Happy Family for Kalachakra: Video & Transcript

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The practice of Kalachakra belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification and is know to bring practitioners to complete enlightenment within just a single lifetime if practised properly.

The practice of Kalachakra belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification and is known to bring practitioners to complete enlightenment within just a single lifetime if practised properly.

Dear friends,

In July 1981, there was an extremely historical event that occurred in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama bestowed the sacred practice of Kalachakra in the United States for the first time. I was a young boy at the time and did whatever I could to get the chance to attend as soon as I heard about it. I really racked my brains to find a way to get there and receive teachings from the Dalai Lama, a living Buddha.

I was reading something one day and all of a sudden I remembered this event. So I decided to record a short video to share the story with all of you wonderful blog readers. In the video, I recount the events that took place during this time, when I was just 15 years old and the lengths that I went to in order to achieve my goals. Do watch the video. Underneath it is the transcript for those who would rather read about it. And below that is some general information about the Kalachakra practice.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

VIDEO: Happy Family for Kalachakra

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Transcript: Happy Family for Kalachakra

The other day I was doing some blog work and a story came to mind that had happened to me when I was quite young. In July 1981, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave the first historic Kalachakra empowerment and explanation in Madison, Wisconsin. I was 15 at the time but I remember it like [it was] yesterday. I think about 4-5 months earlier I had heard that… there was this great announcement that His Holiness was giving one of the Highest Yoga Tantra initiations (Kalachakra).

I was 15 at the time, living with my family in Howell, New Jersey. And being 15 I didn’t really know or understand what Kalachakra was, but I just knew that if His Holiness was giving it, I wanted to be there and it’s something that I really would want to do. And I did understand that it was a meditational practice, I did understand it was a yoga, I did understand that it was a transformational practice and it involved commitments, mantras, meditations, prayers. I did know that even though I was quite young, and I wanted to go very badly.

So, I lived in a community in New Jersey where, in the 50s, Kalmyk Mongolians (or Kalmyks) immigrated from Eastern Europe to the U.S. to find a better life during World War II. So, these Kalmyk Mongolians, with their culture, families, children, belongings that they could carry, lamas, monks, religion, teachers, they all immigrated to America, landing in New York. From New York, they migrated to the Tri-State Area, which is Pennsylvania, namely Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey. And there’s a high concentration of Kalmyk Mongols in Howell, New Jersey. That’s where I lived; with the Kalmyk Mongolian people. And they’re very beautiful and nice people.

So I lived there in the Kalmyk-Mongolian community and they had three Buddhist temples there and they had their Mongolian teachers and Mongolian geshes that had graduated from Drepung Monastery. Some of the geshes were from Sera Monastery. The Buddhism of Mongolia or the Kalmyk people, is exactly the same as in Tibet.

Kalmyk people is just a nationality of Mongolians. Mongolians have around 75 different nationalities, like Kazakh Mongols, Buryat Mongols, Xinjiang Mongols. What happened was when Genghis Khan had conquered Asia, North Africa and Eastern Europe, many of his tribes had stayed in the places that they had conquered and lived there for centuries until the present day. So, there are 75 different types of Mongols that had lived in different parts of Europe and Asia. This group of Mongols are called Kalmyks and they had migrated from Eastern Europe to the United States, and they brought their religion and culture.

So the Mongolian religion of this group of people (the Kalmyks) is pure Tibetan Buddhism and they respect and revere His Holiness the Dalai Lama as we all do. Their form of Buddhism is according to Lama Tsongkhapa’s tradition and they had brought that to the U.S., and they had very renowned and great teachers in their community in the 50s, 60s and 70s. That’s where I lived and 10 minutes away from me were two beautiful Buddhist temples with geshes from Drepung and Sera Monasteries.

So anyway, we had heard that His Holiness the Dalai Lama was giving this incredible empowerment of Kalachakra in Madison, Wisconsin. This was going to be in 1981. When I heard, I was extremely excited. I was very much looking forward to it and I ran to my friend’s house; at that time her name was Carmen, now she’s a nun. So, now her name is Thupten Chonyid, but at that time she was Carmen, so I’ll refer to her as Carmen for easy reference. So I went to Carmen and I asked her more about it. Carmen was a Kalmyk Mongolian lady who was advanced in Buddhist practice and tantric practices, and she had a lot of knowledge and was much older than me (at least over 15 years older than me), and she had been studying for years. So I went to her to ask her questions and she enlightened me and gave me a lot of information. I told her that I definitely wanted to go.

So, the Kalmyk Mongols had booked buses to go from New Jersey, Philadelphia, and I think some from New York, to Madison, Wisconsin. So they had booked buses ahead of time and everybody had put in their money and of course, we’d have to stay there for a few days (probably a week) in hotels and accommodations and it could be slightly pricey. Well, I wanted to go, so I went home and told my parents that I wanted to go. The good news was I could go if I earned my own money. The bad news was if I could earn my own money because it was going to be about $300-$400 USD, which at that time (in the 80s) was a lot of money for a 15-year-old kid. And I didn’t really have any money. I had an allowance of $5 a week so that wasn’t going to get me anywhere near Madison.

