Getting Closer to Vajrayogini

By | Dec 25, 2015 | Views: 2,812

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai)

The most obvious benefit of being in close proximity with Rinpoche is the Dharma that we receive. The Lama teaches using all methods possible – by example, by action, by joking, by instruction and, in the way one would most expect, by literally giving a teaching.

Students of Rinpoche know just how traditional Rinpoche is when it comes to teachings on Tantra, and to initiations and empowerments. So a few weeks ago, Rinpoche gathered a small group of us for the privilege of a short teaching on Vajrayogini. Rinpoche explained that what he was about to share with us was taught to Rinpoche by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Yucca Valley, California during a Vajrayogini initiation and commentary.

Rinpoche began with an explanation of the four prerequisites of Vajrayogini’s practice. They are:

  1. Unwavering faith in Vajrayogini as a deity and yidam, and unwavering faith in her practice, meditations and rituals. The practitioner needs to have full faith and conviction that yes, you CAN develop attainments from her practice and she CAN bring you to her paradise, Dakpo Kachö.
  2. To never miss tsok commitments. Rinpoche spoke about a way of overcoming situations when it becomes unavoidable for you to miss your commitments, for example due to travel or physically debilitating illnesses.
  3. To have clean samaya with your Guru. Never disturb your Guru’s mind by being sneaky, and refrain from destructive actions like lying and cheating.
  4. To recite a short prayer three times per day, which is a request for us to enter her paradise.

It was then that I realised in small ways, and unbeknownst to us, Rinpoche has been training his students for years to become Tantric practitioners who will enter the doors of higher practice with perfect ease.

Unwavering faith in Vajrayogini as a yidam? For many years, Rinpoche has cultivated in us a loyalty towards our meditational deities and practices. For example, in the Dorje Shugden issue, Rinpoche has made it clear why, despite all obstacles, we should have unwavering faith in Dorje Shugden, because it is about upholding the commitments we make to our teacher.

To have clean samaya with your guru? One of Rinpoche’s core teachings focuses on the 50 Stanzas of Guru Devotion which describes perfectly the attitude of a student towards the teacher.

To never miss tsok commitments and recite a short prayer three times a day? Rinpoche has always emphasised the importance of consistency in our practice and sadhanas.

Of course, holding our three sets of vows (Refuge, Bodhisattva and Tantric vows) is a given; Rinpoche explained that the four prerequisites are over and above these commitments which are common throughout all Tantras.

So why is Vajrayogini’s practice so powerful? Why is it so special? Why is it so coveted?

 

The King of Mantras

According to Lama Yeshe, her mantra is the King of Mantras. No other mantra in the ocean of Tantra has the same kind of potency and power as that of Vajrayogini’s. Even within Heruka’s Tantra, Rinpoche said, it is stated that in order to gain siddhis we still need to recite the mantra of his consort.

Rinpoche reminded us of the promise that Vajrayogini had made to His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Appearing to him in a vision, Vajrayogini herself told Pabongka Rinpoche that anyone who receives her practice within four generations of Pabongka Rinpoche, will be able to enter her paradise Dakpo Kachö within seven lifetimes. After these four generations, it reverts to the normal 14 lifetimes.

 

A Positive Rebirth

So you may be thinking, “What’s the big deal? Seven lifetimes, who cares?” But keep this in mind – if we do not receive her practice, there is no guarantee we will be reborn to meet the Dharma in our next lifetime, and definitely no guarantee we will be reborn as a human. So it may be lifetimes before we can meet the Dharma again, and those lifetimes do not necessarily mean one human lifetime of 80-100 years. It could mean the lifetime of a hungry ghost or a god for hundreds of years before we exhaust that karma to have the opportunity to be reborn as a human, let alone a human practicing within our lineage. In contemplating this, the appeal and benefit of Vajrayogini’s practice becomes very apparent.

In receiving Vajrayogini’s practice and upholding the commitments, it gives us the best possible chance of being reborn near to a lineage lama, with the opportunity to be exposed to and attracted to her lineage at a young age.

Rinpoche said that in our next life, no matter how remote or distant the land is, a Vajrayogini practitioner will find their way back to her practice at a young age. Rinpoche himself is living proof of this, having met H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin at the age of nine, and receiving Vajrayogini practice just a few years later.

How does this reconnection happen? It may be that the practitioner sees her body in the form of a statue, and it triggers a sense of familiarity and desire to engage in deeper Dharma practice. It may be reconnecting with her practice in the form of speech when you hear her mantra being recited, or reconnecting with her practice through the mind when someone talks about her, and the idea of her is implanted in your mind and spontaneous faith arises.

For Dharma practitioners, the ability to guarantee such a rebirth whereby a practitioner meets the lineage again at a young age is considered highly precious because it means we waste less time being attracted to everything else in samsara.

 

Control

This control over our rebirths is not the only form of control that we gain as a result of relying on Vajrayogini as our Yidam. It is said in her Tantra that those who practice Vajrayogini well will be able to gain control over the elements, animals, weather, spirits and demons.

Thus Vajrayogini’s mantra is also protection. Protection from what? From demons, spirits and black magic, yes but also from falling into the three lower realms, and from taking rebirths in places where there is no Dharma. This could be places in the human realm where there is no Buddhadharma, or rebirths in other realms.

The control of elements, animals, weather, spirits and demons all sounds pretty neat but when you consider that people who are not Buddhist can develop this ability, these become a slightly less glamorous achievement or siddhi compared to…

 

Guaranteed Rebirth in her Paradise

…the ability to ascend to Vajrayogini’s paradise to receive teachings from Heruka and Vajrayogini themselves.

Rinpoche explained that compared to other Tantras, Vajrayogini’s practice is the perfect combination of simplicity and potency. Not only is her form easy to visualise compared to other deities (for example, Yamantaka) but her mantra is so powerful that it can convey us to Dakpo Kachö simply by reciting it. Even when we do not know her meditation or the visualisations associated with her practice, her mantra has that type of power.

It was Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who described the iconography of Vajrayogini’s holy body to our Rinpoche. During the teaching, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche emphasised how crucial it is to meditate on her sacred form correctly, from the beings she is standing on to the meaning of her four fangs. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche described her expression, the angle and tilt of her head, the mudra with which she holds the chopper, and even the top knot in her hair.

Imagine doing the same thing for Yamantaka, and memorising all of his nine faces, 34 arms and the ritual accoutrements of every single arm!

So for people who are dull, who cannot remember details, who are not intimately familiar with the intricacies of the Tantra, Vajrayogini’s practice is perfect! They will still be able to achieve the minor siddhis and ascend to her paradise within seven lifetimes simply by reciting her mantra. This quality is unique to Vajrayogini’s practice; other Tantras require the practitioner to know the meditations and to combine recitation of the mantra with the corresponding visualisations.

Ascending to Vajrayogini’s paradise is considered extremely precious because to be in Dakpo Kachö is to learn from and practise under the King Heruka and Queen Vajrayogini. In such an environment, realisations and spiritual attainments come quickly and easily, including the realisation of Emptiness. In short, it means that simply reciting her mantra without any visualisations opens up the opportunity for us to realise Emptiness.

This of course refers to the most basic and bare minimum of practice after we receive Vajrayogini’s initiation. If we study more, apply ourselves and meditate on and understand the Tantra, we can realise Sunyata in this life alone, never mind waiting to ascend to Dakpo Kachö!

Rinpoche said that even if we do not have time to fully finish dissolving our winds at the time of death, even in the bardo, Vajrayogini will still come and bring the practitioner to her paradise. Such is the guarantee of her practice if we recite her mantra with the four prerequisites intact.

 

No Room for Excess Baggage

So it sounds very simple, like ascending to Dakpo Kachö is a matter of pressing a few buttons on the elevator and getting in…and it is, if we let go of our excess baggage (even elevators have weight limits!).

The excess baggage that will prevent us from entering Vajrayogini’s paradise is our drive for name, fame, reputation and wealth. Thus in our present lifetime, before we die and as we do our practices, we need to train in cutting off all attachments to our family, friends, relationships, etc.

Does this mean we become cold and uncaring towards them, and ignore them? Does it mean we shout “I can’t be with you because I want to go to Dakpo Kachö!!!” at them? The key word here is attachments; we do what we need to do and fulfill the responsibilities we made in this life, but we cut off our attachments to them.

After all, at the time of death, we will be forced to let go of friends, family and partners anyway. But while we are still alive, if we train in realising that the elevator has a weight limit, then letting go of them at the time of death will become much easier to do.

Rinpoche said that this training to cut off our attachments is why new monks are not allowed to go home for up to 10 years. To the uninformed, it may sound a little cruel but consider this – what happens when, as a lay person, you go home after an extended period away and then try to leave again? Your family may ask you not to leave, they may beg you to stay longer, or they may try to create an environment that is so attractive to tempt you to stay back.

The same applies for new monks. Being so new to their ordination, their minds are not strong enough yet to withstand the pressures of family. Not only does this pressure refer to the begging or the temptations, but the fact that an environment outside the monastery creates and fosters attachments (instead of reducing them). Thus to cut off their attachment and longing to be in a home environment, and to remove the preconditioning of their families and the secular world, new monks are not allowed back home for up to 10 years.

 

The Importance of the Guru

So it would be an understatement to say that this training is taken pretty seriously in the Tibetan tradition 😉 Rinpoche gave the example of Tilopa who did not address Naropa by name for 12 years to remove the ‘I’ and all traces of the ego in his mindstream. For 12 years, Tilopa trained Naropa in the Six Paramitas and the Lamrim without Naropa’s knowledge, to ensure he was ready to be initiated into Vajrayogini’s mandala. When the initiation finally took place, Naropa’s practice progressed very swiftly and by leaps and bounds.

