Himalayas. Mantras represent the energy of the enlightened beings in the form of sound and when we recite mantras, they stimulate the various parts of our body to heal itself, to clear itself, to purify itself and to gain higher states of consciousness. Mantras therefore, are very powerful and they can be written, visualised or recited out aloud, to bless ordinary beings, animals, ethereal or formless beings and everyone in the environment.

With Dorje Shugden mantra stones offered through this outdoor chapel, it means that when we circumambulate the chapel, we are not only circumambulating the Dorje Shugden statue but also his sacred mantra OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA. In doing so, we plant the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstreams so that in the future, we are able to accomplish bodhicitta (ultimate compassion), the realisation of emptiness and attain higher states of consciousness.

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On January 18, 2019, the Dorje Shugden statue arrived, greeted by Kecharians and visitors eager to witness the historic occasion. The next two days saw volunteers and members from all over Malaysia coming together to prepare the statue to be invited to its final location on the pedestal. With their help, thousands of holy relics and precious items, as well as trillions of Buddha images, mantras, prayers and texts were inserted into the statue, which was then sealed in the traditional manner. Many of these items were personally selected by Rinpoche, whose wish it is that this outdoor chapel be of as much benefit to others as possible. In preparation for the chapel’s opening, Rinpoche had even given teachings about the benefits of the chapel so the devotees will be educated on exactly how this Dorje Shugden chapel will assist them.

On the afternoon of January 20, under sunny and clear blue skies, a crane lifted Kechara’s magnificent 9-foot bronze Dorje Shugden statue as Kecharians and visitors escorted him over to the pedestal while reciting OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA. Dorje Shugden was thusly ‘enthroned’ on a dedicated 4-foot stone pedestal and in the following week, monks from Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal performed the soongdroop, rabney and trusol pujas to consecrate the outdoor chapel and statue.

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Nestled amongst maturing Bucida trees, this new outdoor Dorje Shugden shrine is much needed due to the tremendous growth of Dorje Shugden practice throughout Malaysia and Southeast Asia as many come to realise the potency of his practice and the reliability of this enlightened Dharma Protector.

The location of this new outdoor Dorje Shugden chapel is strategic and the alignment of the main altar in Wisdom Hall, the new Dorje Shugden outdoor shrine and the Vajra Yogini Stupa transforms the area between Wisdom Hall and the Vajra Yogini Stupa into a power-packed sanctuary on what is already highly sacred land. Very quickly this Dorje Shugden sanctum has become one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s most popular sites for visitors and residents alike, to sit on a number of stone benches to pray, meditate, or simply relax in a place of power. The chapel is open to all so do come and connect with power and blessings of the enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

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Welcoming Kechara’s 9-foot outdoor Dorje Shugden statue

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Dorje Shugden.
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Dorje Shugden’s name in Tibetan literally means ‘One Endowed with Indestructible Power’. He is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom and is therefore a fully enlightened being that one can have full confidence in.

Dorje Shugden’s lineage can be traced to one of the oldest and highest incarnation lines from India and Tibet. His incarnation lineage consists of a succession of highly attained lamas, pandit-scholars, yogis and Dharma kings, going all the way back to Buddha Shakyamuni’s lifetime when Dorje Shugden incarnated as Magadha Sangmo, the daughter of Buddha’s patron. Dorje Shugden’s other past incarnations include:

  • Mahasiddha Virupa who was a master of miracles;
  • Thonmi Sambhota who was the father of the Tibetan script;
  • Tibetan Buddhist King Trisong Detsen, whose patronage of the lamas and monasteries was instrumental in the spread of Buddhism in Tibet;
  • Mahasiddha Naropa who beheld the face of Buddha Vajra Yogini;
  • The supreme translator Ra Lotsawa who introduced the Yamantaka Tantras to Tibet;
  • Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen who was the direct disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa;
  • Panchen Sonam Drakpa who was a prolific scholar;
  • And just before arising as a Dharma Protector, he was the illustrious Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, the great scholar and yogi who sacrificed his life in order to arise as Dorje Shugden.

