The benefits of the Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma

Apr 1, 2019 | Views: 4,099
The rare dakini Ucchusma

The rare dakini Ucchusma. Click on image to enlarge.

Dear friends around the world,

I would like to share with you the practice of a very rare and powerful Buddha that you can incorporate into your daily purification practices. While I was looking through a book called Deities of Tibetan Buddhism, I found myself particularly attracted to a painted tsakaley (small painting) of a dark coloured, wrathful female figure. I was drawn to her as I felt that she had a powerful energy and special significance. Together with my students, I did more research on this deity as I felt that her practice would be very effective in our busy lives.

The importance of purification within spiritual practice cannot be over-emphasised. Many students of Buddhism have been unable to achieve their goals on the spiritual path due to various commitments or attachments to their lifestyles. As a result of this samsaric attachment, spiritual vows and commitments are broken and students’ minds and bodies are polluted by wrong views and negative thinking. This results in heavy negative karma.

Rinpoche looking through the book ‘Deities of Tibetan Buddhism’

Rinpoche looking through the book ‘Deities of Tibetan Buddhism’. Click on image to enlarge.

Out of great compassion and in order to help us purify our deluded minds, the Buddhas manifest in various forms, each with unique accompanying practices, to help us progress on our path to enlightenment. These include special purification practices that are highly effective to purify negative karma of the body, speech and mind. The practice of the Dakini Ucchusma is one such purification practice and her lineage is alive in the present day, preserved by masters from various Buddhist lineages.

Ucchusma is unique as she is the female form of Bhurkumkuta. The phenomenon of having male and female manifestations of the same Buddha is relatively rare. Her practice can be found in the Rinjung Gyatsa collection of sadhanas and she is particularly powerful and effective to purify defilements of the mind, deluded minds, negative thinking, broken promises and the resultant karma, illness, faulty memory, memory issues, body pollution and negative energy.

I have compiled some information below including some short practices for those who would like to learn more.

Tsem Rinpoche

Dakini Ucchusma (far left) standing regally at the personal altar of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Dakini Ucchusma (far left) standing regally on Rinpoche’s personal altar

 


 

Origins

Bhurkumkuta

One of the male forms of Bhurkumkuta

Also known as Khandro Tromo Metseg in Tibetan and Krodhini Bhurkumkuta in Sanskrit, Dakini Ucchusma’s practice arose from a pure vision received by the Indian Mahasiddha Drupangtse. The vision of Ucchusma came to him while he was in a forest and she gave him the initiation of her practice through the purifying nectar poured from the sacred vase that she carries in her hands.

There are, according to the Shurangama Sutra, four commonly known forms of Bhurkumkuta in the tantras of the New Translation Schools. Three are differentiated by colour: smoky, blue-black and green. The smoke-coloured deity is associated with the Sakya tradition while the blue-black and green forms are associated with the Kadam tradition of Atisha. Dakini Ucchusma is the fourth form and she is considered unique as she is the female form of Bhurkumkuta.

According to the Ucchusma Vajrapala Sutra, Ucchusma is actually the vajra manifestation of Shakyamuni Buddha. Together with Bhurkumkuta, her practice is considered part of the Kriya Tantras which teach rites of cleansing and ablutions using earth and water. Bhurkumkuta (the male form) is venerated in both Eastern Tantrism and Tibetan Tantrayana and the practices related to him are widespread in China and Japan.

Chapel devoted to Bhurkumkuta. Statue of Khro bo rMe brtsegs dud kha (Dhūmavarṇakrodhabhurkuṃkūṭa), brown, with three heads and six arms, with a human skin on his shoulders, standing in maṇḍalapada, flanked by mKha’ ’gro ma rMe brtsegs (Bhurkuṃkūṭīḍākinī) and by Khro mo rMe brtsegs (Krodhabhurkuṃkūṭī)

A chapel devoted to Bhurkumkuta (Khro bo rMe brtsegs dud kha or Dhumavarnakrodhabhurkumkuta), brown, with three heads and six arms, with a human skin on his shoulders, standing in mandalapada, flanked by Khandroma Metseg (Bhurkumkutidakini) and by Tromo Metseg (Krodhabhurkumkuti). Click on image to enlarge.

