Unique Dorje Shugden Oracle Statue in Kechara Forest Retreat

Jun 2, 2017 | Views: 7,370
The one of a kind Dorje Shugden Oracle statue in Wisdom Hall Audience Room, Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia. Click on image to enlarge.

The one of a kind Dorje Shugden Oracle statue in Wisdom Hall Audience Room, Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia. Click on image to enlarge.

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dorje Shugden is a very special Dharma protector, with a close relationship to people of this day and age, due to our karmic propensity. One of the special ways in which we can communicate with Dorje Shugden, in order to receive blessings, advice and healing is through an oracle. The tradition of oracles is not something unique to just the practice of Dorje Shugden, or other Buddhist Dharma protectors for that matter. All cultures and races have relied on oracles at some point, and oracles have played pivotal roles throughout history all over the world.

Oracles have played an important part in my life, as they are the means of connection with my Dharma protector Dorje Shugden. It was with this in mind, and with the memory of seeing oracles statues in the past, that I had an oracle statue created depicting the oracle of Dorje Shugden in full trance. This Dorje Shugden oracle statue is the first of its kind in the world.

It is currently enshrined in the Wisdom Hall Audience Room, at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. As an oracle statue which has been consecrated, it can be prayed to in order to create the causes to be able to communicate with Dorje Shugden in the future. Oracles facilitate communication between ordinary practitioners and the divine. Therefore having such an oracle statue, which is the embodiment of Dorje Shugden, denotes our closeness with the Dharma protector. I hope you enjoy reading more about this wonderful and holy statue.

Whenever you come to Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia, make sure you have a khata and have audience with this very special oracle statue. It is highly blessed and plants the seed for you to have close connections to Dorje Shugden always.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Oracles in World History

While most would find the tradition of oracles strange or unbelievable, a look into history provides us with evidence that oracles were indeed major figures in people’s lives. In the West we have the examples of the Greek oracles, the most prominent of whom were the Pythia, the priests and priestesses of Dodona, and the Sibyls. These oracles played major roles in society, influencing politics, agriculture, religion and even warfare. It was through these oracles that people believed the ancient pre-Hellenistic and Hellenistic gods and goddess interacted with ordinary humans.

A depiction of the Pythia or High Priestess at the Temple of Apollo, who also served as the Oracle of Delphi. By John Collier, 1891.

A depiction of the Pythia or High Priestess at the Temple of Apollo, who also served as the Oracle of Delphi. By John Collier, 1891.

In essence they were considered portals through which the gods spoke directly to their adherents, following a variety of different methods. The Pythia, also known as the Delphic oracle, was the High Priestess at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi. She was known to be filled with the spirit of Apollo when she made oracular pronouncements. The priests and priestesses of Dodona were similarly influenced by the god Zeus and the goddess Dione. In this state they would interpret the sounds of bronze objects hanging from trees in the sacred oak grove in order to give prophecy. The Sibyls were women who gave prophesies and advice while in frenzied states. They are said to have been under the influence or possessed by chthonic deities, who were gods, goddesses or spirits who lived underground or in the underworld. Examples of highly revered and influential oracles are found in many other ancient civilizations, including countries in Asia Minor, the Ancient Near East and Africa.

Similarly, oracles have played pivotal roles in the lives of those in eastern countries such as China and India as well. In China and among the Chinese diaspora, oracles are more commonly referred to as mediums, who take trance of various kinds of deities to predict the future, give advice or even perform healing. Taking trance of deities such as the Nine Emperor Gods, or even local deities, these mediums intercede in the lives of devotees and supplicants, aiding them however they can, such as creating talismans also known as ‘fu’, which are used for purposes of spiritual protection, improving wealth, enhancing relationships, dispelling sorcery or black magic, and for any number of other reasons. These oracles/mediums continue to be relied even until today, highlighting its centrality to Chinese folk belief. In India, oracles or mediums take trance of various gods, goddesses and beings, from the highest classification to the lowest. They are relied upon in times of need, to provide advice, blessings, curing of the sick, etc. Even amongst the Indian diaspora in places such as the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, and New Zealand, people consult these oracles for means of betterment, as well as relying on modern institutions, merging both contemporary and traditional lifestyles.

 

Consulting Oracles in the Tibetan Traditions

As we have seen, the tradition of consulting oracles for both worldly and spiritual reasons has been widely practiced since ancient times. However, in today’s world, the practice is in danger of dying out completely in many cultures around the world. Amongst the major world religions, Tibetan Buddhism is somewhat unique in that the tradition of consulting oracles continues to play a major role in the lives of its practitioners.

Oracles in Tibetan are called ‘kuten’, which literally means ‘physical basis’. An oracle is a man or woman who acts as the physical basis for a particular non-physical being to enter them. This means that the mind and energies of a particular being can temporarily inhabit the body of an oracle for a period of time. This being can be a spirit, naga (a particular class of snake spirit), and so forth; or even a higher level being such as a god, or protector deity. Once the being leaves the body, the person regains their ordinary consciousness.

Consulting oracles is an integral part of Tibetan Buddhism. Here we see His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama consulting the Nechung Oracle, who takes trance of Dorje Dragden – a form of Pehar.

Consulting oracles is an integral part of Tibetan Buddhism. Here we see His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama consulting the Nechung Oracle, who takes trance of Dorje Dragden – a form of Pehar.

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, oracles can be ordained or lay practitioners who are blessed and trained to take trance, by a qualified lama. As such the psychic energy channels of an oracle would have been consecrated and cleared by meditational practice in order for a protector deity to enter easily. Potential oracles are chosen by the particular Dharma protector, who could take trance in them; via dreams and other signs; as appointed by a lama; or as requested by the potential oracle candidate themselves. Whatever the method of choosing the oracle, the candidate would nevertheless still require to be trained by a qualified lama. Oracles can take trance at any time or in any place, however as part of the tradition of oracles, official trances usually occur at an appointed time and place.

 

Why Rely on Oracles

Oracles provide a direct connection to the divine. Therefore when we rely on the tradition of oracles we are able to receive blessings and advice for our various needs. Without oracles, practitioners without the higher attainment of being able to communicate with the deities directly, would be bereft of such benefit.

Within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, oracles take trance of the various Dharma protectors, either subdued beings sworn to aid practitioners, or the enlightened beings who have emanated in the form of Dharma protectors. These beings are charged with the sacred task of removing obstacles and providing divine protection along a practitioner’s spiritual journey towards enlightenment. Oracles themselves are highly blessed because it is through their body that they are able to facilitate direct contact between the Dharma protector and practitioners.

While in trance of an oracle, Dharma protectors such as Dorje Shugden give advice on both spiritual and worldly matters in times of uncertainty, bestow blessings and even perform miraculous acts of healing, ridding those who are ill of their various afflictions. On a higher level, they also bestow spiritual teachings that lead sentient beings out of the suffering of cyclic existence and aid them on the journey towards liberation.

 

Deities Who Take Trance in Oracles

Oracles are an integral part of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture in general. Over the course of centuries as the entire country was shaped through the practice of Buddhism, cultural institutions such as language (the Tibetan script was created in order to translate Sanskrit Buddhist texts), and politics, became intrinsically linked to religious practices. The tradition of oracles is likewise linked to a variety of institutions including both religious and political spheres.

For example the Tibetan government, headed until recently by His Holiness the Dalai Lama has consulted the following deities who take trance in oracles, for matters of state:

  • Dorje Dragden, commonly refered to as Nechung/Pehar (the speech emanation of Pehar Gyalpo), who takes trance in the Nechung Oracle.
  • Shing Cha Chen (the qualities emanation of Pehar Gyalpo), who takes trance in the Gadong Oracle.
  • Tenma and her 11 sisters, who take trance in the Tenma Oracle.
Setrap, the wrathful emanation of the Buddha Amitabha. Click on image to enlarge.

Setrap, the wrathful emanation of the Buddha Amitabha. Click on image to enlarge.

Similarly, and more importantly, oracles have been relied on within the religious sphere, in the monastic setting, and for matters relating to religious practice and spiritual evolution. Such deities invoked for this reason include:

These deities, and many others, act out of compassion in cases where they are enlightened, or out of adherence to oaths in cases where they are worldly oath-bound deities, in order to aid practitioners. And in doing so, fulfill their spiritual role to aid practitioners in whatever way they can. From the viewpoint of Buddhist philosophy, their entire existence in that particular form, is to aid practitioners. The prayers and mantras used to invoke them are for this very same reason. For those who do not believe the enlightened beings can take trance in oracles, they limit the potential of enlightened beings, and in doing so negate the very reason that these beings would manifest as Dharma protectors – to aid practitioners on the Buddhist path in any way possible.

 

Tantric Explanation of a Trance

Within the practices of Buddhist tantra it is believed that the body has a complex network of 72,000 psychic energy channels throughout the entire body. These psychic channels converge and intertwine at various points in the body, and are known as ‘chakras’. Five of these are of particular importance, and are located at the crown of the head; between the eyebrows; the throat; the heart; the navel; and at the tip of one’s secret organ.

Chakras are points in the body where the psychic energy channels loop or knot around each other. Opening these chakras allows deities to enter an oracle’s body. Click on image to enlarge.

Chakras are points in the body where the psychic energy channels loop or knot around each other. Opening these chakras allows deities to enter an oracle’s body. Click on image to enlarge.

They are often portrayed as lotuses in art or in visualization techniques, and are depicted as having multiple petals. Common depictions of the important chakras have 32 or 64 petals. These petals actually represent the number of energy channels that converge at that particular chakra. This is because they are tightly intertwined or knotted and thus resemble a lotus blossom.

During trance, these chakras are opened either by meditation or by force, in which the particular being or Dharma protector takes possession of the body. However, there are people that have chakras that are naturally easier to open, therefore they are easier to train as oracles.

