A Special Setrap Meditation

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June 11, 2010

A personal message from myself to Datin Jennifer. Datin Jennifer is very devoted to Setrap. She has completed one million mantras already and daily still does one hundred rounds on her rosary to Setrap! That is 10,000 mantras per day.

I was so happy for her. I decided to tape a Setrap meditation for her to listen to. It would help her very much more. I also thought it would benefit many more people also. So decided to have it available.

Enlightened protectors like Setrap not only take care of our temporal needs/problems, but with continued devotions, they lead us to practices that rid sufferings from the core. They have the omniscience, compassion, skillful means to do so. Reliance upon them are very helpful. We do not need alot, but relying on one loyally such as Setrap will be more than enough. Setrap is a general protector of the BuddhaDharma. He has sworn to Shakyamuni, Guru Rinpoche and Loden Sherab to protect those sincerely in need.

My good wishes to everyone.

Tsem Rinpoche


Transcript

A Special Setrap Meditation – by Tsem Rinpoche

Transcribed by Rachel

Proof read by Philip Yong

Dear Datin,  your daughter told me that you have done a million Setrap mantras, that you do your Serkym, golden drink or black tea, every single day and she also told me that you do approximately 100 malas of Setrap mantras per day.  I was very, very happy and I was very relieved and I was very excited and also, if I may say so, proud for you and I wanted to put this little tape recording for you.  Right now in the room is just me and you daughter and Monlam and Pastor Loh Seng Piow and it’s just us. And I wanted to put a recording down and I sent an sms to Paris asking where she was because I wanted to come up and explain and it just happened that it was in the Ladrang downstairs so it was kind of like, it all just matched perfectly.  I wanted to give you a special meditation for Setrap for the next level and the meditation is not very long and complicated and there’s no way you can go wrong, even if you meditate on wrong completely.  And that’s what I want to stress to you Datin, is you can’t go wrong with Setrap, it’s impossible to go wrong with Setrap.  It’s impossible to do anything wrong with Setrap, it’s impossible to get him angry, it’s impossible to get harm from him.  It is absolutely not in existences, possibility even for a minute percentage that he can harm or punish or not be pleased with what you’re doing, as long as you are doing from your heart.  You see, you can recite his mantra completely wrong, you can do his offerings completely wrong. You can do his Sadhana and his black tea completely wrong and he will not look at that, but you see through that medium, through that vehicle, you will be contacting Lord Setrap.  So if it’s wrong mantra, wrong prayer, wrong Serkym, wrong ritual, but you see when you think about him, he’s there immediately because he has the speed of thought.

So when he looks at you and he says hey, you know this person, this woman, this practitioner, this devotee is evoking me and her prayers are such and she’s doing this ritual, he rejoices.  Because you have to understand, his mind doesn’t operate on a normal, ordinary basis; he’s omniscient and all perceptive; he is all perceiving and all knowing.  Hence, all there is to be known, (3:05 – Tibetan), all things to be known, he knows, he perceives.  So therefore, having that omniscience is a sign he has expelled and deleted, all forms of defilements and obscurations and because of that he is a fully enlightened Buddha.

So one of the obscurations, or defilements is anger, or pride.  So, if he has no anger and it’s been deleted, there’s no possible way anger can arise.  I mean real, real anger cannot arise.  So, since there’s no anger, there’s no vengeance.  There’s no anger and there’s no vengeance, there’s no action or harm or harming.  So therefore, on that logical basis, I want you to keep it in your mind and I want you to get out of this Taoist, Chinese, whatever kind of thinking that if I do it wrong these Gods are gonna get me.  They will never get you, never ever get you.  Alright?  There are such more, 100 thousand times percent more worse people than you that praises Setrap and he doesn’t get them and when he takes trance, he’s compassionate to them, and he’s nice to them and he’s sweet to them and he’s kind – I’ve seen it.  There are exceptional cases where he shows wrath, but that wrath is not anger or harm or punishment, or your gonna get it; it’s a wrath of removing the obstacle of the person.

So, it is not feasible, logical and against all scriptural authority or scriptural basis to think that we can do something wrong and then Setrap’s gonna harm us, or something’s not gonna be right, or if Setrap doesn’t harm us, it won’t produce good result.  Impossible.  So I want you to put that out of your mind one hundred percent, one hundred precent.  I want you to put that out of your mind.  And I’m gonna share this tape with other people and you are the inspiration, because when we give a Dharma talk, it is always for somebody and when others listen to it, many, many people will benefit from it.  Alright?  So this is for you, but I’m gonna share this with other people too.  Alright?  But you are the inspiration for me to speak this; you are definitely the inspiration Datin Jennifer.

Now, doing the black tea, doing the rituals, the mantra and all that is very wonderful, it’s very, very powerful and it’s very efficacious.  So what I would like you to do every single day is this:  is I would like you to start with it by reciting Namo Guru bey, Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo  Sanghaya, Namo Guru bey, Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo  Sanghaya, Namo Guru bey, Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo  Sanghaya; and I want you to recite that and I want you to think you take refuge in all universal teachers, all teachers that have arisen to give Dharma, or to give spiritual relief to others – you take refuge.  Take refuge means you trust.  Alright?  For example the Dalai Lama, you know, for example any literally ascended master or enlightened master, you take refuge in.

The second refuge is Namo Buddhaya which is you take refuge in all beings or fully ascended.  Ascended means out of Samsara; out of Samsara’s suffering; out of the clutches of Samsara.  I take refuge in the Dharma, Namo Dharmaya, means:  I take refuge in doctrines, philosophies, teachings and explanations that help any individual lessen selfishness, increase selflessness and generate the mind of compassion.  So, any teachings that exist in the universe, not just on planet earth because as you know there are masters everywhere that teach anything, that reduces selfishness and increases selflessness and helps us go to the goal of achieving Bodhicitta or compassion, I take refuge in those teachings.  Because the Buddha’s teachings can manifest in many guises and many forms and many ways; it doesn’t have to be labelled Buddhism, or Dharma – it doesn’t have to be labelled in that way.  Since it doesn’t have to be labelled in that way, any teaching that teaches the reduction of selfishness and increase of compassion, is a correct path.  Why?  Because the cause of all suffering and the cause of all problems and the cause of all difficulties is selfishness.  Alright?  Everything else – enemies, you know, financial problems, difficulties, you know, anger, you know, a break-up, disharmony, disease – all that arises from our actions and those actions arise from the selfish mind and when those actions arise from the selfish mind, then the result will be something that comes back to us that harms us.  So all other types of problems, difficulties, obstacles and fears all arise one hundred percent, indirectly and directly, from the selfish mind.

Hence, what is important is to alleviate that, to alleviate the selfish mind completely.  Hence, any teachings that teach us to reduce the selfish mind, and to increase it to selflessness, and to develop compassion, I take refuge in.  I take refuge and confidence in, I rejoice in and I pray for it’s propagation.  Then the last is, you should think, the third of the refuges – Guru and Buddha are one, Dharma is two, number three is Sangha.  So when you take refuge in the Sangha, you take refuge in all beings, who work selflessly for others, all beings that have absorbed the selfless path, or any religion, of any path, of any background, of any spiritual denomination, it doesn’t matter; they have worked for the benefit of others.  Since they work for the benefit of others and they constantly strive to benefit others, I take refuge in them, take confidence in them, I take complete faith in them, I trust them, I will emulate then and I and wish them long life, continued success, great works, and may I become just like them one day.

