多杰雄登护法2020年新春开示

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洛萨(Losar),又称藏历新年,是世界各地藏人新的一年。洛萨的庆祝活动可持续15天,但主要庆典落在头三天。按照传统,庞隆神谕会在这段期间降神护法多杰雄登。

庞隆神谕世系并非一般的世系传承。这殊胜的降神传承已延续几代人,可经由父传子。庞隆神谕在西藏极负盛名,因为神谕所给的预言极为准确,且曾多次挽救人的性命。现实中其中一个最著名的例子,就是庞隆神谕挽救了第十四世达赖尊者的性命。正是第六任庞隆神谕降神多杰雄登,要求达赖尊者立即离开西藏,甚至在通往印度的路途中提供护持,尊者最终顺利逃过了一劫。

庞隆神谕能降神多位护法神,但诸护法神中最著名的,莫过于出世间护法多杰雄登。在佛教众多位护法神中,多杰雄登之所以别具一格,是因为他能延长在神谕体内停留的时间。多杰雄登神谕降神的过程有时可长达几小时,而多杰雄登会在此时给予开示、预言、忠告、指引和加持。除了多杰雄登以外,其他护法神都不会在降神时讲授佛法,这反映了多杰雄登的究竟觉悟之体性,为智慧佛文殊菩萨。这也可从多杰雄登的前世做验证:班禅索南扎巴、持律主扎巴坚赞(度津)和他的许多前世,都是藏族史上最杰出的学者、最伟大的大师和思想家。

多杰雄登一如往常为一年一度的洛萨给予开示,引经据典地为新一年提供指引。

在今年的开示中,多杰雄登给出了甚深的教法,内容提及最近爆发新冠肺炎疫情的业果,以及我们可以如何更深入地去面对如此的现况。多杰雄登阐明这次的疫情爆发是有情的共业,或一群人的共业使然。伟大的护法也说道不仅药物的效力正减弱,而众生的福德也比以往衰微。

各种灾殃的发生,是五浊恶世所显现的众多现象。我们正处于五浊盛行的时代,五浊为:

  1. 命浊:人类的寿命比其他时期减少了,且性命脆弱。
  2. 烦恼浊:在见地上失去平衡,被汹涌的情绪打乱。这些被负面情绪左右的行动会导致道德风尚衰败。
  3. 见浊:远离了道德或灵性修持,邪见充斥之时。
  4. 众生浊:当我们的身躯、智力、健康的质量等等下降时。
  5. 劫浊:一切现象和大自然及其资源连带在退化中。

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多杰雄登总结说道世上所有的五浊皆因无明而生,也进一步解释无明更为细微的意思——持有我爱心且执于此心,于是起了爱惜自我,舍弃他人之心。值得一提的是,大护法还指出贪和嗔所带来的苦难,大约与人对野生动物消费的需求有关,是疫情爆发的原因——贪婪金钱与嗔心,或更确切地说,是人类虐待动物的行为所致。这些行为的果报于是回到了我们身上,成了疫情爆发的原因,招致不如意之事。

大护法还为信众提供建议,敦促大家思维能听闻佛法是何其幸运。我们追随本师世尊,又值遇妙音怙主法王宗喀巴大师的无垢教法。多杰雄登解释,这些教法让我们有机会从所有的苦难中解脱,我们应该利用善妙人身,精进实修佛法。如果我们不这么做,那么我们很有可能将投生到三恶趣(畜生、饿鬼或地狱)的其中一趣。我们也许可以投生到看似是享乐的善趣(天神、阿修罗),但这仍然摆脱不了死亡和无常,以及其他细微之痛苦。

多杰雄登继续说道,基于我们遇见了一位具格的上师,即我们的修行指导,也能趣入金刚乘教法之门,除了感到庆幸也该思维,这是浊世中佛陀最无上、最有效的教义和修持法。我们不应该辜负上师的教法和教言,自我欺误不尽己所能努力实修、取得成果。随后,多杰雄登敦促所有行者忆念上师的慈悲,并感恩上师给予的一切。教法众多,我们应该长时精进实修上师亲传之法。

