Niguma: Mistress of Illusion

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The Great Black Dakini Niguma

The Great Black Dakini Niguma

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai)

Dear friends,

I was given a book called ‘Niguma, the Lady of Illusion’ recently. Although I have read bits and pieces about this dakini’s life online in the past, I did not really know much about her. Hence, reading this book was to be my first serious foray into the story of this elusive and mysterious ancient dakini who appears to have emerged directly from the mists of time.

This book does a good job at piecing together the scattered fragments of what is known of her life. It paints a powerful and compelling picture of a female master at a time in ancient India where female teachers were rare. Despite the Tantric protocol for respecting women, the emergence of female teachers throughout the passage of time has been limited. This was probably due to the prevalent social conditions in ancient India. As such, the very existence of Niguma is a testament to her pervasive presence and her powerful lineage that continues to live on today as a sub-sect of the Kagyu tradition. Her teachings are also embodied within the Gelug school as well as the other sects of Tibetan Buddhism.

Therefore, through this article that I present here about the sacred life of Niguma, I hope that in learning more about her, that she may bless you with special insight and affinity to practice the path of Tantra deeply.

Pastor David Lai

 


 

Introduction

The 11th Century Great Dakini Niguma

The 11th Century Great Dakini Niguma

Niguma was a great yogini and female Tantric master who lived during the 11th Century. She is often depicted as a black dakini who defied social conventions by being one of the few influential female lineage holders of ancient India to have proliferated an important Tantric lineage.

Unfortunately for us, scant information survives about Niguma and the only biographical text about her is half filled with verses of praise to her. In addition, the descriptions of her birthplace seem to have been lifted directly from Naropa’s biography. According to traditional sources, Niguma was closely related to Naropa, being his sister; however most Western scholars interpret this to mean that Niguma was also his wife. This is due to the old Indian tradition of referring to one’s wife or consort as a ‘sister’.

The Mahasiddha Naropa is closely related to Niguma

Whatever the case may be, these two great Indian masters are deeply intertwined. It is commonly believed that Niguma received teachings on the Six Yogas from Naropa. However, there are no known records or evidence to prove that Naropa and Niguma ever exchanged teachings. Having said that, the similarities between the Six Yogas of Naropa and the Six Dharmas of Niguma are apparent. Based on this alone, it suggests that there must indeed have been some form of exchange in teachings. The Six Dharmas of Niguma are discussed later on in this article.

Although not much is known about Niguma’s life, what we do know is that the corpus of her teachings have become the foundation of the Shangpa Kagyu Buddhist tradition. The Shangpa Kagyu is hailed as one of the “Eight Great Chariots of the Practice Lineages” which means that it is one of the most important Buddhist traditions brought over from India to Tibet. The legacy of the great yogini Niguma as a meditator, teacher, mystic, and founder of a lineage endures to this day.

 

Historical Background

The black dakini, the famous yogini Niguma, was born in the great city of Annupama in Kashmir. ‘Annupama’ literally means ‘Incomparable’ and this name refers to the legend of a powerful illusionist manifesting the city in ancient times.

During the time of the previous Buddha Kashyapa, there was an arhat by the name of Madhyantika, which meant ‘mid-day sun’. Kashmir at that time was completely submerged under water but the arhat wanted to build a monastery at that location, so he requested land from the naga king. The naga king agreed to the request and said that he would release the lands that were within the surface area of the arhat sitting cross-legged in lotus position. And so, the arhat who was endowed with psychic powers was able to manifest a gigantic apparition of himself that covered all of what would be known as Kashmir. As promised by the naga king, the waters parted and the ground arose. It was on this newly emerged ground that a monastery by the name of Amrtabhavana was established.

Niguma was able to receive teachings from the Buddha Vajradhara directly

Niguma was able to receive teachings from the Buddha Vajradhara directly

The local people from the surrounding lands were amazed and they hired an illusionist to conjure a great city that was modelled after the city of the gods, Sudarshana, which was given the name Annupama. Before the illusion could be withdrawn, the illusionist was killed and so the conjured city remained in place. Everyone who visited the city proclaimed it to be ‘Incomparable’ or Annupama. It became a bustling place, home to great masters like Ratnavajra and Naropa.