Psychic energies called ‘lung’ in Tibetan, ‘qi’ in Chinese, or ‘prana’ in Sanskrit travel along the vast network of psychic channels that is laid out throughout the body. The psychic energies regulate bodily function and it is believed that the subtle mind rides on top of these energies as well. In Buddhist tantra, the recitation of mantras combined with visualization regulates these vital energies in order to purify karma and develop spiritual attainments. For a potential oracle, the training as recommended by the lama is very important to prepare the psychic channels for trance.

 

Training to be an Oracle

For a potential oracle, the training begins by receiving refuge from the lama. By receiving refuge the candidate is protected from negative beings that may enter and cause harm. The lama then performs a ritual called ‘tsa ko’ to open the chakras and psychic energy channels of the oracle. This allows the higher beings to enter the oracle, while blocking negative beings from entering.

Following this, the lama bestows the empowerment of Lama Tsongkhapa, and the candidate engages in a Lama Tsongkhpa retreat combined with the practice of Lama Chopa, also known as Guru Puja. This is where one engages in the meditation of Lama Tsongkhapa with the recitation of the migtsema mantra and the recitation of the Lama Chopa liturgies. This is done with all the required offerings and tormas (ritual cakes offered to the deities) needed for the usual four sessions of retreat a day. The duration of the retreat is the time needed to complete 100,000 migtsema recitations, and would normally take around a month and a half to two months to complete.

Engaging in various tantric retreats, including the retreat of Lama Tsongkhapa, is a pre-requisite for the oracle to have steady and clear trances of the protector deities.

Engaging in various tantric retreats, including the retreat of Lama Tsongkhapa, is a pre-requisite for the oracle to have steady and clear trances of the protector deities.

After that, the candidate receives either the Yamantaka or Hayagriva initiation and then engage in a retreat on the deity for four sessions a day until one has completed 1 million of the main mantra and 100,000 for each of the other mantras. In the case of Yamantaka, there is one main mantra and three other mantras. This retreat takes approximately a month and half to two months if it is done well. Yamantaka retreat is known to extend one’s life, remove all interferences such as malevolent spirits and so forth and the psychic channels are charged with Yamantaka’s blessings and cleared in preparation for a clear trance. After retreat, one would go to the lama to see if it is necessary to enter into another retreat again.

After completing a Yamantaka or Hayagriva retreat, one would need to receive the life-entrustment of Dorje Shugden and engage in retreat of Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden retreat requires four important components – Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga, Lama Chopa, Yamantaka sadhana and then the Dorje Shugden liturgies. Therefore, the oracle-in-training would engage in these four liturgies during retreat, complete with the offerings and tormas for four sessions a day. During retreat, one would complete 1-10 million Dorje Shugden mantras and this would be for a duration of 3 to 4 months.

During retreat, the lama summons the oracle-in-training so that he can perform a ‘chabtrul ritual’ to purify the chakras and psychic channels. He would also invoke Dorje Shugden to come forth to enter the oracle in training and sometimes Dorje Shugden himself would enter for a short while and leave. However, during the training process, it is usually the entourage deities who enter to further purify and unblock the psychic channels. In the beginning, the oracle-in-training does not take trance unless in the presence of the lama to ensure that it is the correct deity that is entering the oracle. The lama would then continue to bless, advise and guide the oracle in training and at times, the lama would continue to prescribe further retreats of Yamantaka, Hayagriva or even Vajrapani to further prepare the oracle in training so that he or she becomes a fully qualified oracle.

Those who take trance of the protector deities, in this case the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden, are very blessed. This is because they are able to facilitate direct contact with the protector to take trance, give advice, blessings and heal people of their various afflictions. On a higher level they can even give teachings that lead sentient beings out of their suffering and aid them on their spiritual journey towards enlightenment.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/TakingTrancesDharmaTalk.mp4

 

A Lasting Tradition

Some people may find an oracle useful, some not, but the rich tradition of oracles is genuine and has been around for hundreds of years. Since the time Dorje Shugden manifested as a Dharma protector, he has been taking trance throughout the various generations of oracles for 350 years. The most highest and attained lamas trained, blessed and certified certain individuals to take trance of Dorje Shugden, Setrap, Kache Marpo, Namkar Barzen, Shiptak Gyene, Tsangpa, Jowo Chinkarwa, etc. These oracles have given highly accurate predictions that transcend space and time, obviously showing there is a superior being speaking through them with unlimited clairvoyance. Whether our particular tradition relies on oracles or not, it does not matter but there should not be one hard and fast rule for everyone. If your tradition does not believe or rely on oracles, that is your choice. But there are traditions and people who have received immense benefit from consulting oracles and they have every right to do so. So do not disparage this sacred tradition or try to disregard this tradition.

Some decisions can be made based on logic and clear thinking, and some cannot. For those questions that are important and are beyond logic and ordinary thinking, we can consult a qualified oracle in trance of a protector. Oracles are not outdated nor is their use outdated as this is a personal choice. Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings are timeless and can never be outdated. Likewise, some may say religion is outdated and tell you to simply use your own mind, but the teachings of Buddha are timeless and forever applicable. As long as an enlightened being such as Dorje Shugden takes trance of oracles, advice and help will always be needed and therefore timeless. Suffering and its solution is never going to be outdated. Protectors taking trance in oracles is just a manifestation of an enlightened protector’s compassion reaching out to us. Some say enlightened protectors cannot speak or enter a human oracle. That is not true and by saying so they limit the powers and abilities of a fully enlightened mind. Enlightened beings have many ways to benefit others. Do not limit them with our own limitations. Do not limit what they can do with our limited ways of thinking.

Great masters like His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche blessed certain individuals and personally trained them to become oracles. If we have peerless faith and devotion in these lineage masters then we must have trust in all their works and activities including the creation, certification and usage of these oracles. After all, how can some activities of Trijang Rinpoche be faultless and some have fault? Many of the modern day oracles were picked or approved, blessed and certified by His Holiness the great Trijang Rinpoche Jetsun Losang Yeshe. If we believe in our lineage masters such as Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Pabongka Rinpoche, then we must trust their decision in sustaining, creating and use of the oracle tradition. These great beings often consulted the Dorje Shugden oracles throughout their lives. These great masters sustained this tradition. Since the days of Tibet, there have been famous and very beneficial oracles of Dorje Shugden all the way until the present day, and this tradition will continue.

We are lucky these ancient and sacred traditions have been preserved and handed down by our lineage lamas so we can benefit from their existence.

 

Dorje Shugden Oracle Statue

His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche first laid eyes on an oracle statue in Nechung Monastery over 25 years ago and at that time made an aspiration to have a similar oracle statue of Dorje Shugden made so that people can pray and create the powerful affinity to have audience with Dorje Shugden, be blessed by his divine presence, and have the great opportunity to listen to his divine speech. Hence, the statue of the Dorje Shugden oracle creates the powerful cause for an oracle to arise in order to be of benefit to many beings.

When we pray to an oracle statue and make offerings, we create a closer connection to Dorje Shugden because he enters oracles to speak to us, bestow his blessings and provide us advice. This in turn creates the causes so that in the future we will always be able to communicate and speak to Dorje Shugden, as the oracle statue denotes closeness. Normally, as ordinary beings, we are not able to see or communicate with Dorje Shugden directly, but through an oracle we have this opportunity. Therefore making prayers and offerings to the statues denotes a closer connection to Dorje Shugden.

The oracle statue housed in Wisdom Hall’s Audience Room, is of an oracle in full trance of Dorje Shugden. The statue was consecrated on April 11, 2017 by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, who invited Dorje Shugden to reside in the statue. Therefore, whether we pray to Dorje Shugden in his normal form, or to this particular oracle statue, there is no difference as we are praying to the same enlightened being.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/WhyMakeOracleStatues.mp4

 

How the Statue Was Made

The statue measures 46 inches in height, including the tall Dharma protector headgear. The width of the base is 17 inches and the depth of the base is 7 inches. The actual statue making process began in April 2016, and was fully completed by the end of November 2016. The detailed statue is made from brass and plated with gold. The face is painted with gold following the traditional Tibetan practice of applying gold as an offering to the enlightened beings. The statue has also been filled with the traditional set of mantras and holy items.

The process of making the statue was difficult and complicated, as no one had ever made a Dorje Shugden oracle statue before. Many parts of the statue, such as the base, details of the robes, the hat, the boots, and so on were also discussed at length with the statue maker and many revisions were made to ensure the statue was correct. Creating the various implements in correct proportion to the statue was also a challenge. Therefore miniature adornments for the headgear and clothes had to be sourced from other suppliers who are seasoned in making implements for oracles.

The brocade robes for the oracle statue took two weeks to make. As the tailor was experienced in brocade fabric work, the clothes turned out perfectly. It was also the first time the tailor had made oracle clothes in such a small size.

A special altar box was also designed for this one-of-a-kind oracle statue. The altar was made from solid nyatoh hardwood. It is lined with traditional Tibetan brocade, with real gold thread and a special ‘lhari’ or parasol. At the bottom of the altar is a cabinet for people to place their wishes written on paper. The altar box took two weeks to complete.

The mold of the oracle statue

The mold of the oracle statue

The oracle statue after casting, holding sword

The oracle statue after casting, holding sword

The oracle statue with implements

The oracle statue with implements

A close up of the face of the statue. It has been painted in traditional style, with real gold applied as an offering to Dorje Shugden.

A close up of the face of the statue. It has been painted in traditional style, with real gold applied as an offering to Dorje Shugden.

The intricate detail of the headgear and miniature size of the adornments were difficult to make.

The intricate detail of the headgear and miniature size of the adornments were difficult to make.

