How to Purify Your Karma in Kechara Forest Retreat

Nov 17, 2018 | Views: 2,901

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Dear friends around the world,

One of my students, Kent Kok, has been unwell with heart problems. He went for a medical procedure and I was very concerned and worried about him. So I invited him to stay in Dukkar Apartments in Kechara Forest Retreat for a few weeks to recover and get well, and so that he can be among Dharma friends and not be alone.

Recently, I saw him hanging out in Dukkar Apartments and I was inspired to give a talk about purification practices that he and everyone else can do in Kechara Forest Retreat. This teaching was inspired by Kent because I wanted to have a little practice for him to do. It is based on one of my favourite purification practices, the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which is also practised by all lineages – Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug. It is very good for healing our bodies, extending our lives, clearing obstacles and developing good qualities in our minds.

Kent Kok had a very serious procedure but he is very strong and meritorious and he survived. He is a wonderful man. A man of little words, a lot of action, always ready to help, no complications, and with a kind heart. And this purification practice will help him as well as a lot of other people who are here in KFR and in the future, everywhere. It will be especially beneficial when carried out in front of any of the many highly blessed Buddha statues and the Vajrayogini Stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat.

The transcript of my talk on the purpose and benefits of purification practices, particularly the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas coupled with prostrations, has been made available below along with additional information for those who wish to start engaging in this practice now. I will also have this available soon in Chinese, Nepali, and even Tibetan if I can because there are many Tibetan people who don’t understand this.

I humbly request everyone to happily, joyously, enthusiastically and tirelessly share this teaching with others and make it available to others because we will be able to benefit somebody out there. Whether they practice it or not is up to them but that would be a wonderful way for us to live – to benefit other people everyday.

Sarva Mangalam,
Tsem Rinpoche

 

Transcript: How to Purify Your Karma in Kechara Forest Retreat

Karma is created by a self grasping mind. A self grasping mind is a mind that grasps that all things are real conjoined with oneself being the most important, and no one else matters. My life, my water, my happiness, me, me, me, me, me, me, me. So this type of mind who is always thinking about themselves, is always grasping at the self and at themselves, for themselves and about themselves, even if they sit still and do nothing, they collect negative karma.

So someone who has a very selfish mind, even if they do nothing, not eating, not sleeping, not killing something, not doing anything, not reading, nothing, they still collect negative karma. The negative karma is collected by the mind that exists in a type of attitude “me, me, me, me, me”. So just because we’re sleeping doesn’t mean we don’t collect negative karma. That kind of mind always collects negative karma and that kind of mind opens up previously created negative karma.

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That kind of mind also creates more negative karma and that kind of mind will continuously be the main cause to take rebirth in the three lower realms or in samsara. So that type of mind will be the main cause for us to be born in samsara continuously without release, and when that mind is very strong, we will not only take rebirth in samsara, we will also see samsara as a place of great pleasure, great happiness, great beauty and great wonder, although we’ve been here so many times before.

You’re kind of like a goldfish. It is said that a goldfish in a bowl doesn’t get bored. I’m not sure but it’s said that, because the memory is just two or three seconds. So when it goes to this side of the bowl, it thinks it’s in a new place. Then when it turns around and goes to this side of the bowl two or three seconds later, it’s like it’s in a new place because it forgot this place. And then it turns around again and goes to this place and it’s thinking it’s in a new place. So theoretically, goldfish don’t get bored even though their goldfish bowl is very small because their memory is very short.

Similarly, some of us don’t get bored in samsara because our memory is very short. So although we’ve been everywhere in samsara, we’ve eaten everything, we’ve been everywhere, we’ve met everyone, we’ve done everything, we’ve been everything, we have done every single thing there is to do in samsara – really we have done everything, and probably many times over – we don’t remember it. So we think it’s something new, we think, “Oh, I’m young, I should go and enjoy. Oh, I’m old, I should go and enjoy. Oh, I’m free, I should go and enjoy. Oh, I’m sick, I should enjoy.” We always think like that because we’re kind of like a goldfish in a bowl.

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Therefore, having that type of mind creates karma that will bring some sort of problem. Why? Because if we’re going to step into the middle of mud, if we’re going to step into the middle of a swamp, if we’re going to step into the middle of a forest, if we’re going to step into the middle of traffic, it’s trouble. If we’re in the forest and we’re unprotected, we might get Lyme Disease, we might get chills, we might get bitten. If we’re in the middle of a street, we might get run over. I mean, these are dangerous places if we stay in the middle. Samsara is like that whereby even if we are born in samsara in the safest place – in a small village, no earthquakes, no natural disasters, no hurricanes, nothing – even in the safest place, we will still get sick, we will still get old, we will still lose friends that we love, we will still be disappointed, we will still have people backstab us, we will still have people that are unreliable, and we will still have unfulfilled dreams. All that will happen because of the self grasping mind.

Therefore, wherever you are in samsara, you are going to create karma. There’s no way to avoid it. The secret is how much karma you create and how much karma you open up. So when we have a self grasping mind, we will open the karma. Do you know why? Because we look at everything, every situation, every person, every scenario through our self grasping attitude. So let’s say if someone who is very selfish sees Sharon, they will say, “Oh, how much money can I make off her? What can I get out of her? How can she help me? Oh, she can’t help me, I don’t need to be her friend. I don’t need her, maybe I’ll just be friends with her, maybe later she will be okay and then she can help me with something.” So if you have a self grasping mind, very “me, me, me”, when you look at Sharon, your thinking will always be, “Hmm, how can I somehow use her?”

Let’s say I’m someone whose self grasping mind is not as strong, not as lively. Then when I look at Sharon, I’ll say, “Oh, maybe she’s a nice lady. Maybe I can be friends with her. Maybe we can go out and eat sometimes. Maybe we can talk. Maybe we can share a hobby, maybe we can do painting, listen to some music. Maybe she has other friends she can introduce me to. I have friends I can introduce her to. We’ll be friends.”

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So how you look at her is the state of your mind. And so therefore, a self-serving person, a person whose “I, I, I” is very strong, everything about them will be wrong, everything around them will be wrong, everybody will be wrong, everything that they encounter will be wrong, everything will always be wrong, and everybody will be wrong and they will be right. If everybody is wrong and you are right, that’s a clear indication of a very strong self-serving, self-grasping mind. That’s not labelling you good or bad, that’s an indication of a self-grasping mind. Why? Because you look at everything for your benefit. If it’s not to your benefit then it’s not good. It’s as simple as that.

Therefore when this karma is accumulated, if it’s through the body, the body karma will come back. If it’s through the mind, the mind karma will come back. If it’s the speech, the speech karma will come back. If we create speech karma or we open up speech karma, it will affect the mind and the body. If we open up body karma, it will affect the speech and the mind. If we open up mind karma, it will affect the speech and it will affect the body. So if we open up mind karma or create mind karma, then we are going to express our negative mind karma through our speech with negative speech. So if we are going to have negative mind, then we will act from negative mind, then we are going to open up negative body actions such as killing or beating or hurting or cheating, or all that stuff. So if we have negative body actions and we do negative body actions, it will affect our minds to become negative also. If we have speech actions, it will affect the other two. Body, speech and mind – these three are interrelated.

Therefore, when we do this over and over, over and over, what happens is we are like a windmill. It just keeps turning and the wind never stops. We are kind of like that with our minds. So what is very important is to break this cycle. But even to break this cycle requires a tremendous amount of energy. To learn the Dharma, we need to have a correct state of mind. To practise the Dharma, we need to have a correct state of mind. To practise the Dharma, we need to have merits. To practise the Dharma, we need to have a teacher. To practise the Dharma, we need the Dharma. To practise the Dharma, we need to have had a Buddha appear. To practise the Dharma, we need to have an environment and a place that is conducive for practice. To practise the Dharma, we need to not have a lot of disasters in our lives that prevent us from practising.

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So there are a lot of factors that are necessary and for those factors to be present for us to practise the Dharma is very rare. For everything to be basically perfect or near perfect to practise is very rare. So those of us who are in the Dharma now have things pretty much perfect. This kind of opportunity doesn’t come again. Meeting the Dharma, meeting a Lama, meeting your guru, a time where the Buddha’s teachings have existed, where there are Dharma brothers and sisters to support, where there’s an institution, there’s a place, there are friends – this is very, very rare. For all this to come together is a powerful conjunction and opening of karma you created from previous lives to practise the Dharma.

So for this to continue, then we need to collect a lot of merit and purify a lot of negative karma. What is the process of purifying negative karma? The process of purifying negative karma is, the karma is dormant, the karma is there but the karma has not opened, and when the karma has not opened, you don’t experience it. So before that karma opens, you purify it. Once it opens, you can’t. If you’re going to have a car accident, but the car accident karma hasn’t opened, you won’t have a car accident, you won’t have the expensive bill, hurt your body, hurt other people around you or even hit someone or damage a property. So before that car accident karma opens, if you purify it you won’t experience it. So therefore the point is to purify that karma before it happens. We can purify that karma by doing actions of body, speech and mind.

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We can purify that karma by relying on purification deities such as the Three Buddhas of Long Life – Namgyalma, Amitayus and White Tara. We can rely on deities such as Loma Gyonma, she’s a very powerful purifying deity. We can rely on deities such as Ucchusma or Dorje Namjom. We can rely on deities such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas. We can rely on specific manifestations of Buddhas such as Vajrasattva. We can rely on purification deities such as Black Manjushri, etc. Medicine Buddha is a very powerful purification deity, very very powerful. It purifies the karma to experience natural disasters, it purifies the karma to experience mental disasters, it purifies the karma to experience physical disasters. So Medicine Buddha is a very powerful object of refuge.

Now, what is important is this: people who do Dharma work think, “Oh I’m doing Dharma, I’m collecting merit, so I don’t have to do anything extra.” That may be so but your motivation has to be perfect. Your mind has to be very balanced and when you’re doing your work, it has to be in a state of constant good motivation. Because, if you’re doing Dharma work and you don’t do it correctly and you upset people, that’s not Dharma work. If you’re doing Dharma work and you don’t listen carefully and you do it wrong, that’s not Dharma work. If you’re doing Dharma work and you’re always late on your Dharma work and you torture other people by making them chase you for your work, that’s not Dharma work. If you’re doing Dharma work and your work is not up to par and you didn’t put your best energy into it, that’s not Dharma work. If you’re doing Dharma work and you’re angry at someone and you do the work with anger, that’s not Dharma work. So for us to do Dharma work and then rely on that as pure Dharma and collection of merit will be difficult.

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Therefore it’s important to do supplementary practices. Supplementary practices are for example, circumambulations, prostrations, purification practices, recitations, doing meditations, doing cleaning of temples, service to the guru, cleaning of the guru’s residence, or cleaning the guru’s body. One of the most auspicious dreams we can have while we’re doing retreats is dreaming that we are washing our guru’s body, washing his feet, washing his clothes, or washing his house or room or residence, or dusting it. This is stated very clearly in the tantras, so that’s a very clear sign that our karma has cleared or is purifying when we have those kinds of dreams.

