Heroic Red Tara (Suryagupta Lineage)

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

In the language of ancient India (Sanskrit), Tara literally means ‘Savioress’. She is a female Buddha with a particularly long history of being worshipped by many great Indian and Tibetan masters.

The practice of Tara originally descended from ancient India during the time of the great Indian Buddhist institutions. In the monasteries and temples of Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Varanasi (Sarnath Park) and numerous other sites of Northern India, one can find numerous images of Tara still surviving. Within Tibet itself, Tara in all her manifestations is found virtually in every major shrine and monastery. Many of these ancient images have shown many miraculous signs in the past to many great masters. These bear testament to the popularity of the worship of Tara.

Within Hinduism, Tara is also worshipped in her wrathful form as one of the ten Mahavidyas of the goddess Durga. It is likely that the Hindu Mahavidya Tara was historically derived from the Buddhist Tara but Hindus incorporated her wrathful manifestation into the Hindu pantheon.

The earliest known image of Tara can be found today on the walls of Cave 6 within the rock-cut Buddhist monastic complex of the Ellora Caves in Maharashtra (7th century CE). According to archaeology, the worship of Tara was established during the early period of the Pala Empire in Northeastern India (8th century CE).

The wall relief carving of Tara in the Ellora Caves dates to the 7th Century. This is the earliest known image of Tara.

 

Praise to the Twenty-One Taras

The twenty-one Taras according to Lama Atisha's tradition where all 21 Taras are visualized as the same Tara but in different colors and with slight variations of facial expressions, gestures, attributes and specialities. Click on the image to enlarge.

Scripturally, the earliest text on Tara is the ancient Praise to the Twenty-One Taras which is included within the Kangyur (the collection of the spoken words of the Buddha). Therefore, it is evident that this praise was originally spoken by Buddha Shakyamuni himself and was later recorded down by one of his disciples from memory. Each of the twenty-one Taras that the Buddha specifically named within the praise actually corresponds to a particular emanation of Tara. Each of these emanations possesses a different aspect of the same female Buddha Tara.

Even the color of each Tara represents the type of activity that the particular Tara embodies. Green Tara represents swift activity and the embodiment of all the other activities, White Tara represents pacification of diseases and longevity, Yellow Tara represents increase and abundance in inner and outer wealth, Red Tara represents the activity of control and power while Blue or Black Tara represents wrathful activity.

Within Tibet, two Indian traditions of the Twenty-One Taras have been disseminated. One tradition stems from the great master Dipamkara Srijnana Atisha who travelled to Tibet to teach. Another was from an older lineage stemming from the Mahasiddha Suryagupta.

The twenty-one Taras according to the Suryagupta lineage. In this lineage, each of the twenty-one Taras manifests in different forms with different numbers of faces, arms, and widely differing gestures and attributes. Click the image to enlarge.

Both traditions are valid and have their own authentic lineage lamas, sadhanas, corresponding mantras and also completely different iconography for each of the twenty-one Taras. The Suryagupta lineage of twenty-one Taras is older and, generally, has more complicated iconography based on the visions of the Mahasiddha Suryagupta.

The entire practice of Atisha’s twenty-one Taras is traditionally bestowed in a single initiation.  On the other hand, Suryagupta’s twenty-one Taras are bestowed an initiation for each of the deities not including the main form of Green Tara. Hence, there are twenty-two initiations included in the Suryagupta lineage of the twenty-one Taras.

 

The Tara-siddha Suryagupta

Very little is known of the Tara-siddha Suryagupta who is also known by the name of Ravigupta. This siddha received the practice of the twenty-one Taras directly from Tara herself. He is called the Tara-siddha because his main practice was Tara and he gained his attainments through Tara.

Suryagupta was born in Kashmir and was reputed to have built up to twelve Dharma centers between Kashmir and Magadha (India). His first guru was the famous master Nagamitra. He was said to have practiced Tara for the last seven lifetimes prior to that lifetime.

According to the Tibetan scholar-translator Taranatha, Suryagupta lived during the time of Chandrakirti, Chandragomin, Shantideva, Acharya Dharmapala (better known as the Mahasiddha Virupa) and so forth.  According to one source, Suryagupta’s connection with Tara began at a famous temple in Kashmir. The image of Tara at this temple was famous during that time for being endowed with miraculous powers. Lepers who came from all over to worship at this shrine were said to have been cured of their ailments. At that time, the Acharya Suryagupta was a great scholar steeped in the knowledge of the five sciences. He was particularly noted to be an adept in Tantra as well. He caught leprosy and so, he traveled to the temple and built a meditational hut to the West of that shrine propitiating Tara.

After three months of intense practice, Tara appeared to him and asked, “What is your wish?” And the Acharya requested to be healed of leprosy. Tara granted his request but left him with a small sore on his forehead.  The Acharya realized this and asked, “What was the reason for not curing the sore on my forehead?”

