Sleep Paralysis – Medical or Paranormal?

Sep 16, 2016 | Views: 3,795

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Sleep paralysis or more commonly known in Chinese as ‘鬼压床’ is one of the most common paranormal encounters. Hence, most people would have experienced some form of sleep paralysis without really knowing what it is. In fact, you might already experienced one or two of these ‘attacks’.

When we are going through sleep paralysis, the experience can be very scary and we might feel very vulnerable. In some instances, we might even see scary faces or images of supernatural beings that are pressing us down. With a little bit of research, I hope to shed light on this paranormal experience and perhaps bring relief to those suffering from it.

I will like to take this opportunity to thank Pastor David Lai, Valentina and Pastor Jean Ai for their help with this article.

Vinnie Tan

 


 

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What is Sleep Paralysis?

Sleep paralysis usually occurs when one is about to fall asleep or when one is about to wake up, during the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep. During a sleep paralysis attack, one will experience temporary paralysis during which one is unable to move or speak. The paralysis may last between a few seconds up to a few minutes.

While one is paralysed, the individual might also perceive terrifying hallucinations that are made worse with the inability to move or speak. Some sufferers report hallucinations of a black figure standing next to the bed. One of the most common figures to appear is a witch or an old hag who sits on the chest and reaches out with long bony fingers and long black nails in order to strangle their victim. Upon waking up, some will see fingermarks indicating a tussle. Some sufferers might even have an out-of-body experience or other forms of paranormal experiences that are similar in nature.

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Sleep Paralysis – Medical Explanation

According to science, sleep paralysis is something that occurs when we fall asleep and our body is slowly relaxing. Normally, we become less aware as we slowly drift off to sleep. However, we may remain aware or may suddenly become aware while our bodies fall asleep. We will then experience the symptoms of sleep paralysis whereby we are unable to move or speak.

Sleep paralysis does not cause any harm to the body although it can be very frightening for those who experience it. For some, they will only experience sleep paralysis once or twice in their lifetime. For others, they will continue to experience it on a regular basis; it may recur a few times a month or more. While people of all ages and genders experience sleep paralysis, statistics show that it is more common in teenagers and young adults.

Because sleep paralysis occurs when the muscles continue to relax even after waking up, the following habits increase our risks of getting sleep paralysis based on medical research:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Irregular sleeping patterns
  • Age (it is more common in teenagers and young adults)
  • Mental condition
  • Sleeping on the back
  • Substance abuse
  • Usage of certain drugs
The effects of sleep deprivation

The effects of sleep deprivation

When we sleep, our body will alternate between different stages of sleep called REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and NREM (Non-Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. One cycle of REM and NREM sleep will typically last for around 90 minutes but NREM sleep alone takes up to around 75% of our overall sleep time. During NREM sleep, our body relaxes and rejuvenates itself. At the end of the NREM sleep session, our sleep will shift to REM. This is when our eyes move rapidly and our brains become active. This also the sleep cycle during which we dream.

During REM sleep however, our body remains relaxed and in an unconscious state. Hence, if we are suddenly awakened before the REM sleep cycle ends, we will experience sleep paralysis whereby we are unable to move or speak for a short period of time before the body adjusts and we come out of the paralysis.

Sleeping stages

Sleeping stages

 

Sleep Paralysis – Paranormal

Believers of the paranormal explain that the main cause of sleep paralysis is due to attacks of a specific type of spirit. As mentioned before, sleep paralysis happens when we are just falling asleep or when we are about to wake up. It is during this stage when we are half-awake and half-asleep that we will experience these attacks.

This is because at this stage of our sleep, our mind is at its most relaxed and the subconscious mind begins to emerge to the foreground of our mind. As a result, we become highly receptive to psychic energies. During this time however, we are also at our most vulnerable because we are not able to prevent the attacks from happening. It is a time that we are still aware of what is going on and yet, we are unable to do anything.

The following are different types of paranormal beings that are said to cause these attacks.

Lady pressing on a victim during sleep paralysis

Lady pressing on a victim during sleep paralysis

 

1. The “Night Hag” or Old Hag

This paranormal entity goes by different names around the world. To some, she is called the Old Hag; to others, they know her as the Night Hag or just the Witch. According to eyewitness accounts, this being is described as an old, messy female entity.

She is a malevolent entity that will creep on you during your sleep. She will then sit on your chest to prevent you from moving. This is when you have the experience of sleep paralysis. As she sits on your chest, you will feel that it is very difficult to breathe or even move. You are not able to move or make a sound.

Artist impression on the old hag attacking a ‘victim’

Artist impression of the old hag attacking a ‘victim’

As the entity sits and pins the victim down, she slowly extends her long, scrawny, pale-skinned, and long-nailed hands towards the victim’s neck. She will choke her victim and try to strangle the life out of them. There are reported cases that after the attack, the victim wakes up with hand prints all over their neck. Those who manage to escape from the Old Hag’s attacks are able to do so because they are woken up by another person next to the victim. There are also reported cases of people who pass away during their sleep and they have hand prints around their necks. When these people are investigated as murder victims, the case can never be solved.

The Old Hag only attacks her victims at night. The victims often sense a strong oppressing entity around the time of the first few attacks. It is only after the bond between the Old Hag and the ‘victim’ is made stronger by the frequent sleep paralysis attacks that the entity reaches out for their throats.