It was in this city that Niguma was born within a Brahmin family. Her father’s name was Shantivarma and her mother was known as Shrimati. Her brother became famous in his own right and was known as Naropa. In the text, it mentions that Niguma had been a great practitioner in many of her previous lifetimes and therefore, in this lifetime, she became attained simply from listening to a few instructions given by several qualified masters, such as master Lavapa of the East, whom she studied under. She meditated for seven days with the master and achieved the rainbow body. It was at this point that she achieved the level of an eighth ground Bodhisattva. This level is called ‘The Immovable’.

As such, it is said that she was able to receive teachings from the Buddha Vajradhara directly. Vajradhara is the Tantric form of Buddha Shakyamuni, and considered to be the highest form of the Buddha from a Tantric perspective. From Vajradhara, she received the four empowerments in the emanated mandalas of the great Secret Tantra. Upon receiving the empowerments, she gained realisation of all the Sutras, Tantras and so forth. At this point, it is said that she had attained the realisation of a tenth ground Bodhisattva. This level is called the ‘Cloud of Dharma’. From then on, she benefited beings by teaching and bestowing various empowerments.

 

Encounter with Khyungpo Naljor

Khyungpo Naljor (1050-1140 or 990-1139 CE) was the founder of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. He was born into a family that practiced Bön, the indigenous shamanistic religion of Tibet. He was ordained by the Kadampa master Geshe Langri Tangpa and travelled seven times to India in order to receive teachings from the likes of Sukhasiddhi, Rahulaguptavajra, Maitripa, Vajrasana or Abhaya, and Niguma.

Old portrait of Khyungpo Naljor

Old portrait of Khyungpo Naljor

Later, he established his monastic seat in Shang, located in the Tsang region of Tibet and as such, he became known as Lama Shangpa or the Lama from Shang. He is said to have established one hundred monasteries in Tibet, taught tirelessly and manifested many miracles. He is also said to have lived for 150 years.

While he was in India, he heard of the reputation of the dakini Niguma. Learning that she had received teachings directly from Buddha Vajradhara, he engaged in an exhaustive search for her and discovered that she had been seen in the charnel ground of Sosadvipa.

After making his way to the charnel ground and after much searching, he discovered a naked yogini with an extremely dark complexion floating high in the sky. She had a terrifying expression and held a trident and skull cup, while her body was adorned with various bone ornaments. She changed her appearance — sometimes appearing as many different dakinis and sometimes as just one.

Upon sight, Khyungpo Naljor knew that he was in the presence of the famous Niguma. He prostrated while requesting for teachings, but this seemed to irk the dark dakini. She thundered,

“I am a flesh-eating dakini!
As soon as my retinue of dakinis return.
You will be eaten!”

Flesh-eating dakinis, originally denizens of Indian lore, are thought to populate charnel grounds and other terrifying places. Dakinis occupy the unique space of being feared for their gruesome reputation and, at the same time, revered as the enticers and nurturers of great yogis. In this case, the dakini terrorised the yogi in order to test his determination but Khyungpo Naljor was not in the least bit perturbed. The dakini demanded,

“In order to request secret mantra Mahayana teachings, you need to offer gold. If there is gold, you will get your teaching!”

Khyungpo Naljor produced 500 gold coins and handed it over to the dakini. Upon receiving the bag of gold, the dakini tossed it into the forest behind her without so much as a glance in the direction of where the bag of gold landed.

The dakini Niguma, one of Khyungpo Naljor's teachers

The dakini Niguma, one of Khyungpo Naljor’s teachers

At this point, Khyungpo Naljor realised that she may not be a flesh-eating dakini after all. She then glared into the sky in order to summon her retinue. Not long after, her retinue descended and some brought with them the necessary offerings and materials needed to confer an initiation. Other dakinis appeared to construct a mandala of the yidam (meditational deity) in midair.

When the preparations were complete, Niguma bestowed the initiation of the illusory body and dream yoga. Subsequently, she was transported to a place 25 miles away, where the dakinis performed a Ganachakra or tsog ritual feast on top of a mountain and danced in bliss. The mountain had a golden river flowing down each of its four sides.

Niguma blessed and instructed her student to recall his dreams. Khyungpo Naljor then recalled travelling to the land of the gods and demigods, a dream in which he experienced being swallowed by a giant demigod, and another dream during which he received the entire Six Dharmas from Niguma. Niguma remarked that she had never heard of anyone receiving the entire Six Dharmas during a single instance of sleep. However, since he was awake, he was given the teachings again three times along with other instructions.