Attaching the warrior flags

Attaching the warrior flags

The oracle statue with clothes and unfinished headgear

The oracle statue with clothes and unfinished headgear

The oracle statue as completed

The oracle statue as completed

 

Iconography of the Dorje Shugden Oracle Statue

 

Sword

Flaming wisdom sword

Flaming wisdom sword

While Dorje Shugden carries a wavy wisdom sword, when his oracle is in trance, he wields a normal straight sword. The sword is similar in significance to the one held by Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom, and indicates that Dorje Shugden is none other than Manjushri himself.

The wisdom sword cuts through ignorance and delusions that arise from our negative karma, so that the obstacles and obscurations on our spiritual path towards enlightenment are removed. Therefore, it shows just how efficacious Dorje Shugden’s practice is for the purposes of purification, removing obstacles and ultimately to gain merits and attainments.

When an oracle of Dorje Shugden enters trance, he will pick up the sword and engage in what is known as a Vajra Dance. This is a warrior’s dance to clear the obstacles for those present and for the Buddhadharma in general as well as dispelling negative energies and negative entities in the location of the trance. This clearing of the negativities also implants many positive blessings into the land. During this dance, he wields the sword and cuts through obstacles to the preservation and growth of the Dharma, as well as cutting away the obstacles of those in attendance. By holding the sword, the oracle statue represents this particular compassionate activity of Dorje Shugden.

 

Large Protector Hat/ Domed Hat

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Placed on one side of the oracle statue is the golden domed hat worn by Dorje Shugden. In most trances of Dorje Shugden, the oracle wears this hat. It is symbolic of the protection Dorje Shugden grants to practitioners and upholders of the highest view of Madhyamika, Nagarjuna’s special view of Emptiness as embodied perfectly in Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings and lineage. The domed hat is traditionally a type of hat worn by a travelling high lama, thus symbolising Dorje Shugden’s mobility and swiftness in coming to the aid of sincere practitioners, and is a quality embodied in the statue to aid practitioners.

The head-dress that is worn by the oracle statue mirrors the one that is worn by oracles when they take trance of wrathful protectors. Dorje Shugden is unique in that sense, as he can wear his usual domed travelling hat or the larger head-dress when in trance. This head-dress is festooned with feathers and other symbolic ornaments commonly associated with a wrathful protector. An oracle of Dorje Shugden will wear the large head-dress only when taking wrathful trance of Dorje Shugden, or if the oracle takes trance of other protectors such as Setrap, who is very fierce. The head-dress is extremely heavy, and in the past would have taken two or more able-bodied monks to carry. Therefore only an oracle in trance of a protector would be strong enough to wear it, as the weight could not be handled by the human body under normal conditions.

 

Bow and Arrows

Bow and arrow, symbol of wisdom and compassion

Bow and arrow, symbol of wisdom and compassion

The bow represents wisdom, and the arrows represent the various compassionate and skillful methods used by enlightened beings to help spiritual practitioners achieve their goals. In essence they represent the six perfections: the bow represents wisdom, which launches the arrows of generosity, morality, patience, joyous effort, perseverance and concentration. They also represent the union of wisdom and compassion, which is necessary to gain higher spiritual attainments. As implements held by the oracle statue, they represent on the one hand that Dorje Shugden’s actions to aid practitioners stem from enlightened wisdom and compassion, and on the other that he can help practitioners gain these same qualities.

It is also said that the bow is used to shoot arrows at the heart of the enemy. The enemy here refers to our delusions and the negative karma they create that makes us suffer. Therefore they are symbolic of gaining spiritual realisations leading to enlightenment. The smooth shaft and shape of the arrows represent the central channel of our psychic bodies; the three steering feathers represent the purity of achieving the enlightened body, speech and mind of an enlightened being; and the five coloured threads wrapped around the arrows represent the Five Dhyani Buddhas (Vairocana, Amogasiddhi, Amitabha, Ratnasambhava, and Akshobhya).

 

Warrior Flags

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Tied to the back of the oracle statue are five warrior flags. In ancient times, warriors used to wear flags in battle to make themselves look bigger and more frightening. These flags also served to identify which kingdom or faction the warrior was fighting for.

The flags are accoutrements of the oracles when they take trance of wrathful forms of the Dharma protectors. On this Dorje Shugden oracle statue, the flags represent the Five Dhyani Buddhas which represent Dorje Shugden’s enlightened nature and thereby, his mighty ability to battle our negative karma and delusions. When our negative karma and delusions are lessened, the suffering we go through is alleviated. They can also be representative of the oracle being able to take trance of other wrathful protectors such as Setrap and Kache Marpo.

 

Spear & Trident

Trident and Spear

Trident and Spear

The spear standing to the side of the oracle statue represents Kache Marpo, Dorje Shugden’s main minister. He is a powerful Dharma protector is his own right, however he chooses to assist Dorje Shugden in his enlightened work. The spear is also the principle implement that he wields in order to pierce and destroy obstacles faced by the practitioners he is assisting.

The trident represents the Dharma protector Setrap. Some oracles who take trance of Dorje Shugden can also take trance of Setrap. When Setrap enters the oracle, he will grab the trident as a sign that he is present. Setrap has a very close relationship with Dorje Shugden. The previous incarnation of Dorje Shugden, whose name was Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, practiced Setrap strongly. In fact Setrap was one of his main protector deities, and as such he had developed a strong connection with him. When Dorje Shugden first arose as a protector, Setrap was present as a senior Dharma protector to introduce him into the pantheon of Dharma protectors. Their relationship is so close that Setrap also resides in Dorje Shugden’s ‘mandala’ or abode. In this mandala, the Buddha Amitabha resides at the upper-most level, Setrap and his entourage reside on the level beneath, and Dorje Shugden and his entourage reside on the level below that.

 

Pudri (bracelet)

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The pudri is a thick bracelet worn by the oracle when Dorje Shugden takes trance. This implement is made from a red coloured brocade, with three large eyes embroidered on it. It is a symbol of Dorje Shugden’s ability to see into the three times to grant accurate and enlightened advice, as well as a very powerful symbol of the protection he can grant from spirit harm, health problems, and all manner of obstacles we can face in life.

 

Animals

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Various animals can be seen surrounding the oracle statue of Dorje Shugden. These animals are offered for a number of reasons. The first is that they represent various animal mounts often associated with deities. These are made as an offering to entreat Dorje Shugden to come to our aid more quickly, as some of the animals are known for the ability to travel fast, such as horses.

The second is that some animals also have their own auspicious meaning when offered. For example the white elephant represents the Buddha. It represents a pure, pristine and controlled mind. Black elephants on the other hand represent the uncontrolled and unruly mind of an unenlightened being. The deer represent the natural beauty, harmony and fearlessness found in the pure realms of the enlightened beings. In pairs, they signify happiness, prosperity, longevity and good health. In ancient India, the lion was a symbol of sovereignty and protection, and as such represents the enlightened beings. Horses are offered to symbolise traveling quickly, as in the ancient world they were the fastest mode of transport to cover great distances. Peacocks have the natural ability to ingest poisonous plants and herbs without being effected, and the imagery of a peacock is used throughout Buddhist practice as a metaphor for taking obstacles and transforming them into something good. Bears symbolise unyielding strength, whereas birds symbolise soaring over samsara and all the woes of life.

 

Breastplate

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The breastplate is actually known as a melong, which is a mirror made of polished metal and adorned with various jewels. In the center is the Tibetan syllable ‘hri’ which represents wisdom. Hence, the mirror represents the pure consciousness of Dorje Shugden. It is bright and clear, and as such it reflects images of the samsaric world but remains completely unaffected by those images, symbolising that all phenomena do not have intrinsic value but are empty of inherent existence. This is a symbol of the Buddhist view of emptiness, and something that all practitioners need to realise in order to gain enlightenment.

 

Ring

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The ring worn on the thumb of an oracle is used for two purposes. The first is that when Dorje Shugden or the other Dharma protectors enter the oracle, it is hard for them to speak. Due to the immense energy of the deity, there is a large toll on the oracle’s body, therefore he or she may not be able to speak clearly to pass on messages or advice to those assembled. Secondly, those in attendance may not have enough merits to hear Dorje Shugden speak through the oracle, or may have negative karma blocking them to hear his voice. In this situation, and in fact during normal trances in which Dorje Shugden can speak, the oracle will use the ring to hit the melong/breastplate on his chest to signify he accepts the requests made, or as sign that he is happy with the people or person present. On the other hand, it is said that the oracle’s consciousness may reside in the ring when Dorje Shugden enters his body, and remains there for the duration of the trance, until Dorje Shugden has left, and the consciousness can return back into the body.

 

Clothes

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When an oracle takes trance of Dorje Shugden, he wears many layers of clothing, which are symbolic of Dorje Shugden’s qualities or as an offering to the protector. The boots represent that he has manifested in the worldly form of a deva in order to have a closer karmic connection with us. Since his form is closer to us, as compared to other Dharma protectors such as Palden Lhamo, Kalarupa or Mahakala, we are able to gain benefit through his practice much quicker, especially when in times of dire need.

Traditionally if an oracle is a monk he would be wearing his monk’s robes or if he is a layman, he would be wearing a Tibetan chuba. On top of this is worn a golden robe made of heavy silks and brocades, as an offering to the protector. The robes here are meant to resemble a warrior’s armor. This offering is a request to Dorje Shugden to do battle with our negative karma, delusions and obstacles. This is emulated on the oracle statue as an offering to Dorje Shugden.

On top of this robe is a tule, a traditional top-garment worn by the deities in Tibetan Buddhism, made from brocades and sewn together to form a square with a hole in the center, and is worn over the head. The various silks and brocades are all considered offerings to Dorje Shugden. Since Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being, making such offerings generates a great amount of merit. Since the oracle statue is considered to be a physical representation of Dorje Shugden, making such an offering onto the statue also collects merit in this manner.

