Transcript: Amitayus Sadhana practice

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Mar 20, 2012

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear sincere practitioners,

A few days ago I gave the initiation of Buddha Amitayus to a very ill young boy and group of people. I mentioned that day, those who are interested I will explain how to do the extremely short daily sadhana of Amitayus. I received some requests so last night I filmed an explanation of the short sadhana. For those who HAVE RECEIVED THE INITIATION by myself or another lama, may engage in this practice contained within the sadhana. Those without initiation and would like to practice I have explained how you may do so in the video.

For the benefit of people who are elderly and also do not have time, I did a light explanation with not too much details but enough for you to engage in a daily sadhana practice. Those of you who are in Kuala Lumpur and you are serious about the practice you may borrow the text from me. Just let my private office know. For those of you not in Kuala Lumpur you may order the text from the translator online (Dechen Ling press). I have provided the link below also.

It is my sincere wish that all of you gain the irreversible and supreme attainments of the Lord of Light Buddha Amitayus from my heart. May the virtues accumulated from my explanation further the growth of Buddha Dharma in the hearts of those karmically ready.

Much good wishes,
Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

      Amitayus Practice

 

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The altar setup

  • Click here to find out more about Amitayus initiation.
  • Amitayus sadhana can be obtained here.
  • For those without initiation and would still like to engage in the practice, you can read the short prayer to Amitayus here.
  • You can download a high resolution picture of Amitayus here.

 


 

Transcript: Amitayus Practice by Tsem Rinpoche

(Proofread by Antoinette Kass)

A few days ago, at the request of some people, I had given the Buddha of Boundless Light Amitayus initiation. The initiation was intended as a blessing, for people but I did say that if people want to take this up as a practice, they can and I will give a short explanation and that’s what today is about. Some people have requested it and I am going to give a short explanation on the practice of Amitayus Buddha and I am going to do it without a lot of rituals because it is for common, ordinary people who perhaps don’t have the time for long rites and rituals. And also they can just focus on the meditations and the recitations.

There are many emanations of Buddha, who, if we invoke upon, meditate upon, and we do prayers to, they can eliminate problems such as obstructions to long life, disease, they definitely can help. If we have a long life free of disease, with a sound, clear mind, we can do so much to benefit others and ourselves.

When our life is constantly threatened by disease or disasters or shortness of life, it is a tremendous obstacle, to say the least, to our spiritual practice. To be born in a country that you are allowed to practice, to be near a teacher, to have heard about Buddha’s teachings, to be able to, in the comfort of your own home, practice to improve your mind, to gain awareness, to gain clarity, to gain wisdom, to gain knowledge is really, really a rare congregation of different environmental, physical causes all coming into play. Even hearing the Buddha’s name and having faith is a rare occasion.

So when we have gotten such a perfect human body, perfect – meaning, it is sound, is operable, you know we are not paralyzed or something, we have a sound mind, and slow or fast, it doesn’t matter, and we have an operable body and we are near a teacher, and we have heard the dharma, we have the opportunity to learn and expand and become better, it is really, really a rare confluence of positive merits and prayers and blessings from previous lives.

So receiving a blessing of Amitayus is wonderful. Amitayus is a Buddha. It is the form of Amitabha Buddha in the form of a Bodhisattva. Amitayus is a fully awakened enlightened Buddha who has every power, blessings and benefits of every other Buddha in existence. And to summarise Amitayus as simply as a long life Buddha would be, not beneficial to what we want to do.

On a higher level, to do any of the Buddha practices and sadhanas – sadhana is a specific meditation and rites that are associated with the Buddha to bring us to a higher and awakened state of mind to enlightenment. So any Buddha’s practice and meditation, written and is in systematic form, we called it a sadhana. A sadhana is something that transforms oneself. In Tibetan, you call it a tagye. Ta is self, gye is to grow or to expand or to increase or to transform – so to transform from ordinary person to that of an awakened being. So sadhana is actually a practice of any deity. Tara sadhana, Amitabha sadhana, Vajrayogini sadhana, Lama Tsongkhapa sadhana, short or long – the purpose of a sadhana is to bring us to an awakened state.

And each Buddha has a special energy, a special power to help us in some ways. It is based upon the vows and promises they made before they became enlightened. Amitayus can grant us great compassion, wisdom, generosity, love, patience, effort, understanding of impermanence. But a side benefit is when you do Amitayus’s practice, your diseases heal, your fear heals, your inner diseases heal, your mental diseases heal, your scars, your emotional scars heal, your impatience and your desire and grasping towards things that harm you start to lessen and minimise.

The root cause of us taking rebirth – one of the root causes is desire. The desire for food, the desire for fun, the desire for entertainment, the desire for partners, the desire for pleasure, the desire for money, the desire for abundance, the desire for acquisitions. This desire that we have and we are constantly compelled and pushed and forced to act it out is the very cause for us to take rebirth endlessly and to suffer those rebirths.

So the purified energy of desire within the Buddhas, is Amitabha or Amitayus energy. So hence their body is red in color. The red represents ‘purified desire.’ So therefore when we overcome desire for all things outer and inner and we have come to rest our minds on an aisle of liberation, an island of liberation, we can totally see what existence is all about, and existence is about grasping towards things that actually bring us more problems, more sufferings and we don’t know it.

So therefore, Amitabha is a wonderful practice to do. Amitayus is a wonderful practice, Amitabha, Amitayus, no difference – is a wonderful practice for us to do, to heal scars that are emotional from inside, damages we have experienced from previous lives and this life. It is a very powerful practice to heal sickness and disease. It is a very powerful practice to also create the causes for us to not have very dangerous diseases or, when we have diseases, to heal, and it is a wonderful practice to practice and to engage in if we are sick. It will expedite healing. And if we recite the Amitayus mantra and blow it on our medication, the medication will take on more energy, more power to heal our bodies.

And Amitabha sits in ki dug pa, means in meditation with the legs crossed, holding a long life vase at his hands, in his hands and his lap. His right hand is inside his left hand like so (Rinpoche shows position of hands), and the long life vase is being held facing towards you and phag sem ge shing, it has a wish fulfilling tree, a wish fulfilling stem growing from it or in it, and the water inside is ambrosial, a taste of this water is to heal all causes for taking rebirth in samsara and it overflows. And he is in a form of a youth, sixteen years old, wearing the six ornaments of the body, such as, the crown, armlets, bracelets, necklace, anklets, etc., and his top part of his body is bare, showing complete detachment and attachment to form, to projections and wrong view. And his hair is half-tied up in three knots and half flowing down over his shoulders and his face is blissful, smiling, peaceful, gentle and youthful, and his body sits straight and he looks straight at you with a body, like that of a ruby mountain, glowing, not flat, not hard, not stiff but glowing. So we should visualise Amitabha in that manner, and if we can, we should think that the teacher or the lama that we have taken teachings from, is one in nature with Amitabha, is one in nature with the enlightened, purified energy of desire of all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities – we should think like that very strongly. And then we should have a simple altar, set up for Amitabha – Amitayus, which I will show you at this time.

(Rinpoche showing video of Amitabha / Amitayus altar)

I have a simple shrine set up that we can do in our homes, when we wish to do Amitayus practice. Let me describe to you what is necessary as part of this practice and what is extra. Now, basically we need an image, it can be a picture or a statue, whatever size you prefer – a poster, a thangka, a tsatsa of Amitayus. So you can have a tsatsa which is a small clay image. You can have a statue, how large, up to you – ten feet, ten inches, eleven inches, twenty feet, one feet – up to you. You can have a picture, you can have any representation of Amitayus – if it’s a statue, it will be very good. If you can have it filled with the proper mantras and then a Soongdruk puja and a Rabney puja done. If your statue is not hollow, then it’s fine, okay?