When I was staying in retreat in Ladakh many, many years ago, I had a few dreams. I was doing a Yamantaka retreat, a long one, 700,000 mantras. So I was doing that and it was four sessions a day. So I’d recite the long Yamantaka mantra four sessions a day with meditations and all that stuff. And I had a very auspicious dream that I was washing Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, that Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was in the prayer room in my home in New Jersey and I was in there, and I was undressing him and he was in his underclothes, and I had the honour to wash his body and to clean his body, and to offer him clothes. I had that kind of dream.

My root Guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and I

My root Guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and I

At that time, I didn’t realise it was auspicious. So I told a High Lama who was sponsoring my practice and my retreats in his house at that time, and he told me, “Oh that’s a very auspicious dream.” I said, “Why is that?” He said, “Because whatever you dream about washing, cleaning or anything to do with your lama is very auspicious. Your lama doesn’t have dirt but because your lama is the Buddha to you, by cleaning him, or cleaning his residence or cleaning his body, its meaning is representative that you’re cleaning the dirt from your mind.” So that’s when I realised, “Wow, that’s very good.” Because I didn’t know anything about that to even have that kind of a dream. So when I had that dream, I enquired, and that was what was told to me. So I’m just sharing with you what this Rinpoche had told me.

Therefore, there are many, many types of practices. The most powerful purification practice which we are not able to engage in at this time is the meditation on emptiness. So, if we study emptiness especially Nagarjuna’s view, if we study emptiness or we study any teachings on emptiness for example as taught by His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang in the Lamrim Chenmo, if we study a little bit on emptiness and, whether we know it well or not, we meditate and we revere it and we think about it, it’s also very purifying.

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A thangka of Nagarjuna. At the top right is Manjushri and at the bottom right is Dorje Shugden. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

Why? Emptiness and the teachings on emptiness are a direct counter to the self-grasping mind. Because it is a direct counter, it stops the source of your negative karma. It’s like putting water on fire. When you put water on fire, you are putting water on the source of what’s burning. So let’s say that you have a tent somewhere that’s burning and the tent is lighting up embers and the leaves around it, and you’re putting water on the leaves, that’s not going to help, you have to put it on the fire directly.

So, meditating on emptiness or studying emptiness or practising emptiness or reading on emptiness is very powerful purification. And let me tell you, for some of you who are Chinese-educated, there are beautiful books in the Chinese language that have been translated on Nagarjuna’s view on emptiness. You should obtain that and read that and let me tell you, when you read it, you’re going to be totally, totally, totally blown away because you’re not going to understand anything but that’s the whole point. The whole point is nothing you study you’ll understand so you’ll have to read it again and again and as you collect merit, you will understand.

In the monasteries, emptiness (uma) is the last class that you will study. Some of us fortunate people can study the classes earlier on, like six, seven, eight years before that. We’re just able to study it, we’re able to get the side teachings on it. But traditionally it’s the last class that you’ll study, and by that time you’re already 25 or 30 years old. Before you study the teachings on emptiness, e.g. let’s say that this year you finish the last class and next year you’re going to enter the teachings on emptiness, then this year many monks will go to Bodhgaya to do prostrations, 100,000 prostrations. Many monks will go to Bodhgaya to do Vajrasattva retreats, they’ll do Yamantaka retreats or they will do a lot of prostrations, they will do a lot of meditations, they will do a lot of retreats in the monastery itself or circumambulations.

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Why is that? To prepare for Uma class. Because when you start with the lowest class for example, there can be about 50 – 60 monks per class. So these monks will study together every year, and as they reach Uma class maybe about four or five monks will be left. Some have disrobed and left, some cannot continue their studies and become sick, some cannot keep up with their studies or cannot understand, some get assigned other works, some get distracted – there are many reasons why they cannot reach that class. So many monks cannot reach that class and the High Lamas for example, my Guru Kensur Rinpoche, told me at that time that the reason is the merits needed for Uma class or emptiness class is very high and if we don’t prepare, we will not be successful.

There are many monks who don’t go on to become scholars and masters and great teachers, but they’re still very good monks. They are still very kind and very gentle and very helpful and very beautiful people, they still are. It’s just that they are not able to practise those teachings intensely because the merit is not there. So therefore, if they are monks and they live a life that is pure, free of negative karma collections as much as possible, and they still need a lot of merit to study Uma and to practise Uma or emptiness, imagine us? It’s going to be even more intense. So it is said to hear emptiness, to know about emptiness, to praise emptiness, to pray for emptiness or to understand emptiness is like a rain in the middle of a very hot desert, it cools everything off. The hot desert is our minds, the hot desert is our desires, is our anger, is our karma. The cool rain is like emptiness that brings release and relief.

Therefore what’s very important is this – since we have a Dharma centre, since we have put in so much money, time and effort, we have put in so much energy into creating a Dharma centre and having a beautiful place to practice then we might as well utilise it and not waste one single day. I have seen an increase among our Kechara Forest Retreat residents and people who work here who are going for more physical practice and I am very happy about that. I see more going for circumambulations. I see more on a regular basis, not once in a blue moon, going for circumambulations. I see more making candle offerings and cleaning and all that, that’s wonderful.

Light offerings to Green Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat

Light offerings to Green Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat. Click to enlarge.

So, each one of us in Kechara Forest Retreat should actually choose a place, choose a deity – Tara, Loma Gyoma, the 18-Armed Wrathful Manjushri, the Two-Armed Dream Manjushri, the Four-Armed Manjushri, Nageshvaraja. We should pick a Buddha, the Vajrayogini stupa, Tsongkhapa, etc. and make that our special practice to keep the place clean. This is not some fanciful thinking that, “Oh, why don’t we just keep it clean and it’s clean and beautiful for the public.” No, it is for ourselves.

As I have shared before, during the Buddha’s time, he had a student who was not very intelligent, an old monk. And when this old monk memorised the first word, when he got to the second word, he forgot the first word. When he went back to the first word, he forgot the second word. And he’d yo-yo back and forth like that. And he was very frustrated so he asked the Buddha what he could do because he was having such a hard time memorising and understanding the Dharma due to his very, very, very, poor memory. And so the Buddha said, “Visualise a temple, the shoes of the monks, the floor, the surrounding area, the garden, the trees and all that as your mind. And all the leaves that have fallen as your karma, and your kleshas, your obstructions, your obstacles. Think of all the dirt, think of all the dust, as your kleshas and your obstructions and your negative karma, and every day clean it. And recite this DÜ PUNG DRI MA PUNG, DÜ PUNG DRI MA PUNG, DÜ PUNG DRI MA PUNG. Remove my defilements, remove its leftovers. Remove my defilements, remove the leftovers, the stains.. So, to recite that every day carefully and to visualise it carefully and do that.”

And the monk did it. While the other monks went for teachings, while the other monks went for classes – some of the monks went for teachings with the Buddha himself, some went with the higher advanced students and Arhats such as Manjushri – and everybody was very busy, he just cleaned the temple. He cleaned the area where the monks lived, he cleaned the kitchen areas, and he cleaned the monks’ shoes. Some of the shoes belonged to monks who were Arhats who were already highly realised, so to clean their shoes would be a great amount of merit. So, he would clean the place where the Buddha taught or walked. Before the Buddha walked to the grove or the gardens, he would clean it and he’d visualise exactly what the Buddha said and recite the mantra. And in that lifetime, he was able to attain Arhatship.

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What is Arhatship? An Arhat is someone who will return to samsara maybe once, maybe twice, maybe three times, then no more. Their karma will be exhausted. So within his lifetime, he was able to achieve arhatship, Lohan, due to that practice of purification. So, that purification practice was taught by Lord Buddha to him directly. This should be recorded in the Kangyur, the spoken words of the Buddha’s teachings. This was relayed to us by Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen in Los Angeles.

Therefore, realise that the power of purification is so incredible. We have objects that represent the Buddha’s body, we have objects that represent the Buddha’s speech, we have objects that represent the Buddha’s mind, we have objects that represent the Buddha’s body, speech and mind, all around us, surrounding us. So, instead of being like a tourist and driving by, looking at it and saying, “Wow, how nice”, we should do serious practice. We should do serious practice if we’re young because we don’t know if we are going to live till we’re old. We should do serious practice if we’re old because we don’t know how much time we have left. We should do serious practice if we’re sick because that’s a sign that the body is breaking down. We should do serious practice if we’re healthy because we don’t know when we are going to be seriously sick. We should do serious practice if we’re male or female, if we’re tall or short, if we’re black or white. We should do serious practice because all of us belong to a category called samsara beings. Samsara beings are abiding and existing due to karma and that comes from the self-grasping mind.

So therefore it is important to do these practices to purify our karma and not take it for granted. There are many practices that we can do. One of the most effective and one of my favourite practices is the 35 Confessional Buddhas. To memorise the 35 Confessional Buddhas’ names, some of you will take a week, some of you will take a month, some of you will take two months, it doesn’t matter. It’s good to recite their prayer – if you do it from memory, fine. And with each of their names, do a prostration. So you recite their sutra from the beginning and when you start with the first name, it’s Shakyamuni Buddha, and you do a prostration while reciting his name. Then you get up, recite the second name, prostrate. Third name, prostrate. Fourth name, prostrate. Fifth name, prostrate.

Buddha Nageshvaraja at Kechara Forest Retreat

Buddha Nageshvaraja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Click to enlarge.

If you do the 35 Confessional Buddhas, you can prostrate to Nageshvaraja who is one of the 35 Confessional Buddhas. You can prostrate to the Vajrayogini Stupa. You can prostrate to Manjushri, you can prostrate to Tara, you can prostrate to Loma Gyonma. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s a Buddha, even a Dharma text, even a photo of your guru, even the Sangha, the Arya Sangha. So we can do our prostrations while reciting that. Do you have to point to the 35 Confessional Buddhas when you prostrate? No, because by reciting their names and thinking about them, you are purifying karma.

So everyday it will be very powerful if we can do the 35 Confessional Buddha sadhana. If we find it difficult to memorise or to do it while we’re prostrating, or we find it difficult to prostrate because we have physical impairments, maybe we’re too heavy, maybe we’re not healthy, maybe we have heart problems, for whatever reasons, then at least recite it at our desk. That will be very, very powerful to recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. So the first thing we should do is we should do Refuge. After we do refuge we should always do the Four Immeasurables because that’s what we wish to achieve, the equilibrium. Then after doing the Four Immeasurables, it’s very powerful to recite the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation which is the most powerful, most beautiful, most effective teaching that we want to experience in samsara to counter anger and counter the self-grasping mind. And we might think we might just be reading it and we’re not actualising it, but to even read it, eventually we will actualise it because we are planting seeds.

A thangka of the 35 Confessional Buddhas.

A thangka of the 35 Confessional Buddhas. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

Then after reciting the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, everyday then we do the 35 Confessional Buddhas. And then you know what? You can even recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas while you are circumambulating or going for your Dharma walks every night. That’s absolutely beautiful. Why? Circumambulating or going for your Dharma walks is something like prostrations. You’re circumambulating around something to pay homage to the Buddhas. You’re not simply walking around the Buddha, you’re circumambulating. Yes, that’s an Indian tradition. Indians circumambulate their gurus when they first meet their gurus, they circumambulate three times, touch their gurus’ feet to their head and then sit down to receive Dharma. Or when they go to a temple or a statue, they circumambulate three times. So that is an Indian tradition that was adopted into Buddhism. Buddhism comes from India.