Tara replied, “You were once a hunter in a previous life, you killed many animals and you even set fire to a forest as well. Consequently, you had to take rebirth in hell for 500 rebirths and this is your last rebirth. That sore is the last vestige of the karma of killing.” After that Tara bestowed an initiation on the Acharya and gave him a sadhana, which was accompanied by some verses of praise. Tara proclaimed, “Whomever practices this sadhana, I shall grant siddhis (spiritual attainments).”   

 

The Heroic Red Tara

Pravira Tara (Tibetan: Rab tu dpa’ ba’i Sgrol ma) or the Heroic Tara is the first of the twenty-one Taras featured in the Suryagupta lineage. Therefore, this Tara corresponds to the first verse of the Praise to the Twenty-One Taras, which is called ‘Praising Tara according to Her History’.

Homage to Tara, The Swift One, The Heroine,
Whose eyes are like a flash of lightning,
Who arose from the opening of a lotus,
Born from the tears of the Protector of the Three Worlds.

The first verse pays homage to Tara for her qualities of swiftness as she is sometimes called the activities of all the Buddhas. It is said that if one takes heartfelt refuge in Tara, one does not need a Dharma Protector as Tara’s blessings and protection are swift enough to eliminate outer and inner obstacles.

She is praised as a heroine, which means that she has ‘conquered’ herself, which is an epithet for a fully awakened Buddha.

She has the sight of a Buddha, which means that she is able to see into the past, present and future simultaneously.  In seeing, she comes swiftly to one’s aid ‘like a flash of lightning’. The later part of the verse refers to a legend that Tara was born from a lotus that grew from the tears of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, who is also known as the Protector of the Three Worlds – form, formless and desire. The tri-cosmic realms here refer to different plains of existence that the Buddha had described in his teachings.

According to legend, the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara once contemplated the sufferings of beings in the lower realms and attempted to use his powers to remove them from suffering. However, he soon realized that as soon as suffering beings were removed, more beings took rebirth to replace those that were removed. It was apparent that there were no fewer suffering beings than when he first started.

The great Bodhisattva soon realized the futility of rescuing beings in this manner and wept great tears of sorrow. A beautiful lotus bloomed from the tears of the Bodhisattva and within the lotus stood Tara. She comforted the Bodhisattva and vowed to assist Avalokiteshvara in benefitting sentient beings. Thus, the first verse calls to mind this creation story of Tara and this verse also corresponds to the Heroic Tara.

Those who are engaging in the sadhana or practice of the 8-armed Red Tara will be able to turn back the power of others. This Tara is red in color which corresponds with the activity of control. In the case of this specific red Tara, one gains the ability to deflect the negative influence of harmful individuals with authority or influence. This practice can generate the merits to successfully negotiate worldly dealings in the legal and business fields, or in the administration of a secular organization. This Tara can also be propitiated to help one subjugate difficult individuals who pose obstacles to our practice or our work to spread the Dharma.

 

Iconography of the Heroic Tara

We visualize Heroic Red Tara and the details of her iconography during our practice to plant powerful blessings of Tara in our mind stream. Her iconography can be slightly complicated for some people and therefore, having a statue, a thangka or a drawing would be helpful to aid in one’s visualization. Below are general explanations of the meaning of her gestures (mudras) and the implements that she carries. Her eight arms carry the following implements:

Vajra and Bell in the Mudra of Joy – The vajra represents method or compassion and the bell represents the realization of Emptiness. It is explained that one would not be able to identify where the sound of the bell comes from and where it goes. This is often used as an analogy for the Emptiness of inherent existence. Tara carries both implements crossed above her head in what is known as the joy of Dharma. Joy is described in the text as a quality of a Bodhisattva’s perseverance in benefiting sentient beings.

Bow and Arrow – The bow held in the left wisdom hand and the arrow held with the right hand of method or compassion combines to ‘project’ skillful means. Thus, they collectively represent Tara’s skillful means or her ability to use our situation to liberate us and bring swift attainments.

Dharma Wheel – The Dharma wheel represents the Buddha’s teachings and also the spiritual authority of a chakravartin or a universal monarch. Thus, Tara wielding the Dharma wheel signifies her dominion over all beings.

Conch Shell – The conch shell was used as a horn trumpet in ancient times to proclaim the Dharma throughout the land where the conch shell is blown. This signifies the spread of the Dharma, the subjugation of ignorance and the victory of Buddha’s teachings.

Wisdom Sword – The wisdom sword is a blade of wisdom that signifies the ability of Tara to cut through our negative karma, obstacles and ignorance.

Vajra Noose – The vajra noose represents the binding of all harmful beings and obstacles that harm our spiritual practice. On an inner level, the noose represents the ensnaring of the ego and the binding of Tara’s higher wisdom.

