Mantras – Holy Words of Power

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These mystic formulas carry a tremendous blessing power and exist in all religions. Anyone who recites these holy words can tap into their source and connect with sacred energy that helps to transform our minds.

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There was a book called Words of Power: Mantras by John Blofeld when I read when I was like, 9 or 10 and boy, I memorized every mantra in there. Oh yes. Very famous Sinologist, he was a very great scholar in China and China arts, and a very great devotee of Guan Yin and Tara. And then when he got into Tibetan Buddhism, that was it. He went crazy with Tara. Crazy. He just like, Tara, Tara, Tara, that’s all he talked about. Everybody’s crazy about Tara. In any case, that is why in the future we have to have a Tara Mystical Treasures. Isn’t that fabulous? Can you imagine a Tara Mystical Treasures? Yes I just can’t wait, I just can’t wait, I just can’t wait…

Okay never mind. Now, I’m going to hit on two main reasons, on a profound level, that we do mantras and I’m going to hit on a few general meanings that we do mantras. General meanings…no, general purposes that we do mantras that will help us so you can condense this writing into a short one, you can also make it a long one because it will be information for you. Mantras are very, very holy because…think. One day, if someone tells us, “No meat, you’re gonna be vegetarian for one day”, you’re like, “Ughhh”. Every time you walk by KFC, every time you walk by McDonald’s, you walk by one of the hawker stands, satay stands…(sniffs loudly) “I’m vegetarian.” Just think of Kandarohi with no beef for one day. Oh my god! You know what she’ll do? She’ll go to the Yoshinoya beef stands and moon them. Can you imagine her pulling down her pants that don’t fit, with her blue underwear on, and mooning them? Because she is vegetarian. Yes.

In any case, just imagine one day, no lying. Not even a teeny little lie. You know one of your ugly friends that you don’t like, call you up and they want to go eat eat and din din, and you say, “Noooo because my great grandmother’s sister’s dog died. I can’t.” No, no lies. Imagine one day of no sexual misconduct or contact at all. None. No thoughts of it. Not even contact. You think, “One day, what’s the big deal?” For some of us, it’s like, “I’m already a nun!” But not even the thought of it. Not even an attraction to it. Nothing. Nothing. You’re just a fruit. Not le fruit, but a fruit. Okay, Mademoiselle Le Fruit, that’s different. That was your previous reincarnation. He’s like Madonna, he keeps changing his reincarnations.

Any case, imagine one day of not having any negative motivations. Me, me, me – one whole day, none of self-cherishing mind, of putting yourself a priority. One day that from morning to night, you are Mother Teresa, all day, non-stop. All you think is others, you don’t think about yourself. And one day of no attachment – no makeup, no hair, no clothes, no, no…nothing, just one whole day. And that whole day is filled with light and love, compassion, clairvoyance, skills, great planning for others, skillful speech, skillful action and not self-cherishing mind. But other cherishing mind, altruistic mind, imagine one day of that. And imagine, the altruistic side forget it, just one day of discipline, of cutting out our delusions and illusions, one day of that. And then imagine two days of that. Imagine three days of that, imagine four days, one week, one year, one month. Imagine a whole lifetime of ethics, morality, compassion. Imagine one lifetime of not lying, of not working for the benefit of oneself. Of not thinking about earning, earning earning, getting, getting, getting, me, me, me, me. Just one whole lifetime. Think about that.

And then, imagine the energy that creates. Not lying for one whole lifetime. Not lying will, in short, will create a type of speech that when you talk, people will listen. When you talk, it has substance. When you talk, it will be properly enunciated. When you talk, people understand. When you talk, it moves people’s hearts. When you talk, it changes people’s lives. When you talk, it changes the brutal mind of a person from that of like an animal, into that of a higher being. Animals think for themselves, me, me, me, me, me, me. It may be cute for a puppy to fight for his food and fight for a bone, but it is not cute for a person to fight other people for their money.

So imagine that if you don’t lie, if you don’t lie, you will be born with a speech that is melodious, pleasant, good words, captivating, very clear, the point is brought across. Not only a good speaker – a good speaker is not enough – but a type of speech that transforms people’s minds, transforms people’s lives, transforms people’s inertia, people’s delusions and illusions, and the type of speech that motivates them from doing self-cherishing acts that bring them to more sufferings, to acts that bring them to happiness.

So being a good speaker is not enough. It is a type of speech that has the power of truth and altruism from lifetimes, or a life of practices, and a lifetime after lifetime, that when this person speaks, it profoundly moves another person. Sometimes to tears. Why? To make them realize what is going on in them and what is really the purpose of life. That type of speech doesn’t come from practice. That type of speech doesn’t come from a book. Doesn’t come from learning. That type of speech comes from lifetime and lifetime and lifetime of telling the truth, and using the speech to benefit others, and using the speech for positive reasons. And using the speech not to get money, sex, rock ‘n roll, drugs, fun and increase attachments, but using the speech to increase people’s happiness, increase people’s mind, increase peace, increase love, increase altruism. And using the speech to destroy delusion, using the speech to destroy the very causes that make people – themselves and other people – unhappy.

So that type of speech becomes very very very powerful. Why? It is through speech that we can create wars. It is through speech we can create peace. Even people who have excellent motivation, but they do not speak well or correctly, they can create wars. Even people who have nasty motivation, but if they are very good in their speech, they can make things move. Imagine a person with good motivation, good intention, and they speak to benefit others, and they use their speech, their tongue, their teeth, their mouth, their vocal cords, they use their speech in what? In changing people’s lives, from self-ingratiating activities that bring harm and unhappiness to themselves and the ones they love, to benefit for themselves, and others and everyone. Imagine a person who uses their speech like that, lifetime, after lifetime, after lifetime, after lifetime, after lifetime.

So this type of person will eventually have Buddha speech. What is Buddha speech? They have 60 melodious qualities of Brahma, it is said. 60 melodious qualities. Out of the worldly gods, Brahma is said to have the most beautiful and melodious voice. So they have 60 qualities of their voice. 60 qualities. They have the power of speech of a Buddha. Some examples of the power of speech of a Buddha, which you can get into more detail in the Lamrim, is when they speak, although they speak one subject, one word, whatever your level of intelligence, it will penetrate your mind and it will hit you. So if you are there in your intelligence, if you’re there in this intelligence, you’re there in this intelligence – when they speak, it will hit you at your level and you will understand it at your level. And even when people get together later, they understand it differently and it affects them deeply and it changes their lives. That is the power of speech of an enlightened being or an advanced being, or a Buddha.

So when they speak, it isn’t just nice words to pick up a pretty girl. It isn’t sweet words to just get a good deal on a house or a product for bargaining at pasar malam. It is the type speech that…because some people, you see, they are very good at talking but when it comes to changing people’s lives, when they talk, they can’t do anything. So good speech is not that it sounds nice and you can get things done. Good speech is that it benefits, it changes people’s lives because it arises from altruism. So therefore, a Buddha’s speech is that when they speak, it hits everybody at their level. One.

Two, whether you are very far away or you’re nearby, the level it hits your ear will be exactly the same. That a Buddha’s speech. Just think, during Buddha’s time, there were no microphones, speakers, sound systems. Thousands of people gathered to listen to Buddha. Thousands. Thousands of people gathered to listen to Lord Jesus.  How? These are enlightened activities. They can hear. And when they speak, it’s heard in many languages simultaneously, on many levels. So for beings who don’t need speech to hear, by clairvoyance they will hear it clairvoyantly, immediately. And whatever they speak, soothes the mind, calms the mind, like water on a fire.

There are many, many qualities of speech, and everything that they speak becomes – this is very important – everything they speak becomes a method, a path, a cause for enlightenment. That is a Buddha speech. That’s in short.

Now a Buddha mind dwells, minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day, in skillful means on benefitting others, how to benefit others, direct methods, indirect methods. And when they look at you, when they understand you, they perceive your previous lives down to a pore of your hair, down to your eyebrows, the shape of your eyes, the color of your skin, everything… and the causes for you to have that result, they look at you, they see directly, your previous lives, unlimited. Your future lives, unlimited. What you are now. Even the cause of a single pore on your skin, they know the cause. And not only do they see you in the present, they see the past, the present and the future simultaneously, all in one shot. And that’s just you. And every single sentient being on this planet, in the universe, in samsara, they perceive directly. Exactly what they perceive you, and everything that’s going on, everything that’s moving, everything that is perceivable, tokpa, perceivable, they perceive simultaneously. And yet they can talk to you, yet they’re aware and they’re alert. This is the Buddha mind.

And this is based on altruism, compassion that derives from many lifetimes of ethical, moral practices. Dharmakaya form is the Buddha’s mind. Non-tangible, unperceivable, and anyone below that level cannot perceive. It does not need a body to be perceived. It can only be perceived by another Buddha. The end. Sambhogakaya form is a Buddha’s body in enjoyment form. Enjoyment means – not that he runs around enjoying himself – it means a form where it looks like as if he is enjoying himself. For example, when the Buddha manifest as Avalokiteshvara, oh god, it’s fabulous! Avalokiteshvara is white, wearing beautiful raiments, beautiful jewels, fabulous hair, you know, clothes that fit. Jewelry, ornaments, on a fabulous lotus, amidst an aural of light, he doesn’t smell, his body is perfectly V-shaped, it’s soft, it’s strong, yet it’s just emitting light…wouldn’t you enjoy yourself if you have that body? Couldn’t you see Jamie with a Tara body on Saturday night? That’s it! See you later! Forget about your marathon! She’ll be on the podium jumping up and down!

So imagine if you have such a body like Tara or Avalokiteshvara, you’d be enjoying yourself! Why is it enjoyment body? It is a body that shows you the results of their practice. So that is perceivable by Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas and high level practitioners who have visions of these beings. For ordinary schmucks like me, cannot see. So for ordinary schmucks like me, who can’t see the enjoyment body, Sambhogakaya, or perceive the truth body, Dharmakaya which is without form, we have to stick with the Nirmanakaya. Nirmanakaya, in Tibetan we call Tulku. Tul means to emanate, ku means body. Emanated body. So a Tulku, a real Tulku is a high level being, that is emanated from either the Dharmakaya or the Sambhogakaya form of the Buddhas. And they emanate into bodies that are coarse and rough, and that needs the four elements, the five aggregates to function to benefit others.

So the mind that this being is in is of course Dharmakaya, but the body that they have is Nirmanakaya. And that body, because it is borrowed of this earth, borrowed of this planet, borrowed of the mineral and resources here… why is it borrowed here? Because these beings are on this planet and they need to relate to these beings on this planet. Maybe on another planet, mercury is the predominant material, maybe they take a body in mercury, it doesn’t really matter. But on this planet, it’s the five aggregates, and the four elements. Therefore, they take on this body like a hotel room to use. It is subject to decay, it is subject to sickness, it is subject to imbalance, it is subject to heat, it is subject to deterioration, because it is a body that’s borrowed. It doesn’t reflect the enlightened being – example, His Holiness the Panchen Lama who is Amitabha himself, gets old, can be poisoned, will die but it doesn’t affect his mind. His incarnation came back again but his body does get old. Why? The body doesn’t belong to the enlightened mind, it is used to borrow to spread enlightenment.

So like that, these three bodies arise from the mind of a holy Buddha. Then the actual body, is we don’t kill, we don’t steal, we don’t commit sexual misconduct, we don’t beat, no vulgarity of the body. And we use our bodies not for making money, not for making fun, not for adorning to increase our delusions and illusions, but we actually use our body in the service of others, and to benefit others. Whether it’s to teach Dharma, whether it’s to discipline our body for others, whether it’s to discipline ourselves or to sacrifice our self-comfort for others, example, Mother Teresa, who uses her body just for others. Just like Mahatma Gandhi, who used his body for others non-stop by his fasts that freed so many people, and inspired millions around the world. That’s a bodhisattva. Like Nelson Mandela, like the great ex-Prime Minister Mahathir, who had to maintain his body, who had to wear suits, who had to look good, who had to be healthy, to run the country and make the country so great. That’s using his body. I mean he could have used his body playing golf all day long, non-stop but using your body to benefit others…sitting in an office wearing nice clothes, that’s using our body for others. Sitting here when we could be somewhere else is using our body for others. Why? We are getting knowledge to benefit others.