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From Niguma, Khyungpo Naljor received many more sadhanas, Tantras and personal instructions. Even then, Khyungpo Naljor continued his unquenchable desire to receive more teachings by offering pounds of gold to many other teachers. Seeking out teachers who had beheld the Buddha in person, he was led to another dakini teacher named Sukhasiddhi. Over the course of his life, Khyungpo Naljor eventually acquired 28 Nepali and Indian teachers of whom seven were female masters like Niguma.

Khyungpo Naljor was reputed to have had 18,000 disciples but in adherence to Niguma’s restrictions, her teachings were kept secret for seven generations. This period of seven generations is known as the one-to-one lineage and is as follows:

  1. Buddha Vajradhara
  2. Niguma (10-11th Century CE)
  3. Khyungpo Naljor (1050-1127 CE)
  4. Mokchokpa Rinchen Tsondru (1110-1170 CE)
  5. Wonton Kyergangpa or Chokyi Senge (1143-1216 CE)
  6. Sangye Nyenton or Rigongpa (1175-1247/1255 CE)
  7. Drogon Sangye Tonpa (1207-1278 CE)

From that time on, Niguma’s lineage of teachings flourished and was absorbed into several other major lineages such as the Jonang, Jakchen, Samding and others.

 

Marpa and Tangtong Gyalpo

Marpa, the translator with his teachers above him including Naropa and Niguma , pictured to the right.

Marpa the Translator with his teachers above him including Naropa and Niguma on the right.

According to the writings of the great Tibetan translator Marpa, he received teachings from Niguma on two occasions. While he was in India under the tutelage of Naropa, he travelled to meet Niguma. Traditional sources recount how he sought out Niguma on the advice of Naropa and this story is repeated in his biography, ‘The Life of Marpa’. Naropa instructed Marpa,

“On the other shores of the poison lake in the South lies the charnel ground of Sosadvipa, the home of the wisdom dakini, Adorned with Bone Ornaments (Niguma). Whomsoever encounters her countenance would be liberated. Go before her and request the Catuhpitha. You can also request of the kusulus there whatever teachings you desire.”

The famous Tibetan Mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo

The famous Tibetan Mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo

After arriving at the charnel grounds of Sosadvipa, Marpa encountered the yogini, who was living in a woven grass dome. He made a mandala offering of gold and he supplicated her. She joyfully initiated him and bestowed upon him the oral instructions on Catuhpitha. According to another source, the subsequent visit was the great Shantibhadra’s idea. On this second visit, Marpa received a prophecy about meeting Naropa again, even though Naropa had entered clear light and had left his physical body.

The famous Tibetan mahasiddha and yogi Thangtong Gyalpo (1385–1464 CE) was also one of Niguma’s students. Strangely, Niguma instructed this mahasiddha in a vision centuries after she lived. Thangtong Gyalpo is widely known to be the reincarnation of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, also known as the Buddha from Dolpo. He is historically renowned for being a great Buddhist yogi, famous blacksmith, architect, physician and a reputed civil engineer. He founded the Iron Chain lineage of the Shangpa Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, which was originally derived from Niguma’s teachings.

 

Niguma’s Sacred Lineage

Niguma’s lineage of teachings were eventually incorporated into the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. However, the teachings specifically derived from Niguma are likened to a living tree and they are called the Five Golden Dharmas.

The roots are the Six Dharmas
The trunk is Mahamudra
The branches are the three integrations on the path
The flowers are the white and red Kechari
The fruit is immortal and infallible

 

The Roots are the Six Dharmas

Niguma’s original Vajra Lines are said to have been the direct teachings of Buddha Vajradhara. The Vajra Lines of the Six Dharmas are verse instructions that prepare the practitioner to receive Tantric empowerment. The main empowerments required for this tradition come from any of the Five Tantric Deities of Hevajra, Cakrasamvara, Guhyasamaja, Mahamaya or Vajrabhairava.

Mahamaya, one of the Five Tantric practices of Niguma’s lineage

Mahamaya, one of the Five Tantric practices of Niguma’s lineage

The preliminary practice for receiving the Six Dharmas is a teaching by Niguma called ‘The Purifier, Hollow Interior of AH’. This practice involves visualising and reciting the syllable ‘AH’ as it moves through the central channel and throughout the whole body as a purifying elixir that is inseparable in nature from the guru. Later traditions developed a five-fold preliminary practice similar to Ngöndro of the other major traditions. The only variation is that the hollow interior practice replaces that of Vajrasattva.