 

The Sadhana of the Heroic Red Tara  

The following is the sadhana of Heroic Red Tara according to the lineage of Suryagupta. At the beginning of each section is a commentary, which is not to be recited but to be read prior to engaging in the practice. The commentary includes explanations of the section as well as a guide to any visualizations that need to be done. 

 

REFUGE

[Buddhist refuge is the spiritual reliance upon the Three Jewels as a foundation for higher teachings and practices. The Three Jewels consist of the Buddha, Dharma (the teachings) and Sangha (the spiritual assembly). The Guru is included because the Guru is the inspiration for our faith in the Buddha, the channel through which we receive instructions and teachings in the Dharma that transforms our lives, and the gateway to an entire spiritual community of monastics and lay practitioners who continue to bless us with inspiration. So, when we recite the refuge formula, we invoke the blessings of the Three Jewels to empower our practice.]

 

Taking Refuge

NAMO GURU BEH 
NAMO BUDDHA YA 
NAMO DHARMA YA 
NAMO SANGHA YA 
(Repeat 3x)

I take refuge in the Guru 
I take refuge in the Buddha 
I take refuge in the Dharma 
I take refuge in the Sangha 
(Repeat 3x)

 

Generating Bodhicitta

SANG GYE CHO DANG TSOG KYI CHOG NAM LA 
JANG CHUB BAR DU DAG NI KYAB SU CHI 
DAG GI JIN SOK GYI PAY SO NAM KYI 
DRO LA PAN CHIR SANG GYE DRUB PAR SHOG 
(Repeat 3x)

I take refuge until I am enlightened in the Buddhas, the Dharma and the Sangha. 
By the positive potential I create by practising generosity 
And the other far-reaching attitudes, 
May I attain Buddhahood in order to benefit all sentient beings. 
(Repeat 3x)

 

JE TSONGKHAPA’S GURU YOGA (GADEN LHAGYAMA)

[We visualize Lama Tsongkhapa and our Guru as one while reciting the Guru Yoga and Migtsema. This taps into the merits and blessings of the lineage so that our practice of Red Tara becomes successful.]

 

Invocation

GA-DEN HLA-JI NGON-JYI THUG-KA NEY 
RAP-KAR SHO-SAR PUNG-DEE CHU-DZIN TSER 
CHO-KYI GYEL-PO KUN-CHEN LOZANG DRAG 
SEY-DANG CHE-PA NE-DIR SHEG-SU SOL

From the heart of the Lord of the Gaden devas (Maitreya Buddha) emerges a brilliant white cloud, 
Like a great mass of fresh yoghurt. 
Atop sits Tsongkhapa all knowing, King of Dharma; 
We request your coming to this place along with your great disciples.

 

Requesting to Stay

DUN-JYI NAM-KHAR SING-TI PEE-DEE TENG 
JE-TSUN LA-MA JYEH-PI DZUM-KAR CHYEN 
DAG-LO DE-PE SO-NAM SHING-CHOG TU 
TAN-PA JYEH-SHIR KAL-DJAR JUG-SU SOL

My Lord Guru is seated before me upon a lion-throne, lotus and moon cushion. 
His body is white and he smiles blissfully. 
Please remain many eons and serve as the great merit field for the growth of my mind’s faith, 
And for the increase of Lord Buddha’s teachings.

 

Prostration and Praise

SHE-JYEH CHON-KUN JAL-WEY LO-DO THUG 
KAL-ZANG NA-WEY JYIN-JUR LIK-SHEY SUNG 
DRAG-PI PEL-JYI HLAM-MER DZEY-PI KU 
THONG-THO DRAN-PI DON-DHAN LA-CHAG TSAL

His omniscient wisdom-mind encompasses all that is existent. 
His voice is a profound teaching, which ornaments the ear of the fortunate pupil. 
His body’s beautiful radiance evokes wondrous admiration. 
To Lama Tsongkhapa whom merely viewing, hearing or contemplating earns one great merit, I make prostration.

 

Offering

YIH-WONG TCHO-YON NA-TSOG ME-TOG DANG 
DRI-JEM DUG-PO NANG-SAL DRID-CHAB SOG 
NGO-SHAM YIH TUL TCHO-TIN GYA-TSO DI 
SO-NAM SHING-CHOG CHE-LA CHO-PA BUL

I present to you, great field of merit, Tsongkhapa, 
Beautiful offerings, water, a display of flowers, fragrant incense, butter-lamps, 
Perfumes and more both physical and mental offerings, 
Vast as the clouds and wide as the ocean.

 

Confession

DAG-GI TO-MEY DU-NEH SAG-PA YI 
LU-NGAG YIH-KYI DIG-PA CHI-JYI DANG 
CHEY-PA DOM-PA SUM-JI MI-TUN SHO 
NYING-NEH JO-PA TRAH-PO SO-SOR SHAG

The unwholesome actions of body, speech and mind, 
which I have accumulated over a measureless period, 
especially actions contrary to the three vows (Vinaya, Bodhisattva, Vajrayana), I regret extremely 
From the depths of my heart, and I reveal each and every such action.