So how happy we are to do that and enthusiastically shows the level of our mind and how altruistic we really are. Why? The more we want to get methods to help others, the more altruistic we are. That’s a measuring stick. So making our bodies easily available for others, and very happy to do so shows a level of altruism. Why? Everything else you can share, your body you can’t, you only have one body. You have to be there. And then, suffering disease for others. When you are sick and not well, and you can still push yourself for others, that’s a measuring stick of using your body for others. Why? You don’t think the body as yours, you think its something you borrowed, you use for a while and afterwards, you dump. I mean who will be ridiculous enough to paint up, and redecorate and refurbish the hotel room that you rent for overnight? You know, you go in there redecorate, furnish and paint it up, and “see you later tomorrow”…who’s ridiculous! Like that, when you think of your body as something you borrow and use, you’re not going to be too worried about it and playing with it and doing things with it as an end in itself, but you would use it as a vehicle to reach an end. There is a big difference in how people operate.

If you use your body and everything else as an end in itself, you will end up in depression, unhappiness. Why? Because it tricks you. How ever you feed it and take care of it, it still gets fat, it still gets sick. How ever creams you put on it, whatever operations you go through, whatever slimming or whatever you do, it still gets fat and it still gets old.  And no matter what you tell it to do, it does the opposite. And no matter how wonderful oils and whatever you put on your hair, you still lose hair. And I don’t care, you can drink moisturizer, and your skin will still get wrinkled. It deceives you and makes you use up everything. And then on top of that, it makes you create pleasure for it. It makes you run around for sexual contact, and then all the crap that comes after that, the relationship, the people, the lies and all that stuff, is just to please the body.

So when we use the body in such a way where we try to find pleasure for itself alone, we end up in depression, unhappiness. I’ll tell you why. Because it is deceptive. You never achieve it. So when you use your body to benefit others, you hold ethics, and morals and you use your body for others, in the highest form teaching the Dharma, and using your body as an example of the Dharma, you inspire others to come out of delusions and unhappiness. To medium use of your body in social works, to physically do work, or to use your body to practice such as prostrations, or to use your body simply to be still and not create more negative actions…imagine life after life after life of using your body like that. It will result in the Buddha body with the 112 marks.

What is that? 80 minor, and 32 major. Some of the marks of a superhuman, of a super Buddha is that it is very tall. The limbs are very long. The fingers are very long. The limbs are very soft and very gentle, neither masculine nor feminine. The limbs and the body is very pleasant to the appearance. And it has a golden luster. And the hair turns counter-clockwise in curls. It has an ushnisha, meaning a crown protrusion here. It’s not that someone bumped you there and you got a bump, no. And some people draw the Buddha statues wrong. You need to know this. They actually draw the Buddha with hair and wrap it up in a bun. You know, what is he? Auntie Edna? Wrong! He is bald, he is a monk! And the little bit of hair he has is just a little bit of growth, because monks cannot have more than two finger spans of hair. So he has a little bit of hair which grows in a tuft, which looks like little curls. Like African people, they have this beautiful curly hair. When you cut it short, it’s like round tufts. Buddha’s hair is like that except when he grows out he doesn’t have an afro, so he doesn’t look like Lenny Kravitz. Lenny Kravitz hair is fabulous but the Buddha doesn’t have that. Buddha has curly, beautiful locks of Indian blue, black hair. Yes, and not chicken hair like Paris Buddha. No, beautiful.

And then he has an urn…and this is a protrusion, representing another state. To you he may look like a UFO but to another Buddha it’s a sign of beauty. Okay? It’s not like he has a cerebral problem, you know, the Elephant Man, his brain grew that way, no, no, no. It’s very beautiful. So it is not a bunch of hair tied up. So when you see a Buddha statue with the hair tied up, no, no, no. Thangka, no. It is a protrusion of his head. And he has long, beautiful earlobes. Long and beautiful, not because he is from Myanmar and he wears those earrings that pull his ear down, you know, like those Burmese women, that’s beautiful too but that’s not the point. And some Buddha statues they even put earrings on him. No. He doesn’t wear any earrings, he’s not a drag queen and he is not a layperson. Monks don’t wear earrings. Okay? Buddha is not a drag queen or a layperson, so he doesn’t wear earrings. So when you see Buddha Shakyamuni with earrings, no, no. You ask them to leave the jewelry home then I put you on the altar. He has a long beautiful swan-like neck, golden, strong, broad shoulders like a lion, thick chest, very thick chest. Alright? Thick body but not like Mr Universe, not bulging with veins because bulging with veins is considered not nice. Then he has a beautiful V-shaped body, but it is not V-shaped like that, it’s like a Versace cut. It goes down and then the hips…oh yeah, it’s exactly like a Versace cut, it goes down like that, when it gets to the hips it’s rounded and then comes out, almost feminine and it’s soft and it’s very very beautiful.

He has very beautiful legs, you know. Some people, some of our friends, you know, they complain they have short stocky legs and a big top. Whatever lah. Buddha has long elegant, beautiful legs and he walks with a gait. You know a gait, not a sashay! A gait, not a sashay! You get the picture, Birdcage? Alright, and he has beautiful long feet that are straight and symmetrical, similar to his fingers, with rays of light in between his fingers, that actually look like webs but they’re not webs because he’s not, you know, a toad man. So actually you can go like that but it’s webs of light from not telling a lie. And he has gold, copper colored nails – no, not L’Oreal, they are natural – they’re copper colored nails, webbed with light. And on the palms of his hand and his feet, have Dharmachakra wheels, imprinted, not a tattoo from One Utama, alright, not Paris’s, “OM TARE TUTTARE, I got a Buddha mark here”, no. They’re real Dharmachakra wheels, they’re beautiful, on his feet. And when he walks, his feet never ever touches the ground. Never. But wherever he walks, it leaves a footprint. And lustrous golden lights emanate. And when we see his body, although it is so beautiful and fabulous, for some perverts they will look at it and say, “Oooh yum yum”, but for most people they will look at a Buddha’s body, fold their hands and it will calm their delusions down. It will calm their delusions down.

And he has this magnificent charisma, magnificent energy that when he shows up at the party, he is the life of the party, literally. What does that mean? He has a natural body aura that draws people to him, that pulls people to him, that makes people look at him. Why? Transform them into the Dharma. You see, being beautiful and sexy is not enough. Being beautiful and sexy with charisma and a look that brings people’s passions down, eventually, and brings them to enlightenment is the key to beauty. See, some people’s beauty bring more delusion and unhappiness to other people. They can’t have it, they commit suicide. You know, “I can’t sleep with her, I want suicide.” So it’s not the type of beauty that creates more delusion because Buddha’s beauty, male or female, does not arise from delusion, it arises from great holding of ethics for many lifetimes.

So Buddha holds ethics and morality with his body for many lifetimes, controls his speech where it becomes natural, where it is used to benefit others, and his mind dwells in omniscience, thamche khenpa means all-knowing omniscience. Completely. So his body, speech and mind is in the state of omniscience, compassion, and the full result of elimination of karma, result of altruism. Just every act he does, even if he picks his nose, it benefits some sentient beings. Literally like that. Literally. Alright? And so this type of body, when he practice the practice, he practices for three great aeons. One great aeon consists of 60 minor aeons. One minor aeon, let me just give you a very simple whatever, because they talk in cubits and stuff in the texts and I don’t understand what cubits is so I made up my own little example which is vast enough. Think of a hole in the ground, dug one mile long, one mile wide, one mile in breadth. Fill that up with 1-inch human hairs, alright, no meters and centimeters and stuff.  You don’t like inch? You transfer, whatever. 1-inch human hair fills up that hole. Every hundred years, you open it up, take one hair out. So the time it takes to completely empty out that hole is one small aeon. 60 of those is one great aeon, and it took three of those great aeons for Buddha to practice what I just spoke about to become a Buddha.

So when you look at a Buddha, as Lama Tsongkhapa praised, your body is a result of the accumulation of three aeons of countless merits, “to this great wonder I praise.” And therefore when you look at a Buddha statue, it benefits you because it represents three aeons of body, speech and mind practice. So if it’s a Tara statue, if it’s a Vajrayogini statue, if it’s a Shakyamuni statue, a Tsongkhapa statue, a Mahakala statue, a Setrap statue…if it’s an Amithaba statue, if it’s an Avalokiteshvara statue, whatever it is, it is three countless aeons of practice. And therefore whatever you do to that statue, if you put it in a beautiful shrine, if you put gold on it, you put jewels on it, you clean it, you make offerings to it, you prostrate to it, you do prayers, you meditate in front of it, you are tapping into three great aeons of ethical virtue and merit of body, speech and mind. Therefore, when you have that Buddha statue in a room, trust me, your little wrong door, wrong window, wrong color, wrong direction feng shui, cleared. Because you’re talking about…you want to wash a little cup, they give you an ocean worth of water to wash it out. You think your cup will be clean? Trust me, it will be swept away, you’ll never see it again, on the other side of the universe. Can you imagine using a whole ocean worth of water to wash one little cup? That’s what you are doing when you put a Buddha statue in your room to clear out feng shui.

So you know what? You don’t need to change no windows, you don’t need to change no colors, you don’t need to change your furniture. Just put a Buddha statue there and say, “Do your job!” And then if your place has something spiritually off, you know, things that go bump in the night, things that are attracted to frangipani flowers, and they are there, things that fly with heads and just intestines hanging, you know. Things, when you walk down the stairs, you feel someone went…”huhhhh!”, or when you’re asleep you feel someone going (imitates spirit touching someone). In Kandarohi’s case, he’ll be like, “More” but for most of us it’ll be like, “No thanks.”

So we put a protective Buddha who manifested out of compassion in a fierce form…those spiritual beings become spiritual and leave you alone. Alright? So when we offer gold on the Buddha, we are offering gold to three aeons of merit, and you know what happens? You collect the virtues and the imprints to achieve the same thing, and hence we put ornaments on Buddhas. Hence Buddha statues are incredible blessings, and therefore the bigger the statue, the better. The bigger, the better. The more mantras inside, the better. The more jewels, the better. Why? If we adorn ourselves with jewels, it’s like putting jewels on a corpse. Just put it underground, what’s the difference? If we put it on a Buddha, we are putting it on what it represents. So raising funds for Buddha statues or paying for Buddha statues or buying or having them is tremendous benefit. Tremendous. And that’s visual, visual, alright, that’s visual. And then when we prostrate to a Buddha statue or we make offerings, what are we making offerings to? Some stone or some clay or some copper, gold-plated image? No! To a Buddha and hence in Buddhist practice we make Buddha images all over the world, huge and big ones because of what they represent and the benefit it brings.

So every time each one of us clowns sees that, whether we recognize that or not, it plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mind. Because his whole body is the result of virtuous practice of three aeons. You guys understand that? Just think about the impact of that. And each Buddha is very compassionate because for each of our illusions and delusions and problems and difficulties, he manifests and shows himself in different forms, in different colors, in different mudras, in different stances, in different hand implements to counter a specific problem that we have. Specific. So that’s why if our particular Yidam is someone like Lama Tsongkhapa, the impact is great. To have a big image of him, to have him there, to bless and clear the environment, to make offerings, to even earn our salary to put towards something holy like that, what are you developing? You are creating the causes for you to become that Buddha image, to be that Buddha body. Incredible. Incredible. And then, that is in physical form. That is in physical form.

Now Buddhas are not stuck or blocked in on just a physical emanation or just one way of emanating to benefit beings. Because they have an enlightened mind based on altruism, and they have skillful means, that skillful means can manifest based in body, sound, sight. So therefore when the three countless aeons of virtue of a Buddha manifest in sound, it is called mantras. Mantras are the sound emanation of a Buddha’s three aeons of ethical conduct, virtue, practices, asceticism. Can you imagine that? So every time you chant OM MANI PADME HUM, OM AH RA PATSA NA DHI, OM BENZAPANI HUM, OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA, MIG MEY TZE WEY TER CHEN CHENREZIG, DRIMEY KHYEN PEY WANG PO JAMPALYANG, DU PUNG MA LU JOM ZEY SANG WEY DAG, GANGCHEN KHEY PEY TSUG CHEN TSONGKHAPA, LOBSANG DRAG PEY SHAB LA SOL WA DEB, TAYATHA OM BEKANZE BEKANZE MAHA BEKANZE BEKANZE RADZA SAMUDGATE SOHA, TAYATHA OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI YE SVAHA…when you OM MAHA YAKCHA TSA SOHA, when you recite that mantra, you are using the power of your speech and, through that gateway, you invoke upon the Buddha’s three aeons of countless merits, virtues and practice to go into you.