尊贵的詹杜固仁波切与他的根本上师,至尊嘉杰宋仁波切的关系非常亲密。詹杜固仁波切给予敬爱的上师高度评价,并视上师为观想本尊胜乐金刚。

尊贵的詹杜固仁波切与他的根本上师,至尊嘉杰宋仁波切的关系非常亲密。詹杜固仁波切给予敬爱的上师高度评价,并视上师为观想本尊胜乐金刚。

他敦促我们,为成就佛位,我们必须累积二种资粮(福德与智慧)。福德资粮透过实修六度波罗蜜的前四个波罗蜜而得——以布施为始,以此类推;智慧资粮则是透过六度波罗蜜的第五和六波罗蜜而得——透过禅定,空性正见得以生起。空性,也称为“Shunyata”,是使我们直接看见实相的正见。佛在《般若经》中明示诸法无自性,后来的佛教大师,如龙树菩萨和月称菩萨也对此作了进一步的阐释。

多杰雄登建议我们修持空性和菩提心,以便懂得如何禅修并将之融入修行中。菩提心是为利益一切有情而成佛的最胜发心。此发心乃怀着一颗大悲心,致力帮助一切众生。而要做到这一点的最佳方法,便是成就圆满佛位。

开示走近尾声时,多杰雄登做了总结说道,我们的修行应基于三主要道——出离心、空性正见及菩提心。这是宗喀巴大师关键的言教甘露,也是佛陀的三个主要教诲——八万四千法门之精髓。此教法也特别适合无法直接理解篇幅更长的教诲,好比宗喀巴大师所写的《菩提道次第广论》的人们,尤其是于浊世中受五浊困扰的人们。

要使余生的修行更有意义,你可阅读多杰雄登给予我们的开示,这是他关键的叮咛。只要跟着实修,我们不仅能改善自己的生活,也会看到自己将有能力转化周遭人的生命。

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多杰雄登大护法新春开示

2020

今天依西藏传统过新年,先问候大众,吉祥如意。

疫病的发生,主要是因有情共业所致。五浊盛行的时代,药物效力减弱。也因有情福德衰微,故发生各种灾殃。这是「浊恶」所显现的众多现象。

经云:「世间诸衰损,根本为无明。」一切不如意,都是由无明而来。来自于爱自、舍他之念,总之就是贪、嗔二烦恼。如《入中论》所说:「最初说我而执我,次言我所则着法,如水车转无自在,缘生兴悲我敬礼。」贪爱我、属于我这一边的、我的父母兄弟等,把自己看得最重要。无始轮回以来已受多生,曾经历过数十万生,惟有痛苦,如是在轮回中轮转。对其他有情无慈无悲,起嗔心恶念,妄加伤害,也使自己内心不得安乐。凡由贪嗔二心所作所为,都会招致不如意事。

本师释迦牟尼佛,对其他有情修悲,发起最胜菩提心,成就佛位。我们追随本师世尊,又值遇妙音怙主法王宗喀巴大师的无垢教法。此时今生已过大半,应努力使余生有意义,勤修善法。如果未能做到,过去多次受生不曾过得有价值,此生如果未能从轮回解脱,又得再度于三恶趣等处饱受众苦,即使生于善趣,也是陷溺在轮回中。

遇到善知识,进入密咒金刚乘教法之门;而且不仅进入密咒金刚乘教法之门,又进入无上金刚乘教法之门,非常难得。已得无上灌顶,获得如本尊大威德金刚、瑜伽母等灌顶、口传、教授,如果不尽其所能努力,就空费了。不要自我欺误,当尽力精进努力。若然,则逐年逐月进步,终能调伏内心。

能做得到,应好好忆念自己上师善知识的恩德。凡夫有情难以值遇相好庄严最胜化身,金刚持等更难值遇。为我开示暂时及永久之道的善知识,所展示之道,应结合于心,尽力实践。于浊世中能见到凡夫形相的善知识,也是很大的福德。「未见善知识为骡或犬,其福大矣。」若善知识示现骡子、狗等牲畜形相,无法言谈,也无实益。

必须圆满二资粮——福德资粮、智慧资粮,才能成就佛位。对于菩提心、空性,要善加学习、尽力串习、思惟其义,如此福德甚大。总之,入佛教门,遇见甚深空性、无上金刚乘教法,要令此事真有意义。

时间短促,说得再多也有限。过去已多次听闻道次第等教法,八万四千法蕴的心要在于三主要道—出离心、菩提心、空性正见,好好学习,渐渐会有进展。

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The Great Protector, Dorje Shugden’s
2020 Losar Message

Today, according to Tibetan tradition, we celebrate Losar (Tibetan New Year) therefore, now I will greet everybody with “Tashi Delek”. (Editor’s note: a traditional Tibetan greeting wishing the other person blessings, good health and luck).