So to us non-Indian people, circumambulating has no meaning but when we circumambulate and we realise that that’s one way of paying homage to the Buddha, then it has meaning and we don’t have to be Indian to imbue it with meaning. So when we circumambulate around a Buddha, we are paying homage to the body, speech and mind of a Buddha and we are purifying the karma of our body, speech and mind. So while we are circumambulating, it is very good not to gossip and talk but to recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. It will be good to even recite a part of it, even some of their names and eventually memorise it. Train your mind to memorise it.

If you have difficulty memorising it, then you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas before you go for your walk and during your walk you can perhaps recite Buddha Shakyamuni’s mantra. And you can visualise and believe that all the 35 Confessional Buddhas are Shakyamuni and Shakyamuni is them. And then you trust and believe in Shakyamuni Buddha 100%, then you recite Shakyamuni’s mantra. Short, long or medium, it’s up to you. Then you go for your walk.

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A thangka of Vajrasattva along with Buddha Amitabha, Buddha Samantabhadra, Vajrakilaya and Dorje Shugden. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

You can also recite Vajrasattva’s mantra. Vajrasattva is all the Buddhas’ energy that has gathered together in order to purify our grasping mind, our attached mind. So you can recite Vajrasattva’s mantra. You can recite your Yidam’s mantra, Manjushri’s mantra, Tara’s mantra, Chenrezig’s mantra, you can recite Dorje Shugden’s mantra, you can recite the three Bodhisattvas’ mantra combined into one which is Migtsema. You can recite that. So every single day, what you should try to accomplish is a minimum of 35 prostrations and it should be some kind of a system. Maybe you do it then after that you go take a shower. You can have a system going because you know what? You’re going to sweat anyway, you’re going to have to wash anyway, you’re going to get dirty anyway, you’re going to get smelly anyway, so you might as well get smelly, get dirty, get oily, get sweaty doing something useful. Right? So what you should do every single day is to have a system of doing this practice. After you have finished then you do a dedication, then you do your normal sadhana.

What I’m giving you now is purification practice for you to go circumambulating. This is not your sadhana. Your sadhana is your sadhana. So, while you are circumambulating, this is the practice you do to give you extra energy, an extra boost and an extra push to purify. Purify you from what? From diseases, early death, premature death, fears, obstacles, anger, many things you want to purify yourself from. Think of all the things you have experienced in your life that were not pleasant, would you like to experience those again? I don’t. So while you’re here, you should think, “I am so lucky to be in a holy place.”

Remember, Kechara Forest Retreat being holy is not something I made up. It has been blessed by old senior monks such as Kensur Rinpoche. It has been blessed by an enlightened Dharma Protector such as Dorje Shugden. It has been blessed by his very powerful assistant, Kache Marpo. So this place is completely blessed. All the objects are blessed, so that’s not something we are imagining or just deluding ourselves with. It is blessed. It is holy. So therefore we should feel very fortunate.

A thangka of Lord Tsongkhapa with his two heart sons

A thangka of Lord Tsongkhapa with his two heart sons. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

All of us in Kechara Forest Retreat should pick a deity and that is our special cleaning purification deity. See, when you go to clean Tara, Tara can never get dirty. Her statue gets dirty because you have a vision of it being dirty, you have the karma to see it being dirty so you have karma to purify. If you have no karma, when you see Tara’s statue, it will be perfect, shining, green and illustrious like an emerald. But you and I have the karma to experience samsara, therefore when we see Tara’s statue, we will see it as dirty. Therefore when we clean it we are not cleaning Tara, we are not cleaning dirt off Tara, we are cleaning the dirt off our mind whose nature is Tara. Our nature is that of a Buddha. Our nature is Manjushri. Our nature is Nageshvaraja. Our nature is Tsongkhapa. So when we are cleaning the dirt and the soot and the dust and the leaves off the statues, we are cleaning off our natural state of mind that we will become. Tsongkhapa, Nageshvaraja, Tara can never get dirty. So that’s very powerful.

So, every single day, you should definitely go for your circumambulations. And if you’re very tired, you’re overwhelmed and you’ve got a lot of work and the slave master of Kechara is pushing you to get something out within five minutes, then what you do is you do a quickie. You know, we have quickie lunches, we have quickie honeymoons, we have quickie marriages, quickie divorces, we have everything quickie, don’t we? So we have quickie purification.

What you do is run to the Vajrayogini stupa, do a quickie circumambulation, and do a quickie three prostrations, do a quickie come back and go to sleep. The point of doing a quickie is you train your mind to be consistent. Better some than none. And if you have pets, if you have animals that you love, do take them with you. They have the karma to be with you, they have the karma to be in your lives, they have the karma to be near the Dharma so you should take them with you to circumambulate. If you can’t take them everyday, take them sometimes. Buy the strollers, buy whatever you need to circumambulate, and recite the mantras. It’s the best thing you can do for them.

Vajrayogini stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat

The Vajrayogini stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. Click to enlarge.

So every single day what we should do is we should do Refuge, Four Immeasurables, the 35 Confessional Buddhas. How many times should we recite that sutra? It’s up to you. It’s a beautiful, easy, flow-y wonderful sutra. And insert your name. I, whose name is blah blah blah, you can insert your name. Even if you forget to insert your name, the 35 Confessional Buddhas, one of them will figure out who you are. And then what happens is you recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas, then you dedicate.

So while you are reciting the 35 Confessional Buddhas, you can be prostrating or circumambulating or cleaning one of the Buddhas. That is very very powerful, so your body, your speech and your mind are purified. And if you can expand your thinking, you can think your mother is on your left, your father is on the right, all the people that bother you, that hurt you, that damage you are in the front, and all the people who have helped you and loved you are behind you. And all sentient beings including animals, hell beings, ghosts, gods, demons and spirits are all in human form. Why human form? Only in human form can they practise the highest form of Buddhism to become enlightened. So we visualise them doing the same thing with you. You don’t have to go, “Oh my god, there are so many people, how to fit?” You just think they are there, that’s all. Don’t make it complicated. The point of the meditation is that when you do that it isn’t actually all sentient beings are with you, it’s for you to remember to include others and focus out.

35 Confessional Buddhas

The 35 Confessional Buddhas. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

So in between the Four Immeasurables and the 35 Confessional Buddhas, if you have time you can insert the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation which is one of my favourite practices and teachings. Because you know what? It’s good for monks, it’s good for nuns, it’s good for lay people, it’s good for older people, it’s good for younger people. It’s just a beautiful practice. It’s the essence of compassion, it’s the essence of all religions. All religions’ purpose is to develop compassion. Where got religious person who’s not compassionate? I mean, what’s the point of being religious if you’re not compassionate? That’s the whole point, it’s to be compassionate. Right? So, not a pushover like they take it out on you and rob you, “Oh, OM MANI PADME HUM.” No, you report them to the police. Compassion doesn’t mean being a sucker, doesn’t mean being used and abused. No, that’s not compassion because they’re collecting negative karma too.

So everyday when we do our prostrations, when we do our circumambulations, we should do it seriously. We can go with a Dharma friend, we can go ourselves, but do it seriously. You can do the sadhana and the prayer before you go or you can do it while you go. What sadhana, what prayer? The 35 Confessional Buddhas. And have faith in them. What’s important is do some research, don’t wait to be spoon fed, do some research on who the 35 Confessional Buddhas are, in Chinese and English. Find out who they are, why they have the power to purify, what’s the source, what’s the origin. All the lineages practise it – Gelugpa, Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu all practise it. And the practice is not something from Tibet, it is from India. And the Chinese practise it. So it’s a beautiful sutra.

I personally love this sutra, it’s one of my favourites. So therefore you should do that, and if you can’t memorise it, carry it with you. And if it wears out, re-Xerox it, carry it with you. When you are at the stupa, recite it. Y’know, go around and recite it. So you circumambulate around the stupa, watch your step, and recite it. Or stand in front of the stupa, stand in front of Tara, stand in front of Manjushri and then recite it once, and then circumambulate. You know, find your own special way to do it; the important point is to do it. Since we are here, we might as well use the facilities to the best of our abilities and not waste any time. That’s very important. So therefore, this will be good for healing our bodies, this will be good for extending our lives, this will be good for clearing obstacles from our mind, this will be very good for developing good qualities in our mind that we wish to endeavour to practise, this will be good for all of that.

Dream Manjushri at Kechara Forest Retreat

Dream Manjushri at Kechara Forest Retreat. Click to enlarge.

So my specific practice for people is what I have said – Refuge, Four Immeasurables, The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, the 35 Confessional Buddhas and dedication. And while you’re circumambulating or prostrating, you can do the 35 Confessional Buddhas sutra or just their names or Shakyamuni’s mantra or Vajrasattva’s mantra or any Buddha’s mantra, Dorje Namjom, Ucchusma’s mantra, you can do Black Manjushri’s mantra, you can do White Tara’s mantra, anything that has to do with purifying will be very very good. And last, apply the Four Opponent Powers. Do research on what the “Four Opponent Powers” are.

And then after you’ve finished your circumambulations, your prostrations, take full refuge in Shakyamuni Buddha, take full refuge in the Buddhas and trust them and dedicate, and be at peace and be happy. And that day if you were to die, that was the last thing you did. How wonderful. For some people, the last thing they do is have a drink, they go out, they go to a party, they hold their relative’s hands, that’s all kind of interesting, but won’t be very useful. The last thing you did was the 35 Confessional Buddhas. That’s not to say you’re going to die today or tomorrow, that’s to say that we get into the habit of preparing for our deaths with something positive and wonderful. And if there’s someone that you’re thinking of, you’re concerned about, you’re worried about, then on your voyage of circumambulations, bring some candles along and offer it at each place. It’s much better to spend our money on that than any other little frills and thrills that we may be spending our money on. Nothing is wasted if it’s offered to the Buddhas, nothing. Alright? So that’s very important.

Buddha Shakyamuni

A thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni. Above him are Guru Rinpoche and Lama Tsongkhapa, and below him are the Dharma Protectors Four-Faced Mahakala, Dorje Shugden, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Drolo. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

What I want everybody in KFR to do is to practise Dharma, to use this opportunity. We’ve put so much energy into this place, since we’re here, let’s do more Dharma. And it would be wonderful to take our children with us. Our children may not understand all this and if you teach them all this, they might not even accept. That’s okay. Walk around and spend time with them, when they’re older they will think back on what their mother and father or friend did for them. And then, they will reflect and maybe they will open up and understand more. Place that imprint in them. Take your animals, take your children, take yourselves. Try to do your best not to miss your practice. Try. Because you know what? You are worth it, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself. You have some karma to be here, why not? We don’t have to travel to Bodhgaya to collect merit although it’s a beautiful place and it’s powerful and one day we should go. We don’t have to travel to Wu Tai Shan or any of those holy places, we have our own holy place right here.