Dorje Shugden is propitiated as a Dharma Protector, whose blessings and assistance helps to remove obstacles, problems and difficulties that can potentially hinder or derail our spiritual practice and the course of our lives. As a Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden is also supplicated to provide supportive circumstances that lead to improvement in our lives. In addition, he is entreated to provide resources favourable to the growth of our spiritual practice. Ultimately, it is our Dharma practice that Dorje Shugden protects and nourishes and that is why he is called a Dharma Protector.

 

Benefits of Dorje Shugden’s Practice

According to his praise, Dorje Shugden is said to possess the strength of a thousand Dharma Protectors. This is attributed to the fact that he is an emanation of an enlightened being and that he manifested in a worldly form (of a god or deva) that has a closer karmic affinity with us. Hence, he has great strength in holding back our obstacles or our negative karma from manifesting so that we are able to purify it more easily. Consequently, Dorje Shugden has a reputation for quick assistance for those who are in dire circumstances.

Dorje Shugden is, in nature, the Buddha of Wisdom Manjushri. Click on image to enlarge.

In addition, as an emanation of Manjushri, Dorje Shugden has the ability to open our minds to universal wisdom, so that we can develop a greater clarity of mind and penetrative insight especially when it comes to applying spiritual teachings into our daily lives. Such realisations change our perspective and allow us to make swifter decisions that positively impact others and ourselves.

According to his fulfilment ritual text, Dorje Shugden holds a jewel-spitting mongoose and a vajra hook in the crook of his arm signifying that he bestows spiritual and material wealth and resources. In general, Dorje Shugden helps us to acquire the resources we need so we are free to reach our full spiritual potential. The resources that Dorje Shugden bestows includes material wealth, prosperity, a good career, harmony amongst family, friends and colleagues, as well as health and various opportunities that improve our lives.

Most important of all, Dorje Shugden has tremendous power to help us and our loved ones when we take our final journey. He is a powerful ally that we can rely on when we are dying as this is the most crucial moment when everything we have done in this life catches up and creates the circumstances for our future lives. Once the deceased has taken rebirth, nothing can be done to reverse the circumstance of taking a negative rebirth. If we have been practising Dorje Shugden sincerely, he will be able to intercede and come to our aid. That is why many sincere practitioners offer candles, recite lots of Dorje Shugden mantras and perform Dorje Shugden pujas during this crucial moment in order to solicit Dorje Shugden’s powerful assistance.

Once we have developed a spiritual relationship with this Protector, he will benefit us far into the future, a result of his omniscience as an enlightened Buddha combined with our sincere reliance on him.

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Height: 9 feet (2.7 metres)
Material: Bronze

The 9-foot Dorje Shugden statue installed at the outdoor chapel in Kechara Forest Retreat is not just a statue, but is one filled with countless holy items and has been highly charged through traditional consecration prayers.

Making offerings and prayers to this statue, or circumambulating it therefore generates a lot of spiritual merit and purifies tremendous amounts of negative karma because these virtuous acts are being performed in relations to not just one 9-foot statue, but towards the countless representations of the Buddha’s body, speech and mind contained inside it. Here is a list of the sacred contents of the statue:

Head Tier 1

  1. Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s chogyur (from the Potala Palace)
  2. Panchen Sonam Drakpa’s hat string (from Trode Khangsar)
  3. His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama’s mala string (from the Potala Palace)
  4. Pills made by Denma Gonsar Rinpoche containing Lama Tsongkhapa’s bone and flesh, Gyaltsab Je’s bone and flesh, Khedrub Je’s bone and flesh, Pabongkha Rinpoche’s bone and flesh, and Trijang Rinpoche’s bone and flesh.
  5. Tsongkhapa tsa tsa made by Dakong Rinpoche
  6. Lati Rinpoche’s robe
  7. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s hair
  8. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche’s hair and nails
  9. Tsem Rinpoche’s nails
  10. Zong Rinpoche’s robe
  11. Trijang Rinpoche’s clothes
  12. Panang Rinpoche’s items
  13. Cloth from the previous Denma Gonsar Rinpoche
  14. Cloth from Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s hat
  15. The previous Denma Gonsar Rinpoche’s hair
  16. The previous Trijang Rinpoche’s robe
  17. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche’s ngullen (inner shirt)
  18. Pearls and semi-precious stones
  19. The mantra for filling the heads of statues (u sung)
  20. Tsem Rinpoche’s beard
  21. Dorje Shugden’s hair in trance