 

The Oracles of Dorje Shugden

Out of his compassion, Dorje Shugden has many oracles in whom he takes trance to aid practitioners. Many of these oracles are famous for their flawless trances, in which their bodies facilitate Dorje Shugden to give clear advice, bestow blessings, and perform miraculous works. There are currently five active Dorje Shugden oracles, two inside Tibet, and three outside of Tibet. Here we have listed some of the most prominent oracles in recent history.

 

Choyang Kuten

The holy Choyang Kuten. Here we see him taking trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden at Madhyamaka Centre, where he gave teachings and initiations.

The holy Choyang Kuten. Here we see him taking trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden at Madhyamaka Centre, where he gave teachings and initiations.

The Choyang Kuten was trained, observed and authorized by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Dorje Shugden was able to take trance in him in peaceful form, allowing him to bestow longer Dharma teachings and even bestow initiations of certain deity practices. Up until 1950, the Choyang Kuten resided in Phagri Monastery, Tibet. After escaping Tibet, he first settled in Buxa, North India and then re-settled in Gaden Monastery, South India.

The Choyang Kuten was famous not only among the Tibetans in India, but all over the world. He is even known to have traveled to England, where he was hosted by his nephew, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It was there that he took trance of Dorje Shugden for those present. Dorje Shugden also entered in his peaceful form, gave Dharma teachings, composed a Long Life Prayer for Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and even bestowed the initiation of Chenrezig.

The Choyang Kuten preparing to take trance of wrathful Dorje Shugden (left), and in trance (right).

The Choyang Kuten preparing to take trance of wrathful Dorje Shugden (left), and in trance (right).

 

6th Panglung Kuten

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The 6th Panglung Kuten lived in Tibet, was trained by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, and was a highly influential oracle. Living in Panglung Ritroe, the hermitage of Panglung Rinpoche, he took trance of Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo and various other high level protectors. The tradition of Panglung oracles means that the title is passed on from one oracle to the next. Therefore when the 6th Panglung Kuten passed away, his title and position passed onto the next Panglung Kuten, in this case, his son who became the 7th to hold the title.

The 6th Panglung Oracle was very famous in Tibet for giving extremely clear prophesies that were highly accurate and treasured by many. In fact, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche consulted Dorje Shugden through the 6th Panglung Oracle in 1959 on whether the Dalai Lama should flee Tibet or remain behind. Dorje Shugden performed a Vajra Dance to clear obstacles, handed over his sword and instructed the Dalai Lama to leave Tibet immediately, and that the escape party should carry his sword at the head of the party for a safe and successful trip.

 

7th Panglung Kuten

Son of the 6th Panglung Kuten, the famous oracle of Dorje Shugden performing the black tea offerings, before a trance session in Kechara Forest Retreat.

Son of the 6th Panglung Kuten, the famous oracle of Dorje Shugden performing the black tea offerings, before a trance session in Kechara Forest Retreat.

The 7th Panglung Kuten, originally from Sera Monastery, was personally trained, consecrated and authorized as an oracle by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. His other teacher was Domo Geshe Rinpoche. He takes trance of Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, Setrap, and other Dharma protectors.

On June 21, 2015, the Panglung Kuten took trance of Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat. During the trance session, over 700 people had the privilege and merit to meet and receive blessings from the powerful protectors.

On December 25, 2016, the Panglung Kuten once again returned to Kechara Forest Retreat, at which point the Kechara Organisation had the merits to offer him a newly constructed Panglung Ritroe, the official residence of the Panglung line of oracles. This was in commemoration of the original Panglung Ritroe of Tibet, which was home to the Panglung Rinpoches and the lineage of Panglung oracles. It was also where the 6th Panglung Oracle had advised that the Dalai Lama leave Tibet in 1959.

The 7th Panglung Kuten in trance of Dorje Shugden, who performed a Vajra Dance to clear obstacles, at Kechara Forest Retreat

The 7th Panglung Kuten in trance of Dorje Shugden, who performed a Vajra Dance to clear obstacles, at Kechara Forest Retreat

 

Oracle of Dungkar Monastery

The Dungkar Oracle in wrathful trance of Dorje Shugden (left) and peaceful trance of Dorje Shugden (right).

The Dungkar Oracle in wrathful trance of Dorje Shugden (left) and peaceful trance of Dorje Shugden (right).

The oracle of Dungkar Monastery was trained, consecrated and authorized by Domo Geshe Rinpoche. It was under the direction of Domo Geshe Rinpoche that Dungkar Monastery became the seat of this particular oracle who became famous, and was consulted by people from all over Tibet. This oracle could take trance of Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo and Namkar Barzin. An interesting point to note is that it was through this oracle that Lama Zopa Rinpoche was confirmed as a tulku, or reincarnated Buddhist master. It was after meeting Dorje Shugden via this oracle that the young 14th Dalai Lama composed a praise to Dorje Shugden while staying at Dungkar Monastery.

 

Ari Kuten

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The Ari Kuten is a student of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Dagom Rinpoche. When he was in his early teens, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had predicted that he would become an oracle of Dorje Shugden when he was older. This prophecy came to pass with the Ari Kuten being officially recognized as the Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, shortly before the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden was imposed by the Tibetan government in exile.

His first set of oracles clothes were sewn together by Kyabje Zong Rinpoche himself. The Ari Kuten, which means ‘American oracle’ recently opened a large Dharma center in Bloomington, Indiana, named Gaden Kachoe Shing.

 

The Simla Kuten

The Simla Kuten in full trance in front of Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche.

The Simla Kuten in full trance in front of Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche.

The Simla Kuten was a student of Kyabje Ling Rinpoche who lived and served in Ling Ladrang (Household of Ling Rinpoche) for over 15 years. He was blessed, trained and authorized as an oracle by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. The Simla Kuten for over 40 years took precise and perfect trances of wrathful Dorje Shugden and peaceful Kache Marpo. He was highly sought after and lived in Simla, North India. He was a very gentle and a kind monk and he also took perfect trances for various monasteries and individuals during his lifetime.

His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche trusted Dorje Shugden very much and consulted Dorje Shugden through the oracle. He had a Dorje Shugden oracle living in his own residence, Ling Ladrang. Ling Rinpoche even composed prayers to Dorje Shugden.

 

The Ladakh Kuten

The Ladakh Kuten

The Ladakh Kuten

An oracle of Dorje Shugden taking trance in the private residence of Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche (Dagom Ladrang) in Nepal. This oracle hails from the Ladakh region of northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. He was trained as an oracle by Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche personally.

 

The Kalimpong Oracle

The Kalimpong Oracle Lhagpa Dondrub

The Kalimpong Oracle Lhagpa Dondrub

The Kalimpong Oracle was a lay Tibetan man by the name of Lhagpa Dondrub and he took trance of Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, Namkar Barzin, Jowo Chinkarwa and another minor protector deity, Pawo Trobar. He was born in Tenge Dzong, which is near the Sikkim-Tibetan border. He naturally had the ability to take trance and had been taking trance since he was sixteen years old. He was said to have accepted the request of Dorje Shugden to be trained officially at the famous Dungkar Monastery founded by Domo Geshe Rinpoche in the Chumbi valley, where he resided for eight years. After that, he stayed in Drepung Monastery in Central Tibet and eventually found himself in Kalimpong. Despite his extended stay in the monasteries, he remained a lay oracle and got married. In his house, he had a shrine room, in which he had various images of protector deities. One of these was a big statue of Dorje Shugden, which he had made himself.

 

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and Oracles

Oracles provide a direct connection to the divine. Here we see His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche paying his respects to Dorje Shugden, who had taken trance of the 7th Panglung Kuten in Kechara Forest Retreat.

Oracles provide a direct connection to the divine. Here we see His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche paying his respects to Dorje Shugden, who had taken trance of the 7th Panglung Kuten in Kechara Forest Retreat.

His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche has a close and intimate connection with the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden. This is exemplified by his affection with Dorje Shugden when in trance in various oracles. Tsem Rinpoche’s intimate relationship with Dorje Shugden stems from his previous incarnations. Tsem Rinpoche has had a very close connection to Dorje Shugden as his personal protector for the past few incarnations. Tsem Rinpoche was well known in his immediate previous incarnation as Kentrul Thubten Lamsang, who was a lama who blessed people, cleared their channels and made them oracles. Tsem Rinpoche’s previous life in Phari had blessed and trained two individuals to become oracles as recounted by his old students in Gaden Monastery. He was well-known to be an ‘oracle-making’ lama. In the videos below, you will see examples of their close and intimate connection.

In 2016, Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia was blessed to receive the 7th Panglung Kuten. The oracle had arrived to engage in various prayers and rituals for Kechara and the Dharma in general as directed by the advice of Dorje Shugden. It was during this visit, that Dorje Shugden took trance in front of over 700 people who gathered to seek his blessings. In the video, you can see the close relationship between His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden by their body language and the respectful manner in which they communicate with each other.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/DorjeShugdenOracleInTrance.mp4

The video below shows Tsem Rinpoche’s closeness to Dorje Shugden through three separate oracles, two of whom took spontaneous trance and greeted Tsem Rinpoche as close friends would.

The first is the Sera Oracle. When Tsem Rinpoche was visiting Tibet, it came to be known that he was in Lhasa. The Sera Monastery oracle-in-training, the changtso (liaison) of His Eminence Denma Gonsa Rinpoche and a few other monks waited hours to have an audience with Tsem Rinpoche. It was during this audience that Dorje Shugden suddenly entered the oracle-in-training.

The second is of a monk from Nemo Gyelche Monastery. During an impromptu and unplanned visit to the monastery Tsem Rinpoche was greeted by a monk who took spontaneous trance of Dorje Shugden. Once again this event marks the incredibly warm and loving relationship that Tsem Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden share.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/TsemRinpocheAndOracles.mp4

 

More pictures of the sacred Dorje Shugden oracle statue in Kechara Forest Retreat

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Addendum

During Tsem Rinpoche’s visit to Lhasa, some monks had requested an audience with him in his hotel room. Among them was an oracle who took spontaneous trance of Dorje Shugden. When in trance, the oracle jumped up and down happily and hugged Tsem Rinpoche affectionately. Through the oracle, Dorje Shugden also asked Tsem Rinpoche to bless the oracle’s channel in order for him to speak more clearly.