Using Naropa’s experience under Tilopa as an example, Rinpoche said it is much easier to train under a Guru to remove the aspects of the self-cherishing mind from our mindstream, than to practise Vajrayogini AND train in the Lamrim at the same time. Hence our Guru and Guru devotion is extremely important both before and after we have received initiation, so important in fact that clean samaya with our teacher is one of the four prerequisites for Vajrayogini’s practice.

 

You Can Take a Horse to the Water…

If you were to ask me, of the four prerequisites, clean samaya is the most fundamental prerequisite of all. If we understand the importance of samaya, and if we have Guru devotion, everything else automatically falls into place. We will understand the importance of maintaining our tsok commitments, we will always recite the prayer request three times a day and we will value our yidams because it was a blessing to receive it from our teacher.

At the end of the day, the Lama will make every effort to ensure we are ready to receive the initiation, but it is up to us to grasp the opportunity and to work with him (or her!) to make sure we are ready, just as Naropa worked with Tilopa. What is the benefit of surrendering to the training, just as Naropa did with Tilopa? For us, the benefit is Enlightenment; for the Guru, absolutely nothing. On a personal basis, our Guru gains nothing out of our ascension to Dakpo Kachö, so he certainly is not training us to score brownie points with Vajrayogini herself.

So do we want Vajrayogini and happiness bad enough or do we want to come back as a turtle in our next life that has missed the spinning yoke? Really, truly, honestly, the choice is entirely up to us.

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  1. Yee Yin on Nov 1, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Thank you for this short but precious teaching on Vajrayogini. If we have realised life is a suffering, there is a way out which is the practice of Dharma and Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini is very powerful because her practice is short and does not need much visualisation.

    However, in order to receive her practice, we must have a qualified guru and we have to be devoted to our guru. We must keep our relationship with our guru clean meaning no matter how our guru treats us, we will not have negative feelings towards him. When we have faith and surrender ourselves completely to him, only he can give us precious practice such as Vajrayogini practice.

  2. Valentina Suhendra on Apr 3, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Starting on Vajra Yogini now. Practicing Vajra Yogini without initiation.

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  3. Tsem Rinpoche on Nov 20, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives is in Dharamsala, which is broken into two parts. Upper Dharamsala is where the Dalai Lama’s palace is located with his audience room and main prayer hall. It’s also the location of the Dialectics School, Gaden Shartse’s guesthouse, restaurants, tourist hotels and main tourist areas.

    A short ride down takes you to the lower part of Dharamsala where the Tibetan government is located. It is the location of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Nechung monastery, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, the Tibetan arts centre…it’s all in one area. And the reason why it’s split into upper and lower Dharamsala is because the area is mountainous.

    The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives was established by the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government to preserve all the ancient texts – both secular and spiritual – of Tibet and in the process, translate them into various languages like English. This book, Overview of Buddhist Tantra, by Panchen Sonam Drakpa was one of the books translated into English. What’s very interesting is that the book very clearly says that Panchen Sonam Drakpa’s previous life is Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, one of the five main disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa. It also says that after that, he was Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.

    So the book is basically saying that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, Panchen Sonam Drakpa and Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen – the three Drakpas – are of the same mindstream.

    Now that’s very peculiar because if Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s previous life is Panchen Sonam Drakpa, the renowned composer of 45 volumes of Dharma texts, the abbot of three monasteries AND the 15th Gaden Tripa, the holder of Lama Tsongkhapa’s throne…if that’s the case, how can Panchen Sonam Drakpa take rebirth as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and become an evil spirit and have a negative mind?

    Prior to Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, he was Panchen Sonam Drakpa and before that, he was Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, a heart disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa. How can a heart disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa reincarnate as the erudite master Panchen Sonam Drakpa, and then die and reincarnate as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen…and then Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, due to a bad and negative prayer, become the evil spirit Dorje Shugden? How is that possible? Logically, it’s not.

    What’s incredible is that all of this was printed by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives under the Dalai Lama’s guidance. They contradict themselves because on one hand, the Tibetan leaders say Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit. On the other hand they’re printing a book saying that Panchen Sonam Drakpa, whose later incarnation became Dorje Shugden, is of this illustrious mindstream.

    So how can the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, which is under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government, print the translation of a book composed by the previous incarnation of a so-called evil spirit? How can they then say in the book that Panchen Sonam Drakpa’s previous life is Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, and his next life was Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen?

    Prior to the Dorje Shugden ban and controversy, everyone in Tibet knew that Dorje Shugden is Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen is Panchen Sonam Drakpa, and that Panchen Sonam Drakpa is Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen. The three Drakpas, they are one mindstream emanating again and again to benefit other beings.

    And as we all know, Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen became Dorje Shugden so it totally doesn’t make sense to call him an evil spirit, then highlight all of his previous lives as erudite masters, and publish all of this information under their own library. So you can see the contradictions. You can read all of this for yourself in Overview of Buddhist Tantra, which was printed by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.

    —–

    OVERVIEW OF BUDDHIST TANTRA

    GENERAL PRESENTATION OF THE CLASSES OF TANTRA,
    CAPTIVATING THE MINDS OF THE FORTUNATE ONES

    rgyud sde spyi’i rnam par bzhag pa
    skal bzang gi yid ‘phrog ces bya ba bzhugs so

    BY
    PANCHEN SONAM DRAGPA
    (Pan-chen bSod-nams grags-pa, 1478-1554)

    O Choje Sonam Dragpa Pel! (Chos-rje bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal!)
    In the vast expanse of Your bodhi-mind,
    The mind that the Buddhas have lauded for as many as
    one hundred times,
    You have developed “merit” shining like the sun.
    Through Your skill in learning, debate and writing,
    As illuminating as one hundred thousand sun rays,
    You have developed in You a complete knowledge of
    the entire sutras and tantras,
    Resembling a garden of flowers in full bloom.
    The power of Your speech is like the sun;
    The fame of your name has reached the three realms of
    this world.
    O Sonam Dragpa, the teacher of teachers!
    I bow down at your feet.

    In the vast garden of Your great teachings,
    The intelligent young people gather for
    The ‘six ultimates’ and the ‘four modes of transmission,’
    Just as they are attracted to
    The one hundred thousand types of nectar
    Dripping from a flower of one hundred petals.
    May I be able to experience
    The taste of the secret tantra!

    Panchen Choje Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen Chos-rje bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal), the holder of sutra and Vajrayana teachings, was a master whose outstanding learning and spiritual accomplishments are well known by all the learned ones in Tibet. His first incarnation came in the form of one of the five prestigious disciples of Lord Tsongkhapa (Tsong-kha-pa) and became known as Vinaya Holder (Dulzin) Dragpa Gyaltsen (Gragspa rgyal-mtshan). Then came Panchen Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal), the author of the present text. The next was Nagri Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen (mNga’-ris sPrul-sku Grags-pa rgyal-mtshan). In this way, a line of his incarnations, each with the Dragpa (gragspa) surname, followed successively.

    Panchen Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal) was born in the 14th century in Tsetang (rTsed-thang) in the Lhoka (Lho-kha) region of Central Tibet. He entered the great seat of learning, Sera Thekchenling (Se-ra theg-chen-gling) monastic university, where he became the personal disciple of spiritual master Donyo Dangden (Dhon-yod dang-ldan) and His Holiness the Second Dalai Lama Gedun Gyatso (dGe-‘dun rgya-mtsho). Under them, he studied the entire teachings of sutra, tantra and their commentaries, and became known for his outstanding learning. He also received from them the empowerments, reading transmissions, guides and instructions of the entire body of spiritual training. On becoming the fully blessed one, the Dalai Lama appointed him the abbot of the Loseling (Blo-gsalgling) college, one of the four colleges of Drepung (‘Bras-dpung)- the most prestigious monastic university in Tibet before 1959, with over 10,000 monks on its register. He continued to be the abbot of this college for the next six years; and after him the tenure for each of his successors in this position was fixed for a period of six years, a rule that is followed even today.

    He was then appointed the head of the Gelugpa (dGe-lugs-pa) order, the throne holder of Gaden (dGa’-ldan), thus becoming the 15th regent of Lord Tsongkhapa (Tsong-khapa), the second Buddha. In his eulogy to him, Khedrub Gelek Pelsang (mKhas-grub dGe-legs dpal- bzang) says:

    O Lama, the second successor of the Unsubduable One,
    The regent of the Lord of Dharma,
    You are the one who made the virtuous qualities thrive;
    You are the one who ascended to the golden throne uplifted
    by the fearless lions.
    May Your success thrive forever!

    He continued to be the throne holder for the next seven years, during which time he promoted the spread of Lord Tsongkhapa’s (Tsong-kha-pa) precious teachings, the Gelug (dGe-lugs) tradition, across the land in all directions. He also paid special attention to the practice of monastic rules and the learning and meditation of Buddhism in the monasteries such as Sera (Se-ra), Drepung (‘Bras-spungs), Kyomolung (sKyo-mo-lung), Phagmo Chode (Phag-mo chos-sde), Nyeding (Nye-sdings), Ödna (’Od-sna) and Chöde Rinchen (Chos-sde rin-chen) etc. and improved them to a great extent. He taught the Third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso (bSod-nams rGya-mtsho) as the latter’s spiritual master. It was from him that the Dalai Lama received the name Sonam (bSod-nams).

    His contributions in the literary field are enormous; and, indeed, they are the most valuable of all his contributions. Tsongkhapa (Tsong-kha-pa) has rightly said:

    Of all one’s deeds,
    The ‘deeds of speech’ are the most valuable.