Milarepa’s student Rechungpa asked Milarepa’s permission if he could go to India to visit the four holy places associated with the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, giving teachings and death. And Milarepa said to him, “The holiest, the most holy place is the place where your guru abides. That’s the best pilgrimage for you, that’s the best place to prostrate to, that’s the best place to make offerings to, to clean and to put your effort into.” That’s what was told to him. Now that may not apply to everybody, not everybody has a teacher, not everybody is close to their teacher, not everybody has that relationship, so for some people maybe it is important for them to go to Bodhgaya. You know, we don’t discount that. Maybe for some people it is important to go to Manjushri’s holy place.

Milarepa

Milarepa. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

We should share this teaching with all the residents of Kechara Forest Retreat and make sure they all understand it. We should share this teaching with everybody because this is what we should be practising and doing in Kechara Forest Retreat. Protector practices are minor. This is what we should be doing. This is what I like doing.

So this is something for Kent Kok but it will be perfect for the rest of us. And if Kent Kok were to ask what mantra he should focus on, in his case, Dorje Shugden on the elephant. If that is difficult for him, then Dorje Shugden because he has very strong faith. So therefore, Dorje Shugden is Manjushri, Manjushri is a very powerful healing Buddha, he has manifested in many healing forms, so that will be very powerful for him. That’s for him.

For the rest of you guys, you can choose – Shakyamuni’s mantra, Migtsema, Tara, Dorje Namjom, Ucchusma, White Tara, Namgyalma, Amitayus, up to you or whatever your teacher has assigned to you. The mantra is important but not as important as you understanding the benefits behind it and doing it continuously, consistently, and in the end dedicate it. I want to see all of us circumambulating all over. This is our little home, this is our community so let’s make the best of it.

Remember, share these teachings with anyone who stays here to get well who is not well. Be kind. Share Dharma with people tirelessly, even if they disappoint you. The reason they disappoint you is because their selfish mind, their self-grasping mind is very strong and then obviously you’re disappointed because your self-grasping mind is very strong. So nobody is innocent, isn’t it? Nobody is guilty, nobody is innocent. It’s all the same.

Wonderful. Have a nice evening.

 

The 35 Confessional Buddhas

The Great Lama Atisha has acknowledged the power of reciting the names of the Thirty-five Confessional Buddhas. It is said that in the past, when the Thirty-five Buddhas were bodhisattvas, they made many prayers to be able to benefit sentient beings, to easily purify our defilements and negative karma.

When they eventually attained enlightenment, they achieved the Buddha’s ten qualities or powers, one of which is the power of prayer. Therefore, their names have the power of all those past prayers. That is why, when sentient beings recite their names, it has so much power to purify defilements and aeons of negative karma.

Below is a summary of each of the 35 Confessional Buddhas including their name, iconography, specific benefit and image.

1. The Tathagata, Buddha Shakyamuni

1. The Tathagata, Buddha Shakyamuni

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Tibetan: ཤཱཀྱ་ཐུབ་པ། (Shakya Thubpa)

Family: The Vajra family of Akshobhya

Description: He is golden in colour and sits in full meditation posture with his hands in the earth-touching gesture, or Bhumisparsha mudra. His name is followed by several honorific epithets such as “Foe Destroyer and Completely Perfected One”, paying homage to his special qualities that have arisen due to his enlightened nature.

Purifies: All negative karma accumulated over 10,000 aeons

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2. The Tathagata, Complete Subduer with the Essence of Vajra (Vajra Pramarthin)

2. The Tathagata, Complete Subduer with the Essence of Vajra (Vajra Pramarthin)

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Tibetan: རྡོ་རྗེ་སྙིང་པོས་རབ་ཏུ་འཇོམས་པ། (Dorje Nyingpöi Rabtu Jompa)

Family: The Vajra family of Akshobhya

Description: He is blue in colour and he holds a golden vajra in his hands. ‘Vajra’ or adamantine refers to his primordial nature that is non-conceptual. He is seated above Buddha Shakyamuni in the world called ‘Essence of Space’.

Purifies: Emotional afflictions and 10,000 aeons worth of negative actions

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3. The Tathagata, Jewel of Radiant Light (Ratnarchi)

3. The Tathagata, Jewel of Radiant Light (Ratnarchi)

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Tibetan: རིན་ཆེན་འོད་འཕྲོ། (Rinchen Ötro)

Family: The Vajra family of Akshobhya

Description: He is white in colour and holds both a vajra and the sun in his hands. ‘Jewel’ in his name refers to his excellent qualities which is pristine awareness, much like the clear light that dispels the darkness of ignorance. ‘Radiant light’ refers to his ability to reach out to eliminate the ignorance of sentient beings. He is seated to the East in front of Buddha Shakyamuni in the world called ‘Endowed with Jewels’.

Purifies: Negative actions accumulated over 25,000 aeons

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4. The Tathagata, Powerful King of the Nagas (Nageshvara Raja)

4. The Tathagata, Powerful King of the Nagas (Nageshvara Raja)

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Tibetan: ཀླུ་དབང་གི་རྒྱལ་པོ། (Luwang Gyi Gyalpo)

Family: The Vajra family of Akshobhya

Description: He is blue in colour and holds in his hands a branch of a Naga tree and a blue serpent. ‘Naga’ in his name refers to his primordial awareness that is cooling and also likened to a naga in the way it destroys the grasping at inherent existence. He is a glorious king in the transcendent manner of a fully enlightened being who has eradicated all traces of fear in his mind stream. He is seated to the South-east of Buddha Shakyamuni in the world called ‘Pervaded by Nagas’.

Purifies: Negative actions accumulated over eight aeons

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5. The Tathagata, Leader of the Heroes (Virasena)

5. The Tathagata, Leader of the Heroes (Virasena)

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Tibetan: དཔའ་བོའི་སྡེ། (Pawo De)

Family: The Vajra family of Akshobhya

Description: He is yellow in colour and holds in his hands a Dharma text and a sword. ‘Hero’ in his name refers to his primordial awareness, which is peerless, and the way he remains undefeated and victorious over all battles of the cycle of existence. ‘Leader’ refers to the accumulations of excellence of a fully enlightened being. He is seated to the South of Buddha Shakyamuni in the world called ‘Pervaded by Heroes’.

Purifies: Negative karma of speech

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6. The Tathagata, Glorious Pleasure (Vira Nandi)

6. The Tathagata, Glorious Pleasure (Vira Nandi)

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Tibetan: དཔལ་བོ་དགྱེས། (Pelwo Gye)

Family: The Vajra family of Akshobhya

Description: He has an orange-coloured body and holds in his hands the sun and a red lotus. ‘Pleasure’ in his name refers to his great compassion to benefit sentient beings. He is seated in the South-west region in the world called ‘Endowed with Pleasure’.

Purifies: Negative karma of the mind

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7. The Tathagata, Jewel Fire (Ratnagni)

7. The Tathagata, Jewel Fire (Ratnagni)

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Tibetan: རིན་ཆེན་མེ། (Rinchen Me)

Family: The Vajra family of Akshobhya

Description: He is red in colour and holds in his hands a precious jewel and a ring of fire. ‘Jewel’ in his name refers to his pristine awareness that is free from discursive thoughts. His excellent qualities arise from meditative equipoise and are complete in the accumulation of insight and merit. ‘Fire’ in his name refers to his great ability to benefit sentient beings through his awareness and, with great energy, burn away all mental afflictions. He is seated in the Western region in the world called ‘Pervaded by Light’.

Purifies: Extreme negative karma of causing schism in the sangha

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8. The Tathagata, Jewel Moonlight (Ratna Chandra Prabha)

8. The Tathagata, Jewel Moonlight (Ratna Chandra Prabha)

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Tibetan: རིན་ཆེན་ཟླ་འོད། (Rinchen Da-ö)

Family: The Tathagata family of Vairocana

Description: He has a white body and holds in his hands a jewel and a moon. ‘Jewel’ in his name refers to his excellent state of primordial awareness, free of all negativities. ‘Moonlight’ refers to his awareness that is full, bright and cool. The light purifies negative karma and afflictive emotions while lighting the path to enlightenment. He is seated firmly in the North-western region called ‘Excellent Light’.

Purifies: Negative karma that was accumulated over one single aeon

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9. The Tathagata, Meaningful to Behold (Amoghadarshi)

9. The Tathagata, Meaningful to Behold (Amoghadarshi)

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Tibetan: མཐོང་བ་དོན་ཡོད། (Thongwa Dönyö)

Family: The Tathagata family of Vairocana

Description: He is green in colour and holds the two eyes of a fully enlightened being. He possesses unobscured pristine awareness and also the excellent quality of having the eyes of wisdom (and great compassion) to perceive the nature of reality and the karma of sentient beings. He is seated in the Northern region in a world called ‘Drumbeat’.

Purifies: Heavy negative karma of criticising superior beings

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10. The Tathagata, Jewel Moon (Ratna Chandra)

10. The Tathagata, Jewel Moon (Ratna Chandra)

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Tibetan: རིན་ཆེན་ཟླ་བ། (Rinchen Dawa)

Family: The Tathagata family of Vairocana

Description: He is pale-green in colour and holds in his hands a precious jewel and a moon. ‘Jewel’ in his name refers to his excellent quality of pristine awareness, free of obscuration. ‘Moon’ refers to his awareness and great compassion. He is seated in the North-eastern region in the world called ‘Adorned with Light Rays’.

Purifies: Heavy negative karma of killing one’s mother

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11. The Tathagata, Stainless One (Vimala)

11. The Tathagata, Stainless One (Vimala)

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Tibetan: དྲི་མ་མེད་པ། (Drima Mepa)

Family: The Tathagata family of Vairocana

Description: He has an ashen-coloured body and holds in his hands two stainless mirrors. ‘Stainless’ in his name reflects his inner quality of pristine awareness that is without obscuration, and he purifies the karma of sentient beings so that they achieve the same ‘stainless’ state. He is seated directly below Buddha Shakyamuni in the world called ‘Pervaded by Dust’.

Purifies: Heavy negative karma of killing one’s father

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12. The Tathagata, Bestowed With Glory (Shri Datta)

12. The Tathagata, Bestowed With Glory (Shri Datta)

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Tibetan: དཔལ་སྦྱིན། (Pel Jin)

Family: The Tathagata family of Vairocana

Description: He is white in colour and holds in his hands a branch of a tree that has leaves and fruits growing from it. ‘Glory’ in his name refers to his excellent quality of primordial awareness that is free of obscuration. He bestows upon sentient beings the complete accumulation of merit and insight along with happiness. He is a ‘bestower’ of transcendent pleasure and fulfilment of the wishes of all sentient beings. He is firmly seated in the direction above Buddha Shakyamuni in the world called ‘Endowed With Glory’.

Purifies: Heavy negative karma of killing an Arhat

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13. The Tathagata, Pure One (Brahma)

13. The Tathagata, Pure One (Brahma)

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Tibetan: ཚངས་པ། (Tshangpa)

Family: The Tathagata family of Vairocana

Description: He is orange in colour and holds in his hands a lotus and a sun. He is called ‘Pure’ as a reflection of his innate pristine awareness that is unobstructed. He is seated in the Eastern direction in the world ‘Free From Obscuration’.