The Root of the Six Dharmas has yogic practices that are similar to the Six Yogas of Naropa. They were transmitted from Niguma to Khyungpo Naljor several times, of which the first was in a dream from within the belly of a demigod. They are presented here in verse form:

The path of methods [inner heat] – naturally blazing bliss-wrath
Illusory body – naturally liberated desire and anger
Dream – naturally pure sleep-delusion
Lucid clarity – naturally clarified stupidity
Transference – Buddhahood without meditation
Intermediate state – Sambhogayaka of the Victors

 

The Trunk is Mahamudra

Khyungpo Naljor coined the name Amulet Mahamudra for this Shangpa Mahamudra tradition because he treasured it so much that he wore the teachings within a sandalwood amulet box around his neck. These instructions in essence mean mental ‘non-engagement’ or yid la mi byed pa. This Mahamudra system is called ‘Three naturally settled states after the initial practice’ by Niguma on settling the body, speech and mind in calm abiding and special insight meditation.

 

The Branches are the Three Integrations

This practice combines all sights, sounds and thoughts within the nature of the guru, yidam and illusion. Niguma gave specific instructions to integrate the practice into one’s life so that within a matter of months or years, the three kayas (bodies) naturally arise as clarity, emptiness and great bliss.

 

The Flowers are the White and Red Kechari

White Kechari ~ Sukhasiddhi Vajrayogini

White Kechari ~ Sukhasiddhi Vajrayogini

This consists of the White and Red Vajrayogini practices and Niguma herself originally transmitted them to Khyungpo Naljor. The Vajra Lines (instructions) for the White Kechari are attributed to Dipamkara Srijnana Atisha while the source text for the Red Kechari, which also includes teachings on the transference of the consciousness to the Kechara pure realm at the time of death and other instructions, is attributed to Lama Rahula.

The Red Kechari is the form of Vajrayogini with her left leg raised skywards, while the White Kechari is the form of Vajrayogini in the position of giving birth with both legs raised and her secret organ openly displayed, also known as Sukhasiddhi.

Red Kechari – Vajrayogini with left leg pointed skywards

Red Kechari – Vajrayogini with left leg pointed skywards

 

The Fruit is Immortal and Infallible

Painting of Niguma by Sanje Elliott

Painting of Niguma by Sanje Elliott

The teachings from Niguma called Mind and Body, Immortal and Infallible are specific instructions combined with the precepts of the deathlessness of the mind. Although transmitted by Niguma to Khyungpo Naljor, they originally stem from the Mahasiddha Virupa.

The aim of these teachings is to realise the fact that the mind is immortal because it is essentially unborn, whereas the body is simply matter. This renders death and other bodily processes irrelevant. This is achieved through 32 yogic practices taught in Niguma’s lineage which aim to develop this realisation.

 

Conclusion

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The black dakini Niguma’s story provides rare insight into the unusual role of women in the development of Buddhist history. Her story is set in a time when females were not readily accepted as spiritual masters. However, the Tantric path in Buddhist practice brought about the breakdown of rigid social norms and boundaries, allowing this powerful female figure to emerge. Perhaps the scant information about her has allowed more practitioners to readily embrace her lineage, especially in the face of the rigid social classes and gender bias of medieval India and Tibet.

Niguma’s legacy is undoubtedly one of the most important ancient Tantric lineages to have been transmitted from India to Tibet. She emerges from the mists of time to empower both female and male practitioners to break boundaries and practise the Dharma without bias or self-imposed labels.

 
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  1. Samfoonheei on Jun 5, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    Interesting read, Niguma a tenth and eleventh centuries was the most important Buddhist teachers and yoginis in India. Niguma is considered one of the most influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers. Niguma was a dakini, known by several names both during her lifetime and afterwards. Although not much is known about Niguma’s life, her teachings had a significant impact on Buddhism even till to the present day. Niguma has been obscured by centuries of overlaid mythology. Interesting read of her unusual role in the development of Buddhist history.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David.

  2. Samfoonheei on Oct 18, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Niguma is considered one of the most important and influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers. A mysterious eleventh-century Kashmiri woman who became the source of a major Tibetan Buddhist practice lineage. Niguma was considered an emanation of the great dakini Mandarava. The legacy of Niguma’s teachings and spiritual practices is still available today within the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. Her teachings are also embodied within the Gelug school as well as the other sects of Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting related to Niguma and Khyungpo Naljor about the 500 gold coins and so forth. A very rare insight into the unusual role of women in the development of Buddhist history.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David so this sharing.