    Panchen Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal) was a person with an extraordinary talent for teaching, debate and writing. In his colophon to Bu mey chi don zab don sel wey dron mey (dBu ma’i spyi don zab don gsal ba’i sgron me), he wrote:

    In the field of teaching, I am [next to none!] Knowing that
    I would outdo them in this field, Arya Asanga and his
    brother transmigrated into another realm.

    In the field of debate, I am [next to none!] Knowing that
    I would find out the areas they had contradicted and
    that I would examine them and put forth my arguments,
    the logician Dignaga (Digh-naga) and Dharmakirti tactfully
    bypassed me.

    In the field of writing, I am [next to none!] [In my eyes,]
    Arya-sura was just good at spreading the works, which
    are like ‘disputes~ between an insect and a field.’

    I am the learned man. Peerless in the field of teaching,
    debate and writing!

    For some this passage might sound utterly nonsensical, but the most learned master of our age, the talented teacher, logician and writer, the late tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Yongdzin Trijang Dorjechang (Yongs-‘dzin Khri-byang rDorje-‘Chang), said: “Now, some people of our time, who consider themselves learned scholars, think that this is utter nonsense; but they are wrong.”

    Panchen Sonam Dragpa Pel (Panchen bSod-nams grags-pa-dpal) wrote over 45 volumes of books dealing with many different subjects, such as the commentaries on the sutras and tantras, the saddhana manuals of the tutelary deities, history, religious history and so forth. Among these, one that is very important for all who wish to learn and meditate on the path-of the practical aspect of Buddhism in general and that of Vajrayana in particular is the Leg shey gyu de chi nam par shagpa kelsang gi yi trod (Legs bshad rgyud sde spyi’i rnam par bzhag pa skal bzang gi yid ‘phrod). In this book, he has explained precisely how the four tantras differ from one another. He has also fully described the stages of the two spontaneous path practices of the Vajrayana tradition, dealing with the ‘six ultimates’ and the ‘four modes of transmission’, thus interpreting without mistake the intention of Adhi-Buddha Vajradhara.

    May the reprint of this text, which the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives is publishing herewith, bring peace and happiness in this world!

    Prof. Nawang Jinpa
    St. Joseph’s College
    Darjeeling
    January 24 1996

    PSD1

    PSD2

    PSD3

    PSD4

    PSD5

  4. Jacinta on Nov 12, 2018 at 7:28 am

    There’s two statements that stood out for me which are:
    1. The unwavering faith to Vajrayogini as Deity and Yidam. The thought that we CAN gain attainment through Her practice and that She will bring us to Her Kechara Pure Land is ultimate. It’s like what we’ve been doing now which is the Guru Yoga Lama Tsongkhapa. In Guru Yoga, we must have faith with Lama Tsongkhapa, connect with Him everyday and think strongly that Lama Tsongkhapa is always there to assist us, bless us and open our minds and generally is always there with us. Rinpoche also mentioned on Lama Tsongkhapa transforms to Vajrayogini here https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-how-lama-tsongkhapa-transforms-to-vajrayogini.html . Hence, just as what Pastor Jean Ai has mentioned, “Unbeknownst to us, Rinpoche has been training his students for years to become Tantric practitioners who will enter the doors of higher practice with perfect ease”.

    2. The excess baggage that will prevent us from entering Vajrayogini’s paradise is our drive for name, fame, reputation and wealth. Thus in our present lifetime, before we die and as we do our practices, we need to train in cutting off all attachments to our family, friends, relationships, etc. This is also must have been one of the reasons for creating Dharma houses and then now KFR. We should strive to “run” away from all these giving that our mind is unstable. Even Lama Tsongkhapa didn’t go back to see His mum eventhough she requested during her old age, what about us. I don’t have to go far for giving me examples as I myself having husband and kids. To some, it’s a blessing but for me ….. 🤭. I don’t mean bad but something to ponder. Kecharians like Pastor Han Nee, Sharon Ong, Cynthia and Wah Ying are great examples for me to emulate.

    Looking back at the comments at various articles that I’ve left in this blog, reminds me that words are empty in its own if we do not take action on it. So is the thought of getting initiation on Vajrayogini and going to Kechara Pure Land.

    Just as Pastor Jean Ai has mentioned that among the four prequisites, clean Samaya is important. It’s like the hook that keep us afloat and making sure that we will come back and meet Dharma at young age.

    Looking back at the time that I’ve wasted during my teenage time really give me a push of moving forward. Also along the path, we surely have ups and downs and this also contribute to the long journey to gain any attainments or even Enlightenment. Hence, hopefully the thought that we will “recycle” again and again in samsara will put a stop to my laziness and doubt. I’m not anywhere near to Guru nor having the fortunate merits to be trained under Rinpoche but with the thought that so many others who haven’t even heard of Dharma or even somewhere close to Dharma, isn’t it worthwhile for me to pursue this path and continue to journey on?

    Thank you Rinpoche for your tremendous effort in “training” us and Thank you Pastor Jean Ai.

    • Jacinta on Oct 6, 2019 at 10:59 am

      One of the prerequisites is to recite her short prayer everyday. Isn’t it like reciting the Tara prayer three times a day (was recommended by Rinpoche)? If yes, then looks like Rinpoche was training the general public too. It’s like there’s purpose behind every action and pray by Rinpoche. Thinking…

  5. Chris on Nov 1, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Vajrayogini is one of the most powerful Buddha in this degenerated time. Her practice is the most suitable for us know because, in this degenerated era, desire is the most powerful negative emotion right now. Everyone is driven by their desire to do what they want and they are creating alot of negative karma because of that.

    Vajrayogini’s practice targets the desire in us and uses it to transform ourselves. Hence, her practice is the most powerful practice in this degenerated era. It is not easy to get her practice because one needs to be prepared before they are qualified to get her practice. These are the step for us to prepare ourselves.

    1. Unwavering faith in Vajrayogini as a deity and yidam, and unwavering faith in her practice, meditations and rituals. The practitioner needs to have full faith and conviction that yes, you CAN develop attainments from her practice and she CAN bring you to her paradise, Dakpo Kachö.
    2. To never miss tsok commitments. Rinpoche spoke about a way of overcoming situations when it becomes unavoidable for you to miss your commitments, for example, due to travel or physically debilitating illnesses.
    3. To have clean samaya with your Guru. Never disturb your Guru’s mind by being sneaky, and refrain from destructive actions like lying and cheating.
    4. To recite a short prayer three times per day, which is a request for us to enter her paradise.

  6. Pastor Niral Patel on Oct 28, 2018 at 1:25 am

    A sacred image of the rare form of Vajrayogini known as Ucheyma, the Buddha that shows us the path to eradicate the ego. For this and many other high-resolution images of the enlightened beings to download for free visit: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU

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  7. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 26, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini) (Main figure)

    (Top to bottom): H.H. the 7th Panchen Lama, Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini), Vajra Varnani (green assistant), Vajra Vairocani (yellow assistant), Dorje Shugden and Citipati.

    The central deity is known as Chinnamasta or Dorje Neljorma Ucheyma. Both Chinnamasta (Sanskrit) and Ucheyma (Tibetan) literally mean, ‘She Whose Head is Severed’. The meaning behind her form is to show practitioners that they need to completely remove the grasping and self-identification with the “I” or the ego. Generally, the identity of the self is strongly associated with our face more than any other part of our body. We usually recognise a person when we look at a person’s face. Hence, our self-identification or ego is strongly associated with our face. To show us that this self-identification needs to be overcome on the spiritual path to enlightenment, Vajrayogini uses her ritual chopper to decapitate herself. This is symbolic of her practice eradicating the ego.

    The Severed Headed Vajrayogini, as she is also known, removes all afflictive mental constructs by removing the root cause – the identification of the self, the ego. We are either attached to or averse to people and circumstances because we have an ego to please, gratify and protect. But in the grander scheme of things, this self-identification with the ‘I’ is illusory and does not really exist. Therefore, Vajrayogini reveals this ultimate truth through the dramatic decapitation of her head and at the same time is still able to live and function. She is able to live due to her direct perception of emptiness and egolessness.

    Contrary to what some people might think, the eradication of the self does not destroy individualism, our personality or make us into a mindless person. In fact, the eradication of the ego makes us become a vibrant and compassionate person, someone that has greater awareness of the suffering of others. In other words, we become much warmer, kinder, forgiving, tolerant, conscientious, generous, contemplative and we are become a joy to be with. The cutting of the ego or the ‘I’ brings us towards awakening our true self, the Buddha nature within.

    The Severed Headed Vajrayogini has two dakini attendants. From the trunk of her neck, there are three severed blood vessels spurting three jets of blood that flow into the mouths of her own decapitated head that she carries in her left hand and into the mouths of her two attendants. Tsem Rinpoche explained that the three jets of blood represent that her practice purifies the three psychic poisons of ignorance, hatred and desire. In turn, this leads to the attainment of the three bodies of a Buddha – the emanation body, the enjoyment body and the truth body. In other words, the severance of the ego via her tantric path leads to the purification of all delusions and ultimately, the attainment of Buddhahood itself.

    The 7th Panchen Lama, Palden Tenpai Nyima is featured floating above because of his compilation of sadhanas from the ancient Sadhanamala texts. This includes a particular sadhana or collection of prayers, visualisation and mantra focused on Ucheyma. Incidentally, Dorje Shugden in many of his previous lives was a lineage master of the Vajrayogini tantras as well. These previous lives include the likes of the Mahasiddha Naropa and Tsarchen Losel Gyatso. The Lord and Lady of the Charnel Ground, known as Citipati, are one of the main protectors of the Vajrayogini Tantra.