Purifies: Karma affecting death and rebirth, and also the heavy negative karma of wounding a fully enlightened Buddha

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14. The Tathagata, Transforming With Purity (Brahma Datta)

14. The Tathagata, Transforming With Purity (Brahma Datta)

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Tibetan: ཚངས་པས་སྦྱིན། (Tshangpey Jin)

Family: The Tathagata family of Vairocana

Description: He is yellow in colour and holds in his hands a moon and a lotus. ‘Purity’ in his name refers to his pristine awareness that is without obstruction. Apart from purifying the karma of sentient beings, he is also able to bestow happiness on all. He is seated firmly in the South-eastern direction in the world ‘Without Sorrow’.

Purifies: Negative karma that was accumulated for over 10,000 aeons

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15. The Tathagata, Water Deity (Varuna)

15. The Tathagata, Water Deity (Varuna)

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Tibetan: ཆུ་ལྷ། (Chu Lha)

Family: The Ratna family of Ratnasambhava

Description: He is blue and has his hands in the gesture of bestowing the Dharma. ‘Water’ in his name refers to his pristine awareness, which is clear and unobstructed. The quality of water is also an epithet for his special ability to saturate the mindstream of sentient beings with the Dharma. ‘Deity’ in his name represents his magical ability to create emanations in order to benefit sentient beings. He is seated in the Southern region in the world called ‘Stainless’.

Purifies: Negative karma of raping nuns or Arhats

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16. The Tathagata, God of the Water Deities (Varuna Deva)

16. The Tathagata, God of the Water Deities (Varuna Deva)

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Tibetan: ཆུ་ལྷའི་ལྷ། (Chu Lha-yi Lha)

Family: The Ratna family of Ratnasambhava

Description: He is white in colour and holds in his hands a circle or mandala of the water deity and a mirror. Just like the previous Buddha, ‘Water’ in his name refers to his pristine awareness and ‘Deity’ refers to his ability to emanate in order to benefit sentient beings. He is seated firmly in the South-western region in the world called ‘Perfectly Clear’.

Purifies: Heavy negative karma of killing Bodhisattvas

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17. The Tathagata, Glorious Excellence (Shri Bhadra)

17. The Tathagata, Glorious Excellence (Shri Bhadra)

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Tibetan: དཔལ་བཟང་། (Pelzang)

Family: The Ratna family of Ratnasambhava

Description: He is red in colour and holds a lotus and a branch of a wish-fulfilling tree. ‘Glorious’ in his name refers to his completely perfected mind for the sake of sentient beings. ‘Excellence’ refers to his pristine awareness. He is seated firmly in the Western region in a world called ‘Blissful’.

Purifies: Purifies and delivers sentient beings to the state of full enlightenment

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18. The Tathagata, Glorious Sandalwood (Chandana Shri)

18. The Tathagata, Glorious Sandalwood (Chandana Shri)

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Tibetan: བཙན་དན་དཔལ། (Tsenden Pel)

Family: The Ratna family of Ratnasambhava

Description: He is orange in colour and his hands hold a branch of a Sandalwood tree and a glorious fruit. ‘Sandalwood’ in his name refers to his excellent quality to ‘cool down’ and purify emotional afflictions such as ignorance and so forth. The scent of Sandalwood pervades the whole room when it is lit and likewise, he is able to imbue sentient beings with his supreme qualities of perfection. He is seated in the North-western region in a world called ‘Pervaded by Fragrance’.

Purifies: Negative karma of stealing from the Sangha community

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19. The Tathagata, Endless Splendour (Anantaujas)

19. The Tathagata, Endless Splendour (Anantaujas)

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Tibetan: གཟི་བརྗིད་མཐའ་ཡས། (Ziji Thaye)

Family: The Ratna family of Ratnasambhava

Description: He is red in colour and holds in his hands two suns and is surrounded by a retinue. ‘Splendour’ in his name refers to his pristine awareness and he is able to bring sentient beings to supreme clarity. ‘Endless’ refers to his boundless ability to liberate sentient beings and also refers to his innumerable excellent qualities. He is seated in the Northern region in the world called ‘Endowed with Splendour’.

Purifies: Negative karma of destroying stupas

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20. The Tathagata, Glorious Light (Prabha Shri)

20. The Tathagata, Glorious Light (Prabha Shri)

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Tibetan: འོད་དཔལ། (Ö Pel)

Family: The Ratna family of Ratnasambhava

Description: He is white in colour and holds a ring of white light. ‘Light’ in his name refers to his pristine awareness which is like the sun that dispels the darkness due to obscurations, paving the way for liberation and omniscience. ‘Glorious’ refers to his excellent and perfect qualities of a fully enlightened being. He is seated in the North-eastern region in the world called ‘Meaningful’.

Purifies: Negative karma resulting from committing actions out of hatred

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21. The Tathagata, Glorious Without Sorrow (Ashoka Shri)

21. The Tathagata, Glorious Without Sorrow (Ashoka Shri)

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Tibetan: མྱ་ངན་མེད་པའི་དཔལ། (Nyangen Mepey Pel)

Family: The Ratna family of Ratnasambhava

Description: He is pale blue in colour and holds in his hands a branch of the Asoka tree. ‘Without Sorrow’ in his name refers to his primordial awareness that has overcome cyclic existence and is able to liberate sentient beings. ‘Glorious’ refers to perfection in his excellent qualities. He is seated below the Stainless One in the world called ‘Unobstructed’.

Purifies: Negative karma borne out of attachment

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22. The Tathagata, Son Without Craving (Narayana)

22. The Tathagata, Son Without Craving (Narayana)

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Tibetan: སྲེད་མེད་ཀྱི་བུ། (Seyme Kyi Bu)

Family: The Lotus family of Amitabha

Description He is blue in colour and his hands are in the gesture of Mount Meru while holding a lotus. ‘Without Craving’ in his name refers to his primordial awareness that is free from all negative afflictions and he liberates sentient beings from attachment to cyclic existence. ‘Son’ refers to him being born from the awakened state of mind and also his quality of loving-kindness. He is seated firmly in the region above Buddha Shakyamuni in the world called ‘Free From Attachment’.

Purifies: Negative karma accumulated over 10,000 aeons

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23. The Tathagata, Glorious Flower (Kusuma Shri)

23. The Tathagata, Glorious Flower (Kusuma Shri)

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Tibetan: མེ་ཏོག་དཔལ། (Metog Pel)

Family: The Lotus family of Amitabha

Description: He is yellow in colour and holds in his hands a yellow flower and a glorious fruit. ‘Flower’ in his name refers to his blossoming pristine awareness that is beautiful and which unfolds excellent qualities in sentient beings. ‘Glorious’ refers to his bestowing complete perfection in sentient beings. He is seated in the Eastern region in the world called ‘Increasing Flowers’.

Purifies: Negative karma accumulated over 100,000 aeons

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24. The Tathagata, Clearly Knowing Through Enjoying Pure Radiance (Brahma Jyoti)

24. The Tathagata, Clearly Knowing Through Enjoying Pure Radiance (Brahma Jyoti)

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Tibetan: དེ་བཞིན་གཤེགས་པ་ཚངས་པའི་འོད་ཟེར་རྣམ་པར་རོལ་པ་མངོན་པར་མཁྱེན་པ། (Dezhin Shegpa Tshangpey Özer Nampar Rölpa Ngönpar Khyenpa)

Family: The Lotus family of Amitabha

Description: He is white and holds in his hands a lotus and a pool of light. The ‘Tathagata’ or ‘Dezhin Shegpa‘ epithet is specifically attributed to this Buddha although it is also attributed to the remaining Buddhas. ‘Purity’ refers to his primordial awareness and ‘pure radiance’ refers to his various excellent qualities. ‘Enjoying’ refers to his great ability to emanate in order to benefit sentient beings. He is seated in the South-eastern region in the world called ‘Pervaded by Purity’.

Purifies: Dissolves the negative karma accumulated over 1,000 aeons

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25. The Tathagata, Clearly Knowing Through Enjoying Lotus Radiance (Padma Jyoti)

25. The Tathagata, Clearly Knowing Through Enjoying Lotus Radiance (Padma Jyoti)

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Tibetan: དེ་བཞིན་གཤེགས་པ་པདྨའི་འོད་ཟེར་རྣམ་པར་རོལ་པས་མངོན་པར་མཁྱེན་པ། (Dezhin Shegpa Padme Özer Nampar Rölpey Ngönpar Khyenpa)

Family: The Lotus family of Amitabha

Description: He is red in colour and his hands are in the gesture of holding a lotus and a sun. ‘Lotus’ in his name refers to his primordial awareness that blossoms and inspires renunciation of worldly faults. ‘Clearly Knowing Through Enjoying Lotus Radiance’ refers to his various excellent qualities of an enlightened being. He is seated in the Southern region in the world called ‘Adorned with Lotuses’.

Purifies: Negative karma accumulated over seven aeons

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26. The Tathagata, Glorious Wealth (Dhana Shri)

26. The Tathagata, Glorious Wealth (Dhana Shri)

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Tibetan: ནོར་དཔལ། (Nor Pel)

Family: The Lotus family of Amitabha

Description: He is bright red in colour and his hands hold two jewels. Jewels or wealth here refers to his pristine awareness, which has many excellent qualities that are increasing. He fulfils the wishes of sentient beings. ‘Glorious’ in his name refers to his ability to endow sentient beings with complete perfection. He is seated in the South-western region in the world called ‘Endowed with Jewels’.

Purifies: Negative karma arising from bad habituation

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27. The Tathagata, Glorious Mindfulness (Smriti Shri)

27. The Tathagata, Glorious Mindfulness (Smriti Shri)

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Tibetan: དྲན་པའི་དཔལ། (Drenpey Pel)

Family: The Lotus family of Amitabha

Description: He is yellow in colour and his hands hold a sword and a Dharma text. ‘Mindfulness’ in his name refers to his primordial awareness that does not forget and his having attained the ability to recall all his previous lives. ‘Glorious’ refers to his ability to bestow sentient beings with complete perfection. He is firmly seated in the Western region in the world called ‘Perfectly Clear’.

Purifies: Negative karma of the body

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28. The Tathagata, Glorious Name of Great Renown (Suparaikirtita Nama Shri)

28. The Tathagata, Glorious Name of Great Renown (Suparaikirtita Nama Shri)

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Tibetan: མཚན་དཔལ་ཤིན་ཏུ་ཡོངས་སུ་གྲགས་པ། (Tshenpel Shintu Yongsu Dragpa)

Family: The Lotus family of Amitabha

Description: He is green in colour and his hands hold a crown of the Buddha above his head. ‘Name’ here refers to his primordial awareness that cognises reality; that is, phenomenon lacks inherent existence. ‘Great Renown’ refers to transcendent fame that pervades the three realms of existence (Form, Formless and Desire realms). He is seated in the North-western region in the world called ‘Signless’.