My parents were Buddhists and they had their shrine in their home and they attended the temple and they attended services and prayers, but they were adamant against me practising Dharma deeply, or doing meditations and religious studies deeply. They were afraid that I would become a monk and that they would lose a son. You see in the Kalmyk tradition, if you have a few sons you can give one to the monastery, but if you have only one, that boy is not supposed to be ordained. They’re supposed to stay home and take care of the parents and carry on the name, the lineage and so on (the ‘Asian thing’). What’s the ‘Asian thing’? That you carry on your name, lineage, take care of your parents, be filial… That’s the Asian thinking. Kalmyks are not much different than other Asian nations where they think the same thing.

So what happened was they didn’t want me to go and they had always objected to me going to the temple and learning, studying, praying and attending talks. They did many things to try to stop me from going. For example, they would tell me that I was grounded and couldn’t go to the temple for 3 months. Then when my birthday was swinging around the corner, they would ask me what I wanted for my birthday. I’d say that I wanted to be allowed to go to the temple to attend Dharma teachings and they’d say no because they wanted to get me a ‘good’ birthday present. After I insisted, they would give it to me and tell me it was okay to go to the temple.

Then that would last for 2-3 months and they’d see that I was getting deep into it and they would stop it again. And that went on for years where they would do this. Sometimes they’d come to the temple and see what I was doing (which was quite embarrassing for me). Sometimes they’d call up my teacher and kind of scold him, telling him that he shouldn’t be brainwashing me, teaching me all kinds of things, that he should allow me to stay home.

My teacher wasn’t doing any of this. My teacher wasn’t telling me to come, he wasn’t telling me to leave home, he wasn’t telling me to become a monk. He was just teaching the Dharma to groups of people and I attended. So my teacher was totally innocent in that ‘he wanted me to leave my family’ or something. He never ever said anything like that. He always told me to respect my parents and to take care of my parents and obey them and be a good son. That was his advice to me (personally) all the time.

So my parents used to think that he was kind of brainwashing me and telling me to be a monk or join the monastery. That was not true. So what happened was my parents developed a lot of animosity towards my Dharma teacher and some of the members of the temple because I was so heavily involved, and they tried to stop me as best they could. Anyways, when I asked if I could go for the Kalachakra initiation in Madison, Wisconsin, they wanted to say no but they couldn’t find a really good reason to say no. So they said that I had to earn my own money. So I was thinking to myself, “Ok… How am I going to do that…”. I talked to Carmen and she said it would be about $300-$400 USD.

So I went to my bedroom and I was doing my Manjushri mantras and I was plotting and thinking how. You see, I did 1,000 Manjushri mantras every single day in my room, quietly, without my mom knowing. So every single day I would do 1,000 Manjushri mantras and I would do a couple of thousand Kuan Yin/Chenrezig (OM MANI PADME HUM) mantras, and I would do a couple hundred of Palden Lhamo mantras. When I was younger, I was extremely attracted to Palden Lhamo and I would always pray to her and I would always recite her mantra. So I was praying to Manjushri and Avalokiteshvara and Palden Lhamo, that I could get to Madison, Wisconsin, because I really wanted this initiation. I really wanted to come back and practise. And I was flipping through some books and even found Kalachakra’s mantra. I was like “wow”, so I started reciting Kalachakra’s mantra (which now I know I shouldn’t have without initiation, but I was a kid) and praying to him that I could get his initiation.

So I was plotting away, and I thought I would go and get a job. Luckily it was coming around the summertime and so I did. We have a highway called ‘Highway 9’. If you go north it goes to New York. If you go south it goes to South Jersey. And Highway 9 went right through [New Jersey], very near our house. So I went on Highway 9, south, to where the shopping area of our little town was in Howell.

The shopping area was clusters and clusters of stores. We had this grocery store/supermarket called ‘Food Town’ at that time. Nearby they had pet stores, Burger King, McDonald’s, grooming shops and toy shops. They had all kinds of little shops on either side of Highway 9, and there was one Chinese restaurant there and it was called ‘Happy Family Chinese Restaurant’. My parents and I used to go there to eat and they were really Chinese people because in Howell it was quite rare to come across Chinese people or Japanese people or Vietnamese people at that time. It was quite rare to come across other Asians when I was living there. I think now there are many sorts of Asians of different nationalities but when I was there it was mostly us Kalmyks.