So you have a statue of Amitayus here, as I have here. And then you can have a statue, you can have an image of your lama or your teacher, in this case, I put His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche which is my root teacher. And then, you have a stupa and a dharma text, okay? You can have a stupa on this side, dharma text… there are different system how you set it up – I just put it on, it looks clean and neat. So you have basically, the body of a Buddha, the mind of the Buddha, and the speech of the Buddha, and the body, speech and mind – Buddha, dharma and sangha, the three representations of Buddha, dharma – Buddha’s body, speech and mind, and also where you obtain the dharma from, which is from our root teacher, from our teacher alright?

Can you have other images on your altar? Sure you can. Can you have more than one lama on your altar? Sure you can, but this is the basics. Then for this practice, you need to have one set of sensory offerings – water to drink, water to wash feet, flower, incense, light, perfume, fruit and music. And then, you need to have one torma or a sacrificial cake or a cake – that can be cookies, it can be fruit that should be changed every single day, which is shown here. And you have problems leaving cookies and snacks, I mean it can be biscuits, it can be potato chips, it can be popcorn, candy, whatever you like, and you can eat it afterwards when it’s being done. You can give it away as a blessing or eat it yourself.

As you can tell from the video, I have ate a lot of tormas, and blessings. Anyways, you can have this one here (Rinpoche pointing to tormas) and if you have a problem with infestation of ants and insects that come the minute you put the food, like we do, you can put it in a bottle alright, or you can elevate it and put water around it like a little moat. Anyways for these practices, that’s what you need. This is the basics – a Buddha image of Amitayus or any image, stupa, dharma book. If you like, your guru’s picture or you can simply visualise your guru in it, in Amitayus – the sensory offerings and the torma – so this is what you need – body, speech and mind of the Buddha, torma or the sacrificial offering and then the sensory offerings. Everything else you see here is extra. You can put extra flowers, you can put the eight auspicious signs, you can put more, more items if you like.

Let me repeat – for this particular Amitayus practice that you do every single day, an image of Amitayus, torma, t-o-r-m-a, and the sensory offerings, stupa, dharma book, any size you like. Of course, if you are not in the room, do not have your candle unattended, you should blow it out respectfully – you can recite ‘Om Ah Hum, Om Ah Hum, Om Ah Hum’ and then go like this (Rinpoche showing how to blow out the candle light) and wipe it off okay? The offerings can be set in the morning, afternoon, evening, just before you start your practice or it can be done just when you are about to start your practice. And when do you clean it?, whenever you like. Is there a timing that you should set your offerings? Not really.

Tibetans like to make offerings in the morning but you do it anytime you like okay? Because their morning is your evening, if you are in America, and if you are in America, your evening is our morning, so it doesn’t really make a difference.

So you can put the eight auspicious signs – victory banner which represents overcoming evil, the double fish which represents prosperity, the vase, the excellent vase which represents long life, the lotus that represents great compassion, spiritual attainments, the conch shell which represents fame and the growth of one’s spiritual practice, the eternal knot of happiness. Again, a banner representing royalty or overcoming mara which is, royalty meaning in this case, Buddha, overcoming mara, which is one’s inner demons and the wheel of dharma alright? Learning, obtaining, being near, being reincarnated, being born near dharma. (Rinpoche pointing to the banner).

So when you offer these eight auspicious signs and their meaning to Amitayus, you get back the results of what you have offered okay? So the basic offerings are there, this is how you should have set up everyday because you need this for your sadhana. Again, your guru’s picture, the eight auspicious signs and the flowers here are extra. You can put many more flowers. You can put many more rows of sensory offerings. You can just put maybe even rows of water offerings. You can put drinks, whatever you like. You can have bigger tormas, lesser tormas – what should you put in tormas? Anything you like except meat and alcohol for Amitayus practice. No meat and no alcohol.

Then, this is what you require on your altar, and then for this practice, I am not going to teach you how to do the varja, the bell, because I am going to make it simple for people but what you do require is an inner offering. You can have a small leak-proof container such as this (Rinpoche holding container) and it contains some tea and drops or a nectar pill. You can get a nectar pill from your lama. You can get a nectar pill from your dharma centre or you can get a nectar pill from somewhere. So what it means is that, a lama or monk or geshe or a place where they have the blessed nectar – you take a little and put in your nectar alright?

When you travel, it can be less (Rinpoche holding container) and if it dries up, you can put a little bit inside and rejuvenate it okay? You need this for your practice. If for whatever reason you are really like living far, far away from any dharma centre or any lamas, then, you just put some black tea in it and that will be good enough. And if it becomes mouldy, change it alright? If you have a blessing pill in it or a blessing nectar from another lama put inside, then what you can do is, you can take a little bit of it and put fresh tea and put a few drops in it so it’s regenerated.

If you are living in Kuala Lumpur, then I will be happy to give you some of mine to put in your inner offering. You can request one of my private office people – there’s five of them. We call them the POs alright? So you are going to need an inner offering – that’s the set up for the altar. Now let’s go back to the actual text.

The text I will be using – there are many texts of Amitayus practice but I am going to use one from Dechen Ling Press because it’s simple and short and clear translated by Mr David Gonsalez. I will provide the website for you on my blog post along with this video that shows you where you can buy this on line and then download it for your own usage.

So the text we are using here is The Life Nectar, Immortality, Self-Generation Sadhana of Amitayus in the traditional Machig Drupai Gyalmo – Dechen Ling Press. Now I want to stress again, I am not going to go heavy into the meditations, I am not going to go heavy into the practice and visualisations because this is for people who are very busy, who don’t have time or who are very elderly and I am going to make it very simple. Also in this practice I am not going to show you or teach you how to do the ritual objects, ritual items such as vajra and bell because I just want them to focus on the practice and meditation. So in this session I am making it very easy for everyone, so if you are very young, if you are elderly, you are on the go, you are busy, you have too many sadhanas or whatever, this will perfect for you.

This practice will help to heal inner, outer pains, expedite healing of disease. Can we do it for other people? Sure we can. We can dedicate it to them alright? Could we do it for animals? Perfect, perfect. Even, I can recommend that you can put a picture of the person you love or animal that you love, that is alive or dead, person and animal, put on your altar and ask Amitayus to bless them. And then it’s a wonderful mantra to recite and we can blow on animals. We can blow on ourselves. We can blow on malas, we can blow on rice to bless environments. We can even blow it on rice, dry rice to throw into water, to throw on the land, to throw into areas to bless the area alright?

Now these sadhanas page 3 – we start with taking refuge. Let’s make it very simple. Again, I am not going to be extensive okay? On your left is your mum, on your right is your dad, whether they are alive or dead, doesn’t matter. Your enemies or people who harm you are in the front. If you have no enemies, leave the front empty. Behind you are people who are close and surrounding you, are all sentient beings of the six realms, in the form of humans for auspicious reasons. And in front of you is Amitayus Buddha, surrounded by a retinue of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Deities – that’s one visualisation.

The second visualisation you can do is simply yourself and Amitayus in the front, resplendent, glorious, fully enlightened, and the embodiment of your guru and all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and Deities, up to you. If you find it difficult to visualise Amitayus, then you can just visualise or believe he is there and that’s fine, and if that’s even difficult, just look at the statue of the image you have – that’s the purpose of having a shrine alright?