Purifies: Negative karma of displeasing the Buddhas

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29. The Tathagata, King of the Victory Banner (Indraketu Dhvaja)

29. The Tathagata, King of the Victory Banner (Indraketu Dhvaja)

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Tibetan: དབང་པོའི་ཏོག་གི་རྒྱལ་མཚན་གྱི་རྒྱལ་པོ། (Wangpoi Tog Gi Gyeltsen Gyi Gyalpo)

Family: The Karma family of Amoghasiddhi

Description: He is yellow in colour and his hands hold a victory banner along with its precious crown pinnacle. He is also known to be the Pinnacle of Sensory Powers, which refers to his primordial awareness which perceives reality. This is the highest wisdom which directly perceives emptiness and therefore, it is placed as the pinnacle. ‘Victory Banner’ proclaims his victory over cyclic existence and ‘king’ refers to his enlightened nature. He is seated firmly in the Northern region in the world called ‘Clear Sense Powers’.

Purifies: Negative karma of actions that were committed out of jealousy

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30. The Tathagata, Glorious One Complete Subduer (Suvikranta Shri)

30. The Tathagata, Glorious One Complete Subduer (Suvikranta Shri)

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Tibetan: ཤིན་ཏུ་རྣམ་པར་གནོན་པའི་དཔལ། (Shintu Nampar Nönpey Pel)

Family: The Karma family of Amoghasiddhi

Description: He is white in colour and one of his hands is in the earth-touching gesture just like Buddha Shakyamuni. He is a ‘subduer’ of all emotional afflictions and malevolent forces. He is seated firmly in the North-eastern region in the world called ‘Enjoyment’.

Purifies: Negative karma of ordering others to commit negative actions

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31. The Tathagata, Great Victor in Battle (Yuddha Jaya)

31. The Tathagata, Great Victor in Battle (Yuddha Jaya)

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Tibetan: གཡུལ་ལས་རྣམ་པར་རྒྱལ་བ། (Yül Ley Nampar Gyalwa)

Family: The Karma family of Amoghasiddhi

Description: He is black and his hands are holding a sword and a shield. He is known by his name ‘Great Victor in Battle’ because he is able to defeat the inner enemies of afflictive emotions and negative actions of sentient beings. He is victorious over cyclic existence and thus able to lead all sentient beings to liberation. He is firmly seated in the region below in the world called ‘Without Delusion’.

Purifies: Negative karma of actions committed out of pride

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32. The Tathagata, Glorious One Complete Subduer Passed Beyond (Vikrantagami Shri)

32. The Tathagata, Glorious One Complete Subduer Passed Beyond (Vikrantagami Shri)

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Tibetan: རྣམ་པར་གནོན་པའི་གཤེགས་པའི་དཔལ། (Nampar Nönpey Shegpey Pel)

Family: The Karma family of Amoghasiddhi

Description: He is white in colour and his hands are in the earth-touching gesture and granting fearlessness. He is known as a subduer who has vanquished all inner enemies of emotional afflictions and contaminated actions. Meanwhile, he is called ‘Glorious’ because of his ability to lead sentient beings to complete perfection. He is seated in the Eastern region of Buddha Shakyamuni in the world called ‘Endowed with Glory’.

Purifies: Negative karma created from slandering

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33. The Tathagata, Glorious Array Illuminating All (Samantavabhashas Vyuha Shri)

33. The Tathagata, Glorious Array Illuminating All (Samantavabhashas Vyuha Shri)

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Tibetan: ཀུན་ནས་སྣང་བ་བཀོད་པའི་དཔལ། (Künney Nangwa Köpey Pel)

Family: The Karma family of Amoghasiddhi

Description: He is yellow in colour and he holds a sun and the stem of a precious jewel. ‘Illuminating All’ in his name refers to his pristine awareness that dispels ignorance of all sentient beings. He is called ‘Glorious’ because of his ability to lead sentient beings to complete perfection. He is seated firmly in the Southern direction in the world called ‘Adorned with Light’.

Purifies: Negative karma of rejoicing in evil deeds

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34. The Tathagata, Jewel Lotus Great Subduer (Ratna Padma)

34. The Tathagata, Jewel Lotus Great Subduer (Ratna Padma)

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Tibetan: རིན་ཆེན་པདྨའི་རྣམ་པར་གནོན་པ། (Rinchen Padme Nampar Nönpa)

Family: The Karma family of Amoghasiddhi

Description: He is red in colour and his hands hold a jewel and a lotus. ‘Jewel’ represents his excellent qualities of a fully enlightened being. The lotus represents the unstained nature of his mind. He is the great subduer of afflictive emotions and negative actions of sentient beings. He is seated firmly in the Western direction in the world called ‘The Glorious’.

Purifies: Heavy negative karma of abandoning the Dharma

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35. The Tathagata, King of Mount Meru (Shailendra Raja)

35. The Tathagata, King of Mount Meru (Shailendra Raja)

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Tibetan: དེ་བཞིན་གཤེགས་པ་དགྲ་བཅོམ་པ་ཡང་དག་པར་རྫོགས་པའི་སངས་རྒྱས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་དང་པདྨ་ལ་རབ་ཏུ་བཞུགས་པའི་རི་དབང་གི་རྒྱལ་པོ། (Dezhin Shegpa Drachompa Yangdagpar Dzogpey Sangye Rinpoche Dang Padma-la Rabtu Zhugpey Riwang Gi Gyalpo)

Family: The Karma family of Amoghasiddhi

Description: He is sky-blue in colour and his hands support Mount Meru. He is also seated on a throne that is embellished with a lotus, moon, lions and precious jewels. The jewels and the lotus refer to his throne and those of other Buddhas. This jewel also refers to his primordial awareness and his possessing the excellent qualities of an awakened being. ‘Mount Meru’ in his name refers to his unshakeable quality like that of the king of mountains. He is seated in the Northern region in the world called ‘Precious Jewels’.

Purifies: Negative karma of breaking one’s commitments

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Prayer Text

Compiled by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche on 23rd October 2018
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Taking Refuge and Generating Bodhicitta

Refuge
NAMO GURU BEH
NAMO BUDDHA YA
NAMO DHARMA YA
NAMO SANGHA YA
 (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 (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
 (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. (3x)

 

The Four Immeasurables

SEM CHEN TAM CHE DAY WA DANG DAY WAY GYU DANG DEN PAR GYUR CHIG
SEM CHEN TAM CHE DUG NGEL DANG DUG NGEL KYI GYU DANG DREL WAR GYUR CHIG
SEM CHEN TAM CHE DUG NGEL MAY PAY DAY WA DANG MI DREL WAR GYUR CHIG
SEM CHEN TAM CHE NYE RING CHAG DANG NYI DANG DREL WAY DANG NYOM LA NAY PAR GYUR CHIG
(3x)

May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes,
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes,
May all sentient beings never be separated from sorrowless bliss,
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger. (3x)

 

Eight Verses of Mind Transformation

by Geshe Langri Tangpa

With the thought of attaining Enlightenment
For the welfare of all beings,
Who are more precious than a wish–fulfilling jewel,
I will constantly practise holding them dear.

Whenever I am with others,
I will practise seeing myself as the lowest of all,
And from the very depths of my heart
I will respectfully hold others as supreme.

In all actions I will examine my mind
And the moment a disturbing attitude arises,
Endangering myself or others,
I will firmly confront and avert it.

Whenever I meet a person of bad nature,
Overwhelmed by negative energy and intense suffering,
I will hold such a rare one dear
As if I’ve found a precious treasure.

When others out of jealousy,
Mistreat me with abuse, slander and so on,
I will practise accepting defeat
And offering the victory to them.

When someone I have benefited and in whom
I have placed great trust hurts me very badly,
I will practise seeing that person
As my supreme teacher.

In short, I will offer directly and indirectly
Every benefit and happiness to all beings, my mothers.
I will practise in secret taking upon myself
All their harmful actions and sufferings.

Without these practices being defiled
By the stains of the eight worldly concerns,
By perceiving all phenomena as illusory,
I will practise without grasping to release all beings
From the bondage of the disturbing unsubdued mind and karma.

 

The Mahayana Sutra of Three Superior Heaps

Homage to the Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls. I, whose name is [say your name at this point], at all times go for refuge to the Guru, go for refuge to the Buddha, go for refuge to the Dharma, go for refuge to the Sangha.

The Vajra family of Akshobhya (blue in colour)

  1. To the Teacher, Blessed One, Tathagata, Foe Destroyer, Completely Perfected Buddha, Glorious Conqueror Shakyamuni, I prostrate.
  2. To the Tathagata, Complete Subduer with the Essence of Vajra, I prostrate.
  3. To the Tathagata, Jewel of Radiant Light, I prostrate.
  4. To the Tathagata, Powerful King of the Nagas, I prostrate.
  5. To the Tathagata, Leader of the Heroes, I prostrate.
  6. To the Tathagata, Glorious Pleasure, I prostrate.
  7. To the Tathagata, Jewel Fire, I prostrate.

The Tathagata family of Vairocana (white in colour)

  1. To the Tathagata, Jewel Moonlight, I prostrate.
  2. To the Tathagata, Meaningful to Behold, I prostrate.
  3. To the Tathagata, Jewel Moon, I prostrate.
  4. To the Tathagata, Stainless One, I prostrate.
  5. To the Tathagata, Bestowed with Glory, I prostrate.
  6. To the Tathagata, Pure One, I prostrate.
  7. To the Tathagata, Transforming with Purity, I prostrate.

The Ratna family of Ratnasambhava (yellow in colour)

  1. To the Tathagata, Water Deity, I prostrate.
  2. To the Tathagata, God of the Water Deities, I prostrate.
  3. To the Tathagata, Glorious Excellence, I prostrate.
  4. To the Tathagata, Glorious Sandalwood, I prostrate.
  5. To the Tathagata, Endless Splendour, I prostrate.
  6. To the Tathagata, Glorious Light, I prostrate.
  7. To the Tathagata, Glorious without Sorrow, I prostrate.

The Lotus family of Amitabha (red in colour)

  1. To the Tathagata, Son without Craving, I prostrate.
  2. To the Tathagata, Glorious Flower, I prostrate.
  3. To the Tathagata, Clearly Knowing through Enjoying Pure Radiance, I prostrate.
  4. To the Tathagata, Clearly Knowing through Enjoying Lotus Radiance, I prostrate.
  5. To the Tathagata, Glorious Wealth, I prostrate.
  6. To the Tathagata, Glorious Mindfulness, I prostrate.
  7. To the Tathagata, Glorious Name of Great Renown, I prostrate.

The Karma family of Amoghasiddhi (green in colour)

  1. To the Tathagata, King of the Victory Banner, Head of the Powerful Ones, I prostrate.
  2. To the Tathagata, Glorious One Complete Subduer, I prostrate.
  3. To the Tathagata, Great Victor in Battle, I prostrate.
  4. To the Tathagata, Glorious One Complete Subduer Passed Beyond, I prostrate.
  5. To the Tathagata, Glorious Array Illuminating All, I prostrate.
  6. To the Tathagata, Jewel Lotus Great Subduer, I prostrate.
  7. To the Tathagata, Foe Destroyer, Completely Perfected Buddha, King of Mount Meru seated firmly on a jewel and a lotus, I prostrate.

O All you Tathagatas and all the others, however many Tathagatas, Foe Destroyers, Completely Perfect Buddhas, Blessed Ones there are dwelling and abiding in all the worldly realms of the ten directions, all you Buddhas, the Blessed Ones, please listen to me.