So there was actually a real Chinese family there, a mother, a dad, two sons, and they ran the restaurant. I asked around for some jobs in that area and I couldn’t get them, so I went to the Happy Family Chinese Restaurant. I was a little embarrassed because I used to go there and eat so when I walked in, they thought I wanted to pack some Chinese food home. I actually went there to ask for a job. The lady at that restaurant, the proprietor, was quite a nice lady. She spoke some English and asked what I could do. I said, “I don’t know… What do you need?” and she gave me a job as a busboy and a part-time waiter, which means I did waitering when necessary but most of the time I did bussing. Bussing is where you clean up the plates, dishes and cups after people finish eating. So I got a job and I was like “wow”. I didn’t have to fill out any forms. I didn’t have to pay social security or anything. I was just a kid in the summer, getting a job.

So every single day, from my home I would ride my bicycle and I would go to Happy Family Chinese Restaurant. So at home, I would take a shower, comb my hair, and I would have to wear black pants and a white dress shirt (no tie), and I had to look like a waiter. Then I would ride my bike from my house all the way up to Happy Family Chinese Restaurant which actually took about 20-25 minutes because it’s quite far. If you went by car it was about 7-8 minutes if there was no traffic. So I went to work, and I was really excited because I had a job and I was making like $2/hour and I could get this money, save it up and I calculated that if I worked really hard and overtime, I would have almost enough to make it to Madison. The rest of the money I would figure out how to get it later.

I think my goal was about $400 USD. So, I went to work every day and luckily it was summer. It became summer because the initiation was in July, and summer holidays were in June (June 20th or something like that). American schools would let us out for summer holidays until September. So I was so happy because it was the summer holidays and I could work really hard and I went there and I bussed tables and I cleaned up, washed, wiped, put new tablecloths… so every time a customer came they would eat, and I would clean up then I would take the dishes to the back… And I think one time I had to wash some dishes in the back because their dishwasher didn’t show up. So I was washing dishes and then one of the brothers didn’t show up, so I was also waitering tables. I would take people’s orders (I messed up) and I would balance food on a tray which was a very big production because we had to carry it on our shoulder with one hand, but I was lugging it out with two hands in front of me because I was afraid if I carried it on my shoulder I’d drop it. So I was waitering a little but I was bussing and washing dishes and saving money, and my whole goal was to have enough money to go to Madison to receive initiation from the living Buddha himself, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, bring the initiation back with me, with the texts, so I could do meditations, practices and prayers on Kalachakra. This is what I really wanted to do.

Well, I worked and worked and worked and I met up with my friend Carmen. I told her what I was doing and she just said to me, “Wow you’re a brilliant little kid.” She used to call me a little kid. She said that was amazing and asked how much I had saved up. I told her I had saved up around $150-$180 but I didn’t know if I would have enough. She was really generous and said, “If you don’t have enough, I will top off the rest so you can go.” I was like, “Really?” I couldn’t tell my parents that because my parents didn’t like her. They didn’t want me to associate with her because she was influencing me to study the Dharma so they didn’t really like her.

Anyways, I was really excited and so after a few weeks of working I saved up about $200-$300 and it was getting near the time (about 1 week away) of the initiation. I told Carmen how much I had and she told me she would top off the rest and that I could go on the bus with her, because my parents were not going (for whatever reason). They were supposed to but they didn’t. So they said that I had to make the money and since they weren’t going, I couldn’t go because there was no adult supervision. So I said I could go with Carmen and other people. It was the wrong thing to say but that’s what I said. So they said they’ll think about it and I was like, “Oh no…”. I worked part of the summer for this money to go. Now they were backtracking on their word, which they did quite often.

So, I remember they were in their bedroom discussing whether I could go or not. They were talking in Mongolian and at that time I could understand Mongolian. So I was parked outside their bedroom door, listening intently, and I had a mala (rosary) in my hand and I was reciting Palden Lhamo’s mantra. And I remember the hallway lights were shut and I wanted to make sure I could hear every word.

So, the hallway lights were shut and I was outside their bedroom door (which was closed) listening, and they were talking. They thought I was asleep and I was just reciting the mantra quietly “JO RAMO JO RAMO JO JO RAMO TUNJO KALA RACHENMO RAMO AJA DAJA TUNJO RULU RULU HUNG JO HUNG” and praying to Palden Lhamo, “Please influence them to let me go”. And I listened and listened, and they were discussing back and forth, “he’s becoming fanatical”, “if we let him go then he’s going to go deeper”, “he’s going to be a monk, we better not”. Then they were talking, “but we already promised him”, “he was working and he saved his money, now if we say no it won’t look good”. Then they said, “it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t look good, he’s our son so we’ve got to do what we want with him, protect him”. And it just went on back and forth. They were talking like that.

Finally, after like 1-1.5 hours of discussion (and I was listening to the whole thing), they came to the conclusion that they were not going to let me go. I was in the hallway and I was devastated, and then there was kind of silence in their room and they talked about other things and I thought they’d go back to the subject of whether to let me go. They didn’t but I waited in the hallway for a while. They didn’t talk about it anymore so I went to my room and I kind of crashed onto my bed and put my face into the pillow and I was crying. I was really crying and crying. I cried for quite a long time because I was just so disappointed. I didn’t want anything so bad as this and they had promised and they broke their promise.

