Toyols: The Child-Spirits

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Dear friends,

Tales, myths and folklore are embroidered into the very fabric of society, especially in Southeast Asia. There is a wide spectrum of ghost myths in the region, especially in Malaysia as the result of the remnants of old animist beliefs that have been shaped by Hindu-Buddhist cosmology, the Islamic religion, as well as influence of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Arab cultures.

I am sharing some of these common mythical spirits with you as many have grown up hearing about these creatures, but do not know much about them, or what to do if they encounter such beings. It may also help you to gauge if your family members or friends are afflicted by these beings. By reading this article, I hope that more people understand the nature or functions of these beings, and to not disturb these creatures or cause further sufferings to their already miserable existence. Engaging these negative spirits to do non-virtuous actions, such as stealing or harming others will create negative karma for both the person giving the instructions and the spirits themselves. Therefore, it is best if we do not engage these creatures to do negative deeds and instead, we should develop compassion for them.

For those who have been affected by these negative beings, you can do the practices of Singdongma and Dorje Shugden for self-protection.

Pastor Shin Tan

 


 

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What is a Toyol or Tuyul?

A Toyol, or Tuyul is a mythical spirit in the Malay mythology of Southeast Asia, and especially well-known in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. It is said that a Toyol is a child-spirit invoked by a bomoh, a Malay witch doctor, from a dead human foetus using rituals and black magic, while there are also myths that describe Toyols as lost children of Pontianaks or Kuntilanaks, the spirits of women who died during pregnancy or childbirth.

Toyols carry out instructions from their masters or owners who control them. These spirits are usually used to steal or to do mischief. Older Toyols are more vicious, and more inclined towards violence compared to their younger counterparts. If you encounter constant disappearances of money or jewellery from your home, it could be the work of a Toyol.

 

Origins

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Malay mythology expert, Dr. Mohd Taib Osman said that the tradition of keeping Toyols originated from Mecca, near the Kaaba Muazzama (Grand Kaaba), a building at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram. Other sources said that there is a pillar in Al-Masjid al-Haram that can be embraced in order to own a Toyol or Genie (or Djinn).

 

Appearance

Toyols are commonly known to have the appearance of a small child or baby, naked with a big head, pointed ears, sharp teeth, small hands, clouded or red eyes and usually greenish or grey skin. They are similar to goblins. They can be seen with naked eyes, but they are very good in hiding in order not to reveal themselves.

There are also other accounts of their appearance as young children around five years old, with rough patches of skin all over their faces.

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How Toyols Disturb Us

According to old village tales, people keep Toyols for selfish but petty reasons. They are used to steal, create disturbances, and perform other minor crimes. Serious crimes, such as murder, are usually beyond the capabilities of these Toyols.

There are no known warning signs that a Toyol is around, except when things go missing often enough and other factors have been ruled out. Toyols who are hungry or without an owner may also drink the blood from the big toes of people who are sleeping. Therefore, sometimes small bite marks on the big toes are also indications that a Toyol was present.

Toyols are also known to steal or kill other babies, possibly due to jealousy for not being given the opportunity to live. Toyols and Pontianaks/Kuntilanaks are known to be very much attracted to pregnant women due to their precarious state of being. Thus, pregnant women are advised to be careful of these supernatural beings during their pregnancies. In Asia, pregnant women are often warned against going out at night to protect themselves from these beings.

Recently, there was also news that a lady, Mariam, had her money withdrawn from her bank account without her consent after a Toyol stole her ATM card. The case became widely known after Mariam reported the incident to the police.

Mariam showing her police report relating to the case of her missing ATM card and cash withdrawal from her bank account

 

Invoking a Toyol

In order to be the master of Toyol(s), a potential owner should obtain a still-born foetus or a body of a dead child. After that, he/she needs to engage the services of a bomoh to call the spirit and resurrect the body of the dead child. Thereafter, the Toyol will obey the owner after a pact or ‘contract’ is made between the owner and the Toyol.

The ownership of Toyols is transferable from one person to another. Sometimes, Toyols also roam freely without owners, making them vulnerable to bomohs who would like to catch them using relevant black magic.

