Suryagupta’s 21 Taras

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends around the world,

Due to her enlightened compassion Tara manifests in innumerable forms to benefit sentient beings. These manifestations reflect the many needs of sentient beings, including protection, long life, peace, the overcoming of obstacles and saving beings from danger.

Tara is one of the most beloved deities in Vajrayana Buddhism, particularly by Tibetans. Legend has it that many eons ago, during the time of Buddha Dundubhisvara, there lived a princess named ‘Moon of Wisdom-knowledge’. She was a very devoted disciple of this Buddha, and would set out many offerings to the Buddha and sangha every day. Eventually she generated bodhicitta, the compassionate aspiration to attain enlightenment and become a Buddha herself, in order to help all living beings. Some monks came to know of this, and urged her to dedicate the merits she had created to be reborn as a male. However, the princess rejected this advice, saying:

“Here there is no man, there is no woman, no self, no person, and no consciousness. Labelling ‘male’ or ‘female’ has no essence but deceives the evil-minded world.”

She went on to make the following vow:

“There are many who desire enlightenment in a man’s body, but none who work for the benefit of sentient beings in the body of a woman. Therefore, until samsara is empty, I shall work for the benefit of sentient beings in a woman’s body.”

From that time onwards the princess dedicated herself to winning full and complete enlightenment. Once she accomplished that goal, she came to be known as Tara, the Liberator.

I wanted to share with all of you some information about Tara and some of her manifestations. The Praise to the 21 Taras is an excellent example of Tara’s various manifestations that compassionately aid sentient beings to overcome their suffering and progress on their spiritual path towards enlightenment. I hope you enjoy reading more about her various manifestations.

You can print out these pictures, and recite the prayers and mantras below to create a strong connection with her and have your life transformed by her immense energies. You do not need tantric initiation to engage in these practices. I would like to thank the very talented Mr V.V. Sapar for painting such wonderful and realistic images of the manifestations of Tara. These paintings really capture the energies of Tara and it will be beneficial to pray to the Tara in these forms. You can print out either one or more of the 21 forms and pray to that form specifically or even recite the Praise to the 21 Taras, which encompassed them all and recite the Green Tara mantra instead.

May you always be cared for by the great mother Buddha Tara in her many glorious manifestations.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

The Twenty-One Taras

Tara has 21 primary emanations, each of which performs different activities such as pacification, increase, control and wrath. The different colours of these 21 Taras correspond to the four different types of enlightened activity, as explained by Venerable Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche:

Tara is the female Buddha of enlightened activity, of which there are 4 types: pacifying, increasing, overpowering and wrathful. Each of these is represented by a different colour:

  • White represents the enlightened activity of pacifying, for example overcoming sickness, causes of untimely death and obstacles to success in one’s life or one’s practice.
  • Yellow represents the enlightened activity of increasing the positive qualities conducive to a long life, peace, happiness and success in one’s Dharma practice.
  • Red represents the enlightened activity of power, or overpowering external forces that cannot be tamed through the first two activities, for example, removing obstacles to sickness, untimely death, etc., and forcefully accumulating conducive conditions for one’s Dharma practice.
  • Black represents the enlightened activity of wrath, which involves using forceful methods for accomplishing activities for enlightened purposes that cannot be accomplished through other means.

The most common form of Tara is Green Tara. It was in this dynamic manifestation that she made the vow to return as a female Bodhisattva again and again to aid sentient beings. She is resplendent in an aura of green light, radiant with the attainment of the six perfections of giving, ethics, patience, effort, meditative stabilisation and wisdom. She glows bright with her ever-compassionate care for all sentient beings.

Tara is immensely beautiful, youthful like a 16-year-old maiden. She is naked from the waist up, though not in a lustful way. She is bare in that way because she remains unshackled by samsara and is free from all suffering.

At the same time, she wears slender and bright pants. These were traditionally worn by ancient Indian ladies, and represents that although she is enlightened, she works through worldly conventions to help us overcome our suffering.

Due to her strong karmic connection to all sentient beings in samsara, Tara tilts towards us out of her great compassion to listen to our prayers, grant us our virtuous wishes and protect us as a mother would for her child.

She is emerald green, splendid in the swiftness that the colour represents. Her ability to come to our assistance as we invoke her presence is instant – we need only think of her to have her compassionate heart with us.

Unusually, Green Tara does not sit in meditative pose; instead her right leg extends outwards, to show us that she is ready to step forward to help us in our time of need, and does so when we invoke her.

There are many lineages of the 21 Taras including the traditions coming from Suryagupta, Dipamkara Atisha, Longchen Rabjampa and Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa. Each of these lineages portray the manifestations of Tara in different ways, with different mantras, and methods of practice. An example of these differences includes the manner in which the practice is bestowed to practitioners. In the Dipamkara Atisha tradition, tantric initiation for all 21 Taras are bestowed during one ceremony, compared to the Suryagupta tradition, where initiations are given for each individual manifestation. The 21 Taras depicted here follow the Suryagupta tradition.

 

The Indian Adept and Mahasiddha Suryagupta

Suryagupta

Suryagupta or Ravigupta (Tibetan: nyi ma be pa) is one of the 84 Mahasiddhas according to a list composed by the Indian scholar Vajrasana of Bodhgaya in the 11th century. Suryagupta was a layperson from Kashmir who was miraculously cured of leprosy by a statue of the goddess Tara. He was a learned man, who was well versed in tantric practice.

When he was afflicted by leprosy, he built himself a hut and prayed for three months to the west of the temple that housed the miraculous Tara statue. After three months, the gate of the temple moved by itself to face his hut. Tara spoke through the statue and asked him “what is your wish?” to which he replied “I wish to be cured of leprosy.” At that very moment, his entire body, apart from a very small sore on his forehead, was healed of leprosy. Puzzled why the sore on his forehead was not healed, he asked “what was the reason for not curing the sore on my forehead?” Tara then replied “In a previous life, you were a hunter, you killed animals and in the end set fire to an entire forest. As a consequence, you were reborn in hell. Your current life is the last rebirth after 500 rebirths in hell.” After saying this, she bestowed him with her sadhana and praise. She told him that when anyone prays to her and invokes her, she will help them to achieve their aims, grant their wishes, and grant them both common and supreme attainments.