Then you take… This is for yourself. If it’s for someone else, you can visualise the person in front of Amitayus, prostrate with the hands folded or respectfully sitting there, receiving blessings from Amitayus – you can do that okay? Or animal. First you recite the refuge prayers that’s says here. When you get the text, you know what I am talking about. With that visualisation, you do –

I will go for refuge to the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha for the wealth of all living beings, I shall become Amitayus. So you do –

I will always go for refuge to the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha for the wealth of all living beings, I shall become Amitayus – 3 times. Then you think, you take refuge, which you trust the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha and the purpose of you doing this practice is that you will become a Buddha which is Amitayus in this case, to benefit all sentient beings. So you are taking refuge in generating the superior altruistic mind of enlightenment, bodhicitta.

Next is – blessing of the environment. As this is a tantric practice, you will be visualising yourself as a deity. If you are doing this practice, you do not do this visualisation. I am sorry, if you have not received the initiation of this practice, then you don’t do the visualisation – as I am about teach.

OM SÖBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SÖBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM

– which is the mantra of emptiness and then everything becomes emptiness. Your body, the environment, your surrounding, everything dissolves into emptiness. From that emptiness – the emptiness meaning not out of nothing, the emptiness of projections, the emptiness of wrong view, the emptiness of wrong, false, grasping at existence. From this emptiness arises the letter PAM. You don’t have to use tibetan. PAM is P-A-M, the letter PAM. From the PAM it instantly becomes a lotus. On the lotus is a letter AH, a white letter AH that turns into a moon mandala. A PAM – that sits your own mind in a red letter HRIH and then together with this, you visualise instantly from the HRIH, you arise as Amitayus Buddha – that’s right. You visualise yourself as Amitayus Buddha. In tantra, you take the result or the fruit onto the path – meaning before you become a Buddha, you visualise yourself as a Buddha, to actualise your Buddha nature alright

So I repeat – from the letter PAM, it becomes a lotus. From the PAM on top, a red letter HRIH which is your consciousness. So you don’t look from outside at the HRIH. HRIH is H-R-I-H or H-R-I – up to you. Zong Rinpoche said that it is okay to visualise it in English letter or any language you prefer – it’s alright. So you visualise a HRIH like this – on top of the moon and the lotus, and you are not looking out at it – you are ‘that letter’, looking around you. I repeat, you are ‘that letter’ sitting on a moon disc and a lotus looking around you, looking out, so that it’s you. Then from that, it instantly transform into Amitayus Buddha and then…

This completely transform and I arise as a Conqueror Amitayus with the immeasurable life and wisdom for the red color body, one face and two hands in a mudra of meditative equipoise, and which a vase brimming with nectar and immortality. I sit in a vajra posture with all the marks and signs of a complete enjoyment body. My body is adorned with precious jewels and various silken garments. At my crown is an OM, at my throat is an AH, at my heart is a HUM.

So you arise as Amitayus, you have a white OM, O-M, here (Rinpoche pointing to his forehead). It says crown so you visualise here (Rinpoche pointing to his crown). Some is here, on the forehead. A white OM is here (Rinpoche pointing to his crown) O-M. A red AH is at the throat and a blue HUM is at the heart. That represents the body, speech and mind of all the Buddhas. Then from the HUM at your heart, you visualise light going out into the western direction, inviting the actual Amitayus to you. Then you visualise Amitayus coming to you and then you dissolve him into you by reciting the mantra –

DZA HUM BAM HO, DZA HUM BAM HO – never mind the mudras,

Just do the mantra – DZA HUM BAM HO.

Then DZA is him coming forth. HUM is, he is on top of you, BAM is, he dissolves into you. When you recite HO, he becomes one with you. So you and the actual Amitayus are one. Then, you should think that “…” and it says here ‘the Commitment Being’ and the Wisdom Being becomes inseparable. The Commitment Being is yourself and the wisdom being is Amitayus – become inseparable. So that’s the first page. After that, again, from your heart, is a letter HUM – light rays radiate out invoking the empowering deities in the space before me.

So the five Dhyani “…” empowering deities represents the Five Buddha Families or the Five Dhyani Buddhas: Amitabha, Akshobhya, Amogasiddhi, Ratnasambhava and Vairochana. These are the Five Buddha Families coming on top and they are similar to Amitayus, except Vairochana is white, Amitabha is red, and Amogasiddhi is green, Ratnasambhava is yellow, Akshobhya is blue. So these are Five Buddhas coming forth, holding vases and they pour nectar from the vases – same vase as Amitayus is holding and they recite this mantra, while you are reciting –

OM AH SARWA TATHAGATA ABHISHEKATA SAMAYA SHRIYE HUM

Then you should think that – they initiate you with the nectar and your whole body is Amitayus filled up, and you are filled with bliss and filled with happiness and all stains of self-grasping and desire and hatred are eliminated and then a little bit of the nectar overflows on the crown of your head, this one transform into another Amitayus adorning your head. So you are Amitayus, then you have a crown, then you have a top knot. Between the crown and the top knot sits another Amitayus and that is your guru. So you should visualise yourself as Amitayus with your guru in the form of Amitayus blessing you. Why? Without the guru, in Tantra, there is no enlightenment.

Then the next one is, we bless our inner offering. The inner offering – you do not open till you recite this mantra because there are beings around that can steal the essence – it is said. So you recite the mantra as it says in the text –

OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT

OM SOBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SOBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM

I repeat, you do not open it and leave it open. Sometimes assistants or people, they just leave it open like that, it is not correct. It should be closed and sealed at all times. Then when the lama is going to do the practice, he opens it himself and if your bottle is small, it is like that (Rinpoche showing the lid slightly covered) but actually if the opening is big and the cover is big, you never leave it fully exposed and opened. It should be slightly covered, but if you cannot do it, it’s okay. But usually it should be slightly covered, never open like that. So it’s only doing the mantra. I repeat, when you are reciting the mantra on page 4 here –

OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT

OM SOBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SOBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM

When you recite, OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT, the obstacles are dispelled. Then you bless and you recite –

Everything becomes emptiness. From the sphere of emptiness, from a YAM comes a wind, from RAM comes a fire, from AH a grate of three human heads. Above this from a AH comes a broad and extensive skull cup. Inside are the five meats and five nectars. These are purified, transformed and increased by the three letters, and become a great ocean of uncontaminated nectar okay?

So I don’t know how extensive I can get into that. I think what you do is this – I think I won’t go too detail into the five meats and the nectars. I think for our purposes in this, to make it simple, we just visualise the inner offering, and we recite the verses and we think it’s blessed. There is an extensive meditation for it, which you have the five meats, you have the five nectars, such as – horse, dog, human, cow, etc and then you have the five nectars such as – urine, blood, bile, semen, etc but I think it gets too complicated.

So what you do is, you visualise your inner offering as you see it, and then you visualise OM AH HUM on top. So let’s say this is your inner offering – (Rinpoche holding the inner offering), you have the OM closest to the offering, AH next up, it’s going up, and HUM on top. Then you visualise OM AH HUM lights going out to the ten directions inviting the essence and blessings of all the Buddhas dissolve into that. Then the first time you recite OM AH HUM “…”. Actually if you want to do it extensively, OM, HUM – the letter HUM purifies all faults of colour, smell and potentiality. AH transforms it into nectar, OM multiplies and increases it. OM AH HUM, OM AH HUM, but that is going to get quite extensive. So what you do is this, I make it simple for you – you just visualise your nectar as it is, and believe it is what is said in the text, that is good enough for practitioners, for now.

And then OM AH HUM on top – you visualise from OM AH HUM, lights go out to the ten directions, comes back and dissolves, and the first time you recite OM, it falls in, then the second time you recite OM AH HUM, AH falls in, the third time you recite OM AH HUM, HUM falls in.