I think what upset me very much was I couldn’t go to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Firstly, I wouldn’t get the initiation. Secondly, which they often did to me, was them breaking their promise and it hurts. It hurts a child that an adult or another person would think of something, make a promise and break it. And I think these days I have this strong kind of mindset that when I make a promise to someone, I do my best not to break it. And if I do break it because it slipped my mind, I will make up and I will do it.

When other people make a promise and they don’t keep it or you have to remind them or they’re not really serious (or flippant) about it; it really disappoints me and it makes me be very careful with the person the next time. Because promises are something that you think about (and no one forces you) and then you say yes, and when you say yes and you do it, you develop integrity and you develop a type of trust, and other people trust you, believe you and look up to you.

But if you just make promises and you break your promises and people have to chase you, or for strange reasons you just change your mind, people get disappointed, they get hurt, it leaves a very strong [negative] impression and I don’t like that. I don’t like to hurt people or disappoint people and I don’t like to be hurt or disappointed. So why do to others what you don’t want done to you?

Reliability is when you trust someone and they say they’re going to do it. You rely on them. You kind of plan around that and put your mind towards that and have that resting in your mind that a department is okay or that situation or that promise is okay. And when they break their promise, it upsets what we’re thinking, our plans, what we wanted to do, and I guess the most disappointing thing is that you start to lose respect for the person because they don’t have enough respect for you, anyone or themselves, to keep a promise and to not disappoint.

So therefore, I was extremely disappointed and very sad. My parents had done that many, many times, where they’d make a promise and break it repeatedly. And whenever they promised me things, I had to be very careful in the sense of not believing it or trusting it. I would have to be on extra good behaviour and extra careful not to upset them in any way, that they would backtrack on their promise. So when they said I couldn’t go, although I had enough money (with Carmen’s help) and I had worked the whole summer… and they saw me working. They gave me their permission to work. They gave me their permission to go and get a job and do all this because they didn’t think I would earn enough. They didn’t think I’d get the money. They didn’t think I would achieve the target. They really did not think that because I had never really worked.

So I was a determined kid. For Dharma, I was extremely determined. For Dharma, you couldn’t stop me. So they really didn’t think I’d make it; that I’d get the money together (because it’s a lot of money). But I did, so they were kind of stuck because I did get it and they had to let me go, but they didn’t want to because when they agreed it was because they thought I wouldn’t make it. And it was no.

I remember I went to Carmen and I cried. I cried for days… a couple of weeks in fact. I really cried. I was really upset. I was really down because I really, really wanted this initiation, the mantra, the blessings, the practice, and I really wanted it from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I just really wanted to go home and meditate on this. And it was a “no”. So I told Carmen and she just said, “Never mind, we have our teacher here and he gives us great teachings (which of course he did) and in the future His Holiness might give Kalachakra again and maybe you can go later. Maybe it’s just not time now.” She was right but to a kid who was highly disappointed, I was inconsolable.

So the day came when everybody was going on the bus and Carmen was saying goodbye to me and all that. Up to the last day of them getting on the bus to go from New Jersey to Madison, Wisconsin, I was hoping my mother would have a change of heart. I didn’t get to go. I couldn’t go. When they all went and came back, Carmen told me really fabulous stories about meeting the Living Buddha Dalai Lama, the initiation, the practice, the blessings, she showed me the picture of the Kalachakra deity, she showed me her sadhana book and I was like…I didn’t get to go…

One thing led to another… eventually that year, I left home. It was towards (almost near) my birthday that I left home for the last time in my life because I had run away two times before that. So it was just before my birthday that I left home that year and I hitchhiked from New Jersey to Los Angeles. And I joined the Dharma centre in Los Angeles and then met Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen and met His Holiness Zong Rinpoche, and then Zong Rinpoche invited me to Gaden [Monastery] and then I was able to go to India, become ordained and become a monk. So the rest is history as they say, but I remember that story of how I was so disappointed that I couldn’t go to the Kalachakra initiation.

I thought that I’d share that with my friends. I guess the point of what I’m trying to say is you may not always get what you really want at the time you want it but don’t give up hope. Don’t despair to the point that you ruin your future chances. Keep up the hope. Work towards it. Make the determination strong. Focus and achieve it, because it can be achieved.

Thank you.

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Howell, New Jersey, USA (Route 9). Click to enlarge.

This was the Happy Family Chinese Restaurant I used to work at in Howell on Route 9. It was taken over by someone else later and renamed Sesame Inn, and was demolished in 2002. Click to enlarge.

A thangka depicting the enlightened King of Shambhala (who is a master adept of Kalachakra’s practice) emanating from his kingdom to bring Dharma into the world when ethics decline in the future. It is said those who practise the Kalachakra Tantra create the affinity to take rebirth in the enlightened society of Shambhala which exists on this planet.