 

2. Shadow People

These entities are beings that lurk in the corners of a room. It is said that we are able to perceive these beings through our peripheral vision, from the corner of our eyes and just out of our direct sight. For those who experience sleep paralysis, it has been said that it was because they had seen these Shadow People and they usually come together with the Old Hags.

Similar to the Old Hags, Shadow People will also sit on the chest and try to strangle their victims. There was a reported case that the victim woke up from an attack of the Shadow Person that was about kill him and he heard, “I almost got you” when he woke up.

Artist impression of a shadow person choking the ‘victim’

Artist impression of a Shadow Person choking the ‘victim’

 

3. Demons

During the Medieval Period in Europe, night terrors like these often contain sexual overtones. It is believed that the incubus, a lusty male demon would rape women during their sleep. On the other hand, the succubus, a lusty female demon would seduce Medieval European men.

These incubi or succubi enter the sleep of their victims, sit on their chests and lay with them. When the incubus lays with his female victims, he will impregnate them with a horrible abomination. When the succubi lay with their male victims, she will kill them afterwards.Their victims will be held down, paralysed and than raped. The victims will experience the effects of sleep paralysis by not being able to move or speak, hence making them easier to be taken advantage of.

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Is it Medical or Paranormal?

Sleep paralysis has been the subject of debate as to whether it is a medical or a supernatural condition. In the course of my research, and in consideration of the evidence, I believe that it is most likely to be a paranormal phenomenon.

The idea of sleep paralysis as a medical condition does little to explain the paranormal experiences of victims around the world who perceive paranormal entities, hear sounds and many even have hand prints as evidence of what they experienced. Therefore, it is only logical to conclude that these experiences are all due to paranormal activity due to compelling evidence and experience of its victims.

Another artist depiction of what happens during sleep paralysis

Another artist depiction of what happens during sleep paralysis

Ultimately, sleep paralysis cannot be conclusively explained by science. So it is not logical to brush off the paranormal explanations that at the moment seem more plausible.

 

What Should We Do When We Have Sleep Paralysis?

During an attack of sleep paralysis, we can fight it and try to move our fingers to break the paralysis. We can also visualise Dorje Shugden as one with our lama (if we have a lama) and dissolving into us. Then from the crown of our head and our heart, bright light comes forth to shield and protect us within a bubble of bright light. If we are able to, we should also chant OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA (mantra of Dorje Shugden).

An entity about to reach for its ‘victim’s neck

An entity about to reach for its ‘victim’s neck

After we are released from the paralysis, we can burn Dorje Shugden blessed rice together with some incense to purify the space that we are in. This will help to get rid of negative energy present in the area and protect us. Another thing that we can do is to swallow one or two grains of protector rice, and request to be blessed and protected.

We can also engage in the daily practice and mantra of Dukkar, Sengdongma or Dorje Shugden to keep ourselves protected on a daily basis and be free from harm. If the situation degenerates and we need help doing prayers, we can always order pujas to be done in our name so that we will be blessed.

The entity lurking beside a person

The entity lurking beside a person

 

Conclusion

Lastly, I will say that sleep paralysis attacks are something that is quite common and that is why it is said that it happens to almost everyone at least once or twice in their lifetime. I cannot conclusively say that all sleep paralysis attacks are caused by supernatural beings but then again, science is also unable to provide a conclusive explanation for sleep paralysis. Since the chance of getting psychic attacks by supernatural entities is quite possible, I will therefore not rule out a paranormal explanation for such attacks.

The reason for this conclusion is also reflected in the fact that the afterlife does exist and there is plenty of scriptural and experiential proof for this. If we believe in the afterlife, then it is entirely possible for malevolent entities that want to harm us to be able to do so when we are in the transitional stage of being awake and falling into deep sleep.

Hence, I will conclude by saying that sleep paralysis is a condition that is more likely to be caused by paranormal entities. Their reasons for doing so can be anywhere from wanting to take control of our bodies, to raping us, to slowly killing us, or even just to scare us. These entities do exist and there are many methods to protect ourselves once we accept what is happening.

Please watch interesting documentaries about Sleep Paralysis below:

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/10CreepySleepParalysisExperiences.mp4

 

The Entity

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

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  1. N on Feb 26, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Sleep paralysis induce intentionally trick pls? In sleep paralysis if u do radiate metta, it turns in to jhana. Please let me know how to induce it when ever I want?

  2. Yee Yin on Feb 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I have not experienced sleep paralysis before but I did have a nightmare where I was sleeping and a dark shadow tried to attack me, it was quite frightening. As the dark shadow jumped on me, I immediately woke up from the dream. It felt so real. I don’t even know if it was really a dream or it really did happen. Sometimes our paranormal experience happens in the dreams.

    Even though science can explain the sleep paralysis, but I think it is also a paranormal experience. Otherwise, chanting of mantra will not help to release us from being immobile. I do believe spirits can come into our dreams to communicate with us or harm us. My mother always dreams of the deceased telling her what they wanted. When my mother told the relatives of the deceased, it matched with what she was told in the dream.

    I hope I will not experience sleep paralysis. But if I do, I know what to do now, remember to chant Dorje Shugden mantra to ask for help. In order to train ourselves to automatically chant Dorje Shugden’s mantra when we are in danger, we have to chant his mantra every day. This will help us to chant his mantra spontaneously whenever we are in danger or feel insecure.