After that Suryagupta composed a praise to the 21 Taras, as well as sadhanas and commentaries. He taught these to his student Chandragarbha, and over time this holy lineage was passed down through the ages until today through an unbroken line of sacred masters.

Suryagupta is famous for having many visions of Tara and began many lineages of her practice such as the Twenty-one Taras, Vajra Tara, Seventeen Deity Tara practice, and more. The Twenty-one Taras of Suryagupta is significantly different from the Twenty-one Taras of Dipamkara Atisha, in terms of iconography, as each Tara has a unique posture, colour and implements. The Dipamkara Atisha tradition, on the other hand, portrays each Tara in the same posture.

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Mantra: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA

 


 

Explanation of the 21 Taras

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1. Heroic Red Tara

༄༅། །རབ་ཏུ་དཔའ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

1. Rabtupa We Drolma/ Pravira Tara

Her rite is for turning back the powers of others; she is praised in terms of her history.

Praising Tara by her life story

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

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA TRE DATU VASHAM KURU SOHA

Out of Emptiness, a dharmodaya; in its center, on a yellow lotus and moon seat is OM, which becomes Tara the Heroine, red and emitting a mass of fire, with one face and eight arms. The first pair of hands, joined at her crown, hold a vajra and a bell. The second pair hold an arrow and a bow, the third a wheel and a conch, and the fourth a sword and a noose. She has a peaceful form and sits in vajra-paryanka, adorned with silks and all the jewel ornaments and with a backrest of moonlight. She is crowned with Vairocana.

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2. Moonlight White Tara

༄༅། །དཀར་མོ་ཟླ་མདངས་ཀྱི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Karmo Dadang Kyi Drolma/ Chandra Kanti Tara

Her rite is for calming infectious diseases; she is praised in terms of the brightness and luminous radiance of her countenance.

Praising Tara by the brightness and radiance of her face

Homage to you with a face like a hundred full moons in autumn,
Gathered together into one,
Blazing with brilliant light,
Like a thousand constellations.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA PAPAM SHIN TEM KURU SOHA

On a lotus and moon, from TA comes a white Tara with three faces, white, blue and yellow, and twelve arms. The first pair of hands are in contemplation; the other right hands hold a khatvanga, a wheel, a gem, a vajra, and a garland of flowers; the other left a water-pot, an utpala, a bell, a flask (sometimes a treasure vase) and a book.

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3.Golden Colour Tara

༄༅། །གསེར་མདོག་ཅན་གྱི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Serdog Chen Gyi Drolma/ Kanaka Vana Tara

Her rite is for prolonging life; she is praised in terms of her colour, hand decorations and causes.

Praising Tara by her colour, what she holds and her causes

Homage to you who are bluish gold,
Your hand perfectly adorned with a lotus flower;
Who arose from practicing Giving, Moral discipline,
Patience, Effort, Concentration and Wisdom.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA AYU PUNYE PUSH TEM KURU SOHA

On a lotus and sun seat, from RE comes a yellow Tara with one face and ten arms. Her right hands hold a rosary, a sword, an arrow, a vajra and a staff, her left a silk ribbon, a noose, a lotus, a bell and a bow.

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4. Golden Tara of Crown Victorious

༄༅། །གཚུག་ཏོར་རྣམ་པར་རྒྱལ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Tsugtor Nampar Gyalwe Drolma/ Usnisa Vijaya Tara

Her rite is for neutralizing lethal poisons; she is praised in terms of the esteem that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have for her.

Praising Tara by her being honoured by the Conquerors and the Bodhisattvas

Homage to you who surmount the Tathagathas’ Ushnishas,
Whose victorious actions are limitless
Who are greatly honoured by the Sons of Conquerors,
Who have attained every perfection.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA AYU GHANA PUSH TEM KURU SVAHA

On a yellow lotus and moon, from TUT comes a yellow Tara with one face and four arms, the right hands boon-granting and holding a rosary, the left holding a water-pot and a club. She is in sattva-paryanka.

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5. Tara Proclaiming the Sound of HUM

༄༅། །ཧཱུྃ་སྒྲ་སྒྲོག་པའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Hum Dra Drogpi Drolma/ Hum Svara Nadini Tara

Her rite is for subjugating; she is praised in terms of her suppression of adversity.

Praising Tara by her subduing unfavourable conditions

Homage to you who with letters TUTTARA and HUM
Fill the realms of desire, direction and space.
With the seven worlds beneath your feet,
You are able to draw all beings to bliss.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE AKAR SHA YA HRI SOHA

On a moon, from TA comes a yellow Tara with one face and two arms, the right hand giving refuge and the left holding a yellow lotus.

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6. Tara Victorious over the Three Levels of the World

༄༅། །འཇིག་རྟེན་གསུམ་ལས་རྣམ་པར་རྒྱལ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Jigten Sumlay Nampar Gyalwe Drolma/ Trilokya Vijaya Tara

Her rite is purifying obscuration and negativities; she is praised by the great worldly devas.

Praising Tara by her being worshipped by the great worldly gods

Homage to you who are worshipped by Indra, Agni, Brahma,
Vayu, and the other mighty gods;
And before whom the host of evil spirits,
Zombies, smell eaters and givers of harm respectfully offer praise.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA BE GHAN NA SHA TRUM UTSA TRA YA SOHA

On a red lotus and sun seat, from RE comes a red Tara with one face and four arms, the first right hand holding a vajra and the second a sword, the first left with threatening forefinger and the second holding a noose. She sits in sattva-paryanka.

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7. Tara Who Crushes Adversaries

༄༅། །རྒོལ་བ་འཇོམས་པའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Golwa Jompi Drolma/ Vadi Pramardani Tara

Her rite is for upward transference of the consciousness to the Akanistha Pure Land at the time of death; she is praised in terms of destroying adversaries.

Praising Tara by her destroying opponents

Homage to you who by saying TRA (trey) and PHAT
Completely destroy the obstructions of the enemies.
You suppress with your right leg drawn in and your left extended,
And blaze with a fierce and raging fire.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA BEYA AVA RA NAM YE SOHA

On a yellow lotus and sun, from TU comes a black Tara wearing yellow garments, fierce, with upward-streaming hair, and with one face and four arms. The first right hand holds a wheel, the other a sword, the first left a lotus on which is a vajra (sometimes a noose above the yoni), the other making the threatening forefinger. She has the pratyalidha posture (left leg extended).