Head Tier 2

  1. Zemey Rinpoche’s tendo rilbu
  2. Khata from Gangchen Rinpoche (received 1/11/08)
  3. Khata from Gangchen Rinpoche (received 16/3/15)
  4. Trijang Rinpoche’s lineage rilbu
  5. Shakyamuni rilbu
  6. Lineage Lama rilbu
  7. Zong Rinpoche rilbu
  8. Trijang Rinpoche rilbu
  9. Pill made by Denma Gonsar Rinpoche
  10. Trijang Rinpoche mani pills
  11. Shar Gaden’s blessings of all reincarnations of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche pill
  12. Zong Rinpoche mani pills
  13. Pill from the blessings of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Sakya Lamas, 1st – 16th Karmapas, Guru Rinpoche, Sakya Shri, Pandae Trawa Trakpa, Dromo Geshe Rinpoche and other High Lamas.
  14. Pill from the blessings of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Sakya Lamas, 1st – 16th Karmapas, Guru Rinpoche, Sakya Shri, Pandae Trawa Trakpa and other High Lamas
  15. Grain from mandala in Tsongkhapa’s chapel in Ganden Monastery, Tibet
  16. Soongdo (string) blessed by Trijang Rinpoche
  17. Red cloth blessed by His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama
  18. Geshe Yeshe healing pill
  19. Dromo Geshe Rinpoche pill
  20. Grain from a second mandala in Tsongkhapa’s chapel in Ganden Monastery, Tibet
  21. Trijang Rinpoche mani pills
  22. Herbal pills
  23. Dorje Shugden tsa tsa
  24. Ratna Samphel pill (dark blue)
  25. General mantra for filling statues
  26. Hard disk with various sacred mantras, images, scriptures and prayers (1)
  27. Picture of Tsongkhapa

Neck

  1. Gen Nyima’s mala bead
  2. Tsem Rinpoche’s mala bead
  3. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche’s mala bead
  4. Tsem Rinpoche’s retreat mala bead
  5. Mala beads from Tsem Rinpoche’s other gurus
  6. The mantra for filling the throats of statues (drin sung)
  7. General mantra for filling statues
  8. Rinchen Chakril 25 pill (dark green)
  9. Dorje Shugden tsa tsa

Heart

  1. Sand from the mandalas of Yamantaka, Heruka Chakrasamvara and Guhyasamaja
  2. Ashes from a Vajra Yogini peaceful fire puja
  3. Sand from a mandala of Yamantaka
  4. Vajravarahi rilbu
  5. Higher Tantra Lamey Bumze pill for use in Yamantaka, Heruka Chakrasamvara, and Vajra Yogini practice
  6. Lamey Bumze pill from His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche
  7. Herbal pill (green)
  8. Tsodruptashil 37 pill (brown)
  9. Zong Rinpoche statue
  10. Dorje Shugden tsa tsa
  11. The mantra for filling the hearts of statues (thug sung)
  12. Hard disk with various sacred mantras, images, scriptures and prayers (2)
  13. Picture of Vajra Yogini
  14. The mantra for filling the chest and arms of statues (la mey)
  15. General mantra for filling statues
  16. Trijang Rinpoche statue

Stomach

  1. Medicine Buddha rilbu
  2. Hayagriva rilbu
  3. Lower Tantra Chaju Bumzey pill
  4. Tara rilbu
  5. Manjushri rilbu
  6. Blessed sand from a Medicine Buddha mandala by Gangchen Rinpoche
  7. Chagyu Bumze pill from His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche
  8. Grain from the Maitreya Buddha Temple in Tashi Lhunpo
  9. Blessed rice from an Amitayus initiation
  10. Grain from a Tara puja
  11. Sand from a Hayagriva mandala from Kopan Monastery
  12. Medicine Buddha pill from Serpom Monastery
  13. Shize statue
  14. Gyenze statue
  15. Wangze statue
  16. Trakze statue
  17. Dorje Shugden tsa tsa
  18. Herbal pills
  19. Ratna Samphel pill
  20. The mantra for filling the stomachs of statues (do sol)
  21. Hard disk with various sacred mantras, images, scriptures and prayers (3)
  22. Pictures of Cherenzig, Tara, Medicine Buddha and Manjushri
  23. General mantra for filling statues