  3. Samfoonheei on Oct 23, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    The mysterious Niguma was an Indian woman born in Kashmir,India who probably lived in the 11th century. Niguma was considered an emanation of the great dakini Mandarava, Guru Rinpoche’s foremost Indian disciple. Niguma is considered one of the most important and influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers of the 10th or 11th century in India. Amazing …..she achieved the rainbow body just after 7 days after meditating and the level of an eighth ground Bodhisattva (The Immovable).
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this interesting sharing.

  4. Alice Tay on May 24, 2018 at 3:38 am

    It is believed that that Niguma achieved the rainbow body and the level of an eighth ground Bodhisattva (The Immovable) after her meditation for 7 days. Niguma became attained as she listened and followed the instructions given by her great masters. This showed that to attain enlightenment has to cultivate proper guru devotion which is indicated clearly in the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion. Besides, it is said that Niguma was a flesh-eating dakinis. But, what she had done so far are actually to test Khyungpo Naljor’s determination for his spiritual path.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David sharing this inspiring article of another female Buddha.

  5. Stella Cheang on Feb 7, 2018 at 8:59 am

    The records of Niguma are both fascinating and important. It gives a glimpse of how sacred tantric lineages came to form and passed down through visions that transcend mortality, time and space. Niguma’s attainment during her lifetime was astonishing and believed to be the fruition of practices from many previous lifetime. Niguma, the sister (or some said consort) of Naropa, gained attainments simply from listening to a few instructions given by several qualified masters. It was mentioned that Niguma meditated for seven days and achieved the rainbow body – achieved the level of an eighth ground Bodhisattva, ‘The Immovable’. How truly amazing. Thank you for this sharing.

  6. Anne Ong on Jan 30, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    I enjoyed reading this story about Niguma. Especially the part on how the naga king helped release the lands that were within the surface area of the arhat sitting cross-legged in lotus position. And so, the arhat who was endowed with psychic powers was able to manifest a gigantic apparition of himself that covered all of what would be known as Kashmir. And how Niguma achieved attainments who happens to be the consort of Naropa. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this wonderful story ??

  7. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 28, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Thank you for the kindness of Pastor David and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, to share more about this most powerful Dakini and also some information about the forms of Vajrayogini. inspiring article to read.

  8. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    The most significant message of this post on Niguma , the Mistress of Illusion, is that a powerful female tantric master could arise in ancient India, when female teachers were an extreme rarity, whose influence and lineage of teachings and practice continue to live on to this day. Her lineage lives on as an important subsect of the Kagyu tradition, known as the Shangpa Kagyu Buddhist Tradition. The corpus of her teachings, mainly the Six Dharmas of Niguma, were passed down to Khyungpo Naljor, the founder of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition.

    Niguma, the great yogini and female Tantric Master of the 11th century,is said to be the sister of another great Buddhist saint and master, Naropa. The Six Dharmas of Niguma has many similarities to the Six Yogas of Naropa. It is believed that Niguma had received teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa from Naropa himself.

    Niguma usually appeared to her students in the form of a black dakini. This ‘mistress of illusion’ taught the Six Dharmas to Khyungpo Naljor in her own ‘signature’ style. Khyungpo Naljor first received the Six Dharmas of Niguma in a dream. Niguma then blessed and instructed him to recall his dream. “Niguma remarked that she had never heard of anyone receiving the entire Six Dharmas during a single instance of sleep. However, since he was awake, he was given the teachings again three times along with other instructions”.
    After being kept secret for 7 generations according to the specific instructions of Niguma, her lineage of teachings then flourished and was also absorbed into several other major lineages such as the Jonang, Jakchen, Samding and others.Niguma’s legacy is a most powerful ancient Tantric lineage that has been transmitted from India to Tibet and continues to be proliferated today.

    Again ,her enduring lineage is testimony to the fact that barriers restricting a powerful practice to the male gender are manmade and can be broken down so that all can reap the benefits of this practice . Niguma has trancended time and space, to empower both female and male practitioners to break boundaries and practise the Dharma without bias or self-imposed label.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this most inspiring and empowering post.