 

More About Kalachakra

The Kalachakra is one of the most advanced Tantric practices that were brought from India to Tibet. Kalachakra means the “cycles of time”. The tantra explains both universal and spiritual progress through the use of three cycles:

  • External cycle
  • Internal cycle
  • Alternative (spiritual) cycle

A Kalachakra sand mandala

These three cycles are included in the five chapters of the Kalachakra Tantra. The first and second chapters are known as Ground Kalachakra.

  • Chapter 1 contains information about the outer or physical Kalachakra or cycle. This includes information about the Kalachakra calendar system, the workings of the elements, our solar systems, and the death of the universe.
  • Chapter 2 contains information about the inner Kalachakra, and the functions and classifications of the human body and its experiences. The human body consists of several components such as the winds, channels, and drops, while the human experience is described as waking, dreaming, deep sleep, and the energy of sexual orgasm.

The third to fifth chapters are known as the Path and Fruition.

  • Chapter 3 contains information about the preparation for meditational practice, which is the Kalachakra initiation.
  • Chapter 4 explains the actual meditation practice on the mandala, the deities in the generation stage practices, and the completion or the perfection stage of the Kalachakra’s Six Yogas.
  • Chapter 5 describes the fruit of the practice, the state of enlightenment.

 

How the Kalachakra Tantra Went from India to Tibet

The Kalachakra deities as the main figures

The Kalachakra deity. Click on image to enlarge.

The Kalachakra Tantra reached India through the efforts of a great saint named Kalachakrapada the Elder. It is said that one day Manjushri, who was Kalachakrapada’s yidam (meditational deity) appeared to him and entreated him to travel to the north of India. There, he encountered the Kalki King Aja who is considered to be an emanation of Yamantaka. King Aja bestowed upon him the complete initiation and commentary to the Kalachakra practice. Therefore, Kalachakrapada became the first in the line of Indian masters who propagated the practice.

After he returned to India, Kalachakrapada defeated the abbot of Nalanda Monastery, Naropa, in a debate and initiated him into the practice of Kalachakra. Naropa then legitimised the practice of Kalachakra in Nalanda and initiated great masters, such as Atisha, into the practice.

There are two main lineages of the Kalachakra Tantra that came to Tibet: The Ra and the Dro lineages. The Ra lineage descended from Samantashri, a Kashmiri master, and Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak, a Tibetan translator. Prominent Sakya masters such as Drogon Chogyal Phagpa (1235-1280), Sakya Pandita (1182-1251), Buton Rinchen Drub (1290-1364), and Dolpopa Sherab Gyeltsen (1292-1361) practised the Ra lineage.

The Dro lineage descended from Somanatha, another Kashmiri scholar who travelled to Tibet, and translator Dro Lotsawa Sherab Drak. The Dro lineage was widely practised within the Jonang School. A famous Jonang scholar, Taranatha, wrote a commentary to the Dro lineage of Kalachakra. Buton Rinchen Drub and Dolpopa Sherab Gyeltsen were holders of the Kalachakra Tantra from both the Ra and Dro lineages.

The Kalachakra Tantra came to the Gelug school through Lama Tsongkhapa. It is said that Lama Tsongkhapa had a pure vision of Kalachakra and auspicious signs while examining this Tantra. The deity put his primary hands on Lama Tsongkhapa’s head and declared,

“Concerning the Kalachakra Tantra, you have appeared like King Suchandra himself.”

One of Lama Tsongkhapa’s main disciples, Khedrup Je, who would later be recognised as the 1st Panchen Lama, wrote a commentary to the Kalachakra Tantra.

Today, the Kalachakra Tantra is practised by all Tibetan Buddhist schools, and is prominently featured within the Gelug lineage.

 

Iconography of Shri Kalachakra

The following are the main features of Shri Kalachakra’s iconography:

(Top to bottom): Buddha Shakyamuni, King Suchandra, King Raudra Chakrin, Vajravega and Dorje Shugden. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

  • His body is blue in colour.
  • He has four faces. The main face is blue-black, with a fierce expression and bared teeth. The face on the right is red in colour with a desirous expression. The face on the left is white with a peaceful expression. Finally, the face on the back is yellow in colour and in Samadhi. Each of the faces has three eyes.
  • His hair is tied and adorned with vajrasattva, vishvavajra, and a crescent moon as a crown.
  • Kalachakra wears vajra earrings, necklaces, bracelets, a vajra jewel, anklets, belt, mala, and a loose tiger skin skirt.
  • He has six pairs of shoulders. The first and second pairs on the left and right are blue. The third and fourth pairs are red, and the fifth and sixth are white.
  • Of his twelve pairs of arms, the first four arms (left and right) are black in colour, the second four arms are red, and the third four arms are white.
  • On his twenty-four hands, all the little fingers are green, the ring fingers are black, the middle fingers are red, the index fingers are white, and the thumbs are yellow. All the fingers are radiant and beautiful.
  • In his twelve right hands, the first four black hands hold a vajra, sword, trident, and a curved knife. The four red hands hold a flaming arrow, vajra hook, a rattling damaru, and a hammer, while the four white hands hold a wheel, a spear, a stick, and a battle axe.
  • In his twelve left hands, the first four black hands hold a vajra bell, shield, katvanga, and a blood-filled skullcup. The four red hands hold a bow, vajra lasso, jewel, and a white lotus, while the four white hands hold a conch, a mirror, a vajra chain and the four-faced head of Brahma adorned with a lotus.
  • The right leg is extended and red in colour. It steps on a being named Kamadeva who has four hands and one face. Kamadeva’s four hands hold five flowers, a bow, a lasso, and a hook.
  • The left leg is white, and steps on a being named Rudra, who has a white face, four arms, and three eyes. The four arms hold a trident, a damaru, a skullcup, and a katvanga.
  • Holding the soles of Kalachakra’s feet are two demons, Uma and Rati, who lie in a woeful position.