Below Waist

  1. Mantra USB drive
  2. Herbal pills
  3. Dorje Shugden tsa tsa
  4. Eight Guiding Monk statues
  5. Nine Mothers statues
  6. Ten Wrathful Assistants statues
  7. The mantra for filling the area below the waist of statues (so jong)
  8. Hard disk with various sacred mantras, images, scriptures and prayers (4)
  9. General mantra for filling statues

Lotus – Left Side

  1. Yangdzay Rilbu
  2. The mantra for filling the lotus bases of statues (nor lha)
  3. General mantra for filling statues
  4. Wealth vases
  5. Dorje Shugden tsa tsa
  6. Herbal pills

Lotus – Right Side

  1. Dorje Shugden ruel from Tibet
  2. Protector pill from Serpom
  3. Protector alcohol from Taiwan
  4. Tendoe rilbu
  5. Items from the Dorje Shugden chapel at Gangchen Ladrang, Shigatse, Tibet
  6. Three Protector strings
  7. Dorje Shugden rilbu
  8. Dorje Shugden chakra
  9. Wish fulfilling chakra
  10. Protector rice from Dorje Shugden
  11. Protector knot from Dorje Shugden
  12. Protector rice from Kache Marpo
  13. Khata from Setrap
  14. Khata from Dorje Shugden
  15. Khata from Kache Marpo
  16. Khata from Shidak Gyenye
  17. Protector Rice from Shidak Gyenye
  18. Herbal pills
  19. Yuning 25 pill
  20. Dorje Shugden tsa tsa
  21. Kache Marpo statue
  22. Namkar Barzin statue
  23. Setrap statue
  24. Hard disk with various sacred mantras, images, scriptures and prayers (5)
  25. Picture of Dorje Shugden
  26. General mantra for filling statues
  27. The mantra for filling the lotus bases of statues (nor lha)

Lotus – Center

  1. Two Dutsi rilbu
  2. Barley from the Stupa of Tsongkhapa in Gaden Monastery, Tibet
  3. Nangcho rilbu
  4. Rabney Thurel rilbu
  5. Blessed rice from Gaden Monastery, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace
  6. Leaf from Kumbum
  7. A piece of Le Shan Buddha’s leg
  8. Ganden rilbu
  9. Soil from Bodhgaya
  10. Myrrh
  11. Arura
  12. A snow mountain relic
  13. Five kinds of sand from Lake Manasarovar
  14. Boddhi leaf and soil from Lumbini garden
  15. Holy items offered by Shar Gaden
  16. Mani pills from Guang Ren Monastery, Wu Tai Shan, China
  17. Soil from Trijang Ladrang
  18. Sand from Wu Tai Shan
  19. Le Shan Buddha rock
  20. Soil from Jokhang Temple, Tibet
  21. Rocks from Wu Tai Shan
  22. Soil from the Hai Shan Guan Yin
  23. Soil from Tsongkhapa’s retreat cave, Gaden Monastery, Tibet
  24. Protector rice
  25. Holy soil from Nepal, Bodhgaya, etc
  26. Soil from Master Hai Tong’s Cave, Le Shan Buddha, China
  27. Soil from Wu Tai Shan
  28. The mantra for filling the lotus bases of statues (nor lha)
  29. Ruchok tsa tsa
  30. General mantra for filling statues
  31. Herbal pills
  32. Chakras for the base of statues
  33. Five precious objects (gold, silver, turquoise, coral and pearl)
  34. Five medicines (shutak karpo, kandakari, lete, gyatso buwa and wangpo lhagpa)
  35. Five metal powders (gold, silver, copper, iron and precious stones)
  36. Five types of grains (barley, wheat, pulses, sesame seeds and mustard seeds)
  37. Five beautiful items (bhuram, honey, salt, butter and sesame oil)
  38. Five fragrant substances (red sandalwood, white sandalwood, saffron, nutmeg and camphor)
  39. Holy water
  40. Five-coloured brocades
  41. Coins

Everywhere

  1. Hard disks containing the general mantra for filling statues
  2. Agarwood incense powder
  3. Dorje Shugden incense powder
  4. Assorted medicinal herbs (western and eastern)
  5. Blessed healing pills
  6. Five metal powders (gold, silver, copper, iron and precious stones)
  7. Red sandalwood powder
  8. White sandalwood powder
  9. Camphor
  10. General mantra for filling statues
  11. Sangdruk powder
  12. Menche powder
  13. Saffron

Before the statue was installed, extensive pujas were performed in preparation for the arrival of our Dorje Shugden statue. These were performed to invite and charge the location with the sacred energies of the Buddhas, as well as to clear obstacles in the production, transportation and installation of the statue.

