Random Questions

Oct 7, 2016 | Views: 768

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends around the world,

The Kechara Pastors are asked many questions by sincere spiritual seekers from all over the world. These questions range from those on Buddhist practice and philosophy to general advice on various situations in life. I wanted to share with all of you just some of these questions and the replies given by our team of Pastors. The questions below were answered by Pastor Niral Patel. If you want your questions answered you can do so here. Do have a read and learn something from these random questions.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

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What are your views on the Mahayana Bodhisattva Cundi?

The Bodhisattva Cundi is considered to be an emanation of Chenresig by some. In any case she is closely related to Chenresig as she is mentioned in the Karandavyuha Sutra. This sutra centers on Chenresig and is the sutra in which Chenresig’s mantra of ‘Om Mani Peme Hung’ was first taught. In the sutra, Buddha explains the benefits of Cundi. She is a Bodhisattva that has the ability to heal, both physically and mentally.

 
How do you pronounce Manjushri’s mantra?

At Kechara, we have been taught by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to recite Manjushri’s mantra as

OM AH RA BA TSA NA DHI

 
What is the Buddhist perspective of New Age religions, witchcraft and Wicca?

From a Buddhist perspective those who practise witchcraft, New Age religions and Wicca are not bad people, as some other religions label them. There are many religions in the world and everybody has the right to practice what they want to. That is a human right.

There are many beings such as gods, demi-gods and spirits that exist and people can contact them for help. However from a Buddhist perspective these beings cannot help you to achieve enlightenment and thereby end your suffering forever. These beings are powerful and can help in worldly affairs and higher states of being within samsara. From a Buddhist perspective only the Buddhas can help you transcend all forms of existence within samsara and achieve enlightenment.

 
There is mantra to bless meat before eating. Can this same mantra clean other foods such as fast food, potatoes, carrots, garlic, onions, etc?

The mantra to bless meat is only used to bless meat. This mantra purifies the fault of eating meat (the non-virtue of killing) and blesses the mindstream of the animal. This does not extend to the purification of other food, such as vegetables, roots, etc.

Mantras would not be able to ‘clean’ foods because they are of a samsaric nature. For example, in the case of meat, even though you have purified the karmic effects of eating it, you are still physically eating meat. Therefore it will still effect your body. The mantra can only purify the karmic fault of eating the meat and not the physical effect of eating meat.

Some of the food you have mentioned actually alters the psychic winds within our body and has an effect on us physically. This food cannot be ‘cleaned’ as such, karmically speaking. If unwholesome actions were engaged in when producing the vegetables, then when you eat it, you also bear some karmic responsibility. In this case, blessing the food with mantras will cleanse the karmic effect of eating it.

The best way to use eating food on the path however, is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat or drink to the Buddhas. This way, the physical act of eating turns into something meritorious as we make an offering to the enlightened beings. For example, we can offer the first portion of our food onto the altar as an offering. Or we can recite prayers before we start eating, thinking that the food has been offered to the Buddhas and they have accepted the offering. Then when we are eating we think that we are eating simply to sustain our bodies. This will cut attachment to food as well.

Food offering prayer to Lama Tsongkhapa:

OM AH HUM (3x)
GANGCHEN SHING TAI SOLJE TSONGKHAPA
NGOTOB RIGPAI WANGCHUNG GYALTSAB JE
DONGA TENPAI DAGPO KHEDRUB JE
GYALWA YABSE SUMLA CHOPA BUL

 
Can you visualise prayer wheels and will they have the same effect as normal prayer wheels?

As for prayer wheels I have never come across a practice before in which they are visualised. I do not think they will have the same effect as physical prayer wheels. This is because prayer wheels exists physically, the mantras are actually written down. Therefore when you turn the prayer wheel the energies are sent out into the environment from the physical mantra. If we visualise this, there is no physical basis for this. If you recite mantras however, they have a physical basis which is sound. Therefore reciting mantras will also have the same benefit as turning a prayer wheel.

 
How is one free desire when you have the desire to be from desire?