So the first recitation OM AH HUM – OM goes in, the second recitation – AH goes in, the third recitation of OM AH HUM – the third one goes in. So it becomes purified, clean, becomes nectar and never ending and has the power to bless and consecrate. I think that will be easier for all of us okay? Then after it has been blessed, it should be on your table, you use your left ring finger and flick it to bless your sensory offerings.

OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT

I mean you don’t have to stick your whole finger and flick until you see sparks all over the place – just a very light one, just very light okay?

OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT – dispelling obstacles, then you dissolve the offerings by reciting –

OM SOBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SOBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM

Everything becomes emptiness. From the state of emptiness, it says here – from

KAM “…” so the eight letters of KAMcomes a vast and expansive skull cup. The skull cup why it’s not a real skull. The skull cup represents impermanence and death to do your practice well, it is a reminder. Inside is eight HUMs. So you have eight KAMs. Inside the eight KAMs “…”. You have eight cups, inside the cups, you have eight KAMS in each, K-A-M. Sorry, you have eight KAMs, from that arises the skull cups. Inside the skull cups, you have eight HUMs. From the HUMs arise water for drinking, water for bathing, water for flowers, I mean water for drinking, water for bathing, flowers, incense, lights, perfume, food and music.

So I repeat – OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT.

Then you purify the obstacles and interferers.

OM SOBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SOBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM

Then the eight sensory offerings dissolve. From that arises eight KAM. K-A-M. KAM turn into skull cups, within the skull cups is eight HUMs. The HUMs become the eight sensory items that are contained inside – water for drinking, water for bathing, flowers, incense, light, perfume, food and music. Then you recite –

By nature of emptiness, they have the aspect of the individual offerings substances that operate as well for the enjoyment of the six senses to bestow exalted, uncontaminated bliss. The uncontaminated bliss is that of pure emptiness, the great bliss arises from direct perception of emptiness. If you don’t know exactly what that is, just recite it, it’s okay, just recite it. Then you bless each of the eight offerings by inserting within OM AH HUM okay?

So the first one is –

OM ARGHAM AH HUM
OM PADÄM AH HUM
OM BENZA PUPE AH HUM

It is written here VAJRA – you can recite OM VAJRA or OM BENZA – up to you. Tibetans recite VAJRA as BENZA – the actual sanskrit word is VAJRA, up to you. So I do it the Tibetan way because my teacher gave it to me like that.

You blessed the eight items by reciting –

OM AHRGHAM AH HUM
OM PADÄM AH HUM
OM BENZA PUPE AH HUM
OM BENZA DHUPE AH HUM
OM BENZA DIWE AH HUM
OM BENZA GÄNDHE AH HUM
OM BENZA NEWIDE AH HUM
OM BENZA SHAPTA AH HUM

If you have ritual items which you don’t require, as I have said earlier, you can do the mudras – (Rinpoche doing the mudras)

OM AHRGHAM AH HUM
OM PADÄM AH HUM
OM BENZA PUPE AH HUM
OM BENZA DHUPE AH HUM
OM BENZA DIWE AH HUM
OM BENZA GÄNDHE AH HUM
OM BENZA NEWIDE AH HUM
OM BENZA SHAPTA AH HUM – that’s up to you okay?

Once you recite that, think the sensory offerings are pure, they are clean, they bestow great bliss, and it’s not just what you see in the front, they are as big as oceans like eight huge oceans of offerings. Eight huge offerings, oceans of water and perfume and light and food and fruits. You can visualise all of that okay? Then the blessings are purified.

We have taken refuge, generated the altruistic mind, dissolves ourselves into emptiness, from emptiness we arise as Amitayus, then we bless the inner offerings, after blessing the inner offerings, we bless the outer offerings. Now we are doing outer offering generation. So we recite –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA AHRGHAM PRATITZA YE SÖHA and so on.

Now you are doing the offerings to Amitayus. By offering the sensory items to Amitayus, you gained the benefits of these offerings such as – wisdom, always having plentiful needs and food and shelter and also being able to hold ethics and morality, being able to obtain wisdom, great bliss – you get that from offering the sensory items – in short. So what we are doing is this, you recite it but you make the offerings by saying –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA AHRGHAM PRATITZA YE SÖHA – By reciting that, you offer drinking water to Amitayus. The next one is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA PADÄM PRATITZA YE SÖHA

– you are offering water for bathing to Amitayus which purifies one’s obscurations.

Then the next one is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA PUPE PRATITZA YE SÖHA – offering beautiful flowers to Amitayus which represents getting rid of grasping towards so-called ‘pleasant’ objects which actually in nature are not pleasant. The next one is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA DHUPE PRATITZA YE SÖHA – Dhupe is incense and this represents being able to hold morality, ethics, one’s refuge vows, one’s Bodhisattva’s vows and Tantric vows. The vows, the roots of our attainments. By offering incense, we create merit to hold our vows very well. The next one is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA ALOKE PRATITZA YE SÖHA – Aloke is light. By offering light or candle, it can be electrical also – it represents illumination, wisdom, clarity, understanding. We gain those qualities in the future by offering these to the Buddha Amitayus. The next one is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA GÄNDHE PRATITZA YE SÖHA – Gandhe Pratitza Ye Soha is perfume. If you have a bottle of perfume, you can leave it there. You don’t have to change it everyday, you can change it once a month, once every two months, once every three months, up to you okay? Or if you don’t have perfume, you can simply put there a cup of water to represent perfume. So when you offer perfume, it’s offering tactile pleasures to Amitayus Buddha. He doesn’t need the pleasures, he doesn’t need the offering, it is for us to become detached from tactile attachments. The next one is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA NEWIDE PRATITZA YE SÖHA – represented by the apple in this case – offering food. So you visualise pizzas, delicious drinks and fruits and nectars and whatever you like, you visualise it filling a whole ocean, offering it to Amitayus and you visualise all the people in the world who are hungry, who don’t have food, who are suffering – may they be free from hunger. And by offering food to Amitayus which he doesn’t need, you generate the merit of always getting your needs fulfilled to do dharma practice. So whatever you need to do dharma practice, it will be fulfilled in the future, creates this kind of karma. The last thing is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA SHAPTA PRATITZA YE SÖHA – Shapta represents sound. The mudra is like this, like hitting a drum. If you are not doing mudra, you don’t need to do it. OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA SHAPTA PRATITZA YE SÖHA is offering sound, meaning the sound of dharma, the understanding of dharma, perpetuating dharma, learning dharma, spreading dharma okay? Then after you do that –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA AHRGHAM – you do all that, up to the last one, then you do your inner offering. When you do your inner offering, you don’t have to lift it up. I am lifting it up so you can see. You put your ring finger inside and you flick a little, and think that it creates great bliss in Amitayus mind for you to achieve enlightenment.

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA OM AH HUM – When you say OM AH HUM, you flick it a little. Again you don’t have to dip your whole finger and like, ‘here Amitayus’ and he is like drowning in your nectar, you don’t have to do that.

So we offer the sensory offerings, then we offer the inner offerings which I just flicked and last we offer praise and it says right here-

Amitayus, Principal Guide of the world
Destroyer of all untimely death without exception
Refuge for those suffering and without a protector
To you Buddha Amitayus I prostrate

If we have our vajra bell, we can ring our bell at this time while doing this, if we don’t, we simply fold our hands. So the next one is mantra recitations. This part is very important.