 

Form, Practice and Benefits

Ucchusma’s appearance is that of a wrathful charcoal-black dakini with one face, three eyes and two hands which hold a sacred vase containing purifying nectar at the level of her heart. Her body is corpulent, her hair is loose, abundant, a fiery orange-red colour, and she is standing on a sun disc on top of a lotus. She is without ornaments and is naked except for a loose “shawl” of black silk on her shoulders.

Ucchusma is actually the vajra manifestation of Shakyamuni Buddha. Click on image to enlarge.

Ucchusma is the vajra manifestation of Shakyamuni Buddha. Click on image to enlarge.

The main benefit of Ucchusma’s practice is to gain complete enlightenment via the purification of one’s body, speech and mind. Her mantra is used to purify negative karma in order to gain the realisation of emptiness. Hence, her practice is traditionally performed while bathing and brushing one’s teeth. While washing oneself, the water used is visualised as nectar flowing from the sacred vase which Ucchusma holds at her heart. This water is blessed with her purifying energies in order to cleanse one’s negative karma. Peripheral benefits of her practice include a better memory and being able to visualise better during meditations.

Ucchusma belongs to the Akshobhya or Vajra family. This means that her purification practice also pacifies anger and the negative karma associated with actions performed out of anger. Her practice also purifies the heaviest of negative karmas such as those that lead to rebirth in the hell realms.

In traditional Buddhist practice, it is considered disrespectful to invoke a Buddha in ‘unclean’ places such as the bathroom. Therefore, Ucchusma’s practice is unusual in that her purification practice is specifically performed while we are taking a bath or brushing our teeth. This is a wonderful way to extend our Dharma practice to include the bathroom! Lastly, this powerful purification practice is available to everyone without initiation.

 

The Purifying Power of Ucchusma (and Bhurkumkuta)

In some Tibetan traditions, Bhurkumkuta (in his male and female forms) is classified as one of the five Cleansing Deities. Bhurkumkuta’s practice is mainly for the eradication of sickness and disease. Ucchusma as the female form of Bhurkumkuta has the same power to purify defilements and impurities of the body, speech and mind through personal cleansing rituals.

The fifteenth chapter of the Guhyagarbha-tattvaviniscaya clearly illustrates the purifying nature of Ucchusmakrodha, the male form of Ucchusma. Here, the text describes how Mahesvara spawned as one of the denizens of hell.

Heruka, the cosmic policeman, seizes Mahesvara and his entire retinue, rips out their internal organs, hacks their limbs to pieces, eats their flesh, drinks their blood, and makes ritual ornaments from their bones — a model of thoroughness. Having digested all these gods, Heruka excretes them into an enormous ocean of muck, which one of his henchmen, Ucchusmakrodha, drinks up. The gods are then revived. Properly grateful for what can only have been an extraordinary experience, Mahesvara and his minions beseech Heruka and the divinities of his mandala to accept their wives, mothers, and daughters as ritual consorts while they take their correct places as the seats of the divinities in the mandala.

In addition, just like the female healing deity Parnashavari or Loma Gyonma, both Bhurkumkuta and Ucchusma have their own independent historical identities and histories which are unrelated to the other major deities in the Indian/Himalayan tradition.

Bhurkumkuta, in his male (left) and female form (right). Click on image to enlarge.

Bhurkumkuta, in his male (left) and female form (right). Click on image to enlarge.

 

Purification Practices

 

Method for Purification While Washing

Every morning, before you begin brushing your teeth, visualise Ucchusma standing on the crown of your head holding her sacred vase. While brushing your teeth, recite the following mantra (short Ucchusma mantra) three or more times:

OM ARAKHAM TSIRKAM BIMANASE UCCHUSMA MAHA KRODHA HUM PHET (3x)

Then brush your tongue and rinse your mouth three times. As you are brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth, recite the mantra and visualise that you are using the nectar poured from Ucchusma’s vase, to wash away all your negative karma of body, speech and mind.

Similarly, when you take a bath or shower, visualise Ucchusma standing on the crown of your head pouring the blessed nectar from her sacred vase over your body, anointing you with its purifying energies. While washing, recite the short Ucchusma mantra and maintain the visualisation that the water that is washing your body is the blessed water from her sacred vase purifying and removing all the spiritual defilements of your body, speech and mind.

Having finished cleaning yourself, visualise Ucchusma dissolving into the crown of your head and blessing you.