  9. Wylfred Ng on Dec 8, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    谢谢仁波切和黎国圆讲法师的分享。

    读过像这些女性大成就者, 如Niguma, 或像Maghana Sangmo 的故事我们都知道女性在修佛方面完全与男性是一样的, 大家都拥有一样的机会成为大成就者, 或是成佛。

    其实在社会上, 提倡男女平等的概念只是上个世纪才被广泛提出和接受。 不过早在千多年前的佛教, 男女平等这个概念已经是存在。

    仁波切说过, 得到无上瑜伽密续的其中一个戒律就是我们不可以生起一丝歧视女性的想法, 如果我们那么做, 我们就已经破了密续戒。

    谢谢。

  10. Freon on Dec 3, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Dear Pastor David

    From this article I know that female can also be a Tantric practitioner and attain high realization in the “female” form. Niguma is a teacher and also a master to a lineage holder.

    Thank you Pastor for this article

    Yours sincerely
    Freon

  11. Datuk May on Dec 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Until now the 21st century, females are still fighting for equal rights. Things don’t change, I would say.

    Reading about such an accomplished female tantric practitioner like Niguma, makes me realise that gender identification for suppression is overridden due to diligence and perfection in practice showing results of her powerful attainments.

    It gives me great joy to know that without distractions and strict adherence to appropriate practice, females can attain arhathood and enlightenment.

    Thank you Pastor David for this profound knowledge.

    An extremely encouraging article for female high achievers to read.

  12. Choong on Nov 26, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this illuminating article on Niguma.
    What I find even more exciting is that Niguma’s precious Shangpa transmissions have survived till this day and are held in many different lineages and traditions including Gelug. I read that the greats Changkya Rolpe Dorje (lcang skya rol pa’i rdo rje, 1717-1786) and Thu-ukvan Lobsang Chökyi Nyima (thu’u bkwan blo bzang chos kyi nyi ma, 1737-1802) were lineage holders. This also shows that great practices are never sectarian in nature, just tailor-made to suit different inclinations.

  13. Cc on Nov 26, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing.
    Indeed interesting. It shows that for female can be a tantric Master.
    Niguma’s teachings is to realise the fact that the mind is immortal which is the actual fact. Our mind travels and body is just a shell.
    Learned that Six Dharmas is a teaching by Niguma called ‘The Purifier, Hollow Interior of AH’. By reciting ‘Ah’ with visualisation can purify.

    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Jacinta Goh on Nov 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor David,

    I first heard about this Lady Niguma was when Pastor David has written about her in his blog http://www.davidlai.me/2016/09/28/offerings-of-gold/ and that was how I knew about Niguma. She was known as the sister but in this article, it mentioned that there’s possibility that she could be the Wife. Anyway, the essence of this article proved that tantric is not meant for men only. Even female can be a powerful tantric Master (or should I address it Mistress?) This article about Niguma is rather short or perhaps I’m expecting more of the details of her life. However, it was mentioned that, that’s the only source of info that could be found.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David on this article. It refreshed my memory on Sukkhasiddhi (White Kechari) and Indra Kacho (Red Kechari).

  15. Fong on Nov 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    It is interesting that though tantra regards the female energy as power or wisdom in some lineages, ancient India did not regard the women well. Women were normally kept out of sight. So, Niguma must have been very powerful indeed in her time for her to be so highly regarded.