The occurrence of the recent epidemic is due to the collective karma of sentient beings. In this era of pervasive degeneration, the efficacy of medicine is reduced and the merit of sentient beings is also reduced, therefore, various calamities occur. This is a sign of these degenerate times.

In the scriptures, it says that the cause of all degeneration in the world arises from ignorance. All kinds of unhappiness are derived from ignorance, which comes from the thought of loving oneself and forsaking others. In general, it boils down to the two afflictions of greed and anger. It is just like what Introduction to the Middle Way by Chandrakirti says:

“First, thinking “I,” they cling to self,
Then, thinking “this is mine,” attachment to things develops.
Beings are powerless, like a rambling water mill –
I bow to compassion for these wanderers.”

Cherishing yourself and everything that belongs to you, like your parents, siblings and so forth, you value yourself as most important. Since time immemorial, you have reincarnated innumerable times and experienced hundreds of thousands of rebirths in cyclical existence (samsara) but there is only suffering. Towards other sentient beings, you have no compassion. You always allow anger and negative emotions to arise and then harm others which causes the mind to be not at peace and unhappy. Anything that is the result of the two afflictions of greed and anger will bring unhappiness.

Buddha Shakyamuni practised compassion for all sentient beings. The most supreme bodhicitta arose in him and he attained Buddhahood. We follow Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings and furthermore, we have met Manjunatha, the Dharma King Lama Tsongkhapa’s untainted teachings. Now, you have passed through half of your lives, so for the remainder of your lives, you should strive to make it meaningful by diligently practising the teachings. If you cannot do that, it will be like reliving your past lives, never doing anything of true value and meaning. In this life, if you still cannot be liberated from samsara, then you have to descend down to the three lower realms again and experience much suffering. Even if you are reborn in the three higher realms, you are still trapped in samsara.

Upon meeting a guru, you enter the door of Vajrayana teachings and not only do you enter the door of Vajrayana, you even enter the highest teachings of Tantrayana, which is a very rare opportunity. After you have received highest tantric initiation, i.e. Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini and so forth; lung (oral transmission); and teachings, and you don’t put in the utmost effort, it will be a total waste. Don’t lie to yourselves, you should put in the utmost effort. If you do so, then months and years will pass and you will see improvement. Eventually, you can subdue your mind.

If you can do this, you should remember your guru’s kindness. For ordinary sentient beings like us, it is very difficult to meet a supreme emanation who bears the marks of a fully enlightened being. It is even more difficult to meet Buddha Vajradhara and other such beings. It is our guru who gave us teachings on the temporary and the ultimate paths. The path that he showed us, we should merge it with our heart. Try your best to practice. In this degenerate age, when the guru manifests in the form of an ordinary being, it requires a lot of merit. “When we didn’t see the guru as a mule or dog, we have a lot of merits.” If a guru manifests as a mule or dog, or any type of animal, they cannot teach and so, there would be no benefit.

We have to accomplish two types of merits, virtuous merit and wisdom merit. Only then we can achieve Buddhahood. We have to learn bodhicitta and emptiness. We have to practise bodhicitta and emptiness and also to try our best to study and meditate on their meaning. With that, great merits will be accumulated. In essence, we must make entering the Dharma and meeting the teachings of the most profound emptiness and the highest tantra to be most meaningful.

Time is short, I talked so much but there is also a limit [to how much I can say]. In the past, we have already listened many times to the teachings on the Lamrim. However, the essence of the 84,000 Dharmas all boil down to the Three Principal Aspects of the Path – renunciation, emptiness and bodhicitta. Practise well and gradually, there will be improvement.