 

Method for Improving Memory

The recitation of the short Ucchusma mantra together with the long Bhurkumkuta mantra can be used to improve memory. It can be done daily as follows:

Visualise Dakini Ucchusma standing on the crown of your head holding the sacred vase. Visualise that she is anointing you with her purifying nectar, cleansing all the defilements of your body, speech and mind as you chant the following mantras:

Short Ucchusma mantra (female form, from Rinjung Gyatsa) five times:

OM ARAKHAM TSIRKHAM BIMANASE UCCHUSMA MAHA KRODHA HUM PHET (5x)

Then chant the long Ucchusma mantra (male form, from Sukha Gyatsa) ten times:

OM BHUKUM MAHA PRAMANAYE BHUTSI BHUKI BIMANASE UCCHUSMA KRODHA HUM PHET
OM BHUKUM RILI SHUTHAR SHAHUR SHI BIMALE UCCHUSMA KRODHA HUM HUM PHET PHET SOHA
(10x)

When completed, visualise Ucchusma dissolving into the crown of your head and blessing you.

 

Method with Incense (Sang) Offering

Sang offering or sangsol is the practice of burning loose incense or incense powder which purifies spiritual impurities and contaminations. Traditionally done outdoors during religious celebrations and on special occasions, sangsol can be described as a method of using the element of fire instead of water to purify our negative karma and obscurations. Offering incense to the Buddhas will also generate the merits for us to attain their qualities and more specifically, creates the causes for us to hold our vows perfectly.

Sang is regularly used in Kechara Forest Retreat where His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche has his students offer sang in the workplace to purify the environment. Sang is also offered before beginning an important endeavour to remove obstacles or before the start of teachings so that participants may receive the Dharma with a calm and clear mind. Sang is also used to bless and purify one’s body, speech and mind.

To incorporate Ucchusma’s practice into the offering of sang, we visualise the smoke in the form of white light blessed by Dakini Ucchusma and we recite the short Ucchusma mantra, thinking strongly that our negativities and their stains are being purified. The specially prepared sang offered in Kechara Forest Retreat contains healing herbs and rice blessed by the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. As it burns, it releases healing smoke into the air which when inhaled will purify negative energies.

 

Lineage and Practitioners

A statue of Dakini Ucchusma as commissioned by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

A statue of Dakini Ucchusma as commissioned by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

The lineage of Dakini Ucchusma, as extracted from the Rinjung Gyatsa of Taranatha, Folio 295:

  • Yeshe Khandroma
  • Drupangtse
  • Dru Dorje Sengge
  • Drag Nagpa Seng Gyal
  • Khanpo So Seng
  • Lama Gyagar Gyaltsen
  • Choje Senggewa
  • Zhonnu Lodro (Rendawa)
  • Zhonnu Konchog
  • Zhonnu Dondrub
  • Zhonnu Chodrub Janglungpa
  • Jetsun Drolchog
  • Je Doringpa (Doring Pandita)
  • Jetsun Taranatha, etc.

With the exception of Rendawa Zhonnu Lodro (the famed Sakya teacher of Lama Tsongkhapa) and Jetsun Taranatha (the compiler of the Rinjung Gyatsa and the founder of the Jonang lineage), little is known about the lineage holders of Ucchusma’s practice.

 

Rendawa Zhonnu Lodro (c.1349 –1412)

Rendawa Zhonnu Lodro was Lama Tsongkhapa’s renowned Sakya teacher. He was an erudite scholar from a young age, who began his studies in the five major philosophical texts later adopted as a course for Geshe studies by the Gelugpa tradition. In addition to numerous texts, he studied the tantric traditions of the Sakyapas under about twenty scholars, and applied them in his daily practice.

Rendawa Zhonnu Lodro. Image credit: himalayanart.org

Rendawa Zhonnu Lodro. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Zhonnu Lodro received teachings on Lamrim, Lojong, and other related topics, from Gyelse Tokme Zangpo (1295-1369), the author of the famous Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, in Ngulchu Chozong. He gave a number of teachings and important esoteric instructions in many places including Reting Monastery. Reting Monastery is where he is known to have taught and practised for three months with Lama Tsongkhapa.