In this life and in all my lives since beginningless time, in all my places of rebirth whilst wandering in Samsara, I have done negative actions, have ordered them to be done, and have rejoiced in their being done. I have stolen the property of the bases of offering, the property of the Sangha, and the property of the Sanghas of the ten directions, have ordered it to be stolen, and have rejoiced in it being stolen. I have committed the five unbounded heinous actions, have ordered them to be committed, and have rejoiced in their being committed. I have completely engaged in the paths of the ten non-virtuous actions, have ordered others to engage in them, and have rejoiced in their engaging in them.

Being obstructed by such karmic obstructions, I shall become a hell being, or I shall be born as an animal, or I shall go to the land of the hungry ghosts, or I shall be born as a barbarian in an irreligious country, or I shall be born as a long life god, or I shall come to have incomplete senses, or I shall come to have wrong views, or I shall have no opportunity to please a Buddha.

All such karmic obstructions I declare in the presence of the Buddhas, the Blessed Ones, who have become valid, who see with their wisdom. I confess without concealing or hiding anything, and from now on I shall avoid and refrain from such actions.

All you Buddhas, the Blessed Ones, please listen to me.

In this life and in all my previous lives since beginningless time, in all my places of rebirth whilst wandering in Samsara, whatever root of virtue there is in my giving to others, even in my giving a morsel of food to one born as an animal;

Whatever root of virtue there is in my maintaining moral discipline;
Whatever root of virtue there is in my actions conducive to great liberation;
Whatever root of virtue there is in my acting to fully ripen sentient beings;
Whatever root of virtue there is in my generating a supreme mind of Enlightenment;

And whatever root of virtue there is in my unsurpassed exalted wisdom; all of these assembled, gathered and collected together, by fully dedicating them to the unsurpassed, to that which there is no higher, to that which is even higher than the high, to that which surpasses the unsurpassed, I fully dedicate to the unsurpassed, perfect, complete enlightenment.

Just as the Buddhas, the Blessed Ones of the past, have dedicated fully, just as the Buddhas, the Blessed Ones who are yet to come, will dedicate fully, and just as the Buddhas, the Blessed Ones who are living now, dedicate fully, so too do I dedicate fully.

I confess individually all negative actions. I rejoice in all merit. I beseech and request all the Buddhas.
May I attain the holy, supreme, unsurpassed, exalted wisdom.
Whoever are the Conquerors, the supreme beings living now, those of the past, and likewise those who are yet to come, with a boundless ocean of praise for all your good qualities, with my palms pressed together I go close to you for refuge.

This concludes the Mahayana Sutra entitled “Sutra of the Three Superior Heaps”.

 

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 3 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. cc on Jun 14, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    This page is so useful to keep revisiting🙏🙏🙏.

  2. Samfoonheei on Jan 3, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Great knowledge to know and understand the ways and methods of how we can purify our negative karma. Every one of us needs to purify tremendous amounts of negative karma from our many previous lifetimes. Learning this purification practice consistently will definitely help us. The power of purification is so incredible. We are so fortunate given a chance to purify our Karma in Kechara Forest Retreat doing reciting Mantras, circumambulation, and prostrations .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the useful teachings.

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 11, 2018 at 4:09 am

    Many thanks to Rinpoche for introducing this practices to people who could be facing some form illness in their lives, this practice is essential.
    The 35 confessional buddhas sutra, was a sutra given by the Holy Buddha himself, so it is a very potent purification practice.

  4. Lum Kok Luen on Dec 5, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for sharing and teaching us on how to do purification practices, especially on he 35 Confessional Buddhas.
    I have done the 35 Confessional Buddhas on a daily basis and experienced, over time, that I have become “lighter” in mind and body. It is really effective and i started practising it after a special sharing session by Pastor Han Nee back in year 2014.
    The practice is very effective, provided one does it faithfully, daily and with full conviction. We will definitely see results.
    However, I will need to re-start it and must commit myself to do it on a daily basis. I will need to get over my own laziness, and self created excuses not to do it consistently.

    Thank you and humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  5. Erik Yeh on Dec 3, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, for sharing this. Was good to know the many ways and methods of how we can purify our negative karma. I’m also reminded of how self grasping my mind is and hope to make changes. I know I’ve been very inconsistent on learning the Dharma and have a long way to go and sometimes it can be disheartening. A little goes a long way and I’ll strive to read up and practice more diligently.
    With folded hands,
    Erik

  6. yin ping on Nov 29, 2018 at 4:24 am

    Ignorance, hatred and desire are primary causes that keep us trapped in samsara. As long as our actions, speech and thoughts are conditioned by our ignorance, hatred and desire, we are collecting negative karma that drag us further and further away from dharma.

    The 35 Confessional Buddhas practice is very powerful to purify karma to lessen our sufferings both mentally and physically. The well-known great master Lama Tsongkhapa has done intensive retreat of 100,000 prostrations to each of the 35 Confessional Buddhas and he gained direct perception of emptiness. Therefore, we need to do purification practice to purify tremendous amounts of negative karma from our many previous lifetimes. In the mean time collecting tremendous amount of merits to practice dharma consistently in order to achieve higher attainments and realizations.

  7. Cynthia Lee on Nov 25, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    It is actually very very depressing to be stuck in this endless cycle. Yet, it’s not easy to get out of our self-grasping mind and realise emptiness. Thank goodness for the highly realised beings – Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who are ever ready to help us through their vows, attainments and abilities using various methods that fit our mentality, lifestyle and physical abilities, there is hope if we apply full effort.

    What I love about Buddhism is that although we cannot run away from our karmas, we can avert it and lessen the effects before it becomes full-blown and it would be difficult to do much after that.

    This article is a good reminder that we should take refuge in KARMA and START these purification practices immediately and consistently. Thank you.

  8. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 24, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the teaching with us about the purpose and methods of purifying our negative karma that we have accumulated from our many past lives. Upon reading through the article, I have learnt that it is important and essential for us to purify our negative karma soonest possible through purification practice, before the negative karma opens and affects us badly. If we do not purify our negative karma in timely manner, then we will be exposed to absorb and experience the effect of negative karma entirely, which can be life-threatening, losing any part of our bodies or any condition that prevent us from practising Dharma smoothly.

    Furthermore, when we carry out Dharma works and practice Dharma, we need to hold a pure and good motivation at all times so that our Dharma works and practices will generate spiritual merits or else, all our works and practices will cause us to collect negative karma instead. The merits we have accumulated from our Dharma works and practices are essential for us to progress further in our spiritual journey that can lead us to gain higher attainments and enable us to understand the truth of suffering and unhappiness so that we will not dwell and continue to stay on in samsara lifetime after lifetime.

    Moreover, this is my first time learning in-depth about The 35 Confessional Buddhas. The recitation of the name of each Buddha purifies our specific karma and through the recitation of The 35 Confessional Buddhas with prostrations, we can purify all kinds of our negative karma without leaving any of them unknowingly.

    After learning from this article, we can always share with others about the reasons of why the problems come to us in the form of pain, suffering and unhappiness, which are mainly due to our negative karma accumulated from our past and current lives. Hence, purification practice such as The 35 Confessional Buddha, Vajrasattva and Kawang, is very important in our Dharma practice especially during our current degenerating age where many unusual accidents happened from the past few years.

    May no one be parted from Dharma learning and practice. May all sentient beings be blessed, protected and guided by all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and The Three Jewels until samsara ends.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  9. Joy on Nov 23, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Mantras in the waters of Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia

    Mantras represent the blessings of the enlightened beings in the form of sound. When we recite mantras they stimulate the various parts of our body to heal itself, to clear itself, to purify itself and to gain higher states of consciousness. Therefore, mantras are very powerful. They can be written, visualised or recited out aloud. The mantras of enlightened beings bless ordinary beings, animals, ethereal or formless beings and everyone in the environment.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia, we have a koi fish pond, on which sits a magnificent statue of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. When the fish circumambulate around Manjushri they are blessed by his divine presence. At the same time, people who come to visit the pond and circumambulate around Manjushri receive the same blessings.

    Along with the Manjushri fish pond, we also have a lake in Kechara Forest Retreat. In the middle of this lake is a Shakyamuni Buddha statue. In both these places we have placed Manjushri mantra stones underneath submerged under the water so that the animals, humans and beings who circumambulate these holy statues, not only circumambulate the images of the Buddhas but also sacred mantras. The is done in order to plant the seeds of enlightenment in their mindstreams so that in the future they are able to realise Bodhicitta, the realisation of Emptiness and higher states of consciousness. So, I thought I would share this little video with everyone. Thank you.

    Tsem Rinpoche
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videouploads/comment-1542840739.mp4


  10. Joy on Nov 23, 2018 at 3:45 am

    This video, narrated in Chinese, features Manjushri mantra stones. These are stones carved with the sacred mantra of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. The mantra of any Buddha is basically the manifestation of the enlightened being in the form of sound. Therefore, Manjushri’s mantra embodies the special qualities of his transcendent wisdom. Offering of these mantras stones is likened to an offering of Manjushri-like speech to the Three Jewels.

    Sponsoring and offering such stones has the benefit of gaining deeper insight into spiritual practice, improving one’s memory, critical thinking, creativity, language and the purification of negative karma related to speech. It also promotes the development of powerful speech that has a positive impact on others.

    In the video we see mantra stones placed at the majestic Four-armed Manjushri statue in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia. The more stones are offered there, the more benefit it brings to the person circumambulating and paying homage to Lord Manjushri. These stones are available at Naropa’s Cave in Kechara Forest Retreat and can be offered to the statue of Manjushri here just as you see in the video.

    Tsem Rinpoche
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videouploads/comment-1542838906.mp4


  11. Kent kok on Nov 22, 2018 at 12:56 am

    我最敬重尊贵的詹杜固仁波切上师,
    仁波切上师??看到你写的关于我的事情,我很衷心感恩,仁波切上师??用心良苦的细心安排让弟子也快速的康復,如果没有仁波切上师??一直于來的加持,弟子有可能离开这个世界了,我告诉我的老朋友我的心阻塞了2條重要血管一條90%一條80%,我的老朋友问我身体有什么于兆吗,我说没有,我于是想要做心脏检查,都安排了一年,当每次安排好要去看心脏专科医生的日子,佛堂的工作有很忙了,我认为。佛堂的工作重要,就改了三次了,就很奇怪的第四次的安排顺利的到心脏专科医院,做检查了,我自己想就算有也不会这么严重吧,想不到真的那严重,我的一些老朋友问候我告诉他们,他们说你这个情况有很人,早都晕倒了,我这离开这世界了,他说不可能你还这样好好的,我笑笑的说这可能是我的仁波切上师??在加持保佑我,可能我在做佛法的工作消了一些业障吧,当你业力要来的时候,你沒有上师??的加持,或者没有做跟多佛法工作,不管你多小心,多照顾身体,当你的业力来了你是无法逃避的,当你身体还好的话,还健康的话,尽量的去做多一点佛堂的工作,以大家共勉,谢谢????