The following are the main features of Vishvamata’s (Shri Kalachakra’s consort) iconography:

  • Her body is yellow in colour.
  • Her four faces, from right to left, are the colours yellow, white, blue, and red. Each face has three eyes.
  • Her four right hands hold a curved knife, a hook, a rattling damaru, and a bead mala.
  • In her four left hands are a skullcup, a lasso, an eight-petaled lotus, and a jewel.
  • Her crown holds an image of Vajrasattva.
  • Her left leg is extended.

Shri Kalachakra and Vishvamata reside in the centre of the Kalachakra mandala. The weapons and shield held by Shri Kalachakra represent triumph over Mara, and his ability to protect sentient beings. Robert Beer, researcher of symbolism mentioned the following regarding the weapons held by the deities:

“Many of these weapons and implements have their origins in the wrathful arena of the battlefield and the funereal realm of the charnel grounds. As primal images of destruction, slaughter, sacrifice, and necromancy, these weapons were wrested from the hands of the evil and turned – as symbols – against the ultimate root of evil, the self-cherishing conceptual identity that gives rise to the five poisons of ignorance, desire, hatred, pride, and jealousy. In the hands of siddhas, dakinis, wrathful and semi-wrathful yidam deities, protective deities or dharmapalas, these implements became pure symbols, weapons of transformation, and an expression of the deities’ wrathful compassion which mercilessly destroys the manifold illusions of the inflated human ego.”

Source: Wikipedia

 

Kalachakra Practice

The 11th Panchen Lama giving Kalachakra initiation to a mass audience

The Kalachakra Tantra is unique because of its tradition of being delivered to a mass audience. It is said that practising Kalachakra creates the causes for one to be born in Shambhala. One of the benefits to be reborn in Shambhala is so that one can continue spiritual practice without disturbances. The Kalachakra initiation enables practitioners to practise yoga as described in the Kalachakra Tantra with the aim of achieving the state of Shri Kalachakra.

 

Requirements and Motivation

Kalachakra Mandala. Click on image to enlarge.

To be properly initiated into Kalachakra practice, the teacher and disciple should meet certain qualifications. According to the 4th Panchen Lama, Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen, the qualification of a teacher is as follows:

“He should have control over his body, speech, and mind. He should be very intelligent, patient, and without deceit. He should know the mantras and tantras, understand reality, and be competent in composing and explaining texts.”

Source: dalailama.com

The student should have experienced, or at least have intellectual understanding and appreciation of the three principal aspects of the Mahayana path:

  • Renunciation of samsara
  • Bodhicitta
  • Understanding of emptiness

Out of the three, the most important is Bodhicitta, which should be the primary reason for one to be initiated. In the Abhisamayalankara text, Lord Maitreya defined Bodhicitta as “the desire for true, perfect enlightenment for the sake of others.” In the context of Kalachakra, practitioners should have the following motivation:

“For the sake of all sentient beings, I must achieve the state of Shri Kalachakra. Then I will be able to establish all other sentient beings in the state of Shri Kalachakra as well.”

Source: dalailama.com

Overall, there are eleven initiations within Kalachakra practice. The first seven initiations are considered the first set and are about preparing for generation stage meditation in Kalachakra. The second set, the remaining four initiations, are to prepare for the completion stage meditations. Those who do not have any intention to practise Kalachakra are only given the first set of initiations.