The pujas were necessary because when immensely beneficial projects are underway, the negative karma of those who will benefit from the project will come to fruition. This negative karma fruitions to try and stop the project from completion, to prevent the intended recipients from experiencing the benefits. Hence, pujas are performed to ensure the project is free from obstacles. In the case of our Dorje Shugden statue, pujas performed include a Kalarupa puja performed by our very own Kecharians, as well as extensive candle and Tibetan incense (sang) offerings.

The pedestal set up for a Dorje Shugden puja to create the merits to invite the 9-foot statue to Kechara Forest Retreat.

The pedestal set up for a Dorje Shugden puja to create the merits to invite the 9-foot statue to Kechara Forest Retreat. Click on image to enlarge.

Kecharians engaged in a Kalarupa puja to clear obstacles and create merits for the arrival of the statue. Click on image to enlarge.

Kecharians engaged in a Kalarupa puja to clear obstacles and create merits for the arrival of the statue. Click on image to enlarge.

Candle and serkyem (golden drink) offerings to Dorje Shugden at the candle-offering grotto next to the eventual location of the statue. Click on image to enlarge.

Candle and serkyem (golden drink) offerings to Dorje Shugden at the candle-offering grotto next to the eventual location of the statue. Click on image to enlarge.

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In the heart of Bentong, Pahang is a 35-acre retreat centre like no other in this region. Set in the midst of lush tropical forest is Kechara Forest Retreat, a place designed to develop a perfect balance of total wellness – body, mind and spirit. Offering comfortable accommodation, extensive facilities and the promise of peace and tranquillity, this is the perfect destination for the spiritual at heart.

Conceptualised by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche as the heart of the Kechara organisation, our mission is to have those who walk through our gates experience a sustainable spiritual lifestyle that will leave the mind and body rejuvenated and inspired. We offer wholesome activities to help families and friends bond meaningfully, to help the weary find inner peace and to provide the perfect getaway to find oneself and inspiration.

We believe in giving back to society through educational programmes for the young and old, instilling universal positive values such as patience, tolerance, mindfulness and compassion. It is our fondest wish that all who walk through our doors return home inspired, sharing what they have learnt within their own communities, thus creating a global revolution of consciousness and kindness.

 

How to get to Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR)

Kechara Forest Retreat is located in Chamang, Bentong, approximately 75km north east of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. We are just over an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, a 10-minute drive from the nearest town of Bentong, and a 5-minute drive from the famous Chamang Waterfalls.

If using GPS or Waze, enter into the location field, “Kechara Forest Retreat” or “Air Terjun Chamang”.

Address:
Kechara Forest Retreat
Lot 3189, Jalan Chamang,
28700 Bentong,
Malaysia

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  1. Tsem Rinpoche on May 17, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Beautiful billboard just came up in our hometown of Bentong where Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) in Malaysia is located. All of us in Bentong are warm, simple and very friendly people. Our beautiful billboard depicts Dorje Shugden statue in KFR and Dorje Shugden is a hero (pahlawan) and a powerful being from Tibet. He is highly respected for giving great inspirations and blessings from his life story.~Tsem Rinpoche- See more beautiful pictures- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4

    这个美丽的布告板刚在我们的家乡——文冬安装好。文冬是克切拉禅修林的所在地。我们文冬人热情、朴实和友善。我们美丽的布告板描绘着禅修林里的多杰雄登像,而多杰雄登是位英雄,也是一位来自西藏强大的守护者。从他的生平我们得知他因赐人加持和灵感而备受尊崇。詹仁波切- 点击链接查看更多图片:https://bit.ly/2ThOvVa

    Dorje Shugden billboard

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  2. Tsem Rinpoche on May 1, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden’s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.