So therefore, when I say Namo Gurubey, Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo Sangaya, what you should do every single day in your practice now is to recite that either seven, twenty-one or  one hundred and eight times, thinking about what I just shared with you.  Thinking about that, contemplating and recite that, because that is a very powerful formula to recite Namo Gurubey, Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo Sangaya – it’s very, very protective; very powerful.  And with that type of thinking.  And if you don’t know what to meditate on or if you want to rest your mind, you can simply visualise Setrap.  Visualise Setrap with, maybe, Shakyamuni in his heart, Tsongkhapa in his heart, Tara in his heart – it doesn’t really matter because they’re all enlightened beings, but visualise and think ‘I take refuge’.  And when you take refuge in Setrap, when you take refuge in the Buddha, you can see him in his ordinary form, which is, you know, ferocious, his normal form, what you’re used to, with the flags and all that, but the face should be smiling at you, not wrathful, with the big bulging eyes, his face is placid like a very happy, beautiful Lama and very pleasant towards you – that’s a very auspicious way to think.  So you should recite Namo Gurubey, Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo Sangaya well, seven, twenty-one, one hundred and eight times.  All right?  You don’t have to be consistent every day in the number, but just being consistent in doing some.

Then after you’ve done Namo Gurubey, Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo Sangaya, whatever amount of times you’ve decided, then what’s the second thing you can do is this: do Shantideva’s prayer, which Paris will provide for you. You do Shantideva’s beautiful prayer, long or short form, up to you, and you contemplate on that very strongly and you think that you wish every word of that prayer to come true, you wish every word of that prayer to manifest and you add your own special prayers and your own special wishes and most important is at the end of that Shantideva’s prayer, where you pray that you may manifest all the time in the future, even if one sentient being remains, may you remain in Samsara to free them.  Think of that prayer very strongly, think of that to manifest and come true.  Setrap will be very pleased. Alright?  So after you recite that prayer then you do your normal whatever you usually do and then you do your Setrap prayers, you do your Setrap Serkym and you do your Setrap Mantra and after you finish your mantra, I would like to add on to this, is it would be very good if you do Yonten Shigyurma, which Paris will show you how, and that will be a dedication.  That dedication will encompass all dedications, and on special days, perhaps once a month, alright, perhaps one a month, day and time and place – whatever – you choose.  Then at the end of everything, you recite The King of Prayers instead of Yonten Shigyurma.  Alright?  And if you wish to do The King of Prayers at the end everyday, that’s up to you, but I’m sure you know what you’re timing is, so I leave it to you.  And I don’t want you to get nervous ‘Oh Rinpoche told me to do it everyday, I didn’t do it.  Let’s not get into all of that, let’s not get into this kind of fear Dharma, fear religion, if you don’t do it you go to hell.  That’s not what this is about.  I’m telling you can do it once a month, whenever you like, you just follow that and don’t even question it, don’t even say is it ok if I do it twice a month – you can do it fifty times a month.  And if you skip one month cos you forgot, do it the next month – nothing’s gonna happen.  So you just relax; no fears, no paranoia absolutely zero, zero, zero negative consequences.  If I say to you go to the gym once a month and you skip one month – what’s gonna happen?  So you get a little fatter.  Big deal, we lose it next month we do it twice.  Alright.  And Setrap is much better than the gym; there’s no cellulite problems here.

So anyway, Namo Gurubey, Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo Sangaya – refuge formula, refuge mantra.  This is called refuge mantra. (14:41 – Tibetan)  or refuge mantra, after that you an do Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavitara prayer – short or long, up to you.  Then you think ‘oh can I do long sometimes…can I do short sometimes’.  I know you’re complicated.  You can do either one whenever you like, however you like, no problem.  Because, the point of the prayer is not to bind you and tie you down and chain you and say if you don’t do it you’re gonna get it.  The point of the prayer is to help us to focus our energies of why we’re doing Setrap.  I repeat:  the reason we do Shantideva’s prayer is to help us to think why we are doing Shantideva’s prayer.  Alright?  So therefore, don’t have fear.  Then after Shantideva you do your normal Setrap ritual.  Sometimes you do the long version, sometimes you do the short version. Sometimes you don’t do black tea, sometimes you do the mantra.  It’s ok.  Setrap doesn’t mind.  No one minds.  Let me just give you a little teeny example.  On planet earth there’s 6 billion people and 20 billion animals and insects, I don’t know.  So there’s like 30 or 40 billion sentient beings in planet earth, and that’s planet earth and then there’s another hundred million planets that have intelligent life forms we are told by scientists, ok.  There’s another hundred million planets minimum.  That has intelligent life forms.  So all these other planets have like, you know, 40 billion life forms, they put that all together then there’s this teeny little woman on planet earth who forgot Setrap’s prayer.  I think he’s quite busy to worry you didn’t do his prayer.  You just do his mantra and he’ll be fine. I mean he could be at another part of the universe helping somebody, he’s not gonna look back and say ‘oh well she didn’t do my prayer, that’s it, I’m not gonna bless her’.  I don’t think so.  Ok, so you don’t think like that.  You understand?  So I want you to totally relax and I want you to totally be happy – you do whatever you can.

And the second thing is I want to reiterate to you, you make offerings on your altar and you can sit there for a few minutes, you can sit there for a few hours, you can sit there for a few days.  Doesn’t matter one difference to Setrap how many hours or day you sit – it’s the sincerity. Alright. You sit on the chair comfortably, you don’t torture yourself and sit on the floor because you will meet prosperous people who find it difficult to sit on the floor for a long time.  Yes you can watch TV and do it.  Why can you watch TV and do it?  Because you’re gonna watch TV anyway.  I watch TV, so we may as well do mantras and watch TV, then TV and no mantras. You get what I mean?  So you just relax.  If you fall asleep, just continue your mantras ok.

Now, that is the basic practice that I want to give you, that is the step by step recitation I’m giving. Now the next step is I’m gonna give you the visualisation.  When you do the visualisation during the mantra visualisation (17:50 – mantra).  This I want you to do.  I want you to visualise Amitabha Buddha; red and resplendent.  And totally beautiful, in front of you.  An arms length away and his size is that of a thumb.  And his details are complete; he’s handsome, he’s sixteen years old, his body is straight, his colour is that of a ruby – shiny, resplendent – wearing the robes of a monk, his hair is cropped like that of a monk with an ushnisha on top and he’s sitting in a full lotus posture, with his right hand inside his left, with his thumbs touching, in meditation posture and he has a very gentle, beautiful gaze, with blue eyes, looking at you, with long lashes and a very beautiful resplendent face, that’s timeless.  And he’s smiling, he’s very gentle, he’s extremely, extremely loving and compassionate because he’s a Buddha.  And within Amitabha, are all the Buddhas, all the awakened beings, all the enlightened beings – within him.  Then, Amitabha looks all over into Samsara and sees so much sufferings, so much problems, so much difficulties, so much endless grasping and endless chasing of actions and deeds that bring people even more sufferings.  And Amitabha is very, very concerned, he’s very moved, he’s very, very, very much wanting to help.  So from this motivation of wanting to help and benefit, from this motivation of wanting to be of tremendous help and tremendous benefit, then from Amitabha’s heart, a light comes and it comes before him and it envelopes his whole body.  And from this light, red light, flames appear.  Within these flames, a horse appears, very powerful, very fierce, very wrathful, very strong, very, very quick, like lightening and then on top this horse arises from this fire and lights of compassion and wisdom and protection.  Compassion and wisdom and protection.  Arises the glorious king of all protectors, Lord Setrap.  His face is red, like that of a very old General and he has three eyes that are bulging, blood-shot. Why?  Because he’s extreme in wanting to remove your obstacles and he’s so extreme in wanting to remove it, he is so energetic and so enthusiastic and so – it almost looks like anger –  he’s so motivated to remove your sufferings, it almost looks like anger where it manifests in the form of gnawing his lower lip with his top teeth.  And his whiskers are on fire, he’s wearing the helmet of a grand old general with the five flags on top.  Five colours representing the five elements and the five Buddhas and the five aggregates, transformed in to the energy of enlightenment.  And he’s holding a jewel club, ready to strike down our inner enemies and our sufferings and our difficulties.

