Tea Offering to Vajrayogini (For the 1st Time!)

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

The Tea offering for Vajra Yogini is an excellent way to:

  1. Create affinity with her and her practice.
  2. To generate merits to accomplish the Generation stages and Completion stages of her practice.
  3. To accomplish her sacred 11 yogas after initiation.
  4. To create the causes to receive her practice in complete.
  5. To be protected by Vajra Yogini in this life and to meet up with her practice in future lives.
  6. Expedite our entrance into her Kechara Buddha field after our passing.
  7. To create the causes to bring these sacred teachings to those who are spiritually ripe.
  8. Create merits for the long life of our teachers, parents, loved ones and ourselves. And to generate merits for those who have passed to be blessed by her to take fortunate rebirths.
  9. To be successful in doing our retreats on Vajra Yogini.
  10. To gain attainments.
  11. To request Lady Vajra Yogini to bless the environment, people, deities, supernatural seen/unseen beings, land, animal and ecology of the area we reside in. Wonderful to do in a new office/house/land.
  12. If we are receiving harm/inauspicious signs from formless beings, to request Vajra Yogini to protect us and bless them to stop any disturbance.
  13. For the success of our Dharma work, Dharma ideas and Dharma institution.
  14. To bless the winds, drops, channels, chakras within our own bodies in order to prepare the way for higher attainments.
  15. Invoke the blessings of the Yoginis in the 24 sacred sites that are guarding the holy places of Vajra Yogini on this earth and within our bodies.
  16. To always meet with auspicious signs, and omens and results of our practice. To have firm devotion to our teacher, meditations and the proper human ethics. To always find it easy to engage in virtues. May the land, govt and people always be at peace/harmony.

Items necessary:

If you are empowered into Highest Yoga tantra, then you use the inner offering to consecrate the Drink before doing offering to Vajra Yogini. If you are not, then OM AH HUM three times should suffice for now to consecrate this drink. This Tea offering to Vajra Yogini is permissible for both those initiated into her practice as well as those who are not.

You may use any type of tea, herbal, black, green teas, etc. Or you may use soft drinks, juices, etc as the substance for her ‘tea’ offering. The Tea Offering to her is a name for this practice and not necessarily that you HAVE to use actual tea in the offering.

How to start:

  1. Recite Refuge
  2. Four Immeasurables
  3. 8 Verses of Thought Transformation
  4. The tea liturgy below to Vajra Yogini
  5. With each line you recite “I offer” you may pour the tea/liquid at the last line of “I offer”, then you fill it to the brim or finish pouring. Or just fill the tea in the container to the brim from the beginning and recite the liturgy. Either way is acceptable.
  6. After finishing, a simple dedication to the best of your knowledge is fine. If you are initiated into Vajra Yogini’s tantra, then you can recite the verse for ascending into Kechara Buddha field 3x and then dedication. Then you are done for the day.
  7. You may do this sacred practice that is short and easy anywhere, anytime and any location.

I have placed this TEA OFFERING TO VAJRA YOGINI here for those who have great merit to be interested in Sacred Vajra Yogini and wish to do her practice yet have not received her initiation yet. I have received innumerable requests asking how to do prayers to her. Well here it is.

This is your chance to do a prayer to her daily to create the affinity. Good luck and feel happy you have this rare chance to make yourself much more connected to such a rare practice yet so powerful. My 1st guru Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche in New Jersey always refer to her as the Diamond Queen. I dedicate this post to his new incarnation that has taken rebirth, recognized and enthroned. May his current incarnation due to our lessening of the “I” become as supremely beneficial as his previous incarnation. Whether he can manifest or not will depend on his students’ samaya and practice. May I have the fortune to serve this great master again. I had the great fortune to meet him in 1972 when I arrived in New Jersey. He resided in Rashi Gempil Ling Buddhist Monastery which was 10 mins by bicyle ride away.

I had the great fortune to listen to his teachings, receive refuge from him, and receive my first initiations, refuge-bodhisattva-tantric vows from this eminent Master. It was from him I heard the sacred name of Pabongka Rinpoche for the first time as he was a direct disciple of Pabongka Rinpoche. It was from Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche (of Sera Mey) I heard of the Diamond Queen’s name for the first time. It was at Rashi Gempil Ling my ignorant youthful eyes set themselves on an image of Vajra Yogini for the first time and it literally blew me away.

When I saw Vajra Yogini for the first time, I thought she was the most powerful, sacred and secret Buddha in the Universe. I was determined to get her photo. I did and it was a xeroxed color photo of her from Rashi Gempil Ling. I framed it and stared at her photo for weeks and months in my room. I was amazed I can even have the fortune to see her sacred photo. Kensur Lobsang Tharchin kept all images of her covered and hidden and wouldn’t allow non-initiates to gaze upon her. I was sneaky and use to lift the khata covering her image and stare at her in open mouth amazement.

The Great Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche who resided in New Jersey

I fell in love with her back then and this ‘love’ affair with this supreme Buddha is just as strong now. I wish all my friends to be connected to her. I was and still amazed at the age of 7 I was able to meet such a renowned master and a student of Pabongka Rinpoche ten minutes away from where I lived in Howell, New Jersey. I knew this master was fully qualified and fully attained. I never believed otherwise. I never showed even one minute of unpleasant face or speech to this great master. I was deathly afraid of him because in my childish mind at that time, I didn’t think I was good enough to be even in his presence not realizing his all embracing nature at that time as I was seven years old. I miss this great master.

I will never forget the teachings/empowerments he has bestowed on me and I will keep up my practice commitments I swore to this great master over 30 years ago. I have kept up my practice and will continue until my death. I will honor his memory with my integrity of practice. I will introduce many to Vajra Yogini’s practice because if that is what he chose for beings of this degenerate age to practice, then there is no fault in his decision as he was a master of the vast oceans of sutra and tantra. I will carry on what he started with all of us 30 years ago in New Jersey. I remember fondly those beautiful days in the gompa of Rashi Gempil Ling in New Jersey receiving dharma teachings from this great master along with my other dharma brothers and sisters. I treasured it then and I treasure it now. How I miss my great master and those dharma sisters/brothers. I know and believe Kensur Lobsang Tharchin is one and indivisible with the Diamond Lady herself. I bow my head to Kensur Lobsang Tharchin’s sacred feet forever. I will forgive, forget transgression from others and will generate compassion towards others as that is what Rinpoche taught us and I will honor it. I love you my most dearest Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Sacred Vajra Yogini’s Tea offering – For those who have high aspirations

OM AH HUM

As I visualize myself as the deity at the center of the dharmachakra,
extremely red within a double tetrahedral reality source,
on a stainless moon mandala seat
resides the all-encompassing refuge assembly of guru-deities.

Rang lhar säl chhö kyi khor löi ü
Dog rab mar chhö jung nyi tseg nang
Dän dri dräl da wäi kyil khor teng
Kyab kün dü la ma lha tshog zhug
Gyu lha dzä rin chhen lä drub ching
Yib rab dze yöl go tam päi chü

In a beautifully shaped container filled with the essences
of ingredients made from precious celestial substances,
this vast drink, delicious in taste,
reddish yellow in color, with the scent of camphor,
I offer to the assembly of father, root, and lineage gurus.
Please bless my three doors.

Dang mar ser ga bur dri dang chän
Ro zang dän gya jäi tung wa di
Pha tsa gyü la mäi tshog la bül
Dag go sum jin gyi lab tu söl

I offer to the assembly of powerful mother yoginis.
Please lead me to the field of Khachö pure land.