The Toyol is either bound to its reanimated body or to parts of it – the bones – or other objects infused with a special ‘corpse oil’. In most accounts, a Toyol spirit is housed within a static effigy. The effigy is usually encased individually in a bottle, jar, or urn. Some effigies can be in the form of the actual corpses of dead children. However, there are also claims that carvings from certain types of wood, metal or clay in the shape of a child can also be used for this purpose. Rituals are then performed on the sculpture to invite the spirit into it. There are also cases where wooden tablets are used to house Toyols.

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“Captured” Toyols in bottles

 

Keeping a Toyol

Toyols will do every bidding of their owner or master, ranging from doing petty mischief to causing problems for the master’s ‘enemies’. However, they do not work for free, and their wages should be equal to the task at hand.

A Toyol is mischievous but yet has the characteristics of normal children. Hence, objects common to the pleasure of normal children, such as milk, clothing, candies, toys and so forth, can be used as offerings to keep the Toyol happy and entertained.

It is said that to enhance the power of the Toyol or to keep the Toyol under control, the owner must feed the Toyol with blood. Some literature states that a Toyol must be allowed to suck blood from the big toes of its owner, or from the breasts of a female relative of the owner, or the owner herself (if the owner is female).

Blood feeding has to be done regularly or most likely daily. Although some less fussy Toyols may be satisfied with blood from chickens, many would request human blood. The danger of blood feeding is that the Toyol’s appetite would increase as it performs more tasks, until the point when it may require fresh blood from an entire human adult to satisfy its craving.

What would happen at the end of the “contract” between a Toyol and its master is not very clear. It could be that the body, effigy, tablet, or the urn of the Toyol would be buried in a graveyard (with the relevant rituals), and the spirit would then be laid to rest. An alternative method is to dispose of them in the sea. If these methods are not performed, the Toyol would haunt the family members of the masters.

Puspitasari from Dusun Joho Clumprit, Jombang, Indonesia who allegedly caught 11 Toyols and kept them inside plastic containers.

Puspitasari from Dusun Joho Clumprit, Jombang, Indonesia who allegedly caught 11 Toyols and kept them in plastic containers.

 

How to Protect Yourself from Toyols

Although seemingly mischievous, Toyols are supposedly not very intelligent. It is said that like children, they are easily distracted and deceived by marbles and sand, strands of garlic hanging on the doorpost, live crabs and so forth. The Toyol would start playing with these items and forget its task in the intended victim’s house.

Money placed under mirrors has the potency to ward off Toyols because they are afraid of their own reflection. Needles can also be placed under cash to ward off Toyols because they are afraid of being pricked/harmed by the needles.

For those who have been affected by these negative beings, it is good to apply either one of these two methods, Singdongma or Dorje Shugden to protect themselves. You do not have to be Buddhist to engage in these powerful methods from Tibet for protection from these supernatural beings.

 

True Stories

There are many accounts of eyewitnesses or true stories online about Toyols. Below are some to share with you.

Bomoh Aunt & Toyols
When he was around 8 or 9 years old, Sylvester’s friend was called to his aunt’s bedside, an aging bomoh who suffered from asthma and bronchitis. The boy was given the instruction to go to the kitchen and look below the stove where his aunt’s Toyols were kept. Under the stove, his friend found four small glass jars. Inside each jar, there was an entity that reminded him of a bat, but it was not a bat, he said. They were naked…no hair, and they were only six inches in height, with little fingers, like you would see on a human foetus…and he could see them moving around inside the jars. They were blackish or dark brownish with a little pinkish tone in colour, Sylvester said. His friend opened the jars, and as each jar was opened, the Toyol would disappear and vanish into thin air. Several hours later, the old woman, the Bomoh, died.
Source: http://forum.forteantimes.com/index.php?threads/the-toyol-asian-money-stealing-ghost.15165/

Toyol in the Village
When she was a child, Tan was familiar with the stories about Toyols as some people in her village were rumoured to keep them.

Toyols are believed to be dead babies that have been revived through some demonic rituals. These small creatures, which serve the person who revived them, are said to be green in colour with red eyes and need to be fed small amounts of blood regularly.