He’s not ready to strike down our enemies but our inner enemies. Alright. So he’s not someone who goes and clubs down people you don’t like, he don’t do things like that, and if we wish that, it’s not very good.  And in his right hand is holding a lasol (cudgel) with a man bound and tied and that man bound and tied is someone that is us; suffering, wondering, have a monkey mind, difficulties, problems and we bind those problems, we bind that monkey mind, we bind that delusion, we bind that mind that has a huge attachment to dualism.  Then that mind is bound and Setrap is holding that mind and he’s clubbing it.  He’s clubbing it with a club of righteous view.  He is clubbing it with the club of righteous view, righteous action, the four noble truths, the 12 interdependent links is manifested in that club.  And when he clubs that delusion with the 12 independent links, with the 4 Noble truths, righteous view, righteous action, he destroys the defilements.  And that is the inner meaning of how he’s very wrathful.  Alright?  And then, those delusions and the monkey mind manifests its ugliness by resulting or getting results of poverty, unhappiness, disharmony, separation, loneliness, sickness, disease – all that is manifested from delusions, which is selfish mind. So this person here he has bound, is symbolic of our self grasping, dualist mind, and it is bound.  And hence, since this mind bound, the result of this mind which is loneliness, financial difficulties, problems, separation, fear, all that is also bound.  So Setrap in that way finds it, by clubbing it with the club of Dharma.  Why does it have a jewel? A jewel relieves us of poverty; inner, outer, spiritual, materialistic poverty –  material poverty.  So therefore, this jewel, when he clubs it, it’s symbolic that it will bring wealth. Why? When delusions are destroyed, we will gain spiritual wealth.  Spiritual wealth leads to material wealth. Wealth, full stop.  So it’s symbolically shown in that way.  It’s very profound.  And, the lasso that Setrap holds, is the lasso of ethics; the lasso of our vows and our commitments and our samaya.  Our Samaya is what binds our monkey mind. Our Samaya and our vows is what binds and ties up, holds, our delusions and our illusions and our monkey mind.  So the lasso is the manifestation of Setrap’s commitment and Samaya, which is giving us the message we should hold our commitments and samaya and our vows, because by holding those commitments and vows, or Samaya, whatever word we choose, we bind the monkey mind, we bind the delusion mind, we bind the mind that can create more sufferings. That’s why holding our vows is extremely important, extremely important.

And Setrap wears the clothes of an ancient Marshall, ancient General and that wearing of the clothes is a manifestation of Setrap’s enlightened mind. Why? A general’s, Marshall wear or his armour, the purpose of the armour is not to be able to be killed by arrows or weapons or stones; it is to protect the body. So when Setrap wears the armour, it is the manifestation that he has developed compassion, he has developed wisdom, he has eliminated all faults of the mind such as delusions; hence, when we are free of these negative states of mind, nothing can harm us, so it becomes as if it is armour. Example: When Lord Buddha became enlightened in the last watch of the night, when Mara was shooting arrows and flames and all kinds of weapons and rocks and molten and spears, when each Buddha was shot from Mara and his armour, it was weapons and lava and stones, but when it reached Buddha, it just melted in front of him and manifested into flowers. Why? Because Buddha doesn’t have any armour to be harmed any more. So literally you could throw a stone at Buddha and by the time it reaches the Buddha, it will become flowers, or a rainbow or a bird singing, whereas if the guy over there threw a rock at Tsem Rinpoche, and he threw one rock, by the time the rock came to me it would become a boulder; I’ll be crushed.  Cos I have all this negative karma that can be harmed.  So therefore, Setrap – a symbolic note – a manifestation of his mind and his body and his being not being able to be harmed, is the armour that he wears; impenetratable.  And the way he sits on his horse is symbolic of quick action – why?  Some deities sits on the horse with both legs facing you.  That’s kind of slightly casual looking, it’s almost like a circus where they, you know, they sit on this side of the horse, that side of the horse and then they sit on the horse, or they stand on the horse.  But Setrap is sitting on the horse with his leg left and right of the horse, right on the bridle – holding on.  What is the symbolic of?  Quick action.  He’s ready to move.  Cos when you sit on the horse that way, you’re not posing, you’re ready to go, you’re going at lightening speed.  So that is symbolic of Setrap’s omniscient mind being able to travel very, very, very quickly.  So therefore, those are some basic kind of explanations I am giving about Setrap, that’s a little deeper than the last time, because I think you are ready for more.

So you should visualise from Amitabha he dissolves into light and he dissolves into light because of his great compassion. This light turns into fire, from this fire appears the horse, appears Setrap in the whole symbology.  And do not look at Setrap as flat, or like a 3-D picture of like statue; he should be alive, moving smiling, happy, very pleased to be there.  And this visualisation of Setrap is the portal in which the actual Setrap comes through and blesses you.  Alright?  So the portal can be a thangka, it can be a statue, it can be a tsa-tsa, it can be a line drawing, it could be your visualisation.  You see any of that becomes a portal, that portal we call Samaya being or Darmzeepa.  Ok?  Then, when we actually call Setrap, that is the wisdom being coming and that wisdom being we call Yishipa.  So Yishipa Darmzeepa (29:30 Tibetan) that means the wisdom being, the real Setrap comes and enters the Samaya being of the birth or the visualisation we have and it blesses the visualisation.  Why do we do that?  When we visualise Setrap that is not Setrap.  If we visualise Setrap and simply visualise that, something else might enter and we think it’s Setrap; it’s not.  So to avoid that, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche says we have to invite the actual deity.  How do we invite?  We say “Setrap please come forth”.  And then Setrap comes forth and the real Setrap comes, you just visualise the real Setrap coming, and he enters your visualisation, becomes one and it becomes even more brighter.  Then you think Setrap is really there.  Setrap is really there.  And then you do the mantras and if there’s a special person that is sick, not well, or a special person that there light has been stolen, or their mind is not ok or they’re having black magic or they’re having sufferings, or a group of persons, you can visualise them in front of Setrap, and Setrap’s light coming down to them, and blessing them and removing their problems, removing their difficulties completely and they become very bright.  They become very alive, they become very powerful.