Zhonnu Lodro was also the inspiration for the Migtsema, a five line mantra composed for and given to him by Lama Tsongkapa, but he replaced his name with Tsongkhapa’s name and returned it to him. This prayer containing the blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa and Rendawa is also known as the Migtsema mantra. It is one of the most important mantras for Gelugpa practitioners and devotees of Lama Tsongkhapa.

 

Jetsun Taranatha (1575-1634)

Jetsün Taranatha. Image credit: Shechen Monastery.

Jetsün Taranatha. Image credit: Shechen Monastery. Click on image to enlarge.

Jetsun Taranatha was the reincarnation of Kunga Drolchok, the Abbot of Cholung Changtse Monastery. He received many teachings and trained in the Sakya tradition under many masters, but the most significant influence came from Buddhaguptanatha, an accomplished Indian teacher who gave him tantric initiations and mystic teachings.

In order to establish the correct interpretations according to his lineage, Jetsun Taranatha spent the latter part of his life reviving the Jonang teachings. He became the Abbot of Takten Damcho Ling in 1628, and passed away in 1634. The Jonang tradition was continued by his disciples.

 

Conclusion

The main benefit of Ucchusma’s practice is to achieve complete enlightenment through the purification of the body, speech and mind. Her mantra is used to purify negative karma in order to gain the realisation of emptiness through the practice of cleansing one’s body and mouth. It is an effective method to use in our busy lives, and the practice also comes with the additional benefits of improving our memory and enhancing our visualisations during our practices.

A close up the Dakini Ucchusma commissioned by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

A close up of the statue of Dakini Ucchusma commissioned by Tsem Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

The lineage of Dakini Ucchusma remains alive today through the teachings and transmissions of great masters such as H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Zemey Rinpoche and Denma Locho Rinpoche. On the other hand, Lama Tsongkhapa, Bari Lotsawa and Atisha practised the male form known as Bhurkumkuta.

Although Ucchusma’s practice is not as well-known as other purification practices such as Vajrasattva or the Thirty-Five Confessional Buddhas, her lineage continues to this day and can be considered highly beneficial. Thus it is no surprise that she is incorporated in the Sadhana-Mala of the Panchen Lama, one of the highest ranking lamas within Tibetan Buddhism, as well as in the writings of other esteemed masters such as Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche and the 31st Sakya Throneholder Kunga Lodro.

 

Prayer Texts of Dakini Ucchusma

 

Ucchusma in the Sadhana-Mala of the Panchen Lama

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Ucchusma in Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche’s Collected Works

The purification rite titled mkha’ ‘gro ma sme ba brtsegs pa’i grib sel can be found in Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche’s Collected Works.

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Ucchusma in the Writings of the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro

Titled mkha’ ‘gro ma sme ba brtsegs pa’i bum pa’i cho ga nyams grib mthar byed, this text was composed by H.H. the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro.

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Thangkas of Dakini Ucchusma

Appreciating how difficult it is to acquire images and statues of this wrathful black Dakini, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche commissioned a number of thangkas to provide sincere practitioners with iconographically accurate, high resolution images of Dakini Ucchusma. Do download the images below for your altar or place of worship.

Ucchusma (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Buddha Akshobhya, Ucchusma and Dorje Shugden.

Deity: Ucchusma (Sanskrit)
Alternative name: Tromo Metsek (Tibetan); Krodhini Bhurkumkuta (Sanskrit)
The practice of the black dakini Ucchusma arose from a pure vision beheld by the Indian Mahasiddha Drupangsa. He had a vision of her in the forest and received the initiation of her practice through the purifying nectar poured from the sacred vase that she carries in her hands. Her appearance is that of a wrathful black dakini with one face, three eyes and two hands which hold a sacred vase containing purifying nectar at the level of her heart. Her body is corpulent, her hair is loose and her legs stand straight upon a sun disk on top of a lotus.

The main benefit of Ucchusma’s practice is to gain complete enlightenment via the purification of one’s body, speech and mind. Her mantra is used to purify negativities in order to gain the realisation of emptiness. Hence, the practice is traditionally recited while bathing and brushing one’s teeth. The water used is visualised to be derived from the sacred vase of Ucchusma. Thus, the water is empowered with the purifying blessings of Ucchusma in order to clean one’s negative karma.