Toyols are also believed to be somewhat mischievous and would suck the blood from the big toes of a sleeping person. If instructed to steal, it will only take half of the victim’s treasure.

“Usually they were kept inside a tempayan (a clay jar) and placed under a stilt house, away from everybody. My mother would remind us not to run and play in that area under my neighbour’s house.’’

Curiosity made her want to see the creature, she said, “but the consequences of my action always stopped me at the last moment. Personally, I accept these ghosts or hantu as one of life’s mysteries.”
Source: http://forum.forteantimes.com/index.php?threads/the-toyol-asian-money-stealing-ghost.15165/

Toyol from Mecca
Indeed, it may sound like nonsense, but the story is not fabricated. This story happened about 10 years ago in one village. I would not mention the name of the place. I would tell the story so that we all can learn from it.

Mr. Aji brought back a Toyol from Mecca. I know this because he lived not far from my village. Plus, I used to go to that village to visit my relatives there. So I knew the background and the real story. The man was in his 50s and had a family. Life was not difficult for him, but he wanted to get richer, so he went to Mecca with bad intentions. He was there because he wanted to find Toyols, and not for pilgrimage!

When he arrived in Mecca, the first thing he did was not to go on pilgrimage, but instead he went to look for a type of sharp iron rod that could be used to attract Toyols. Upon returning to his house in the village, he used incantations and spells together with the rods. He then installed the rods at the four corners of his two-acre farm as a ‘fence’. As a result, anyone who came into his farm without asking permission would be possessed by spirits.

After his fencing effort, his farm that previously could only earn him about RM2,000 to RM3,000 a month started to produce amazing results. It was said that he could earn RM8,000 to RM10,000 a month. People were asking as to who was working on his farm? Around the same time, many villagers also started to complain about losing money. In fact, some of the villagers saw the Toyol ‘thief’ flee to the man’s house.

Presumably after enjoying a more luxurious lifestyle, the man could have forgotten or did not want to honour the requests of his Toyol. From what we know, the Toyol could have demanded either milk or blood from the owner’s wife, or blood sucked from the owner’s big toes. Because the Toyol’s demand was not fulfilled, the Toyol then started to become enraged and disturb the residents in the neighbourhood. Even my brother-in-law had also spotted the Toyol before. The incident happened in the morning when he was sending his son to school, and he saw the Toyol perched on a tree. He was not the only one, many in the neighbourhood also saw the Toyol. There were also school children whose feet were bitten by the Toyol.

When the man was holding a feast, the villagers would not attend. When the villagers held any feast, they did not invite him. In short, wherever he went, people would avoid him. The man was totally isolated in the village, living in his own world, with his Toyol.

What this man committed and the resulting chaos that swept the village finally reached the ears of his siblings and relatives. They were embarrassed by the man’s actions. One day, his brother came and scolded him. The brother urged him to immediately repent, ask for God’s forgiveness, and return the iron rods taken from Mecca that were used to fence the farm.

The man then admitted his mistakes because despite living in luxury, he could not stand being ostracised by the villagers and his family. Finally, he brought the iron rods back to Mecca and repented in earnest in front of the holy mosque, regretting his past actions. Since then, there were no longer complaints of Toyols being sighted or petty thefts in his village.

Maybe there are those who think that the story is superstitious nonsense, but I want to stress once again that the incident was real. And I think I have to tell you this story so that we are all aware that properties amassed through illegal means will be punished by God.
Source: Mastika, July 1997, http://jalanakhirat.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/toyol-dari-mekah/

Toyol in a Bottle
In Pekan, Malaysia, villagers had discovered a bottle containing what they described as a Toyol. The black figurine measured 15 centimetres in height and was as large as a human fist. The villagers described the figurine as having a greenish tint with blood-red eyes. The bottle also contained sand, a yellow string and slices of onions. The figurine was exhibited in a museum in Pahang, and later on released into the sea.
Source: http://andhikatharuna.blogspot.my/2006/03/toyol-di-pahang.html
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In this video below, several young people share their Toyol encounters or stories, and their thoughts:

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

There is also an Indonesian movie that tells a story about this mythical spirit. I have included the trailer here:

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Tuyul2015.mp4

 

Conclusion

The existence of Toyols may not be scientifically proven. However, these mythical beings continue to live in the psyche of the people in Southeast Asia where there are occurrences of petty thefts or other events that cannot be explained. In the Philippines, there is a similar type of child-spirit called the “Tiyanak”. In Cambodia, they are called “Cohen Kroh,” and in South Korea, “Do Yeol”.