They achieve happiness, long life, future good rebirth, practice, spiritual awakening, you visualise that.  If it’s a group, same thing, you can visualise a group there.  If it’s an institution, you can visualise an institution there.  Example: in my mediations, I can visualise Ganden Monastery or I can visualise Kechara House.  I can visualise a friend and Kechara House and Ganden and they can all fit right in front of Setrap – no problem.  And we can visualise the institution and we visualise Setrap’s light coming down and blessing the institution and wealth comes, sponsorship comes, knowledgeable people come, growth and happiness and spiritual awakening.  So we can visualise a building that represents the institutions, we can visualise the person that we’re concerned about, we can visualise a group, we can visualise animals.  So if there are animals that we love and we all know you’re an animal lover, we can visualise all your dogs in front of Setrap, with the institution, with your family – everybody is there.  And why you are reciting the mantra you request Setrap, from you heart, to bless these beings and then give them what they need.  You visualise the lights coming down, encompassing these beings, surrounding these beings, purifying these beings and giving them whatever they need, so their life becomes long, their health becomes strong, wealth, obstacles removed, health and – most important – spiritual awakening.  They gain Bodhicitta and realisation of the non dual mind or emptiness.  Ok.  Compassion.  You think like that.

And at the same time you can visualise another light coming into you and doing that same thing.  So it’s doing to the group, in front of you, in front of Setrap, is it doing to you.  Otherwise it’s gonna be like ‘oh I do all that for them, now I do me, I don’t have time, the telephone rang, oh what about me – you can do it together.  That means another light comes to you.  Then when the light comes to you Datin, when the light comes to you, you don’t even have to visualise the group, sometimes you just do yourself.  Sometimes it’s ok to be selfish.  Forget the planet, I’m just gonna bless myself.  It’s ok.  So you visualise the lights coming to you and it enters the crown of your head and it enters your body and you visualise the light filling you up from the bottom of your toes, all the way up to your hips and to the tips of your fingers and to the top of your neck, the top of your head, and the lights are filled and listen to me carefully, from every single pore of your body, the light is overflowing and surrounds you and you are inside an egg of red light.  And this egg is the manifestation of Setrap’s power.  Nothing in this world can penetrate this.  Why?  Because it’s Amitabha.  Nothing can penetrate Amitabha’s omniscience.  Nothing can penetrate Amitabha/Setrap’s power, enlightenment and state of enlightenment.  Ok.  So you’re protected within this and you visualise all your sickness, all your unhappiness and all your worry, removed from your body.  And you visualise Bodhicitta, you visualise happiness, you visualise long life, you visualise very wonderful happy mind, spiritual awakening coming forth and dissolving into you.  You visualise that.  And another thing you can visualise is all the Buddha’s teachings are condensed into the Lamrim and another book that’s very useful to you would be Wheel of Sharp Weapons.  So you should visualise these two texts, coming from Setrap’s heart in the form of light ok.

They’re lights but they look like a book and you don’t have to visualise each page; just visualise the lamrim book and the wheel of sharp weapons coming forth and dissolves into you and millions of these books, millions and millions and billions of these books dissolving into you and the books dissolve into your body, fill you up and you gain the realisation and the understanding of Lamrim, the complete graded path to Buddha’s teachings by Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang and you also visualise the great Wheel of Sharp Weapons, the text, and you should get a copy of the text and read through it, it’s very, very powerful, and visualise it going to you and you gain the realisation.  And by gaining the realisation of Lamrim and Wheel of Sharp Weapons, many of your sufferings go down, simply because you understand them better.  So you visualise yourself, in this, you visualise those books going down to the people in front of you.  So, in short, you can visualise the people in front of you, the group, the institution, and you, or just them or just you.  Either way.  What ever is needed on that day, what ever id needed on that week. Whatever is necessary.  So, if one of the animals is not well – Buddha forbid – you can visualise that animal under Setrap’s protective light and then obstacles being removed and Setrap healing them. You can visualise that – it’s very powerful.  And it’s very good to everyday blow mantras of Setrap onto the animals that you have, out of great love and pray in the future, they can be great practitioners, great teachers, great meditators and great beings that proliferate the true path; the path of cessation of suffering, the path of compassion.  Ok.  You can think like that.  So during your mantra you can think about that and if you get a little tired, just relax, think about nothing. So you can do that in front of your little altar and then you can do that little visualisation on your altar.  I know it’s gonna be a little hard because our mind jumps back and forth, but practice, try to get focus and try to get practice.  It will benefit your mind tremendously.

And then when you finish your little meditation, it maybe take you 10 minutes/15 minutes/half an hour/1 hour – I don’t know – and them maybe you did 1000 or 2000 mantras, you can finish the rest on your chair watching TV.  And then when you finish the mantra, when  you finish, you do Yonten Shigyurma.  Can you do in front of the TV?  Yes.  Just put your video on hold/ pause.  Pause to the world and you do your dedication.  And so what do you do? This last part is after Setrap has blessed the group and yourself and whatever, you visualise Setrap dissolving into light.  Small – the size of your thumb.  And all the universal masters and your teacher and Setrap are one.  And all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and Deities and Amitabha are Setrap.  You don’t have to think they’re doing anything.  You think they are Setrap. And then you ask Setrap to dissolve into you by folding your hands and then you visualise Setrap dissolve into your central channel, into the crown of your head and he goes into your body and he melts into your mind, melts into your heart and you and Setrap become one and for a few minutes you just think ‘May I never be separated from all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities and their manifestations.  Think like that very strongly and think you are protected.  And that will be very powerful for you.  And then as I said, at the end of that you can do Yonten Shigyurma, or you can do King of Prayers, or if you can’t do either, you just think whatever’s in the King of Prayers, whatever’s in Yonten Shigyurma, may it be so.  That would be an ok dedication; that is definitely permissible.  So, therefore, when we do this, I’m trying to help you to reach all the Buddhas and the Dharma and the Sangha through Setrap’s practice.  See usually we do that through a Yidam’s practice, such as Vajrayogini or Tara, but we can do it through a protector practice – Kensur Rinpoche told me in the past.  Khensur Rinpoche’s a great master and a great lamrim master and great lineage master and great master of Ganden monastery, Khensur Jampa Yeshe. So, he told me, I asked him – if we do protector practice such as this can we gain attainments.  He said, of you can.  I said, why?  He said, because it’s a Buddha.  Then I said, why don’t we do it through him.  He says because the protector’s practice is not laid out in a way such as a yiddam’s practice is laid out.  So traditionally you are using a Yidam but it’s not improper for a protector practice to be done that way.  So, I’m basing this visualisation and practice on what Khensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche had explained to me so kindly many years ago.  Alright.

The visualisation I have made for you, to help you to focus.  The visualisation is not in any text you can find; it is from me to you.  If it has not benefit, which I am sure it will, it will have not harm.  But I based that on what Khensur Rinpoche has explained to me that it is possible to gain attainments and spiritual benefits from a protector practice, in this case Lord Dharmapala Setrap, or in short, DS.  Because when you write this in sms it’s quite long, so we just put DS.  Dharmapala Setrap.  Dharmapala means the holder of the Dharma.  Setrap.  Ok.  And you can do that and anything else you want to do.  You wanna make candle offerings, you wanna make incense – whatever you like.  It’s up to you.  You want to offer a vegetarian club sandwich to Setrap…fine.  That’s up to you.  Can you eat the food after you offer?  Sure.  Why?  It’s blessed.  It’s totally blessed.  Now, since I mentioned it last time I recommended Setrap and we’ve been consistent on this – you’ve been consistent, I’ve been consistent in sharing with you to continue the practice.  So therefore, this meditation was designed for you, and I had you in mind because you are doing so well with all of this and I’m very happy for you.  So, I wanted to offer this to you as a gift and I wanted to give this to you as a celebration of your tenacity, loyalty, dedication and faith in such an enlightened protector from Ganden Shartse Monastery; Lord Setrap.  And again, this lineage of Setrap came to me through my enlightened master Khensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, who is without any fault and who is 82, a grand old monk of Ganden.  So therefore, since he has given me Setrap, Setrap cannot be in anyway not beneficial and help us gain attainments or else great masters like that would use something else.  Alright?