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On the way to Shigatse from Lhasa, Tsem Rinpoche’s tour guide informed them about Nemo Gyelche Monastery, and Tsem Rinpoche decided to visit the temple on the spur of the moment. Tsem Rinpoche had no knowledge of the monastery prior to the trip, and was dressed in lay clothes because he did not want to attract attention. If people had known he was a Rinpoche, many people would have come forth and asked for blessings.

Tsem Rinpoche first made offerings at the main altar and then adjourned to the protector chapel next to the main prayer hall. The oracle of the monastery immediately took spontaneous trance and hugged Tsem Rinpoche affectionately. Tsem Rinpoche put a khata around the oracle and introduced the people in his group to Dorje Shugden in trance of the oracle.

Seeing the interaction between Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche, the monks of the monastery realised Tsem Rinpoche was a high lama and invited him to a meeting room upstairs. There the monks made offerings and prostrations to Tsem Rinpoche and served him tea. The oracle was also there and when he made offerings, Dorje Shugden again took spontaneous trance and made offerings to Tsem Rinpoche. However, this part was not captured in the video.

Although Tsem Rinpoche had never been to the monastery or even knew it existed, the oracle took trance of Dorje Shugden, showing his clairvoyance and greeted Tsem Rinpoche as he always does, with great affection.

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  1. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Nov 8, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Appliqué thangka of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, who is the previous incarnation of Dorje Shugden. The thangka dates possibly to the 19th Century, and it can be found in Erdene Zuu Monastery, considered by many to be the most important and oldest monastery in Mongolia. In the lower portion of the thangka are Yellow Dzambala, Six-Armed Mahakala and Kalarupa. Learn more about Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s life here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/who-is-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html

    TDG-Mongolia

  2. Pastor Niral Patel on Oct 29, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Here are some interesting videos of oracles from the Himalayan region. These oracles take trance of local deities who aid their surrounding communities by healing people of their illnesses and solve their problems. In these videos you can see the deities take trance of their oracles and perform rituals to heal and even physically suck out illnesses from people’s bodies.

    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/LhamoTheOracle.mp4

    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/HimalayanOracle.mp4

    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/AlternativeMedicineOracle.mp4




  3. Pastor Adeline Woon on Sep 24, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Be blessed with these rare videos featuring explanation and advice about Dorje Shugden practice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in his own voice. The teaching was requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the earliest masters who taught Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

    Video 1: H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche Explains Dorje Shugden Initiation and Benefits (With English Subtitles)

    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was an erudite scholar, ritual master and practitioner of the highest degree from Tibet. At the request of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the pioneers who taught Tibetan Buddhism in America, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gives clear explanation and advice about the life-entrustment initiation of Dorje Shugden and how to go about the practice and get the maximum benefits in this video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzFMvlxAqtc&feature=youtu.be

    Video 2: H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche speaks on the History and Lineage of Dorje Shugden (With English Subtitles)

    In this video, an erudite scholar, ritual master and practitioner of the highest degree from Tibet, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche talks about the incarnation lineage of Dorje Shugden and how the practice arose, with examples of Dorje Shugden’s previous lives that reveal his powerful spiritual attainments and contributions. This very rare teaching was given at the request of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s student, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the pioneers who taught Buddhism in the West to many disciples since the 1970s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIzKSJgK618&feature=youtu.be

    For more information: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html

  4. Pastor Shin Tan on Aug 11, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama

    Tibetans commonly refer to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and His Holiness 10th Panchen Lama as the “sun and moon” of Tibetan Buddhism. They are the center of Tibetan Buddhist civilization, which draws to its sphere of influence millions of non-Tibetan practitioners. The Panchen Lama’s incarnation line began with the 16th abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen (1570 – 1662). He was bestowed the title of Panchen Lama by His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama after being declared as an emanation of Amitabha.

    After being given the title, his three previous incarnations were posthumously also bestowed the title, making Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen the 4th Panchen Lama. He became a teacher to many Tibetans, Bhutanese and Mongolian religious figures, including His Holiness the 4th and 5th Dalai Lamas, and the 1st Jetsun Dampa of Mongolia. A prolific author, Chokyi Gyeltsen is credited with over a hundred compositions, including a number of commentaries and ritual texts that remain central in the Gelukpa tradition today. Along with his role as a teacher of the Dharma, the Panchen Lamas are usually responsible for the recognition of the rebirths of the Dalai Lamas, and vice versa.

    The 10th Panchen Lama, Lobsang Trinley Lhundrub Chokyi Gyeltsen (19 February 1938 – 28 January 1989) continued both the spiritual and political roles of his predecessors. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, his contemporary, was even heard to say and echo the Panchen Lama’s own words that the Dalai Lama would safeguard Tibet from the outside while the Panchen Lama would safeguard Tibet from the inside, as he never left Tibet after the political troubles of 1959. He was truly loved by the Tibetans, all the way until his passing. When he taught, thousands of people would attend, not only from his own Gelug lineage, but masters and practitioners from all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

    At his sprawling monastery of Tashi Lhunpo, he has a special chapel specifically dedicated to Dorje Shugden, where prayers and rituals are performed on a daily basis. In his great omniscience the Panchen Lama held Dorje Shugden as the principal Dharma protector of the monastery. He also personally propitiated Dorje Shugden among other Dharma protectors, and even wrote extensive prayers and rituals to Dorje Shugden. These rituals and prayers are contained within his ‘sung bum’ or collected works, which are provided here. As such a great lama, with an erudite and clear understanding of the Buddhist scriptures, a teacher to millions in both Tibet and China, from an established incarnation line and an emanation of the Buddha Amitabha, he could not be mistaken about his practice of Dorje Shugden.

    His Holiness 10th Panchen Lama is known for his composition of commentaries and practice texts that are still in use by contemporary Buddhist practitioners both in Tibet and across the world. One of these is a powerful ritual composition propitiating the compassionate Dorje Shugden.

    Upon the request by Acharya Lobsang Jangchub to compose a shorter version of the prayer (sadhana) for the exhortation of activities of Dorje Shugden, Panchen Lama immediately composed an abbreviate form of Dorje Shugden’s Kangsol. This text is entitled “Manjunatha’s (Tsongkapa) Lineage protector Dorje Shugden and five forms wrathful propitiations and confessional prayers and fulfilment of activities rites” or “Melodious sound of Accomplishment of the Four Activities” for short. Once the prayers were completed, he had signs and strong feelings that Dorje Shugden has been working hard to protect the Buddhadharma in general and the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa specifically.

    Mirroring the abilities of one of his earlier incarnations, Khedrub Je, a disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa and master of both sutra and tantra, the Panchen Lama used his compositional skill and poetic prowess to create a masterful sadhana. Worthy of note is a praise in which the first letter of each verse is a Tibetan vowel. Such compositions are rarely seen, and have historically only been used when propitiating senior Dharma protectors such as Palden Lhamo and Kalarupa.

    The Panchen Lama also stated that while composing the Dorje Shugden sadhana (prayers) he was filled with a sense of happiness and bliss. He ends the composition with not only his official title but his ordination name, Tenzin Trinley Jigme Choje Wangchuk, endorsing the validity of his work. He composed the sadhana in his own Tashi Lhunpo monastery while in the Hall of Clear Light and Bliss.

    See the Panchen Lama’s writings and download: https://bit.ly/2KIfeXb

  5. Beatrix Ooi on Aug 10, 2018 at 9:13 am

    For the first time available, Dorje Shugden and his entourage of 32 assistants of his mandala.

    Dorje Shugden is a powerful protector deity who is also an emanation of Manjushri, a wisdom bestowing Buddha. Therefore, he has great ability to help us to progress further on the spiritual path. He does this by helping us to overcome obstacles and problems for the modern individual.

    Due to his enlightened nature, Dorje Shugden is able to manifest 32 deities and within the same abode resides Setrap and Kache Marpo:-

    1. 5 Dorje Shugden families or emanations. They consists of the following:-

    – Dulzin Dorje Shugden, which performs activities to eliminate inner and outer obstacles.
    – Shize, which performs activities to pacify all illnesses and disease.
    – Gyenze, which performs activities to increase all desirable material and spiritual wealth.
    – Wangze, which performs activities to control difficult people and circumstances.
    – Trakze, which performs activities to wrathfully eliminate all insurmountable obstacles and life-threatening situations.

    2. 9 Mothers. They represent protection of the five senses and developing control of the four elements. These are all attributes that signify their ability to assist tantric practitioners with their higher meditations.

    3. 8 Guiding Monks. They represent the Eight Great Bodhisattvas (Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, Vajrapani, Samantabhadra, Maitreya, Kshitigarbha, Akashagarbha, Sarva-nivarana-viskambini) and they bring about the growth of the Dharma, through the Sangha, Dharma practitioners and Dharma establishments.

    4. 10 Youthful & Wrathful Attendants. They represent the ten wrathful attendants to avert inner and outer obstacles. They are beings who are from Mongolia, China, Kashmir, India, Bengali, etc.

    5. Setrap. He is a senior Dharma Protector from India and an emanation of Amitabha Buddha. He had enthroned Dorje Shugden as an authentic Dharma Protector. Therefore, he also resides within the same mandala of Dorje Shugden.

    6. Kache Marpo. He is not an emanation of Dorje Shugden but he is still an enlightened Dharma Protector in his own right. He was originally known as Tsiu Marpo of Samye Monastery. However, he has placed himself under the service of Dorje Shugden as his chief minister, performing many activities in order to protect and benefit practitioners. Therefore, he stands guard at the main entrance of Dorje Shugden’s mandala. He often takes trance of qualified mediums to speak.