It is best not to contact or engage in any activity with these supernatural beings. However, as Buddhists, we should develop compassion for all beings, including spirits. Although we may not be able to help them at this time, we can always dedicate our merit and prayers daily so that these beings would find better rebirths in the near future.

 

References:

  • http://www.answers.com/topic/toyol
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyol
  • http://zakticonsultancy.blogspot.my/2010/11/what-is-toyol-or-tuyul.html
  • http://ghostmalayculture.blogspot.my/2011/10/toyol.html
  • http://www.theparanormalguide.com/blog/toyol
  • http://www.dunia7misteri.com/2015/08/asal-usul-tuyul-dan-bagaiman-cara-menangkapnya.html

 

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  1. nicholas on Sep 10, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    It’s really sad to see this child spirits being used by the bomoh or anyone for bad intentions. The spirit child may not understand what they are doing but just follow the order from the master. By right we should do more prayers for them to take good rebirth but there is always someone out there trying to do something harmful for their selfish benefit. Just imagine if we have our unborn child being used as such or ourselves fall into such condition and being so helpless but just to follow the instruction from the master.

    Really hope that people will stop this kind of activity. Instead of using the little one for bad intention, make more prayers and offering to the enlightened one to collect merits for the kids to take good rebirth.

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    There are sometimes no easy short cut to success, we have to work put in the time and thought to the work to achieve any form of success.

    Shortcuts such as leveraging other worldly beings using dark arts, creates karma that we will be slave to other people in future lifetime as well. There are no free lunches in samsara

  3. Julia Tan on Sep 1, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Being a toyol, they do not have a choice. The most scary one is not the toyol, is those who created this and those who carry this out. They are child spirits that not even have a chance to live yet these bomoh used them just to fulfilled their selfish needs. I hope whoever that read about this article, do share this with your friends so that more people know about it stop doing this.

  4. Mingwen on Sep 1, 2016 at 8:19 am

    The “Toyols” must be suffering so much, just because they are abandoned, young and immature. Human beings get used of them to feed their greedy, selfish and short term needs. In the end of the day, we are going to pay back for doing such negative activities that bring no benefits AT ALL. etc., reversely control by the “Toyol” when we are weak due to high blood loss and finally realized that it does not worth it to involve in such negative activities.

    Everything we do, we will need to bear with the consequences, negative or negative.

  5. Pastor Chia on Sep 1, 2016 at 4:06 am

    I had witness few cases of people keeping toyols to fulfil their wishes since my childhood time. But the result of this practice are horrible causing more damage that you can imaging. Until i study buddhism and understand the cause and the effect to be born as spirit. Sometime i think human greed are the most scary than spirit. To fulfil our greediness, human can using such practice to get what they want. Whose doing this practice when they dying time come, due to their negative karma, they cannot pass away easily. Just imaging when the child spirit seeing their owner passing,they lose dependency from their owner and wondering to get support, they will find next target. I had witness a women posses by child spirit and keep sucking her own blood. If people ready have compassion must stop this practice immediately and do prayer for the child spirit have better rebirth.

  6. Albert on Sep 1, 2016 at 3:23 am

    While reading this article, it just kept reminding me of how selfish and cruel human are, to fulfill our selfishness, we harm the people around us, we torture the animals and kill them, we did black magic and used the spirits, just to fulfill our extremely selfish wish, luxury life, money, properties, win money from gambling, get good career, etc. They wanted to have great achievement with minimal effort spent.

    It is very unfortunate for baby to passed away before even step into their human life, after they died, their spirit was used to harm others, they were used to create more negative karma for themselves without knowingly, how sad.

    I wonder will there be a day where human noticed the damaged they have done and stop doing it, the day they can feel what the animals and spirits feel and decided to stop harming more life being. I hope this day will come.