Now, it would be very good for us to have a Setrap altar, a Setrap image, Thangka, Statue, tsa-tsa, painting and if you already have one, which you do which is fine and to make offerings everyday of water and incense.  And when you’re making these offerings think it’s to all the Buddhas, through Setrap, all the enlightened masters, all the enlightened beings through Setrap.  That’s even more beneficial.  And then, we can sit comfortably in front on a chair or we can sit away, no problem.  Alright.  We need to do it comfortable, because if our body’s comfortable, our mind will be comfortable and this little visualisation that I gave you and that I will share with other people, but let me repeat again, you are the inspiration, you are the reason that I came up with this and you are the reason I am speaking about this.  And my motivation is that, through Setrap’s practice, your seeds of compassion will awaken even further, your seeds of wisdom will awaken even further, your wish to be of benefit to others will manifest even more and what ever is not awakened or not manifested or not present, then the seeds of bodhiccitta and compassion and the seeds of wisdom and the seeds of activities will be planted in your mind so it manifests in the future.  That’s my motivation and that’s what we can do with Setrap’s practice that will be very, very beneficial for us modern people.  How many mantras can we do a day?  Up to you.  How many black teas?  Up to you.  What kind of black teas? Up to you. What time of the day should se do this?  Up to you.  Why should we do this? Also up to you.  And can we go wrong in doing this?  Never.  There can never be a wrong prayer or a wrong method to pray to Setrap.  Whatever it is, because he’s a Buddha, it will be turned around into something positive.  Alright?

So this is the main practice of Kechara House and this practice because I am from Ganden Shartse Monastery, is derived from Ganden Shartse Monastery, 600 years of historical practice of Setrap.  And Ganden is the monastery of  Lama Tsongkhapa and Lama Tsongkhapa being a fully enlightened Buddha and one of the, if not the most elite master in Tibet, if they are going to put this protector into Ganden Shartse Monastery, you can be sure he must be a pretty good candidate to be stuck there.  Because I don’t think Lama Tsongkhapa’s monastery, Ganden, would have any Tom, Dick or Harry protector – if that’s the right way to put it.  So you have to understand, the first Dalai Lama’s root guru, is Lama Tsongkhapa.  So you can say the Dalai Lama’s such an illustrious being, who has emanated to benefit others – that’s not to mention Panchen Lama and Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche and all theses, Pabongka Rinpoche and all these great Lamas, who in their previous incarnations were Lama Tsongkhapa’s direct students.  They’re very illustrious and they’re still incarnating now.  You know and benefitting others.  So therefore if such a great being who produces such great students and such great institutions, so if this protector, and he is, is the protector, and he is, of such an institution of Ganden was started by the incomparable Lama Tsongkhapa, we can be sure that this protector is not any Tom, Dick or Harry, ineffective or kind of getting old and can’t do his job – I don’t think so.  So therefore, we should feel very amazed, that in Lama Tsongkhapa’s own personal monastery which all the other Gelugpa Monasteries came from – Tashi Longpo, Sera, Dre-pung, Amdo Tashi and the other thousands and thousands of Gelupa monasteries or monasteries in Tibet or around the world came from Ganden, Ganden is the mother and the father because it’s Tsongkhapa’s home base and in this home base, is the protector Setrap and he was picked from everybody else, to guard Lama Tsongkhapa’s personal monastery, what do you think?  Setrap must be exceptional.  Alright?

So I want everybody to think about that and really be amazed and really be dumbfounded that we even have the fortune to even hear the name Setrap, and do the practice, and in a comfortable, modern, convenient setting.  How fortunate am I to come across these teachings.  How unfortunate for me would be to disregard these teachings, and go on my merry way creating negative karma and more suffering for myself and others.  Yet how fortunate I am to realise and pull out of it to some degree and be of benefit to others.  We should think like that very, very strongly.  Ok.

I wish you well, I wish everybody well who hears this.  I wish everybody to have the seeds of enlightenment, Buddha’s compassion, which is in us the seeds and wisdom and activities, to manifest and to open up and I wish you and everybody to realise the Lamrim and to act from it and to use our lives, not for ourselves, use our lives for others, I wish that for you and everyone who hears this and I pray from my heart sincerely, may the Dharmapala Setrap, DS, help you gain attainments, remove your obstacles and open up your compassion, wisdom mind, to become a fully enlightened Buddha.  I wish you well and please continue your practice, please continue whatever you are doing, as comfortable as you can, as much or as best as you can, either way, doesn’t really matter, do it very sincerely.

May all beings who don’t have Dharma, receive the Dharma, May all beings who have the Dharma but misunderstand it, may I take on the responsibility to clear it, tirelessly, life after life; and may those whose Dharma has waned grow once more and flourish once more.  And as long as space endures and even one sentient being remains in Samsara, may I also remain, until they are liberated, and may I be the direct and indirect cause for them to be completely liberated from Samsara.

Thank you, Datin, Thank you Datin Jennifer.  I’m very happy to share this with you, I’m very happy to share this with everyone, and I’m very, very, very rejoiceful with what you have been doing and from time to time when you are free and comfortable, please go to KH and join in the Setrap puja with everybody else and enjoy the beauty, enjoy the love, enjoy the power, enjoy the energy, and share with each other Setrap’s incredible blessings.  You don’t have to hobble on there everyday, maybe once a month, every two months – up to you, whenever you’re free.  Go down there and join in and do the puja and if you’re unable to, you do the puja at home, you do whatever is comfortable for you.  Alright?  Make that connection.

(Dedication prayers)


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  1. Sew on Mar 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,

    Good afternoon.
    My husband and I are recently started to learn Dharma from You via your blog and website. We are currently facing a lot of problem from our family and uncertainties from our career. We hope to refuge in Lord Setrap and ask for obstacles to be removed. Therefore, we started to practice the mandra of Lord Setrap. However, we worry we do wrong method and the end up with no result. Kindly allow me to list down our doubts here:-

    1) Can we read mantra at any-where/time/position? Do we need to be sat on certain position?
    2) By reading on the mandra “OM MAHA YAKCHA TSA SOHA” and visualize Lord Setrap wholeheartedly, is this the correct/complete way? will Lord Setrap answer my prayer if we practice this way? If not, can You lead us to the correct way? We wish to practice the mandra correctly.
    3) Currently we are reading mandra anytime anywhere when we are allowed. For example while we driving and while we lying on bed before sleep. One day could be a few different sessions at different time. So in this case, do we need to keep repeating our prayers each time before we end the session? or we just need to say it once a day?
    4) We read only mandra without the black tea pouring step, is it okay? Still our offering effective?

    My husband and I truly wish to success in Dharma learning path together. Once again, thank Rinpoche for putting so much efforts to guide us always through internet.

    • Seng Piow on Mar 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Dear Sew,

      Thank you for your enquiry on the practice of the powerful protector Lord Setrap, I am Seng Piow and I am His Eminence’s personal attendant, I will try my best to answer your questions.