Now mantras are words of power. Why are they power? Power for what? Power to transform our delusions. Power to transform our unhappiness. Power to transform our hatred, our impatience. Power to transform everything in our mind that makes us unhappy and negative and evil and rotten people. And to find the real us, kind, compassionate, altruistic people. So when we recite mantras, it is to counter delusions based on the sound coming from the power of three aeons of practice of the Buddha. Does everybody understand that? That is one way that it helps us.

Second way is, mantras can be used for developing very powerful concentration and awareness meditation. Everything in life, how much suffering we create for others, and ourselves is dependent on awareness. Even in the animal kingdom – now listen up – even in the animal kingdom, how alert an animal is means his survival. So an animal that is “duhhh” gets eaten up, no and’s, if’s and but’s. No second chance. They get eaten up. Some birds sitting in a tree, “duhhh”, they get caught by a bigger bird, eaten. You know, very simple. A stupid snake hanging out, bathes in the sun because he feels a little cold, gets eaten up by a big bird. You know? Stupid animals get eaten. Stupid people don’t make it. Stupid ghosts don’t get any offerings. And stupidity means what? Stupidity is just an evil word that we use coz it’s fun, but it actually means lack of awareness. Not being aware. Not being aware of what’s going on, what’s happening around you, in front, nothing. You’re always like in your own little planet, and your own little planet is very small. So lack of awareness.

So awareness is the key to survival. Awareness is the key to good survival. Awareness is the key to success. Awareness is the key to knowledge. Awareness is the key to happiness. Awareness is the key of Buddhism. Why? When we are aware of things that happen and our level of awareness grows, we are extremely sensitive people. We’re extremely alert people, and we are people that can use this alertness and awareness in normal life to succeed in life, and in spiritual life to advance in practice. When we are not alert and we’re not aware, in ordinary life we lose. In spiritual life, we can’t gain any further. Why? It all develops from the mind. Awareness and alertness. So therefore mantras, in the southern tradition of Buddhism…in the southern tradition of Buddhism, they use the breath. They use breath meditation where they sit with the seven-point Vairochana posture, right and left with their thumbs holding, resting at our lap. The feet, the legs are either in full lotus or half lotus. The back is straight, uplifted, our spine is straight, our eyes look forward, not up, not down. Straightforward if possible, in Zahir’s case, on the nose tip. In Jamie’s case, in the floor in the front or she’ll go buzz eyed. But in Zahir’s case he doesn’t concentrate on the tip, just the center. Because the tip is a little too far. And then the tongue up on the roof of the mouth. And we meditate on the breath, we block out everything. And trust me, it is very not easy to meditate on the breath, in and out, in and out. How long you can meditate and hold the breath, how long is how your awareness will grow, because at a certain point in your meditation, you will hear sounds you didn’t hear before. You will smell things you didn’t smell before, and without your eyes you can feel the presence of people around you, you can hear the presence around you. And as your meditation advances, your mind calms, your awareness grows, you’re able to see ethereal beings, you’re able to see higher level beings, you can see spiritual beings, you can even have visions. And then when you go deeper and deeper and deeper what happens is this. You’re able to gain very good memory into things such as very far back into your childhood. You can have perfect memory into things such as when you were even born and what you were thinking inside your mother’s stomach. And then when you go back in your memory you can even remember your previous lives, your previous lives, your previous lives. That type of awareness will grow. Oh definitely.

And then higher forms of awareness meditation will create clairvoyance. You have clear audio, vision, you can see things that people cannot see, hear things that people cannot here, and you’ll know people’s thoughts. You have clairvoyance, it all arises from awareness. So, if we do the southern tradition, it’s a little slower because it’s upon the breath. If we do the northern tradition, which the aim is the same, awareness, it’s very much faster so we use mantras. Now, when we use mantras we are doing a double-fold benefit onto ourselves. We are invoking the three aeons of a Buddha into us, the blessings, one. Two, we instead of focusing on the breath, we focus on the mantra. For example, during meditation, we focus on Avalokiteshvara’s mantra, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, you keep the sound at a still where you can hear it but people outside cannot. You keep it regular, you keep it well, and in your heart you visualize a HUM on a moon disc. Around that is OM MANI PADME HUNG circling, going around, with six different colors, representing the six different realms of samsara, which you wish to conquer and empty out. And brilliant lights going out into the six realms, eliminating the sufferings of others, while you recite that mantra very methodically, OM MANI PADME HUNG, and you focus your mind on not what you gonna eat, you’re hungry, you’re tired, your legs hurt, you don’t focus on the weather, you don’t focus on the mosquitoes, you don’t focus on anything…you focus on the mantra, and how long you can focus on the mantra is how strong your meditation of awareness is.

And when you keep that meditation strong and aware, not only that you are able to remember previous lives, your memory becomes excellent, your mind becomes firm and strong, and you are able to endure hardship…also simultaneously, because it’s invoking on blessings of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, your meditation will be doubled. Faster and quicker. Why? Simultaneously, through the breath, you are not meditating on the empty breath that has no substance, you are meditating on Avalokiteshvara who is an enlightened being. Therefore meditation on that creates merit which propels your meditation into higher levels. Propels. Why? It is on the basis of merit one gains enlightenment and the purification of negative karma and higher thoughts, higher realizations. So when you do the mantras, it propels your mind into a higher state of awareness and it creates a great amount of merit. And a third benefit is if it’s the mantra of for example, Tara, of Setrap, of Dzambala, whatever the deities represent, whatever the deities represent, you are invoking on that particular aspects of enlightenment. So if you are invoking on White Tara, healing comes. Strong body, strong mind, strong nervous system, strong bones, strong circulatory, strong internal organ, strong muscles, everything strong because White Tara’s energy is to heal your body, free it from the causes for it to become sick and unhappy so that you can use your body to benefit others. So therefore the result of this mantra on the side is your body will become lustrous, clean, bright, energetic and extremely attractive to others to bring them to the Dharma.

So if you do Dzambala’s meditation, Dzambala’s mantra, OM DZAMBALA DZALEN DRAYE SOHA, you do it in front of Dzambala’s image, with offerings prepared, and you have done the jorchoe, the six preparatory practices of meditation, jorchoe, six meditations, six preparatory practices, you sit in front of Lama Dzambala and you do your meditation, OM DZAMBALA DZALEN DRAYE SOHA, on awareness and invoking his energy, you will destroy the causes for you to have poverty. You will destroy the causes for you not to be successful in business and earning money, or whatever you like. You will be very successful in earning wealth, you will be very successful in gaining wealth to benefit others and you will also destroy the causes for you to be born in places where it’s very poor or no opportunities, in future lives, from Lama Dzambala’s practice.

So whatever mantra you do, A) you tap into three aeons of Buddha’s energy, of Buddha’s merits and ethics, so you gain the imprints to also achieve that. B) you create awareness. You use that as a meditation to create awareness to gain higher insights within your own mind. C) the mantras also will help you to invoke the particular energy of that particular deity, that particular representation of enlightenment, to gain the particular power or benefit you need from that particular deity. And one more benefit is that because the mantras invoke upon Buddhas, they can be used for healing, they can be used for blessing animals, they can be used for blessing the sick, and blessing the dead, and helping people to clear the environment. Example, if you do Setrap’s mantra well and you achieve Setrap, achieve means become very close by altruism. Achieve Setrap means what? That your mind is very altruistic in propitiating Setrap, that your mind is not about me, me, me, it is about benefitting others. So when you think about benefiting others and you do Setrap’s mantra, you have achieved Setrap. So when you have achieved Setrap and you go to a room that is defiled, that is unclean, that is dirty, that’s filled with disasters or many people has been killed, or you go near a person that needs to be exorcised or taken trance of something evil, or the body has been hexed, OM MAHA YAKCHA TSA SOHA, OM MAHA YAKCHA TSA SOHA, and you think about altruistic and about benefitting people from that suffering so that they don’t do more negative things to create more negative sufferings. And you recite, you invoke upon Setrap’s energy (blows breath out)…you clear the room. Why? When you blow the mantra, it’s as if you are blowing millions and millions of Setraps into that environment. Why? By the power of your meditation, conjoined with Setrap’s energy, combined with your altruistic mind.

Then when you do White Tara’s mantra very well, and invoke upon White Tara, if you work in a hospital, in healing places, as a doctor, as a nurse, oh it’s beautiful! Why? People are very sick on their medicines, for your parents, for your animals (blows breath out)…it really expedites their healing very, very, very, much. Very, very, very much. And then if you have achieved Dzambala, if you give people Dzambala images, and they worship and they practice and do it correctly, their wealth will grow. If you have achieved Manjushri, you do Manjushri practices and you do it well, Lama Tsongkhapa, Manjushri, you know what happens? When you speak about Dharma, when you speak about the truth, when you speak about things that benefit people, when you speak about change, their minds will turn. Why? You have achieved Manjushri, so you have skillful means in order to bring them to the Dharma.

So like that, mantras are words of power, on a very basic level, to heal and take care of immediate problems, spirits, demons, sickness, unhappiness. And on a next level, on the next level, it creates awareness. It makes your mind focus. Why? You’re using the breath and mantra. And, mantras can be used to control natural calamities. Mantra can be used to control the weather. Oh there are many holy lamas, I’ve seen with my own eyes! Who would blow the Yamantaka mantra into the air, within a few minutes you will see the rain disperse. In places where there are no rain and they need it really badly, they will blow Yamantaka mantras in the air. Within half hour you will see a downpour like it hasn’t downpoured in weeks. I have seen it with my own eyes. Not once or not twice. It can’t be coincidence. I’ve seen it. I’m not telling you something I read from 1500 years ago, I’ve seen it in my own backyard with high lamas. Trust me, I’ve been out there blowing until I was blue and nothing happens. But these high lamas, oh they can control the weather. I’ve seen it. No rituals, nothing. Definitely. You can heal people’s lesions and problems and sickness by mantra. You can clear and exorcise them by mantras, but you have to achieve it. Achieve means what? Altruistic thought, concentration on the particular Yidam and devotion to the Yidam, and the wish to benefit others. That is most important for mantra practice.

And then you have the secret level mantras that without initiation you cannot do. Why? Because those mantras move the inside. So those mantras are secret, let me explain why. One of the reasons is because with those mantras, it isn’t simply to recite. Those mantras are conjoined with the movement of the winds inside of your body. And joining the winds into the central channels of your body where, from the 72000 physic channels in your body, it combines into the three main channels. That combines into the central channel where your mind resides, and with those mantras and meditation you can control your rebirth. You can control when you die, when you go, how long you will stay, and you can control where you go. One of those mantras is Vajrayogini’s mantra. So they are not to be recited by the uninitiated.  Why? Because they are combined with the meditation, and that meditation must be given to qualified people, who have already finished their preliminary retreats and preliminary practice.

And certain mantras that are general, they have meditations but they are not ‘dangerous’. Meaning wind meditations. Because you know, Chinese have this word, tau fung, wind off, Tibetans also have that. Means the wind literally goes off. We’re not talking about women, we’re talking about anybody. Because we had a case of a monk – well, that’s what he manifested, I can’t guarantee – where he went to the mountains, he meditated wrong, came back, he was obnoxiously crazy. Nice guy but crazy. If there is women running up and down the monastery, he’d chased after them. Once he caught them, he just wants to hold them and then he lets them go. He doesn’t do anything more. When you see him you’re like, “ohhhh”. And he would run around barefoot all over the monastery…I mean a monk chasing women in the monastery, you know, when women went through to make offerings and stuff, he’d chased them. I mean it is a little not too good. But everybody left him alone because they knew that he was not well, and the story went that he went into the hills for years to meditate and it went wrong.