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༄༅། །སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༢༠ ཕྱི་ཟླ་ ༢ ཚེས་ ༢༤ དང་། བོད་རྒྱལ་ལོ་ ༢༡༤༧ བོད་ཟླ་ ༡ ཚེས་ ༡ ཉིན་ཐེ་ཝེན་ཙོང་ཁ་པའི་ཆོས་ཚོགས་ནང་སྤང་ལུང་སྐུ་རྟེན་མཆོག་ལ་འཇམ་མགོན་རྒྱལ་བའི་བསྟན་སྲུང་རྒྱལ་ཆེན་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་སྐུ་གསོལ་ཐོག་བཀའ་ལུང་གནང་བ།

༄༅། །སྤྱིར་ཆོས་ཚོགས་ཀྱི་ཚོགས་མི་རྣམས་ལ་ལོ་གསར་གྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དང་། ཁྱད་པར་བློ་ཚད་ཀྱི་ནད་ཀྱི་དཀའ་ངལ་སོགས་ལ་ཆོས་སྐྱོང་ཆེན་པོ་ལ་དམིགས་བསལ་སྐྱབས་འཇུག་ཞུས་ཀྱི་ཡོད་པས་བཀའ་སློབ་ལམ་སྟོན་གནང་རོགས་གནང་།