      Although there are no strict rules on where and what time and position you can recite Setrap’s mantra, it is still very much advisable that we sit properly in front of our altar and do our recitation, instead of other positions like lying on bed or slouching on sofa or while watching TV etc, it is not so much that Lord Setrap minds where or when we do our recitation, but it is more for ourselves, by sitting upright in front of our altar, we are able to concentrate and focus on our mantra recitation, thus receiving the maximum benefits from the recitation. Besides, it also trains us to always treat our Dharma practice with utmost respect and importance and not taking it lightly, therefore sitting upright is better than lying down or slouching. When we always hold holy beings and our Dharma practice with great respect, we will progress very fast in our spiritual practice.

      Likewise, we should also try to avoid reciting mantras in places like for example toilet, although as a Buddha, Lord Setrap will not be offended, but it is out of respect that we avoid reciting holy mantras in certain unclean or improper places.

      As a beginner, it may be difficult and confusing to recite the mantra and doing the visualization at the same time, so I would advise you to just focus single-pointedly on the mantra syllable while reciting, meaning when your mouth recites OM, your mind thinks of OM, when you move to MAHA, your mind also thinks of MAHA, and so on, wild and distracting thoughts may arise during your recitation making your lose focus, but just ignore those thoughts and bring your mind back gently to the syllables you are reciting at that moment, this is a good training to train our mind to be more focus and less jumpy/uncontrolled.

      As I mentioned above, you can definitely recite your mantra anywhere anytime as long as it is done in a respectful time, place and position, but for your proper mantra count and mentioning of your prayer, you should try your best to do it properly in front of your altar, cut off all distractions, and focus and do that session well, in that case your will reap maximum benefits from your prayer and mantra recitation.

      Although not strictly a must, it is best if you can include a black tea offering once a day during your “altar time”, meaning the time where you put down all daily chores and sit and focus in front of your altar, then you start your prayer and mantra recitation, then you finish off your daily session with black tea offering and dedication, in this way, your practice will be very productive and you will see results sooner.

      Once again I welcome you and your husband to His Eminence’s blog, and please visit daily and search through the older posts, as there are many many hidden Dharma treasures in this blog. If you stay nearby. I would strongly recommend you to attend the weekly Setrap puja at Kechara House, every Monday 8pm-10pm, for beginners it is very effective to join group puja to guide our practice, hope to see you and your husband there!

      Link to Kechara House: http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/pujas/weekly-pujas/1/#setrap-puja

      Thank you.

      Seng Piow
      Personal Attendant of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

  2. Lester Lim on Oct 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the kind and eye opening instructions! Anyway, I think there is an errata in the transcript. I think it should read Buddha does not have the karma to be harmed, not Buddha does not have any armor to be harmed. Thanks and with metta.

  3. wei Theng on Jun 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Datin Janiffer is very inspiring. She is humble, loving and she will just learn and do what she needs to do without any excuse or complains.
    Thanks Datin also that we managed to get this wonderful and in-depth teaching of Dharmapala Setrap from Rinpoche. Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the 2nd level of Setrap Meditation.
    Dharmapala Setrap has been very supportive to me on my spiritual journey. He helps to clear a lot of obstacles for me in my life so that i can have chance to learn and practice Dharma. He also helps me to see things clearer. Thank you so much

  4. Cynthia Ng on Jun 12, 2012 at 12:35 am

    虽然不常在克切拉见到Datin Jennifer,但是每回碰到她出现,她终是面带笑容,对她的感觉特别亲切,她和蔼可亲,谦虚也不摆架子。

    很开心Datin Jennifer持续的在修持金甲衣护法,金甲衣护法的确是我们现代需要依靠的证悟护法,祂是阿弥陀佛的愤怒化身,只要我们诚心祈求于祂,我们是不被邪灵干扰,快速解除我们的障碍。

    我也因为念了金甲衣护法心咒后而把问题化解的,非常感谢仁波切把金甲衣护法从甘丹寺传到马来西亚。

  5. Ethan Chu on Jun 12, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Datin Jennifer has always been a kind, fun and very smart lady to be with. Despite her loveable personality, her devotion to the protector is unshakable. Through her practice, she shown us that by committing to the three jewels will bring benefit to us because we have committed many negative karma and have many obstacles. The role of the protector is to help to clear our obstacles and hold our negative karma so that we can continue doing our dharma work to gain merits to counter our negative karma that we committed life after life. A lot of people said that I have been doing my prayers for so long, why is it that I still have a lot of obstacles… One of the reason is that protector is helping us to purify our negative karma so we can gain merits from our dharma work, and strive to achieve attainments and eventually enlightenment.

    Datin Jennifer here has demonstrated that age is not a problem, just take a look at her, committed to her prayers, dharma work, healthy and such a wonderful being. Compare to the other around her age who do not do much and waste their precious time away. Wouldn’t we want to be like Datin Jennifer? And one more thing, she COOKS REALLY WELL!!!

  6. hecelustan on Jun 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    It’s wonderful that she does 100 malas of Setrap mantra daily,she is so sincere on her daily Sadhana,thank you Rinpoche for sharing this to encourage us to do more mantra so that we always make a strong connect with Buddhas.

  7. Eric Lee KSJC on Jun 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    自从认识了克切拉与金甲衣护法的修行了以后,一切的不如意都变成好的事情了。记得在去年11月时候,因为为了帮忙亲戚而弄到自己的屋子被逼要被银行拍卖,结果很多的邻居都很想买我们的房子,而且有一位邻居更趁机要压低我们的屋价,我们没有把屋子卖给他。可是,透过向护法的祈求,在拍会上,哪位邻居竟然以高过我当初要他的价钱(多20千)来投标我的房子,更妙的是,可以让我租到我们理想中想要的房子,这真的要谢谢仁波切把这么好的修行方法带给我们,在此,我也希望能把金甲衣护法的修行,介绍给我所认识的人,让他们也能像我一样,受到佛法的利益。

  8. lucy yap on Jun 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I don’t really use the word wonderful much but Datin Jennifer is just that.She’s a very humble and gentle person.She always have a smile on her face and do not look down on anybody.The world has to learn from her.Let’s all just get a little more wonderful…..

  9. Jean Mei on Jun 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Besides doing her protector practice, Datin Jennifer could also BAKE to enlightenment 🙂

    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/datin-jennifer-the-baker.html

  10. Jean Mei on Jun 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Many people do not know about Datin Jennifer. She’s not an active lady in the Kechara temple, but she’s very active behind the scenes. She has completed 1,000,000 Setrap mantras and from what I hear, she has taken on more practices, due to Rinpoche’s kindness.

    Datin Jennifer supports her daughter who has decided to do Dharma work full-time since she was 26. She also comes to the Rinpoche’s abode twice a week to cook for Rinpoche and the household staff, and to help in any way that she can.

    After living her life, at the age 60, she truly believes that doing Dharma work is the best thing one can do in their life.

    She said that if she had known better, she would have chosen the life her daughter is living now. This should inspire those who are young and are considering taking the spiritual and career step into the Dharma, and it should inspire those who have children considering doing Dharma work.

    It surely does inspire me.

    • Paris on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      It’s interesting revisiting this post now 2 years later. A lot sure has changed since then. From this first initial connection with Setrap practice and meditation, my mother has also gone on to complete 100,000 Migtsemas and is currently focusing on Manjushri, aiming to complete 1 million Manjushri mantras (both Migtsema and Manjushri were by Rinpoche’s guidance and advice).

      Interestingly enough, my mother had her own practices before and Rinpoche has never discouraged her from doing what she was doing. She still continues some of her practices before but has ADDED in the additional practices so kindly given by Rinpoche. It all started off with her just seeing a Setrap statue.