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8. Tara Who Gives Supreme Spiritual Power

༄༅། །དབང་མཆོག་སྟེར་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Wangchog Terwe Drolma/ Mara Sudana Vasitottama Da Tara

Her rite is Completion Stage; she is praised in terms of destroying maras and two obstructions.

Praising Tara by her purifying demons and the two obstructions

Homage to TURE, extremely fearsome one,
Who completely destroys the chief of demons,
With a wrathful expression on your lotus face
You vanquish all foes without exception.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SHA TRUM MARAYA PHED SOHA

On a seat of a red lotus, moon and sea-monster stacked together, from RE comes a yellow Tara with one face and four arms. The first pair of hands hold a branch of an asoka tree and a lotus, the other pair are boon-granting, with a gem, and holding a flask. She sits in ardha-paryanka lalita posture.

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9. Tara Granter of Boons

༄༅། །མཆོག་སྩོལ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Chogtsol We Drolma/ Varada Tara

Her rite is for granting the two types of attainments, common and supreme; she is praised in terms of her mudra and the symbols in her hands.

Praising Tara by the object she holds in her right and left hands

Homage to you whose fingers adorn your heart
With the mudra symbolising the Three Precious Jewels,
Adorned with a wheel of all directions,
Whose radiant light outshines all.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAM UPAKRAMA RAKSA RAKSA SOHA

On a red lotus and moon, from SWA comes a red Tara with four arms. The first pair of hands, holding a vajra and a bell, make the gesture of joy on the crown of her head. The [second] right is snapping its fingers in dancing fashion, while the second left, holding a branch of an asoka tree rains jewels on sentient beings. Her crown is Amoghasiddhi.

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10. Tara Who Dispels All Suffering

༄༅། །མྱ་ངན་སེལ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Nya Ngen Sel We Drolma/ Soka Vinodana Tara

Her rite is entering the mandala; she is praised in terms of her crown ornaments and the sound of her laughter.

Praising Tara by her crown ornament and the sound of her laughter

Homage to you whose very joyful and shining crown ornament
Radiates a garland of light.
Who with your mirthful laughter of TUTTARA,
Subdue the demons and worldly gods.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA MARA TRA MARTA YA HUM PHED SOHA

On a red lotus and moon, from SA comes a red Tara with four arms, the first pair of hands on her crown with palms folded, the other pair holding a sword and a branch of an asoka (‘sorrowless’) tree bearing a red flower.

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11. Tara Who Summons All Beings and Dispels Misfortune

༄༅། །ཕོངས་པ་སེལ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Phungpa Selwe Drolma/ Jag Vasi Vipan Nirbarhana Tara

Her rite is for increasing enjoyments; she is praised in terms of accomplishing activities through the ten directional guardians.

Praising Tara by her accomplishing divine actions through the ten directional guardians

Homage to you who are able to summon
All the directional guardians and their retinues.
Frowning and shaking, with the letter HUM,
You rescue all from their misfortune.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE VASU DHA RE SOHA

On a lotus and sun seat, from HA comes a black Tara with fierce form, her right hand holding a hook that summons the eight planets, her left a hook that dispels misfortune with a noose. She abides in alidha posture (right leg extended).

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12. Tara Who Grants Prosperity and Brings About Auspicious Circumstances

༄༅། །བཀྲ་ཤིས་སྣང་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Tashi Nangwe Drolma/ Kalyana Da Tara or Manga Laloka Tara

Her rite is the fire offering; she is praised in terms of her crown ornaments.

Praising Tara by her crown ornament

Homage to you with a crescent moon adorning your crown,
And all your ornaments shining brightly;
With Amitabha in your top-knot
Eternally radiating light.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MANGA LAM PUSH TIM KURU SOHA

On a polylotus and moon, from A comes a yellow Tara with one face and eight arms, the right hands holding a trident, a hook, a vajra and a sword, the left a jewel pressed to her heart, a hook, a club and a flask.

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13. Tara the Complete Ripener

༄༅། །ཡོངས་སུ་སྨིན་པར་མཛད་པའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Pari Pacaka Tara/ Yongsu Minpar Zedpi Drolma

Her rite is for subduing hindrances; she is praised in terms of her fierce posture.

Praising Tara by her wrathful posture

Homage to you who dwells amidst a garland of flames
Like the fire at the end of an eon.
With your right leg extended and left drawn in,
You destroy the hosts of obstructions of those who delight in the Dharma Wheel.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE PHO TRA YA BHAY MEM KURU SOHA

On a red lotus and sun, from BRUM comes a red Tara with fierce form, her first right hand holding a sword and the second an arrow, the first left a wheel and the second a bow. She abides in alidha posture (right leg extended).

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14. Wrathful, Shaking and Frowning Tara

༄༅། །ཁྲོ་གཉེར་གཡོ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Tronyer Yowe Drolma/ Bhrkuti Tara

Her rite is a protective circle; she is praised in terms of her radiating light from a HUM syllable.

Praising Tara by the light that radiates from the letter HUM

Homage to you who strike the ground with the palm of your hand,
And stamp it with your foot.
With a wrathful glance and a letter HUM
You subdue all seven levels.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE VAJRA MAHA SARA YE BHAY MEM KURU SOHA

On an orange lotus, sun and human corpse seat, from AT comes a blue Tara with three faces, black, white and red, contracted in frowns and devouring human entrails in their mouths. She has six arms, the right hands holding a sword, a hook and a club, the left a skull, a noose and Brahma’s head. She has a crown and long necklace of human heads and is adorned with a tiger-skin and snakes. Outside, in the eight cardinal and secondary points, grow shoots of jewel trees.

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15. Tara the Great Peaceful One Who Provides Virtues and Goodness

༄༅། །ཞི་བ་ཆེན་མོའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Shiwa Chenmo Drolma/ Maha Shanti Tara

Her ritual is the external washing ritual; she is praised in terms of her Dharmakaya aspect.