  3. CL Hor on Mar 11, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Sleep paralysis is quite common for me. Mine are non paranormal. Each time when I woke up, I noticed it was my sleeping position. My heart was being pressured by my arm or pillow. When I got up the scenario was different. I am very sure it has nothing to do with paranormal in spite of the experiences seemed very real.

  4. Anne Ong on Feb 8, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you Vinnie for this interesting and informative write up about sleep paralysis. I don’t remember myself having this experience but it’s a very educational though.

  5. Aldan Chan on Jul 1, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Interesting article thank you for sharing. I`m kinda confused by is it paranormal or science it could be a mystery. I`ve heard stories of this at standard 1. I`ve always been puzzled by sleep paralysis and what happens but finally i got the answer. Thank you for sharing. _/\_

  6. Samfoonheei on Feb 25, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Sleep paralysis whether is science or paranormal.From what i read and hear to me its more paranormal as i do believe in unseen beings do exist after all. Sleep paralysis is more likely to be caused by paranormal distinct existence. I have not experience one before but at least i know now what i can do if it happen to me after reading this post.There are many other methods to protect ourselves just in case,like reciting our powerful mantra of Dorje Shugden( OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA ) .
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing this article.

  7. Pastor Antoinette on Feb 25, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    FOR EXTREME PROTECTION
    A powerful mantra from Tibet to protect from paranormal disturbances. It invokes upon the powerful angel Dorje Shugden, who rides on a mystical snow lion and rescues all that call upon this supreme awakened one from the land of the snows. His avatar has manifested in our world system to benefit us during the most turbulent of times. Dorje means adamantine energy, and Shugden means immovable and unchanging power.

    This mantra is:
    … excellent for those who do paranormal research and must enter into places that are afflicted with negative energies.
    … powerful to protect psychics and astral travellers. For those who do astral travel, it is good to do this mantra before travelling.
    … indispensable for those who visit cemeteries or places where violent energies are present.
    … excellent to give protection for those who are afflicted with paranormal disturbances, and is highly protective.

    Mantra: OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA
    – You can recite this mantra 108 times every day. If you miss a day, it does not matter. Simply continue reciting when you can.
    -Recite the mantra slowly and with concentration during times of distress and fear. Breathe deeply.
    -When you have visitations from spirits, disturbances or negative forces, recite strongly and with full trust. While reciting, request the spirits, disturbances and negative forces to be dispelled into the light. You can include this mantra with any other rituals you may or may not have. There is no conflict.
    -If you have spirits in the house, bodies of water, land, office or where you are residing, wish the spirit well and recite this mantra asking for the light and love to bless the spirit to be on its way.
    -When one is under the influence of hexes/spells and feels abnormally uncomfortable, you can recite this mantra more than 108 times (number up each individual) until you feel the affliction has subsided. It will also help in dispelling bad dreams.
    -If one comes across animal spirits, one can recite this mantra to bless the animal to cross over.
    -It is an overall mantra that energizes the place where we live, work or reside. It is most powerful especially if done every day. It activates and invokes upon the wisdom, compassion, blessings, abundance and protective energies of the ascended and awakened angel Dorje Shugden.

    Meaning of the Mantra
    OM: Refers to the form of Dorje Shugden; as such recitation of this syllable calls upon Dorje Shugden.
    It invokes upon his divine presence to manifest now to bless, help and dispel negative energies.

    BENZA: Represents the awakened mind of Dorje Shudgen, the indestrubtible nature of which is filled with compassion and wisdom inherent in all awakened beings. This increases wisdom within our minds to help us make good decisions to tackle life’s vicissitudes.

    WIKI BITANA: Represents the four energies of peaceful, increasing, controlling and wrathful enlightening activities that are invoked upon depending on the situaion. These are the four energies invoked to subdue, counter, bless and send a spirit on its way.

    SOHA: Represents the exhortation to grant requests. It means bless me with abundance, wisdom, love and fulfilment.
    With this syllable we invoke the blessings of all good things into our lives.

    Source: http://www.dorjeshugden.org

  8. Jeff Weege on Jan 25, 2017 at 9:13 am

    From a buddhist perspective one should question where fear and peace arise from.
    Even if one is in sleep paralysis but at peace one needs to question if one can freely enter in and out of such a state at one’s own will. My point is that it doesn’t need to be paranormal to be frightening. From a dharmic point of few one should be skeptical of even dreams which are most peaceful.

    If one cannot control one’s ability to become peaceful then this should be considered paranormal so to speak also. But paranormal is another term that has arisen due to causes and conditions.

    Perhaps one will say they know this;however, one should keep things clear when on such a pure path so as not to confuse those less knowledgeable about one’s true intentions as a buddhist practioner.

  9. paul yap on Jan 18, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    When i was much younger, i had an experience of sleep paralysis. I was frighten that time and i didn’t know what to do. Even though science has some explanation to this, i do believe that there is some paranormal stuffs going on here. Science has failed to see our world in diffrent dimension beyond theirs microscope and mega telescope.

    With more understanding and teachings from Rinpoche, i have a better solution now if i ever experience it once more.

  10. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 6, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I had the experience of paralysis, when I was in my early teens, then I knew the Amitabha mantra, and i recited it. i could feel the paralysis slipping away as I chanted the Amitabha mantra. Another time i fell asleep on the couch and the front door behind the grill was slightly ajar, and a loud noise I could hear was next to my ear or hearing or my mind. after a few moments of the loud noise it kind of stopped, it was a really unnatural thing I encountered.