འོ་ཡོང་བ། དེ་རིང་ཁ་སང་སྔར་གྱི་ལུགས་སྲོལ་དང་མཐུན་པའི་སྲོལ་རྒྱུན་གྱི་ལོ་གསར་བྱས་ནས་བརྩི་གསོལ་ཡོད་པ་རེད། འོ༑ དེ་ཡིན་དུས་ཚང་མ་ལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན། གཙོ་བོ་ད་རེས་ཀྱི་ནད་རིམས་དེ་ཚོ་སྤྱིར་སེམས་ཅན་སྤྱི་མཐུན་གྱི་ལས་དང་། ཡང་སྒོས་སྙིགས་མ་ལྔ་དུས་སུ་སྨན་གྱི་ནུས་མཐུ་ཡང་ཆུང་བ་དང་། དེ་བཞིན་སེམས་ཅན་བསོད་ནམས་དམན་པའི་རྐྱེན་གྱིས་དེ་འདྲ་བའི་ནད་སྣ་ཚོགས་ཡོང་གི་ཡོད་པ་རེད། དེ་དང་དེ་འདྲ་བའི་སྙིགས་མའི་རང་མདངས་ཟེར་བ་མང་པོ་ཞིག་ཡོང་རྒྱུ་ཡོད་པ་རེད། དེ་འདྲ་ཡིན་དུས། དེ་ཚོ་ག་རེད་ཡིན་ན་ཡང་། འཇིག་རྟེན་རྒུད་པ་ཇི་སྙེད་པ། །དེ་ཡི་རྩ་བ་མ་རིག་སྟེ། །ཞེས་གསུངས་ཡོད་པ་རེད། གྲ་མ་སྒྲིག་ཐམས་ཅད་མ་རིག་པའི་དབང་གི་ཡོང་གི་ཡོད་རེད། དེ་ཡང་རང་གཅེས་པར་འཛིན། གཞན་ཡལ་བར་དོར་བའི་བློ་དང་། མདོར་བསྡུས་ན་ཆགས་སྡང་གཉིས་ཀྱིས་དབང་གིས་ཡོང་གི་ཡོད་པ་རེད། འཇུག་པ་ལས་གསུང་པ་ནང་བཞིན། དང་པོ་ང་ཞེས་བདག་ལ་ཞེན་གྱུར་ཅིང་། །བདག་གིས་འདི་ཞེས་དངོས་ལ་ཆགས་བསྐྱེད་པ། །ཟོར་ཆུན་འཕྱན་ལྟར་རང་དབང་མེད་པ་ཡི། །འགྲོ་ལ་སྙིང་རྗེར་གྱུར་གང་དེ་ལ་འདུད། །ཞེས་གསུངས་པ་ནང་བཞིན། ང་དང་ང་ཡི་ཕྱོགས་གཏོགས་དང་། ང་ཡི་ཕ་མ་སྤུན་མཆེད་ཞེས་ཟེར་ནས། འོ་དེ་ཚོ་ལ་ཆགས་པ་དང་། དེ་ནས་ང་རྩ་བ་ཆེན་པོ་བྱས་ནས་འཁོར་བ་ཐོག་མ་མེད་པ་ནས་ད་བར་སྐྱེ་བ་འབུམ་ཕྲག་མང་པོ་བླང་ནས་ཡོད་པ་རེད། དེ་སྡུག་བསྔལ་གྱི་རང་བཞིན་བྱས་ནས་འཁོར་བ་ནང་འཁོར་ནས་ཡོད་པ་རེད། དེ་ནི་སེམས་ཅན་གཞན་ལ་ཡ་ང་བ་དང་སྙིང་རྗེ་བ་དེ་འདྲ་གང་ཡང་མེད་པ་བྱས། ཕ་གི་ལ་སྡང་བ་འདྲ་དང་། དེ་ལ་སྡུག་པ་ཞིག་བྱུང་ན་རང་ཉིད་སེམས་བདེ་པོ་འདྲ་པོ་ཡོང་བ་དེ་འདྲ་ཆག་གི་ཡོད་པ་རེད། དེ་འདྲ་བྱས་ནས་ཆགས་སྡང་གཉིས་ཀྱི་བློ་དེས། ག་རེ་བྱེད་ན་ཡང་གྲ་མ་སྒྲིག་པ་ཞིག་ཡོང་གི་ཡོད་པ་རེད། འོ་དེ་འདྲ་ཡིན་དུས། བདག་ཅག་གི་སྟོན་པ་ཤཱཀྱ་ཐུབ་པས་གཞན་ལ་སྙིང་རྗེ་སྒོམ། བྱང་ཆུབ་མཆོག་ཏུ་སེམས་བསྐྱེད་ནས་སངས་རྒྱས་ཀྱི་གོ་འཕང་སྒྲུབ་པ་རེད། དེ་འདྲ་ཡིན་དུས་ང་རང་ཚོ་ཡང་སྟོན་པ་བཅོམ་ལྡན་འདས་ཀྱི་རྗེས་སུ་བཞུགས། དེ་ག་ནང་བཞིན་འཇམ་མགོན་བླ་མ་ཙོང་ཁ་པ་ཆེན་པོའི་བསྟན་པ་དྲི་མ་མེད་པ་དེ་འདྲ་བ་དང་མཇལ། ད་བར་ཚེ་གང་མཚམས་འདས་ཚར་བ་རེད། ད་ཚེ་ལྷག་དོན་ལྡན་ཡོང་བའི་བསམ་བློ་གཏང་ནས་རྣམ་དཀར་དགེ་བའི་བྱ་བ་ལ་བརྩོན། དེ་འདྲ་ཞིག་བྱས་མ་ཐུབ་ན་སྔར་འདས་པའི་དུས་ན་སྐྱེས་བ་མང་པོ་ཞིག་བླང་ནས་གོ་ཆོད་པ་བྱུང་ཡོད་པ་མ་རེད། དེ་འདྲ་ཡིན་དུས་ད་དུང་ཡང་འཁོར་བ་འདི་ལས་ཐར་བ་ཞིག་མ་བྱུང་ན་སླར་ཡང་ངན་སོང་གསུམ་ལ་སོགས་པར་སྐྱེས་ནས་སྡུག་བསྔལ་མང་པོ་ཞིག་མྱོང་རྒྱུ་དང་། བདེ་འགྲོ་ལ་སྐྱེས་པ་ཡིན་ན་ཡང་འཁོར་བའི་གནས་སུ་མགོ་འཁོར་ནས་སྡོད་རྒྱུ་ཡིན་པ་རེད། འོ་དེ་ནི། ད་རེས་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་དང་ཕྲད། དེ་ག་ནང་བཞིན་ཟབ་མོ་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཐེག་པའི་སྒོར་བཞུགས། བཞུགས་པ་ཙམ་དུ་མ་ཟད་བླ་མེད་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཐེག་པའི་བསྟན་པ་དེ་འདྲ་བ་དང་མཇལ་བ་ཧ་ཅང་གི་ཁག་པོ་ཡིན་པ་རེད། དེ་འདྲ་བའི་སྐབས་སུ་བླ་མེད་ཀྱི་དབང་ཡིད་དམ་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཇིགས་བྱེད་དང་རྗེ་བཙུན་རྡོ་རྗེ་རྣལ་འབྱོར་མ་ལ་སོགས་པའི་དབང་ལུང་ཁྲིད་ལ་སོགས་པ་ཐོབ་ཡོད་པ་རེད། དེ་གང་ཐུབ་ཅི་ཐུབ་ཀྱི་ཉམས་ལེན་ཞིག་མ་བྱེད་ན་ཁྲོག་རླག་ཏུ་འགྲོ་གྱིན་ཡོད་པ་རེད། དེ་ན་རང་གི་རང་མ་བསླུས་པ་བྱས་ནས་བརྩོན་པ་གང་ཐུབ་ཞིག་བྱེད་ཀྱི་ཡིན་ན་ལོ་རེ་ཟླ་རེ་ནས་ཡར་རྒྱས་བྱུང་ནས་སེམས་རྒྱུད་འདུལ་ཐུབ་པ་ཞིག་ཡོང་གི་རེད། དེ་འདྲ་ཞིག་བྱུང་ན་རང་གི་བླ་མ་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་ལ་སོགས་པའི་དེ་དག་གི་བཀའ་དྲིན་ཡག་པོ་དྲན། སེམས་ཅན་ཐ་མལ་བ་ཚོར་མཆོག་གི་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་ཟེར་བ་མཚན་དང་དཔེ་བྱད་ཀྱི་རྒྱན་པ་དེ་འདྲ་བ་ནི་མཇལ་ཐུབ་ཀྱི་ཡོད་པ་མ་རེད། དེ་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ལ་སོགས་པ་དེ་ཡང་མཇལ་ཐུབ་པ་ཧ་ཅང་གི་ཁག་པོ་རེད། དེ་འདྲ་ཡིན་དུས་རང་ལ་གནས་སྐབས་དང་མཐར་ཐུག་གི་ལམ་སྟོན་མཁན་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་དེ་ཚོའི་ལམ་སྟོན་གནང་ཞག་པ་དེ་ཚོ་ཡིད་ལ་འཇག་ནས་རང་གི་ལག་ལེན་གང་ཐུབ་བྱས། དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་དེ་རང་གི་ཐ་མལ་པའི་རྣམ་པར་མཇལ་བ་དེ་ཡང་ཧ་ཅང་གི་བསོད་ནམས་ཆེན་པོ་རེད། བཤེས་གཉེན་ཁྱི་དང་བོང་བུར་མ་མཐོང་བསོད་ནམས་ཆེ། ཞེས་གསུང་གི་ཡོད་པ་རེད། དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་ཁྱི་དང་བོང་བུ་དུད་འགྲོའི་རིགས་འདྲ་བོ་ཞིག་མཐོང་ན་དེ་ཚོས་སྐད་ཆ་ཡང་ཤོད་མི་ཐུབ་པས་ཕན་ཐོག་གང་ཡང་ཡོད་པ་མ་རེད། དེ་འདྲ་ཡིན་ཙང་ཚོགས་གཉིས་རྫོགས་ནས་སངས་རྒྱས་ཀྱི་གོ་འཕང་སྒྲུབ་དགོས་པ་རེད། ཚོགས་གཉིས་ནི། བསོད་ནམས་ཀྱི་ཚོགས་དང་ཡེ་ཤེས་ཀྱི་ཚོགས་ལ་ཟེར་གྱི་ཡོད་པ་རེད། བྱང་ཆུབ་ཀྱི་སེམས་དང་ཟབ་མོ་སྟོང་པ་ཉིད་ལ་གང་ཐུབ་ཅི་ཐུབ་ཀྱི་ཉམས་ལེན་བྱེད་ཐུབ་ན་བསོད་ནམས་ཧ་ཅང་ཆེན་པོ་རེད། འོ་ད། མདོར་བསྡུས་ན། སངས་རྒྱས་བསྟན་པའི་སྒོར་བཞུགས་ནས་ཟབ་མོ་སྟོང་པ་ཉིད་དང་བླ་མེད་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཐེག་པའི་བསྟན་པ་དང་མཇལ་ནས་གོ་ཆོད་པ་ཞིག་བྱས་ན་དེ་དགེ་མཚན་ཆེ། ད་མང་པོ་བཤད་ནས་དུས་ཚོད་ཐུང་ཐུང་ཞིག་ན་དེ་འདྲ་ཞིག་རེད། སྔར་བྱང་ཆུབ་ལམ་རིམ་ལ་སོགས་པར་ཐོས་པ་མང་པོ་བྱས་མྱོང་ཡོད་པ་རེད། ཆོས་ཕུང་བརྒྱད་ཁྲི་བཞི་སྟོང་གི་སྙིང་པོ་བསྡུས་པ་ལམ་གྱི་གཙོ་བོ་རྣམ་གསུམ་ཞེས་གསུང་གི་ཡོད་པ་རེད། ངེས་འབྱུང་། བྱང་སེམས། ཡང་དག་པའི་ལྟ་བ། དེ་ཚོ་ཡག་པོ་བྱས་ནས་བསླབ་ན་དེ་ནས་རིམ་བཞིན་དུ་ས་ཆོད་ཡོང་རྒྱུ་རེད་པ།། །།