    Last of all, the ascetic meditator engaging in his devotional practices towards Ucheyma in the cemetery represents the ideal environment for tantric practice because such environments invoke deep renunciation towards worldly affairs and attachments. All Buddhist traditions advocate meditating on the bones of the deceased because it reminds us of our mortality and hence, we develop revulsion towards the transient nature of worldly or ordinary existence.

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  8. Joy on Oct 26, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini) (Main figure)

    (Top to bottom): Maitri Kacho (Flying Vajrayogini), Maitri Kacho (One-Leg Up Vajrayogini), Naro Kacho, Sukhasiddhi, Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini), Vajra Varnani (green assistant), Vajra Vairocani (yellow assistant), Citipati, Vajravarahi and Dorje Shugden.

    The central deity is known as Severed Headed Vajrayogini, Chinnamasta or Dorje Neljorma Ucheyma. Both Chinnamasta (Sanskrit) and Ucheyma (Tibetan) literally mean, ‘She Whose Head is Severed’. The meaning behind her form is to show practitioners that they need to completely remove the grasping and self-identification with the “I” or the ego. Generally, the identity of the self is strongly associated with our face more than any other part of our body. We usually recognise a person when we look at a person’s face. Hence, our self-identification or ego is strongly associated with our face. To show us that this self-identification needs to be overcome on the spiritual path to enlightenment, Vajrayogini uses her ritual chopper to decapitate herself. This is symbolic of her practice eradicating the ego.

    The Severed Headed Vajrayogini removes all afflictive mental constructs by removing the root cause – the identification of the self, the ego. We are either attached to or averse to people and circumstances because we have an ego to please, gratify and protect. But in the grander scheme of things, this self-identification with the ‘I’ is illusory and does not really exist. Therefore, Vajrayogini reveals this ultimate truth through the dramatic decapitation of her head and at the same time is still able to live and function. She is able to live due to her direct perception of emptiness and egolessness.

    Contrary to what some people might think, the eradication of the self does not destroy individualism, our personality or make us into a mindless person. In fact, the eradication of the ego makes us become a vibrant and compassionate person, someone that has greater awareness of the suffering of others. In other words, we become much warmer, kinder, forgiving, tolerant, conscientious, generous, contemplative and we are become a joy to be with. The cutting of the ego or the ‘I’ brings us towards awakening our true self, the Buddha nature within.

    The Severed Headed Vajrayogini has two dakini attendants. From the trunk of her neck, there are three severed blood vessels spurting three jets of blood that flow into the mouths of her own decapitated head that she carries in her left hand and into the mouths of her two attendants. Tsem Rinpoche explained that the three jets of blood represent that her practice purifies the three psychic poisons of ignorance, hatred and desire. In turn, this leads to the attainment of the three bodies of a Buddha – the emanation body, the enjoyment body and the truth body. In other words, the severance of the ego via her tantric path leads to the purification of all delusions and ultimately, the attainment of Buddhahood itself.

    Severed Headed Vajrayogini is surrounded by some of her other forms, including Naro Kacho, two forms of Maitri Kacho, Sukhasiddhi and Vajravarahi. These forms of Vajrayogini are more commonly practised compared to Severed Headed Vajrayogini and are prevalent in most Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Though they may look different, all forms are indivisible from her true nature and all her practices can lead practitioners to enlightenment. Naro Kacho arose from a vision beheld by the Mahasiddha Naropa, Maitri Kacho from a vision beheld by Maitripa, and Indra Kacho from a vision beheld by Indrabodhi. The Lord and Lady of the Charnel Ground, known as Citipati, are one of the main protectors of the Vajrayogini Tantra.

    Last of all, Dorje Shugden is a protector with special affinity with Vajrayogini practitioners because he arose from an incarnation lineage that includes Naropa and Tsarchen Losel Gyatso who practised and proliferated her Tantra.

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  9. Pastor Adeline on Oct 26, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Vajrayogini (Main figure)

    (Top to bottom): Naropa, Vajradharma, Hero Vajradharma, Naro Kacho, Maitri Kacho (Flying Vajrayogini), Dorje Shugden and Vajravarahi.

    Vajrayogini is a female tantric Buddha and she has many forms that are derived from various lineages. She mainly embodies the fully enlightened female (shakti) aspect of a Buddha. She belongs to the Mother Tantra classification, which refers to her practice concentrating on the wisdom aspect of the path to Buddhahood. She is also the principal dakini, the compassionate female guides and nurturers of tantric meditation who lead practitioners to enlightenment. In the thangka, the main figure in the middle is Naro Kechari as she arose from the pure vision of the Mahasiddha Naropa.

    In Anuttara (Highest) Yoga Tantra, principal dakinis normally appear in union with a male consort and this can be seen in the cases of deities such as Guhyasamaja, Hevajra, and Kalachakra. In the case of Vajrayogini, she is the principal female Buddha of the Chakrasamvara Tantra and therefore, she is normally in union with Heruka Chakrasamvara. Furthermore, Vajrayogini is also considered a Vajradakini, who are yidams or meditational deities in their own right. Their practices have evolved from the main practices of their consorts, simplifying the otherwise complicated original practice by reducing it to a single-deity meditation without sacrificing the main benefits and features of the original. Hence, Vajradakini practices such as Vajrayogini and Nairatmya are derived from the original Chakrasamvara Tantra and Hevajra Tantra respectively.

    In essence, Vajrayogini is known as “Sarvabuddha-dakini” or the Dakini Who is the Essence of all Buddhas. Her mantra is known as the King of All Mantras as it has the most powerful ability to bless us with spiritual attainments even without any visualisation or meditation. There are 11 Yogas in the generation stage of her practice and a few which have the power of transforming ordinary actions like sleeping, waking and ordinary daily tasks into a collection of merits. Ultimately, her Tantra offers salvation for ordinary practitioners at death with her special promise of guiding practitioners towards Kechara, or the Paradise of the Dakinis, in which we can continue deep practices to become a Buddha without fear, obstacles and interruptions.

    Within Vajrayogini practice, soliciting the blessings of the lama and the lineage master are of paramount importance in order for our practice to bear results. Hence, the lama is visualised as the red Vajradharma with arms crossed at the heart, holding the vajra and bell. The lineage masters are visualised as Hero Vajradharma, holding a damaru and skullcup while cradling a khatvanga. Aside from the main Naro Kechari form, Vajrayogini also appears in the form of Maitri Kechari, who is known as Flying Vajrayogini, and arose from the vision of Maitripa. Another common form is known as Indra Kechari, or Vajravarahi, who arose from the vision of Indrabodhi.

    Last of all, Dorje Shugden is a Dharma protector with a special affinity with Vajrayogini practitioners. This is because he himself arose from an incarnation lineage that includes the likes of Naropa, the progenitor of Naro Kechari practice, and Tsarchen Losel Gyatso who had practised and proliferated her Tantra and is listed as one the lineage masters invoked upon every day by Vajrayogini practitioners.

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  10. Pastor Shin Tan on Oct 4, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Original illustration and text posted by Eric D Hatchell as a reply to H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s facebook post on Vajrayogini here: http://bit.ly/VYogini0001

    The Dākiṇī with the Essence of all Buddhas, Vajrayoginī

    Her practice includes methods to end the otherwise repetitive states of Bardo and rebirth, by transforming the process into a journey, which may lead to full enlightenment. In preparation for which, Vajrayoginī further offers the omnipresent ability to reconstruct the nature of the most, mundane everyday experiences, such that they may reveal higher destinations, via the spiritual paths she may choose to reveal. [1] Vajrayoginī being defined as, “The Dākiṇī who is the Essence of all Buddhas”, [2] is amplified by scholar Miranda Shaw when she implied that this deity is no less than, the supreme nature of the very Tantric pantheon. No male Buddha, including her divine consort, Heruka-Cakrasaṃvara, further advances her in metaphysical implications. [3]

    Vajrayoginī’s sādhanā originates from India circa 10/12th C, [4] when summoned as Heruka-Cakrasaṃvara’s Yab-Yum consort [5], with later forms including Vajrayoginī as “Solitary Hero”, she may be visualized with the deep red complexion of a 16-year-old female, whose stance is nude amidst a blazing fire of pristine awareness and most exalted wisdom. Her head is adorned with a crown of five skulls and upon her forehead, the third eye of wisdom is set vertically (represented here by an auspicious jewel). She drapes a necklace of fifty dried human skulls and is depicted with her traditional vajra-handled knife in her right hand; with a blood filled kapala in her left, she drinks with upturned head while looking above, toward the pure realm of Khechara. This seemingly gruesome gesture is actually symbolic of her clear light in great joy, known as “mahasukha” (the great bliss), [6] [7] thus the blood she drinks may be offered to us all as if a fine wine.

    Resting on the left shoulder is a Katvanga staff as she stands tall with her two feet, trampling the bodies of red Kalaratri and black Bhairava (with heads bending backward), representing the embodiment of illusion and ego-awareness. The composition, all of which rests above a sun disc and multicolored lotus pedestal, she is rendered here after a thankga of Naropa Tradition (passed down from a special teaching of the Indian Mahasiddha Naropa). Vajrayoginī herself may be classified as the personification of “Wisdom” or “Mother” and her practice originates with the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras, which is one of the five principal tantric practices of the Sakya School, although found in one form or another, she is included in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. [8]

    Vajrayoginī also appears in versions from the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, with one popular system having the practitioner visualize themselves as Vajrayoginī, as such, their guru taking the form of Milarepa. [9] Thus depicted above the central deity here we see Milarepa on our right, with his great Guru Marpa left (whose guru was Naropa himself, and other great Indian masters). [10]

    Vajrayoginī is a simplified, single most form of the female Buddha, who is otherwise a collection of alternate forms. From her sādhanās she is visualized in English terms as “Vajra Sow”, “Wrathful Lady”, “Fierce Black One”, and other such similar manifestations of female energy found in numerous iconographic renderings and traditions. Each feature of Vajrayoginī’s visualization conveys important spiritual concept. For example, her three eyes indicate her ability to see all (past, present and future); her red-colored body symbolizes the blazing of her ”inner fire”, and the curved knife she wields, demonstrates the power to sever the delusions and obstacles of her followers and of all living beings. [11]

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    Wordmarque Design and Photography

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    References:

    [1] Gyatso, Kelsang. Guide to Dakini Land: The Highest Yoga Tantra Practice of Buddha Vajrayogini. London: Tharpa, 1996, p.xii.