Praising Tara by her Dharmakaya Aspect

Homage to you who are happy, virtuous and peaceful,
Within the sphere of the peace of Nirvana,
Fully endowed with SOHA and OM,
You completely destroy heavy evil actions.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA PAPAM TRA SHA MANA YE SOHA

On a white lotus, from NI comes a white Tara, her three right hands with a rosary, boon-granting, and a club, the three left holding a lotus, a water-pot and a book. In Suryagupta’s text on the Praise, it is explained that the book is resting on an utpala.

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16. Tara Destroyer of All Attachment

༄༅། །ཆགས་པ་འཇོམས་པའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Chagpa Jompi Drolma/ Raga Nisudana Tara

Her function is mind increasing; she is praised in terms of the activities of her peaceful and wrathful mantras.

Praising Tara by her divine actions of peaceful and wrathful Mantras

Homage to you who completely subdue the obstructions
Of those who delight in the Dharma Wheel,
Rescuing with the array of the ten-letter mantra
And the knowledge letter HUM.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA DHARMA PRAJNA TRA TE PARE SHO BHA YE SOHA

On an orange lotus and sun, from E comes a red Tara [with three eyes], her right hand at her heart holding a trident and her left, with raised forefinger, a tree with flowers and fruit. She sits in sattva-paryanka.

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17. Tara Accomplisher of Joy and Bliss

༄༅། །སྒྲོལ་མ་བདེ་སྒྲུབ་མ་།།།

Drolma Deydrub Ma/ Sukha Sadhana Tara

Her rite is for binding thieves; she is praised for her wrathful activity of shaking the three worlds.

Praising Tara by her divine actions of wrathfully shaking the three worlds

Homage to TURE, stamping your feet
Born from the seed in the aspect of HUM
Who cause Mount Meru, Mandhara and Vindhya,
And all three worlds to shake.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA TSO RA TAM BHA NA SOHA

On a white lotus and sun, from SA comes an orange Tara, her two hands at her heart holding a moon-disk. She sits in sattva-paryanka.

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18. Victorious Tara Who Increases Realizations

༄༅། །སྒྲོལ་མ་རབ་རྒྱས་མ་།།

Drolma Rabgye Ma/ Sita Vijaya Tara

Her rite is for curing the Naga disease [leprosy]; she is praised for her activity of dispelling poisons of all kinds.

Praising Tara by her divine actions of dispelling internal and external poisons

Homage to you who hold in your hand
A moon, the lake of the gods
Saying TARA twice and the letter PHAT,
You completely dispel all poisons.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA NAGA BHE SHA SHIN TEM KURU SOHA

On a seat of a white lotus, a moon and a goose, from GI comes a white Tara with four arms, the first pair joined on the crown of her head and holding hooks, the other pair boon-granting and holding an utpala marked with a book. She is in sattva-paryanka.

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19. Tara, Extinguisher of All Suffering

༄༅། །ཕོངས་པ་སེལ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Phungpa Selwe Drolma/ Jag Vasi Vipan Nirbarhana Tara

Her rite is for freeing from prison; she is praised for her activity of dispelling conflict and bad dreams.

Praising Tara by her divine actions of dispelling conflicts and bad dreams

Homage to you who are honoured by the kings of the hosts of gods,
And the gods and the kinnaras,
Through your joyful and shining pervasive armour,
All conflicts and bad dreams are dispelled.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA DUR SO BA NI MO TSA NA YE SOHA

On a white lotus and sun, from JA comes a white Tara, her two hands at her heart holding a brazier. She is in sattva-paryanka with the right leg slightly extended.

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20. Tara, Source of All Powerful Attainments

༄༅། །སྒྲོལ་མ་དངོས་གྲུབ་འབྱུང་མ་།།

Drolma Ngodrub Jungma/ Siddhi Sambhava Tara

Her rite is for making invisible; she is praised for her activity of dispelling fever.

Praising Tara by her divine actions of dispelling diseases

Homage to you whose two eyes are like the sun and the full moon,
Radiate a pure and clear light
Say HARA twice and TUTTARA
You dispel the most violent, infections diseases.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA BHE DE ZA RA TRA SHA MANA YE SOHA

From HA comes a magnificent white bull, upon which are a lotus and moon. On top, from PHE comes a white Tara with three eyes, slightly wrathful. Her right hand holds a trident spear and her left a pearl rosary. She is in ardha-paryanka and has a tiger-skin loincloth.

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21. Tara of the Perfection of Wisdom and Compassion

༄༅། །སྒྲོལ་མ་ཡོངས་རྫོགས་བྱེད་མ་།།།

Drolma Yongdzog Jedma/ Paripurana Tara

Her rite is for sky-going [that is, going to the Akanistha Pure Land in this very life]; she is praised for her activity of subduing evil spirits and zombies.

Praising Tara by her divine actions of subduing evil spirits and zombies

Homage to you who have the perfect power of pacifying
Through your blessings of the Three Thatnesses;
Subduer of the hosts of evil spirits, zombies and givers of harm
O TURE, most excellent and supreme!

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA SIDDHI SOHA

On a polylotus and moon, from A comes a yellow Tara with one face and eight arms, the right hands holding a trident, a hook, a vajra and a sword, the left a jewel pressed to her heart, a hook, a club and a flask.

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Praise to the 21 Taras

Offering of the 21 Homages

Recite each phrase once and/ or offer prostrations with the following visualisations. With each praise and prostration, imagine that a replica of each respective Tara manifests, arising from the one before it like simultaneous sparks of fire, and sinks into you.

From your sublime abode at the Potala
O Tara – born from the green letter TAM
Whose light rescues all beings –
Come with your retinue, I beg you.

The gods and demi-gods bow
To your lotus feet, O Tara,
You who rescue all who are destitute
To you, Mother Tara, I pay homage.

OM Homage to the Venerable Arya Tara.

OM JE TSUN MA PAG MA DROL MA LA CHAG TSEL LO

 

1. Praising Tara by her life story

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

CHHAG TSHÄL DRÖL MA NYUR MA PA MO
CHÄN NI KÄ CHIG LOG DANG DRA MA
JIG TEN SUM GÖN CHHU KYE ZHÄL GYI
GE SAR JE WA LÄ NI JUNG MA

 

2. Praising Tara by the brightness and radiance of her face

Homage to you with a face like a hundred full moons in autumn,
Gathered together into one,
Blazing with brilliant light,
Like a thousand constellations.