In regards to your question about desire, this is a very good question. Here you are asking questions in regards to the nature of existence, belonging to the wisdom teachings. Yes, on an ordinary level we have a desire to be free of desire. On the path, we need to develop this desire so that we can engage in virtuous practice. However at the end of the path we need to have the realisation that all desire is part of samsara. When we realise that, we realise the true nature of existence. At that point we have no more desire because we have reached the highest potential – Buddhahood.

 
I read that you cannot sing on auspicious days such as Wesak. If that is the case, does that include chanting mantras and prayers?

In regards to singing on certain holy days, this is actually to do with precepts one can take during these days. All activities that exist within samsara can either be virtuous, non-virtuous or neutral. When we sing, we usually do so for entertainment. Entertainment, while not negative itself does not improve our situation within samsara, it is not an activity that leads us out of samsara. On these holy days, practitioners take the eight precepts. These precepts are so the practitioners refrain from engaging in actions that do not bring spiritual benefit. As they only engage in virtuous actions on these days, they generate merit that leads to enlightenment.

The chanting of mantras and prayers, however, is a virtuous activity. Therefore this does not apply to this precept. This is because the chanting of mantras and prayers is a virtuous activity that aids in the attainment of enlightenment.

RandomQuestions-2

 
Is the name mantra for His Holiness the Dalai Lama the same in all his incarnations?

In regards to the name mantra of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the mantra is not the same for each incarnation. The reason being is that the mantra actually contains the name of His Holiness in its Sanskrit form. As the Tibetan language was formulated to translate and preserve the Dharma from the Sanskrit sources, the meaning of the words are exactly the same. For example, in the name mantra of His Holiness are ‘Shasana Dhara’ (‘Tenzin’ in Tibetan) and ‘Samudra’ (‘Gyatso’ in Tibetan). Tenzin Gyatso is part of His Holiness’s name. Therefore the holy name mantras are different for each successive incarnation.

 
Is it ok to recite the mantras of a specific deity to their emanations? For example, chanting Manjushri’s mantra to Dorje Shugden.

In regards to reciting mantras of a specific deity to their emanations, of course you can do this. After all they are one and the same on the ultimate level. It is just that their forms are different to help you in different ways. That said, if you want to receive the benefits of that particular emanation, then it is better to recite the actual mantra of that particular emanation.

For example, Manjushri’s manta is very beneficial for developing wisdom and Dorje Shugden’s mantra is very beneficial for removing obstacles and creating conducive conditions. By all means you can recite Manjushri’s mantra to Dorje Shugden, however in terms of clearing obstacles, Dorje Shugden’s mantra would be better as that is why Manjushri arose in that particular form. Here we see the compassion of the enlightened beings, who are always emanating into various forms to help sentient beings in many different ways.

 
What is the Buddhist view of the occult, Freemasons or the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn?

In regards to practices such as Freemasons, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, etc., from a Buddhist perspective they are like the New Age or Wicca traditions that you mentioned earlier. They are not wrong or right, they just attain the various highest states of samsaric existence. According to a Buddhist perspective, only by achieving enlightenment, can one truly transcend samsaric existence.

 
Can you visualise offerings instead of offering them physically, and is there such as thing as an astral temple?

Yes, offerings can be visualised. In fact within many sadhanas one is to visualise offerings as vast as space being offered up to the Buddhas. This generates tremendous merit for one’s spiritual journey. There is no such thing as an astral temple, however the Buddha’s do have pure lands where their forms reside.

 
If practitioners shouldn’t eat meat, then how come certain masters of the past ate meat, like Milarepa?

In regards to your question about the great masters of the past who ate meat, this is actually one of their attainments. For example, you and me are ordinary people, we are bound by karma and cause and effect. The great enlightened beings of the past ate meat. But by them doing so they actually benefited the beings whose flesh they ate. Just like the blessing meat mantra blesses the mind of the animals that were killed, the great masters eating the meat of animals blesses them due to the power of their attainment.

 

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  1. tomas31.contently.com on Nov 23, 2019 at 1:05 am

    Good answers in return of this question with genuine arguments and telling the whole
    thing concerning that.

  2. 8tracks.com on Sep 5, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Those periodic opportunities when I decide to have a junk food treat”, I often end up obtaining put off by fats … like I simply cannot take on my own to devote nonetheless a lot of fats on one little bit of hamburger.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 15, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastors for having such a section for us to learn.