    Thank you, Pastor David for sharing about this deity with us. I find it especially empowering to read of her.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:08 PM
    Momo is a dumpling made of all-purpose flour and filled with either meat or vegetables. Inspired by Tibetan dumplings, the dish is a very popular Nepali street food. It is one of my favourite foods. Last year while in Kathmandu I am fortunate given the opportunity to learn and made vegetarian Momos.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing as it reminds me of trip there visiting some of the Holiest sites and trying my hand making momos then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-nepalese-momos.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:06 PM
    Bouddha, also known as Boudhanath, is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal which is located about 11 km from outskirts of Kathmandu. Its massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal and the world. The Boudhanath Stupa pyramid is coated with over 60 pounds of gold, is one of the largest and one of the most significant Buddhist monuments in the world. This great Stupa is home to precious relics and this semi-circular structure stands out with its majestic mandala, recognized by UNESCO in 1979 as a World Heritage Site. The Boudhanath is the most sacred sites in Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet, reflecting the cosmological tenets of Buddhism. Was there last year June joining thousands of pilgrims circumambulate the stupa.
    The aerial view of this Boudhanath Stupa is magnificent indeed. Looking merely at the pictures is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/aerial-view-of-bodha-stupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:04 PM
    Shanti Stupa in Pokhara was built by Nipponzan-Myōhōji monk Morioka Sonin with local supporters under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk and the founder of Nipponzan-Myōhōji
    A famous site where locals as well as foreign tourists will go there throughout the year. One have to climb 400 steep steps to get to the Pagoda, it was worth the climb, as its situated on the Anadu Hill at the height of 1100 meters.
    Shanti Stupa shrine was built as a symbol of peace designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. It has also become a tourist attraction as it provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and Fewa Lake. The white pagoda has two tiers for tourists and religious visitors to circumambulate. Its location on the hilltop provides a splendid view of sunrise and sunset for visitors. Hopefully I could visit this amazing Holy site soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/pokhara-stupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:04 PM
    Its an old blog yet its hold many wonderful memories for The Tsem Ladrang team , I am sure. They are the ones who found a beautiful house in the hills of Naranthan in Kathmandu, Nepal. The place is serene and peaceful with beautiful mountains ranges. Looking at the old pictures its breath-taking and brilliant. The Ladrang is surrounded by scenery of outstanding natural beauty. Having a spacious yard, guest quarters, butterlamp house, to mention a few. The Ladrang has a spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and Kathmandu Valley.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthan-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:02 PM
    Buddhist Pilgrimage in Nepal is the best trip that takes us to the spiritual centers where Buddhism’s practices and meditations emerged. Nepal is popular for its Buddhism practices and itself is the birthplace of the originator Gautam Buddha. This beautiful Himalayan nation hosts the amazing Buddhist trails, monuments and stupas. It’s the place where the Buddha meditated and the Buddha enlightened the people with wisdom. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, boasts many caves, stupas, and monasteries that are associated with Bodhisattvas, Buddha and Siddhas. The cave of Naropa and his guru Tilopa is beside Pashupatinath temple, bank of the holy Bagmati River. All these caves is considered as the holy site and Buddhist pilgrimage sites as the caves is the place where Naropa received training, teachings and had visions of Vajrayogini.
    I am fortunate to have visited this Holy caves while at Kathmandu last year.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/puja-at-naropas-cave-kathmandu-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:00 PM
    The Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini, southern Nepal.Lumbini is one of the world’s most important spiritual sites for the Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. The site is a popular place of Buddhist pilgrimage for many yearly. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. The tranquility, aura and peace that we would experience in Lumbini makes it among the most holy places to visit in the world. I am fortunate going to this holiest place of Buddha birthplace last year with my Dharma brothers and sisters .It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, worth visiting
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/the-birth-palace-of-gautam-buddha
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:06 PM
    Very interesting and informative article. In most cultures, women is consider as lower in status compared with men. Ancient times in India, man took the lead while women is seconded. But times has changed for the better where women are not degraded in society. They receive equal recognition, appreciation, and stature, yet in countries and places around the world, women are still viewed as inferior and treated accordingly. But in Buddhism women have been increasing in number and has proven that many of them have gained full enlightenment in a female body. In Buddhism is concerned there’s no discrimination toward women ,both men and women are equal. There‘s many female Mahasiddhas and Yoginis as in this blog. May it inspired many more to come. Interesting article and its great sharing knowledge.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/courtesans-of-ancient-india.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:05 PM
    Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, one may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak. It’s not harmful and should pass quickly, but at times can be frightening. It can affect anyone but is most common in young adults and they might have hallucination. The scary facts about sleep paralysis is those who suffer from it have said it felt like someone was choking them on their chest so they could not breathe.
    As for me I have not experience as such before as least i know now what i can to do.
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing. Interesting read of these stories related to sleep paralysis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:03 PM
    nteresting as this texts been composed after being inspired to do so . That’s interesting as this nature are traditionally considered exceptionally potent in their blessings if the claim of divine inspiration is authentic. According to the account in the introduction, the author composed this text after being divinely inspired to do so. It’s a very rare kind and its acceptance been recognised and received praise by very high lamas of our tradition. Reading this article tell us all of how powerful Dorje Shugden when we invoke in our prayers.
    Interesting read of the short biography of Ven. Geshe Kunchok Gyaltsen, the author of Mass of Vajra Fire.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mass-of-vajra-fire-invocation-of-the-mighty-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:01 PM