CHHAG TSHÄL TÖN KÄI DA WA KÜN TU
GANG WA GYA NI TSEG PÄI ZHÄL MA
KAR MA TONG THRAG TSHOG PA NAM KYI
RAB TU CHHE WÄI Ö RAB BAR MA

 

3. Praising Tara by her colour, what she holds and her causes

Homage to you who are bluish gold,
Your hand perfectly adorned with a lotus flower;
Who arose from practicing Giving, Moral discipline,
Patience, Effort, Concentration and Wisdom.

CHHAG TSHÄL SER NGO CHHU NÄ KYE KYI
PÄ MÄ CHHAG NI NAM PAR GYÄN MA
JIN PA TSÖN DRÜ KA THUB ZHI WA
ZÖ PA SAM TÄN CHÖ YÜL NYI MA

 

4. Praising Tara by her being honoured by the Conquerors and the Bodhisattvas

Homage to you who surmount the Tathagathas’ Ushnishas,
Whose victorious actions are limitless
Who are greatly honoured by the Sons of Conquerors,
Who have attained every perfection.

CHHAG TSHÄL DE ZHIN SHEG PÄI TSUG TOR
THA YÄ NAM PAR GYÄL WAR CHÖ MA
MA LÜ PHA RÖL CHHIN PA THOB PÄI
GYÄL WÄI SÄ KYI SHIN TU TEN MA

 

5. Praising Tara by her subduing unfavourable conditions

Homage to you who with letters TUTTARA and HUM
Fill the realms of desire, direction and space.
With the seven worlds beneath your feet,
You are able to draw all beings to bliss.

CHHAG TSHÄL TUTTARA HUM YI GE
DÖ DANG CHHOG DANG NAM KHA GANG MA
JIG TEN DÜN PO ZHAB KYI NÄN TE
LÜ PA ME PAR GUG PAR NÜ MA

 

6. Praising Tara by her being worshipped by the great worldly gods

Homage to you who are worshipped by Indra, Agni, Brahma,
Vayu, and the other mighty gods;
And before whom the host of evil spirits,
Zombies, smell eaters and givers of harm respectfully offer praise.

CHHAG TSHÄL GYA JIN ME LHA TSHANG PA
LUNG LHA NA TSHOG WANG CHHUG CHHÖ MA
JUNG PO RO LANG DRI ZA NAM DANG
NÖ JIN TSHOG KYI DÜN NÄ TÖ MA

 

7. Praising Tara by her destroying opponents

Homage to you who by saying TRA (trey) and PHAT
Completely destroy the obstructions of the enemies.
You suppress with your right leg drawn in and your left extended,
And blaze with a fierce and raging fire.

CHHAG TSHÄL TRAD CHE JA DANG PHAT KYI
PHA RÖL THRÜL KHOR RAB TU JOM MA
YÄ KUM YÖN KYANG ZHAB KYI NÄN TE
ME BAR THRUG PA SHIN TU BAR MA

 

8. Praising Tara by her purifying demons and the two obstructions

Homage to TURE, extremely fearsome one,
Who completely destroys the chief of demons,
With a wrathful expression on your lotus face
You vanquish all foes without exception.

CHHAG TSHÄL TURE JIG PA CHHEN PO
DÜ KYI PA WO NAM PAR JOM MA
CHHU KYE ZHÄL NI THRO NYER DÄN DZÄ
DRA WO THAM CHÄ MA LÜ SÖ MA

 

9. Praising Tara by the object she holds in her right and left hands

Homage to you whose fingers adorn your heart
With the mudra symbolising the Three Precious Jewels,
Adorned with a wheel of all directions,
Whose radiant light outshines all.

CHHAG TSHÄL KÖN CHHOG SUM TSHÖN CHHAG GYÄI
SOR MÖ THUG KAR NAM PAR GYÄN MA
MA LÜ CHHOG KYI KHOR LÖ GYÄN PÄI
RANG GI Ö KYI TSHOG NAM THRUG MA

 

10. Praising Tara by her crown ornament and the sound of her laughter

Homage to you whose very joyful and shining crown ornament
Radiates a garland of light.
Who with your mirthful laughter of TUTTARA,
Subdue the demons and worldly gods.

CHHAG TSHÄL RAB TU GA WA JI PÄI
U GYÄN Ö KYI THRENG WA PEL MA
ZHE PA RAB ZHÄ TUTTARA YI
DÜ DANG JIG TEN WANG DU DZÄ MA

 

11. Praising Tara by her accomplishing divine actions through the ten directional guardians

Homage to you who are able to summon
All the directional guardians and their retinues.
Frowning and shaking, with the letter HUM,
You rescue all from their misfortune.

CHHAG TSHÄL SA ZHI KYONG WÄI TSHOG NAM
THAM CHÄ GUG PAR NÜ MA NYI MA
THRO NYER YO WÄI YI GE HUM GI
PHONG PA THAM CHÄ NAM PAR DRÖL MA

 

12. Praising Tara by her crown ornament

Homage to you with a crescent moon adorning your crown,
And all your ornaments shining brightly;
With Amitabha in your top-knot
Eternally radiating light.

CHHAG TSHÄL DA WÄI DUM BÜ U GYÄN
GYÄN PA THAM CHÄ SHIN TU BAR MA
RÄL PÄI KHUR NA Ö PAG ME LÄ
TAG PAR SHIN TU Ö RAB DZÄ MA

 

13. Praising Tara by her wrathful posture

Homage to you who dwells amidst a garland of flames
Like the fire at the end of an eon.
With your right leg extended and left drawn in,
You destroy the hosts of obstructions of those who delight in the Dharma Wheel.

CHHAG TSHÄL KÄL PÄI THA MÄI ME TAR
BAR WÄI THRENG WÄI Ü NA NÄ MA
YÄ KYANG YÖN KUM KÜN NÄ KOR GÄI
DRA YI PUNG NI NAM PAR JOM MA

 

14. Praising Tara by the light that radiates from the letter HUM

Homage to you who strike the ground with the palm of your hand,
And stamp it with your foot.
With a wrathful glance and a letter HUM
You subdue all seven levels.