Ma näl jor wang möi tshog la bül
Nä kha chö zhing du thri du söl

I offer to the assembly of peaceful and wrathful mind-sealed deities.
Please bestow all the supreme and general attainments.

Lha yi dam zhi thröi tshog la bül
Chhog thün mong ngö drub tsäl du söl

I offer to the objects of refuge, the Three Rare Sublime Ones.
Please protect me from the fearful enemies of samsara and nirvana’s peace.

Kyab kön chog rin chhen sum la bül
Dra si zhii jig lä dräl du söl

I offer to the assembly of supporters, dakinis, and Dharma protectors.
Please actualize all activities, whatever is wished for.

Drog khan dro chhö kyong tshog la bül
Yi chi dö thrin lä drub tu söl

I offer to the assembly of siblings, the six types of transmigratory beings.
Please pacify the suffering of my mind’s hallucinated appearances.

Nyen rig drug dro wäi tshog la bül
Sem thrül nang dug ngäl zhi gyur chig

Clarifying myself as the mind-sealed deity, which appears while empty,
and enjoying the food, with the taste of nectar,
my mind enters into the sphere of great bliss and emptiness.

Rang nang tong yi dam lhar säl wä
Ze dü tsii ro la long chä pä
Lo de chhen tong päi ying su zhug

EH MA HO!
How eminently fortunate I am!

E MA HO!
Mä jung käl pa zang

Colophon: This tea offering to Vajrayogini was composed by Ngülchu Dharmabhadra. You may recite the above in either Tibetan phonetics or just in English. Either way is fine.

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Kandarohi, Vajra Yogini and Dorje Shugden. Kandarohi is one of the Four Heroines of the Cardinal Directions from Vajra Yogini’s mandala and is known as the “Goddess of Action”. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more beautiful thangkas.

 

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  1. Pastor Niral Patel on Oct 28, 2018 at 1:32 am

    A sacred image of the rare form of Vajrayogini known as Ucheyma, the Buddha that shows us the path to eradicate the ego. For this and many other high-resolution images of the enlightened beings to download for free visit: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU

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  2. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 26, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini) (Main figure)

    (Top to bottom): H.H. the 7th Panchen Lama, Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini), Vajra Varnani (green assistant), Vajra Vairocani (yellow assistant), Dorje Shugden and Citipati.

    The central deity is known as Chinnamasta or Dorje Neljorma Ucheyma. Both Chinnamasta (Sanskrit) and Ucheyma (Tibetan) literally mean, ‘She Whose Head is Severed’. The meaning behind her form is to show practitioners that they need to completely remove the grasping and self-identification with the “I” or the ego. Generally, the identity of the self is strongly associated with our face more than any other part of our body. We usually recognise a person when we look at a person’s face. Hence, our self-identification or ego is strongly associated with our face. To show us that this self-identification needs to be overcome on the spiritual path to enlightenment, Vajrayogini uses her ritual chopper to decapitate herself. This is symbolic of her practice eradicating the ego.

    The Severed Headed Vajrayogini, as she is also known, removes all afflictive mental constructs by removing the root cause – the identification of the self, the ego. We are either attached to or averse to people and circumstances because we have an ego to please, gratify and protect. But in the grander scheme of things, this self-identification with the ‘I’ is illusory and does not really exist. Therefore, Vajrayogini reveals this ultimate truth through the dramatic decapitation of her head and at the same time is still able to live and function. She is able to live due to her direct perception of emptiness and egolessness.

    Contrary to what some people might think, the eradication of the self does not destroy individualism, our personality or make us into a mindless person. In fact, the eradication of the ego makes us become a vibrant and compassionate person, someone that has greater awareness of the suffering of others. In other words, we become much warmer, kinder, forgiving, tolerant, conscientious, generous, contemplative and we are become a joy to be with. The cutting of the ego or the ‘I’ brings us towards awakening our true self, the Buddha nature within.

    The Severed Headed Vajrayogini has two dakini attendants. From the trunk of her neck, there are three severed blood vessels spurting three jets of blood that flow into the mouths of her own decapitated head that she carries in her left hand and into the mouths of her two attendants. Tsem Rinpoche explained that the three jets of blood represent that her practice purifies the three psychic poisons of ignorance, hatred and desire. In turn, this leads to the attainment of the three bodies of a Buddha – the emanation body, the enjoyment body and the truth body. In other words, the severance of the ego via her tantric path leads to the purification of all delusions and ultimately, the attainment of Buddhahood itself.

    The 7th Panchen Lama, Palden Tenpai Nyima is featured floating above because of his compilation of sadhanas from the ancient Sadhanamala texts. This includes a particular sadhana or collection of prayers, visualisation and mantra focused on Ucheyma. Incidentally, Dorje Shugden in many of his previous lives was a lineage master of the Vajrayogini tantras as well. These previous lives include the likes of the Mahasiddha Naropa and Tsarchen Losel Gyatso. The Lord and Lady of the Charnel Ground, known as Citipati, are one of the main protectors of the Vajrayogini Tantra.

    Last of all, the ascetic meditator engaging in his devotional practices towards Ucheyma in the cemetery represents the ideal environment for tantric practice because such environments invoke deep renunciation towards worldly affairs and attachments. All Buddhist traditions advocate meditating on the bones of the deceased because it reminds us of our mortality and hence, we develop revulsion towards the transient nature of worldly or ordinary existence.

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  3. Joy on Oct 26, 2018 at 5:44 am

    Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini) (Main figure)

    (Top to bottom): Maitri Kacho (Flying Vajrayogini), Maitri Kacho (One-Leg Up Vajrayogini), Naro Kacho, Sukhasiddhi, Ucheyma (Severed Headed Vajrayogini), Vajra Varnani (green assistant), Vajra Vairocani (yellow assistant), Citipati, Vajravarahi and Dorje Shugden.

    The central deity is known as Severed Headed Vajrayogini, Chinnamasta or Dorje Neljorma Ucheyma. Both Chinnamasta (Sanskrit) and Ucheyma (Tibetan) literally mean, ‘She Whose Head is Severed’. The meaning behind her form is to show practitioners that they need to completely remove the grasping and self-identification with the “I” or the ego. Generally, the identity of the self is strongly associated with our face more than any other part of our body. We usually recognise a person when we look at a person’s face. Hence, our self-identification or ego is strongly associated with our face. To show us that this self-identification needs to be overcome on the spiritual path to enlightenment, Vajrayogini uses her ritual chopper to decapitate herself. This is symbolic of her practice eradicating the ego.

    The Severed Headed Vajrayogini removes all afflictive mental constructs by removing the root cause – the identification of the self, the ego. We are either attached to or averse to people and circumstances because we have an ego to please, gratify and protect. But in the grander scheme of things, this self-identification with the ‘I’ is illusory and does not really exist. Therefore, Vajrayogini reveals this ultimate truth through the dramatic decapitation of her head and at the same time is still able to live and function. She is able to live due to her direct perception of emptiness and egolessness.

    Contrary to what some people might think, the eradication of the self does not destroy individualism, our personality or make us into a mindless person. In fact, the eradication of the ego makes us become a vibrant and compassionate person, someone that has greater awareness of the suffering of others. In other words, we become much warmer, kinder, forgiving, tolerant, conscientious, generous, contemplative and we are become a joy to be with. The cutting of the ego or the ‘I’ brings us towards awakening our true self, the Buddha nature within.