  11. TekLee on Oct 16, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you Vinnie for sharing. Actually I had some experience of sleep paralysis before. One that i can remember very well is, it was my first year college, and like many outstation students, I stayed in a student house in Subang with other housemates. I stayed at ground floor, back room (the one the next to the kitchen) with another 2 guys. Yes, we had 3 guys in one room that time :), but very peaceful. And, I liked to lay straight when sleeping last time (like people laying in the coffin) I felt very relax sleeping like that. So, it was an ordinary night, all of us were at the living room, some doing homework, some reading, some listening to music, and it hit mid night 12 something, I was the one headed to the room to sleep first, where the other two room mates were still at the living room, one was relaxingly half lying on the sofa which was facing the sliding door in the living room.
    Half way sleeping, in between the moment of falling asleep and awake, i suddenly felt something was holding and pressing me tightly. I quickly opened my eyes, breathing heavily, but couldn’t move. Couldn’t move at all, couldn’t sit up, couldn’t even move my arms and legs. During that time I only knew how to chant “Na Mo Amitabha”. So I kept chanting and chanting until I could move, I quickly jumped off from my bed, ran to the living room, the moment I reached the dining room (the one before living room, my room mate(the one half laying on the sofa in living room) rushed to the dining room. I asked him what happened, he said he saw a shadow floating pass the sliding door in living room, and he asked me what happened, I said I felt “something” was “pressing” on me in my bed. We both sat there quietly for a while, wait for the other room mate, all went back to the room together.
    After that, I heard some old people told me, those spirits like to lay or sit on people who sleeps straight. From there onwards, I always sleep on my side, until now. I love to sleep sideways. So now, when I stay in some hotels that I feel uneasy, I always chant Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha, until I fall asleep.
    Thank you again Vinnie for sharing. It’s a really good information. 🙂 _/\_

  12. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 5, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Dear Vinnie

    Thank you for the article. I had experienced something that resemble sleep paralysis as described in the article before like 2-3 times before. I can understand the feeling of helplessness like something sitting on your chest and you cannot move. I thought I was having a heart attack. Fortunately the episodes were brief and far in between. The last time I experienced this paralysis was a few years ago. At the time, I have practiced Dorje Shugden and I quickly recited Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha and since then the attack never happen again.

    I guess whenever we experience paranormal or medical attacks – something that is beyond our control – all we can do is recite Dorje Shugden mantra and request for his divine help as I have done time and time again.

    Valentina

  13. Echeah on Sep 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I believe it is more paranormal than medical. Science tries to explain everything but some things can’t really be explained.
    I’ve heard of sleep paralysis from friends and I’ve even experienced a few myself, mostly in my younger days and more so in foreign hotel rooms. The local Cantonese translation of this is “being crushed by the devil”, lol and they say it’s usually when your spiritual resistance is low. While it can be terrifying, I now have full confidence in my refuge in the Three Jewels, dharma practice and knowledge. At this point when you’re in a state of no control, whether in sleep or death or bardo, what can you do but totally depend on our mind, knowledge and whatever attainments. You can’t call out to your partner, your mother or whoever and you’re totally alone. If we are within the mandala of our Guru, created and maintained the affinity, have learnt some practices, prayers and mantras, that is the only thing we can fall back on during those vulnerable states.
    I am grateful for the dharma knowledge and practices that our Guru has so compassionately taught us. If it happens again, there are mantras and prayers that we have already learnt and we can tap on the compassion of our Guru and lineage masters. When Bodhicitta is generated, whether relative or ultimate, spirits do not harm.

  14. Stella Cheang on Sep 22, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Research and studies on sleep i.e. patterns, benefits, brain activities, disorder, dreams and etc were conducted because sleep takes up one third of our life, on average. Sleep is important for normal human because it is the time when the body rejuvenates while the mind rest. Everyone experience different level of deep rest from their sleep. Since sleep is something that everyone experiences but the intensity of the experience varies, therefore this article by Vinnie and the sharing of various experience in the comments are eye-opening. It reinforce the saying that we are all unique and we are all the same. Me too, have my fair share of sleep paralysis in the days before I started studying Buddhism from His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and the pastors, and before I knew about Dorje Shugden and His powerful mantra: Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha. Every encounter of sleep paralysis instilled anxiety and horror in my mind because I do not understand the law of Karma and have no conviction in the Three Jewels. Today, I can be sure to rely on my Guru, the Three Jewels and Dorje Shugden’s mantra if I ever come across sleep paralysis again. Thank you very much Vinnie for this article.

  15. Albert on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:06 am

    It happened once many years ago about sleep Paralysis, when i was asleep and in the middle of the night, suddenly I was awake and realized my body couldn’t move, I tried very hard to sit up but failed to do so, then I started to feel scared as I thought of sleep Paralysis caused by Spirit, I have heard it many times since childhood time, and because it has never happened to me, so all the time I just take it as an interesting story to listen to, but this time it seems to be happened on me for real, then immediately I recite Kuan Yin’s Mantra (Chenrezig in Tibetan) Om Mani Padme Hum, as that time, this is the only mantra I know, after a while of reciting the mantra, suddenly my body can move again and immediately I sit up right and were sweating all over my body.