 

Rejoice

NIK-MI DU-DIR MANG-THO DRUP-LA TSON 
CHO-JYED PANG-PI DAL-JOR DON-YO SHYE 
NGON-PO CHEY-KYI LAP-CHEN DZE-PA LA 
DAG-CHAG SAM-PA TAG-PEH YI RANG NGO

We totally rejoice in your magnificent achievements, my Lord, 
Who received numerous teachings and performed the practices with utmost diligence, 
Who abandoned the eight worldly objectives and made the most meaningful use
Of the eighteen opportune conditions during these degenerate times.

 

Request to Turn the Wheel of Dharma

JE-TSUN LA-MA DAM-PA CHEY-NAM KYI 
CHO-KU KA-LA CHEN-TI TIN-TIK NEY 
JI-TAR TSAM-PI DUL-SHIH DZIN-MA LA 
ZAB-JI CHO-KYI CHAR-PA WHAP-TU SOL

All you holy Gurus, unerring in conduct, 
May you precipitate a rain of realisation of Bodhicitta and 
Shunyata from the clouds of all-knowing compassion which fills the Dharmakaya sky, 
Providing for the field of disciples precisely what is needed.

 

Requesting to Remain

NAM-DAG WO-SAL YING-LEY JING-PA YI 
ZUNG-JUG KU-LA CHAR-NUB MI-NGA YANG 
THA-MAL HNANG-NGOR ZUG-KU RAG-PA NYI 
SEE-THEE BAR-DU MI-NUB TAN-PA SHUG

May the Vajra body of Tsongkhapa created from the purity of clear light, 
Free of the rising and setting of cyclic existence but 
Visible to the ordinary viewer only in its unsubtle, physical form
Stay on unchanging, without waning, until Samsara ends.

 

Dedication

DAG-SOG JIN-NYEH SAG-PA GE-WA DEE 
TAN-DANG DRO-WA KUN-LA GANG-PHAN DANG 
CHE-PA JE-TSUN LO-ZANG DRAG-PA YI 
TAN-PI NYING-PO RING-DU SAL-SHEH SHOG

May this merit accumulated by myself and others, 
Beneficially serve all sentient beings and the Buddhadharma 
And especially may the essential teachings of 
The unerring master Tsongkhapa, become clear and enduring.

 

Mantra of Je Tsongkhapa (Migtsema)

MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHENREZIG 
DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG 
DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG 
GANG-CHEN KE-PEY TSUG-GYEN TSONGKAPA 
LO-SANG TRAG-PEY SHAB-LA SOL-WA DEB 
(Recite 21x or more, depending on time)

Je Tsongkhapa, crown jewel of the holy Masters of the Land of Snows, 
You are Avalokiteshvara, great goldmine of Compassion untainted by ego’s delusion. 
You are Manjushri, great Master of stainless wisdom. 
You are Vajrapani, great subduer of all the gatherings of demons.
At your feet, famed Lobsang Drakpa, I humbly bow
And earnestly request that all sentient beings achieve Enlightenment. 
(Recite 21x or more, depending on time)

 

Dissolving Je Rinpoche into Ourselves

PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE 
DAG-SOG CHI-WOR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA 
KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE 
KU-SUNG THUG-KYI NGO-DRUP TSAL-DU SOL

Dear worthy root Guru, please ascend the lotus seat 
Atop the head of myself and the other beings, 
And in your great kindness please remain with us. 
Bestow upon us the blessings of your body, speech and mind.

 

PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE 
DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA 
KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE 
CHO-DANG THUN-MONG NGO-DRUP TSAL-DU SOL

Precious, noble, root Guru, please occupy the lotus seat 
Within our hearts and in your great kindness remain with us. 
Please grant us your blessings 
For our temporal success and for the supreme attainment.

 

PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE 
DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA 
KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE 
JANG-CHUB NYING-PO BAR-DU TAN-PAR SHUG

Beloved, noble, root Guru, please occupy the lotus seat 
Within our hearts and in your great kindness remain with us. 
Please stay on until we achieve 
The great goal of Enlightenment.

 

SELF-GENERATION AS HEROIC RED TARA

[If one has received the initiation of Red Tara, the description below is the visualization of ourselves as the deity Red Tara. How this is done is that we visualize that our perspective has altered to that of the seed syllable OM in the heart of Red Tara, looking out. In other words, we have become one with the seed syllable OM and we imagine looking out from the syllable.

If one does not have the initiation, we visualize Red Tara as an external deity. We can read the description to engage in the visualization and extend the visualization during the mantra recitation. The reason for the generation as Red Tara is to get closer to Tara and gain her attainments and eventually become one with her.]