    [2] “The Berzin Archives.” Bonding Practices for Mother Tantra. Accessed February 18, 2016. http://www.berzinarchives.com/…/bonding_prac_mother_tantra_….

    [3] Shaw, Miranda Eberle. Buddhist Goddesses of India. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006, p. 8.

    [4] English, Elizabeth. Vajrayoginī: Her Visualizations, Rituals & Forms: A Study of the Cult of Vajrayoginī in India. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2002.

    [5] “Vajrasattva (Buddhist Deity) – White (with Consort).” Vajrasattva (Buddhist Deity). Accessed February 18, 2016. http://www.himalayanart.org/items/77598.

    [6] Gyatso, Kelsang. Guide to Dakini Land: The Highest Yoga Tantra Practice of Buddha Vajrayogini. London: Tharpa, 1996 p. 123-127.

    [7] Glenn H. Mullin

    [8] “Item: Vajrayogini (Buddhist Deity) – (Naropa Tradition).” Vajrayogini (Buddhist Deity). Accessed February 18, 2016. http://www.himalayanart.org/items/290.

    [9] English, Elizabeth. Vajrayoginī: Her Visualizations, Rituals & Forms: A Study of the Cult of Vajrayoginī in India. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2002, p. xxiii.

    [10] Drinking the Mountain Stream: Songs of Tibet’s Beloved Saint, Milarepa … by Mi-la-ras-pa, Rinpoche Lama Kunga, Brian Cutillo, p.305.

    [11] Gyatso, Kelsang. Guide to Dakini Land: The Highest Yoga Tantra Practice of Buddha Vajrayogini. London: Tharpa, 1996, p.123-127.

    VY

  11. Beatrix Ooi on Aug 23, 2018 at 11:46 am

    For more free high resolution images of Vajrayogini, visit: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html?nggpage=9

    Vajrayogini

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  12. Samfoonheei on Jul 26, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Great insight into Vajrayogini’s precious practice. Well explained and the importance of having a clean samaya and guru devotion with our Guru. I will keep in mind . We are fortunate to have met Rinpoche in this life, and receive all pure teachings from Rinpoche. Letting go all our attachments to be closer to our goal of positively mind transformation, to receive this powerful practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this profound teachings on Vajrayogini.

  13. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 25, 2018 at 2:29 am

    The current form of Naro Kacho Vajra Yogini appeared to the Indian Mahasiddha Naropa after he meditated intensely on her practice inside a cave. He beheld her glorious form in a vision. This unique form became known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini or Naro Kacho, as it had never existed before. Later, in Tibet, His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche also had visions of Vajra Yogini. His vision differed slightly from the vision of her that Naropa beheld. In the original Naro Kacho form, Vajra Yogini looks towards her pure land named Kechara. However in Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s vision, she looked straight at him, symbolic of the deity empowering him to bestow her practice to many people in order to benefit them. The practice of Vajra Yogini belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification that leads to tremendous inner transformation and can even grant enlightenment within just one lifetime.

    PabongkaRinpocheVY

  14. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 22, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Video of Tsem Rinpoche’s shrine taken July 16, 2018. Very beautiful, well done and meticulous.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA

  15. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 21, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Video of Tsem Rinpoche’s shrine taken July 16, 2018.
    Very beautiful, well done and meticulous.

    https://video.tsemtulku.com/chat-videos/chat-1531752637.mp4


  16. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 7, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Vajra Yogini has many different forms and in each of these forms, the positioning of her sacred body, the various implements she holds and the expressions on her face have profound meaning into various aspects of enlightenment. The implements she holds, the expressions on her face, and her body symbolise specific aspects of enlightenment that suit people during a particular time and place according to their karma. So, therefore, Vajra Yogini’s pose, forms and emanations change over time in order to suit different karmically-connected practitioners. It will keep changing because enlightenment is fluid, compassionate and skilful. To gaze upon Vajra Yogini is to look at a complete ‘roadmap’ to enlightenment as every aspect of her body is a manifestation of enlightenment. Therefore to have her form, picture, painting or statue is very blessed. We should make offerings to her daily diligently.

    After the great Mahasiddha Naropa had served his guru the Mahasiddha Tilopa for 12 years, Tilopa conferred the Vajra Varahi (another form of Vajra Yogini) initiation with full instructions unto Naropa. Then, Naropa diligently meditated on Vajra Varahi and had a vision of her, and when she appeared to him directly, she appeared in the form of Vajra Yogini. Normally, when he engaged in the Vajra Yogini (Vajravarahi) practice, she was in the form of facing him directly, holding a skull cup and a curved flaying knife in front of her heart. One leg was up and one leg was down as in a dancing pose. That was the form of Vajra Yogini that he had meditated on to gain the highest attainments.

    After he had meditated on Vajra Varahi and gained visions of her, she appeared to him in a different form, with her face looking up at Kechara Paradise instead of facing him directly. Her left hand holding the skullcup was thrust in the air and her right hand holding the curved flaying knife, also known as a cemetery knife was facing down at sentient beings or samsara to help beings cut their bonds to suffering. Her left leg was bent, and her right extended while standing in a pose of looking towards Kechara Paradise like she is about to take off there. This form signifies she will take you there and out of suffering. That form of Vajra Yogini became special and that was called Naro Kacho or the Vajra Yogini of Naropa. This Naropa’s Vajra Yogini was initiated to the Nepalese Pamtingpa brothers and they meditated diligently and this tradition of Naropa’s Vajra Yogini just became prevalent and took off from there. Naropa started initiating his other disciples as well into this special form of Vajra Yogini and she became known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini till this day and it is considered a highly blessed lineage. That is the lineage we have now and most prevalent.

    She is looking up because this Naropa’s Vajra Yogini is indicating she will lead her practitioners to her Kechara Paradise within one lifetime if you are diligent in her practice. Realizing enlightenment is harder for people in today’s world and needs more time during Kaliyuga degenerate period, she leads you to her paradise where you can practice undisturbed to Buddha-hood.

    In this brilliant artwork, what you see is the Mahasiddha Naropa having a direct vision of Vajra Yogini. It’s the first time she has appeared to Naropa in this form. This form is associated with Naropa. Prior to Naropa, this form of Vajra Yogini did not exist. She in this vision is initiating him into this form (Naro Kacho) of herself indicating this form will be most efficacious now according to our karmic period. In the background, you will see a cave with a light in it because when Naropa used to meditate in that cave, it is said that from his body would emit a light and people could see it from afar. You can also see animals surrounding Vajra Yogini, they can feel her compassion and her great blessings and they are at peace around her.

    Vajra Yogini brings peace, love, compassion, wisdom and freedom to everyone who practices her incredibly powerful tantra. Therefore, this artwork is a very beautiful representation of the time when Naropa had a vision of Vajra Yogini in this form for the first time and it is now known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini. This artwork was offered to me as a gift from a very talented artist. I deeply appreciate this piece of visual spirituality very much.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    To download for your shrine, please click here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62528

  17. Pastor Shin on May 4, 2017 at 8:55 am

    From Tsem Rinpoche: Every person who has Maha-anuttaratantra empowerments (Eg. Heruka, Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Chittamani-Tara, Kalacakra, Hevajra, Gyalwa Gyatso Chenresig, etc) should keep a copy of this on their shrine or prayer book. These are all the ritual items tantric practitioner must keep by commitment. If it is in picture form, it is alright also.

    Tantric Implements

  18. Anne Ong on May 1, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this concise, easy to read and spot-on write up on how we can get closer to Vajrayogini’s practice. The most important note here is that we must have clean samaya and guru devotion with our Guru. The best gift Rinpoche wants to give the students, is Vajrayogini practice, it is up to us if we want to receive it. Learn to let go of the attachments, develop strong Guru Devotion and be prepared to receive this powerful tantra practice._/\_

  19. Vivian Ong on Nov 20, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this article. It is very clearly explained and with given examples. The most important note here is that we must have clean samaya and guru devotion with our Guru. Then next comes the non-attachment to people and things. By reciting her Vajrayogini’s mantra, she will bring practitioners to her paradise. From this article, we can see for ourselves how powerful Vajrayogini is to us if we really do her practices well.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  20. Carmen Koo on Jul 23, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you for this concise, easy to read and spot-on write up on how we can get closer to Vajrayogini’s practice.

    Being within Rinpoche’s mandala, we are all so fortunate, because everything Rinpoche does and teaches, is to gear us up to receive one of the highest tantric practice – Vajrayogini’s. Everything in Kechara is Vajrayogini. Starting from the name of our organisation, Kechara, it is the name of Vajrayogini’s paradise. Our logo, the bam, is also associated with Vajrayogini. We are able to have a 5ft statue of her in our gompa, to make offerings, and have imprints due to Rinpoche’s kindness. Bless, we even have a Vajrayogini Stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat, our portal to Vajrayogini’s paradise. Everything, is so that we are connected to Vajrayogini’s supreme form, in body, speech and mind.