    Happy people blessed by visiting the DS

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Apr 18, 2019 at 2:37 am

    The 9feet Dorje Shugden has now become a major focal point of the Kechara Forest Retreat. After the Dorje Shugden was installed Rinpoche also placed hundreds of mantra stones, resulting in this Buddha as being a super charged and blessed place. With 500 mantra stones placed around Dorje Shugden grotto, once circumambulation around Dorje Shugden is equivalent to 500 circumambulations around Dorje Shugden without the mantra stones.

  4. Tsem Rinpoche on Feb 21, 2019 at 6:39 am

    With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. Because of not having higher meditational insights, one will not realize the need to have devotion to the guru in order to gain higher insights. They are interdependent.~Tsem Rinpoche

    With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. If one does not have deep devotion to the guru, it is a clear sign one does not have higher meditational insights.~Tsem Rinpoche

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  5. Yee Yin on Feb 6, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Dorje Shugden arose 400 years ago as a Dharma protector to help modern people and practitioners to remove obstacles and create a conducive environment for us to practice. His main objective is to help in our spiritual practice and liberate us from our suffering.

    There are 2 types of Dharma protectors, enlightened and non-enlightened. Dorje Shugden even though manifests in a wordly form but he is a fully enlightened Dharma protector. He is an emanation of Buddha Manjushri which is confirmed by many high lamas such as Trijang Rinpoche, Dagom Rinpoche.

    A Buddha emanates in a wordly form because due to our negative karma, we are not able to have a connection directly with an enlightened being. It is easier for the Buddha to give us assistance when they are in a wordly form. For example, our teacher, he is a Buddha but he takes rebirth in a human form so he can teach us Dharma and give us guidance directly.

  6. Samfoonheei on Jan 31, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Wow stunning 9 foot Dorje Shugden statue at Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia. It arrived at the right time , where many visitors from all over Malaysia will be able to do offerings for the coming Chinese New Year. Located strategically , it transformed the surrounding area into a powerful sanctuary where we can circumambulate the Dorje Shugden statue and also his sacred mantra stones OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA. We are so fortunate to witness the traditional rituals performed by the monks of Phelgyeling Monastery. I am glad to make there for the powerful Rabney and Trusol blessing and consecration ritual on this stunning Dorje Shugden Statue.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

  7. Lin Mun on Jan 29, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I am so fortunate to be able to pay homage to the new Dorje Shugden statue in Kechara Forest Retreat and also take part in cleaning the statue and attending pujas. It is indeed a memorable experience for me. Thank you Rinpoche for creating so many ways for us to plant seed and connect with the great Dorje Shugden. May all obstacles be cleared and Dorje Shugden ban be quickly lifted, and Lama Tsongkhapa teachings can be spread to all direction to benefit more people.

  8. Tsa Tsa Ong on Jan 28, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Rejoice to this very auspicious day welcoming Dorje Shugden outdoor statue to Kechara Forest Retreat and everyone who volunteered in this preparation. We are all very fortunate and blessed to have such a wonderful and spiritual place like KFR founded by our dearest Guru, H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. KFR is the best spiritual place in Malaysia for everyone to circumambulate beautiful and blessed outdoor Buddha statues to purify our negative karma and do retreats for inner peace. I truly hope to be able to go KFF more often and circumambulate all the Buddha statues and Stupas. Thank you very much Rinpoche, blog team and everyone for making this happen to benefit everyone ??????⭐️?☀️??

  9. MarkS on Jan 28, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Most impressive, inviting and blessed sacred ground with all signs of auspicion. May this holy place enrich the lives of the many who will visit, make offerings and benefit from the presence of the enlightened dharma protector Dorje Shugden. May the powerful prayers and mantras travel the winds in ten directions to aid all sentient beings in need.
    Great thanks to the many hands who have been integral in making Kechara what it is today. You are extensions of the Gurus compassion in your actions and the seeds you sow will continue to grow well into the future. Appreciation for the wise vision of Rinpoche, making dreams reality, showing us there is a way and for providing the opportunity to benefit from Buddha Dorje Shugden.

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  10. Lum Kok Luen on Jan 28, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for creating this wonderful place and statue for us to make continuous connection to Dorje Sjugden, the Protector of our time. Thank you also for sharing the many wonderful photos of many wonderful Pastors and Kecharians who have worked tirelessly to prepare the place, prepare items for insertion, to prepare the pedestal, the grotto and eventually the installation of the statue.