    Till today I dont know whether my sleep paralysis is caused by Demon or due to the medical explanation in the article. But at least now if it happened to me again, I will recite Dorje Shugden Mantra as I know this Protector is very powerful and he has helped many people to overcome many difficulties and even averting life threatening situation.

  16. Julia Tan on Sep 22, 2016 at 7:02 am

    I believe it’s both medically and paranormally real. I experienced it once many years ago at my house where by I can feel something scratching my arm but I wasn’t sure i was in the dream or awake. I was too tired to wake up. The feeling disappeared when I thought of my Guru H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. Then I woke up. If there’s a being in my room pressing on my or scratching its nail on my arm then it could have come back to me again but it never happened again. But if it’s just a dream why was it disappeared when I focus and thought of my guru? If i wasn’t awake how can I focus on my guru? I can’t explain clearly.

  17. Pastor Chia on Sep 22, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Just like others people,i had experience of sleep paralysis since my childhood time.First time experiencing sleep paralysis is terrifying and scary. i felt lose control of my body can’t move and talk.This problem continue few years back and stop happen to me now. The most serious sleep paralysis is attack by paranormal phenomenon happen until i fall sick after the attack. The Durkar and protector practice i was engaging to counter my problem. By study the dharma, i understand the spirit do existing in the 6 realm.Due to our karmic connection, some people might experiencing the sleep paralysis by the entity.Is important to know, we can realise with the Durkar and Singdongma practice to help this type of problem.Thank you Vinnie Tan for the sharing this article.

  18. June Kang on Sep 22, 2016 at 12:11 am

    你是否相信鬼魂吗?这篇文章和视频都证明了鬼魂存在, 我本身也曾经历过。

    这篇文章也许是让我们去意识到鬼魂的存在,鬼道是佛教里六道轮回之一,鬼道不只是饿鬼,亦有夜叉鬼、罗刹鬼、福德鬼等大能力者。接受鬼魂存在能让我们对他们就没那么的恐惧, 毕竟他们是众生之一,他们也很苦,尽可能把功德也回响他们, 让他们能早日脱离痛苦。

  19. Mingwen on Sep 21, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I’ve heard about sleep paralysis since I was 10 years old. Luckily, I’ve not experience any yet.

    However, I would like to share something not so relevant to sleep paralysis but associated to sleep and paranormal, maybe?

    I used to have the same dream repeating when I was young, I’m not able to remember my dream vividly but I was running around with some other beings, I did not felt scared during and after the dream but I felt nervous and had pounding heart after the dream. I’ve cried during the same dreams and woke up. I’ve dreamt the same dream for few years on & off.

    Interesting yet creepy..good night!

  20. Eric kksiow on Sep 21, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Experienced once until today, i still can remembered the feeling consciously awake during sleep paralysis experiences. It is experienced as part of waking consciousness, not as a dream. And also the immediate environment surrounding the bed is clearly perceived. Immediately i recite ( Namo Amitofo – Amithaba mantra ) for many times. Then only i awake from sleep paralysis causes. <- that's my story.

    Thank You Vinnie for this article and letting more people know about the sleep paralysis causes.

  21. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 21, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    My wife Angel used to have frequent sleep paralysis many years ago and after each attack she described to me the details, similar to what was described here. I poohed poohed her stories and laughed at her, saying she thinks too much of nonsensical things. Not until I fell victim once.

    It felt like I was awake, I could see Angel sleeping next to me. But I could not move nor call out. I felt a heavy load pressing down on my chest yet I could not see any entity as described here but it was difficult to breathe. In my mind the attack seemed to have lasted for ages and there was nothing I could physically do to stop it. The only thing I could do was to chant, in my mind, the sacred mantra of Dorje Shugden. The moment I started chanting OM BENZA WIKI BITTANA SOHA, I felt the load becoming lighter, and it quickly vanished and I was able to sit up in bed. I could not recall if I woke up Angel but I narrated my scary experience to her later. After that incident I never laughed at Angel’s attacks again or at anybody when they shared their experiences. Angel has stopped having these types of visitation and attack

  22. Pastor Antoinette on Sep 21, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I have never heard about sleep paralysis but listening to the many experiences in the group it is for sure real. There are many phenomenen that we are not aware of and sleep paralysis seems to be very common.

    We need to pay attention and realise that our actions have effects and that we create good and bad karma constantly.
    To be born in the spirit realm is very scary because we might be trapped there for a very long time.
    We need to remember how precious our human life is because he have the experience of suffering and happiness.

    If we encounter sleep paralysis, we need to chant Dorje Shugden mantra and request his help. There is also the possiblility to order a puja to Dorje Shugden or toTrakye Puja, the wrathful form of Dorje Shugden.

  23. Khoo Hou Haw on Sep 21, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I personally had experienced sleep paralysis before, but I guess I was the lucky one who didn’t experience anything scary except my body couldn’t move for a few minutes after woke up from a sleep. I did hear from many people who experience it with the phenomenal mentioned in the article. Thank you Vinnie for doing such a good research and provide us with the explanation and the way to overcome it.

  24. pammie yap on Sep 21, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I have heard of sleep paralysis from friends and colleagues and the really sound scary. Just imagine being awake and not being able to move yourself. I think the worst would be, going through it while having some entity sit on your chest trying to harm you.
    Although it is said in the post, that everyone experience it at least once or twice in their lifetime, but I don’t think I want to experience it.
    But we are fortunate, because we have Dorje Shugden’s mantra to chant when we are in those situations and it can help for sure.