  4. Darren on Nov 18, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you for the sharing, a detail and precise answer to all the questions that most people need to know. I always check the Ask a question section from time to time. From there is easier to understand and learn on the common Buddhist knowledge.

  5. Vivian Ong7 on Nov 6, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article. Thank you Pastor Niral for the answers to the questions. I did learn a thing or two from this article although some of the things I already know.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  6. Sock Wan on Nov 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I like how Buddhists see other religions, there’s no right or wrong religion or good or bad religions. Everyone should be free to practice what they believe. The difference is that Buddhists teachings lead the followers to enlightenment while other beings have the capability to fulfil our secular requests. As long as the religion is not teaching us to inflict pain onto another person or being, is promoting compassion, tolerance and all other positive qualities, people should be free to practise it.

  7. Samfoonheei on Oct 23, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Good questions been asked and good answers given by Pastor Niral. Thank you Pastor we could learn some knowledge from it and helping those in seeking spirituality in Buddhism like me.Well what we learn,we could apply it in our daily life….for example the food offering prayer to Lama Tsongkhapa..
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for sharing this.

  8. Mingwen on Oct 12, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Great Q&A section for individuals who wish to know more about Buddhadharma. I’m sure that if we explore more deeply in Buddhadharma, there will be more interesting questions arise.

    At the mean time, along the way when we receive the great knowledges from Buddhadharma, we should spend times to understand them,then,apply them on our daily lives Hence,we could transform and be a better person with better motivations to live as a human being.

  9. Sharon Ong on Oct 12, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Just like how Manjushri manifested himself as one of Shakyamuni’s students to ask questions for the benefit of all other students, I thank all who asked these questions as I have learnt much from this batch of Q & A. One of the questions that stood out for me was the one about Cundi as I have heard of this Bodhisattva before but do not know much about her.

    This is another way of learning that I personally find effective as it shows how much I know and provides a rough gauge of my Dharma knowledge. Knowing how much or rather how little I know, I will push myself to do even more reading and studying. Thank you and hope to see more of this.

  10. sonny tan on Oct 11, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    The answers provided by Rinpoche and Pastor Niral are informative and would definitely help those on the quest in seeking spirituality in Buddhism.
    On the Cundi bodhisattva I am quite surprised to learn that Cundi bodhisattva is an emanation of Avalokitesvara the image of both looks very similar with the thousand hands and eyes, what I do notice is that on closer inspection the mudra appears different.
    There is a very large temple in Ipoh where one can view a very large image of Cundi bodhisattva, I have visited this temple various times during the seventies and I was pretty much attracted to her because one of my peers during that time were able to take trance of her. Her Buddhist teachings during trance are very philosophical and have extended help to many of my friends from Singapore. Most of my friends who are keen in Cundi bodhisattva are Singaporeans and unfortunately over the years we have not kept in contact.
    On the prayer wheel I purchased one in KFR and handed it to my daughter who is moving in to a new university dormitory in Seattle United States and requested her to use it upon arrival she did not use it until a few days later. The day she uses it on the four corners of her dorm and at the same time chanting she felt goosebumps all over her body and after that she was down with fever and chills. Though she has now recovered but I am not too sure the significance on the repercussions of it.

  11. Alice Tay on Oct 9, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral to share these few questions with clear explanations to clear my doubt especially for the mantra to bless meat before eating.

    Hope this Q&A will draw more people to have interest in learning and practice dharma.

  12. Fong on Oct 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing these Q & A on the website. The questions seem simple but I must admit I had not given that much thought. Very refreshing that someone has put thought to pen and gotten answers.

    Thank you Pastor Niral for the clear answers. So, instead of trying to crack out heads and come out with answers that are obscure, we can have a good and clear explanation from the pastors. Just my cup of tea!

  13. Datuk May on Oct 9, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Buddhism has always appealed to me as it is logical and any doubts are erased by the Dharma as taught by Shakymuni Buddha.

    With clear understanding of Buddhism our faith is built on solid foundation.

    It is very kind of HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to have “Ask a Pastor” column to assist us on our spiritual path.

    The answers by Pastor Niral had been very helpful for me as well.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor Niral.