 

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  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, May 28. 2020 04:47 PM
    Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche is a very learned scholar, master of tantra whom were respected by many.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us,the wonderful meeting with Kyabje Yonyal Rinpoche in New York.
    It is wonderful and inspiring to see the demonstration of great respect among two great Masters.Thank you very much for the good article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 28. 2020 01:41 PM
    Wow what a great day …..the historic first Kalachakra initiation been held publicly in Tibet, China in the last 50 years. For most by H H the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu. Many highly attained masters and incarnated lamas and teachers and more than hundred thousand over monks and nuns attended this auspicious event. Looking at those beautiful pictures tells us all. So many of them it’s a blessing for them. With so many attending this event has proves that he is indeed the unmistaken incarnation as he is claimed by some as false and a fake Panchen Lama.
    With Panchen Lama as a spiritual leader, his influence made a huge impact on the Tibetans which is on the rise, this would be wonderful. In no time they might accept Dorje Shugden’s practice. Interesting read and blessing been able to see those beautiful pictures.
    Thank You Pastor David Lai for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/historic-first-kalachakra-initiation-by-the-11th-panchen-lama.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 28. 2020 01:38 PM
    Arjia Rinpoche, one of the most important religious leaders to escape Tibet since the Dalai Lama fled into exile. A close friend of HH Dalai Lama and 10th Panchen Lama . At the age of two, he was recognized by the 10th Panchen Lama as the reincarnation of the father of Tsongkhapa who is the founder of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche has spoken openly about unity and harmony in the community during the 30th Anniversary Commemoration of HH the 10th Panchen Lama’s Maha-Parinirvana. He has advised the Tibetans to stop discriminating against Dorje Shugden practitioners. No one should be discriminated just because of differences basis of their religious and spiritual faiths. Dorje Shugden as made a scapegoat by the Tibetan leadership for too long . Its time someone like Arjia Rinpoche or more people to speck up for the sake of world peace and harmony. Wonderful and simple speech yet clearly he spoke bravely on fulfilling the Panchen Lama’s wishes.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of Arjia Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/arjia-rinpoche-says-dont-discriminate-against-dorje-shugden-people.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, May 27. 2020 03:27 PM
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    Houses like this are not only good for living in but working in as well. I would love to work in a environment like this. I’m sure I will be able to think better and work better.Thank you for the good article.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 27. 2020 01:30 PM
    American basketball legend Stephon Marbury has played 13 years in the NBA . Been professional basketball the former NBA superstar , looked to the world of Chinese basketball. Having migrated there he brought the Chinese team to national victory, winning three Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) championships. Marbury applied for and received a Chinese “green card”, as he been popular inspiring players ,bringing the whole team a positive and fighting spirit to victory. He is the fifth American basketball player to receive a green card in China. After all not easy to apply one as a foreigner . He also earned the nickname Commissar Ma for his role as a mentor to the teammates and younger players while playing in China. Wow…China immortalised Marbury with an arena statue, and got him a postage stamp of him. That’s wonderful, as they appreciate of what he has done for China.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stephon-marbury-embraces-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 27. 2020 01:29 PM
    All religions share a similar message of peace and tolerance despite their differences. In the history of faith, there are so many beautiful and inspiring thoughts about creating peace and harmony among communities. We should help out to the poor or homeless regardless of race and of religion. Those Buddhist monks at Dhammarajika Monastery in Dhaka did a good job, in accord to Buddhist teachings. They gave out foods to the poor Muslims during Ramadan the Muslim fasting months. Looking at the pictures tells all. A wonderful way helping the hundreds poor people in the streets . That’s should be the way , well a rare example of religious harmony . Helping and giving are human strengths and weapons against the many arbitrary and malevolent dark forces that plague human existence.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bangladeshi-buddhist-monks-feed-hundreds-of-poor-muslims-during-ramadan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 26. 2020 02:07 PM
    Came across this old post. Inspiring…with worthy words from our Lama to HH Dalai Lama, all Gurus and the world. A New Year of 2011, wishing all guru’s works and supreme aspirations be fulfilled swiftly. Inspiring blessings for 2011,may our Lama ‘s wish be materialized and his teachings flourished to the ten direction. Even our Lama not with us yet the spiritual spirit will always be with all of us. Our Lama will be back soon.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/happy-2011-to-hh-dalai-lama-all-gurus-world.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 26. 2020 01:58 PM
    Religion and politics are two of the hardest things to talk about. Living in a country , we should be given religious freedom to choose what we want to pray. But it not mean we are spy of that country. Disappointed the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) accuses Dorje Shugden practitioners as Chinese agents just because they practice Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche has been accused by the CTA . They said that said Rinpoche was a spy and an agent paid by China. All these were definite not true at all. Rinpoche had received the Dorje Shugden’s practice 30 years ago, been passed down from Rinpoche’s Guru. Many high lamas have been practising Dorje Shugden for the last 400 years, it is ridiculous to say they were Chinese spies too. All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness. But sad the CTA ,having a fuss over it , and has created disharmony among Buddhist practitioners. It’s a matter of choice we choose to pray nothing political related to China. Just because we are Chinese , we are paid by the China , we are Chinese spies, that’s does not made sense at all. Regardless of our race or religion, we all want and need harmony. Hatred and conflict are often rooted in differences between people of different races and religions. We all need to respect people of different races as well as people of different faiths and religions.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tsem-rinpoche-and-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 25. 2020 04:17 PM