  25. Jace Chong on Sep 21, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche, Vinnie and the writer team for the article.

    I have a few times of experiencing sleep paralysis as well. The first time happened when I was a teenager. I have no idea what sleep paralysis was and only know it could be something related to ghost. I was so scared and I struggled a lot to scream out, once I screamed, all the tension on the body gone in seconds.

    After I read up about sleep paralysis, I understand that it could be that our body and mental not synchronized at that moment. So I have a few experiences after that and I didn’t relate it to paranormal. I think it must be my body too tired and my mental was too tension.

    Reading on this article gives me more idea what could it be when we experience sleep paralysis. I will try next time to chant Dorje Shugden mantra to see if the body tension subsided without struggling to scream.

    Thanks for the knowledge 🙂

  26. nicholas on Sep 21, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    There are many unexplained phenomena happening around us. I have heard many cases of such sleep paralysis from friends and some able to see the being and some can’t.

    Personally my experienced was that I was laying on a bed. I suddenly smell an oudor and I know I’m awake. At that time I would like to see who is it but my body couldn’t move and my eyes can’t open. I can only smell. This phenomena last quite long until I fall asleep.

    It’s scary to be in such experience but if we believe in karma and after life then such phenomena is possible. What important is we should learn up the method to dispel or help ourselves when it happen to us such as reciting mantra, prayer, burning protector rice and etc.

  27. Sofi on Sep 21, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    My goodness, Vinnie. I don’t know why but your pictures are scary and it took me this long to time it so it is not before sleep time in case I get a case of nightmare or “sleep paralysis”…. It is interesting that the younger ones get this occurance more often. I guess its to do with them being more active and when their bodies sleep, the minds are not ready to sleep yet. I use have this every now and then. Yup it is very scary feeling that something is going to attack. Before Kechara, I would be chanting the Lord’s prayer and if that doesn’t work then Ami tuo foh. Usually it works. Now I know to chant either the Guru’s mantra or Protector Dorje Shugden’s mantra. I must these worked much faster.

    As Joy mentioned in her comment, it is most probably that I had the karma to have these attacks due to my past transgressions. The next time I will know to do the visualisation that you had kindly shared with us and to burn/eat blessed rice to clear the environment. Thanks Vinnie for writing this interesting and informative article. Enjoyed it.

  28. Moh Mei on Sep 21, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    There is still much to be understood on the subject of the human mind. One thing for certain is what we perceive can easily be manipulated. Magicians for one have been using this “weakness” of the human mind to perform tricks. The world of advertising capitalizes on this trait of human mind.

    When we are conscious and so to speak in control of our thoughts and movements, it gives us a sense of security and this made us even more dependant on all our senses and faculties. When we are put in a state in which one or more of these senses and faculties are removed, most of us will be gripped by insecurities which leads to fear and when fear takes hold, the mind can easily loose hold of its usual processing logic and start playing tricks on us. Don’t talk about sleep paralysis, just blind fold a person or leave someone in complete darkness and most would start expereiencing “presence” around them. Is it just a reflection of our insecurities, a trick of our mind or is it paranormal?

    Logically if these other entities exist, they exist during the day as well as at night but we often associate them with night which I think is because for most of us darkness triggers fear but not daylight.

    I am not refuting that other entities and beings co-exist in our world. I believe 100% they do but it doesn’t mean they are responsible for all unexplained phenomena. While they are many who did vividly encountered supernatural beings as mentioned in the article during their sleep paralysis episodes, there are also many who have experienced the symptoms of sleep paralysis without encountering any supernatural beings. The experience of being choked, difficulty in breathing, heaviness on the chest like something pressing one down can easily be a result of fear, similar to when someone expereince a panic attack. Even in our conscious state of mind (not while sleeping), when fear is triggered, some people experienced temporary paralysis in their waking state.

    I don’t think sleep paralysis are caused by supernatural beings per say but I do agree that because of the way the human consciousness works that during sleep there is stage in which it becomes highly receptive to psychic energies. It’s kind of similar to meditation but during sleep we enter this stage unknowingly and without control. In Buddhism, people believe in karma and karmic affinity. It is said one can only be harmed by or experienced supernatural entities if one has the karma to experience it. As such it is also logical to conclude that not everyone who enter this state of sleep paralysis would also encounter supernatural beings of terrifying nature. I do believe that there is a state of consciousness where the human mind can have access to a kind of portal, a wormhole of sort that allows us to bridge between realms, dimensions and spacetime.

    One might argue if the experience is purely mental, psyhcology or physiological, why then do different people across the world perceived to have seen similar supernatural beings in these encounters. Do not underestimate the power of suggestions. Anything we have seen or heard whether consciously or subconsciously remain somewhere within our mind. And if you believe in reincarnation, this would include everything you have seen or heard in all your previous lives too. Are you really sure what you saw is waht you saw and not suggestive memories? Truth is not a solid matter, it is as fluid and as intangible as trying to grasp on to permanence.

    I am curious though why sleep paralysis is more common in teenagers and young adults. It doesn’t seem to make sense for paranormal expereinces to be selective of age. Or perhaps as we grow older we simply learned to adapt, found ways to sidetrack (I wouldn’t say conquer) our fears or perhaps the hassle and bussle of having to make a living simply doesn’t allow time to dwell on these “insignificant” moments.