  7. Khoo Hou Haw on Sep 1, 2016 at 2:18 am

    It is sad that beings like Toyol are manipulate by human to fulfill their greed and desire. Just like what Pastor Shin mentioned in the beginning, these non-virtuous actions will create negative karma for both the master and the toyol and both have to pay off for these negative karma eventually. I wish that this kind of selfish practise will stop with the grow of dharma knowledge and compassion in people.

  8. June Kang on Sep 1, 2016 at 12:57 am

    While reading this article, I just feel very sad that the child spirit was just kept like this and being used to harm others. All this is just because of a human’s greed. Wish all of us when doing our daily dedication, please dedicate to them for the good rebirth.

    Thank you Pastor SHin Tan for this article which is very information and educational.

  9. Eric kksiow on Aug 31, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Since at my very young age i have been heard a lot of stories regarding about ” child-spirits ” and peoples are using ” child-spirits power ” to look for money, love and etc.. And these ” child-spirits power ” mostly are from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

    Always advice peoples or customers in Kechara Paradise outlets never ever deal with spirits.

    PST added a very good point in this article :

    It is best not to contact or engage in any activity with these supernatural beings. However, as Buddhists, we should develop compassion for all beings, including spirits. Although we may not be able to help them at this time, we can always dedicate our merit and prayers daily so that these beings would find better rebirths in the near future.

    Thank You PST _/\_
    Eric kksiow

  10. nicholas on Aug 31, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    It’s dangerous when one getting too attach to their greediness and being ignoracne to their selfish action come up to the point making harmfull action not just towards others but also themsleves. They may not realise the consequenses from having a Toyol as their greed being fed but in long therm it will not serve them better.

    It’s sad to see thia small being being totured in such a way even after they have passed away. They are just another child that we hope they can take good rebirth. If we can’t help them but at very least we should not toture them in such a way. When our greed control our mind there are so many unresoanble act we will engange.

    Religious learning and practice is important to train our main just like Dharma for example. We should focus in it not only for our own benefit but also able to share and help others.

  11. Pastor Henry Ooi on Aug 31, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    It is best not to dabble in the occult to get something temporary that cannot be good or beneficial in the long run. For such practices always resulted in the persons having to give more than they got. The desire to have more without working hard for it and the means of achieving it is very detrimental. Along the way, others got hurt. And the karma comes back to the persons who hurt others.

  12. pammie yap on Aug 31, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I used to hang out at my primary school best friend’s house after school. In her house, there is a room which has a huge altar. Her uncle follows Thai Buddhist tradition and some other things I do not understand. There was one time she showed me a small bottle with a child figurine inside and told me it’s a child spirit. I even took the bottle and looked at it for quite some time. There were quite a lot of them on the altar. I didn’t understand then but now come to think of it, quite scary.
    Her uncle is still practicing the tradition till today. But I am not sure whether he still keep them.

    Whatever it is, I feel that it is not right to keep those beings and make them suffer more. We should be kind to them and release them instead.

  13. Pastor Moh Mei on Aug 31, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    What is disturbing about Toyol or spirit child is not so much the spirit itself but that it is a testament of the extent of human greed and lust for power, control, wealth and revenge.

    As part of KFR team discussion on this topic we watched an episode of The Paranormal Zone Season 1 entitled “The Curse of the Ghost Child”.

    It is very information and educational. This knowledge gives us understanding about the cruelty we are doing to these spirits by keeping them and that the kind thing to do for them is to release them and let them go back to their world.

    It is even more compassionate if we can dedicate our merit and prayers for these beings to find better rebirths in the future.

  14. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 31, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    This is very scary. To use a foetus for your greed or desire is so bad. Nobody can expect something positive from such a practice. We have seen the TPZ Tsem Paranormal Zone episode together with the Kechara Forest Retreat Team on child spirits and in this episode the master released the child. This is something positive but I hope that such practice will disappear for the benefit of all.

    Thank You Rinpoche for giving us always Dharma and thank you Pastor Shin for this article. And thanks to Li Kim for the interesting TPZ episode.

  15. Jace Chong on Aug 31, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this informative post about Toyols. It’s very interesting Toyols or any names in similar form appear in only Asia.