    Kent kok

  12. Samfoonheei on Nov 21, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Very powerful teachings of the 35 Confessional Buddhas Practice which is truly amazing to purify our defilements and negative karma. We need to practice this 35 Confessional Buddhas Practice so as we’re not creating much heavy karma for ourselves. The power of purification is so incredible. Good explanation of purification of karma for us to understand. We are so forfunate given a chance to purify our Karma in Kechara Forest Retreat doing reciting Mantras, circumambulation, and prostrations .
    Thank You, Rinpoche for sharing with us the importance of these practice and the details explanation of purification of karma .

  13. JOY KAM on Nov 20, 2018 at 2:59 am

    All enlightened beings are worthy of homage and worship. They are the best beings to take refuge in and we should offer them our prayers as we can put our full confidence in them. Of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, I personally find that Manjushri is extremely important. This is because what keeps us in samsara (cyclic rebirth) is our total ignorance and misunderstanding of the reality of existence. What is necessary to penetrate this deep ignorance that keeps us bound in a perpetual state of reincarnation is wisdom. We need many types of wisdom which can be acquired by relying on Manjushri as our yidam (meditational deity). By focusing on his meditation, practice, mantra and path we can gain wisdom in order to have the tool to penetrate the reality of existence. Therefore, Manjushri is an extremely important Buddha for us to focus on and take refuge in.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    (Photograph: this is the beautiful outdoor Manjushri statue who is in a teaching pose. He is floating above a koi fish pond nestled among lush greenery in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia)

    每一位觉者都能成为我们朝拜、膜拜的对象。他们是我们至高、至好的皈依,我们应该向他们做祈请,并且对他们生起全然的信念。在众佛菩萨之中,我个人认为文殊菩萨极为重要。这是因为使我们身陷娑婆(轮回)的是我们自身的无明,以及对实相的曲解。智慧是一种必要,它能穿透我们深不见底的无明,那个使我们受困于无止境投生的无明。我们需要多种智慧,而依止文殊菩萨作为我们的本尊,即能使我们成就多种智慧。透过文殊菩萨的观想、修持法门、心咒及修行道路,我们能成就智慧,拥有了知实相的“器具”。故此,专注于文殊菩萨的修持法门、皈依他,对我们而言都极为重要。

    詹杜固仁波切

    (相片:这尊户外文殊菩萨像呈转法轮姿。他被茂密的草木环绕,安坐在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的鱼池之上。)

  14. TsaTsa Ong on Nov 18, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    I sincerely hope and pray that Mr Kent Kok ia recovering well in Kechara Forest Retreat. I truly enjoyed reading this whole article about ways to practice purification in KFR. There are so many wonderful ways to purify our negative karma and especially with all the beautiful and blessed outdoor statues and stupas in KFR. We are all so blessed to have such a beautiful and peaceful place like KFR to do Dharma. Thank you very much dear Rinpoche for founding such a great dharma community for everyone to learn and practice dharma. Rinpoche is really a golden needle in the haystack!???? . Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful post to share with everyone ??

  15. Stella Cheang on Nov 18, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Thank You, Rinpoche, for the important teaching of the 35 Confessional Buddhas Practice and the explanation of purification of karma. The analogy of the goldfish is so relatable that it serves as a stern reminder of our samsaric lifestyle and our meaningless life that, like a windmill, suck us in the ignorance unless and until we break the cycle!

    May many people engage in this potent practice to purify the negative karma that hinder us from a more meaningful life.

  16. Meghna on Nov 18, 2018 at 1:14 am

    I need to practice more, study more, I keep oscillating to and fro, easily getting disturbed and depressed ; something I know I NEED to lessen [purification practices] and work on with more conviction. I freaks me out how much I do not know and how truly ignorant I am in the face of what is, so every time that happens I always listen to these videos again.

    Still, this IS the right path for sure.

    Thankyou for sharing 🙂

  17. Steven D on Nov 18, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this clear and powerful teaching. Without a single doubt in my mind, this post was exactly what i needed so much today. I had finished doing prostrations to Shakyamuni Buddha because i was severely afflicted by disturbing emotions and negative thoughts. I felt some emotional release and was able to create some some space within me.

    Then i was guided to your words. I do the 35 buddhas , i have done research on it. Most of the information in your post i pretty much knew.

    But when i read your words i was reminded of how long i have neglected my practices. How far i am from my goal. I have easily had and emotional clearing the next two hours after reading your words. It was so much what i needed to hear. Every word of it.

    Thank you rinpoche for sharing this, for teaching the dharma, for helping people be freed from samsara.

    May you attract and teach many practicioners and the funfds to support them.

    May you liberate them one by one.

    May you continue to be a refuge for sentient beings for a long time.

    Thank you

    Steven
    Belgium

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    t’s a blessing to be able to see this rare video of the powerful oracle. Choyang Duldzin Kuten took trance of both the peaceful and wrathful forms of Dorje Shugden.
    What I saw from the Panglung Kuten, is dharma advice to help practitioners and spiritual organizations to grow even more. Thank you very much for sharing this good article with us.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article, this house is extremely unique indeed a beautiful place to stay. It is best to be recommended for people who likes to spend short holiday and for those to love to have a peaeceful meditation.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 14. 2020 03:03 PM
    Short yet powerful meaningful quotes for thoughts that will change our lives and should not be ignored.
    These quotes stand up well to me….
    Remember, if we wish to make an offering to our teacher, no offering is greater than that of our own dharma practice. ~Geshe Tsutrim Gyeltsen
    Never abandon your spiritual teacher no matter how many inner obstacles you need to overcome…….~Tsem Rinpoche
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/quotes-that-should-not-be-ignored.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 14. 2020 03:01 PM
    Ribur Rinpoche great yogi, scholar and teacher, an accomplished practitioner, as well as a writer and who had giving teachings in numerous countries around the world. We are fortunate able to read all the amazing memoir of Ribur Rinpoche’s profound meeting with Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. A rare and precious memoir. Woa amazing , during the Chinese invasion Ribur Rinpoche managed to retrieve some of Rinpoche’s relics and is at Sera Mae Monastery .
    Loved what Ribur Rinpoche said …….as a scholar, and as a lama I am somebody, but these things are not important. The only thing that matters to me is that I was a disciple of Pabongka Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ribur-rinpoches-profound-meeting-with-kyabje-pabongka-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 14. 2020 03:00 PM
    Clear explanation and understanding of Praise to Manjusri by Geshe Rabten a great masters much appreciated with folded hands. With these explanation will help us in the practice. Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche was one of the most outstanding Tibetan masters of our time. Also known as Milerpa. We are fortunate we are to learn about Manjushri’s sacred prayer. May all be blessed with this powerful praise of Manjushri.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of powerful practice of Gangloma.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/praise-to-manjusri-explanation-by-geshe-rabten.html
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    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 03:33 PM
    Sailing stones, are a geological phenomenon where rocks move and slide across the surface or on long tracks along a smooth valley floor .Scientist have been wondering how these happened and puzzled by the mysterious “sailing stones .

    Actually we need to thank the mother earth for creating all the wonders and miracles.Thank you very much for this good sharing.

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    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 12:30 PM
    Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen was considered as an emanation of Lama Tsongkhapa. He was one of the principal disciples of Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was the founder of Tsunmo Tsal and built Ganden Monastery in Tibet. A great holder of the vinaya, well known and respected by many. With his incredible devotion and commitment that he had promise to arise as an Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to preserve the lineage of Tsongkhapa teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/duldzin-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
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    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 12:28 PM
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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sunrise-dorje-shugden-puja-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
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    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 12:26 PM
    Thich Nhat Hanh is truly a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings on mindfulness. He is the founder of the Plum Village Tradition where he spent most of his later life residing at the Plum Village Monastery in France. He is one of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today. He has been travelling internationally to give retreats and teachings. He finally made a surprise decision to go back to his root country in Vietnam . Interesting read of a great spiritual leader who has won him several awards for his incredible work of spreading compassion around the world solely just to benefits others.He has authored more than 100 books on various subjects and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/thich-nhat-hanh-the-icon-of-peace-and-courage.html
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    Most Chinese people believe in Buddhism. So there are countless religious sites in this vast land. China has such an incredibly long history that it makes sense that there would be a lot of places of interest where holy relics were kept. It would be wonderful to go spiritually enriching, going on pilgrimage to all these Holy scared places as mentioned. Interesting to read with lots of information making the trip much easier . Its amazing there are so many temples where holy Buddha relics been kept. Looking at it merely tells us all and is a blessing connected with the spiritual qualities of the Buddha. Interesting read and beautiful pictures shared.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/holy-relic-sites-of-china-very-interesting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 12. 2020 02:19 PM
    Kechara Oasis serves good and healthy foods for most its vegetarian. Kechara Oasis founded by our Lama Tsem Rinpoche caters to fine, high quality, delicious food leaves a deep impression on our nature. Looking at those pictures tells us more. Well decorated those foods shown. We can live and be healthy without killing animals for food. Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life. As our Lama had always encouraged us to on vegetarian to save animals .
    Choosing to go on vegetarian is the best choice. One of these day I will go KO to try those delicious dishes.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 12. 2020 02:17 PM
    A mandala offering in Tibetan Buddhism is a symbolic offering of the entire universe to the Buddha . Its very meritorious to do this practice with the purpose of helping us to transform our ordinary minds and offering away our ego to gain enlightenment. Mandala offering is a powerful method or a preliminary practice for accumulating extensive merit. The mandala offering is more like training us to develop the mind that takes delight and joy in making other people happy. In doing so, we create a vast collection of merits and it’s important that our visualization is clear and well fully concentration. I still plenty to learn from this post and will read again time from time to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mandala-offering-a-powerful-method-to-accumulate-merits.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:22 PM
    Avalokitesvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism. Of the many bodhisattvas, it is identified specifically as the embodiment of compassion and as such has been worshipped throughout Buddhist Asia. Beautiful statue of of 1000-armed Avalokitesvara been offered to Rinpoche. A beautiful gift indeed. The bodhisattva seeks the full and complete enlightenment of Buddhahood out of compassionate concern for the salvation of all sentient beings. Very auspicious and meritorious to have one in the home .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful statue given by Joshua and family from Singapore .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:19 PM
    Well said by Jayadevi that as a Buddhist we need to behave well setting a good example to all. Behaving well to practice the Dharma and will inspire more people to practice. We create beauty with our attitude, our behaviour, our actions, will inspire people. Living in a place where we are the only one who practice Buddhism is far more important with our behaviour to gain respect and trust.
    Being a Buddhist is not that hard as long we have a proper teacher guiding us , learning and putting in actions in a correct manner . Following our teacher advice and for most to have our mind transform. We are fortunate to learn, practice Dharma from Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/whats-the-hardest-thing-about-being-a-buddhist.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:17 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this wonderful sharing . Happiness depends upon ourselves how we manage things out. It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness and seeing the happy faces of others. But when we expect too much it becomes an obstacle. Everyone chases after happiness, but few understand where it comes from. Well everything starts within ourselves, mind and in our heart. The only thing that will make us happy is being happy with who we are. To me happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude in helping others to be happy. Learning dharma has me change the way I think , it’s a choice .
    Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. — quoted Buddha

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/when-we-live-our-lives-in-an-unselfish-manner-we-have-more-happiness.html

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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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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 days ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 weeks ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 month ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
4 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
4 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
4 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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