Inside the vase of Amitayus at one’s crown, is a moon mandala upon which a red letter HRIH surrounded by the essence of long mantra. So remember we have our guru, who is on top who is Amitayus and he is holding a vase. Inside the vase is a letter HRIH and is surrounded by Amitayus short and long mantra. Then from the HRIH, lights emanate and make offerings to all the Buddhas. What kind of offerings? Let’s make it simple – the sensory offerings you offer up to all the Buddhas, many sensory offerings. Then at the same time, the lights from the HRIH, also go out and touches all sentient beings in the six realms, it blesses them, it purifies their karma and they arise as Amitayus. So you should think that everybody around you including people you don’t like, are Amitayus Buddhas and then the lights gather back from the Three Jewels and dissolves into a red HRIH.

Then from these light rays “…”. Again from the HRIH, sorry from the HRIH, light rays go out again and it goes out to the Lord of Death Yama, harmful spirits, and the lights come back and filled up the vase. So that means all negative energy that took away your life energy, you collect back. You are not inviting the negative energy to you. You are taking your energy back that was taken by negative energies, you draw that back. So you are not inviting negative spirits or the Lord of Death to you, you are taking your energy back from which they took – that’s your visualisation. And how do you visualise that? The long life energy returns to you in the form of long life vases and skull cups.

So you can visualise many long life vases coming back and dissolving into the mantra. You don’t have to think ‘oh, the vases are so big, come back and hit you on the head’, and you become dizzy. You just visualise it in the nature of light and it dissolves into a red HRIH okay?

Once again the essence of all the elements of life and merit of all living beings and things excellent in the three realms and blessings of body, speech and mind of all Buddhas and children are drawn back in the form of light rays and nectar and all these dissolve into the mantra HRIH. These fills the life-vase with nectar, as it overflows, the excess nectar spills over and enters through the Brahma aperture at the crown of my head filling the whole body and purifying all stains. I attain a state of immortality.

I just read the text and this is the visualisation. So this text is telling you what you need to visualise while you are doing the mantra. So it is very simple. On top of your head, you are Amitayus, on top of your head you have Amitayus, and on Amitayus, he is holding a long life vase, and in the long life vase, there’s a red letter HRIH. From the HRIH, lights go out – makes offering to all the Buddhas which generates merits, brings back the blessings in the form of lights, and the lights goes out and touches all sentient beings and all of them are purified and become Amitayus Buddhas. So everybody is Amitayus Buddha, remember that.

Then again, the lights go out to the Lord of Death, evil spirits and you draw back the energy they took from you and the lights go out to also the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities, and it draws back all the energy. It says Buddhas and the children. Buddhas are Buddhas, children are Bodhisattvas. Children are referred to as Bodhisattvas, and then all the lights of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas come back and dissolve into the HRIH and then it fills up the nectar, and the nectar overflows. It overflows onto your head and it comes down into your body and all the obstacles, diseases and difficulties in your body is expelled. It is pushed away.

You can visualise it leaving your anus into the ground, or you can simply visualise the white lights filling up your body. If you have a particular disease or problem, you visualise the lights going to that disease and purifying the disease. You do this visualisation strongly and with concentration while you recite the short mantra.

OM AMARANI ZEWENTEYE SÖHA, OM AMARANI ZEWENTEYE SÖHA, OM AMARANI ZEWENTEYE SÖHA

You can recite that mantra seven times, twenty-one times, one mala – up to you. Then after you finish that, if you have time, you can do the long mantra once or three times. If you don’t have time, you can skip the long mantra. The long mantra is – OM NAMO BHAGAWATE, APARIMITA, AYUR GYANA, SUMBINI TSITA TEDZÖ RANDZAYA TATHAGATAYA, ARHATE SAMYAK SAMBUDDHAYA, TAYATHA, OM PUNAYE PUNAYE, MAHA PUNAYE, APARIMITA PUNAYE, APARIMITA PUNAYE, GYANA SAMBHA ROPATSITE, OM SARWA SAMKARA, PARISHUDHA DHARMATE, GAGANA SAMUGATE, SÖBHAWA BISHUDDHE, MAHA NAYA PARIWARE SÖHA

I repeat, the short mantra is – OM AMARANI ZEWENTEYE SÖHA, and the long mantra is – OM NAMO BHAGAWATE, APARIMITA, AYUR GYANA, SUMBINI TSITA TEDZÖ RANDZAYA TATHAGATAYA, ARHATE SAMYAK SAMBUDDHAYA, TAYATHA, OM PUNAYE PUNAYE, MAHA PUNAYE, APARIMITA PUNAYE, APARIMITA PUNAYE, GYANA SAMBHA ROPATSITE, OM SARWA SAMKARA, PARISHUDHA DHARMATE, GAGANA SAMUGATE, SÖBHAWA BISHUDDHE, MAHA NAYA PARIWARE SÖHA

Don’t worry if you are not pronouncing the mantra perfectly. You do it to the best of your ability. I repeat, the short mantra, you should do as much as possible, everyday, especially if you are very ill. The long mantra, once or twice, three times after you finish the short mantra okay?

Then the next step is to generate more further merits for one’s attainments. You do the blessings of the torma of Amitayus. So you take your inner offerings, you don’t have to lift it up. I am lifting it up for you. You use your little finger, just a little tiny bit and you flick it. Sometimes you say, ‘oh, but I am so far away, so if I flick it, does it actually touch the item?’ It doesn’t matter, it is symbolic okay? So it doesn’t have to become some kind of ‘aiming contest’. If you hit it or not, then you take a look, did it actually touch the item – just.

OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT

Offer the torma – remember the torma we have in front of Amitayus Buddha and then you recite – OM SOBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SOBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM and you recite –

“Everything becomes emptiness. From the sphere of emptiness, from YAM comes a wind, from RAM comes fire, from AH a grate of three human heads. Above this from AH comes a broad and extensive skull cup. Inside are the five meats and the five nectars. These are purified, transformed and increased by the three letters, and become a great ocean of uncontaminated nectar.”

Now, I am not going to go into that visualisation. As I told you, it’s quite extensive and it’s not necessary. Now you may be taken aback to say ‘oh, human heads, skull cups – don’t take it literally. The human heads are visualised, they represent the purification of body, speech and mind. The skull cup represents impermanence. They are not actual human heads, they are not actual skull cups. They are just tantric visualisations. So don’t get too concern about that. Recite that line and then say OM AH HUM, OM AH HUM, OM AH HUM, three times and believe that the torma is purified.

Then the next one is – light rays radiate and invoke Amitayus from the pure land of bliss in the space before me. So you visualise lights from your heart going out inviting Amitayus in front of you dissolving into the statue and then you visualise from Amitayus tongue is a single spoke vajra – you just visualise tongue and lights go out and draws the tormas back as you recite this mantra –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA IDAM BALINGTA KHA KHA KHAHI KHAHI – three times
OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA IDAM BALINGTA KHA KHA KHAHI KHAHI
OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA IDAM BALINGTA KHA KHA KHAHI KHAHI

You don’t need to do the mudras, as I said, make it simple. Just recite the mantra three times and think that you have offered the tormas and Amitayus has received it and he is very happy and you generate the merit to increase your life and gaining medicine and nourishment and health.

The next one is offering the outer offerings, you recite –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA AHRGHAM PRATITZA YE SÖHA
OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA PADÄM PRATITZA YE SÖHA
OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA PUPE PRATITZA YE SÖHA
OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA DHUPE PRATITZA YE SÖHA
OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA ALOKE PRATITZA YE SÖHA
OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA GÄNDHE PRATITZA YE SÖHA
OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA NEWIDE PRATITZA YE SÖHA
OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA SHAPTA PRATITZA YE SÖHA

This is exactly like what we did earlier okay? So you offer that, then the inner offering – OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA OM AH HUM

Take a little bit of inner offering and flick it and then do the prayers –

Amitayus, Principal Guide of the world
Destroyer of all untimely death without exception
Refuge for those suffering and without a protector
To you Buddha Amitayus, I prostrate

Then, you have done with the sadhana, it’s very short and sweet, you have done with the sadhana and here, you request Amitabha and all the celestial beings to return to their own abode or you can visualise them stabilising your statue.