      It’s something tremendous to be grateful for, to be able to do Dharma practice together with my mother, so that she becomes more like a spiritual sister and friend to me, than just my mother. Thank you Rinpoche for every last ounce of care you’ve given not just to me, but also to my family so that they too can be safe and protected by Dharma.

      • wei Theng on Jun 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

        Rejoice. Mother & Daughter in Dharma!

  11. Siong Woan on Jun 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Dear Jennifer is one of few most graceful person I have ever met, her gentle kindness is probably the results of her sincere prayers.

    May Datin Jennifer be well and always be close to Dharma Protector, Lord Setrap.

  12. tenzin llhamo on Jun 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Datin Jennifer is a kind, loving and gentle lady. Am very happy that she love Setrap so much and doing it on her own initiative with love. There is no wrong way because the pure motivation of the practitioner is to seek refuge in Setrap, the Greatest Protector! I am very happy that a few of us did a Setrap retreat last year with the Blessings of RInpoche and I’ve seen myself transform into a better person and more stable. I remember waking up 1 night and sitting on the bed chanting Kawang during the retreat. It was so funny. Thank you for the wonderful teaching and sharing Rinpoche.

  13. Lai on Jun 11, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this personal message, i am downloading it now. will listen it in the car tomorrow, sometime i find is easy to absorb in the traffic jam. sorry if i say it wrong.

  14. wah ying on Jun 10, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    So fortunate to have met Lord Setrap, practice his practice with the blessing and kindness of H.E.Tsem Rinpoche, my Guru who bought Lord Setrap to Malaysia when he came here from India.

    Lord Setrap is the protector you can rely on, because he is an enlightened being; he is the wrathful emanation of Amithaba Buddha; he is the Protector of Dharma of Gaden Shartse Monastery, and well known for its powers to pacify all Obstacles, demons, spirits and black magic.

    with folded hands, Wah Ying.

  15. Sofi on Jun 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Rinpoche had been very kind to share this teaching with us and all who seeks Setrap’s blessings should listen Rinpoche’s comprehensive teaching on this practice. I have listen to this at least three times and with each time, I remember a little better….kinda a reinforcement of my imprint. Thanks also to Datin Jennifer for this opportunity to receive this teaching from Rinpoche’s.

  16. Paris on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Rinpoche, I am still so very grateful to Rinpoche for giving this special teaching to my mother. From the day she received these teachings, she listened to the CD about 3 times and took extensive notes by hand (she doesn’t really use computers). She even called and asked some questions she had to clarify because she was so very eager to start.
    My mother is a shining example of how Setrap can enter someone’s life and bring just such tremendous blessings and transformation. From being quite unsure about tibetan buddhism or “institutionalise religious” practices my mother is now doing Setrap practice EVERY SINGLE DAY.
    A little nice update to share: Just a week ago (which means about 5 – 6 weeks since receiving this teachin), my mother informed me that she has completed yet another 500,000 Setrap mantras. She diligently recites 100 malas a day!!!! including the meditation, visualisation and prayers that Rinpoche has recommended to her.
    Now, she’s also been joining in the Setrap retreat that is currently going on in Kechara House. Yay Setrap! It is such a relief and such happiness for me to know that my mother is safe under the protection of Setrap. It is very assuring to know that she is engaging in a practice that is 100% safe, as has been practised by thousands of monks for hundreds and hundreds of years.
    Thank you again Rinpoche for keeping us all safe under the protection of the three jewels.
    with folded hands, Paris

    • DR on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Dear Paris, your mummy must have made strong aspirational prayers in her previous lives to be able to meet with a perfect teacher and pure teachings. Lord Setrap is the Protector of Gaden Shartse and if it is good enough for the thousands of monks for afew hundred years, it is more than good for us! Also, due to the merits you have dedicated to your parents through your dharma work, your mummy also has the merits to not only hear and learn something so sacred but have the faith as well.

  17. Likheng on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    First of all, thank you Rinpoche for sharing the mantra of Setrap Chen with us because WE need it. I realize that such teachings are extremely precious and are normally not given to students until they show consistent and sincere dedication to the Guru and Dharma. I am grateful to Rinpoche for sharing generously the teachings that took Rinpoche years of hard work and devotion to receive with your undeserving students.
    The Dharma Protectors are Buddhas or attained beings who pledge themselves to the spread of the Dharma. In general, their role is to remove obstacles that hinder the progress and practice of sincere Dharma students.
    In a society where deity worship is common, it is very important to understand the difference between worldly deities and enlightened Dharma Protectors. The major difference is worldly deities’ powers are limited to external factors only (increasing material wealth). They cannot contribute to spiritual growth. In certain conditions, these worldly deities can actually hinder spiritual growth and cause long-term problems by creating greater attachment to material object, which contributes to an increased self-grasping mind.
    * The creation of Dharma Protectors! When Padmasambhava first arrived in India to spread the Dharma, the worship of local spirits was very prevalent. As the local spirits feared loosing control and power to Dharma, they created a lot of obstacles for practitioners to attend any of Padmasambhava’s teachings. Instead of fighting these spirits, Padmasambhava‘s decided to tame them by teaching them the Dharma and made them Dharma Protectors.

  18. mima on Jun 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you for offering this very special Setrap talk. I am working with it and began to practice with the mantra.

  19. Wai Leong on Jun 12, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Thanks Tsem Tulku Rinpoche!! I surely will 🙂 Hope one day can meet you personally, I will continue to pray, do good to accumulate as much good karma as possible and HOPE to have you as my great teacher =) with folded hands, and sincere prayers.

  20. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 12, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Dear Wai Leong,
    Do please listen to this setrap talk I gave. It wil benefit you.
    I wish you very well always.
    Tsem Tulku

  21. Wai Leong on Jun 11, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, I has always been eager to learn more Dharma from You since last year. But it might due to insufficient good karma, things have prevent me from approaching you nearer. I sincerely pray that one day I can accumulate enough good karma and meet you personally and to receive more teachings from you. Thanks for sharing all your teachings and thoughts via the blog it always lighten my day 🙂

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  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 11:04 PM
    Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche known as Milarepa

    As is clearly seen in Helmut Gassner’s account, two of the most influential and trailblazing Tibetan lamas who taught in the West both practised Dorje Shugden and held him in high regard. His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, was not only once the Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery but was a well-known meditator, debator, tantric adept and teacher of thousands of monks and laypeople all over the world.

    Find out more of this great monk: http://bit.ly/2SRJrHB
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 10:52 PM
    Growing up with Rinpoche: You’ve got mail

    Rinpoche, if people take the time to write and express their thoughts and feelings, that is something that should be appreciated and respected. And if people confide in Rinpoche, that information is always treated as sacred because it is not always easy for people to trust someone else enough to open up to them.

    Read more of Rinpoche’s kindness and care: http://bit.ly/2SNcf3O
  • Chris
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 05:21 PM
    China is one of the most powerful countries in the world nowadays and many countries had chosen to be in China’s good books. It is only a matter of time where all the Tibetan government’s supporter will stop supporting them and be on China’s side.

    Let’s face it. The struggle for Tibet’s independence has been on-going for 60 years but there is no progress at all. Now, even His Holiness the Dalai Lama is telling the Tibetans to go for Umaylam instead of Rangzen. However, Umaylam requires their cooperation with the Chinese government.