    The Severed Headed Vajrayogini has two dakini attendants. From the trunk of her neck, there are three severed blood vessels spurting three jets of blood that flow into the mouths of her own decapitated head that she carries in her left hand and into the mouths of her two attendants. Tsem Rinpoche explained that the three jets of blood represent that her practice purifies the three psychic poisons of ignorance, hatred and desire. In turn, this leads to the attainment of the three bodies of a Buddha – the emanation body, the enjoyment body and the truth body. In other words, the severance of the ego via her tantric path leads to the purification of all delusions and ultimately, the attainment of Buddhahood itself.

    Severed Headed Vajrayogini is surrounded by some of her other forms, including Naro Kacho, two forms of Maitri Kacho, Sukhasiddhi and Vajravarahi. These forms of Vajrayogini are more commonly practised compared to Severed Headed Vajrayogini and are prevalent in most Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Though they may look different, all forms are indivisible from her true nature and all her practices can lead practitioners to enlightenment. Naro Kacho arose from a vision beheld by the Mahasiddha Naropa, Maitri Kacho from a vision beheld by Maitripa, and Indra Kacho from a vision beheld by Indrabodhi. The Lord and Lady of the Charnel Ground, known as Citipati, are one of the main protectors of the Vajrayogini Tantra.

    Last of all, Dorje Shugden is a protector with special affinity with Vajrayogini practitioners because he arose from an incarnation lineage that includes Naropa and Tsarchen Losel Gyatso who practised and proliferated her Tantra.

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  4. Pastor Adeline on Oct 26, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Vajrayogini (Main figure)

    (Top to bottom): Naropa, Vajradharma, Hero Vajradharma, Naro Kacho, Maitri Kacho (Flying Vajrayogini), Dorje Shugden and Vajravarahi.

    Vajrayogini is a female tantric Buddha and she has many forms that are derived from various lineages. She mainly embodies the fully enlightened female (shakti) aspect of a Buddha. She belongs to the Mother Tantra classification, which refers to her practice concentrating on the wisdom aspect of the path to Buddhahood. She is also the principal dakini, the compassionate female guides and nurturers of tantric meditation who lead practitioners to enlightenment. In the thangka, the main figure in the middle is Naro Kechari as she arose from the pure vision of the Mahasiddha Naropa.

    In Anuttara (Highest) Yoga Tantra, principal dakinis normally appear in union with a male consort and this can be seen in the cases of deities such as Guhyasamaja, Hevajra, and Kalachakra. In the case of Vajrayogini, she is the principal female Buddha of the Chakrasamvara Tantra and therefore, she is normally in union with Heruka Chakrasamvara. Furthermore, Vajrayogini is also considered a Vajradakini, who are yidams or meditational deities in their own right. Their practices have evolved from the main practices of their consorts, simplifying the otherwise complicated original practice by reducing it to a single-deity meditation without sacrificing the main benefits and features of the original. Hence, Vajradakini practices such as Vajrayogini and Nairatmya are derived from the original Chakrasamvara Tantra and Hevajra Tantra respectively.

    In essence, Vajrayogini is known as “Sarvabuddha-dakini” or the Dakini Who is the Essence of all Buddhas. Her mantra is known as the King of All Mantras as it has the most powerful ability to bless us with spiritual attainments even without any visualisation or meditation. There are 11 Yogas in the generation stage of her practice and a few which have the power of transforming ordinary actions like sleeping, waking and ordinary daily tasks into a collection of merits. Ultimately, her Tantra offers salvation for ordinary practitioners at death with her special promise of guiding practitioners towards Kechara, or the Paradise of the Dakinis, in which we can continue deep practices to become a Buddha without fear, obstacles and interruptions.

    Within Vajrayogini practice, soliciting the blessings of the lama and the lineage master are of paramount importance in order for our practice to bear results. Hence, the lama is visualised as the red Vajradharma with arms crossed at the heart, holding the vajra and bell. The lineage masters are visualised as Hero Vajradharma, holding a damaru and skullcup while cradling a khatvanga. Aside from the main Naro Kechari form, Vajrayogini also appears in the form of Maitri Kechari, who is known as Flying Vajrayogini, and arose from the vision of Maitripa. Another common form is known as Indra Kechari, or Vajravarahi, who arose from the vision of Indrabodhi.

    Last of all, Dorje Shugden is a Dharma protector with a special affinity with Vajrayogini practitioners. This is because he himself arose from an incarnation lineage that includes the likes of Naropa, the progenitor of Naro Kechari practice, and Tsarchen Losel Gyatso who had practised and proliferated her Tantra and is listed as one the lineage masters invoked upon every day by Vajrayogini practitioners.

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  5. Pastor Shin Tan on Oct 4, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Original illustration and text posted by Eric D Hatchell as a reply to H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s facebook post on Vajrayogini here: http://bit.ly/VYogini0001

    The Dākiṇī with the Essence of all Buddhas, Vajrayoginī

    Her practice includes methods to end the otherwise repetitive states of Bardo and rebirth, by transforming the process into a journey, which may lead to full enlightenment. In preparation for which, Vajrayoginī further offers the omnipresent ability to reconstruct the nature of the most, mundane everyday experiences, such that they may reveal higher destinations, via the spiritual paths she may choose to reveal. [1] Vajrayoginī being defined as, “The Dākiṇī who is the Essence of all Buddhas”, [2] is amplified by scholar Miranda Shaw when she implied that this deity is no less than, the supreme nature of the very Tantric pantheon. No male Buddha, including her divine consort, Heruka-Cakrasaṃvara, further advances her in metaphysical implications. [3]

    Vajrayoginī’s sādhanā originates from India circa 10/12th C, [4] when summoned as Heruka-Cakrasaṃvara’s Yab-Yum consort [5], with later forms including Vajrayoginī as “Solitary Hero”, she may be visualized with the deep red complexion of a 16-year-old female, whose stance is nude amidst a blazing fire of pristine awareness and most exalted wisdom. Her head is adorned with a crown of five skulls and upon her forehead, the third eye of wisdom is set vertically (represented here by an auspicious jewel). She drapes a necklace of fifty dried human skulls and is depicted with her traditional vajra-handled knife in her right hand; with a blood filled kapala in her left, she drinks with upturned head while looking above, toward the pure realm of Khechara. This seemingly gruesome gesture is actually symbolic of her clear light in great joy, known as “mahasukha” (the great bliss), [6] [7] thus the blood she drinks may be offered to us all as if a fine wine.

    Resting on the left shoulder is a Katvanga staff as she stands tall with her two feet, trampling the bodies of red Kalaratri and black Bhairava (with heads bending backward), representing the embodiment of illusion and ego-awareness. The composition, all of which rests above a sun disc and multicolored lotus pedestal, she is rendered here after a thankga of Naropa Tradition (passed down from a special teaching of the Indian Mahasiddha Naropa). Vajrayoginī herself may be classified as the personification of “Wisdom” or “Mother” and her practice originates with the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras, which is one of the five principal tantric practices of the Sakya School, although found in one form or another, she is included in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. [8]

    Vajrayoginī also appears in versions from the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, with one popular system having the practitioner visualize themselves as Vajrayoginī, as such, their guru taking the form of Milarepa. [9] Thus depicted above the central deity here we see Milarepa on our right, with his great Guru Marpa left (whose guru was Naropa himself, and other great Indian masters). [10]

    Vajrayoginī is a simplified, single most form of the female Buddha, who is otherwise a collection of alternate forms. From her sādhanās she is visualized in English terms as “Vajra Sow”, “Wrathful Lady”, “Fierce Black One”, and other such similar manifestations of female energy found in numerous iconographic renderings and traditions. Each feature of Vajrayoginī’s visualization conveys important spiritual concept. For example, her three eyes indicate her ability to see all (past, present and future); her red-colored body symbolizes the blazing of her ”inner fire”, and the curved knife she wields, demonstrates the power to sever the delusions and obstacles of her followers and of all living beings. [11]

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    References:

    [1] Gyatso, Kelsang. Guide to Dakini Land: The Highest Yoga Tantra Practice of Buddha Vajrayogini. London: Tharpa, 1996, p.xii.