CHHAG TSHÄL SA ZHII NGÖ LA CHHAG GI
THIL GYI NÜN CHING ZHAB KYI DUNG MA
THRO NYER CHÄN DZÄ YI GE HUM GI
RIM PA DÜN PO NAM NI GEM MA

 

15. Praising Tara by her Dharmakaya Aspect

Homage to you who are happy, virtuous and peaceful,
Within the sphere of the peace of Nirvana,
Fully endowed with SOHA and OM,
You completely destroy heavy evil actions.

CHHAG TSHÄL DE MA GE MA ZHI MA
NYA NGÄN DÄ ZHI CHÖ YÜL NYI MA
SVAHA OM DANG YANG DAG DÄN PÄ
DIG PA CHHEN PO JOM PA NYI MA

 

16. Praising Tara by her divine actions of peaceful and wrathful Mantras

Homage to you who completely subdue the obstructions
Of those who delight in the Dharma Wheel,
Rescuing with the array of the ten-letter mantra
And the knowledge letter HUM.

CHHAG TSHÄL KÜN NÄ KOR RAB GA WÄI
DRA YI LÜ NI NAM PAR GEM MA
YI GE CHU PÄI NGAG NI KÖ PÄI
RIG PA HUM LÄ DRÖL MA NYI MA

 

17. Praising Tara by her divine actions of wrathfully shaking the three worlds

Homage to TURE, stamping your feet
Born from the seed in the aspect of HUM
Who cause Mount Meru, Mandhara and Vindhya,
And all three worlds to shake.

CHHAG TSHÄL TURE ZHAB NI DEB PÄ
HUM GI NAM PÄI SA BÖN NYI MA
RI RAB MANDHARA DANG BIG JE
JIG TEN SUM NAM YO WA NYI MA

 

18. Praising Tara by her divine actions of dispelling internal and external poisons

Homage to you who hold in your hand
A moon, the lake of the gods
Saying TARA twice and the letter PHAT,
You completely dispel all poisons.

CHHAG TSHÄL LHA YI TSHO YI NAM PÄI
RI DAG TAG CHÄN CHHAG NA NAM MA
TARA NYI JÖ PHAT KYI YI GE
DUG NAM MA LÜ PA NI SEL MA

 

19. Praising Tara by her divine actions of dispelling conflicts and bad dreams

Homage to you who are honoured by the kings of the hosts of gods,
And the gods and the kinnaras,
Through your joyful and shining pervasive armour,
All conflicts and bad dreams are dispelled.

CHHAG TSHÄL LHA YI TSHOG NAM GYÄL PO
LHA DANG MI AM CHI YI TEN MA
KÜN NÄ GO CHHA GA WÄI JI GYI
TSÖ DANG MI LAM NGÄN PA SEL MA

 

20. Praising Tara by her divine actions of dispelling diseases

Homage to you whose two eyes are like the sun and the full moon,
Radiate a pure and clear light
Say HARA twice and TUTTARA
You dispel the most violent, infections diseases.

CHHAG TSHÄL NYI MA DA WA GYÄ PÄI
CHÄN NYI PO LA Ö RAB SÄL MA
HARA NYI JÖ TUTTARA YI
SHIN TU DRAG PÖI RIM NÄ SEL MA

 

21. Praising Tara by her divine actions of subduing evil spirits and zombies

Homage to you who have the perfect power of pacifying
Through your blessings of the Three Thatnesses;
Subduer of the hosts of evil spirits, zombies and givers of harm
O TURE, most excellent and supreme!

CHHAG TSHÄL DE NYI SUM NAM KÖ PÄ
ZHI WÄI THÜ DANG YANG DAG DÄN MA
DÖN DANG RO LANG NÖ JIN TSHOG NAM
JOM PA TURE RAB CHHOG NYI MA

Thus concludes this praise of the root mantra
and the offering of the twenty–one homages.

TSA WÄI NGAG KYI TÖ PA DI DANG
CHHAG TSHÄL WA NI NYI SHU TSA CHIG

Mantra: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA

 

The Condensed Praise to the 21 Taras

OM to the transcendent subduer, Arya Tara, I prostrate.
Homage to the glorious one who frees with TARE;
With TUTTARA you calm all fears;
You bestow all success with TURE;
To the sound SOHA I pay great homage.

Mantra: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA

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

 

Sources of information:

Deities of Tibetan Buddhism

In Praise of Tara: Songs to the Saviouress

Tara in the Palm of Your Hand

 
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  1. Fred Cooper on Apr 4, 2020 at 12:03 am

    Thanks for sharing this. I am going to lead a ZOOM meditation on Tara during the pandemic
    and have given my students a pointer to your very informative website.
    Fred Cooper

  2. meghna on Mar 1, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Tara’s energy is so soothing. I instantly feel rejuvenated when I do this praise 🙂

  3. Samfoonheei on Aug 13, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Tara appears as a female bodhisattva is the “mother of liberation”, and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements. She is a favourite among many Tibetan Buddhist practitioners Wow …good to know there’s 21 Taras according to the Suryagupta lineage. I am glad to come across this article to increase my knowledge of Tara. Each of the 21 Taras manifests in different forms with different numbers of faces, arms, and widely differing gestures and attributes. We are very fortunate to have Rinpoche sharing with us the prayers and practices of Tara. I have included the short Mantra in my daily Sadhana . May more people benefit from engaging in Tara’s practice to create a strong connection with Tara..
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

  4. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Jun 15, 2018 at 11:01 pm

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

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  5. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 30, 2017 at 12:14 am

    The 21 Taras, I think it covers all forms of problems and difficulty that sentient beings can encounter. So we are fortunate such practices are available to us to practice them. Cittamani Tara which is not covered here is a form of Tantric practices.

    I like it so much that the many Tara are given an Indian artist interpretation, very beautifully drawn pictures. May Tara inspire many men and women to take up her practices and become enlightened from it.

  6. Anne Ong on May 18, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this beautiful 21 Taras. I always love and have strong connection with Mother Tara,i believe. The iconography and explaination is very good and beautiful.I am looking forward to do social media on these 21 Taras soon. _/\_

  7. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on May 15, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the iconography, mantra and description of 21 Taras from the tradition of Mahasiddha Suryagupta. The background and explanation of each Tara’s manifestation from this article shows the completeness of Mother Tara’s practice to help all practitioners through Her skillful forms of manifestation. I am personally interested to focus more on Golden Colour Tara (Kanaka Vana Tara) as this manifestation of Mother Tara emphasizes on the 6 Paramitas practice, which are giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom.