Deity: Buddha Akshobhya (Sanskrit)
Alternative name: Mitrugpa (Tibetan)
Buddha Akshobhya is one of the Five Dhyani Buddhas and represents the consciousness aspect of the five aggregates purified and in its enlightened form. The other four purified forms of the aggregates are represented by the other four of the Five Dhyani Buddhas. In the scriptures, he is known as the Lord of the Eastern Pure Land Abhirati, also known as ‘The Joyous’. His name literally means ‘immovable’ and his practice pacifies anger. Pujas and rituals to Akshobhya are performed to purify the heavy negative karma of taking rebirth in the hell realms. Ucchusma belongs to Akshobhya’s family meaning that her purification practice also pacifies anger and the negative karma associated with actions performed out of anger. Her practice also purifies the heaviest of negative karmas such as those causing rebirth in the hell realms. Akshobhya is depicted with one face, two arms and is blue in colour.

Deity: Dorje Shugden
Dorje Shugden is recognised to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri and he arose from a long line of incarnated lamas who strove to proliferate and protect the Buddhadharma. Furthermore, Dorje Shugden is a protector of recent origins and hence, he is widely renowned to be efficacious and powerful in overcoming our obstacles and creating favourable conditions for our practice.

Ucchusma (Main figure)

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(Top to bottom): Ucchusma and Dorje Shugden.

Deity: Ucchusma (Sanskrit)
Alternative name: Tromo Metsek (Tibetan), Krodhini Bhurkumkuta (Sanskrit)
The practice of the black dakini Ucchusma arose from a pure vision beheld by the Indian Mahasiddha Drupangsa. He had a vision of her in the forest and received the initiation of her practice through the purifying nectar poured from the sacred vase that she carries in her hands, as depicted in the thangka. Her appearance is that of a wrathful black dakini with one face, three eyes and two hands which hold a sacred vase containing purifying nectar at the level of her heart. Her body is corpulent, her hair is loose and her legs stand straight upon a sun disk on top of a lotus.

The main benefit of Ucchusma’s practice is to gain complete enlightenment via the purification of one’s body, speech and mind. Her mantra is used to purify negativities in order to gain the realisation of emptiness. Hence, the practice is traditionally recited while bathing and brushing one’s teeth. The water used is visualised to be derived from the sacred vase of Ucchusma. Thus, the water is empowered with the purifying blessings of Ucchusma in order to clean one’s negative karma.

Deity: Dorje Shugden
Dorje Shugden is recognised to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri and he arose from a long line of incarnated lamas who strove to proliferate and protect the Buddhadharma. Furthermore, Dorje Shugden is a protector of recent origins and hence, he is widely renowned to be efficacious and powerful in overcoming our obstacles and creating favourable conditions for our practice.

 

Sources:

  • www.himalayanart.org
  • www.treasuryoflives.org
  • https://whav.aussereurop.univie.ac.at/
  • “Reflections on the Mahesvara Subjugation Myth: Indie Materials, Sa-skya-pa Apologetics, and the Birth of Heruka,” Ronald M. Davidson, The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Volume 14, Number 2, 1991.
  • The Healing Deity – Loma Gyonma; https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/loma-gyonma.html
  • https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Rendawa-Zhonnu-Lodro/8571
  • Explanation of Sang Offering; http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/gyalse-shenpen-taye/gentle-rain
  • Life of Taranatha; https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Tāranātha/TBRC_P1428
  • A detailed description of sang offering in “Incense Offering to Dorje Shugden” ;https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/incense-offering-to-dorje-shugden.html

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  1. Ummamageswari on Jun 12, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. Actually i felt that the dakini Ucchusma’ picture itself has a lot of powerful energy. It is true that the practice of a powerful Buddha which was stated on the article can incorporate into our daily purification practices.

    It is interesting to know that Ucchusma is a unique one as she is the female form of Bhurkumkuta. This article is really helpful to me.

  2. sarah on May 14, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing this precious teaching. The thangka image is absolutely beautiful.

    Question regarding reciting the mantra to improve memory.
    I’m assuming this is not recited while taking a shower. Can it be recited at anytime of the day when we have time? Or is it to be included into our daily sadhana. If its to be recited with sadhana, at which point do we recite it?