    [2] “The Berzin Archives.” Bonding Practices for Mother Tantra. Accessed February 18, 2016. http://www.berzinarchives.com/…/bonding_prac_mother_tantra_….

    [3] Shaw, Miranda Eberle. Buddhist Goddesses of India. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006, p. 8.

    [4] English, Elizabeth. Vajrayoginī: Her Visualizations, Rituals & Forms: A Study of the Cult of Vajrayoginī in India. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2002.

    [5] “Vajrasattva (Buddhist Deity) – White (with Consort).” Vajrasattva (Buddhist Deity). Accessed February 18, 2016. http://www.himalayanart.org/items/77598.

    [6] Gyatso, Kelsang. Guide to Dakini Land: The Highest Yoga Tantra Practice of Buddha Vajrayogini. London: Tharpa, 1996 p. 123-127.

    [7] Glenn H. Mullin

    [8] “Item: Vajrayogini (Buddhist Deity) – (Naropa Tradition).” Vajrayogini (Buddhist Deity). Accessed February 18, 2016. http://www.himalayanart.org/items/290.

    [9] English, Elizabeth. Vajrayoginī: Her Visualizations, Rituals & Forms: A Study of the Cult of Vajrayoginī in India. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2002, p. xxiii.

    [10] Drinking the Mountain Stream: Songs of Tibet’s Beloved Saint, Milarepa … by Mi-la-ras-pa, Rinpoche Lama Kunga, Brian Cutillo, p.305.

    [11] Gyatso, Kelsang. Guide to Dakini Land: The Highest Yoga Tantra Practice of Buddha Vajrayogini. London: Tharpa, 1996, p.123-127.

    VY

  6. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 25, 2018 at 2:44 am

    The current form of Naro Kacho Vajra Yogini appeared to the Indian Mahasiddha Naropa after he meditated intensely on her practice inside a cave. He beheld her glorious form in a vision. This unique form became known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini or Naro Kacho, as it had never existed before. Later, in Tibet, His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche also had visions of Vajra Yogini. His vision differed slightly from the vision of her that Naropa beheld. In the original Naro Kacho form, Vajra Yogini looks towards her pure land named Kechara. However in Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s vision, she looked straight at him, symbolic of the deity empowering him to bestow her practice to many people in order to benefit them. The practice of Vajra Yogini belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification that leads to tremendous inner transformation and can even grant enlightenment within just one lifetime.

    PabongkaRinpocheVY

  7. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 22, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Video of Tsem Rinpoche’s shrine taken July 16, 2018. Very beautiful, well done and meticulous.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA

  8. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 21, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Video of Tsem Rinpoche’s shrine taken July 16, 2018.
    Very beautiful, well done and meticulous.

    https://video.tsemtulku.com/chat-videos/chat-1531752637.mp4


  9. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 7, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Vajra Yogini has many different forms and in each of these forms, the positioning of her sacred body, the various implements she holds and the expressions on her face have profound meaning into various aspects of enlightenment. The implements she holds, the expressions on her face, and her body symbolise specific aspects of enlightenment that suit people during a particular time and place according to their karma. So, therefore, Vajra Yogini’s pose, forms and emanations change over time in order to suit different karmically-connected practitioners. It will keep changing because enlightenment is fluid, compassionate and skilful. To gaze upon Vajra Yogini is to look at a complete ‘roadmap’ to enlightenment as every aspect of her body is a manifestation of enlightenment. Therefore to have her form, picture, painting or statue is very blessed. We should make offerings to her daily diligently.

    After the great Mahasiddha Naropa had served his guru the Mahasiddha Tilopa for 12 years, Tilopa conferred the Vajra Varahi (another form of Vajra Yogini) initiation with full instructions unto Naropa. Then, Naropa diligently meditated on Vajra Varahi and had a vision of her, and when she appeared to him directly, she appeared in the form of Vajra Yogini. Normally, when he engaged in the Vajra Yogini (Vajravarahi) practice, she was in the form of facing him directly, holding a skull cup and a curved flaying knife in front of her heart. One leg was up and one leg was down as in a dancing pose. That was the form of Vajra Yogini that he had meditated on to gain the highest attainments.

    After he had meditated on Vajra Varahi and gained visions of her, she appeared to him in a different form, with her face looking up at Kechara Paradise instead of facing him directly. Her left hand holding the skullcup was thrust in the air and her right hand holding the curved flaying knife, also known as a cemetery knife was facing down at sentient beings or samsara to help beings cut their bonds to suffering. Her left leg was bent, and her right extended while standing in a pose of looking towards Kechara Paradise like she is about to take off there. This form signifies she will take you there and out of suffering. That form of Vajra Yogini became special and that was called Naro Kacho or the Vajra Yogini of Naropa. This Naropa’s Vajra Yogini was initiated to the Nepalese Pamtingpa brothers and they meditated diligently and this tradition of Naropa’s Vajra Yogini just became prevalent and took off from there. Naropa started initiating his other disciples as well into this special form of Vajra Yogini and she became known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini till this day and it is considered a highly blessed lineage. That is the lineage we have now and most prevalent.

    She is looking up because this Naropa’s Vajra Yogini is indicating she will lead her practitioners to her Kechara Paradise within one lifetime if you are diligent in her practice. Realizing enlightenment is harder for people in today’s world and needs more time during Kaliyuga degenerate period, she leads you to her paradise where you can practice undisturbed to Buddha-hood.

    In this brilliant artwork, what you see is the Mahasiddha Naropa having a direct vision of Vajra Yogini. It’s the first time she has appeared to Naropa in this form. This form is associated with Naropa. Prior to Naropa, this form of Vajra Yogini did not exist. She in this vision is initiating him into this form (Naro Kacho) of herself indicating this form will be most efficacious now according to our karmic period. In the background, you will see a cave with a light in it because when Naropa used to meditate in that cave, it is said that from his body would emit a light and people could see it from afar. You can also see animals surrounding Vajra Yogini, they can feel her compassion and her great blessings and they are at peace around her.

    Vajra Yogini brings peace, love, compassion, wisdom and freedom to everyone who practices her incredibly powerful tantra. Therefore, this artwork is a very beautiful representation of the time when Naropa had a vision of Vajra Yogini in this form for the first time and it is now known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini. This artwork was offered to me as a gift from a very talented artist. I deeply appreciate this piece of visual spirituality very much.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    To download for your shrine, please click here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62528

  10. Alice Tay on Mar 15, 2018 at 1:47 am

    We are very fortunate to have a precious guru like Rinpoche’s compassion, unconditional love, profound teachings and practices and letting us know about this Diamond Lady though we have not received her initiation. We should have an open minded to receive and follow the teachings from Rinpoche and practice diligently for the benefit of others. For this instance, we can have a strong aspiration and start to do Tea Offering to Vajrayogini that may help to create cause for us to meet her and receive her practice in all future lives.