    7. Namkar Barzin. He is the reincarnation of an old Mongolian monk and when he passed away in Phari area of Tibet, his spirit was placed as a powerful assistant of Dorje Shugden. He guards and protects buildings and great institutions especially those that benefit others. He rides on a mythical Gyaling animal that resembles a goat but with scales.

    These sacred images are available on *Vajrasecrets. They are made of high quality alloy and are one of a kind. They are based on the lineage of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche’s monastery, Tashilhunpo in Shigatse, Tibet. In fact, the iconography of these statues are based on detailed photographs taken by H. E. Tsem Rinpoche during a trip to Tashilhunpo’s protector chapel. These are based exactly as the 10th Panchen Lama’s personal collection.

    Dorje Shugden mandala: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=131570

    Dorje Shugden’s benefit and practice: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62422

    Dorje Shugden’s origins: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=106424

    Dorje Shugden chapel in His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche’s Tashilhunpo Monastery in Tibet: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=68698

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  6. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Sakya tradition’s thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lamas nearby. Tsem Rinpoche

  7. Joy Kam on Jul 22, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Antique Pelden Lhamo thangka with sacred Dorje Shugden at the bottom right. Can see Tsongkapa and Guru Rinpoche on the top also. Beautiful and holy.

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  9. Lim Han Nee on Jul 7, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Oracles provide a direct connection to the divine. Therefore when we rely on the tradition of oracles we are able to receive blessings and advice for our various needs. Without oracles, practitioners like us who are without the higher attainment of being able to communicate with the deities directly, would be bereft of such benefit.

    Oracles in Tibetan Buddhism are normally highly trained and qualified for their roles.This is important and necessary.There are decisions and questions in our lives that are important and are beyond logic and ordinary thinking. For these,we need to consult a qualified oracle in trance of a protector.

    The oracle discussed here in this blogpost is the oracle of Dorje Shugden, the Dharma Protector for whom beings of this degenerate age have such great affinity to and depend heavily on. Oracles facilitate our direct contact with Dorje Shugden, who has unfailingly guided us through every turn and uncertainty in our lives.

    I am most happy that Tsem Rinpoche was inspired, by seeing an oracle statue in Nechung Monastery over 25 years ago, to have a similar oracle statue of Dorje Shugden made so that people can pray and create the powerful affinity to have audience with Dorje Shugden, be blessed by his divine presence, and have the great opportunity to listen to his divine speech. Having a Dorje Shugden oracle statue will create the cause for an oracle of Dorje Shugden to arise so as to benefit many beings.

    The Dorje Shugden oracle statue, the only one of its kind in the world, is is currently enshrined in the Wisdom Hall Audience Room, at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. As an oracle statue which has been consecrated, it can be prayed to in order to create the causes to be able to communicate with Dorje Shugden in the future. Having this oracle statue here, which is the embodiment of Dorje Shugden, shows how close we are to Dorje Shugden,our beloved Dharma Protector.

    Thank you ,Rinpoche, for your great kindness and compassion in having this statue installed here in Kechara Forest Retreat to create the cause for the blessings of Dorje Shugden to continue to spread in the ten directions.

  10. Lum Kok Luen on Jul 2, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Oracles have been such an essential part of most civilizations that exist today. From this article it seems that oracles, or mediums transcend across all cultures where the ordinary human beings seeks to predict the future (near and far), to seek prophesies, to now the future and to seek “divine” guidance or to seek intercession in matters related to the spiritual.

    This well researched article highlights the major differences amongst different cultures in the practice of oracles and how they are propitiated. Before I read this article, I thought aht

    It is also indeed very blessed and meritorious to have the world’s first Dorje Shugden oracle statue right here in Malaysia for all to connect with DS and continuously be connected.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness in making available for all to connect and to allow us all to generate merits.

    May KFR grow and may the ban on DS be lifted soonest.

    Yours humbly,
    Lum Kok Luen

  11. Choong on Jun 22, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Scientists and mathematicians have already realized and proven that there are many planes or dimensions that we are not able to fathom but that do exist. To be able to experience the divine communicating directly to us via an oracle vessel is truly an attestment to this fact.

    However, as the article explained, we must be careful to ascertain the entity that takes over the body of the oracle for while there are compassionate beings, there are also selfish ones, just like if there is light, there must be darkness.

    I have watched quite a number of video recordings of oracles taking trance and have personally witnessed it once myself. I must say on balance, there must be something to it so to speak.

  12. Anne Ong on Jun 16, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    This is a very wonderful and interesting article about oracle trance. The oracle statue is very beautiful. We are all very fortunate to have an oracle statue placed in KFR. I hope more people from other parts of the country and world has the merits to visit and do some offering to the oracle statue. it’s really very blessed to see it. I like the explaination about the oracle very much and about the training process of taking trance is very tough. This article is very educational. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for the great effort being put in for this post and video 🙂 _/\_

  13. wan wai meng on Jun 15, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Dorje Shugden is Wrathful Manjushri. To be in the presence of an oracle and even get teachings and blessings is not something any person can do. Dorje Shugden cannot be bribed or coerces to do something non beneficial.

    As seen from countless videos when Dorje Shugden takes trance,he is always pleased with Lamas and teachers who bring dharma to countless others and is very affectionate like a father for his only son. Usually Dorje Shugden will manifest how pleased he is to others very clearly.

    May the tradition of beneficial oracles arise in Kechara Forest Retreat for the benefit of many sentient beings.

  14. M jagadeesan on Jun 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Good. I believe in oracles. Well explained.very much impressive.letme make avisit to the tetreat on my next visit to malaysia.im going to have my eye operation next week .Guruji pl pray for the well being and blees me .Thank u.

  15. freon on Jun 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Some peoples thought that to believe in Medium or oracle is a blind faith or a kind of superstition, but, nevertheless people are still relying on medium especially when the problems they face can’t be resolved easily. I agreed with the article where, if we think enlighten beings can’t take trance, we are limiting the potential in an enlighten beings with our own limited ways of thought. Enlighten beings like Dorje Shugden is so compassion. They take trance in oracles so that we have chances to get close to Dorje Shugden, get blessing and seek for advice. Seeking advice from an enlighten being is more save, because enlighten being like Dorje Shugden can give advice to us while he could check our past and future karma. We are lucky that in this age of time that this traditional is still passing down and the oracle is still going through the authentic training. In the Dharma talk given by Rinpoche, I further learned that Dorje Shugden could take trance because He has very strong Karmic connection with us. We can’t see Dorje Shugden directly, thus, when Dorje Shugden take trance to oracle then only we can see and even have chances to talk to Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden is very kind; he took trance to bless us at our level.

    Before I read about this article, I thought that to become an oracle is an easy task. In Tibetan Buddhism, to be an oracle or to train to be oracle need so much passion, patient and commitment. From the choosing process to the training and finally be a qualified oracle, is guided step by step with many retreat, pujas and meditation by lama. To me, only a person who really want to benefit people or have pure heart, he can then be the oracle. I remember in June year 2015, I have a privilege and great merits to have audience with Dorje Shugden through Choje-la. Choje-la took trance of Dorje Shugden’s and present in Kechara Forest Retreat. It is amazing that we can be so close to Dorje Shugden, and , without Choje-la who took the hardship going through all the oracle’s training, we will not have the chance to have audience with an enlighten being. And these can’t be happened if we do not have H.E Tsem Rinpoche’s kindness to give this gift to us.

    In this article I have learned that our guru, H.E Tsem Rinpoche was known to be “oracle-making” lama in his previous life. Even until today, through various occasion from the recording videos- whereby the oracle will come to Rinpoche to get Rinpoche’s blessing for them to take trance effectively. Not only that, seem that whenever Rinpoche stay, Dorje Shugden will come to Rinpoche. Rinpoche is very compassion to bring the oracle knowledge to Malaysia. By having an oracle statue, we could have an oracle in the near future. The Oracle statue is not just a statue; it is an opportunity for us to link with Dorje Shugden. Thus, the making of the statue are in correct proportion. In this oracle statue, we can see that the oracle hold a normal straight sword, I learned that this is an indication that Dorje Shugden is none other than Manjushri himself. Hopefully we can have an oracle from Kechara Forest Retreat in the near future.

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us.

    With folded hand,
    Freon

  16. Raj Kumar on Jun 7, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Dear Rinpoche.🙏🏻🙏🏻
    Thank you very much for sharing this amazing Oracles statue of Buddha Dorje Shugden,
    Pastor Henry dis explained to me about Oracle statue,
    Truly treasure. So much efforts to make this one of the kind Oracle statue. Information about the Oracle are comprehensive and good to know.
    Thank you.
    Raj Kumar.

  17. June Kang on Jun 7, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I have a very bad experience with Medium. Whenever I saw any medium take trance of various deities, I will t run away from him. I just feel that this is not true, it is just some spirits entered to the medium body and act they are the deities or god. Due to this, when someone talk about oracle, I refuse to listen and accept.

    Until I heard from Tsem Rinpoche teaching about oracle and it was completely new to me. After this, I research to read more and begin to accept that the oracle we are mentioning is not an ordinary oracle. The true oracle himself has gone through a very intensive training and retreat and they are pure compare with the one I met. Moreover in 2016, Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia was blessed to receive the 7th Panglung Kuten. It was during this visit, that Dorje Shugden took trance in front of over 700 people and I am one of them to receive his blessings.

    For those who would like to know about the oracle, I recommend you read this article because it provides comprehensive information and its proven.

  18. Mingwen on Jun 7, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Truly treasure. So much efforts to make this one of the kind Oracle statue. Information about the Oracle are comprehensive and good to know.