  29. Paul Yap on Sep 21, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I totally believes that sleep paralysis most of time is caused by paranormal beings. Sleep paralysis are very common, and it creates lots of disturbance to us. Thanks to Winnie, now i know the different entities who caused the disturbances. With the help of Dorje Shugden, we can recite his mantra to protect ourself effectively..

  30. Edern Tan on Sep 21, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Vinnie!

    Thank you for the really intriguing article… I too believe that sleep paralysis is more of a paranormal phenomenon… I had a few encounters recently which normally occurs after 15-30 mins into my sleep. During the experience I would sense (I won’t confidently say see) “shadowed beings” at the foot of my bed…

    What I normally would do is to force myself to turn and sit up as soon as possible. After, I would recite the mantra of Dorje Shugden and go back to sleep!

    Reciting the mantra really helps to calm myself down and I can be quite timid sometimes when it comes to these paranormal phenomena

    Once again your articles are really interesting! Thank you 🙂

  31. Joy Kam on Sep 20, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Are all sleep paralysis a paranormal experience? I can’t for sure yes or no but one things is kind of true is that it happens more often when you are young, or when you’re a teenager. I’ve had my share of “pei kwai chak” when I was a kid but thankfully I could not see anything! Phew!

    I just feel I cannot move and I struggle a lot to move. I thought at that time it must be the way I slept and that part of my body’s blood was not circulating well, hence I could not move. Usually I will really try my best and push myself to move, and all this while I am wide awake conscious! Eventually I am able to break free from being paralysed.

    One thing we learn in Buddhism is that if you have karma or karmic connection with these beings, you will then experience them. I am glad Vinnie you shared how to visualise our protector Dorje Shugden and our Guru as one and from there lights go out to cover us. I like that info you shared. Thank you!

  32. KarenC. on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks Vinnie for combining all the possible causes of sleep paralysis. I always thought sleep paralysis was caused by tension or fatigue, more likely to be scientific rather than paranormal. It was until i personally experienced once while i was sleeping in a new place, I was totally shocked and scared. I remembered in my dream, while the entity wanted to “attack” me, I couldn’t move at all nor speak. I was so frightened and fortunately when time in need, Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche would help..Visualizing Rinpoche and DS together helped to chase away the entity, the entity disappeared in the air super fast. This is how powerful our guru and protector is..

  33. JP on Sep 19, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you Vinnie for the article on sleep paralysis. I have had a few experiences of sleep paralysis over the years and when it happens you know it’s caused by an entity. This is because most of the time, I’m still awake and I see a figure come towards me very fast. Then all of a sudden I couldn’t move or talk. I also see the entity on top of me pressing me down.

    I usually try my best to move so that I can eventually move my mouth to recite Dukkar or Dorje Shugden’s mantra. Once I am able to move my mouth to recite, I will blow the mantras onto the entity after reciting the mantra for at least 7 times. They would retrack and disappear.

    What helps is to also have an image of Dukkar or Dorje Shugden above the head board of the bed. The person sleeping will be protected from any disturbances.

  34. Sharon Ong on Sep 19, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I have had experiences of sleep paralysis and I used to wake up terrified to death. But thankfully, since I met Rinpoche and started my practices, these episodes are almost non-existent. Even when it does happen, I now know which mantras to chant and have thankfully remembered to recite them. I know Black Manjushri mantra is effective for nightmares and was wondering if it is just as effective for sleep paralysis.

    Great write-up, Vinnie. I enjoyed this post very much.

  35. William Chua on Sep 19, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Science cannot validate the reason behind sleep paralysis so the explanation on paranormal may also be true. Whether you believe in science or paranormal, it is good to know what we can do if we are affected by sleep paralysis. Visualising Dorje Shugden and reciting the mantra Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha will help in releasing us from paralysis. I have also heard from my dharma friend from his personal experience, he has used Trakze mantra (Om Benza Wiki Bitana Rakya Rakya Hung) which is also very effective in releasing from paralysis.

    Thank you Vinnie for the informative article.

  36. jerry_sito on Sep 19, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    感谢温妮您的分享

    关于“鬼压床”, 我觉得无论从医学的角度下身体的生理症状下发生,抑或是从宗教的角度上被灵体干扰的情况,都是可能的,只是倘若您在尝试医生或药物治疗的情况底下,都没有改善的话,抑或是你已经明确的感受到你受到灵体的攻击,那么请您快速地透过以上非常有用的方法,来祈请多杰雄登护法(文殊菩萨的愤怒化身)与上师融入我们的心间加持我们,念诵多杰雄登护法心咒以去除邪灵的干扰,然后透过熏护法香粉加护法米来加持整个环境,而多杰雄登扎泽 ? http://bit.ly/29rxxiA ?修持法门更是一个强大有力对治黑巫术(降头)与邪灵的有效法门。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  37. Wylfred Ng on Sep 19, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Thank you Vinnie for the research and sharing.

    I personally do not encounter any sleep paralysis before. But i do believe that sleep paralysis is cause more on paranormal side. There are so many unknown conditions that cannot be explained.

    I believe that the protective mantra like Dorje Shugden mantra,Dukkar mantra will stop the sleep paralysis.