    Thank you Rinpoche and may many others come across this post , create good cause to get closer to Vajrayogini and do her practice in the future.

  11. Valentina Suhendra on May 4, 2017 at 8:35 am

    From Tsem Rinpoche: Every person who has Maha-anuttaratantra empowerments (Eg. Heruka, Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Chittamani-Tara, Kalacakra, Hevajra, Gyalwa Gyatso Chenresig, etc) should keep a copy of this on their shrine or prayer book. These are all the ritual items tantric practitioner must keep by commitment. If it is in picture form, it is alright also.

    To post

  12. Anne Ong on May 2, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    This is a very good and simple write up with very clear understanding how to start off a simple practice to connect with Vajrayogini. I have always wondered how to start the basic practice. Thank you Rinpoche for this very good article._/\_

  13. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Apr 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your great kindness and compassion in making this powerful and sacred “Tea Offering to Vajrayogini” practice available to us on this blog. It is truly wonderful that, without any initiation, we can perform this powerful practice daily. Many can perform this practice easily as it is simple and requires few implements. Its benefits are so many and so great. Most importantly, this practice will lead us to create a strong connection with the Buddha for this degenerate age , Vajrayogini!

    By doing this practice consistently,we will create an affinity with Vajrayogini and her precious practice . We will receive her protection in this life and create the cause to meet her and her practice in future lives.

    Indeed,may we create the causes and have the merits to receive her practice within this lifetime , to be able to practice to gain control, at least, of our rebirth.

  14. Sofi on Apr 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your compassion in making this sacred practice of tea offering available to us to create the affinity with beautiful Queen Vajrayogini. Rinpoche had said many times before that Vajrayogini is the Buddha most suitable to capture and control our strong egoistical minds in this degenerate times. Rinpoche had also said that the most mediocre practitioner of Lady Vajrayogini will gain a good human rebirth whilst the very best will ascend full-bodied directly into her heaven, Kechara. May we be blessed with the merits to receive her practice in the near future, directly from Rinpoche, who is the pure holder of the holy lineage practices.

  15. CindyH on Apr 5, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for making it possible for us to connect with Vajrayogini and create affinity for Her full practice. For one who at this juncture lack the merits to received Her holy initiation, I am definitely grateful to Rinpoche for such a rare chance to make a profound connection to Vajrayogini even before being initiated into Her tantra and to create the causes to receive Her complete practice in near future.

  16. Fong on Apr 5, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    The benefits of the Tea Offering to Vajrayogini is manifold. But, to me the greatest advantage is to connect with Vajrayogini and create and affinity for her practice. Before, this I used to love reciting the Praise to Vajrayogini as I felt that it could be done anywhere. In fact, I have kept the prayers in my phone, wonders of smartphone!

    I love this Tea Offering to Vajrayogini as well, and had started it but was not consistent. Well, I better make it consistent then.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for making this prayer available to all of us.

  17. Candice Loke on Oct 31, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a treasured Tea Offering practice of Vajrayogini publicly, enable people whom with no tantric initiation to build stronger connection with The Queen through this practice!
    I remember my 1st unforgettable experience with this prayer was during Nepal Pilgrimage Trip 2016 when we visited the 1st VY Chapel in Patan – I was totally mesmerised, enchanted the moment I laid my eyes on Vajrayogini in the chapel. The feeling was indescribable. It was since then I started to incorporate Tea offering to Vajrayogini in my daily sadhana.
    I hope in the future soon many will be benefited from Vajrayogini’s profound practice, and that it will carry on continuously to benefit countless beings.

    With folded hands
    Candice Loke

  18. samfoonheei on Aug 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this precious practice of tea offering to Vajrayogini and the benefits of it.Its wonderful to know the true valuable knowledge of the offering. We are so fortunate to have Rinpoche at KFR to introduce us to Vajra Yogini’s practice.
    Thanks again Rinpoche With folded hands.

  19. graceleong on May 30, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I was looking through the site on Prayers and Sadhanna and dropped in to revisit this teaching on Tea Offering to Vajrayogini. I feel very fortunate and grateful to my Guru Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this ritual with us. This allows many of us to create a connection with Vajrayogini in this lifeitme. If we have the merits it will also give us the opportunity to receive Vajrayogini initiations directly from Rinpoche!

    “The best anyone can do if not enlightenment for now, is to gain mastery over taking rebirth coupled with developing Three Principle Paths. Where you want to take rebirth can be determined by yourself if you practice the sacred Vajra Yogini Tantra thoroughly.” advised from Rinpoche

    There should not be any more procrastinations as time is short; this precious human life is meant to give us the opportunity to achieve attainments in order for us to be of benefit to others, to be Enlightened !!

  20. Paul Yap on Dec 19, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    The tea offering praises to Vajrayogini is beautiful and melodias. Many found Vajrayogini extremely attractive and fascinated. Its a great fortunate that these tea offerings is available to many to practice without requiring any initiation.

    The Great Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche has been guarding this sacred lineage then pass it down to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Normal people like me should be grateful to even have a chance to look at her image, not mentioning having the great opportunity to invite her beautiful images home to make offerings.

  21. Michael Correll on Jan 29, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Wow that’s great. I don’t have a Vajrayogini rupa yet but do have an unblessed resin Green Tara.

  22. Hee TS on Nov 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    非常感谢仁波切將这珍贵的金刚瑜伽母茶供养的程序在网站公开,利益大家,感觉到非常的幸运,希望盡快有足够的因缘,得以修持金刚瑜伽母的無上密续法门,继续往证悟的道路前进。

  23. Pee Bee Chong on Nov 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the TEA OFFERING TO VAJRA YOGINI for us who wish to do her practice but have not received her initiation yet. Thank you Rinpoche once again with folded hands.

  24. Oana on Jun 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I offered water to Vajrayogini image and it vapored really fast and it’s scared me

  25. lukas on May 7, 2012 at 2:10 am

    It is inconceivable that everyone can come across such a prayer, even most ordinary confused being like me, making connection with Buddha’s power. Dharma is most important to bring tangible changes to our lives and environment, so full of evil – hope at some point I’ll be stable & wise enough to receive more sophisticated teachings.. thanks to everyone making this blog available, it is incredibly beneficial.