  19. Pastor Chia on Jun 7, 2017 at 6:17 am

    This oracle statue is ready well make and alive as real oracle. Thank you Rinpoche has sharing orale history blackground and informative compehensive about oracle in Tibet.

    In this article also explain how tibet oracle training especially oracle who can take trance of enlighten being need to do a lot of retreat and practice to make sure their body is pure when they take trance. We can see those orale who taking trance of enlighten protector are mostly monk. This is show oracle must holding their samaya and vow closely with their guru.

    Those who not vist Kechara Forest Retreat quickky come to get blessing. This statue has consercate by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche with a lot of prayer , puja and highly bless.

  20. Pastor Albert on Jun 7, 2017 at 1:39 am

    For people who does not know the story behind this statue will be fascinated by the beauty of this Oracle statue, for those who know it, will have more faith and appreciate the existence of this statue, but whether we know or don’t know, when we look at the statue or to make offering to the statue, we have already get blessed by him.

    There are a lot of detail and precious info about the oracles, by learning from this article, it enable us to go share with others and allow them to gain faith to our greatest protector – Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such detailed information for us to learn, just about the oracle statue alone, there are already so much to learn and understand.

  21. Andrea Lai on Jun 7, 2017 at 12:55 am

    When I first look at statue in audience room, I was stunned by the beauty and I could feel a little chilled when I get a closer look. I felt a little funny when I see some animals around the statue instead of ritual items. After reading this article, I understand it gives so much meaning. It’s unique, rare and the statue looks so much alive! I love the fine details of the craft especially the domed hat and oracle clothes.
    As far as I know about taking trance is a quite scary thing. A person who took trance will lose his consciousness and he will never know which deity will enter his body. There is one true story told by a friend, where her male friend took trance of Zhu Bajie and he ate dirty damp food, which ended him up in hospital. I agreed that, one person should have a proper guidance and training before taking trance blindly.
    Thank you Rinpoche, for sharing such informative article.

  22. Tek Lee on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this article. After reading this article, it let me understand there are so many oracle in different religion. It’s impressive that even back to the time in ancient Greece, there already had oracle.

    It is very auspicious to have our very own oracle statue and Panglung Ritroe in Kechara Forest Retreat, that create the cause for us to have our very own oracle in the future. The statue face and expression is very beautiful and very lively. The whole statue is very beautiful. We only had the chance to see from far on Wesak day. On our next visit to audience room, we must have a closer look at the beautiful features and the fine quality of the clothes. _/\_

  23. MingHY on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you for this extensive explanation on Dorje Shudgen Oracles, Oracles and trances as well as the detailing of the Oracle Statue commissioned at KFR.
    Thank you for sharing the precious videos of the Oracles in Lhasa and Nyelmo Gyelche Oracle, only illustrating the beautiful close relationship between Lama and Protector and showing how the Protector, with faith, will always be there to protect
    and guide us along the Dharmic Path.
    Through Rinpoche’s kindness and this Statue, may we continue to be blessed with many more close encounters with Dorje Shudgen in the future, and I hope to be able to visit this statue and make offerings some day soon.

  24. Pastor Antoinette on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    The beautiful oracle statue is having so much meaning as we can read in the article. Trances is something I was not familiar with and I never witnessed a trance before 2015, when H.E. the 7th Panglung Kuten, also known as Choje-la took trance in Wisdom Hall.

    I remember that Rinpoche himself started to become an oracle when he was younger. The tradition of oracles is very helpful and beneficial to many.

    I rejoice that this tradition is well preserved in Kechara Forest Retreat, along with this statue, the Panglung Ritroe, the official place of residence to the oracle of Dorje Shugden, His Eminence the 7th Panglung Kuten, is here in Kechara Forest Retreat.

    Thank you for this indepth article and the stunning pictures.

  25. Vivian Ong on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. After reading this article, I learn a bit more about the different types of oracles and that there were oracles too on the earlier days and in different religions. For me, because my family is Taoist, my grandma used to go to the Kuan Yin temple to seek solutions and treatments from the medium who was in trance of Kuan Yin. I was impressed and excited when I attended Oracle Trance that was held in Wisdom Hall 2 years back. It was totally an eye opener and new experience altogether. The Dorje Shudgen oracle statue in Wisdom Hall’s Audience Room is amazing. Look at how much work and effort that have been put in to create this statue. It takes a lot of merit to be able to create this statue and also collects a lot of merit too. Rejoice to everyone who were involved in creating this statue.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  26. Eric kksiow on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    At my very young age, i am fascinated on Taoism Oracles, how Gods or even spirits can communicate thru human bodies, and why “They” wanted to do this?

    And the answers are in this an hour video : – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dnm45W3jy0A

    Hightlight : Why Rely on Oracles
    Oracles provide a direct connection to the divine. Therefore when we rely on the tradition of oracles we are able to receive blessings and advice for our various needs. Without oracles, practitioners without the higher attainment of being able to communicate with the deities directly, would be bereft of such benefit.

    Within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, oracles take trance of the various Dharma protectors, either subdued beings sworn to aid practitioners, or the enlightened beings who have emanated in the form of Dharma protectors. These beings are charged with the sacred task of removing obstacles and providing divine protection along a practitioner’s spiritual journey towards enlightenment. Oracles themselves are highly blessed because it is through their body that they are able to facilitate direct contact between the Dharma protector and practitioners.

    While in trance of an oracle, Dharma protectors such as Dorje Shugden give advice on both spiritual and worldly matters in times of uncertainty, bestow blessings and even perform miraculous acts of healing, ridding those who are ill of their various afflictions. On a higher level, they also bestow spiritual teachings that lead sentient beings out of the suffering of cyclic existence and aid them on the journey towards liberation.

  27. Justin Cheah on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I like the statue and felt it is filled with energy. Almost like real life like. I saw the photos on how it was done and the progress shown. I thought to myself how beautiful and crafty this can be and so much energy being put into making this.

    While looking at the photos, one could imagine why this statue actually have significant meaning to our beautiful Kechara Forest Retreat. This has got to do with creating the affinity or cause for our very own oracle in future. This is a very precious practice to be brought down generations after generations and am glad this is being practised till these days. It will certainly be wonderful to have our very own oracle.

    I heard from previous times that the crown that the Lord Setrap oracle wears are at least 80kg heavy and heavy enough to break ones neck and this is no joke. Someone who is untrained to be an Oracle will surely have his neck broken.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the detailed article. The photos were priceless.

  28. Samfoonheei on Jun 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Wow …incredible and informative article .I am glad able to know more and understand better of the unique Dorje Shugden Oracle.But have not seen one yet and hope i could in future.Rejoice to those who witnessed the oracle in Kechara Forest Retreat.
    Good research done and very comprehensive article covered widely. And do hope more people world wide will get to know, understood all about Dorje Shugden oracle.Formost there’s a unique Dorje Shugden Statue at Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong,Pahang, malaysia.
    The Dorje Shugden Statue is indeed very beautiful and stunning.
    Oracles are an integral part of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture
    The practitioners rely on Dorje Shugden to give clear advice, bestow blessings, and perform miraculous works.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these incredible and informative article.

  29. pammie yap on Jun 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    I really like the oracle statue. When I saw it in Wisdom Hall, I was just staring at it in awe. He look so real and He was done really well. The vibrant colours just made me stare at almost every part of it. And the beautiful offerings. From the photos, one can tell how much hard work and how meticulous the work was done.

    Its amazing to have this oracle statue to create the affinity and also create the cause to have our very own oracle in Kechara. From what I have read, its not easy for one to train as an oracle. Lots of hard work, retreats and most important, pure Guru devotion. How meritorious and beneficial for many people.
    “We are lucky these ancient and sacred traditions have been preserved and handed down by our lineage lamas so we can benefit from their existence.” Yes, how lucky and blessed we are to have this from our Guru.

    One question though, why does the Tibetan government use non Enlightened beings to consult on matters of state? Quite confusing as I thought that they are not Enlightened and therefore they may not have powerful clairvoyance as the Enlightened beings have.

    Thank you Rinpoche and team for this beautiful oracle statue!

  30. nicholas on Jun 6, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    This article really provide an extensive information about oracle. Consulting an oracle or medium is not something new instead had a long history and culture from many different spiritual believes from all over the world.

    As it has been mentioned in the article, due to the karma many of us we can’t see or talk to the higher being so they take procession through the oracle to bless us, advice us for our spiritual and non-spiritual matter. I don’t see this as right or wrong but it’s just a need for people to gain hope in their life and eventually for their spiritual path/journey.

    Personally I see an oracle as an compassionate being that willing to take up the time and effort to be trained and to benefit many people. It’s not easy but through their determination to help others the lama and the oracle work very hard to benefit many sentient beings.

    Thank you Rinpoche for creating the oracle statue for us to create the the cause through making offering for us to be able to connect to the protector in this case is Dorje Shugden and able to listen to his advice in future.

  31. Fong on Jun 5, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    To know is to have faith. This article is comprehensive with loads of information about oracles especially the oracles of Dorje Shugden. Even if we do not believe do not detract from the fact that oracles exists and that they have helped many people. It’s like if we don’t hear the noise made by a tree falling in Siberia does not mean that trees do not fall in Siberia.

    This statue od the oracle is beautiful and evocative of faith. From the stance to the facial expression to the oracle costume, it looks so much like the photo of the oracle in trance.

    Thank you for sharing these images of the oracles and the oracle statue.