 

From the sphere of Emptiness on a yellow lotus and moon seat appears a red OM syllable. OM completely transforms into me as Venerable Heroic Red Tara. My body is red in color with one face and four pairs of arms. My first two hands hold a vajra and a bell and are joined at my crown to proclaim the Dharma in the mudra of great joy.  The second pair holds an arrow and a bow.  The third pair holds a wheel and a conch. The fourth pair holds a wisdom sword and a noose. I have a peaceful expression and sit in the vajra posture. I am clothed in silken garments and adorned by precious ornaments, with a halo of moonlight behind my body. A white OM marks my crown, a red AH my throat and a blue HUM my heart.

 

Praise

Homage to you, the Swift One, the Heroine,
Whose eyes are like an instant flash of lightning,
Who arose from the open corolla
Of the lotus face of the Lord of the Three Worlds.

 

Reciting the Mantra

At my heart is a moon disc marked by the syllable OM, with the mantra circling clockwise around the circumference of the disc.

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA TRE DATU VASHAM KURU SOHA
(Recite 21x, 108x or as much as possible)

 

DEDICATION

[The recitation of the dedication verses is to seal the merits accrued while engaging in Red Tara’s practice so that the results of virtuous deeds do not get destroyed by a moment of anger. The merits accumulated are necessary for understanding the Dharma, transforming the mind and gaining spiritual attainments.]

Completion Dedication

JANG-JUB SEM-CHOK RINPOCHE
MA-KYE PA-NAM KYE-GYUR CHIK
KYE-PA NYAM-PA ME-PA YANG
GONG-NA GONG-DU PEL-WAR SHUG

May the precious Bodhi-mind,
Where it is not born arise and grow
May that born have no decline
But increase forever more.

 

TONG-NI TONG-WA RINPOCHE
MA-KYE PA-NAM KYE-GYUR CHIK
KYE-PA NYAM-PA ME-PA YANG
GONG-NA GONG-DU PEL-WAR SHUG

May the precious Emptiness
Where it is not born arise and grow
May that born have no decline
But increase forever more.

 

DAG-SOG JIN-NYEH SAG-PA GE-WA DEE
TAN-DANG DRO-WA KUN-LA GANG-PHAN DANG
CHE-PAR JE-TSUN LO-ZANG DRAG-PA YI
TAN-PI NYING-PO RING-DU SAL-SHEH SHUG

May this merit accumulated by myself and others
Beneficially serve all sentient beings and the Buddhadharma
And especially may the essential teachings of the unerring Master Tsongkhapa,
Become clear and enduring.

 

Prayer by Je Tsongkhapa

KYE-WA KUN-TU YANG-DAK LA-MA DANG
DRAL-ME CHO-KYI PAL-LA LONG-CHO CHING
SA-DANG LAM-GYI YON-TEN RAP-DZOK NA
DORJE CHANG-GI GO-PANG NYUR-TO SHUG

In all my rebirths may I not be parted from perfect Gurus,
Let me enjoy the abundance of the Dharma!
Perfecting the quality stages and paths
May I quickly attain the rank of Vajradhara Buddha.

 

Dedication of Virtue

GE-WA DI-YI NYUR-DU DAK
LA-MA SANG-GYE DRUP-GYUR NA
DRO-WA CHIK-KYANG MA-LU PA
DE-YI SA-LA GO-PAR SHUG

By this virtue, may I quickly
Realize Guru-Buddhahood,
And transfer each sentient being
Into that Enlightened state.

 

CHO KHI GYAL PO TSONG KHA PA
CHO TSUL NAM PAR PHEL WA LA
GEK KI TSHAN MA ZHI WA DANG
THUN KYIN MA LU TSHANG WAR SHOK

May all conducive conditions arise
And all obstacles be pacified,
In order to increase infinitely,
The doctrine of the spiritual king, Tsongkhapa.

 

DA DANG SHEN GI DU SUM DANG
DRIL WA TSOK NYI LA TEN NAY
GYA WA LO ZANG DRAG PA YI
TAN PAR YUN RING VAR GYUR CHIG

By the merits of the
Three times of myself and others,
May the doctrine of Lama Tsongkhapa
Blaze forever.

 

Auspicious Dedication

NYIMO DELEK TSEN TELEK
NYIME GUNG YANG DELEK SHIN
NYITSEN TAKTU DELEK PEL
KON CHOK SUM GYI JIN GYI LOB
KON CHOK SUM GYI NGOR DRUL TSOL
KON CHOK SUM GYI TRA SHI SHOK

At dawn or dusk, at night or midday,
May the Three Jewels grant us their blessing,
May they help us to achieve all realisations and
Sprinkle the paths of our lives with various signs of auspiciousness.