It could have been that or he’s manifesting as mahasiddha. I don’t know. But he used to come to my window and scare the crap out of me. My window was facing the road behind me and then I’d be sitting there doing, I don’t know, picking my nose, listening to Madonna – yes, in the monastery, I was caught many times – hanging out, reading some serial killer book, whatever. Everything but Dharma practice, I’d be doing and he’d be on the window and he’d be like, “What are you doing?” I’d be like, “OHHHHHH, oh god you scared the crap out of me!” He did this almost daily so I had this phobia. You think, “Well, why don’t you keep the window closed?” Because it was so hot, there was no aircon. I mean south India, I was burning up. I’d have phobia thinking, “Where’s Gen Tenzin?” Gen means teacher, Tenzin is his name. Because he was older, I just couldn’t call him Tenzin, it’s not respectful. I’d be like (looks over shoulder). And sometimes he’d be sitting there and staring at me for minutes, and I’d turn around and I’d be like, “OHHHH” and I’d just see these two eyes like (imitates someone blinking closely), and I’d be like, “Oh my god!” And then sometimes he’d just split…he’d split and then a few seconds later I’d hear some women down the street, screaming, “Ahhhhhhhh! It’s Gen Tenzin! Let’s get out of here! Ahhhhhhhh!” And you’d hear his footsteps chasing them, and sometimes he’d catch them, he’d just hold their hands for a few minutes, let them go. Oh god that went on for years and years and years. I said, “Why do you chase women?” and he says, “Because they are beautiful!” And I’m like, “What do you do with them?” “Well, I like to touch them!” I’m like, “Oh.” Like, why I didn’t think of that! And he was so funny…all the time. He was very dark, very skinny, and he had eyes that flickered.

So after a while, I thought, “No, he is a mahasiddha. He is something weird.” I’d respect him very much. He’d come to my window and he’d go like that to me (imitates prostration). But if there is women, of course he’d split. And then he would always ask me for money or tea or something so whenever I had money – I didn’t have much – I’d take money out and I’d offer to him with two hands, thinking, “If you’re a mahasiddha, may I gain your attainments”, offer to him all the time. I didn’t disrespect him or anything. The police, the Indian people, even the Indian women, no one reported him, no one harassed him because he was harmless. But his brother, who I think his wind is off too but nevermind, his brother his name is Gen blublublublu I can’t say it, it’s not respectful, used to tell me that he went to the mountains to meditate and went off.

The higher forms of meditation, you need a Guru, you need a guide. So if you have not developed a relationship with your Guru from beginning to end, it’s very hard just to show up. For example, hundreds of people show up for initiation and then they are gone. They develop don’t a relationship with their Guru beforehand, they don’t develop a relationship with their Guru afterhand. They just show up during initiation and disappear. So when they do practices nothing happen. No one can guide them, no one can teach them, no one can do anything. We need to develop a relationship with our Guru from beginning to end. And if we have a Guru that is skillful, that has love and that has ways to purify our karma, we follow the Guru without complaining, we listen to the Guru without complaining and whatever exercises he gives us to transform our mind, we take it happily without complaining.

The minute we are rude, we shout, we say vulgar things, we show bad actions toward our Guru, it reflects us. Why? A Guru in our mind should be a reflection of the highest point of enlightenment, of what we want to achieve. If we are disrespectful to our Guru, that’s the whole basis, we’re disrespectful to ourselves and what we can achieve. So people who are very rude to their Guru, are very vulgar, and very impatient, and demand and complain and bitch about their Guru, you look at the state of their life. You look at where they are in their life, you look at their body, you look at their speech, you look at their mind. You look at what they do with themselves. Why? If they respect their Guru, in this case because there are many ways to test the person out, isn’t just by Buddhism, in some cases it’s how they respect their parents. In some cases, it’s how they respect their husbands and wives, or their lovers or their friends. They are different meter sticks. But in our case, for people who claim they have Gurus and stuff, how they respect their Gurus is how they respect their state of enlightenment and what they want to achieve. If they are flippant about it, they’re flippant about what they want to achieve. If they are rude about it, they’re not sincere. How they act reflects their state of mind. it’s very clear. You have to think about that.

So, Gurus are very compassionate. If they are real Gurus, they are very kind to people who are mean, they are very kind to people who are rude, they are very kind to people who scream vulgar things and say negative things about them. Why? For them it doesn’t disturb them. They look at them with compassion and think, “I need to help this person more”. So Gurus will always keep weird, strange, flippant, rude and nasty people around them. Why? Nobody else will keep them. Nobody else would have them. Nobody else will listen to them. Nobody else will ever help them. So a practice of compassion is not having nice people around you. A practice of compassion is having nasty people around you and to show love, and show response to them, no matter what they say and how they complain. Mantras can help us on that. The practice of OM MANI PADME HUNG, and the meditation of Avalokiteshvara and the Eight Verses of Transforming Our Mind can be very great in taking care of other people who need help.

So mantras work on very different levels. Secret mantras such as Heruka, Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja, Kalachakra, those are very sacred, and they can’t be just spoken out. Why? Because they are combined with meditation. And then the meditation, development of that and the recitation of that, and the result of that is dependent on holding the vows, the bodhisattva and the tantric vows. So when we hold our bodhisattva vows and tantric vows well, conjoined with meditation, combined with mantra, things move. Things move. So a teacher who is skillful will not put his students in meditation, will not put his student in tantra or initiation and he will treat them, he will step them up in the preliminary practices. You know they scold the student. Scold and scold and scold until the scolding doesn’t disturb the student anymore. Why? If he or she cannot take scolding from the Guru, he cannot take scolding from the whole planet, so this person will always be fighting and violent. So the Guru is very kind because he puts himself on the firing line of people who have a lot of negative emotions. Lots of negative emotions. That’s the purpose of a Guru. The guru puts himself in your firing line. So what happens is this, is that when we do mantras correctly conjoined with meditation, combined with vows, the result is great. Until that point the Guru will skillfully lead you by practice, by meditation, by reading, by study, by training.

And if you are lucky to be near Guru for a few years, to be personally trained by Guru you are very very fortunate. Why? It takes many lifetimes and many prayers to even see a Buddha image, to have reverence for, to know its significance and to hear about it. Imagine how much more merit you need to be near a Buddha? A living Buddha or a being that teaches Buddhism, for you that is a living Buddha. So to be near a statue needs so much merit, but the statue cannot speak to you. To be near a Guru that can speak the Dharma to you, that is even better than a statue. So to disrespect this person or to talk negatively about this person, to act in an ungracious way towards this person, no matter what training you have gotten, reflects your state of mind and your ulterior motive and then good results cannot come. So lower states, the Guru will guide you until the point of initiation. And when you receive initiation and you practice intensely, the results will be there. Why? Holding the vows combined with meditation and mantra will make your attainments grow and your delusions, purified. The mantras are very, very powerful. Very, very powerful. That is why we devote ourselves to a Guru, that is why we have respect for our Guru, that is why we support a Guru’s work, that is why we help a Guru. Why? So that he may do this for many others. What other reason would we do that, what other reason? So the Guru is very skillful in guiding us to higher meditation practices.

So if we stick by, if we’re compliant, if we’re pliant, if we’re agreeable, and we let him help us instead of making terms and conditions and times and this way and that way, then you limit his ability to help you, then you cut it. It’s like if we find a new girlfriend, we’ll make our time available 24/7, whenever she wants. But if it’s somebody we don’t like, “Oh I’m busy on this day, I’m busy on that day, I can’t do this, I can’t do that” – we have a lot of rules. Similarly, if we treat our Guru like a new lover, we’re very compliant, therefore our attainments will grow and our knowledge will grow. If we’re incompliant towards our Guru, we make a lot of conditions, then our attainments don’t grow. Why? Then you limit the possibility of getting that knowledge. So if you like Buddha statues, better is to have a Guru.

So the power of mantra is very very powerful. The power of mantra, the power of mantra is based on the meditation that you do. This set of meditations that you do from beginning to end, helps you from taking refuge, developing the altruistic mind, the Four Immeasurables, the altruistic mind and the four immeasurable types of thought, combined with dissolution of the world as you know it and its projections, and the reappearance of that world into a Buddha field surrounded by mandalas and all beings surrounding it to be dakas and dakinis, and embodiments of enlightenment. And the meditation stages of dissolving the universe, dissolving samsara into emptiness, and arising from emptiness, and then combining that with dissolving the winds, the channels and drops of your body, to purify your delusions and illusions, and then transform your body like that of your meditational deity, into that of a vehicle to benefit others, up to the point of reciting mantras of felicitation, reciting prayers of benediction and felicitation, and reciting aspirational prayers to benefit others, up to dedication, that refuge to that dedication is what we call a sadhana.

So a sadhana is literally translated as this: self-growth. Why? Sadhana is Sanskrit, in Tibetan it’s called da-key. Da means self. Key means to grow, or to develop or to transform. So the word can be grow, develop, transform, transmute. Transform, transmute, grow from what? From a delusional state of self-centered mind to an altruistic mind that thinks of others. So the purpose of doing a sadhana is to transmute or transform, like elixir, from mercury to gold, from that of a delusional mind, to that of a wisdom mind. That’s the purpose of a sadhana. Each deity has a sadhana. Each deity has a mantra. Each deity has a special meditation and each deity has a special path. Each deity and each mantra and each path is perfect for becoming enlightened, but their approach is different. Each deity sadhana is appropriate for enlightenment and will bring you to enlightenment, but the difference is that the approach is different and that approach depends on one’s individualistic inclinations. Meaning if one is more lust-based, desire-based, hatred-based, ignorant-based, anger-based, then according to one’s basis, and one’s immediate, heaviest delusion, then one’s Yidam will be the one that counters the heaviest delusion, simultaneously purifying the other delusions in one go.

Example, Lord Yamantaka would be anger and deep ignorance and use that method. Lord Heruka will be lust and attachment. Guhyasamaja will be a combination of all three. So Vajrayogini being the synthesis of Heruka’s practice, a shorter version, will be a counter to desire, lust, attachment and using that method to become enlightened. Hence her body red, her visage fierce, trampling on demons of selfishness and ignorance and hatred. The black figure under Vajrayogini represents hatred and ignorance. The red figure under her represents desire. So when she tramples on those three, she tramples on the very causes of samsara, which are the three animals in the center of samsara’s wheel – the pig, the rooster and the snake. SO Vajrayogini stepping on those three, which is the center of samsara, representing that’s the cause of samsara – ignorance, hatred and desire. So she tramples on those three. When you practice Vajrayogini together with mantra, with meditation and holding your vows, it propels you to her state. What is that state? The state free of those three delusions.

So a sadhana is something we do every single day, it’s a practice manual. From A-Z to becoming enlightened. It is a set form of prayers which starts with refuge, next is aspirational prayers, the Four Immeasurables, thoughts and then dissolution of the environment as we know, and development or the projection of the environment as it should be. Dissolution of the environment as it is, projection or creation of a Buddha environment, of a Buddha being, and Buddha sound, everything Buddha. And then using that combined with making offerings, supreme and mundane to the deity, such as offerings that we place in front of the Yidam, as a method to collect merit, conjoined with meditation in our mind to control the winds, channels and drops. The winds is the wind that passes through, it’s chi. The drops, the bindhu, is the fundamental drop that started us, the single drop from our mother red, the single drop from our father, to control that which remains in our body. And the channels, one, two (recites a prayer), five chakras which are joined energy points for our winds to travel.

So during this sadhana, you are holding your vows that you get during initiation to stop doing further negative things. It’s like someone who smokes, no more ciggie butts, you cut it off, that is what the vows do, cold turkey. So a lot of people can’t do cold turkey, so before you take tantric vows, that’s why your Guru doesn’t let you go do it, he trains you up. So people who are fierce, the Guru is fierce; people who are gentle, gentle; whatever the Guru needs to train you up, this way or this way, the Guru will train you, because you can’t give the vows cold turkey to people, they will break it. Defeats the purpose. It’s like giving a little baby crystal glass. When the baby grows up, give it, can no problem. When the baby small, you give it a crystal glass, break what, drop. So similarly the Guru trains you up. If you submit yourself to the training, you will come out excellent. If you fight it, then maybe you have a better method. If you fight it, you don’t have a better method you look at yourself, are you happy? Are you depressed? How is your body, how is your friends, your attitude, your mind, how are you? You have to look at yourself. Okay? Then, by this meditation combined with making offerings, holding your vows and the secret power of mantra, when you combine it such as in Vajrayogini’s case, your attainments will be very fast. Very efficacious.