  26. lim tin nee on Jan 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for the immensely beneficial teachings on the Diamond Lady. I’ve been practising tea offering to her since i was given the prayer for her, however not realising the true valuable significance of the offering. i know that Rinpoche is at one with this precious great lady and through her I hope all of Rinpoche’s wishes will be fulfilled.
    r

  27. Rafael on Jun 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I do not know if it is ok to post this here so if it is not, please remove, but I found this video(quite accidentally) and the first half of it seems to be a exact recitation of the Vajrayogini tea offering in Tibetan.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQFZuT46pRA&feature=related

  28. tsemtulku on Mar 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

    As a Vajrayana practitioner, do you not partake of meat at vajra feasts? I am a great admirer of the late Kalu Rinpoche. Now in Sukumvati. He was very clear on this subject. On page 124-125 in his book, “Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism”,… he goes through the root Vajrayana downfalls. Let me please share downfall #13: “The thirteen root downfall concerns our attitude and approach to tantric practice and tantric ritual. If we are participating in a ganachakra or vajra feast, where ritual use of meat and alcohol is made, and we abstain from one of the other of these on the grounds that it is impure or that it is contrary to our convictions and principles, then we have failed to appreciate the view of tantra which attempts to transcend purity and impurity, attempts to transcend dualistic thinking, and we have failed to appreciate and take part in the spirit of that tantric transformation process. To indulge in this kind of superficial, dualistic clinging to appearances during the course of a tantric ritual is to commit the 13th root downfall and to go against the spirit of our tantric practice.”–(from a facebook comments post)

    During tantric rituals, a tiny bit of meat, must be had for the greater view and greater good..which is to overcome clinging…but what I am talking about is daily consumption of meat…steaks, fried chicken, pork chops, leg of lamb, turtle soup, sharksfin, duck, rabbit stew, frog legs, clams, seafood chowder, sushi, and all the other animals slaughtered daily for our taste buds…. If we give up all meat eating and meat consumption then let’s talk about tsok meat. HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned in Los Angeles, we can take some tsampa and put a few drops of alcohol on it in place of meat when we cannot get it for tsok…..that can be used for meat. In Tibet Kyabje Zong Rinpoche would do that. Tsem Rinpoche

  29. ani kunzang on Mar 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Rinpoche, thank you for this beautiful evocation of devotion to your Guru as a child, and its constant appearance in your life, expressed in part by your reverence for Vajrayogini. Such a powerful, consistent, unhesitating flow, just as blood flows thru our veins. The force of life itself. I love Vajrayogini, too, although I know I comprehend nothing of that which she truly is. I am fortunate to have hanging on my wall a beautiful large print of Vajrayogini that once hung in Jetsunma’s prayer room here at Dakini Valley. I feel very blessed to look upon that image, knowing it is imbued with the sacred energy of a living Dakini.
    I am ever grateful for the presence of such pure Teachers as Jetsunma and you, who never cease to provide us with method and blessings. Thank you.

  30. Jim Riches on Mar 4, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Rinpoche,

    Many Thanks for this I shall add to my Vajrayogini section on my website, and I will have a go at this practice soon.

    Many Thanks

    Jim

  31. Cameron Bailey on Oct 20, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Thank you so much for this precious practice, Rinpoche! _/\_

  32. […] 另一个金刚瑜伽母的修持是仁波切曾在博客里提及的供茶仪式。 […]

  33. Knut Eggers on Oct 6, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Dearest Tsem Tulku,
    I overdrew my bank account seriously to visit my love in Indonesia. I don’t know if Vadjra Yoghini would like to see my making more and more depths for my love and happiness. I do enjoy to meet my love, but something must be seriously unbalanced in my perspective of things. Please give me guidance.
    Love, Knut

  34. Eric KSJC on Sep 27, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    我觉得自己真的很幸福,能在KECHARA佛教中心内跟着詹杜固仁波切一起学习佛法。看到第一次的金刚瑜伽母的黑茶供养的程序在网站公开,感觉到非常的幸运,真的希望以后能有足够的资粮,可以学习金刚瑜伽母的修行法门,继续往证悟的道路前进。

  35. Knut Eggers on Sep 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I ask myself… if this is the tea offering to Vadjra Yoghini…
    WHY is Vadjra Yoghini not named in the lyrics even one single time?

    • firefly on Sep 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm

      Hi Knut, i will answer you even though you are asking yourself… i believe it’s not rhetorical…

      correct me if i’m wrong…
      the Vajra Yogini is included as ‘mother yoginis’ in the text… it’s not a song, so it’s not ‘lyrics’…
      you are supposed to visualise yourself as her too according to the text…

      • firefly on Sep 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

        umm… just to add… not sure if we are allowed to visualise ourselves as her because we have not received the appropriate initiations… but that’s just what i gather from the text.

        • tsemtulku on Sep 29, 2010 at 7:06 am

          You don’t visualize yourself as Vajra Yogini, you just recite the liturgy as blessing and offer the tea. Tsem Tulku

      • tsemtulku on Sep 29, 2010 at 7:07 am

        Very good answer and you are correct. Only thing is if you don’t have Her initiation, you don’t visualize yourself as her. You just read the liturgy as a blessing and offer tea to make the connection. Tsem Tulku

  36. Sarah on Sep 26, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for this teaching!

  37. firefly on Sep 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Hi friends,

    i have another question… at the end of the sadhana text there is a part where one seems to be drinking the tea… so are we supposed to drink the tea after we have offered it, to partake of the blessings?

    • tsemtulku on Sep 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      You don’t drink the tea. But if you want you take alittle after the prayer and offering thinking it is a blessing from Lady Vajra Yogini.
      Tsem Tulku

      • firefly on Sep 26, 2010 at 11:19 pm

        okay thanks Tsem Tulku!

  38. firefly on Sep 23, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    hi, can we use any cup for the tea or the special kind of cup shown … ? Can i know who is Ngülchu Dharmabhadra?

    many thanks for the translation and instructions online, Tsem Rinpoche.

    • tsemtulku on Sep 23, 2010 at 11:11 pm

      Any cup is ok. Offer the best you can though. Tsem Tulku

  39. Paris on Sep 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for always thinking of ways to make these practices accessible to us – from our first trip to Nepal, to visit holy Vajrayogini sites, to inspiring the Vajrayogini book by Kechara Discovery, to encouraging us to invite and make offerings to Vajrayogini images, and now to this tea offering. We are so fortunate to have this rare chance to connect to her in so many ways. This really gives us no excuse NOT to begin our practice towards her right now.

    With much gratitude,
    Paris

  40. Angel sh Ooi on Sep 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    Thank You so much for sharing with us The Tea offering for Vajra Yogini. It is clear and easy to understand and follow.
    We are very blessed to received from Rinpoche’s blog, by doing Vajra Yogini’s practice will help me and others to let go of our biggest attachment. May this practice will create the affinity with Her, and be able to accomplish Her practice later on.
    Thank You Rinpoche.

  41. Anila on Sep 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you very very much Rinpoche for allowing everyone in Kh whether they be oldies or newbies even not initiated to be able to be able to make tea offerings to Vajrayogini or Diamond Lady to prepare them for the Highest Yoga Tantra Initiations. I guess most people who has taken Vajrayogini Initiations from Lamas in other centres don’t even understand fully what the whole initiations is about. I understand Vajrayogini is also the mother of Kechara House as Kechara Paradise is the abode of Vajrayogini. As students of Rinpoche and a member of Kh. Kh should be our spiritual home. Making tea offerings to Vajrayogini I believe will help us to generate merits to speed up for us to take her initiations. Since we have learnt Serkym Offering mantra to Lord Setrap without difficulty. There will be no problem in memorising tea offering mantra to Vajrayogini too. Better to do in Tibetan.

  42. Andrew James Boon on Sep 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Thank you seems so mundane given the enormity of this simple yet profound offering that Rinpoche has so kindly shared with us all. Gobsmacked I am! WOW! The only way I know that I may even begin to be able to thank Rinpoche enough is to actually start this practice in the hopes that I may create the causes and affinity to gain her practice in the future.