    That’s wonderful Rinpoche has composed prayers in English so as everyone could recite and practice. For beginners is such a meaningful insights and perspectives without commitments and initiation. Moreover each prayers is for a specific blessing that helps practitioners to gain attainments and overcome obstacles. Easy and simple for everyone to start off.
    We are fortunate that everything Rinpoche did brought tremendous benefit to all sentient beings. Whatever prayers Rinpoche has composed are especially potent with blessings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/holy-prayers-to-invoke-the-divine.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 01:59 PM
    A great article , revisit this again of Tibetan Lamas and their dogs. As now I have a pet doggie with me, I came to understand more of them . Dogs are the most amazing creatures, they give us unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive. Buddhists believe dogs also have the potential to become enlightened and can teach us about responsibility, love, and other Buddhist principles. The Q & A by Sandra Klein’s interview with the Venerable Gonsar Rinpoche gave us a better understanding and very informative of Tibetan dogs under Lamas care. ccording to the Buddha Dharma, all sentient beings have Buddha nature — from ants to humans. Though we often look at dogs as wonderful companions an teach us to embrace Buddhist principles. They, themselves, embody many of these principles.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dogs-in-tibetan-monasteries.html
  • Brent
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2024 04:47 PM
    Living with my wife, whose world is meticulously painted with the hues of OCD, is a journey that intertwines the essence of love with the complexities of the human mind. Her relentless pursuit of cleanliness and order, transforming even the most negligible corner into a testament of organization, often dances on the fine line between admiration and frustration. The sight of her steering clear from trash bins as if they were labyrinths of chaos, serves as a poignant reminder of the battles she fights within. Yet, it’s through these very battles that I’ve learned the profound language of patience and the unspoken strength of support. Therapy, in its gentle embrace, has been a beacon of light for her, guiding her through the stormy seas of OCD. It has not only offered her solace but has also unveiled the strength of her spirit, teaching us both the beauty of resilience. As she journeys through the pathways of healing, I stand by her, a testament to the power of love and the enduring promise of hope. Together, we navigate the complexities of her world, discovering that within the challenges lie opportunities for growth, understanding, and an unbreakable bond. https://www.mindfullyaliveonline.com/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:31 PM
    Venerable Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. Well respected and loved as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. Interesting life story, how he chose to leave the settled monastic life and became a wandering ascetic. Walking across Thailand, lived in forests, caves and cremation grounds while learning from the meditation monks of the Forest of various monasteries. He wandered through the countryside in quest of quiet and secluded places for developing meditation. He even lived in tiger and cobra infested jungles, using reflections on death to penetrate to the true meaning of life. After years of wandering, Venerable Ajahn Chah established a monastery where he taught simple, practice-based form of meditation, and attracted a numerous of students including western foreigners. He was one of the greatest Dhamma teachers of the modern era. His wise teachings have continued to guide thousands of people along the path of Dharma. Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings of the Thai Forest Tradition gradually spread across all over the world. Several of Ajahn Chah’s Western students have since established monasteries throughout the world. Just in Thailand itself, there are more than 300 branch monasteries in Ajahn Chah’s tradition. Ven erable Ajahn Chah used his ill health as a teaching point, emphasizing that it was a living example of the impermanence of all things and reminded people to endeavour to find a true refuge within themselves. The legacy of Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings and legacy continues into the modern age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/venerable-ajahn-chah-the-forest-monk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:30 PM
    Wonderful blog written on the practice of Kalarupa for us to understand better. As an emanation of Manjushri, Kalarupa’s practice helps us to destroy ignorance and to develop wisdom overcoming our anger and suffering . Awesome Kalarupa manifested in multiple forms to help sentient beings who personifies enlightenment by the conquest of anger. Kalarupa also regard as one of the three main Dharma protectors of the Gelugpa is extremely fierce and ugly, and tames all kinds of spiritual ugliness. The fierceness of his iconography teaches us to remind ourselves that all the causes and effects of anger arising from ignorance are dreadful and distorted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antionette for this detailed sharing,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:27 PM
    Nepal is a very spiritual country, having a huge Dorje Shugden mural in Kathmandu, is indeed a big achievement for Kechara. Located on Charkhal Road in Dilli Bazaar, the mural can be found midway between our two Dorje Shugden chapels which are in Putalisadak and Chabahil. It is also very close to one of Kathmandu’s largest shopping malls. Many locals , tourist will be able to connect them to a powerful deity that is so closely associated with their culture. Well the mural not only beautiful but also full of symbolism and everyone merely by seeing it is blessed. Thanks to those talented artists and generous sponsors making it a success.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/spectacular-dorje-shugden-mural-in-kathmandu-nepal.html

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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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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)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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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.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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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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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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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

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
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On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
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Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
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Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
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Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
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Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
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