So a sadhana is a self-transformation text, self-transformation manual and guide to enlightenment. And each deity has their specific sadhana to do. It can be short or it can be long. The prayers that I have composed that are in DMT, those are not sadhanas, those are prayers. Prayers are aspirations in words that we offer to the deities, hoping that what we prayed for will manifest. So aspirational prayers are something we aspire to. So for new people who go into DMT, KMT, they just buy a Dzambala and they don’t know what to do, I give them aspirational prayers with the mantra so that they can make prayers to Dzambala, to have that actualize and by reciting the mantra, purify their negative karma, so that they can achieve something small from it. Questions? Sadhanas and mantras.

(someone asks a question)

(answer) You can do mantras on their own. Of course.

Questions.

(someone asks a question)

(answer) Depending on the environment and situation. I mean, if you’re with your parents and they think that you’re a religious fanatic and you have joined a cult, you don’t see them and go, “OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG.” You don’t do that. If you’re driving, you don’t go into shamata meditation (snores). You don’t do that.

So it depends on the situation but generally mantras should be recited at the tone where just yourself can hear it but the neighbor cannot. At that tone. And if it is not convenient, silently. But by hook or crook, your mouth must move. You can’t sit there and go (imitates mouth closed) “Mmmhmmmhmmm”, then you might as well not do anything. “I’m doing mantras what.” You know, you can’t you…you have to at least move your mouth, very important. Because if you move your mouth the sound of the mantra, the mantra is the energy, the essence, the attainments, is the power of that deity in sound form. So you are enunciating all the qualities of the deity. And there is a type of mantra…there are levels that you can do the mantra silently, which means yi-dey. Yi-dey is mind mantra, meaning you have reached a stage where you don’t have to move your mouth, you can actually recite the mantra in your mind. That’s quite a high stage. People in Vajrayogini’s mantra it’s possible. You have the yi-dey here and you can move it to your belly, you can move it to your secret organ, you can move it to back up, you can move the mantra up and down, recite it without moving your mouth. Oh yes. Those type of people, they can control their orgasms. And when they have orgasms, it’s very strong, it’s very powerful and they can see their subtle mind with their orgasms. Or in their deep sleep. It’s very, very powerful. So with Vajrayogini you can move your mantras up and down without using your mouth, you can use yi-dey, mind mantra. Isn’t that fabulous?

So just now when you make offerings there, what you are praying for is to get all of those in the future. So I advise you guys to stick around. Because when I get that retreat center open and you guys are my friends, I’m going to be passing you a fabulous, delicious, wonderful, Miss World pageant winner. Vajrayogini. Her name is Miss Vajrayogini, come on out. She won in talent and beauty and smart and everything. You know when they interviewed you, “What is your fondest wish?”, she didn’t say, “World peace.” Oh yes, that is what you guys are going to get later. Why Vajrayogini? Look at us. We need her badly. Look at us. Look at Kandarohi. Kandarohi is screaming for Vajrayogini, screaming. Why is he screaming for Vajrayogini? Because he screamed at me the other day when I asked him, “Why don’t you get laid?” and he said, “Don’t you think I’ve been trying?”, screaming. He screamed back, “Don’t you think I’ve been trying?” It’s the first time someone shut me up in a long, long time. He’s screaming. When he said that, he was screaming, he was screaming Vajrayogini. Look at all of you sexual deviants, why Because sexual energy is the most powerful and pervasive in the world. From salmons that swim upstream to mate and then spawn and die, to human beings that live their whole life spending money for sex, getting it, the pleasure of it, wanting it. That’s why Vajrayogini is the most appropriate for all of us, because she is the one that absorbs that, allows it and transforms it. Isn’t that wonderful? Absorbs it, allows it and transforms it. I didn’t say restrict so you guys don’t have to look for the door, and transforms it…because the minute you say restrict, they say, “Where’s the door? Where’s the door? I’m not doing any cult practices that means no boobli!” Yes. If you say ‘restrict’, Paris and a few of her other friends like Kandarohi will be like, “Where’s the door?” Get it? That is why Vajrayogini is very appropriate.

Tonight’s talk became a little profound and deep. And I don’t know if you can come out with questions immediately, but Saturday…I’m sure from now to there, Paris will go home and type out 5000 questions and harass me with. And what we do is we will have 10 people screen her questions and it comes out to me to be one, thank you. Any questions about sadhanas and mantras?

(someone asks a question)

(answer) Remind me to give you a little short version on mantras and sadhanas on Saturday. That you can write up on one little pager on. Because now, what I gave, you’re like, “Ohhhh”. Henry doesn’t even write notes anymore. After I tell him, he’s like, “Oh forget it lah.” Henry is just…the only wind he likes is some tobacco wind. So think about that. I’ll give you a little, simpler form of sadhana and mantra which should take you about 10 minutes. I want to go a little in-depth, I’ll tell you why: you guys are capable about it. And you guys made offerings just now. I wanted it to result in something. Any questions?

(someone asks a question)

(answer) Yes it depends. In the case of Tara, her mantra was spoken by Lord Vajrapani when he was requested to talk about Tara. In the case of certain other Taras, she herself appeared to people like Nagajurna, to people like Atisha…example, there was one student of Atisha’s that was very, very ill. Very, very sick, and he had to do 100,000 Praises to Tara, 21 Praises to Tara in order to become healed. He was so sick that he couldn’t even recite one. So Atisha felt compassionate for him and didn’t know what to do, so he prayed to Tara. Tara appeared to him in the simplified form, and taught him the 21 verses condensed into one paragraph. And then Atisha passed it to this man to recite it, and he became well. So sometimes the deities themselves appear.

In the case of Vajrayogini, Heruka spoke it. In the case of Heruka, Shakyamuni spoke it. Very good question. All mantras have a source. They cannot be made up. Example, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s mantra – apostrophe ‘s’, okay keep the tomatoes and fruits to yourself, don’t throw it to me alright – was made up by my holy Guru Gangchen Rinpoche who says that when people recite it, it will benefit them. It’ll transform their minds. It will help them to realize things better and prolong my life. So in the case of (says his name silently) mantra was by His Eminence Gangchen Rinpoche, requested by my students in Westin Hotel when he arrived here.

(audio cut)…what they want, sweeping, and doing the laundry, the king; the courtesan, recited Vajrayogini’s initiation and he became enlightened. So this mahasiddha has been reincarnating over and over again in Nepal and India and in Tibet. And this mahasiddha’s name is His Eminence Gangchen Tulku Rinpoche. He’s one of my Gurus. He resides in Italy. Yes. Fabulous. Lemons here had the great merit to meet His Eminence Gangchen Rinpoche in Italy. Great merit. Okay, any questions? Susan? Sharon? Wasn’t it fabulous? Yes. Any questions? Kandarohi? What about Sleepyrohi Joe? Joe is always in deep shamata towards the end, he’s like (imitates someone nodding off). What about JJ-rohi? Again, a reminder, no more tight shirts for you. Alright. Go ahead.

(JJ asks a question)

(answer) Oh yes. Now, that’s a very good question. There are four classes of tantra: charya, kriya, yoga and maha-anuttara yoga. The three lower classes of tantra specifically deals with transformation of immediate obstacles. This is what Kensur Rinpoche says: in chaju or kriya tantra, in the lower tantras, what Kensur Rinpoche mentioned is, it will take care of immediate problems and difficulties. And when immediate problems and difficulties are taken care of, then we are able to practice the higher tantras that will actually bring us to enlightenment. So example, if we have monetary problems, we will receive Dzambala retreat, initiation, practice, profound mantra, oral transmission and we do his sadhana. And the Dzambala sadhanas do not really go in-depth into mind transformation, it doesn’t really go into in-depth into the meditation of winds, drops and channels. What Dzambala’s meditation does is actually, immediately purifies the causes for us to be in a poverty situation, clears immediate obstacles, opens up our heart a little bit more to generosity, and therefore with that practice, when we get some money, we’re alright, we can go into retreats. We can do higher practices such as Vajrayogini. Higher and lower is not the deity’s power, higher and lower is the method that is presented. Example, the lower tantra such as Manjushri…let’s say we have bad memory so we go for teachings and we can’t stay awake, we’re not aware, we’re always asleep, we always forget, we’re not alert, so we do a Manjushri retreat, the Manjushri retreat gives us the alertness of the mind. Then we can engage in Yamantaka. Yamantaka and Manjushri is exactly the same deity. One is not lower or higher. So that when we engage in Yamantaka’s retreat, we can gain enlightenment.

So the lower tantric methods are specifically to take care of a problem such as poverty, sickness, mind illness, disorder, obstacles…Example, if we always see spirits, we might need to go into the practice of Black Manjushri in the lower tantras, or Vajrapani. If we always have horrible skin diseases or horrible sickness, we might have to go into the practice of Vajrapani. Maybe we need compose and write and do Dharma texts, we need to practice Saraswati, Manjushri, or the great Lama Tsongkhapa. And then when we’re able to do that, along with that we can do practices of Yamantaka or Vajrayogini or Heruka. Why? The higher tantras deal with, specifically, enlightenment. The lower tantras deal with immediate taking care of problems. Very good. So not everybody is able to go into the higher tantras, but people who can do the higher tantras, they don’t need to do the lower tantras because the higher tantras embody everything. If you are doing Yamantaka, you don’t need to do Manjushri. If you’re doing Manjushri, you need to do Yamantaka. Why? Because Yamantaka is the full-fledged form of this practice. This is just a condensed form. Does everybody understand that? Oh yes, it’s very very powerful.

(someone asks a question)

(answer) Same effect as in purifying other obstacles, yes. And preparing you for Yamantaka’s practice, yes. But not for full enlightenment in one lifetime. So when you do Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice what happens is you create the causes that in case you don’t become enlightened, you take rebirth in Ganden Heaven. Tushita. One.

Two. When you do the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, you purify the three…hatred, ignorance, and outer obstacles. When you do Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice, it is the same as doing Yamantaka meaning, Yamantaka’s mantra, when you recite, spirits cannot come near. So when you do Migtsema, if you don’t have Yamantaka, it has the same effect. Therefore if someone who does Migtsemas, and their mala is given to you and that mala is put on the door, then very fierce spirits will run. Why? From that mala emits Yamantaka deities. Why? Because they are one in being.

So the meaning of that is not a substitute, it means the immediate benefit. If we have cancer and therefore we have fever…alright? Or someone else has a flu or a fever, if we can take Panadol it helps, but it doesn’t remove the cause. Like that, either way, Panadol helps. Like that, Migtsema helps either way, but Migtsema is a short form and the immediate form of higher tantric practice preparation. So if we do Guru Yoga according to Lama Tsongkhapa, if we do water offerings according to Lama Tsongkhapa, if we do recitations of Vajrasattva according to Lama Tsongkhapa…if we do prostrations, if we do mandalas according to Lama Tsongkhapa, focusing on Lama Tsongkhapa, when we do Vajrayogini, it’s as if we’re not at the front of the door, we already in the middle of the house. We’re ready to go upstairs. It’s much quicker. Why? Lama Tsongkhapa is an easier to digest deity for people, as opposed to Vajrayogini which is quite wild and too obnoxious and scary, but has many functions. So it is equivalent to Yamantaka’s mantra in the sense of protection from outer interferences, yes; in controlling weather and spirits and black magic, yes, but not equivalent in meditation for transforming the mind. Does everybody understand that? Yes. Good. Questions? Otherwise we are finished.

“I don’t have any questions and don’t ask me any questions.” She has this kind of look. Don’t you like? Wan doesn’t go, “Thank you very much!” She goes, “Please don’t ask me anything! Please!” Any questions? Susan? Beneficial? Yes. Good. You come back for a little while, you pop in. I saw your hand. Keep it down I can see your armpit hair sticking out too. Like Richard Nixon. Hello. Isn’t that rude? You see when you come back to the peninsula it is better than that little island over there, wherever you are living at. And remember what the Buddha’s telling you. Yes JT and let’s make it an intelligent one this time.