Then you do this mantra – OM VAJRA MU or if you do in Tibetan, OM BENZA MU. The mudra will be OM BENZA MU, requesting the enlighten beings to go back or stabilising your statue. And then you recite OM BENZA MU, the guest of the torma return to their natural abodes, and then for any mistakes that you have done or any omissions or deletions you have done by accident, you request forbearance and you think – forgive me for any mistakes, then you recite the Vajrasattva mantra one time – the long one.

OM VAJRASATTVA SAMAYA MANUPALAYA, VAJRASATTVA TVENO PATISHTA, DRIDHO ME BHAWA, SUTHOSHYO ME BHAVA, SUPOSHYO ME BHAWA, ANURAKTO ME BHAWA, SARVA SIDDHIM ME PRAYACCHA, SARVA KARMA SU CHAME, CHITTAM SHRIYAM KURU HUM, HA HA HA HA HO, BHAGAWAN BENZA SARVA, MAME MUNCHA, BENZA SARVA, MAHA SAMAYA SATTÖ AH HUM PHAT

It’s not in the text but you can easily find it. If you have a lot of problems reciting that long Vajrasattva mantra, I think recite the short one three times should be okay.

OM BENZA SATTVA HUM, OM BENZA SATTVA HUM, OM BENZA SATTVA HUM, and you are done.

You do the dedication verses here, it is very, very simple – and I read it for you.

Through the power of the blessing of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
And my single pointed accomplishment of practice and prayers,
May we be cared for by our Lord and Master,
And may his life be as stable and limitless as Amitayus.

So you are wishing for your teacher and your guru to live long.

When I see the signs of untimely death
May I immediately see clearly the body of Amitayus,
And having destroyed the Lord of Death,
May I quickly become the knowledge-holder of life.
For many hundred years may I see a hundred harvests,
May there be long life free from illness with bliss and happiness,
May I definitely enter the Supreme Vehicle,
And may this auspiciousness arise now.

Supreme Vehicle means tantra.

May my life be clear and long like the sun that never sets,
And may my merit increase like the waxing moon.
May I be endowed with bravery as great as the stars in the sky,
And may my practice be endowed with the glory of complete bliss and happiness.

That’s the dedicationand when you have finished that, you are done with the sadhana. Today I have gone through the sadhana in a short easy form, because I have particular students in mind who would find extensive meditation, extensive explanation difficult for them for good reasons. So today I have done a very short explanation with offerings, reciting the sadhana together with you. I think that should be quite sufficient.

If you have problems doing any of the visualisations I have given, then you simply recite through the text, believe and trust in Amitayus, have altruistic thinking to benefit others, and then recite the mantra alright?

If you wish to do a short retreat, you can do the sadhana and recite the mantra up to one hundred thousand times. Actually in this tantra, it will be a hundred thousand per syllable – OM A MA RA NI ZE WEN TE YE SO HA. So actually if you are going to do a full retreat, you have to do 1.1 million because it’s one hundred thousand per syllable but let’s not get into all that, it gets complicated. I think it’s good enough to do whatever you can every single day as a daily practice. When you do this practice, if it’s for someone else, it will send energies of healing to them. If it’s for yourself, it will definitely increase your life, increase your wisdom, increase your merits and help you to overcome passions and desires that has engulfed you most of your life.

Remember when you are doing the offerings to Amitabha, when you are doing this practice to Amitabha or Amitayus Buddha, he is a fully enlightened being. He is fully enlightened. So don’t only pray to him to extend your life, pray to him for everything, it says in the dedication, which is to gain wisdom, compassion, altruistic mind, and in this life and all lives, be able to be born near the Buddha’s teachings, near a teacher, so you can practice.

This is what you do – doing your meditations every single day if you are doing Amitayus. When you are free and wandering around, when you are free and hanging around, you can also do the mantra. Can you do the mantra without the sadhana? You can, you can. Can people without the initiation do the sadhana? No. Can people without the initiation do the sadhana, no. People without this initiation just do the ‘praise’ and short mantra. Praise is –

Amitayus, Principal Guide of the world
Destroyer of all untimely death without exception
Refuge for those suffering and without a protector
To you Buddha Amitayus, I prostrate

Just recite the praise – OM AMARANI ZEWENTEYE SO HA

So for people who do not have the initiation, you may not do the sadhana because you are meditating on yourself being a Buddha and without the initiation, and planting the seeds and planting the potential in you, then it is not proper to visualise yourself as a Buddha. So for those who do not have initiation, can you invoke upon the Buddha Amitabha? Sure, you can, Amitayus. You just recite the ‘praise’ and you recite the short mantra everyday, that’s good enough.

For those who have the initiation, it’s your lucky day. You can do the whole sadhana, you should do the whole sadhana and definitely, it will benefit you in many, many ways. When you are done, you can clean up the offerings. You can take the torma, the cookies, biscuits, peanuts, crackers, whatever you put. You can eat it or you can give it to the birds but don’t flush it down the toilet or don’t throw it in unclean places okay? The water, you can put it onto plants and all that, and the candle, you can kind of put if off, if you are not going to be around. If you are around, safely you can put it there.

When you are travelling, do you need to have an altar? No, you don’t. If you are travelling, do you need to have the sensory offerings, you don’t. If you are in a hotel, it’s not convenient – you don’t. If you are travelling, you are in a hotel, then you don’t have to have the image, you don’t have to have the sensory offerings, you just do the sadhana.

Let me revised – those without initiation should not do the sadhana, just do the ‘Praise’ and the mantra. Those with initiation have the fortune to do the sadhana which is what I am holding here, and then everything else. Those without initiation can also make the offerings, it’s fine. So if you don’t have initiations, do the prayers, mantra and offerings – up to you. You don’t have to do the offerings. For those with initiation – you do the sadhana with the offerings. When you are travelling, when you are busy, you are sick, you are not well, you are ill or it’s not convenient – do you need to be in front of your altar, do you need to make offerings? No, you don’t. You do, it’s good. You do, it’s good because when you are doing the sadhana, you are offering – if there’s nothing to offer, it’s kind of strange. When you invite a friend over and say ‘have some tea, have some tea’ – there’s no tea. They are looking at you like ‘where’s the tea?’ So how can you say ‘oh you know, Mr or Mrs so and so, please have the tea.’ They are thinking, you must be bananas, there’s no tea here. Similarly, if you are doing Amitayus prayer, you are doing –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA AHRGHAM – you are saying, oh Amitabha, have some water, there’s no water – it’s quite strange. But if you are travelling, all that – you just think, never mind. Amitayus will understand, today he doesn’t get some water. He doesn’t need the water. You need to offer the water. So therefore when you are travelling, it’s not convenient, you can’t make the offerings, is it okay to do the sadhana? Sure. Whatever it is, after initiation, whatever it is, do the sadhana, do the prayer, that’s most important. Do not say, ‘oh I skip the sadhana today so I don’t have to ever do it again.’ You skip the sadhana today, you don’t have to skip it tomorrow. If you forget to eat today, which I never forget, you don’t have to forget to eat tomorrow. If you forget to do your exercises today, you don’t need to forget to do it tomorrow.

So if you forget to do your mind exercises which is Amitayus practice today, you don’t need to forget tomorrow. So don’t make that as a reason to, not do your practice because you skip the day or you forgot today okay?