    Much love… Andrew

  43. Knut Eggers on Sep 21, 2010 at 4:06 am

    And by the way, Tsem Tulku… I wonder – don’t you ever sleep?
    I mean – physically. It is as if you always reply to my notes. Over here in germany it is 10.00 p.m., BUT in Malaisia it is 4 a.m.! You are in Malaisia, aren’t you? Love, Knut

  44. Knut Eggers on Sep 21, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Dear Tsem,
    I am DESPERATELY sorry that I am so resistant against the first three points of the procedure which has to do whith my neagtive experiences on Diamondway Buddhism. How can I ever make this practice attractive to ANYone in Hamburg without being completely one with it? I am such a difficult person to satisfy indeed!!!

    • Paris on Sep 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

      Kurt,
      It is impossible RIGHT NOW, for us to suddenly be “completely one” with the practice. If we were completely one with the practice, we would be enlightened beings, just like Vajrayogini. But don’t let this be an excuse to NOT practice at all.

      Rinpoche has explained to us many times that as humans, with so many millions of lifetimes of karma and habituations, we may slip up sometimes, and we won’t be perfect at our practice at first, but our perseverance, effort, dedication and hard work will be the key in inspiring others. People won’t be inspired by us being perfect and flawless in our practice but they will be inspired by the fact that if you make a mistake, you don’t give up, you keep trying, you pick yourself up and you push yourself to do more than you are used to. Effort inspires many people!

  45. Li Kheng on Sep 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    The Tea Offering to Vajrayogini is very clear. Additionally, the explanation about the purpose and benefits of this practice is listed in a comprehensive and easy to understand manner.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for your kindness and generosity in sharing this sacred ritual with us.

    May our sincere engagement in this offering create the cause for Dharma to grow and for the Diamond Queen to be close to all sentient beings to ignite & support the development of our Dharma practice.

  46. Knut Eggers on Sep 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Ah, yes, one more thing…
    the english tea liturgy is as sweet and beautiful as a poem,
    but I remember that on some buddhist meditation in Hamburg it was said that keeping to the original tibetan words is more powerful
    and for my feeling more penetrating; so I will try to keep doing
    the tibetan version and do my best in spelling it as good as possible, and occasionally read it in english, just to understand what “I” am “doing”. LOVE.

    • Paris on Sep 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

      Hi Kurt,

      Yes, Rinpoche has also explained to us that it is considered more auspicious to recite the prayers in their original Tibetan, as this was the form in which they were first composed by highly enlightened beings, so energetically, we connect to them in this way when we recite in the same original language.

      However, it is also of course very beneficial to recite the verses in English as we can then focus more on visualisation, with understanding of what we are reciting.
      Thank you. Paris

  47. Sean Wang on Sep 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I want to sincerely thank Rinpoche for providing us such a great practice. It is really such an honor to be able to do the practice of the Divine Female Buddha —– Vajrayogini. I will insert this prayer after my guru yoga. Once again, thank you for bestowing upon us such a great practice that is usually rare to come by for practitioners at most levels.

  48. Knut Eggers on Sep 20, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I LOVE this…
    I don’t know if I completely understand every step of the procedure, but I will read myself through the whole practice every single day. Precious – thank you so much, my great and most compassionate friend.

  49. yf wong on Sep 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Dear Guru,

    I sincerely wish to Thank you for sharing such wonderful & priceless Vajra Yogini’s practice with us….. feel so good to know that many many new Kechara members too has the rare opportunity to pracise it !

    This tea offering to Vajra Yogini certainly an offering i’d love to do as my daily practise besides Guru Yoga & Dharma Protector prayer practises.

    My Dear Guru, I wish you good health & hope that you can continue carry on to do the works that you enjoy the most for as long as you wish …. i.e. Teaching Dharma to ALL .

    Take care, pls .

  50. henry ooi on Sep 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Like others who commented, thank you very much for making the tea offering accessible to all to create causes for us to receive Varayogini’s practice in the future.

    When the new KH building is completed, devotees may visit the main prayer hall to make offerings to a bigger holy image of Vajrayogini. Watch out for the announcement.

  51. Janice Kwok on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you very much for your infinite kindness and setting the cause for all to benefit. Was so excited when i received Tat Meng’s sms on this as i have included daily the reading of the Vajra Yogini Prayer card as well as the prayer in the Kechara small prayer book. Rinpoche, can we use the serkym set for this tea offering – the picture depicts a serkym set? If we do the tea offering to Vajra Yogini, do we conclude it with serkym offering to Setrap? Thank you.

  52. Thierry on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing with us on how to do a Tea Offering and also for explaining with so much clarity the benefits of doing it.
    When Rinpoche tells us the story of his meeting with Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche, it is done with humility and great respect.

    I find it sometimes hard to find the time to do my sadhanas in this “busy” life, but then again, I can find time for other things that are plain useless, so it really comes down to 2 things:
    1 -what are my priorities
    2 -time is short, hey… that’s not news!

    I shall add this tea offering to my daily sadhanas, because it is a priority. If I was biten by a snake, I’d drop all to get the antidote…

  53. Janice Kwok on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you very much for your infinite kindness. Was excited about this when received Tat Meng’s sms yst evening. Recently i have included the recitation of the Vajrayogini Prayer card which i got from KP outlet as well as reading the prayer in the small Kechara prayer book. Looking forward to do the tea offering. Thank you for setting the cause so all may benefit.

  54. Paris on Sep 20, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Rinpoche, thank you for these incredible teachings and practices. What an amazing way to make a profound connection to Vajrayogini even before we are initiated into her tantra.

    This teaching would also match perfectly with the earlier teachings that Rinpoche gave a few months ago about how we can begin Vajrayogini practice, as related to the practices of Tsongkhapa/ Guru Yoga. (it’s the post titled “Starting on Vajrayogini Now” – http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/06/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html ) It is all coming together – Rinpoche is kindly showing us how every of the practices he recommends to us eventually links up and brings us directly to the real Kechara Heaven.

    Thank you.

  55. Mimi Chua on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

  56. ngeowchin on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    How kind of you to bestow this tea offering prayer to all of us who are low in merits to help prepare us to receive VY’s Initiation in the future.
    It is a simple practice we can engage in easily, yet with benefits that are immeasurable.
    May all be blessed by doing the practice with strong faith and devotion.

  57. Yoke Fui on Sep 20, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for making the tea offering practice available to us.
    May we create the cause to receive more Vy teachings from you.

    Love,yf

  58. Terri on Sep 20, 2010 at 5:29 am

    thanks, i don’t have the empowerment, but the statue is pretty. So <3 it.

    • Shirley Maya Tan on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:02 am

      Dear Terri,
      Just to clarify for you – if your read Rinpoche’s statements clearly, Rinpoche has explained that we can all do this without having empowerments or initiation. Hence, anyone can do this and thereby create the affinity with the Sacred Vajrayogini and causes to receive her empowerments and practice in the future.

      Please read Rinpoche’s comments as posted below. Have a good day.

      tsemtulku on September 20, 2010 at 1:29 am
      Dear friends,

      As I have already mentioned, it is fine to do this tea offering daily even without oral transmission (lung) and initiation. One of the reasons you are doing it is so in the future you may receive the initiation and fully practice the Sacred Vajra Yogini practice.

      Good Luck!!

      Tsem Tulku

  59. Lili ng on Sep 20, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Dearest Rinpoche,thank you for introducing us to this much needed precious prayer for everyone,I may not truly realise the benefits now but I will follow the instructions because I want to believe so much,in you and in the dharma.Thank you.

  60. tsemtulku on Sep 20, 2010 at 1:32 am

    The picture of the statue of Vajra Yogini I have posted here is my personal statue. It is 5 feet in height.