  14. Jacinta Goh on Oct 9, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for having a section of “Ask a Pastor”. It used to be answered by Rinpoche personally and then now Kechara has a team of knowledgeable Pastors to take in the job. How Wonderful isn’t it? Just like a Buddha wanted to others to be Buddhas as well. Of all the Q&As listed here, I was curious about prayer wheels. Can we just turned the prayer wheels without reciting mantras?

    Looks like this Q&As section is very beneficial. It makes us think more. Thank you Rinpoche for this!

  15. Jason on Oct 9, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Question and Answer is very interesting and effective way to obtain dharma knowledge. Nowadays, people are very busy with secular stuff and less time to read any dharma books or article to obtain dharma knowledge. By having such Q&A posting, many people will easy to acccess and get benefit on dharma knowledge.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for sharing this.I hope more Q&A is future time.

    Jason

  16. Echeah on Oct 8, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you Pastor Niral for elucidating answers to these questions. When there are doubts, by asking, we clarify, learn and gain insight. What brought me to Buddhism was, there is a logical answer for everything. Though faith goes a long way in one’s spiritual practice, it is difficult to just depend on faith for everything a religion teaches without clear basis and a logic explanation. If things cannot be explained and one is asked just to accept, believe and have faith, for a thinking person, it is difficult to gain conviction in one’s practice.

  17. Stella Cheang on Oct 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you Pastor Niral for the bite size dharma knowledge through the Random Question column. These info is easy to digest and gives different but relevant perspective of Buddha Dharma compared to the dharma text that is meant for mass consumption. Moreover it is very interesting to read the Q&A as some questions draw parallel with other belief which is not familiar to us, like the question on the Buddhist view of the occult. We all learn something new from the Q&A.

  18. Pastor David Lai on Oct 8, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Interesting Q&A from the pastors and I am amazed at the variety of subject matter in which people have written in. I love how clear and concise are the answer to these questions. However, on the question on getting rid of desire, I do think it is not being counter-intuitive because in Buddhism, we are specifically targeting desirous attachment.

    It’s a very specific type of desire that actually drive us to commit certain actions again and again and thus leading us deeper into our personal samsara and that give rise to rebirth in various realms in samsara as well. Hence, the desire to get rid of desire is different and should not be the target of our practice.

  19. Sofi on Oct 8, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing some of the random questions asked in the “Ask A Pastor”. I quite enjoyed this interesting article as some of the questions are what I would have asked while some of the questions had not even entered my mind but are interesting nevertheless. And I must commend Pastor Niral on his clear explanations that were easy to understand and sufficed the questions. It is a great idea for the Pastors to help with answering the questions that practitioners would have as they progress along their dharmic path and a good way for the Pastors to share their knowledge as Rinpoche had taught. Thank you Rinpoche for always looking for ways that all of us could benefit others and ourselves.

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    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 05:30 PM
    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche: Birth, Death & Bardo

    Birth, death and bardo: what are these three things? How do people die? We have to understand what we mean by birth, death and bardo in general. We must know how the bardo is entered. We die, go into bardo, take birth, again die going yet again into bardo. There is an unending cycle of the three; no end to it at all. It is useful to develop aversion to Samsara (or Cyclic Existence) and very good for practice to know this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zong-rinpoche-birth-death-and-bardo.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 04:02 PM
    This is interesting and good article to read and provided many information of holy places.It is always good to visit spiritual power places. it can open up dharma seeds within us and bless our minds to engage in spiritual practice.
    Great to get know what we suppose to do at these Holy place ,recite prayers, make offerings and so forth to intoxicate one selves with the blessings of the place.Thank you so much for the article and beautiful pictures.

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  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 01:43 PM
    People often relate witchcraft to evil practice. However, in this modern time, no one is penalised for practising witchcraft. It is not a main stream religious practice and people can practise it freely.