    There are many benefits we can receive from Mother Tara’s practice inclusive of granting us virtuous wishes, overcoming obstacles and difficulties swiftly, bless us with protection, keep us away from harm and danger, pacifying illnesses, epidemics, diseases and our negativity, and ultimately Mother Tara can save us from internal and external 8 fears. Thus, Mother Tara is well-known in Buddhism and being practiced by all Buddhist lineages.

    May Mother Tara bless and protect all sentient beings from any harm and danger. Through Mother Tara’s prayer and practice, may all of us be freed from samsara and achieving Buddhahood with attainment and enlightenment.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  8. Stella Cheang on May 12, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this comprehensive article of Tara according to the Suryagupta lineage. The 21 Taras depicted in Suryagupta lineage manifested in different forms with different iconographies. They have different numbers of faces, arms, hand mudras as well as attributes, which supplement each Tara’s unique ability to help sentient beings using different types of enlightened activities; i.e. pacifying, increasing, overpowering and wrathful.

    There are different lineages of the 21 Taras. Suryagupta’s 21 Tara depicts each Tara has a unique posture, color and implements. The Dipamkara Atisha tradition, on the other hand, portrays each Tara in the same posture. There are differences in terms of the manner in which the practice is bestowed to practitioners. In the Dipamkara Atisha tradition, tantric initiations for all 21 Taras are bestowed during one ceremony, whereas initiations are given for each manifestation in the Suryagupta tradition.

    We are very fortunate to have Rinpoche sharing here with us prayers and practices of Tara that does not need initiation. Anyone can just recite the prayers and mantras on this blog post to create a strong connection with Tara. May more people benefit from engaging in Tara’s practice.

  9. Uncle Eddie on May 10, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Tara, The “Savioress”, a female Buddha, with a particularly long history of being worshiped by many great Indian and Tibetan masters. It is said that the earliest known image of Tara can be found today on the walls of the rock-cut Buddhist Monasteries complex of the Ellora caves in Maharashtra(7th century CE). Archaeology study established that the worship of Tara commenced during the period of the Pala Empire in Northeastern India in the 8th century CE. Scripturally, the earliest text on Tara is the ancient “Praise to the twenty-one Tara” which is said to be within the collection of the spoken words of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, called ‘Kangyur’. Each of the twenty-one Tara that the Buddha specially named within the Praises actually corresponds to a particular emanation of Tara. Each of these emanations posses a different aspect of the same female Buddha Tara. It is said that Pravira, or the herioc red Tara is the first of the twenty-one Tara featured in the Suryaguptas Universe. As such, it is therefore this Tara, who corresponds to the first verse of the praise to the twenty-one Tara, which is called “Praising Tara by her life story” which reads as follows: “Homage to Tara, the swift one, the Herione, whose eyes are like a flash of lightning, who arose from the opening of a lotus, born from the tears of the Protector of the three Worlds.” Tara in all her manifestations is found virtually in every major shrine and monastery, many of these ancient images have shown miraculous signs in the past to many great masters. As such, these bear testament to the popularity of the worship of Tara. Tara is said to be universal, free from sects, free from schools of Buddhism and free from labels. Tara is a fully enlightened Buddha, whereupon anyone relying upon her will be blessed! May everyone sincerely be taken care of by Tara to have happiness, good heart and a long healthy life now and and in all long future lives too!

  10. Pastor David Lai on May 9, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Mother Tara is one of the most commonly worshipped female Buddhas in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. She is a favourite of many Tibetan Buddhist practitioners and along with the various mental dispositions resulted in the wide variety of Tara emanations as antidote to these delusions. Each is unique with a unique ability to bless practitioners along with a sadhana and mantra to tap into this form of blessing.

    Due to the ancient ‘Praise to the 21 Taras’, it has become an accepted norm that there are 21 main emanations of Tara. The corresponding forms of Tara are bestowed as a mantra and sadhana for each form according to a particular lineage. What is believed to be the oldest is the Suryagupta lineage of the 21 Taras. These 21 Tara are bestowed as individual initiations for each of the 21 Taras. Of the 21 Taras in the lineage of Suryagupta, I find the wrathful and powerful 7th Tara Who Crushes Adversaries particularly exciting. I love the beautiful Indian renditions of realistic Taras very much.

  11. Paul Yap on May 8, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Tara is one of my all time favourite Buddha, she has a very motherly energy that’s transcend all religion. I often saw Mother Tara statues at various Buddhist temple of different lineages and at Hindu temples too! Many has said that Green Tara and White Tara were manifested from the tears of Avalokitesvara, as such Tara also considered as the Buddha of Mercy – KuanYin in the Chinese traditions. There is no doubt that Tara’s is very popular and effective.