  3. Sofi on Apr 27, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post on Dakini Ucchusma. Amongst the many benefits of chanting her mantra, I found that the most significant benefit that is applicable to me is the improvement of my memory. Chanting her mantra during my shower and imagining the nectar from her pot/vase pouring from my head down, cleansing my negative traits, somehow I seem to gain better memory. Imagine or real, everyone who chant her mantra and experience the positive change, please do share here with us.

  4. Grace Leu (KHJB ) on Apr 18, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. It was indeed a special practice which can do it in bathroom. Thanks for the details information to know this special Buddha which have male and female form and their practice on purification.

  5. Stella Cheang on Apr 14, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you very much, Rinpoche, for this very powerful teaching that allows us to extend our practice to places traditionally not clean or unsuitable i.e. the shower area. I will learn up the purification mantra “OM ARAKHAM TSIRKAM BIMANASE UCCHUSMA MAHA KRODHA HUM PHET” and visualise it is Dakini’s Ucchusma’s nectar washing away all my negative karma of body, speech and mind. And complete the visualisation with Dakini Ucchusma dissolving onto the crown of my head.

  6. cc on Apr 6, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    Interesting.
    The mantra is easy to remember .?????

  7. Chris on Apr 2, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche and the blog team to share with us this sacred practice of Ucchusma. She is indeed a very special and powerful Buddha that manifested in both male and female form.

    One of the most important practices for us now is purification practices because we have accumulated a lot of negative karma that will create hindrances to our spiritual path. Other than famous purification practices such as Vajrasattva or 35 Confessional Buddhas, we can choose to do her practice.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for always looking out for the students. A lot will be benefitted from this practice. With our mind free from negative pollution, we will be able to progress in our spiritual path with fewer distractions and attachments. We will be able to see what is important for us and not waste time on petty feelings, or negative thoughts.

  8. Freon on Apr 2, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Buddha are very compassion. Even during washing we have chances to do purification. This is the 1st time I hear the mantra and recite while washing. It is so powerful. Also thanks to Rinpoche who always look for methods for us to purify quickly our karma.

  9. Jacinta Goh on Apr 2, 2019 at 9:38 am

    This is indeed a special purification practice that stems from manifestation of Buddha in a Dakini form. This lineage is rare and yet still very much alive with masters practicing it and in the article, it’s mentioned that this practice can be found in China and Japan too. It’s good that it was written down by some Tibetan masters to keep this practice alive. The number of recitations recommended is odd too. However, it’s short,simple and easy to do and I’ve been reciting since Rinpoche has first mentioned about this Dakini last year.

    The very purpose of Buddha’s teaching is to benefit many that suits different minds. As many have noticed that this mantra is special and it’s done during bath and teeth brushing too and it’s not part of daily sadhana. Hence, it can be done on its own and without much fuss. We actually get to do it in our washroom! ? There’s a number of other mantra that can be done during our toilet breaks too here https://bit.ly/2L64FO6
    If we can’t even practice one of it, I think it’s just pure lazineness.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this powerful purification practice.

    • Harold Musetescu on Apr 4, 2019 at 12:34 am

      I sent another email today to H.E. Domo Geshe Rinpoche at Shar Monastery asking him to verify that Shangmo Dorje Putri is a full member of Dorje Shugden’s retinue.
      From what I understand Tsem Rinpoche is that you are also from Shar Monastery. How very interesting.

  10. Harold Musetescu on Apr 1, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Can we use the female Dakini and Dharmapala “Shangmo Dorje Putri” in our daily Dorje Shugden practice? She is found in the retinue of Kache Marpo and was made a Dharmapala in 1902 by H.E. Domo Geshe Rinpoche. H.E. Domo Geshe Rinpoche also made Namkar Barzin a Dharmapala in Dorje Shugden’s retinue.

  11. dolma on Apr 1, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    This is v ery interesting and simple to do! just copy text and put it Before you in the bathroom. Thanks for that . But the long text we can not read in Tibetan. May we have it in english, thank you.

  12. Pastor Albert on Apr 1, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    This is a very special Buddha indeed, Ucchusma, another emanation of Buddha that helps us to purify our negative karma so that we can go to the path of enlightenment, as for the past countless lifetime, we have accumulated tremendous negative karma, hence, we have to do a lot of purification practices and retreats in order for our negative karma to be purified.

    Buddha is extremely compassionate, he created a chance for us to purify our negative karma even when we are taking shower and brushing teeth. While washing away our dirt on our body, we also wash away our bad karma that follows.