    Therefore, it is very ridiculous for the Tibetan leadership to penalise Dorje Shugden practitioners because of their faith. Dorje Shugden practice started about 300-400 years ago and it has never been a threat to national security, there is no reason it should be banned. May the ban be lifted soon and no more discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/witches.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 05:13 PM
    Rinpoche have shown us an example to have faith and trust in Buddha. When pray sincerely, have trust and faith our wishes will be fulfilled.Buddha will bless us when we have sincere motivation.
    Really a good article about Medicine Buddha .It is really inspiring and thank you very much for sharing with us.
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 05:04 PM
    The Rain Stopper

    A few years ago, I think in 2005, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and a few of us went to Kathmandu, Nepal to buy Buddha statues for our outlets in Malaysia, it was around July and it was a rainy season in Nepal, so it rained almost daily during the daytime and it made the shopping trip somewhat troublesome, because the statue shops in Nepal are mostly in Boudanath and it was not a covered shopping mall, you have to go from shop to shop in the rain. We were staying in Hyatt Regency Kathmandu then and it was raining quite heavily as we were waiting at the lobby for the taxis to bring us to Boudanath, Rinpoche commented that it was another tiresome rainy day, and he said to us “You guys wait here, I am going to talk to my friends”, then Rinpoche left the seat, walked towards the hotel entrance, and start staring at the gloomy sky while mumbling something. The few of us who looked at each other, and all turned to stared at Rinpoche, this lasted for about 5 minutes, then Rinpoche walked back to us and said “It’s ok now, I just talked to them and they are OK with it, we can leave soon.” True enough, in about 5 minutes, the downpour turned into drizzle, and we hopped into the taxis, by the time the taxis were speeding along the bustling streets of Kathmandu, the rain stopped completely.

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  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 03:11 PM
    It is extremely worrying to know that parts of America such as Texas and Florida are experiencing the impact of powerful hurricanes. The horrendous natural disasters have destroyed thousands of homes, businesses, offices and facilities in these areas. Sadly however, during such disasters, animals are often the first ones to be left behind, and saving the life of a human takes precedence over the life of an animal. The same thing happened during the recent Hurricane Harvey in Florida. But this time around, what was most disturbing was the fact that animals were left behind to die during the disaster.

    The helpless animals, such as dogs in this case, have had to suffer immensely during the storms. As can be seen in the article, there is an uproar regarding dogs being tied up during the hurricanes which made it impossible for them to escape. In fact, the authorities may have encouraged people to leave their pets behind in some areas, but they should not have been tied up and left to suffer from the strong winds and rain. No one wants to be put in such a position, and neither do animals.

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  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 03:01 PM
    The mere mention of the Lizard Man conjures creepy images of mutant-like humanoid reptilians. Interestingly, despite possible disapproval from the grammar police, the term “Lizard Man” is used interchangeably to refer to a broad spectrum of bipedal hominid-like reptilian creatures (sometimes also referred to as “Homo-subterreptus) instead of just one specific cryptid. Thus, reported sightings of Lizard Man vary from scaly humans to large bipedal lizards, small dinosaurs and everything else in-between.

    It is no surprise that many theories have been put forward in an attempt to crystallise the undefined nature and origin of the Lizard Man. Essentially, there are two leading theories – one based on evolution and the other on extra-terrestrials.

    Read more about the Creepy Tales of the Lizard Man at http://bit.ly/348HLxA
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 02:55 PM
    Buddha Shakyamuni gave three reasons as to why He had chosen Kushinagar (in today’s northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh) to pass away:

    It was the proper venue for teaching the Maha-Sudassana Sutra (Story of the Great King of Glory).
    Subhadda, whom Buddha Shakyamuni felt still needed to be given teachings, was there. Subhadda consequently became the last monk to be ordained by Buddha Shakyamuni; upon meditating on the teachings received directly from the Buddha, he swiftly became an arhat (perfected) and entered Parinirvana shortly before Buddha Shakyamuni.
    Buddha Shakyamuni foresaw that His disciples would argue over the sharing of His relics. He wanted Doha, a wise and respected old Brahmin of Kushinagar, to mediate the disciples’ disagreements.

    Read more about the Important Sites of Buddhist Pilgrimage – Kushinagar, India at http://bit.ly/2P9tU5A
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 02:39 PM
    On June 21, 2015, Kechara had the privilege and great merits to witness an auspicious trance in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche briefly describes here the history and background of trances, and what happened on the day itself.