(JT asks a question)

(answer) That’s why you doing now. That’s what you’re doing right now. Everyday. You got that right! That’s what I said! An intelligent question this time. Edit that one out. I don’t want anybody to see how evil and negative and how uncultured and how unpracticed and how uncouth this Guru is. And I don’t want this to be like, “snip” and sent to the Dalai Lama. Uh oh. Called back, excommunicated, kicked out and then you know what? Next time when you go to India, I’ll be like running around with a buffalo. And you’ll be like, “What happened to you?” “I’m a farmer now.” Which is what where I was. Isn’t that horrible? You guys on the way to Bodhgaya, it’s like, “Isn’t that Rinpoche?!” God! And then couldn’t you see Kandarohi? She’ll be like, “Here Rinpoche, here’s some cough drops for you! Mwah! Mwah! Mwah!”  and I’ll be like, “You little…” And then suddenly you see me getting on a lorry, rushing there with my buffalo and Kandarohi is running around, getting on the luxury deluxe bus, thank you very much, with the Hindi music blaring, going to the stupa…I send my buffalo. Sic ’em, sic ’em, get em! Moooo! Oh god! And it’ll be a water buffalo, so it’s gonna be a big one! Hmmm, you might enjoy it though. So snip this out so I don’t end up a buffalo or a rice planter farmer in India. Questions?

Well no questions? It has been a wonderful, fabulous, beautiful, delicious experience and I just can’t want for Saturday because you guys are very sincere, you guys are going to do wonderful Dharma work. And you guys are gonna write in such a way that with the skill of composition, it will benefit so many people. So if I can benefit you all with this and the outlet people are here, then it’s very pleasurable because when we get this out, more and more people will be benefited. They will have some knowledge. And this is what Dame Khang is all about. This is what Kechara House is all about. This is what our outlets are all about. And we’re normal people, I make mistakes, I have my diva fits, I have problems and difficulties, but deep down inside I am a good person, and I really do want to help. So sometimes things go up, things go down, that’s normal. I never said that I was a Buddha, I just said I’m trying to be. So that’s my catchline, “I ain’t a Buddha, I’m trying to be.””

The next time I make a mistake, they’ll go, “See! You’re not a Buddha!” “I already told you I’m not a Buddha so kiss my grits!” Alright? You know what? You’ll Vajrayogini everybody again with your backside. My, my, my. You and JJ and JT should not be allowed to wear tight things. You should wear things that are not tight and that fit. I like that! Things that are not tight and that fit. Oh that is so evil! And the original lineage of that came from Guru Paris. Well we have to have a lineage and tell them where it came from, that powerful mantra, “Om wear things that fit hung phet”, that came from Guru Paris when we had a vision of her in a green dress. So you can see Paris…Tara appears like that, Vajrayogini appears like that, Buddha appears like that, Paris appears like this. “Wear things that fit hung phet.” And then of course, the mahasiddha Tsem here had a vision of the goddess Paris and said, “Oh my god it’s a fabulous mantra! Om wear things that fit hung phet! Om wear things that fit hung phet!” And I pass it to you, and then you’re like, “I’m going to kill that mahasiddha and I’m gonna slap that Buddha! Oh god!” And then you find out, it’s not a mahasiddha or Buddha but two charlatans. Don’t you love it? Yes. So Paris, you’ve been dethroned before you were canonized by the Bahrainian inquisition. It’s been wonderful, thank you for the preparations, we will start on Saturday 3 o’clock, and then we will finish it off at 7 what is…no 6, and then we start at 7:30pm and finish at midnight. It’s going to be…sleep well Friday night, take the Xanax, take whatever pills you need to sleep well because its going to be a long, tough, fabulous whatever.

Where there is no Dharma, let there be the Dharma; where there is Dharma, let it become stronger; where there is a misunderstanding of Dharma, may we clear it. May we use our body, our speech and mind to be of tremendous benefit of others, to relieve people of their immediate unhappiness and sufferings, and their ultimate unhappiness, suffering and delusion. May we spread the word of the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation. May this country and this land be peaceful, be bountiful and be happy, may the leaders all of this country have long life, health and happiness and may the holy wishes and their virtuous wishes all come to fruition. May this place be free of natural disasters and calamities. May it be free from riots and wars and poverty. By our presence and the generation of the Bodhi mind, may this place and this country and this area be filled with bounteous thoughts and harvests.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

(This was transcribed from a talk I gave a  few years ago as there were many questions on mantras and I thought I’d answer the questions with this talk. And Ms Jean Ai has re-edited it again weeding out the mistakes.

I thank Ms Jean Ai for such a good job. Now I can share with more people. Tsem Rinpoche)

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  1. sarassitham on Jul 3, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    This article is mainly about mantras or the holy words. It is true that when we talk, people understand, when we talk, it moves people’s hearts, and when we talk, it changes people’s lives. Mantras are very powerful it has the power to turn negative to positive. The sound of mantras often make people realize and visualize people thoughts. Every religious has it own way of saying mantras but most importantly it relates to our body, speech and mind.
    It needs a lot of practice, patients and time to do it.

    Actually, mantra are sounds that deeply touches our inner feeling and thoughts. I too do practice to say my daily prayers with mantras which helps me to improve in my life because every holy words are very meaningful and reaches the divine directly.

  2. Joy on Nov 23, 2018 at 3:53 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
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  3. Joy on Nov 23, 2018 at 3:53 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.

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  4. Samfoonheei on Aug 3, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Very profound teachings on Mantras – Holy Words of Power. The power of mantra is indeed very beneficial as it helps us in many ways. Recitation of powerful mantras can helps us immensely in calming our mind as its creates positive vibrations. The vibration of divine sound has long term benefits on our mind and soul . I love the Mitsegma mantra very much, one of the many Mantras. Reading through this post , it helps me to know and understand better of the importance of mantra recitation which is so powerful . I still got plenty to catch up.
    Thank you, Rinpoche for profound teachings , a clear insight explanations .

  5. Mingwen on Aug 1, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Mantra is like super powers that we can summon from different Buddhas. Etc,. When we need assistance on health issue, we do White Tara’s practice. Of course, it has to be combine with much efforts from ourselves and not just by relying only the mantra. We have to manage our diet, exercise and eliminate any negative activity that could bring negative effect to the body, in order to get full positive result from healing our body.

    “Altruistic thought, concentration on the particular Yidam and devotion to the Yidam, and the wish to benefit others. That is most important for mantra practice.” We can do much more than what we ‘re doing now, to help all sentient being, if we go all the way. It is amazing & where the direction we can find real happiness.

    Mantra from higher Tantra is like doing works with power tools or heavy machines, if we ‘re not well trained, we would hurt ourselves with higher possibility compare to using manual tools. It’s complicated, not easy & required suppport from solid results from preliminary practices.

  6. Pastor Chia on Aug 1, 2018 at 7:43 am

    I like this teaching a lot and keep remind me how we should connecting to buddha by reciting mantra daily or do our sadana. Is important to keep our samaya clean with our guru and by doing mantra are more effective.

    I still remember before i met rinpoche, one of my friend had car accident very badly. My friend went to corma more then a week still not awake. Through rinpoche divination, but recite Tata mantra near him and call his name to awake him. This is first time i learn about Tara mantra. I went to hospital to visit my friend.At hospital, i share this Tara mantra with my friend mother to recite Tara mantra to awake him. Miracle happen at next day, my friend ready awake from corma. Personal i had witness this miracle by blessing of mantra power.

    We must keep our samaya clean and holding our vow well, so whatever mantra we had learn will had power to bless or help people when is needed.

  7. June Kang on Aug 1, 2018 at 7:22 am

    This is a very profound teaching which gave an all round picture to mantras. After listening and read again the transcripts, i feel more confident to recite mantra. The power of mantra is not only to heal and take care of immediate problems but it helps to create awareness and lead to our transformation to benefit others to gain enlightenment. For those who are just new to Buddhism must read this article. It will help to give you a picture why chatting Mantra. For those already in practice, must read again and again to gain more understanding in your own practice and thereafter to benefit more peoples.

  8. Tek Lee on Aug 1, 2018 at 2:46 am

    I like Mantras. Whatever Mantras it is, I find it very calm and some can even feel the energy in it. When I first join Kechara, some seniors told me, if we have affinity in that particular Buddha, it’ll be easier and faster for us to remember their mantra. I find that it was easier to remember Migtsema than Vajrasattva, but that senior said he is opposite. To him, Vajrasattva is easier to remember than Migtsema. Different people have different affinity in certain mantra. I like Migtsema and Guru mantra. It is so powerful that whenever I chant Migtsema, it can calm my mind, whenever I chant Guru Mantra, I can feel that Rinpoche is with me.

  9. justin cheah on Aug 1, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Mantra is something seems very simple but have deeper in meaning. Well, it’s the sound emanation of the qualities built on 3 great aeons. It is very interesting to read into the article especially the effects and it’s origins. It’s remarkable to see how mantras can heal one’s health too. Very powerful indeed but many would not believe unless they experienced it.

  10. Vivian Ong on Aug 1, 2018 at 1:24 am

    I guess many may find that different mantras suits different needs and occasions. Personally I would say Guru Mantra works for me on many occasions when there’s heavy rain and it is time to go out for food distribution. I would light an incense and chant Guru Mantra. After a while, the rain will either stop or become less.

  11. Andrea Lai on Aug 1, 2018 at 1:12 am

    Mantras heal me. Green Tara is the first Sanskrit mantra that I came across through media. Recalling back, at that time I was in terms of searching melodies that could soothing and calm my mind. The first time I listen, I fell for it, download it and keep it in my phone and laptop. I even search for other mantras and eventually I found few and keep them in my phone. I will listen to it every day and I could feel I’m more calm and in peace. As time goes by, I think could be the mantras that I had listened every day, imprint in my mind that changed my thoughts to convert into dharma. There was when I starting involve in soup kitchen, attending puja and later KFR.
    Besides mantras, strong faiths draw me close to my Guru and Buddha. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this insightful article. 🙏

  12. pammie yap on Jul 31, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    When I first joined Kechara for puja, I found the prayers and mantras very interesting. I was fascinated with the way the mantras were chanted. I started to get books to learn more about them especially when there are so many types for different purposes. The first mantra I was really interested in, was Vajrasattva and surprisingly it was easier for me to remember than Mitsegma.
    Mantras are really effective because one can feel the immediate effect after chanting. Whenever I feel ‘unhappy’ or disturbed, I would always feel much calmer and thinking better once I start to chant and not forgetting that it also helps in reducing my anger.
    We are extremely blessed in Kechara to have a Guru to guide and teach us methods to transform and heal ourselves physically and mentally. Thank you Rinpoche.

  13. Pastor Albert on Jul 31, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    It is amazing, I cannot even imagine the power of Buddha’s mantras.

    Buddha has spent 3 aeons in doing virtue acts, only speak and work for the benefit of others, lifetime after lifetime after lifetime after lifetime for 3 aeons of virtue acts to have such power and now when we recite their mantras, it help us to transform our delusions, unhappiness, hatred, impatience and to transform everything in our mind that makes us unhappy and negative and evil and rotten people. It to find the real us, kind, compassionate and altruistic people. It is really mind blowing to just think of how powerful these mantras are.

    Buddhas are extremely compassionate, all the Buddha did is for benefiting others, and now when we recite Buddha’s mantra, it is for a selfish reason, it is for our own benefit, it is all still me me me me, and we can still see the effect of the mantras, we can already feel the power of the mantras that helped us overcome one obstacle after another, imagine if we are reciting the mantras with the same compassionate thought as the Buddha, how powerful our prayers can be?

  14. Datuk May on Jul 31, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    In any religion, prayers are very powerful and constantly recited by practitioners. In Buddhism the prayers we recite are called mantras. I love reciting mantras, but before reading this article, in ignorance I confined the benefit of mantras to simple blessings and to void off bad situations or my fears.