    It is good for Tibetans or Tibetan government to befriend China because they will need their mercy to get back to Tibet because China has all the reasons for not letting the Tibetans go back to Tibet. They certainly do not need Tibetans.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 05:15 PM
    This is something I don’t understand. In the beginning, the 14th Dalai Lama was practising Dorje Shugden and he did not say anything about Dorje Shugden. Suddenly in 1996, he banned everyone from practising Dorje Shugden saying Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit.

    Dorje Shugden is a practice given to the Dalai Lama by his teacher, Trijang Rinpoche. Trijang Rinpoche would never harm the Dalai Lama by giving the Dalai Lama the practice of an evil spirit. This does not make sense at all. Is the Dalai Lama implying his teacher was not good and wanted to harm him when he said Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:49 PM
    Voyage to the Colossus of Rhodes

    In school, I remember we had a competition to make anything we wanted with the sole condition that it had to use LED lights. It was around the time that out of all the various figures of ancient Greek mythology, my fascination with Medusa was at its highest. Her story is an interesting one. She was once a beautiful maiden who, cursed by the goddess Athena, was made to look so terrible that the mere sight of her would turn anyone to stone. Over time her anger overtook her and she became a scourge, plaguing mankind. The demi-god Perseus slayed her and used her dreadful head to turn to stone monsters, beasts and other men alike in his self-serving yet glorified journey which ended with the founding of the ancient city-state Mycenae.

    Journey with Pastor Niral as he travel the the country rich in mythology: http://bit.ly/2LMkhJA
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:42 PM
    Growing up with Rinpoche: Putting down roots

    Rinpoche is never interested in secular activities just for the sake of it, but always uses his knowledge, interest and experience to see how he can improve the lives of those around him and how he can bring Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) to the next level in terms of serving others. So for Rinpoche, a vegetable farm is not just a vegetable farm, but an activity that can bring Dharma to others.

    Find out what exciting plans that Rinpoche has: http://bit.ly/32NjBsV
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:29 PM
    Over the years reading Rinpoche blog’s post , I have come across many true stories of how Rinpoche has helped countless of students and people in their career, sickness, business and so forth. Reading this post story is really amazing how relying on Setrap Protector and having trust and faith in our Guru has help Dato Eric Tan in his business . Dato’ Eric Tan’s achievements today is truly amazing all due his trust and never give up what ever happened.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing. May more people read this post and be inspired.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-6.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:28 PM
    Heartfelt watching the beginning of the video. Could imagine the fear the furry Edie encountered, so much so hiding at the corner. Edie was so scared and just needed is a hug and pad from some kind soul . Bronwyne Mirkovich is so compassionate , kind for saving Edie’s life. Thank you too Edie Gobbie from the American Maltese Association for helping with this wonderful project to rescue animals. Life is so precious nor matter what it is , it is still a life……human or doggie. Dogs are our best friends, never harm, abuse or hurt them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/all-she-needed-was-a-hug.html
  • Chris
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this auspicious post with us. It is amazing that Kechara has the chance to make such offerings to the high lamas and monks in the monastery. This is a clear example of the generosity of Rinpoche that wishes each and every one of us to adopt.

    Making offerings to the sangha is very meritorious and we can collect a lot of merit with such actions because we are directly supporting the growth of Dharma and those high lamas are Buddhas. Seeing such pictures warms my heart and I rejoice to see those happy faces of those monks who received those very much needed offerings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-offerings-to-the-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:29 PM
    Wow ….. there have been so many UFO sightings in so many different countries. There are altogether eight UFO sightings within 10 days witnessed by people across the globe. They saw shiny unidentified flying objects flying past in the sky as reported. Very interesting….. strange object sparked theories of possible extra terrestrial sightings and they do definitely exist after all. Many UFO sightings have been reported in the last decades yet scientist or researchers yet to confirm the details or evidence to proof it. But the strange sightings in different countries at the same month could not be wrong as we know “they’ have been watching at the earth from some where up there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing …..simple amazing caught on camera by those eye witness.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-ufo-everywhere.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:27 PM
    There may have been a chance for a civilization to start billions of years before life began on Earth as discovered by scientists. Several discoveries and theories from some of the greatest minds in science point to the likelihood that there is something beyond out there in the universe. I do believe that we are not alone in the universe. Well, there many on going research that has taken place to look for signs of extra terrestrial life such as aliens. Scientist have been using telescope and specimen data to radios to detect and send communication signals. Currently, scientist do not have any evidence to support that aliens exist but the research work still going on with the discovery of a varieties of beings in the universal . Stories of the sighting of aliens and other species by eye witnesses yet to proof their existence. Researcher and scientists have not given up hope to research for evidence. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/mysteries-surrounding-ancient-aliens.html
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 04:32 PM
    Buddha Manjushri is very compassionate. He will manifest in the forms that can benefit us. In this case, he manifested as an enlightened Dharma protector to help us remove our obstacles so we can practise and have realiation on Buddha’s teachings.

    I have read many stories about how Dorje Shugden has helped people including Tsem Rinpoche. Kechara is growing and flourishing because of the assistance from Dorje Shugden. As long as our motivation is right, Dorje Shugden will provide a conducive environment to fulfil our wishes.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden.html
  • Sofi
    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 10:47 PM
    A Personal Account of Events with My Teacher – Honouring the Potential in All Sentient Beings

    Rinpoche’s bond with animals is even more palpable. Abandoned dogs find not only shelter but a loving home wherever Rinpoche is. Injured and unwanted birds find healing and a safe haven created to resemble their natural habitat. Fish are given clean, pure water and plenty of food. Even insects are not forgotten. Most important of all, their surroundings are designed to leave positive Dharma imprints in their mind streams and help them gain good rebirths.

    Read more here: http://bit.ly/2y5PyP1
  • Sofi
    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 10:41 PM
    My mother’s White Tara

    The previous Telo Rinpoche had lived in Mongolia and during the Communist upheaval in his country, he was imprisoned along with many other monks and religious figures. Telo Rinpoche prayed to this image of White Tara, which he had with him and in the middle of the night, his cell doors miraculously swung open and he was able to just walk out. Later, with the help of some American scientists, he escaped and travelled to the United States where he connected with the Mongolian-Kalmyk community there, which included my parents.

    Read here: http://bit.ly/2Me6Sd3
  • Sofi
    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 10:35 PM
    Stories from a Chela – Real Transformation

    “Rinpoche’s drive to create a lasting mental change in a person’s life is nothing but pure compassion. Rinpoche certainly doesn’t get anything out of the person changing to become a better person, in fact, it often takes an emotional and physical toll on Rinpoche himself. Yet, Rinpoche goes out of his way to help his students and others to the best of his ability. Rinpoche does this in a number of ways, I’ll only touch on a few” ~ Pastor Niral Patel

    Learn more from Pastor Niral why he said that: http://bit.ly/2K3DmUj

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
3 months ago
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
4 months ago
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
4 months ago
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
4 months ago
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
4 months ago
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
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After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
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We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
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Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
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Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 weeks ago
Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children were very excited to participate in the quiz. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Children were very excited to participate in the quiz. Lin Mun KSDS
We will do dedication before we end the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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We will do dedication before we end the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
It’s wonderful for parents and children to attend animal liberation together and recite mantra before releasing the birds. Lin Mun KSDS
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It’s wonderful for parents and children to attend animal liberation together and recite mantra before releasing the birds. Lin Mun KSDS
Bigfoot cafe in Bentong. Lin Mun KSDS
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong. Lin Mun KSDS
Rejoice ! Children getting blessing from pastor on Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Rejoice ! Children getting blessing from pastor on Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
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