    For the first time in history, a Tibetan oracle had the invocation done for the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to enter or take trance, and there were no Tibetan monks involved. It was all local, lay Malaysians who did the invocation. Our people practiced very hard and diligently with a lot of sincerity and commitment for many weeks, to do the chanting, to learn the rituals and to ensure the procedure was done right. And everything was a great success.

    On the fateful day as preordained, we escorted Chojela to the prayer hall where there were 700 people (by invitation only) waiting to witness and to get blessings of the trance. We then assisted him in dressing in the correct regalia of the official oracle, including the hat and the boots. The instruments of trance such as the sword and spears were nearby along with the noose. The invocation was done and Dorje Shugden entered very smoothly into the oracle. He immediately got up as per tradition and did a very special Vajra dance in our prayer hall, which is the dance of clearing the obstacles.

    Read more about this historical moment of 700 Meet A Buddha at http://bit.ly/38oe0vP
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 02:29 PM
    The rabbis call on their “fellow Jews to transition toward animal-free, plant-based diets.This approach to sustenance is an expression of sharing Jewish values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for our physical and spiritual well-being.”

    Read more about Rabbis Urge Jews to Go Vegan in Global Campaign at http://bit.ly/2RF5vGT
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 01:40 PM
    The crow pheasant is a beautiful bird, I saw this bird just yesterday. It is good to know that it is a good omen. It somehow gives me an assurance that things will only get better. Sometimes when people are lost and not sure if they have made the right decision, seeing signs like this can really calm people’s mind.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-crow-pheasant-bringer-of-auspicious-omens.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 12:37 AM
    The 14th Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden

    This is the prayer to Dorje Shugden as composed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Dungkar Monastery of Domo Geshe Rinpoche. It is good to recite daily or when in need of help. You can see in the prayer His Holiness enthrones Dorje Shugden as the “supreme collected nature of all Gurus and Protective Deities and requests to grant siddhis” (attainments). Ordinary spirits cannot grant siddhis therefore in this prayer, Dalai Lama recognized Dorje Shugden as a superior being who can grant two types of siddhis. Ordinary and extra-ordinary siddhis. His Holiness surely could not be tricked by a spirit. His Holiness saw Dorje Shugden as a superior being embodying the gurus and Protective Deities who can grant two types of siddhis.

    Read of the 14th Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden: http://bit.ly/14DalaiLamaDSPrayer
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 12:32 AM
    The Fourth Takpu, Pema Vajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub

    Apart from his visions related to Dorje Shugden, Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub is said to have had numerous other mystical experiences. During a stay at Chubzang he had a vision of the sixty-two deity body mandala of Heruka Cakrasamvara, from whom he received the four initiations (dbang bzhi). He was also able to reveal the location of a sacred cave called Takten (rtag brtan) near Chubzang, which is related to Heruka. During a retreat at the Nyang caves (nyang phug) near Samye Monastery (bsam yas), he had a vision of Padmasambhava, his consorts, and his entourage of disciples. Although this may be interpreted as contradictory to the often perceived sectarian nature of this lineage, Padmasambhava appears to have been held in high regard. Trijang Lobzang Tendzin Gyatso, for example, also bestowed Padmasambhava empowerments and related teachings.

    Read about this great visionary Master who left precious legacies of practices: http://bit.ly/TakpuPemaVajra
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Dec 10. 2019 04:35 PM
    Happy to see so many people attended this Dorje Shugden puja in Malacca Chapel . May more people know about Dorje Shugden Chapel to receive his blessings.It so happened to be in a historical and peak street of Malacca center point.
    May Dorje Shugden’s practice spread to all direction to benefit many more people in Malacca. As Malacca is a tourist destination for many tourist from all over the world. Thank you very much for sharing this article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/36lnXIA
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    Tuesday, Dec 10. 2019 04:01 PM
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    But with a show that focuses on such topics, of course it was only a matter of time that they covered Bigfoot. I was pleasantly surprised to see this episode because not many people, especially famous people, want to be associated with this genre of investigation. Let’s be honest – society thinks that people who investigate things like poltergeists and Bigfoot are generally regarded as a little different and quirky. So for someone who is famous to openly investigate, talk about and be interested in Bigfoot, is good for the field of investigation which is known as cryptozoology.

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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.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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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
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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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