 

Dedication for the Guru’s Long Life

JETSUN LAMA KU TSE RABTEN CHING
NAMKAR TRINLEY CHOG CHUR GYE PA DANG
LOBSANG TENPE DRON ME SA SUM GYI
DRO WE MUNSEL TAKTUR NE GYUR CHIG

May the holy teachers have long lives.
May the enlightened activities be fully displayed in the ten directions, and
May the brightness of the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa
Continuously dissipate the veil of darkness covering the beings of the three realms.

 

Dedication for the Long Life of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

GANG RI RAWE KORWAI SHING KHAM DIR
PEN DANG DEWA MALU GYUNG WAI NE
CHENREZIG WANG TENZIN GYATSO YI
SHA PEI SITHAI BARDU DEN GYUR CHIG

In this holy Land surrounded by snow mountains,
You are the source of all benefit and happiness
May your lotus feet, O powerful Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso
Remain in this world until the end of existence.

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  1. Moon Chan on Feb 23, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    I like Tara because the first mantra I learnt was Om Tare Tu Tare Soha. I did not know there were restrictions for women to practice Buddhism until I found some history. Tara is an enlightened female Buddha, I like her gentle energies. The others form of Tara such as Red Tara kind of added masculine energy, I feel feminine energy is nurturing but also very powerful. She has ‘conquered’ herself and every women have the inner strength to do it.

    It blow my mind to see one involved to practiced Tara for the seven lifetimes, it shows how much you are connected to certain beings. I really love the story that Tara replied to Suryagupta about his sore on his head. I’ve always heard people say spiritual guides are with us always, even for many life times. Like Suryagupta, he was guided along his path to enlightened.

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Sep 6, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    I enjoyed reading this story about Heroic Red Tara (Suryagupta Lineage). I always love Tara and can feel my strong affinity with Tara. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this article on Red Tara practice.??

  3. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Jun 15, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    This incredible White Tara was discovered in Indonesia. It is said to be 800 years old and made by Nagarjuna. A local person Mr. Supriyono dreamed of a bluish red dragon surrounding the village and splashing down into the well before finding Her. This beautiful White Tara was discovered in Indonesia. See video: – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dW0Ms1oR0

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  4. Freon on May 25, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I like this Heroic Red Tara. To me She looks so beautiful and stunning with the implements She carry. She looks strong and yet gentle.

    Story of Tara inspire me to do more in Dharma, work for sentient beings and do not fear the harm that the people we help might turn against us.

    Tara become Buddha with the female body, have shown to us nothing is impossible if we want to achieve enlightenment. The factors that stopped us is our own doing. Tara have been a hero not because she conquered others but herself. This is a very powerful message i get from this article.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful story of Tara and about Heroic Red Tara

    With folded hand
    Freon

  5. Fong on Jun 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this posting. I always find the 21 forms of Tara a bit confusing. Sometimes, I see Taras with 2 arms and sometimes more. Guess, that means that I have to read and learn up more about Tara.

    But, I like Tara because I feel that I need not wish to be male or be like a male to practice and achieve something. She is a Buddha, an enlightened female Buddha.

    This article definitely has helped in my knowledge of Red Tara. But, I guess I have yet to find out more about the other forms of Tara as there is not very much out there in the internet about the other forms. The more common forms of White Tara and Green Tara are more accessible in the internet. as suggested in the article, there are more than 1 Red Tara.

    But, thank you for the information that this is a practice that can be done without initiation though the visualisation for those with initiation is generate the deity, Heroic Red Tara as a Yidam.

    Thank you again for the beautiful images of the Heroic Red Tara.

  6. gary foo on Jun 16, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    There’s something about this Tara thats made me very atracted tothis form and to start reciting her mantras and create thatnrelationship with her in addition to the daily sadhana 🙂 thank you Rinpoche for introducing this form to us and allowing us to tap into Taras blessings.

  7. Alice Tay on Jan 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    感谢仁波切在此分享有关二十一度母之一,红度母。

    每位度母不同的颜色都是她们特定的象征与化身来救度众生。例如绿度母可以迅速帮助我们消除烦恼痛苦,达成心愿。持修白度母可以帮助我们健康长寿。而这位红度母象征着权威与力量。

    根据Suryagupta的传承有记载有关红度母的持修法。而当时这位高成就者,Suryagupta,就是持修度母的法门,而达到至高的成就。

    在Suryagupta努力与积极的持修度母法门,他如愿的可以看见度母和他的麻风病也因此被度母医治好。但度母告诉Suryagupta,他的额头上的疮不能被消除。因为此疮是来自于Suryagupta前几世所造下的杀业所致的。

    因此,我们可以理解到不管我们持修任何法门,要达到一定的成就并不是不可能。而这只在乎于我们的坚信、坚持、耐力,还有必须要相信与了解因果。

  8. Paul Yap on Jan 7, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Tara is widely practiced among the Buddhist and Hindus. This shows her popularity among the devotees, perhaps she has answered the prayers and has grant swift assistance whenever needed.