    We are truly lucky to have met Rinpoche in this life, and receive authentic, pure teachings from Rinpoche. To abandon our excess baggage, in the form of attachments, ego, greed, desire, jealousy, anger, hatred, sounds easy, but we so often slip back to how we were, and rather be in the comforts of not having to rid these because it is so much harder than to work towards eliminating them from ourselves. But eventually, we are the only ones who will benefit and gain from it all, so why not?

  21. Sock Wan on Jul 21, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing with us the teachings on Vajrayogini. It is a very concise on how powerful Vajrayogini practice is and how to prepare ourselves to receive her practice.

    Rinpoche always emphasise to us the importance of Guru Devotion, according to the 50 Stanzas of Guru Devotion, all attainments come from the Guru. A qualified guru wants nothing from us except for our positive mind transformation, becoming happier and lighter. When we truly believe our Guru wants only the best for us, we will follow what he says. Again, what our guru wants us to do, is not for him but for us to develop the qualities we need to have to become happy, to receive higher Tantra practice so we can be liberated from sufferings. Therefore, to develop a strong Guru Devotion, we must not think negatively of our guru, always remind ourselves whatever our guru does, how he treats us (in our perception good or bad) is so that we can transform and develop the qualities we need to gain enlightenment.

    The best gift Rinpoche wants to give the students, is Vajrayogini practice, it is up to us if we want to receive it. Learn to let go of the attachments, develop strong Guru Devotion and be prepared to receive this powerful tantra practice.

  22. William Chua on Jul 18, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    We are really lucky to be Tsem Rinpoche’s student because according to Pabongkha Rinpoche, in his vision where Vajrayogini appeared before him, that anyone who receives Vajrayogini’s practice within the four generations from Pabongkha RInpoche will be able to ascend to her paradise within seven lifetimes.

    Pabongkha Rinpoche –> Trijang Rinpoche –> Zong Rinpoche –> Tsem Rinpoche.

    As Tsem Rinpoche’s student, we are the fourth generation. Therefore, if we receive Vajrayogini’s practice from Tsem Rinpoche, then we will be able to get to Dakpo Kacho in seven lifetimes as compared to 14 lifetimes. We have to grab this opportunity. The reasons to practice is as stated above, so it is up to us whether we want it or not. Like what Pastor Jean Ai said, you are now near the water, whether to drink it, it is up to us.

  23. Karen on Jul 18, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this post. As always, you always write in a manner that everyone could understand easily, no matter you’re newbie or senior in Dharma. This is very “Rinpoche”, Tsem Rinpoche always use various examples or metaphor to assist us in learning and absorbing the teachings.

    Like what you’ve mentioned above, Rinpoche has been training us to meet the requirements of being a Tantric practitioner, knowingly or unknowingly, through assignments, jokes, advices, teachings, scolding, and etc. We students must understand everything the guru does is premeditated, every words guru says is also premeditated. Sometimes a simple task given to us as assignment, outwardly it may look simple, however there may be few layers of meaning and considerations that guru compassionately design for us to succeed in our spiritual path.

    Rinpoche said before the best gift He could give the students is Vajrayogini practice, the 2nd best gift would be Dorje Shugden practice which all of us are having it now. Having to be a VY practitioner in this lifetime is like getting a guarantee ticket for our future rebirths, and our Guru is so kind and compassionate to provide us every means and opportunities to reach this goal.

  24. Wylfred Ng on Jul 18, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    谢谢邝仁爱讲法师的分享。

    仁波切多次在不同的场合说过他最想要给他的弟子的法门就是金刚瑜伽母法门。

    在这个末法时期, 金刚瑜伽母法门可以给我们迅速的成就。 她的心咒是众咒之王, 如果得到她的法门灌顶, 就算只是单纯念诵她的心咒也可以得到成就, 来世可以在非常年轻的年纪就可以遇到修金刚瑜伽母法门的上师, 继续修持, 直至往生金刚瑜伽母克切拉净土。

    在这个忙碌的年代, 金刚瑜伽母的法相比起其他密续本尊,如大威德金刚更加容易观想, 即使我们不太善于观想都可以观想她的法相。

    当然在我们帕绷喀大师的传承中更是特别。金刚瑜伽母亲口向帕绷喀大师承诺, 在帕绷喀大师以下的四代传承如果得到金刚瑜伽母的法门的话最迟只需要七世就可投身往克切拉天堂。

    要得到如此殊胜的法门最首要的条件就是要有非常强的上师依止心。 在密续中, 如果对上师没有足够的信心是不会有成就的。

    谢谢

  25. jerry_sito on Jul 18, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    谢谢讲法师你让我们有机会温习仁波切的教诲,

    尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切,有着纯正的金刚瑜伽母传承,而他最想给予我们弟子的殊胜与珍贵的就是金刚瑜伽母的教法,传承与灌顶,然而师父总是非常善巧地用十分现代化却完全不失佛法的传承的方式,一步步地为我们做好接受金刚瑜伽母的修持法门。

    常有人说,尊贵的詹杜固仁波切,总是不轻易地给予我们灌顶,于是有一部分的弟子与信徒就觉得是时候离开这里了,然而仁波切的用心却是我们最值得思考的,殊胜的金刚瑜伽母修持法,是能够带给我们强大的成就,然而在我们还没有做好准备之前就冒冒然地接受了她的灌顶,对我们反而不利,因为就如文章中提到其中一些例子,不能缺席的荟供仪式,然而多少现代人忙绿在生活,或总是善忘,总是轻易就放弃或者觉得偶尔不出席应该不会有太大的影响,结果就破裂了接受灌顶时一并接受的密续戒律,那么就造下了非常不好的业果,结果没有帮到我们,反之大大地害了我们,所以尊贵的詹杜固仁波切,现在总是教导我们要遵守我们的“承诺”,这简单的教诲,又有多少人愿意完全地实行,然而这是为了训练我们的心,能够控制我们自己的起伏的思绪与外在的阻力,好让我们接受灌顶后,更容易掌握与守护我们的戒律,许多人从一开始就觉得仁波切给予“承诺”的教诲是如此枯燥无味,然而却不明白仁波切背后是在为我们铺路,同样的“三昧耶戒”是藏传佛教中非常重要的戒律,然而多少人在这一关就败下了,试问仁波切有怎能把密续的戒律传授给我们呢?然而慈悲的仁波切并没有放弃我们,从旁地在训练我们,比如教导我们必须完成每天简短的宗喀巴大师仪轨,必须尊重与互相包容,必须拿起责任与学会承担等等,这都是让我们接受灌顶时,已经能够适应所有的戒律了。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  26. Sharon Ong on Jun 8, 2016 at 1:58 am

    This is such a concise and easy-to-digest post that offers great insight into Vajrayogini’s precious practice. Must admit that with knowing more about this Tantric Buddha has increased my faith in Her up a notch. I particularly like the part about this Tantric practice where just by reciting her holy mantra, even the dullest practitioner, who cannot remember details or visualisations, can still achieve the minor siddhis and ascend to her paradise within seven lifetimes. I guess there is still hope for people like me! 🙂

    Thank you for this good read, Pastor Jean Ai.

  27. Wan Wai Meng on May 30, 2016 at 10:19 am

    The practice of Vajrayogini is really suited to the beings of this degenerate age, with mantra recitation being one of the core factor to gain results in comparison to other forms of Tantras, whereby very complicated visualisations are employed to gain optimal results. So Vajrayogini is really optimally suited for beings of this time with so much desires and are so ‘lazy’. When we are initiated into the practice we need to have strong samaya with the teacher otherwise we will not derive any benefits or get anywhere closer towards enlightenment in fact the opposite could happen. Just as the teacher is the one that lessens our ego and self-cherishing, if our samaya is weak and unstable we could end up enhancing our own ego instead of cutting it whilst practicing Vajrayogini.

  28. Stella Cheang on Jan 25, 2016 at 10:06 am

    It is my superb good fortune to be introduced to Vajrayogini in this lifetime, thanks to His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. I had come to understand that the benefits of Vajrayogini practice is vast and most suited to serious practitioners in this degenerated age. It is the degenerated age because there is so much distraction, hence not easy to practice dharma. People are filled with delusion, anger, desire and jealousy. Vajrayogini practice is renown for the ability to cut through desire like hot knife cutting through butter.

    The main benefits of Vajrayogini practice:
    – Ascend to paradise – anyone who receives Vajrayogini’s practice within four generations of Pabongka Rinpoche will be able to enter her paradise Dakpo Kachö within seven lifetimes. After these four generations, it reverts to the normal 14 lifetimes.
    – Finding dharma in next life – in our next life, no matter how remote or distant the land is, a Vajrayogini practitioner will find their way back to her practice at a young age. Which essentially means a good rebirth in human form, thus avoiding the 3 lower realms.

    There are a few prerequisite before we were given initiation to Vajrayogini practice:
    – Unbending faith in Vajrayogini as a deity and yidam, in her practice, meditations and rituals.
    – Never miss tsok commitments.
    – Have clean samaya with your Guru. Never disturb your Guru’s mind by being sneaky, and refrain from destructive actions like lying and cheating.
    – Recite a short prayer three times per day, which is a request for us to enter her paradise.
    – And also need to train in cutting off all attachments to our family, friends, relationships, etc.

    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this detailed teachings to prepare ourselves for Vajrayogini practice. It may not be this lifetime, but if we start today and do it step-by-step, eventually, I am sure we will get there.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  29. Li Kheng on Jan 13, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for the concise and extremely precious sharing on Vajrayogini and taught by Rinpoche. It is very kind of you to convey such a vital and significant in an easy to understand way.