    It was created by Kechara Discovery’s Paul. If you are interested in this particular statue, you must contact Paul of Kechara Discovery. Just go to Kechara.com and find Liaison Paul.

    Tsem Tulku

  61. martin on Sep 20, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for making an important practice so easily acessible and available to everyone, especially those new ones like me. Every aspect of Vajra Yogini has captivated me from the very first time i set eyes on her image and i am glad that finally Rinpoche has opened a simple way for me to make a connection with the Buddha whose Paradise is Kechara, a name that has become a vital part of my daily life.

  62. tsemtulku on Sep 20, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Dear friends,

    As I have already mentioned, it is fine to do this tea offering daily even without oral transmission (lung) and initiation. One of the reasons you are doing it is so in the future you may receive the initiation and fully practice the Sacred Vajra Yogini practice.

    Good Luck!!

    Tsem Tulku

  63. KYC on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for this tea offering which I can add to the prayer composed by Rinpoche on the Vajrayogini prayer card sold in KP stores. I read the part which begins with “Great female Buddha…” almost every day. I found as early as August 2007, that praying to Vajrayogini is very helpful in overcoming anger. She has helped me deal with conflicts in the office, even before I met Rinpoche. I was able to understand the special power of Vajrayogini from reading the prayer that Rinpoche has put in the Kechara House prayer book “Essence of Bliss”. It is entitled “The Goddess That Absorbs All Traumas”. I used to read this prayer quite often. I recommend it strongly to new dharma practitioners who wish to know a little more about this lady Buddha.

  64. Shirley Maya Tan on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche. Thank you very much for this extremely precious post.

    I truly rejoice that everyone and anyone who reads this post can begin making their own connection with the Supreme Queen of Bliss. How fortunate we all are indeed! All thanks to Rinpoche’s great kindness and compassion.

  65. May Ong on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Thank you for your love and kindness, Rinpoche.

    I believe like many, many others including myself, uninitiated yet to be given the opportunity to be able to read the clear explanation given by Rinpoche himself to start doing Vajra Yogini’s practice now is truly rare.

    I do pray that many have the merits to take heed to the clear instructions given by Rinpoche to do Vajra Yogini’s practice so we may create the cause to meet with her and her paradise in future. I also pray that we may be able to hold weekly Vajra Yogini prayers at KH to benefit many.

  66. Konstantina on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Venerable Rinpoche,
    Thank You so much for the generocity comes out of this post. But I was really astonished by the statue of Vajrayogini as well!!!! How could I find a statue like that for my shrine???…
    And another question, more “serious”… Can I practice the Tea Offering without having the lung or the initiation?
    Thank you,
    Konstantina (Athens, Greece)

    • Paris on Sep 20, 2010 at 2:51 am

      Hi Konstantina,
      Yes, that is truly a very beautiful statue isn’t it! She is stunning, like Vajrayogini is really there.

      This was a very special Five-foot Vajrayogini statue that was created by Kechara Discovery. you could contact them for more information about this statue. Or, alternatively, we also have many other really beautiful Buddha statues available on the Kechara online store: http://www.kechara.com/eshop

      happy shopping!

  67. Lin Kechara on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    A very simple and heartfelt THANK YOU for your kindness in teaching us how to do the offering of tea to Vajrayogini. EH MA HO!

  68. susan lim on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you for bringing us closer into the Diamond Lady’s mandala! I am extremely fortunate to have Rinpoche’s guidance, teachings, practices, unending love and care. I wish very much to know the Diamond Lady and be one with her. I read each word carefully and am amazed with the tremendous blessings from engaging Tea Offering to Vajrayogini.

    May many others come across this posting, create the causes to do her practice and be one with Vajrayogini!

    yours humbly
    susan

  69. Michael Kuang on Sep 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the Tea Offering Practice with us. It will be something special to do for daily offering. May Rinpoche live long and healthy and continue to bestow teaching on us!

  70. patsy on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this posting of Tea Offering to Vajrayogini.

    Through this beautiful Tea Offerings to Vajrayogini, May we be able to collect enough merits to receive Vajrayogini initiation in the future.

    Thank you again and again Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion to introduce such a priceless practice to us during this degenerate time when we so needed Her help and guidance.

  71. ck liew on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Dear Guru ,

    A Million THANK YOU to you for your kindness in posting this , i am also one of the many always wondering how to “get” in to her practice. This DIAMOND LADY practice is undoubtedly unquestionable worth every single moments of our life to practice it. Finally the uninitiated can get to do it as well.

    For you to take your time to even explaining it and informing everyone on such practice just show how kind and how concern of you to everyone. May i be able to serve and repay your great kindness one day.

    Take care and get good rest.

    ck liew.

  72. joey wong on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Dear Rinpoche thank you for your immense kindness in posting this sacred teaching. This is certainly an offering i’d love to do daily!

  73. Anna on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing this Rinpoche.

  74. Andy Lee on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I hope you are in the best of health, Rinpoche, thank you for posting such an precious practice, this is the first time I ever see a practice on the web of Vajrayogini, and I knew this practice is just so precious that really inspire me. I really love her from the first sight her posture really does brighten me up. Thank you Rinpoche more and more people will benefits from this practice.

  75. Siong Woan on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I have been writing and re-writing this comments for 30 minutes now and I don’t think I can EVER find words which can help express my deepest gratitudes towards your kind guidance and care.. I will follow your instructions and hope to be taken under the protection of VY from now on.

    THANK YOU.

  76. tsemtulku on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Dear Benji,

    I am so happy you are able to see this posting and understand the significance. It takes a rare huge amount of merit to be associated with Vajra Yogini.

    Her practice is relatively ‘easy’ compared to the other tantric deities. But we can start by having her image, and doing tea offerings to her with other offerings. Reciting aspirational prayers in front of her image would be very powerful. Doing dharma work in Kechara would be similar to doing the preliminary practices prior to tantric practice. Very important to do the preliminaries or tantric practice will not be fulfilled.

    I wish you good luck and happiness. I wish so much you and millions of others will become powerful mahasiddhas of the Vajra Yogini tantra.

    Tsem Tulku

  77. ruby khong on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for making this sacred teachings available to us and in such a clear and simplified manner. May many beings benefit from this and that one day soon your students will be able to do her saddhana in KWPC!

  78. benji on Sep 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you immensely, ‘kam-sia che-che’ Rinpoche. i feel so happy, even just to glance at the posting!

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    GREAT guidance , precious teachings and listening from those videos tell us more. All about making offerings, the importance of our motivation and the results of making offerings to the Three Jewels
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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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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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.
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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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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-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 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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  • April 22, 2021 01:41
    You have no legal rights to use my images for www.tsemrinpoche.com without my permission! It's unlawful! This is a violation of my rights! You must replace them here and now! asked: Hi there! This is Melynda and I am a licensed illustrator. I was confused, putting it lightly, when I saw my images at your web-site. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's license, you should be aware that you could be sued by the owner. It's against the law to use stolen images and it's so wicked! Here is this document with the links to my images you used at www.tsemrinpoche.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights. Download it right now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/2309845384250334/drive/folders/storage/shared/download?f=1361582044492171 If you don't remove the images mentioned in the file above during the next few days, I'll file a complaint on you to your hosting provider informing them that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. And if it doesn't help, trust me I am going to report and sue you! And you won't receive the second notice from me.
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  • April 21, 2021 03:13
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 19, 2021 02:53
    Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as samsaric dreams. These arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we make a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
11 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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.
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
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