I think I pretty much cover everything for the short practice. I wish everybody good luck and I wish everybody supreme attainments and may the Buddha of Infinite Light from the Western Paradise, Amitayus bless all of you, give you very long life, heal diseases, prevent future diseases from coming.

GEWADI YI NYUR DU DAK
LAMA SANG GYE DRUP GYUR NA
DROWA CHIK KYANG MALU PA
DEYI SA LAGO PAR SHUG

Thank you very much and good luck.

Teaching by Tsem Rinpoche
19 March 2012 in Tsem Ladrang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A beautiful thangka of the three long life deities: White Tara (left), Amitayus (center) and Namgyalma (right). Click on image to enlarge.


 

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  1. KB on Dec 2, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Dear Rinpoche thank you for the Amitayus practice video and write up.. I will be doing the retreat toady.. I am excited and happy i can learn up the practices. I will perfect the retreat and teach others.. thank you kb

  2. Thiago Albuquerque on Sep 25, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I’ve received not this particular practice initiation, but I have a High Tantra empowerment. Can I do this practice as someone who actually received this specific empowerment?

    • Admin on Sep 25, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Dear Thiago, It is required to specifically have Amitayus initiation to do the practice as if you had the empowerment. One higher tantric initiation will not cover for another practice. Hope this helps and good luck. Admin

      • Thiago Albuquerque on Sep 26, 2014 at 1:01 am

        Thak you very much!

  3. Hee TS on Aug 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    感谢仁波切慈悲分享无量寿佛法門之仪轨及深入淺出的开示,讓我们又認識多一殊勝法门,感恩!

  4. Ronda on Jul 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Usually I don’t read article on blogs, but
    I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to check out and do so!
    Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thanks, quite nice article.

  5. Uncle Eddie on Jul 13, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Amitayus, the Buddha of infinite life and synonymous with Amitaba Buddha,is most clearly identified by the long-life Vase he holds, which is filed with the nectar of Immortality. He is noted to be most popular amongst Buddhist practioners for infinite bebefits for immediate attainments of peace and Joy! Thank you Rinpoche for the beautiful teachings.

  6. Grace Leu ( KHJB) on Jul 12, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. The explanation are in details and make us easy to learn.we are fortunate to able to learn this precious teaching.May Rinpoche have a good health and long life, may Rinpoche always turn the wheel of Dharma..May everyone can learn this precious practice.

  7. Hee TS on Jul 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for enlighten us with Amitayus Buddha sadhana.

  8. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 25, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Rinpoche did not know who Gabriel and his family were yet Rinpoche enthusiastically went to confer initiation and sadhana for Gabriel and guests. For me it shows the mind of equanimity. Not favoring those we are attached to and love above strangers and those we do not appreciate.

  9. June Tang(KH JB) on Dec 16, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this video on Amitayus practise . Thank you very much for explaining the Amitayus sadhana practice.It is so beneficial for those who are sick .

  10. Grace Leu (KHJB) on Dec 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for Rinpoche’s Kindness to introduce such power practice to us.

  11. Patsy on Dec 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching and explanation on Amitayus.

  12. Ck siah on Dec 10, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    谢谢仁波切分享无量寿佛仪轨法和开示,在这里我又学到宝贵的佛法一课,来到了克切拉佛教团体,我真真的学到很多佛法仪轨和佛法开示。真诚的感恩仁波切的教诲和开示,让我受益良多。

  13. Wylfred Ng on Dec 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

    Many people may not know who is Amitayus. But when you say Amitabha many chinese will know. Amitayus is another for of Amitabha who grant long Life.

    Suddenly i had one idea that next time i will invite one Amitayus statue for my parents because they are not that familiar with Tibetan Buddhism, but they heard about Amitabha before. So i think that will be easier for them to understand Tibetan Buddhism. In fact, most of the chinese also know Amithaba.

    Thanks again to Rinpoche for the sharing.

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  15. Jennifer Yuen on Sep 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. Will learn to practice it.

  16. Mercedes on Sep 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche

  17. henry ooi on Sep 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for conferring upon me the Amitayus initiation and putting me in the rertreat.

  18. jerry si to on Sep 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

    祈愿我们能透过师父的教诲与开示,来学习与修行,并转化我们的心识,让我们明白,祈求长寿并不是为了继续留在这娑婆世界里享乐,而是透过这修持法,营造一个长寿的因缘,从而能过听闻更多师父的教诲与修行佛法,并透过我们健康的身躯继续的利益与造福芸芸的娑婆众生,祈愿我们透过这修持法,回响给我们伟大的上师,祈愿师父长寿,好让我们能不断的向师父请示佛法与教诲,并跟随师父的教法与脚步

  19. leela maya darnal on Jun 19, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    HIS HOLY HIGHNESS PLEASE AMITAYS SADHANA PRACTICE ON MY FACE BOOK AS I DON’T HAVE ANY OTHER SOURCE TO LEARN.

  20. Regina De Giovanni on Jan 13, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Hi, the link to the Amatayus text does not work at the moment. Is there a problem? Thank you

  21. […] AU CHEVET DE GABRIEL POUR LUI DONNER L’INITIATION AU SADHANA D’ AMITAYUS (DETAILS ICI: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/amitayus-sadhana-practice.html) EN COMPAGNIE DES PASTEURS ET DE PLUSIEURS ETUDIANTS QUI RECURENT AUSSI L’INITIATION A CETTE […]

  22. Uncle Lai on Mar 27, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Firstly I want to say thank you for inviting me to attend the Amitayus Sahdana practice. I feel honour and happy to attend this teaching. We have so much attachments, obstacles, fear habituation that made us selfish and unhappy.
    The beauty and power of this practice is that it can heel the scars in us that make us unhappy. It is not how much longer I can live that I am happy but how I live the rest of my life without these scars that will make me happy.
    I have got the text already and I shall watch the video again to learn up the practice.With folded palms thank you again Rinpoche for your great compassion.

  23. Uncle Lai on Mar 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you very much for explaining the Amitayus sadhana practice. I have got the text and I shall listen to the video again and learn up the practice. With folded palms thank you again.

  24. LilyT on Mar 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    How fortunate are those that had been conferred the Amitayus Initiation, for this practice not only heals illness to extend life but also increases merits, wisdom and compassion and to develop an altrustic mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your compassionate and detailed explaination on the Amitayus practice.

  25. James Long on Mar 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for recording this video on Amitayus practise and the purpose of having a healthy body and long life in Buddhism, also for us to know about Amitayus so that wee can share and explain to people in outlets.

    I’m in the mid of downloading this video and converting to MP3 so that can listen in the car as well.

    Thanks Rinpoche!

  26. David Lai on Mar 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I have listened to your wonderful teaching on the Amitayus Sadhana and I will get the Sadhana and Blessed pill for inner offering for my dad to perform this wonderful practice. The meditations are simple and beautiful. Thank you so much for this!

  27. lucy yap on Mar 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    We have this video and sadhana of Amitayus through Rinpoche’s great compassion .May the young and old who recite the sadhana receive blessings.Thank you Rinpoche.

  28. Seng Aun on Mar 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I was amazed by your great compassion and kindness for Gabriel and Tamedran Raj. It showed how much you care, not only for us but for everyone irrespective of race, creed or colour.
    May you always be healthy and may your blessed activities forever grow and increase.
    With folded hands, thank you for bringing great dharma practices to us.

  29. Siong Woan on Mar 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, I will learn up and teach my mother, she is 74 and would be beneficial if she does this daily.

  30. MayOng on Mar 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you for taking so much effort to make the Amitayus video above. It is so beneficial for those of us who were not able to be at the initiation. With much prayers xoxo

  31. Don Buchwalter on Mar 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    A beautiful teaching, Rinpoche. Thank you!