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  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 05:42 PM
    Pujas are definitely powerful and can alleviate dangers and harm immediately to counter the problem and disturbances that is currently arising. It also means that we create demerits and negative karma for ourselves which will deter the enlightened being to help us when we are in need.
    Puja is needed to clear our negative karma and collect merits as well.The instructions given by oracle when take trance is a guideline for us to achieve our goals.Thank you so much for the good article
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 03:08 PM
    In Buddhist tradition, Maitreya the future Buddha,who will achieve complete
    enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha, presently a bodhisattva residing in the Tushita heaven. Maitreya will appear as the fifth universal Buddha of this world age and turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all. Depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom in this beautiful art painting thangka. Merely looking at this thangka is a blessing.
    Thank you for this sharing. May the artist continue with his good work.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-buddha-of-the-future-maitreya
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 03:05 PM
    Arya Tara, also known as Jetsun Dolma in Tibetan Buddhism, is a female Bodhisattva in Mahayana and Vajrayana. She is known as the “mother of liberation” and is the Goddess of peacefulness, long life and protection. She embodies inner and outer peace bringing spiritual clarity and purity to those who seek her help. Arya Tara who symbolizes the activity of all the Buddhas , to work tirelessly to liberate all beings until samsara is emptied. She made her vows to be reborn in a female form again and again. Arya Tara, along with the Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri in this beautiful thangka paints a thousand words.
    Thank you for this sharing , its a beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-swift-liberator-arya-tara
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 03:03 PM
    Namche Bazaar a traditional Sherpa village is a beautifully crafted Himalayan town which is nestled along the crescent shaped hill slopes. It is truly a place worth visiting by many trekkers who are on the verge of making their journey deep into the gorgeous Khumbu region. It is also the staging point for expeditions to Everest and other Himalayan peaks in the area. Namche Bazaar is one of the main stops on the trail up to Everest Base Camp for trekkers from all over the world. Here trekkers or visitors will get to enjoy the clearest views of the beautiful mountainous landscape of Himalaya. A beautiful place with natural surroundings will be good to visit. Wish to some day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/namche-bazaar
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 09:36 PM
    He is well known as the father of yoga in the West, who has devoted his life to the spread of knowledge about the techniques of yoga meditation. His Yoga teachings are widely practiced around the world by many from various faiths, backgrounds, races, and nationalities.
    The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Thank you for the good article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 05:58 PM
    Beautiful architectural and unique structures of sixty-four Yogini Temple of Hirapur, India. It is the smallest temple among the list of four major surviving 64 Yogini temples in India. The temple is beautifully well preserved, quite remarkable given the fact that this shrine is only one of a handful traditional form of Yogini temples in India that still exist. This Hirapur shrine is indeed very unique in many ways. Wish I could visit this amazing someday.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this wonderful sharing of the sixty-four yoginis of these temples are believed to be none other than celestial dakinis in reality .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sixty-four-yogini-temple-of-hirapur.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 05:55 PM
    According to Buddhism, the world in which we live and all that happens to us is a result of our past actions. Past harmful actions create unhappiness results and skilful actions create happy results. One way to purify obstacles we experience due to our past harmful action is through prayers and pujas. The power of prayers derives from the sincere motivation of the person asking for prayers, as well as the pure mind of the persons performing the prayers. It is said that prayers performed by lamas are especially powerful and effective as they are done on the basis of pure morality. There are many types of pujas which can be performed for various purposes for the dying, for the deceased and for sickness. All depending on one request and recording to one’s needs with specific problems . Removing these obstacles will help us to achieve happiness and good fortune in all our activities. We are so fortunate to learn, practice some of the pujas at Kechara Forest Retreat. Many people have truly benefited from these pujas done when with concentration and faith.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this extensive article pujas which I have better knowledge of other pujas other that what I knew.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-power-of-prayers.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 01:54 AM
    We all have to realize that there are many strange things that we need to be explore and to understand better. Thank you for the sharing it very interesting to know about the 10 most terrifying supernatural house and place on this earth.
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 02:40 PM
    After reading this article I came to realize I have plenty to know. I get to understand a little much more knowledge of the Body of a Buddha. The details of the 32 marks and there are teachings of each mark.
    Reading this gives me a whole new understanding into Buddha images, and their importance.Thank you very much for the informative article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:48 PM
    Ksitigarbha is a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism . Usually depicted as a monk with a nimbus around his shaved head, he carries a staff to force open the gates of hell and a wish-fulfilling jewel to light up the darkness.In Tibetan thangkas, he is often depicted as a classical seated Bodhisattva with crown. He is regarded as the bodhisattva of hell beings. Well known for his greatest compassionate Vow being, that is not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Dorje Shugden who is a Dharma Protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.
    Thank you for this beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/ksitigarbha-the-saviour
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:45 PM
    Machig Labdron was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the Vajrayana practice of Chod . She is often depicted with the attributes of a dakini, a representation of enlightened female energy. Together with Buddha Shakyamuni, Padampa Sangye, Vajravarahi, Green Tara, Prajnaparamita, Chang Shon, Troma Nagmo and Dorje Shugden as depicted in this beautiful thangka.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-founder-of-chod-machig-labdron
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:43 PM
    Black Manjushri is the wrathful healing form of Manjushri that helps us to heal our deep inner negative emotions and mental suffering. Those suffering from aggressive and assertive diseases such as cancer, AIDS , heart disease or those who are prone to negative emotions. Black Manjushri ‘s practice is indeed very beneficial in healing as long as one have faith. It is widely practiced by Gelug practitioners and other lineage as well. Black Manjushri purifies contaminations and impurities. In this thangka , Black Manjushri is depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Beautiful and powerful thangka to have it in our home.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-wrathful-healing-form-of-manjushri-black-manjushri
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 10:29 PM
    Wow! Great to know the effect of mantra stone, an interesting article to know the powerful way of offering and the blessing. I understand that mantra is a form of meditation that has existed for a long time but offering mantra stone to deity is something new to understand.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing and I am blessed to come across a beautiful message on offering mantra stone and the benefit behind it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:40 PM
    Kuan Yin is one of the major deities in Buddhism and one of the most popular deities. Also known as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion . Kuan Yin is regarded as male in India, and slowly transformed to have a female image in China. She is known for her kindness and can also be regarded as an icon of femininity in modern Buddhism. In this beautiful thangka Kuan Yin is depicted with Wei Tuo who is the great Dharma Protector in Buddhism who protects the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha and those who cultivate the Dharma. Together with Dorje Shugden also a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings. Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as depicted makes a powerful thangka to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/goddess-kuan-yin-the-embodiment-of-compassion
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:38 PM
    Born into a noble family the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje was spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He was well respected and consulted by high lamas of other lineages. He was given many names expressing this respect, including “King of the Yogis”. Interesting short life history of a great lama.
    Lama Jigme Rinpoche an accomplished teacher of the Kagyu lineage has once said….
    “Although the 16th Karmapa appeared and acted as a human being, his mind was completely open, without any limitation. He knew everything in an instant and without having to think about it.”
    Depicted in this beautiful thangka with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. He took the form of a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-16th-karmapa-rangjung-rigpe-dorje

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  • Your Next Meal!
    10 months ago
    Your Next Meal!
    Yummy? Tasty? Behind the scenes of the meat on your plates. Meat is a killing industry.
  • This is Daw
    10 months ago
    This is Daw
    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
  • Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    10 months ago
    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
  • They do this every day!
    10 months ago
    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
  • What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
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    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    10 months ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    11 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    12 months ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    12 months ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    1 years ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    1 years ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    1 years ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    3 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
4 weeks ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
4 weeks ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
4 weeks ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
1 month ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
1 month ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
1 month ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
2 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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