    Bite size dharma that is easy to digest and apply 🙂

    I relate to what you say about having no room for access baggage. Freedom from attachment give our mind the calm and quiet to be able to be in the present to learn thoroughly and productively.

    I also appreciate Rinpoche’s kindness very much for training us all these years so that we can nurture and develop our ability to fulfill the prerequisites to receive Vajrayogini and practice her successfully.

    Kudos Pastor Jean Ai, young but knowledgeable!

  30. Paul Yap on Jan 3, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    We have the great fortune to hear and see Vajrayogini images and statues in Malaysia, under the kindness of H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche, and now we can hear the teaching and some of the practise, that is a great opportunity for all of us. By studying and understating more dharma, we are able to help ourself more. Vajrayogini has a very attractive outlook, most people will fall in love with her on first sight or will get interested in her practice. In this degenerated era, where materialism previals, her practice is the most suitable and fastest way to gain attainment. I hope all of us will have the opportunity to do her practice.

  31. Alice Tay on Jan 1, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    感谢Pastor Jean Ai这篇有关金刚瑜伽母持修法的博文,让我们有心理准备和打好基础以备将来可以接受此密续持修法。

    根据仁波切,金刚瑜伽母持修法必须具备四个条件如下:
    1. 拥有坚定的信念于金刚瑜伽母
    这包括视她为我们的主尊、她的持修法和禅定。如果坚定的信念于她,我们是可以达到一定的成就和踏入她的天堂,Dakpo Kacho。
    仁波切也有说过相比其他的密续持修法如大威得金刚,金刚瑜伽母持修法是最完整和简单尤其在观想的部分。她的心咒是非常有力量的。而我们只需要持诵她的心咒,我们就可以被引导去她的天堂,Dakpo Kacho。

    2. 保持清净的三味耶
    不要干扰上师的思绪比如说谎或欺骗上师。时常持诵上师五十颂。

    3. 承诺
    承诺要办的事情一定要做到。这包括无论是生病了或是出国,也要实现誓言。

    4. 持诵经文一天三次
    持续与不间断的每天念诵与祈请金刚瑜伽母让我们可以去到她的天堂。

    除了以上的四项,持修金刚瑜伽母的最终目的是可以帮助我们达到空性,远离一切世俗的执着如名、利、地位与财富。因为当死亡的时候,这一切是带不走的。所以我们要开始实践放下执着。

    博文里也提到持修金刚瑜伽母法门的好处极多,包括我们不会受邪灵的干扰、远离降头或巫术,不会转世在下三道或是就算可以转世为人身也不会投生到没有佛法的地方等等。

    最后的提醒是,选择权永远都是在我们的手中,要不要继续走上证悟之道,全是取于自我们。

  32. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Dec 31, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you for sharing the important advice and beneficial information to prepare ourselves for Vajrayogini practice and initiation. During our current degenerate age, it is easier for us to be attracted by inner and outer worldly factors that can pull us into deeper samsara that fills with greed, attachment, anger, delusions and other negativities. Imagine that we are standing on the verge of falling into the lower realms at the point of death, our current commitment to our kind Guru and consistent Dharma practice with pure motivation is the only hope that can survive us to the next lifetime with the opportunity to meet up with Buddhadharma and same lineage again. May all of us have the merits to receive Vajrayogini initiation, continue to work hard for the growth of Dharma and spread the Dharma teachings to all people around us, especially for those who are yet to hear or receive any Dharma teachings.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  33. Shelly tai on Dec 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for explaining to us about Vajrayogini practice, it is really very true our guru is very compassion that train us to be able to receive higher practice the choice is on us whether or not we want to excel or not. May all Kecharian will have the merits to receive Vajrayogini practice in the near future.

  34. Soon Huat on Dec 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Thank You Pastor Jean Ai for sharing such valuable and helpful information with us to guide us further on the path to Vajrayogini practice and initialization. To be honest, I have set it to my goal for this life. I was struggling between Sukhāvatī and Kechara paradise but I decided to follow whatever my Guru said which is easy for me. I am doing Guru Yoga daily and slowly to complete all the prerequisite praying along the way. Hope one day will get initiation from Guru in this life time.

  35. Pee Bee Chong on Dec 28, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you for sharing the precious teaching of Vajrayogini Practice.

    We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn the Precious Vajrayogini practices. However, we need to do our parts, practice the four prerequisite of Varayogini practice, i.e. have unwavering faith in Vajrayogini as a deity and yidam; to never miss tsok commitments; to recite a short prayer three times per day; and most importantly, to have clean samaya with our Guru. We need to cut off our attachment, surrender for training and make every effort to ensure we are ready to receive the initiation.

    Thank you with folded hands

    Pee Bee Chong

  36. graceleong on Dec 26, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for penning down and sharing the teaching you had with Rinpoche on Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini practice is certainly very precious and potent for those who have set their goals on attaining Enlightment. Meeting the Dharma is difficult, meeting the Guru is difficult, meeting the Tsongkhapa lineage is difficult, meeting the Vajrayogini lineage is even tougher. Here before us we have all the above elements ! How rare and precious ! Plus all the instructions and environment and conditions are before us – all made available by our kind Guru. All we have to do is to embrace it wholeheartedly and follow through steadfastly and not succumb to our obstacles.
    May many in Kechara have the merits to receive the teachings and initiation of Vajrayogini . With folded hands.

  37. Chris Chong on Dec 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this post. It is very informative and yet simple for me to understand. This post really made Vajrayogini’s tantra shine and show us how important for us get her initiation within this life time. Her tantra is the most suitable for us to practice in this degenerated age because its concise and potent at the same time. On the other hand, being Tsem Rinpoche’s student is within the four generation that is included in Vajrayogini’s promise to Pabongka Rinpoche.

    However, we need to work really hard to be ready for her initiation.

    Chris

  38. KB Thapa on Dec 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Respect and love to Pastor Jean Ai for creating the beautiful article , and context with guidance and a tremendously positive role models for these young and old people to blossom. May we all revive the practice of Vajrayogini one day and follow her rest of our life..

  39. Sarah on Dec 25, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,
    Thank you for sharing the four prerequisites of Vajrayogini’s practice. I think they are very important for one to have results in one’s practice. I also feel that, in general, before we can receive initiation for higher tantric practices, it is necessary to complete the preliminary practices as well as transform our minds.

  40. Loh Ann Leong on Dec 25, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you to Pastor Elena KHJ for sharing the brief and concise preparatory note regards to Buddha Vajrayogini and her bliss Kechara paradise. The 4 prerequisites of Vajrayogini practices required discipline, commitments and most importantly clean samaya with Guru.

    Rejoice to those students whom H.H. Tsem Rinpoche _/|\_ preparing them to become Tantric practitioners over the years and may all of them achieved the qualities will ascend to Vajrayogini paradise in this very lifetime.

    Thank you.

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    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 06:14 PM
    The claim that Dorje Shugden sends you to the three lower realms is used by the Tibetan leadership to worry their community into giving up the Dorje Shugden practice because now, it negatively affects your rebirth. According to the Tibetan leadership, they are banning the practice because they do not want people to go to the three lower realms and take rebirth as spirits or worse. And this reasoning is further used by the Tibetan leadership to create a false sense of compassion, because it compels Tibetans to encourage one another to give up the practice. Why? Because you would not want your loved ones going to the three lower realms, would you?

    If Dorje Shugden practice sends you to the three lower realms, how come the Tibetan leadership keeps recognizing the reincarnations of lamas who engaged in the practice? Shouldn’t they be spirits or reborn in the hell realms, according to the Tibetan leadership? Some of these lamas passed away before the ban on Dorje Shugden began, which means they practiced Dorje Shugden until their last breath in their previous incarnations. They did not have the ‘chance’ to give up the practice. So shouldn’t these lamas have taken rebirth in the three lower realms? And if they took rebirths as animals, spirits or hell beings, who are the individuals being recognized as their reincarnations?

    How come the Tibetan leadership has their own candidate for Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s reincarnation? The previous Domo Geshe Rinpoche was a huge and prominent Dorje Shugden practitioner and he passed away still practicing Dorje Shugden. Since he never gave up this practice of so-called ‘spirit worship’ and supposedly ‘broke’ his vows right until the end of his life, how come he did not take rebirth in the three lower realms as the Tibetan leadership said he would? Even more ironically, why did they recognize a candidate for his reincarnation instead?

    Another major example is His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang, the Junior Tutor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang practiced Dorje Shugden, again till the end of his life, and never gave up the practice. According to the Tibetan leadership, this means that the Dalai Lama’s own tutor died a spirit worshipper and therefore, according their basis for banning the practice, Trijang Rinpoche should have taken rebirth in the three lower realms. So why then is the Dalai Lama himself recognizing the reincarnation of his teacher, Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche?

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    The divine and enlightened beings can manifest in whatever form suits the needs of the people of that time and place in order to help them. They are truly compassionate in that way, and show their immense spiritual ability to be able to do so. The emanation of Lord Manjushri, the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is no different. It is with that in mind that I envisioned commissioning different forms of Dorje Shugden painted and drawn in different cultural styles to better suit the temperaments of practitioners the world over.

    The usual style that Dorje Shugden is depicted is very Tibetan, but even within his holy entourage there are differences of culture and variation across different countries. For example, the 10 Youthful and Wrathful Attendants, warrior emanations of Dorje Shugden who help avert both inner and outer obstacles, appear in different forms. They take on the physical appearance of Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese, Kashmiri, Indian and Nepali warriors. This clearly shows that as an enlightened being, Dorje Shugden is above and beyond cultural differences, or location-based variations, etc. He transcends all of that but will emanate in forms that appeal the most to the practitioner. The more styles there are, the more wider the appeal will be. My hope is that many will be blessed by Dorje Shugden and enter his practice and be protected.