    I know there is a Dharma centre who is practicing Ucchusma, they hold this practice dearly and do the mantra everyday, we are so fortunate to have such powerful and convenient way of practice, because many people are very busy with their working schedule, sometimes it is near to impossible for them to sit down quietly in front of the Altar to do their daily prayers, hence, this Ucchusma practice comes in really handy as busy is no longer can be the reason for us not to practice.

  13. Tsa Tsa Ong on Apr 1, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I have been attracted to Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma from Rinpoche’s previous postings. Especially this early morning when i was quite sleepless and found this article really caught my attention as her purification practice is very unusual that can be done in the bathroom while brushing our teeth and bathing. Thank you very much Rinpoche for always sharing many ways and methods to help benefit everyone to purify our body, speech and mind. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this very interesting and beneficial article????☘️?

  14. Bradley Kassian on Apr 1, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche for always bringing us ways to purify our karma and fit these practices into our busy schedules and commitments. Thank you for giving us the history and background of this practice, and one that is so rare, and can be used well in the bathroom, well-taking bath or brushing our teeth! We need to work hard to purify negative karma of our body, speech and mind and this practice is quick to do and fits into our routines. May all be blessed.

  15. Yee Yin on Apr 1, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the practice of Ucchusma. It is a very practical and beneficial practice for modern people. By just reciting the mantra and doing the visualisation while we are brushing our teeth and taking shower, we are able to purify the negative karma we have created with our body, speech and mind. The best part is we don’t have to have the initiation in order to start the practice.

    In this degenerate time, all of us have accumulated countless negative karma by our body, speech and mind. For serious Buddhist practitioners, it is very important to do purification practice in order to progress in our spiritual practice. If we don’t clear our mind obscuration, it is very difficult for us to have realisation in Buddha’s teachings. Once we have cleared our mind obscuration, we will be able to absorb Buddha’s teachings effortlessly and put the teachings in practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for always making things so accessible and easy for us to practice. Tsem Rinpoche always give reference to the source of teachings or practice so we can do the practice without having to worry about the authenticity or origin of the practice. May Tsem Rinpoche live long and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma to guide us in our spiritual practice.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-essential-facts-dog-lovers-must-always-remember.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:31 PM
    Scientists had looking at long term, discovered that estimated about 100 to 10,000 species will be extinct soon if nothing is done. Could imagine from microscopic organisms to large plants and animals will go extinct each year. Animal such as sharks, lions, Pit bulls dogs and so forth as mentioned in this blog can become extinct when humans over hunt and over fish, pollute the environment, destroy habitats , and many others. Reading this post tells us more those world’s most dangerous animals are in fact in danger themselves. But the actions of humans toward those dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal. Interesting read .
    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks very delicious, healthy and nutritious. I can’t wait to try making it has the ingredients are easy to purchase and methods are simple. I wonder what it taste like.

    https://bit.ly/37DAV7y
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

    Regardless of whether you choose a vegetarian way of life, it’s always a healthy idea to eat a wide variety of foods and try out new foods when you can.

    Thank you for the sharing and compiling the list of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in Klang Valley. I am glad to know whereabout and hoping to try them.