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:12 PM
    Looking at those very unique house been built simply stunning. Creatively with nature indeed , salute to those architecture who has such a wild ideas and innovations building such an incredibly unique houses in nature. No easy though but everything is possible.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/into-the-wild.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:11 PM
    Truly stunning Kuanyin Statue also know as”Goddess of Mercy” Statue designed by Portuguese architect . Very serene with the huge golden statue seemingly floating over the sea at high tide. One of the underrated landmarks in Macau. It is believed that when this statue is built, Macau has become more prosperous, peaceful and economically better. Many locals and tourist visited this beautiful Statue and it’s a popular spot where they will walk along the sea watching sunset. Merely by looking at this Statue is a blessing. Those beautiful pictures tells us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:07 PM
    Beautiful Yonghe Temple in Beijing, China known to some locals as the‘Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple’ has three world-record masterpieces. This temple is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism built during the reign of Emperor Kang Xi (1694). Very impressive buildings and a great insight into Chinese Buddhist temples with 300 years of history . The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.
    Looking at the restoration and conservation work of the Lama Tsongkhapa Statue in Yong He Gong is not easy after all. Thanks to Liu Yuming,77, restoration masters of China’s Cultural Relics. He had done a good job helping to preserve those rare cultural relics left in China. It is indeed a uphill task that needs a lot of patience , skill, delicate , and love . Interesting read even though it an old post. Would love to see this master piece of Lama Tsongkhapa Statue one day .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/an-age-of-restoration.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 01:47 PM
    Sometimes a single image can speak much louder than words. It’s very painful to see the abused and made to suffer of a Monkey and Child.