    H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche recently commissioned very special images of Dorje Shugden in Indian style, Fauvistic style, Byzantine style, Malaysian style, Chinese style, New Age style and Japanese anime style. And there are many more to come. Do check back here every few weeks as there are more different styles of Dorje Shugden art and will add here in time.

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    Although Manjushri currently appears as a bodhisattva, in actuality he has traversed the bodhisattva path. In a time long gone, he became a fully enlightened Buddha who was known as the Tathagatha Lamp of the Nagas. Due to the strong karmic connection with the sentient beings of our time, he manifested as a bodhisattva disciple of the Buddha, called Manjushri, who is famed for his great wisdom.

    Manjushri is also indeed very unique and special as he is practised in all lineages and traditions present today. As the main yidam of Lama Tsongkhapa, Manjushri constantly appears to Lama Tsongkhapa and was able to clarify the subtlest aspects of the teachings and transmit many teachings and transmissions. Hence, it is said that lineage and practices of Lama Tsongkhapa are especially blessed by Manjushri for practitioners to gain quicker attainments.

    Sharing with you a meditation upon Orange or Arapachana Manjushri composed by none other than the Great Fifth Dalai Lama who unified Tibet after many damaging civil wars, established diplomatic relations with China and other countries, and wrote a massive 24 volumes’ worth of scholarly and religious works on a wide range of subjects including a prayer to Dorje Shugden.

    Orange Manjushri is the main form of Manjushri, appearing as a Bodhisattva prince sitting in full lotus posture while holding a flaming wisdom sword with his right hand. With his left hand at his heart, he grasps the stem of a utpala blossom upon which the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra rests. The propitiation of this form of Manjushri develops wisdom within us, clarity of mind, better memory, critical thinking and artistic talents, purifies negative speech karma and finally, creates the causes for us to develop powerful, beneficial and influential speech.

    Learn more about Orange Manjushri: A Meditation by the 5th Dalai Lama at http://bit.ly/2DTN3lz
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 03:01 PM
    This is a very beautiful temple in a very serene environment. The temple is on a small hill, overlooking the villages. The tall outdoor Buddha in the temple gives people a sense of peace. It will be nice to go there to pay homage to the Buddha and do the meditation.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/beautiful-standing-buddha-of-thaton-thailand
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Dec 6. 2019 04:39 PM
    A Pilgrimage to Lumbini, will be wonderful as that where the Buddha’s birthplace and get connected and make a good aspiration.There are many impressive beautiful structures and beautiful Sacred temples to see.
    Visiting Lumbini, the Buddha’s birth place creates the karma to have control of our own rebirth and the causes to be born in pleasant places where we will have the right conditions and opportunities to practice Dharma.Thank you for the wonderful article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2DT88gd
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Dec 6. 2019 03:57 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, this article best describe the powerful health benefits, nutritional value of consuming tomatoes in daily diet. This article has given good picture on varieties of tomatoes widely available in many forms and colour.

    Actually I do not like tomatoes much but this article have given me enough info on beneficial of tomatoes for overall health. Discovered that tomatoes are rich in varieties of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants which helps to prevent and to protect from diseases naturally.

    It’s time for me to add in tomatoes in my daily meal and to ensure that to get an array of nutrients which will help in better functioning of my body.
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 06:45 PM
    The Buddha Shakyamuni and Bodhisattva Manjushri worked closely to expound the Dharma, although Manjushri himself had achieved enlightenment many lifetimes ago. According to the Avatamsaka Sutra, Manjushri is actually the Buddha Nageshvaraja who achieved enlightenment many eons ago in a different world system. In Shakyamuni’s time however, he took the form of Manjushri, a student of Lord Buddha himself. Indeed, many teachings arose just because Manjushri asked a question to Buddha Shakyamuni.

    Manjushri is the embodiment of wisdom and knowledge, and this Namasanghiti text that recalls his names and qualities represents the pinnacle of all Shakyamuni Buddha’s teachings. Scholars classify it as a tantra of the non-dual (advaya) class, along with the Kalachakra Tantra.

    The Namasanghiti was expounded by Shakyamuni Buddha for his disciple Vajrapani and his wrathful retinue in order to lead them to Buddhahood. The essence of the Namasanghiti text is that Manjushri Bodhisattva is the embodiment of all knowledge. The Namasanghiti is a short text, consisting only of around 160 verses and a prose section, which is a fraction of the vast Sutras such as Avatamsaka Sutra and Prajnaparamita Sutras, or the endless ocean of tantras such as Manjushri-Mula-Kalpa.

    Read more about A Concert of Names of Manjushri at http://bit.ly/2Yj3d1n
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 05:54 PM
    Mekong River is incredibly important for millions of people in China. It flows through many countries: China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and finally Vietnam. But weird and it is shocking to know the dogs cruelty, smuggling and trading just for the meat across Asia, through the famous river, What a cruel business. Need to be aware of visiting all this countries.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 04:32 PM
    Wat Phra Dhammakaya is worlds largest meditation Center,beautifully built, well landscaped and well maintained.The temple’s success is a collective achievement of every monk, novice and devotee who faithfully gave their time and energy day in and day out, against all odds to build the massive temple to serve all sentient beings.

    Their faith, determination and patience paid off when their dream of a sanctuary of peace to spread the Buddha’s teachings became a reality.Thank you very much for the interesting article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2RkjkKI
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 04:21 PM
    The veneration of relics is an ancient custom that plays an important role in major world religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Shamanism. For example, sites that house holy relics in Christianity are major pilgrimage destinations because it is believed that these relics are a benediction to the living and the deceased.

    In Buddhism, holy relics generally refer to the physical remains or personal effects of Buddha Shakyamuni. Incredibly, some of Buddha Shakyamuni’s bodily remains have survived for two and a half millennia, including the much-revered sacred tooth of the Buddha in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

    Most Buddhist temples have stupas, and these stupas are often created specifically to house precious relics. Such reliquary stupas often become the initial structure around which the whole temple is later based. Today, stupas may also hold the ashes or ringsel (relics in Tibetan) of prominent or respected Buddhist masters.

    Read more about The Significance of the Buddha’s Relics and the wonderful Kandy at http://bit.ly/3624n43
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 04:10 PM
    Towering imposingly and majestically in the sky, mountains are believed to possess supernatural properties because they are closer to heaven than any other earthly feature. Interestingly, many mountains are linked to spirituality and enlightened beings, such as the Buddha and Jesus.

    From the earliest times, many peoples from the Greeks and Native Americans to the Indians and Polynesians have placed mountains central to their beliefs. The power of such sacred places is believed to enhance the mortal experience and sometimes, it is even forbidden to climb them out of respect.

    The mountain calls to us with its calm and serene environment and is often chosen as the site for religious retreats. Pilgrimages to holy mountains are also a way to connect to the sacred and they allow us to purify our sins through the rigour of an arduous climb. In some religions, adherents are urged to make such a pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

    Here is a selection of sacred mountains scattered across the globe. They are revered by people separated by vast spaces but united in their awe and regard for these magnificent giants of nature.

    Read more about Sacred Mountains Around the World at http://bit.ly/2rg4sCu
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 03:57 PM
    Crystal clear waters lapping against white sandy beaches. Coastlines lined with palm trees against a backdrop of lush green hills and sunny blue skies. Amazing underwater life and some of the best diving sites in the world. Malaysia’s 878 islands give sun and surf lovers plenty of reason to visit the country.

    Penang, Langkawi and Pangkor offer easy getaways to well-developed islands with plenty of activities to choose from. Perhentian, Redang, Tioman and Rawa islands are simply paradise if you have the heart of a bohemian. Sipadan, Mabul, Layang-Layang and Kapas are rugged dive adventures listed as some of the best on the planet.

    Check out the Top 10 Island Holidays in Malaysia at http://bit.ly/366c1uh
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 03:52 PM
    Labrang Monastery in Xiahe County, northwest China’s Gansu Province, is an annual destination for tourists, Buddhists and pilgrims from around the world. They gather to witness the unveiling of the world’s largest thangka (tapestry) of Buddha, as part of the Grand Monlam Prayer festivities.

    Also called the “Sunning of the Buddha” ritual, at this time, Tibetan monks invite a giant thangka about 100-feet long and 65-feet wide of Buddha Amitabha, up a mountain near Labrang Monastery, which is the largest Tibetan monastery outside of Lhasa.

    It is unveiled at first light on the side of the mountain so that the first rays of the sun illuminate the sacred painting.

    Read more about Monlam Festival at Labrang Monastery at http://bit.ly/2qndQUt

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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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

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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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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
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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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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    8 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    8 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    9 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    11 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    11 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    11 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    11 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    11 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    12 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    12 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    12 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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KISG has carried out monthly animals liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh on Sunday. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly animals liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh on Sunday. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Earth Project- 10/11/19
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Kechara Earth Project- 10/11/19
Blowing Mantras onto the birds so that they will be have Dharma imprints and good rebirth. We dedicated today's event for Rinpoche’s swift return. ~Jacinta, KPSG
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Blowing Mantras onto the birds so that they will be have Dharma imprints and good rebirth. We dedicated today's event for Rinpoche’s swift return. ~Jacinta, KPSG
The last bird taking his flight of freedom. Be compassionate always. Be kind to animals ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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The last bird taking his flight of freedom. Be compassionate always. Be kind to animals ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Attended Dorje Shugden puja after our monthly Bird Liberation ~ Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Attended Dorje Shugden puja after our monthly Bird Liberation ~ Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
4 weeks ago
Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
4 weeks ago
The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
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Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
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