    An agreement for living together by mutual consent is a marriage vow . As a similar line of thought, we believe all actual facts and in reality how and why Dorje Shugden arosed. Dorje Shugden arosed as our enlightened Dharma Protector as promised to protects the Dharma teachings. It’s a commitment between Dorje Shugden and Gelugpa lineage for more then 400 years, still going stronger despite all those lies , controversy the Tibetan Leadership trying to create. The Tibetan Leadership is trying to break this strong relationship with all the allegations on Dorje Shugden. Many highly attained lamas and masters had propitiated for Dorje Shugden for years . They cannot be wrong in their practice after all. Dorje Shugde is not a devil or spirits as claimed by some. HH Dalai Lama already said its does not harm and we can practice. With the recent speech in India at Bodhgaya on 2nd January 2020, HH dalai Lama also said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden as a birth deity or land god (Tibetan: kye lha yul lha), THAT WOULD BE FINE.
    Thank you Seow Choong Liang for the wonderful analogy to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/speak-now-or-forever-hold-your-peace.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 25. 2020 04:15 PM
    Megnath a student of our Lama and very much devoted to Bhagawan Dorje Shugden. Did a wonderful sharing with his family memevers and friends back in Nepal . He has trusted Dorje Shugden sincerely and his prayers were answered. Very nice of him spreading dharma as well introducing our Powerful Protector Dorje Shugden practice to anyone he come across. Wow…. He even shared to the school children, every student received a picture of Dorje Shugden from him . May those who see the pictures will be blessed. Looking at those pictures in this post tell all.
    Thank you for Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/dorje-shugden-arrives-in-nepali-school.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 24. 2020 04:56 PM
    Buddhist Temples of Siem Reap , Cambodia is amazing filled with incredible architecture, Khmer Culture. The beautiful temples in Siem Reap is a must-see place when visiting. Buddhist Temples in Siem Reap each year attracted millions of visitors, especially those in the expansive Angkor Archeological Park. Well listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992, there are about 50 Buddhist and Hindu temples dating back to the 12th century within its grounds. Simply amazing to see but I have not been there yet. Would wish to see for myself those beautiful ancient architectural temples.
    Looking at those beautiful pictures paints a thousands words. So many Buddhist temples to visit .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/amazing-angkor-a-guide-to-the-buddhist-temples-of-siem-reap.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 24. 2020 04:56 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Shin, for this inspiring article. It is inspiring to read the biography of George Roerich a man of the highest spiritual harmony in 20th century Tibetologist. He is one of the greatest orientalists, linguists, and encyclopedists of the century. Inspiring of a man who could speak fluently more than 30 European and Asian languages and dialects . He was a brilliant expert in Eastern culture, religion and philosophy , having spent more than 35 years abroad living in India, Mongolia ,Tibet and . As a distinguished encyclopedic-scientist, he was well known in many countries around the world. His incredible work of thangkas paintings which he authored at the tender age of only 23 and books remained a legacy.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/george-roerich-light-of-the-morning-star.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 23. 2020 02:46 PM
    Very rare and precious video , to see how much affection between our Lama and Dorje Shugden was. Its not planned and of a sudden , during Rinpoche visit to that monastery and hotel, Dorje Shugden taking trance . According to the practices of Tibetan Buddhism, there are several ways to induce the trance state including dancing and music. But this was different as Rinpoche was at the monastery, a monk sudden went into trance . In the hotel an oracle monk-in-training took spontaneous trance too. While in trance, Dorje Shugden suddenly entered the oracle-monk in both occasion. Its a blessing able to see the oracles from the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/never-seen-before-footage-of-dorje-shugden-oracles.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 23. 2020 02:43 PM
    Beautiful Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, built in 1679, is the largest Gelug Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province. Known as little Potala to many locals and tourist. Well this magnificent group builidngs of the monastery is so simply amazing. The main structure built in Tibetan style has a gold-covered copper roof similar to the one at the Potala Monastery in Lhasa. I was there few years back , looking at it is a blessing. It looks like a castle, a walled complex with group buildings including living quarters for monks and high lamas. I was so fortunate when I was there the monks were doing prayers . Listening to the prayers , with joy then in a tranquil place to dwell my soul.Offered some offerings to those beautiful Buddhas statues. Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, a hot destination in Yunnan, have been attracting thousands of locals and tourist yearly. A place worthy visiting and going on pilgrimage.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ganden-sumtseling-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 22. 2020 08:11 PM
    Came across this wonderful post of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’ precious teaching collections . Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a highly attained master of the Gelug tradition. He was famous as a sharp analyst and master of philosophical debate, as well as a powerful Tantric practitioner. He had impeccable knowledge of all rituals, art and science. After retiring , Kyabje Zong travelled intensively to the West and embarked on a highly inspiring teaching tour to many countries such as US, Canada , Europe countries and so forth. At the time of writing this havn’t not watch and read all yet. I have bookmarked this post and will read it time from time to understand better. All i can say it rare and precious collections.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/his-holiness-kyabje-zong-rinpoches-precious-teaching-collection.html

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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
3 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
3 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
3 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
3 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
3 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
4 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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