    Understanding the power of mantras and how reciting them with altruistic motivations bring benefit to sentient beings, space and environment, it is important for us to always recite our mantras to gain merits for our practice of the tenets of the Dharma.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for teaching why it is so important for us to focus on our daily sadhana and mantra recitation to gain higher level to our ignorant mind.

  15. Dolma on May 28, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Someone we missed on the web page…you…happy to hear you again!!! Thank you!

  16. Grace Leu (KHJB) on Jan 28, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. It make me more understand why recite mantra can bring energy and blessing to us.if we recite mantra it invoke three aeons of Buddha’s energy, of Buddha’s merits and ethics, so we can gain the imprints . It create our awareness through use that as a meditation so that we can gain higher insights within our own mind. Mantras also will help us to invoke the particular energy of that particular deity, that particular representation of enlightenment, to gain the particular power or benefit we need from that .
    How fortunate we are can received the precious teaching from our Guru.

  17. cc on Jan 19, 2018 at 9:15 am

    I Love Mantras.
    Mantras are words of power, on a very basic level, to heal.

    When we chant mantra,we are invoking the three aeons of a Buddha into us, the blessings, one and is very powerful.
    It propels our mind into a higher state of awareness and it creates a great amount of merit.
    It makes our mind focus.
    To me , is another form of meditation.

    Thank you. 🙏🙏🙏

  18. Yee Mun (KISG) on Jan 18, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing on Mantras – Holy words of power.

    After reading the article to prepare for the blog chat, I have a better understanding about Buddhas’ body, speech and mind and also the power of mantras and sadhanas. In the article it also mentioned that we need a guru for our practice.

    I will remember to that mantras should be recited at the tone where just ourself can hear it but the neighbor cannot. At that tone. And if it is not convenient, silently. But by hook or crook, mouth must move. Silent mantra onlu for higher stage.

  19. Fong on Jan 18, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    It is through practice of keeping away from lies and staying with truth, however painful that we can hope to achieve some semblance of good speech and if practice for many, many lives, then be able to have good speech. Speech is able to move the people and beings. Thus good speech can be used for the benefit of beings.

    Speech, as sound has power over a lot of things. So, mantra as sound is like speech has power to transform delusions and negative traits into positive. Mantras recited with concentration helps practitioners focus and create awareness. Over time, this awareness becomes akin to clairvoyance as with knowledge of cause and effect, the past, present and future becomes a little bit clearer as the effect of why a person is in such a situation can be explained by causes.

    so, the beginnings of such attainments beings with a simple step of not telling lies.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this very profound teaching.

  20. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Jan 18, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the teaching and explaining in details about the mantras, which are the speech of Buddha with the altruism, compassion and power to benefit us through our positive mind transformation at our respective intelligence level.

    Based on my understanding upon reading this article, the mantras that we recite consistently every day will invoke the energy of particular Buddha or Buddhist deity that can positively transform our mind to help other sentient beings through our body, speech and mind. For examples, we can use our body to feed the stray dogs at the road side or distribute the food to the homeless people living on the streets, we can use our ear and eyes to study Buddhadharma texts before we are able to share the wisdom and knowledge we have learnt with others through our vocal speech , and we can always maintain our altruistic motivation as much as so that we can to continue to benefit others no matter where we are, what the condition or situation we will be at any point of time.

    Further, after learning the descriptions and iconography of Buddha’s body, it is always the best recommendation to offer Buddha statue to anyone at any kind of celebration or as a gift because Buddha holds ethics and morality with His body for many lifetimes within the three eons, which can directly bless anyone and plant Buddhadharma seeds into the mind for those who gazes or looks at Buddha statue. Any type of positive offerings made to the Buddha statue will also generate a great amount of merits for the practitioners or caretaker.

    Hence, we can share the practice of mantra recitations to many people around us since there are many benefits we can gain when we recite the mantras with visualization in front of Buddha statue. May the Buddhadharma grows and reach to all sentient beings from the 6 realms.

    Humbly with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  21. Mark S on Jan 18, 2018 at 4:18 am

    Thank you for your kindness in posting Rinpoche. I was able to find you do, to the power of holy mantra. And most fortunate I have been indeed, for this was a life changing experience for me. Thank you wholeheartedly for the sending me the very book you mention in the article. Truly one of my favorite video teachings as well! To see it transcribed is great. May you enjoy long life, happiness and great contentment, as you have helped so many of us arrive at The Dharma. Buddha Blessings everyone.

  22. Martin Yeoh on Jan 13, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you, Guru Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful article on mantra. I now truly understand the meaning of mantra how mantra should be used or chant.

  23. Anne Ong on Apr 12, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching on mantra. As far as i can understqnd, mantras are holy words can tap into their source and connect with sacred energy that helps to transform our minds.It also helps to calm our mind,healing,control/pacifying,removes obstacles,fulfill wishes,brings peace and happiness,wisdom and clarity and protection.

  24. Victor Choi on Nov 5, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    What I understand in this 13 paragraphs is Mantra can help us to hold our vows stongly for examply no lying, no hurtful speech, no sexual misconduct, no cheating, no stealing, For instance, if we do not lie for a life time, we developing a Buddha speech. Mantra is Buddha speech that have 60 beautiful melodious voice. Buddha speech gives all level of distance by near or far, all ears and all level of everyone with their own inteligent level will understands what says and when a person reborn with a speech that is melodious,pleasant,good words, captivative and very clear.

    By having this type of speech also can transforms people’s mind,live’s and even motivates people from doing self cherishing mind.With this type of speech also must know how to talk and speack correctly if not,it will create wars if that person have a bad motivation. If a person with a good motivation with a good speech it will help many and benefit others too! In short, Buddha speech becomes a method, a path, a cause for enlightenment.

  25. Jessica Yap on Nov 4, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Good evening and hope Rinpoche is well!

    Pastor Adeline, Victor Choi, Kien Wong, Stella Chang and myself were in a very fruitful and beneficial discussion about this post. We have covered the first 13 paragraphs and discussed in our understanding and my findings would be as follows:

    – The energy we achieve of not lying lifetime after lifetime will enable us to talk with substance, our speech will be properly enunciated, people will understand, we will move people’s hearts, we could change people’s lives, and we could even change a person’s animal like mind into a higher being.

    – When we do not lie, we will be born with a speech which has the following qualities: melodious, pleasant, captivating, very clear, good words, and our point would be sent across.

    – When we are born as good speaker, we will be able to transform people’s minds, lives, inertia, illusions, delusions, and motivates people.

    – Being a good speaker alone is not enough, out speech must carry the power of truth and altruisms we have accumulated lifetime after lifetime. This could be achieved from lifetime after lifetime of telling the truth, using speech to benefit others, using our speech for positive reasons. The speech must not be used to increase attachments but to increase happiness, mind, peace, love and altruism. The speech also should destroy delusions and also causes which makes people unhappy.

    – A powerful speech could create war or create peace. Even with excellent motivation, if the speech is not correct/spoken well, can create wars. Similarly, with nasty motivation, with good speech, could make things move as well.

    – A person with good speech lifetime after lifetime will eventually develop Buddha’s speech and a Buddha’s speech has 60 melodious qualities of Brahma.

    – Buddha’s speech transcends distance, languages and levels of understanding. It also soothes and calms the mind.

    – Buddha’s speech possesses many qualities. Everything spoken becomes a method, a path, and cause for Enlightenment
    I enjoyed the session very much and looking forward to the next sharing session to discuss the remainder of the blog post.

    Thank you and rest well, Rinpoche. Good night!

    Sincerely,
    Jess

    • Khong Jean Mei on Dec 10, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Hey Jessica!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I really enjoyed reading your comment. I think it’s great how you’re committed in both the humanitarian and spiritual aspects of Kechara. You’re always there every Saturday night for Kechara Soup Kitchen, and the homeless and urban poor can always count on you. You’re also always there every Sunday at Kechara House, teaching the Kechara Sunday Dharma Class.

      Pastor Niral says that you teach really well, and the juniors really connect with you 🙂 That’s really great to hear! Usually when you’re with me… always so siao haha.

      See you back in KL! Or on blogchat this coming Friday!

      Jean Mei x

  26. Kien Wong on Nov 4, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks for Rinpoche teaching on this power of holy mantras.
    I always thought we are good in telling someone or giving speech to someone. But, without the good intention to help others. We actually can’t really help or reach out, and change them or make them happy. We shall beware of our body, speech and mind. By holding the vow, create the awareness around. Eventually, we have the wisdom to deal and create the good quality.
    By this way of quality speech. We create a better world.

  27. Stella on Nov 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    From the first 13 paragraphs in our group discussion under Pastor Adeline’s guidance, I understand the followings:
    1. The general purpose of doing mantras is about holding vows, especially the vows concerning speech for a day, a year, a lifetime. And using the speech for the benefits of others, lifetime after lifetime. In another words, Buddha’s speech is the type of speech with the power of altruism comes from lifetime of holding vows and benefiting others.
    2. By doing so, one can generate Buddha’s speech.
    3. We cannot develop Buddha’s Speech from books, practice or learning.
    4. Buddha’s speech is powerful because it can destroy delusion and bring happiness to others.
    5. There are 4 main characteristic of Buddha’s speech; i.e.
    a. 60 melodious quality like a Brahma
    b. Reaches all sentient beings of all intelligence levels
    c. No distance barrier
    d. Buddha’s speech is actually the method and path to enlightenment
    6. Buddha’s Mind is the mind which dwells lifetime after lifetime on direct and indirect method to benefit others.
    7. Buddha’s Mind can perceive all sentient being’s past, present and future life, at the same time Buddha is alert and can multi-task.

  28. Pee Bee Chong on Oct 27, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness to come to Malaysia to teach us Buddha Dharma. We are so blessed to have the chances to learn Buddha Dharma and Mantras from Rinpoche

    • sweekeong on Nov 1, 2014 at 3:08 am

      I find many things I didn’t pay attention to when I was listening some time ago. Reading the transcript I find that I have missed out so much details. I am thankful to be able to reread this blog article. I hope everyone can take some time out to read, understand and contemplate. Words of Power clears out some questions we had about mantras, how it is beneficial to us, and other topics such the differences between lower and higher tantra in functions, why we need a guru to practice. It is worth to read many times over.

  29. Edwin Tan on Oct 17, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche…for this wonderful teaching. Thank you PJA for correcting the mistakes, with that, I am able to read it properly and understanding the content.

    I have not watched the video but I read the transcript. I have a better understanding of doing mantras the correct manner, the visualisation, the recitation.

    Now I know how to better do my saddhanas. Thank you Rinpoche.

  30. Yeo (Kuantan) on Oct 17, 2014 at 12:37 am

    谢谢仁波切的分享 ! 太精彩了 ! 句句都是精髓 !

  31. Choo Weng Loong on Oct 16, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your clear & profound explanation on mantras & sadhanas .I understand more this time as compared to the previous time I watch & listen to this video . With folded hands thank you

  32. Hee TS on Oct 14, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    感謝仁波切分享這强而有力的教學。並提醒我们时时省察自心,知識是關鍵之一。我真的應該用心閱讀更多仁波切的视频教学。

  33. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 22, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Very powerful talk on mantras, one understanding I had of this talk is that mantras are essential to help us to transform ourselves. Sometimes we need that extra help to help us to transform our beings, as our minds have been conditioned and contaminated by delusions from the beginning of time, we need another powerful potent antidote like mantras to help us transform our minds. Mantras can really help us to overcome our deepest samsara.

  34. tong sun sun on Dec 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    经文或是咒语都是菩萨的所说过的语言,为了让有情众生解脱,所以菩萨让我们在生活上能够时常可以修持,而把所说过的话让我们以读诵方式呈现,让我们可以时常惦记菩萨的教诲,

  35. Uncle Eddie on Dec 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Mantras are said to be sacred words spoken by the Buddhas. Mantras work on different levels. As written, secret mantras such as Heruka, Yamantaka, Guru Yasamaja, Kalachaka are very sacred. They can’t be just spoken out it seems, because they are said to combine with meditation, and dependent on holding vows well. If done properly and correctly, things will move! But, to be able to do that well, it is emphasized that we need our Guru’s guidance. Mantras are very, very powerful and have many vast benefits for the mind and body when chanted consistently. That’s why we must devote ourselves to a Guru, so only he may guide us through with many things; like how and why to hold our vows well, and combine with proper meditation, our chanting of special mantras will purify delusions to make our attainments grow. So therfore, mantras are indeed very powerful!