    Thank you

  38. Edwin Tan on Sep 17, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Dear Vinnie,

    Thank you for the well-written and researched article.

    I have my fair share of sleep paralysis when I was younger, lesser now… exactly what you mentioned about teenagers or young adults will have it more frequent.

    During the experience or the moments, I do not see a witch or shadow people or demon… however, when I am unable to move, but I can sense beings beside me.. or jumping around my body.. sometimes one being… other times 3 or 4… those were really horrifying experiences, and I thank Rinpoche and Buddha for their blessings and protection as no harm came to me on those occasions.

    As advised, I do chant Lord Dorje Shugden’s mantra or Lord Setrap’s mantra to calm myself and force myself out of sleep paralysis…

    Whether it is scientific or paranormal.. it is always better to seek Buddha’s protection 🙂

    Thank you.

  39. Colin Tan on Sep 17, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Nice write up Vinnie..

    I use to always have this feeling when i get sleep deprive over a certain period of time. But thanks to my daily sadhana and prayers to DORJE SHUGDEN, am now sleeping more at ease.

    The article u wrote is informative. I now understand that theres different sleeping patterns ie… nrem and rem. And at the rem stage, the eyes flickle and all… maybe thats the reason why it felt like i could see something.

    Thanks to u also, i am more afraid… haha. Theres more paranomal that i now know. Hmmm…

  40. Choong on Sep 16, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Physiological or paranormal? I think it may be either.

    Here’s a good summary of current sleep science understanding:

    http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/brain_basics/understanding_sleep.htm

  41. Choong on Sep 16, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Physiological or paranormal? I think it may be either.

    Here is a good summary of the current understanding in sleep science:

    http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/brain_basics/understanding_sleep.htm

  42. Fong on Sep 16, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Personally, I think there is more to it than what science can explain.I have experienced sleep paralysis myself many times over the years.

    There was no reason for that to happen, scientifically. So, now I believe in the paranormal. This is also because whenever I remember to chant Dorje Shugden mantras when the sleep paralysis happens, it goes away instantaneously.

    If the supernatural is there, what else is there that we cannot see but feel them like the way we feel the wind? Can we see the wind? If we cannot see the wind, can we safely say there is no such thing as the wind?

    Thank you, Vinnie for another very interesting article.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

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

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

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
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    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
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    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gedun-nyedrak-an-abbot-of-gaden.html

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
1 year ago
According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
1 year ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
1 year ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
1 year ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
1 year ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
1 year ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
1 year ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
1 year ago
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
1 year ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
2 yearss ago
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
2 yearss ago
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
2 yearss ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
2 yearss ago
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
2 yearss ago
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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
2 yearss ago
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
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
2 yearss ago
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss 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
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  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
  • December 31, 2020 14:46
    Jose Ajuria asked: What are the qualities of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha
    pastor answered: Dear Jose Ajuria, Here is a short article that discusses the qualities of the Three Jewels: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/taking-refuge-by-pabongka-rinpoche.html For a more in-depth text regarding this, please read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). The text describes the qualities and benefits of taking refuge in each, in much more detail. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 30, 2020 09:55
    Dan asked: Dear pastors, some vegetarians said egg can eat. While some say no. What is your opinion on this. Thank you
    pastor answered: Dear Dan, Thank you for your question. There are differing views on eggs as part of the vegetarian diet. Some people would say that since eggs we get these days are not fertilized, then they are vegetarian since there is no life involved at that point. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche was vegetarian but consumed eggs, as long as they were free-range and organic, because Rinpoche was against the battery farming system which produces the majority of eggs these days. There is a lot of animal cruelty involved with battery farming. Most people who do not include egg in their vegetarian diets do this because of the harm is causes the hens during the farming process, and also because they can view eating eggs as taking a life. That being said, within Buddhism, there are certain practices that strictly prohibit the consumption of eggs, as with other types of food. This can be for a number of reasons, which are too long to be discussed here. I would say that most people in the Kechara organisation eat eggs although vegetarian, but that may also be a cultural thing. Some people however, have taken the extra step and live a vegan lifestyle, which definitely does not include egg, as an extension of their practice of compassion for other sentient beings. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • December 5, 2020 00:25
    Bradley asked: Would offerings or prayers like Sangsol offering be more potent if we had the prayers translated to the language of a given geographical area? Example in England where Celtic was once spoken? Would the local deities or spirits be pleased we took the time to do so? They are far older than us.
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your interesting question. Actually the sangsol prayers will be effective when done in any language. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that when you recite the sangsol prayer, you are actually invoking upon an enlightened being first, in this case, it is Dorje Shugden. Therefore, when you make the requests of the local deities to accept the offering, be calm and improve local circumstances etc, it is not coming from you. You are actually beseeching Dorje Shugden to help you in this matter. Hence, it is Dorje Shugden who is communicating with the local deities, not us. Secondly, deities and gods, as they do not have physical bodies, do not require ordinary language. Language as we know it is actually linked to our physical bodies. Local deities and gods, etc, because they don't have the same type of physical form as us, actually recognise our prayers through intention and effort rather than language. Therefore, prayers such as the sangsol prayers are effective no matter which language they are physical recited in. I hope this makes sense, if it does not, please let us know and we will clarify further. Thank you.
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From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
9 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
9 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
9 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
10 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
12 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
12 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
12 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
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
12 months ago
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
12 months ago
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
12 months ago
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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