  32. skyong on Mar 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for being so compassionate to explain Amitayus Buddha sadhana to us who are interested to practice in order to dedicate the merits to everyone who are sick, and not well in health be it young and old. 🙂

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 3. 2020 03:19 PM
    Reading this article it gave a clear pictures of how many animals been slaughtered for human’s menu. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our environment. When we become more mindful of what we have on our menu every day, that mindfulness will seep into everything we do. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern, to stay healthy, saving animals and environment as well.
    What is important , give the animals a chance, respect them and to do harm them. May more people realized how many thousands or millions of animals be saved if they go on being a vegetarian.
    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing awareness with this article..

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/amazing-survey.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 3. 2020 03:17 PM
    Our Lama Tsem Rinpoche was a gift to us and the Tibetan Buddhism world who just keeps on giving , teaching Dharma and cares more than himself. Rinpoche was definitely one Lama that gives much more than another one else. Well known for his compassion, Rinpoche had guild rather train his students from day one where they are today. Rinpoche had observed , on the lookout to assist and encourage anyone of us and friends. Rinpoche had used the ‘new news’ an exercise to develop greater awareness of people and situations around. Wonderful way , to instill the positive qualities of compassion and awareness in us. Reading this post , I learn something new.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-what-is-the-new-news
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 3. 2020 03:15 PM
    Having a Dorje Shugden shop at Petaling street, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia will definitely benefits more and more local people as well as foreigners especially the tourist from across the globe. Many people will get to know and understand the Powerful Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden of our time. Many people who see the protector or passing by will be blessed as it is located at the famous tourist spot of China town. More people are connected to Dorje Shugden and will have the seeds planted into their mind. Rejoice.
    This is a best gift for our Lama Tsem Rinpoche on his birthday.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/exciting-dorje-shugden-store-in-petaling-street-malaysia.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 10:10 PM
    This is probably the best I’ve ever seen, marvelous creation, very realist with brilliant idea. I like the idea of Julian Beever, working in open air with public attraction. This job definitely takes a lot of patience and hats off to this extraordinary creativity.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing of a talented artist and his amazing art work.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 04:16 PM
    With our integrity intact, life is less stressful and far less complicated. This is not applying in secular but also in the spiritual practice. If someone who does not have integrity will surely not earn respects from his peers.
    Integrity is very important in our life. It also a good habit for us to cultivate and take as reminder to ourselves that we need to keep hold to our promises in all aspect of chores we are doing.

    https://bit.ly/31yh6MZ
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:21 PM
    Chatral Rinpoche was one of the greatest meditation masters and most compassionate bodhisattvas in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. Chatral Rinpoche explains the purpose and benefit of saving the lives of endangered animals, especially those due to be slaughtered. Great advice by Chatral Rinpoche to develop compassion for all sentient beings . Save animals, save nature, as animal life is precious too. He lived as a humble yogi without the distractions of fame and fortune. He practiced what he preaches without compromise and was beloved , respected by many of all faiths throughout the Himalayan region. He was well known for his compassion for animals through his compassionate action and profound wisdom. He had liberate millions of fish animals and had encourages his student not to eat meat and drank alcohol. It’s a right choice to be on vegetarian , as more animals will be save. It be healthier for us, better for environment and kinder to be a vegetarian.
    Powerful saying by Chatral Rinpoche ……Eating meat in one’s diet is much different than eating flesh to liberate a being through supernatural powers. I am just an ordinary practitioner. I would be committing sin and I would be getting negative karma.
    Thank You for this sharing Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/committing-sin.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:18 PM
    When i first read this article I did wonder too , how this ever happen. Somehow its real, a geological phenomenon where rocks move without human interference. Known as “sailing stones,” the rocks vary in size from a few ounces to hundreds of pounds. One of the world’s strangest phenomena is at Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California, U.S. Till today, scientists could not have an answer to this strange phenomena where nobody have seen it moving at all.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/just-what-are-sailing-stones.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:17 PM
    Animal abuse frequently occurred in a number of area. Its heart breaking looking at the pictures of that extreme animal and neglect case of a dog in this article . The abused dog was packed in a plastic bag and thrown down a trash chute in the 22-story building. So inhuman for someone to do that . Not only that the dog was under un nourishment, thin, dehydrated and looks more than a skeleton. The condition was so bad that the dog needs a blood transfusion. Thanks to the maintenance workers who found Patrick in the neat of time. Looking at those pictures one will be definitely shocking to see his condition. Thankfully, that poor dog named Patrick is recovering well after been nursed by the hospital staffs. Its one of the worst cases of abuse they’ve seen. A dog is men best friends , shouldn’t be abuse or harm them. Give them love, care as if they are one of us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/extreme-abuse-dog-found-in-trash.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 11:14 PM
    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing the most heartwarming moments of people around the world. Some of the photos were really touching. I believe there are plenty of kind -hearted people around us with faith in humanity.

    Life is all about second chances, always try to care about others because none of us know what tomorrow may speaks. It’s so much true to say photos will make your day much more better with thousand words and I too enjoyed all the stories.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 01:13 PM
    The famous saying “What goes around, comes around”, karma in short is action and every action is preceded by our thoughts. Hence what we think continuously about something will eventually lead to action and the result. Its our mind that is responsible for our karma. Reading this post it has helped me and many of us to understand that we create our own reality or karma. I have book marked these so as i can read it time from time to remind myself. still plenty to catch up.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/karma-and-the-law-of-attraction.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 01:11 PM
    Chatral Rinpoche was a Dzogchen master and a reclusive yogi known for his great realization and strict discipline. Beautiful and meaningful poems, all I can say the poem is full of wisdom. All animals deserves a life free from fear and pain. They do have hearts to feel the pain, eyes to see and families to care, just like one of us. Animal should be the right to be here, long before we arrive. If only we understand we care for them , we will help and save them or we can liberate them .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/by-chatral-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 01:10 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this short and powerful teachings . The Four Noble Truths are the most basic formulation of the Buddha’s teaching. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. It was these four principles that the Buddha came to understand during his meditation under the bodhi tree.
    To cease from evil, To do what is good. To cleanse one’s mind: This is the advice of all the Buddhas. Inspiring saying short yet powerful when we understand it . I will keep this in mind always.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/magic-4.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 12:07 PM
    Meat contains many substances, chemicals, which causes harm to us in the long term and red meat shorten human lives. Large consumption of meat especially processed meat are likely lead to cardiovascular diseases ,cancer and a lot more.

    It is really great to see news write up of factual info like this as evidence and proof that eating meat causes more harm than good. Thank you very much for sharing the informative article.


    https://bit.ly/2VvSb8H
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2020 04:28 PM
    These was one of the many miraculous cases of how Rinpoche has helped.As we learn and practice dharma sincerely, we may received the blessings from guru and to be protected from any harm.
    Through the blessings of Rinpoche, Marici was able to overcome her problem and get well again. Thank you very much for the sharing.


    https://bit.ly/3ipziOS
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2020 02:17 PM
    Equality before the law is the principle that each individual being must be treated equally by the law and that all are subject to the same laws of justice. Everyone will be given justice by treating them equally nor matter what race and religion or belief, you are. All are equal without any discrimination to equal protection of the law as well. After reading this article I do not agree with Paul Ryan what he commented on the conservative radio show ‘Morning In America’. Racism should not be brought up then, claimed that black men do not want to work and are satisfied with being poor. Remarks involving negative prejudices about people on the basis of race, would spark off misunderstanding and disharmony . It is extremely dangerous to label the rich or poor by skin colour or ethnicity.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-agree-with-this.html

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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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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
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 weeks ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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