  36. bijay shanker jaiswal. on Jun 29, 2013 at 6:11 am

    i want to learn something to serve myself and humanity.

  37. Sharon Saw on Feb 5, 2013 at 1:39 am

    What a wonderful teaching which gave an all round picture to mantras! Although i was at the original teaching, it is so good to revisit it and refresh my memory, especially about the four classes of tantras and how it links to Tsongkhapa’s practice. Thank you for posting it here and Joey and Jean Ai for transcribing and checking it.

  38. Julia Tan on Jul 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I used to read books that tell you how to have powerful words, how to convince people, words that make people feel good etc. Sorry to say it has nothing to do with spirituality but simply just to convince people in the business trade. I hope I can use my speech to increase people’s happiness, increase peace and increase love. Speech is very powerful. It can create wars or peace. Great speech can change and improve people’s lives.

    Mantras are words of power to transform our unhappiness, hatred and impatience. Mantra has the power of three aeons of practice of the Buddha that can subdue our delusions. Mantra can also train our mind to be mindful and aware so that we do not add on or create more suffering for others.

    Whenever we chant mantra we tap on 3 aeons of Buddha merits and ethic, create awareness, we also invoke into that particular deity’s energy. I hope in the near future we can go into a small group retreat in the forest. It would be nice to get away from the city to tame our mind down without any distractions from the outside world.

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  40. Wan Wai Meng on Feb 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Mantras deconstructed here. Mantras trigger vibrations in us that will develop a certain quality of the Buddha that we like to aspire to. Rinpoche is able to explain on so many levels to suit the various minds. He can go very very basic and he can go very very profound. Thank you rinpoche for being in Malaysia.

  41. Adeline on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I find by reciting mantras can really calm your mind and help you to focus what you are doing, it can clear obstacles and have healing effect just like doing prayers.

  42. henry ooi on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Yet another profound teaching of yesteryear revived now for new people and for old students. So many topics covered, not just about mantras, that will benefit the old and the new. I was present at Rinpoche’s teaching that time but I get new insight from reading this.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for re-posting it.
    Thank you, Jean Ai, for going over the transcript.

  43. Eric kksiow on Feb 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing this.. Not just Mantras topic, Guru Devotion and Self transformation topic is inside too. ( Is good to share with customers too ). Much appreciate the Teaching’s.

  44. abby on Feb 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. I personally love the Buddha speech part! Mantra is not just like a few simple words to recite to show how holy we are to others. Reciting mantra is a kind of practice to me, and it’s to train up my concentration at my current level 🙂

  45. ck liew on Feb 1, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Reciting mantras day in , day out leaves you feel so re-energize and felt closer to the 3 Jewels

    • Karen C. on Feb 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      CK, come more to puja in KH! Long time never see you taking part in KH activities!! come more often will you???hehehe

  46. lanse on Jan 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing this powerful teaching. Although I have watched this video before, but to read it again refreshes my memory and reminds me of why I decided to join Dharma. Knowledge is the key to combat delusion. I really should do more read up. Thank you.

  47. Natalie on Jan 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and the blog team for these teachings.

  48. Chencho Tshering on Jan 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    May i blessed with all your compassion and kindness, so i can help all the sentient being rinpochoee…….

  49. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jan 31, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Dear Jean Ai, in the MANTRAS-holy words of power you discovered over 300 mistakes. I just blogged that yesterday and was surprised…..Thank you so much for your compassion to listen to the whole teaching over and going over the transcript and correcting the many mistakes. We have reposted it and it is ok now… I appreciate your sincere work in the Dharma. When it comes to Dharma, our work must be ALWAYS PERFECT. Perfect work in the Dharma shows are true spiritual intent, aspirations and motives. Now this version here is the absolute accurate and correct transcription. Thanks..TR

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    We should go on pilgrimage to places where holy beings are known to reside or where great practitioners have engaged in profound practices. These places are vortexes of energy – an area where concentrated energy naturally converges on the planet’s surface.

    Find out what are the places to visit in Thailand: http://bit.ly/WonderfulThailand
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 01:27 PM
    Say NO to Elephant-RIDING, say NO to using elephants for human entertainment in Circuises or Tourisms . . .

    Elephants that ”work” in Thailand and other tourist destinations have to go through a ritual called phajaan, or “crush”. It begins with the baby elephants (usually three to four years old) being taken from their mothers and placed in a small, wooden pen. To get them securely in the pen, these babies are beaten with bamboo, sticks with nails attached to the tip and bull hooks. Once in place, the crush lasts for roughly a week. During this time, they are beaten, bludgeoned, have hooks attached to their sensitive ears, and are deprived of food and water as well as sleep, all in the name of breaking ties with their mothers and becoming domesticated. While in the crush, through the infliction of pain, they learn how to accept riders, do circus tricks and paint. This is designed to break the animal’s spirit which it certainly achieves, often taking its sanity too.

    Used for centuries to domesticate wild elephants, this torture training method is still accepted as the only viable training method for elephant handlers and is used in almost every elephant attraction in Thailand.And, once they have their souls stomped out, they are simply vessels entertaining people. They are chained. They don’t eat enough.

    Like humans, elephants have the capability to form relationships and have emotions. But, not the elephants working for the tourists.

    People who visit Thailand — and other countries with elephant tourism — don’t realize the damage they cause these elephants when they support trekking camps, go to circuses or buy the paintings done by these creatures. Without knowing, they send a clear message to the elephant tourism industry that shows they support the torture these animals go through early in their life, as well as the horrific conditions they live in as cogs in the tourism wheel. Please never support this horrible practice, never ride an elephant. (Andres Grijalva)

    http://bit.ly/2koZNdX
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 01:24 PM
    A female humpback whale had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.



    This is her story of giving gratitude.

    A fisherman spotted her just east of the Faralon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so badly off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her… a very dangerous proposition.

    One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.

    They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

    When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, nudged them, and pushed gently, thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

    The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

    May you be so fortunate …

    To be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.

    And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

    SHARE to let everyone know about this story at http://bit.ly/32yOfG1

  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Oct 22. 2019 09:35 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this documentary of the oracle. I know of people taking trance of local deities or gods in Taoist tradition but I didn’t know Tibetan Buddhism has specially trained people taking trance of Buddhas.

    Since we cannot see or communicate with Buddhas directly, oracle becomes the best medium to connect us with Buddhas. The advice given by oracle who is taking trance of an enlightened being is definitely for our benefit as this is the motivation of a Buddha.

    We are lucky to have Rinpoche who introduced to us the Dorje Shugden oracle. We can go to Kechara Forest Retreat to pay homage to Dorje Shugden oracle statue if we don’t have the merits to have an audience with the oracle in person.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/fantastic-oracle-film.html
  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 21. 2019 10:41 PM
    After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from:It’s added to the chicken feed on purpose!

    Even worse, the FDA says its own research shows that the arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat where it is consumed by humans. So for the last sixty years, American consumers who eat conventional chicken have been swallowing arsenic, a known cancer-causing chemical. (http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlington_county_times_news/fda-some-chicken-may-have-small-amount-of-arsenic/article_0ecc5758-91f7-11e0-a572-001a4bcf6878.html)

    Until this new study, both the poultry industry and the FDA denied that arsenic fed to chickens ended up in their meat. The fairy-tale excuse story we’ve all been fed for sixty years is that “the arsenic is excreted in the chicken feces.” There’s no scientific basis for making such a claim… it’s just what the poultry industry wanted everybody to believe.

    But now the evidence is so undeniable that the manufacturer of the chicken feed product known as Roxarsone has decided to pull the product off the shelves (http://www.grist.org/food-safety/2011-06-08-fda-admits-supermarket-chickens-test-positive-for-arsenic). And what’s the name of this manufacturer that has been putting arsenic in the chicken feed for all these years? Pfizer, of course — the very same company that makes vaccines containing chemical adjuvants that are injected into children.

    Read more on how FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic at http://bit.ly/2P5xSwA
  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 21. 2019 10:36 PM
    Animals in the wild have to continually contend with the expansion of human civilization. Certain wild animals have learned to coexist and even thrive in urban settings, pigeons and raccoons being obvious examples.

    Well, subway goers in Moscow are becoming familiar with stray dogs. These dogs have become accustomed to using the subway system as a means to travel across Moscow, even managing to catch a nap along the way. The dogs hop on in the morning and travel to the city center where they spend the day begging for scraps. At the end of the day they get back on the subway and travel to the suburbs where they sleep in relative safety.

    The dogs have become experts at judging the length of time they need to stay on the train, and seem to work together to ensure that they exit the subway at the right stop.

    Scientists believe this phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, and Russia’s new capitalists moved industrial complexes from the city center to the suburbs.

    Dr Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology and Evolution Institute, said: “These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the dogs had to move together with their houses. Because the best scavenging for food is in the city center, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the subway – to get to the center in the morning, then back home in the evening, just like people.”

    http://bit.ly/2W0oJa0

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    8 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    9 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    10 months ago
    Cute!
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  • Uncle Wong
    10 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    10 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    10 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
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    10 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    10 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Thank you very much to Rasa Sayang AEON Club team for assisting us with surplus food collection and also distribution last Saturday. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to Rasa Sayang AEON Club team for assisting us with surplus food collection and also distribution last Saturday. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to James and Jien Howe for conducting the safety briefing to the new volunteers last night. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to James and Jien Howe for conducting the safety briefing to the new volunteers last night. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
Fulfill your wishes, overcome your problems and protect yourself from negativities and harm with a Dorje Shugden Puja. All are welcome @ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
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Fulfill your wishes, overcome your problems and protect yourself from negativities and harm with a Dorje Shugden Puja. All are welcome @ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
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It’s a good opportunity to know so many social heroes in different fields. Everyone is playing their important part in making this world a better place. From environment to animal extinction to hunger problems. We would like to applaud all the Kechara heroes for playing their part exceptionally well. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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It’s a good opportunity to know so many social heroes in different fields. Everyone is playing their important part in making this world a better place. From environment to animal extinction to hunger problems. We would like to applaud all the Kechara heroes for playing their part exceptionally well. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project October 2019
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Kechara Earth Project October 2019
Animal Liberation- Pastor Han Nee blessed the birds before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
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Animal Liberation- Pastor Han Nee blessed the birds before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
I’m ready to do the rehearsal :) Lin Mun KSDS
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I’m ready to do the rehearsal :) Lin Mun KSDS
Asyley and team busy adjusting the sound system in the technical room. Lin Mun KSDS
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Asyley and team busy adjusting the sound system in the technical room. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback on Graduation - Hubert strong stance. Practicing his wushu performance. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback on Graduation - Hubert strong stance. Practicing his wushu performance. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback for graduation - Robey practicing her ballet in rehearsal. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback for graduation - Robey practicing her ballet in rehearsal. Lin Mun KSDS
Teaching children to be kind to animals through the virtuous deed of animal liberation held in Kechara House. Alice, KSDS
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Teaching children to be kind to animals through the virtuous deed of animal liberation held in Kechara House. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS learned and experienced the self-defence session. Alice, KSDS.
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The youngest group of KSDS learned and experienced the self-defence session. Alice, KSDS.
Vegetarian meals with sufficient nutrients are provided to the children ~ KSDS Woah Camp. Alice, KSDS
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Vegetarian meals with sufficient nutrients are provided to the children ~ KSDS Woah Camp. Alice, KSDS
Children had fun with the teachers and parents during the game time. Alice, KSDS
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Children had fun with the teachers and parents during the game time. Alice, KSDS
First Pilgrimage cum Camp held in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS.
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First Pilgrimage cum Camp held in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS.
So happy for them to have opportunity to engage in dharma at a very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
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So happy for them to have opportunity to engage in dharma at a very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace and teacher Callista guided the teenage class on a blog article. They enjoyed it. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace and teacher Callista guided the teenage class on a blog article. They enjoyed it. Lin Mun KSDS
Children took a picture with Guru. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children took a picture with Guru. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Melinda showed pictures and biography of Rinpoche to students. Lin Mun KSDS
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