    From the photos, I have come to understand and deeply appreciate the meanings, and the hard work behind to ensure that the statue is set up.
    For many ordinary people, it is difficult to understand and appreciate the hard work and more so the meaning behind everything that is done for consecrating a stautue.

    I pray and dedicate merits that with this 9-foot statue, many, many, many more people who come to KFR will be blessed by Dorje Shugden and may everyone grow and deepen their Dharma journey for this life and future lives.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  11. Yee Yin on Jan 28, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Buddha Manjushri, there is no doubt. Trijang Rinpoche had said very clearly in his text called “Music Delighting the Oceans of Protectors” that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Trijang Rinpoche was not the only lama who said that, many high lamas had written praise and prayer to Dorje Shugden. They acknowledged the enlightened qualities of Dorje Shugden and assured us that we can rely on Dorje Shugden.

    If it is not because of Tsem Rinpoche, we Malaysians will not have the opportunity to learn about Dorje Shugden, let alone to do his practice. Tsem Rinpoche is very kind to build Kechara Forest Retreat and connect us with Dorje Shugden by installing so many Dorje Shugden statues in Kechara Forest Retreat. Due to our karma, Buddha Manjushri has to emanate in a worldly form to be closer to us so he can provide very swift assistance to us.

    Dorje Shugden has performed many miracles and save many lives. I have heard of stories of cancer patients being saved by Dorje Shugden; people who met in a serious accident but suffered from only scratches; people who had financial difficulty but their problem was solved after praying to Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden is a Buddha, he will not ask for anything in return. Therefore, it is very safe to propitiate him.

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  • astrogurutips
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 08:11 PM
    Great article! Thank you so much for this decent article. I love the way you present your article. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.astrogurutips&hl=en
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:19 PM
    In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are common figures in Buddhist literature and art. They exist as guides and providers to help us following the teachings about generosity, patience, meditative balance, and insight into what is essential, so we can come to live in a way that benefits others. At the same time, we learn compassion for ourselves and see that we are not separate from the people we have imagined are estranged from us. Self and other heal together.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/a-bodhisatta-is-a-being-devoted-to-enlightenment
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:17 PM
    Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that Mongolia’s lamas had been promoting and encouraging the practice. Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years before Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Hence Dorje Shugden definitely not a evil or spirits as claimed by the Tibetan leadership. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia.
    THANK YOU for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-mongolia-saved-dorje-shugden.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 01:55 AM
    Very informative and interesting article, Sri Lanka offers everything that makes one escape a memorable one!. Being awarded a best tourist destinations with various fascinating attraction, ancient historic site from soulful Buddhist monasteries, temples to exotic and impeccable spots rarely explored. Thanks for the beautiful scenery photos sharing and hope to visit this beautiful Island and enjoy my stay.

    https://bit.ly/38aT3WI
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Mar 3. 2021 03:22 PM
    In the present-day many people suffers from eye problems .These disorders are usually overcome using powerful glasses and lenses, However using powerful glasses can worsen eye problems.

    This is really a great article for all of us. I am blessed to come across of these practice and teaching, hope to start soon and overcome my eye problem. Thank you so much for the sharing.

    https://bit.ly/3kMZiFu
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-closer-encounters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-essential-facts-dog-lovers-must-always-remember.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:31 PM
    Scientists had looking at long term, discovered that estimated about 100 to 10,000 species will be extinct soon if nothing is done. Could imagine from microscopic organisms to large plants and animals will go extinct each year. Animal such as sharks, lions, Pit bulls dogs and so forth as mentioned in this blog can become extinct when humans over hunt and over fish, pollute the environment, destroy habitats , and many others. Reading this post tells us more those world’s most dangerous animals are in fact in danger themselves. But the actions of humans toward those dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal. Interesting read .
    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks very delicious, healthy and nutritious. I can’t wait to try making it has the ingredients are easy to purchase and methods are simple. I wonder what it taste like.

    https://bit.ly/37DAV7y
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

    Regardless of whether you choose a vegetarian way of life, it’s always a healthy idea to eat a wide variety of foods and try out new foods when you can.

    Thank you for the sharing and compiling the list of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in Klang Valley. I am glad to know whereabout and hoping to try them.

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
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  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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