    I found this 8 arm Heroic Red Tara very fascinating and attractive. The implements hold in her hands shows that she has various methods to bring people to dharma and give assistance, perhaps this is one of the reasons she can act like a protector as well. She also promised whoever practice her sadhana, she will grant them siddhis.

  9. Pastor Shin on Jan 7, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Tara is one of the most popular deities in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. Tara was often associated with the two historical wives of the first Buddhist king of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo. His wife from imperial China, Princess Wencheng was said to be an incarnation of White Tara, while the king’s Nepalese wife, Princess Bhrikuti was an incarnation of Green Tara.

    What was posted in this article regarding Suryagupta’s meeting with Tara reminded me of the two mentions in “The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat: The Life of Ra Lotsawa”. First was the same story of Suryagupta mentioned in this text (Suryagupta is also known as Ravigupta) and the other one of Chandragomin.

    When Ra Lotsawa was visiting Vajrasana (the seat of Buddha @ Bodhgaya), northeast of the sacred site was a deity shrine of the goddess Tara in five forms, the first of which faces east. Behind the shrine to the west was the thatched hut built by Ravigupta (Suryagupta). When Ravigupta was practising there, something marvelous happened: the face of Tara and the shrine face turned west and spoke to him.

    In the southwest was the so-called Shrine of Lokesvara, and inside was an image of Avalokiteshvara at the centre of the nine-deity retinue. This was the image that had actually spoken to Chandragomin and taught him the Dharma. There was also the blessed image renowned as Tara the Unadorned. The story goes that there was an old woman who had a beautiful daughter. She had no money for her daughter’s wedding, so she went to beg around until eventually she reached Nalanda. When she heard about the famous scholar Chandrakirti, she went to beg from him. Chandrakirti told her he was a simple monk and did not have much, he suggested that she try Chadragomin, who lived nearby. As Chandragomin only had the clothes he was wearing, Chandragomin prayed to the painting of Tara on the wall. Tara came to life and took off her own adornments and jewels, gave to Chandragomin, who then joyfully handed them to the old woman.

    Ra Lotsawa himself also have experience of Tara appearing to him. One day when Ra lotsawa was travelling to Kyosang, Langlap Jangchup Dorje who was a Vajrakilaya master caused a lighting shower of nailing daggers to strike the very spot where he was walking, killing many of his attendants. Ra Lotsawa performed the defensive rite of expulsion but he failed to suppress the attacks. As he thought about hwhat to do next, Tara appeared in emerald-coloured brilliance and adored with precious ornaments, she told Ra Lotsawa that extremely fierce paranormal attacks cannot be suppressed by expulsion rites alone, but to use meditative absorption that is devoid of inherent existence, combined with the secret expulsion. She also spoke about 8 additional oral instructions/teachings that are required that have not been translated in Tibet, and for Ra Lotsawa to go to Nepal and translate them into Tibetan.

    Thank you for sharing the practice of Heroic Red Tara with the world. May many come under Mother Tara’s protection and blessing.

  10. Sharon Ong on Jan 6, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this interesting read about Red Tara who I see as a divine superheroine and I love her ability to help subjugate difficult individuals who pose obstacles to our practice or our work to spread the Dharma. I particularly like her iconography where her womanly form carries implements that represent her ability to powerfully bind and subjugate our negatives.

  11. Uncle Eddie on Jan 6, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Our Heroic Red Tara, which literary means “savioress” in ancient India, has a long story of being worshipped by many great Indian and Tibetan Masters. According to Archaeology, worshipping of Tara was established in the early period of the Pala empire in northern India in the 8th century. As shown in this article, the earliest known image of Tara was found on the walls of “rock-cut” Buddhist Monastic complex of the Ellora caves in Maharashtra in the 7th century. Red Tara has received verses of praises for her good qualities and swiftness in her work well done. She is also been praised as a Herione, meaning she has “conquered” herself, and posseses the sight of a Buddha, where she is able to see into the past, present and future simultaneously. Last but not least, the later part of the verse refers to that, Tara was born from a Lotus that grew from the tears of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara, who is also known as the protector of the three worlds – form,formless and desire. Our Heroine Red Tara, being red in colour, corresponds with the activity of control, gains ability to deflect the negative influence of harmful individuals, with authority or control! Our Heroic Red Tara can also be propitiated to help one to subjugate difficult individuals who post obstacles to our practices or our work to spread the Dharma. She has her own perfect qualities to use to draw us into Dharma for the benefit of furthering Dharma in serving others. How intersting, informative and inspiring! Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha.

  12. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:07 am

    This article is provides very good information on Red Tara including nice images. The more popular are Green Tara and White Tara, and now this article enhances the popularity of Red Tara. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  13. Sarah Yap on Jan 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    An incredibly interesting article.