  32. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Jun 5, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for commissioning to create Dorje Shugden Oracle statue for us to stay closer to Dorje Shugden and most importantly, to create the causes for us to communicate with Dorje Shugden in future. The trance of Dorje Shugden in Oracle form is vital for our spiritual growth through the blessings, advice and Dharma teachings receive directly from Dorje Shugden. Based on my understanding from this article, it is very important for us to create and pray to Dorje Shugden Oracle statue with utmost respect so that our connection with Dorje Shugden will become stronger and closer rather than dying out due to our degenerating age. The amount of time, energies, effort and resources utilized to create the Dorje Shugden oracle statue is enormous. Besides, it is our blessings if we have the opportunities to serve or assist the Oracles of Dorje Shugden as these Oracles have gone through many levels of training and practice before they can take the trance of Dorje Shugden and other enlightened Dharma Protectors.

    We are truly fortunate and blessed to be part of the 700 people who have attended the trance taking of Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo by the 7th Panglung Kuten in Kechara Forest Retreat on 21st June 2015. I wish and pray that more and more people able to receive the blessings and Dharma teachings directly from Dorje Shugden through the Oracles in future as Dorje Shugden is the emanation of Buddha Manjushri, who can guide us towards achieving liberation from samsara, attainment and ultimately Enlightenment.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  33. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jun 5, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Visitors to Kechara Forest Retreat who had audience and offered khata to this, one of its kind in the world, oracle statue were in awe of the details and likeness. Many of them had their picture taken with the statue, some wanting to keep the pictures as blessings, some wanting to show to their relatives and friends. This very short but very clear and informative video explains a lot:
    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/WhyMakeOracleStatues.mp4

    Kechara is indeed blessed to have Rinpoche teach, advise, guide; have pujas arranged with visiting sangha, had the Panglung Ritroe (Panglung Oracle’s abode re-established in Kechara Forest Retreat. See below:
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/panglung-ritroe-the-rising-house-of-power.html


  34. Lester on Jun 2, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing and enlightening us on the oracles in Tibetan tradition. Seeing Dorje Shugden in trance is indeed a great blessings for us all. The oracle statue is extremely well made and does evoke faith. Is there a strong or uncommon relations between DS and long life Tsongkhapa? Anyway just asking. I wish you long life and great vigour. It is indeed fortuitous for these to manifest in Malaysia. Have a nice day !

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 15. 2018 12:40 PM
    Its great sharing …… Rinpoche’s biography “The Promise” in Mongolian for those Mongolian friends .May more and more people do read it to understand better about Rinpoche and the Dorje Shugden controversy. May Rinpoche’s teachings spread to every corners of the world. Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%B2%D1%87-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%BC%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%80-tsem-rinpoches-short-biography-in-mongolian.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 15. 2018 12:39 PM
    Interesting biography of a great and influential Gelug religious lady……the Lady Lhalu Lhacham Yangdzom Tsering, who was one of the most popular and also an important aristocratic students of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. She was one of the influential Gelug religious figures in the Lhasa at that time. The Lhacham’s devotion to the controversial protector deity Dorje Shugden whose practice she received from Kyabje Phabongkha Rinpoche is beautifully reflected in her deep spiritual conviction in the very deities and practices. Interesting read of a GREAT spiritual lady of how she struggles in life and never gave up her commitments to her guru Kyabje Pabongka Dorjechang. Her dertermination, motivation and inspiration are indeed incredible .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and his yogini student, the Lady Lhalu.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-and-his-yogini-student-the-lady-lhalu.html
  • Alice
    Thursday, Nov 15. 2018 02:20 AM
    Sakya Pandita is believed to have been an emanation of Manjushri and just like other great beings, when he was born, several auspicious signs appeared such as at the time of his birth, the sky was awash with a great light, a certain special physical marks on his body etc.

    It is very impressive that he learned to read both Sanskrit and Tibetan scripts without being taught. On one incident, Shakyashri Bhadra was giving teachings in Sanskrit but Sakya Pandita was seen referring to a Tibetan text. Nevertheless, Sakya Pandita was still able to understand his guru’s teachings perfectly. Besides, During the 13-day debate between Sakya Pandita and Harinanda (the six non-Buddhist Indian pandits) and Harinanda could not win the argument. Finally, Harinanda said, “It is not you I cannot defeat, it is the orange being sitting above your right shoulder.” This showed that Sakya Panidita is no different from Manjushri.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this meaningful post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-pandita-kunga-gyeltsen.html#comment-823605
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    An interesting story of a nun that experienced haunting that prevented from sleep for such a long time. Find out what happened.

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    Find out JP’s experiences in New York during his first year at college. Scary!

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    The tragedy of this high rise collapsing still haunts us today.

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  • Sofi
    Thursday, Nov 15. 2018 01:10 AM
    Till I See Blood

    Really scary account of Angel’s experience in a hotel. Find out what happened.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/tsem-paranormal-tv/till-i-see-blood.html#comment-823703
  • chris
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 08:15 PM
    The Body of a Buddha: A Road Map to Liberation

    In Buddhism, we often pray to the statues or representations of the Buddha. Many people said that we are idolistic but actually we are praying to the virtues and good quality that Buddha’s body represents. We do not pray to the statue just because it is in the form of a Buddha, we pray because we wish to achieve the same qualities of the body that manifested into these signs.

    The Buddha’s body consists of 112 marks where 32 of them are major signs and 80 minor signs. Each and every one of these signs represent the virtues that Buddha had practised over 3 great aeons to achieve what he is today, enlightened.

    Every single one of the signs is the guideline for us to practice. For example, the dharma wheel at the bottom of Buddha’s feet means that we should have the selfless attitude when we serve other and one of the best ways is to teach them Dharma. The Buddha has said, the best gift is the gift of Dharma.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-body-of-a-buddha-a-road-map-to-liberation.html
  • chris
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 07:23 PM
    Pabongka Rinpoche and his yogini student, the Lady Lhalu

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing about this incredible lady with us. She is very inspiring and she showed us that with her unwavering guru devotion towards Kyabe Pabongkha Rinpoche bears fruit when she attained high attainments and stayed in Tukdam for 3 days when she passes away.

    Lady Lhalu is incredible because being an aristocrat, she enjoyed a life of leisure. However, that did not deter her from a life of spirituality. She was one of Pabongkha Rinpoche’s main sponsor that time and she was the one who requested the teachings of the famous 24 days Lamrim teachings which proven to be very beneficial when Trijang Rinpoche compiled notes on the teachings and published them later as a book called Lamrim.

    Until today, this book is still being used by Buddhist centres all over the world. Here in Kechara, we too used this book as the main reference in our Dharma classes and the profound teaching has benefited alot of people.

    Read more about Lady Lhalu here:
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-and-his-yogini-student-the-lady-lhalu.html
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 04:44 PM
    Do you believe in reincarnation? Buddhists believe after people die, the consciousness will take rebirth again and again. The consciousness can take rebirth as a human, animal, ghost or god. It all depends on the karma. In the US, Dr. Brain Weiss, who is a prominent psychiatrist and a leading reincarnation researcher found pieces of evidence to prove reincarnation does exist.

    Read more to find out the interesting story about reincarnation:
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 04:08 PM
    The bigger the Buddha statue is, the better it is, because more beings can be blessed by seeing the Buddha statue. Not only that, dharma seeds will be planted in the mind of those who see the Buddha statue as well. It is said that a big outdoor Buddha statue can help to calm the surrounding environment and pacify natural disasters. We have some big outdoor statues in Malaysia too. If you have not heard of them, do read the article below to learn more.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/6-incredibl-stunning-big-buddha-statues-in-malaysia.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 01:02 PM
    Guava is a very common fruit in Malaysia, they can be found easily in the markets and supermarkets. They might not look very attractive, but they are full of goodness for our health. Some of the benefits of Guava including relieving diarrhea & dysentery, acting as an effective laxative, boosting our immunity, just to name a few.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-ultimate-health-benefits-of-guava.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 12:00 PM
    Shocking to know the history of the American-Japanese during the WWII in 1942, where discrimination did happened at that time. The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people is really sad. Rinpoche did experienced the share of discrimination within the Kalmyk community in New Jersey years back. Looks like it happen every now and then in our society. Many thousands of Japanese Americans suffered badly , sent into interior camps, land, housing, businesses and lives were all taken away. Thanks to the photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. who has been tracking down wartime pictures. Looking through pictures, paints a thousand words of sorrow, suffering those Japanese Americans had gone through. Even what they went through , they did not give up but made them stronger in fact to be what they are today. They were citizens of American yet it was an injustice to them. There are similarities happening to those who practiced Dorje Shugden. The practitioners were denied services to schools, medical treatment, hotel and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/survivors-japaneseamerican.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 14. 2018 11:59 AM
    Seeing the Kechara flag in the pictures being flown are indeed wonderful. Flying with our country and state flags paints a thousand words of joy. Glad to come across this old post which explained the meaning behind it. Wow ….so it was designed by Rinpoche , have each stroke of wording and the white background representing the clear, luminous mind of enlightenment, of the state of peace and the state of happiness which we strive to achieve. Beautifully done.
    Thank you Rinpoche for spending the explanation for the design of the flag which I did not know at all . i am glad i read this old post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/what-our-flag-means.html

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I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I\'ve had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth \'bag\' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
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I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I've had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth 'bag' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don\'t miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
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If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don't miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
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Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
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No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
The Promise - https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
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Hunting is a horrible \'sport\' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Hunting is a horrible 'sport' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a beautiful Yamantaka
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This is a beautiful Yamantaka
This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
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This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
Nothing is for free for sure.
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Nothing is for free for sure.
Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I\'ve had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
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Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I've had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
Beautiful Kalachakra painting
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Beautiful Kalachakra painting
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
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I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
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This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
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Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
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Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog  site in Nepalese language! Check it out:  https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
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Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog site in Nepalese language! Check it out: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
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The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
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Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
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Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
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Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
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I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
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It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
2 months ago
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
2 months ago
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
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This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
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Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
2 months ago
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
2 months ago
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
2 months ago
This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
2 months ago
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
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Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
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Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
2 months ago
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
2 months ago
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
2 months ago
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
2 months ago
Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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