    It is really sad to discover how many animals sacrificed for fulfilling our taste buds. and not only sacrificing their life.

    Why don’t we try to eat more vegetables instead of eating more animals. Vegetables are healthy too, you know! And do you also know that being vegetarian or vegan will not only make you become healthier, it will also make you feel more energetic.
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:59 PM
    A legendary figure of Buddhism in Buryatia was Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, charismatic Buddhist master and visionary and national hero, who had spread the Tantric Buddhist tradition. Interesting read of this forgotten story of Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, a monk who briefly ruled as a dharma king. He amazingly created a nonviolence Buddhist kingdom who protected thousands of women, children, and men at that time. In 1920’s Soviet government considered Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov to be rebels and Traditional Buryat culture was erased since then. Buddhist monasteries in Buryatia were destroyed and many followers were murdered. He was well remembered as a true Dharma King and a national hero. Interesting read of a Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lubsan-samdan-tsydenov-the-dharma-king-of-buryatia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:57 PM
    We came to this world with nothing and leaving with nothing. There nothings that belongs to us. Whatever we own is temporary on loan only, so we should be glad in this life we are in human form. We should appreciate what we have at this moment, , doing , learning Dharma and practicing Dharma for a good and meaningful cause. Transforming our mind and benefiting others instead of ourselves.
    What Rinpoche had said and explained , very true indeed … we don’t own our body. Well use our body for the greater good of others. Reading the transcript by Tsem Rinpoche tells us more understanding .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-you-dont-own-your-body.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 11:20 PM
    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, it’s truly amazing. Each one of these statues is special and drool-worthy, and they have rightly signified the place where they stand today.