    I must say, I’m not particularly attracted to the Buddha Tara, though I know she is magnificent, but the Tara from Suryagupta’s lineage is fascinating and I find her particularly beautiful.

    I do wonder however why the change in the iconography. Perhaps it is difficult for practitioners to visualize 21 Tara in 21 entirely different forms which has led Lama Atisha to compassionately renew the 21 Tara practice we have commonly today? Not sure if this is the real reason but it sure is interesting.

    Also, I wonder if there are any difference when it comes to practicing Red Tara from Lama Atisha’s lineage, and practicing Red Tara from Mahasiddha Suryagupta’s lineage? I know all Buddhas are one, but the formation of these 2 different lineages must be born from a slightly different purposes which leads to some differences. Of course ultimately both practices can lead us to Enlightenment.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    • Pastor David Lai on Jan 5, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Dear Sarah,
      You have very interesting questions. The difference in iconography is probably reflected in the practitioners of that lineage. Perhaps, the more complicated iconography of the older Suryagupta lineage reflected the affinity, karma, merits and abilities of the older practitioners of that time. The simpler iconography once again reflects those of the new generation of practitioners.

      Red Tara is a very generic term and could mean any of the few Red Taras in the 21 Taras of the Suryagupta lineage and also a few in the Atisha’s lineage. This particular Red Tara has a name and she is the Heroic Red Tara and has a particular purpose. Not all Red Taras have the same function as her and I am sure there is a Red Tara in the Atisha’s lineage with the same function but even if they do not have the same purpose, they should still come under the activity of magnetizing or control.

  14. Joy on Jan 3, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Ok ok Rinpoche knows I am pretty biased when it comes to Tara… anything associated with her, I love it! hehe. So thank you Rinpoche and wonderful blog team/writers/researchers for putting up this write up on Tara in general, her story and adding the Heroic Red Tara teachings and practice for all. Now whenever we need to teach or explain something about Tara, we can come here. This blog is truly like a Dharma resource centre. I did not know adding her sadhana/praise and mantra was that amazingly simple!

    I guess the reason why I love Tara is because of Rinpoche who introduced me to her and how Rinpoche explained to me she was just exactly like “Mother Mary” and yes up till today I do believe that she probably is, manifesting in different forms in different time for different minds. Why not?

    Besides that I love Tara because she gives women hope and strength because in many society women are often looked upon as the lesser, weaker and inferior gender even up till today, women are still trying to stand up be heard and have equal standing in social and economic grounds. So a Buddha in female form is definitely uplifting and sort of got me liking Vajrayana Buddhism. It sounded (in my small silly mind) to me like the “FAIREST” religion where there is “equality” 🙂

    It is amazing how the Buddhas are so compassionate to manifest in so many different forms, focusing on different issues and aspect of our problems to help us out of samsara. For instance this amazing 8-arm Red Tara has the ability to deflect the negative influence of harmful individuals with authority or influence. Wow! Many people with such problems will be able to do her simple practice, rely on her with faith and not only solve their problems but be connected to the Dharma eventually. How skillful the Buddhas are.

    I saw/read something really beautiful on FB which I thought explains about Tara, or any Buddhas actually, very appropriately well by Tenzin Palmo:

    “Sacred art, an image of Tara, for example, is not just something that we admire on a wall, or even something we think of outside of ourselves. All these manifestations are really just the reflection of our ultimate nature.”

    And there she sits with a painting of Mother Mary what a coincidence?

    I suppose all pure enlightened divine energy are from the same source. Their outer appearance shows us what we can achieve if we practice well, and what we need to do and work on harder in order to be one with our yidam.

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  15. Chris Chong on Jan 3, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this amazing post on the history and practice of the rare Heroic Red Tara.

    From this post I have learnt

    1. The practice of worshipping Buddha Tara had existed even in the ancient indian buddhist institute time. She was so popular back then where many major monasteries and shrines have her image and she was even worshipped in Hinduism.

    2. There are 2 lineage of Tara practices, Suryagupta lineage and Atisha’s lineage. Both of them are valid and Suryagupta’s lineage is actually older and more complicated in iconography.

    3. Heroic Red Tara practice mainly is to gains the ability to deflect the negative influence of harmful individuals with authority or influence.

    Chris

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
4 years ago
According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
4 years ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
4 years ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
4 years ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
4 years ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
4 years ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
4 years ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
4 years ago
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
4 years ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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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!
5 years ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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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
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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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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
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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
5 years ago
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!!!
5 years ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
5 years ago
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
5 years ago
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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
5 years ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
5 years ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
5 years ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
5 years ago
DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
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Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
1 month ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
1 month ago
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 months ago
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 months ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 months ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
2 months ago
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
2 months ago
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
2 months ago
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
2 months ago
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
3 months ago
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
3 months ago
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
3 months ago
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
3 months ago
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
3 months ago
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
4 months ago
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
5 months ago
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
5 months ago
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
5 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
5 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
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