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings on Dorje Shugden and explanation on retreat. Learning and practicing this Dorje Shugden’s practice have indeed benefited many people. And more so when to do a retreat. . We are all very fortunate to be given an opportunity to meet Tsem Rinpoche and learning, practicing all these precious teachings coming from a pure lineage that can be traced back to the time of the great Lama Tsongkhapa. A very detailed explanation on why we need the retreat and the way to do the retreat.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-retreat-a-powerful-practice-to-fulfill-wishes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche had been working tirelessly teaching Dharma in his whole life, giving many opportunities for us to learn , practice Dharma teachings. Whatever goes wrong we should admit it as our own fault and not our guru. Rinpoche ‘s love to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. He had followed his advice of his guru to come all the way from India to teach in Malaysia. Reading all those meaningful quotes and sayings in this article tells us a thousand words of truth which we should not take it lightly. We could in fact learn from it and stop blaming others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/is-it-the-gurus-fault.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:51 PM
    HH the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso , the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, who is a living Bodhisattva, an emanation of Avalokiteśvara. Blessing to have a change looking at this rare picture taken years ago of Dalai lama on the throne . Dalai Lama is well known as a Buddhist Advocate for Peace and Freedom.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-supreme-holder-of-the-white-lotus.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:48 PM
    Tibetans all over the world celebrates Losar, or Tibetan New Year with the beginning of Lunar year. This year it falls on the 12 February, every one will be looking forward to this day. A new year a new beginning , where the Panglung Oracle will take trance of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. As usual every year the Panglung Oracle will give advices, offering guidance, for the year ahead to everyone of what to do and so forth. Whatever advices given should not taken lightly. The Panglung Oracle as Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden will also give teachings and blessing . For this year Dorje Shugden gave a very powerful teachings and messages.
    Thank you for sharing this precious message.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-2021-losar-advice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 02:06 PM
    Interesting read , even though short but at least knowing the home Monastery of H E Tsem Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, Gedun Nyedrak. The monastery was called ‘Tsem’,where a custodian of a tooth relic of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gedun-nyedrak-an-abbot-of-gaden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 01:59 PM
    News of UFO always fascinating to me . There are many UFO sighting hotspots exist across the globe, it has long since scientist have a keen interest to investigate further. UFOs has become a modern sensation for hunters , scientist and so forth. There was only the ambiguous testament of witnesses so far all happen and appeared mysteries without any substantial evidence. But the Japanese government has admitted and believes definitely they the UFO exist. Well the Japanese government has even made a statement about alien spacecraft appearing on Earth. Many people have denied the existence of UFOs, but with so many UFO sightings they cannot denied it after all. Sound interesting.
    The Buddha has once said that we are not the only beings in existence and we are not alone on earth. Interesting videos to watch.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/japanese-admits-ufo-exists.html

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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
  • December 31, 2020 14:46
    Jose Ajuria asked: What are the qualities of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha
    pastor answered: Dear Jose Ajuria, Here is a short article that discusses the qualities of the Three Jewels: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/taking-refuge-by-pabongka-rinpoche.html For a more in-depth text regarding this, please read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). The text describes the qualities and benefits of taking refuge in each, in much more detail. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 30, 2020 09:55
    Dan asked: Dear pastors, some vegetarians said egg can eat. While some say no. What is your opinion on this. Thank you
    pastor answered: Dear Dan, Thank you for your question. There are differing views on eggs as part of the vegetarian diet. Some people would say that since eggs we get these days are not fertilized, then they are vegetarian since there is no life involved at that point. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche was vegetarian but consumed eggs, as long as they were free-range and organic, because Rinpoche was against the battery farming system which produces the majority of eggs these days. There is a lot of animal cruelty involved with battery farming. Most people who do not include egg in their vegetarian diets do this because of the harm is causes the hens during the farming process, and also because they can view eating eggs as taking a life. That being said, within Buddhism, there are certain practices that strictly prohibit the consumption of eggs, as with other types of food. This can be for a number of reasons, which are too long to be discussed here. I would say that most people in the Kechara organisation eat eggs although vegetarian, but that may also be a cultural thing. Some people however, have taken the extra step and live a vegan lifestyle, which definitely does not include egg, as an extension of their practice of compassion for other sentient beings. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • December 5, 2020 00:25
    Bradley asked: Would offerings or prayers like Sangsol offering be more potent if we had the prayers translated to the language of a given geographical area? Example in England where Celtic was once spoken? Would the local deities or spirits be pleased we took the time to do so? They are far older than us.
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your interesting question. Actually the sangsol prayers will be effective when done in any language. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that when you recite the sangsol prayer, you are actually invoking upon an enlightened being first, in this case, it is Dorje Shugden. Therefore, when you make the requests of the local deities to accept the offering, be calm and improve local circumstances etc, it is not coming from you. You are actually beseeching Dorje Shugden to help you in this matter. Hence, it is Dorje Shugden who is communicating with the local deities, not us. Secondly, deities and gods, as they do not have physical bodies, do not require ordinary language. Language as we know it is actually linked to our physical bodies. Local deities and gods, etc, because they don't have the same type of physical form as us, actually recognise our prayers through intention and effort rather than language. Therefore, prayers such as the sangsol prayers are effective no matter which language they are physical recited in. I hope this makes sense, if it does not, please let us know and we will clarify further. Thank you.
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