    Even when we don’t have the opportunity too witness those beautiful Buddha Statues, yet we are blessed merely by looking at it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:19 PM
    Reading this article again, truly feeling sorry those refugees in Netherlands. Staying in another country far away from homeland is already sad. They need to start from scratch, could imagine their situation living in a foreign facing a lot of hinders such languages, cultures and so forth. The sad state of refugees living in Netherlands is really bad. The Netherlands has had a reputation as a humanitarian haven, with refugees and immigrants as the situation in their country isn’t safe enough. But entering as refugees they ended up living in empty offices, as room . The government authorities failed to provide basic amenities for those rejected ones who have not or cannot leave the country. The refugees are stuck in a system, were call as an illegal immigrant. They wandered in the streets of Amsterdam, moving from one place to another left in the cold winter. Lucky enough they have volunteers helping them supplying blankets , foods for them. Hopefully the authorities could do more to help those refugees out there and the situation right now has improved.
    Thank you Melissa for sharing this .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-building-wanderers-of-amsterdam.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:17 PM
    Being generous also makes us feel better about ourselves. Generosity is both a natural confidence builder and a natural repellent of self-hatred. By focusing on what we are giving rather than on what we are receiving. Acts of generosity, such as giving our time, talent or resources, and expecting nothing in return, have been proven to be good for our health. Generous individuals are personally more fulfilled, happier and more peaceful within themselves. Enrich our life and that of others by practicing generosity. That’s what I consider true generosity without anything in return.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/generosity-giving-gifts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:15 PM
    A Stunning Chenrezig Thangka with an interesting story behind it.Detailed explanations of the iconography of this Buddha. Having understand about it ,will help us to practice better . Chenrezig is the bodhisattva that symbolizes the compassion of all Buddhas.The qualities of Chenrezig is indeed amazing in such away benefited many of us. According to legend, Chenrezig made an vow that he would not rest until he had liberated all the beings in all the realms of suffering. Reciting the Chenrezig mani mantra and practising profound meditation on the nature of sound is believed to be powerful.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-chenrezig-thangka.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 6. 2021 04:52 PM
    Meaningful poems tells us a thousand words. Value and appreciate every moment of our life with those around us. Rinpoche had a very strong connection with Manjushri since childhood and its not surprised the way Rinpoche describe the divine. Lovely poems for us to ponder deeply.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/purpose.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 6. 2021 04:52 PM
    It is important to use these difficult times as life lessons, growing and shaping us to blossom into a stronger and wiser person every day. Stay strong and be tough, working as a team, sharing out as a team. Whatever happen then through thick and thin, individual commitment to work as a team is what makes a team work successful toward a common vision. It is true that we can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed as a team. Never give up even its hard with nothing much. Alone, we can do so little compare to working together, we can do so much.
    Reading this quote will inspire us to improve ourselves and our life so that we may be successful someday as a team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dont-see-the-porridge-and-run.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:04 PM
    The incredible story of the Chinese paper cut artist Ku Shulan. She is one such inspiring lady in the Chinese world of paper cutting. Been born in poor peasant family, doesn’t deter her from doing what she loves most. She had come along way of struggles and hardship to be where she was. She only showed her talent in later life following awakening from a coma after a head injury, discovered by Shanxi Province Cultural Center. Ku Shulan was designated “Master of China Folk Art and Crafts” by UNESCO and was bestowed many domestic awards for her beautiful paper cuttings. Sadly Ku Shulan passed away in 2004 at age 84, but her popularity, and reputation continue to grow . Her unique coloured paper cuttings are the jewel of Chinese folk art and will remain forever so.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post of a talented lady.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ku-shulan-goddess-of-paper-cut.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:03 PM
    Do Dharma work. Do Dharma practice. Chase after Dharma…..well said by Rinpoche. Life is meaningless when we only chase for money, fame only at the of life nothing is left for us. What remains is just memories when we are gone. As we grew older , it’s time to chase after something that can last long till our last breathe. Learning, practicing Dharma is the best choice. Since learning and practicing dharma have my life change, benefiting other makes my wonderful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands. Rinpoche had showed me the way and so as many more others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chasing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:00 PM
    Inspiring comment by Claire Briard who only met Rinpoche on facebook gave up eating meat. It has since changed his life and she have so much more respect for the all animals. She did wonderfully by encouraging her friends and anyone she met to go meatless. Beautiful message . Do not harm animals , give them a chance to live.
    Thank you Rinpoche this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/claire-briard.html

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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
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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
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  • April 13, 2021 02:32
    Who gave you the rights to use my images for www.tsemrinpoche.com without my license! It's illegitimate! You're committing a legal offense! You must replace my images NOW!!!!! asked: Hi, This is Mela and I am a professional photographer and illustrator. I was surprised, putting it lightly, when I came across my images at your web-site. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's permission, you need to be aware that you could be sued by the creator. It's not legal to use stolen images and it's so selfish! Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.tsemrinpoche.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/4004998854399439/home/drive/storage/files/download?h=262044616157597687 If you don't remove the images mentioned in the document above within the next several days, I'll file a complaint on you to your hosting provider informing them that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. And if it doesn't help, trust me I am going to take it to court! And I will not bother myself to let you know of it in advance.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as samsaric dreams. These arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we make a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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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
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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