    With materialism is getting stronger in our time, people greed for things that most of the time don’t mean to be theirs. Using Toyols is one of the way they can fulfill their desire but it’s not a deal without terms. This deal itself is not a healthy thing as the motivation of it is solely selfish.

    What I can see for this Toyol phenomena is people who have power utilize the wandering child spirits to do bad things. It not only something bad from the person, it forces the innocence spirits to do something bad too. This bad circle will go on and on, and the owner will not enjoying what they get for long.

    May people have more compassion to these innocence child spirits. Om Mani Padme Hum!

  16. Anne Ong on Aug 22, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Very interesting write up on Toyol. All these while i thought it was something that was made up by those old folks like folktales. Now I know it really exsist.Thank you for sharing this knowledge with us Pastor Shin. Hope to read more great stuffs from you again! 🙂

  17. Beatrix Ooi on Jun 20, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Very interesting article on child spirits. When I was little, I lived with a family member who had a child spirit which we’d call him, ah Boy. He lived in a doll house, and we were not allowed to touch the house at all. The only time when I saw the interior of the house was when this family member opened up the door to place some offerings. I didn’t know what it was until these recent years, I am sure that the child spirit was kept to ‘help’ improve the business.

  18. HelenaC on Jun 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you Pastor Shin for this interesting article, Its is very sad to know someone souls got controlled to create so many bad things and negative karma. I feel so so sad for the unborn babies got used by those people because of their greed and selfishness.
    Frankly it seems scary but I don’t think they will be harmful as they are just a child and a lost soul, they still need love and care. its true we can’t help much but at lease we can recite DS mantra and dedicate for them to have a swift and good rebirth.

    May all beings be blessed by Dorje Shugden and remain unharmed.

  19. shelly tai on Jun 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you Pastor Shin for this interesting write up about child spirits. While I reading this blog post it keep make thinking that this unborn baby is very pity because they have to be used in such a way to commits even more negative karma , of cause the person who keep them is even commits more bad karma there is samsara to us, so for us as a buddhist we should practice whatever the Buddha have taught us in order for us to avoid this kind of rebirth.

  20. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Jun 6, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Dear Pastor Shin,

    I have never heart about Toyols and can not imagine that anyone would keep one. There is no way to want to be richer would be a reason because not only they steal but the owner of the Toyol has the karma of using a child-spirit on top! That is so bad!

    I feel so lucky to know about Karma, Reincarnation and Dharma! We can protect us against negative energies with the Dorje Shugden mantra Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha. I rejoice for more people to know about Dharma, Paranormal, Spirit realm and much more through this webpage.

    Thank you Pastor Shin for this interesting article!
    Thank You Rinpoche for making this available to us.

    Pastor Antoinette

  21. Edward Ooi on Jun 5, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I definitely believe in the existence of Toyol. I have heard quite a few stories of it, I have also heard that many people would travel hundreds of miles to shamans in Thailand just to buy Toyol from them. People often use them to steal money, but in some cases, the owners would use the Toyol to attract the people they like. And some owners of the Toyol feel that they no longer need it or it does not serve any purpose anymore, they would just toss them away. They were also stories where some people would abort their babies and sell it to shamans for money.

    I really have no idea what is actually going on in people’s mind. How can they allow their greed to take over? Because of their greed, the poor child spirits have to go through all of these sufferings. It’s just not fair to the spirits. Although they are dead and they are spirits, they still have feelings just like any other human being. Their lives are already hard (being a spirit), so we shouldn’t be adding more pain or making their karma worse.

    I honestly pity the Toyol for having to take such rebirths. Thank you Pastor Shin for writing this article, this article surely has increased my knowledge about Toyol and how to protect ourselves from them.

  22. Guillermo Soelter Mora on Jun 5, 2016 at 2:30 am

    In the West we have the “The Familiar” spirit. It is the witch’s helper & he gives his blood to his familiar. Seems the Anglo-Saxons are the ones who mention it most maybe from Celtic origin.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 5, 2016 at 3:43 am

      Interesting, I haven’t heard of “The Familiar” before. I did a Google search and it seems a familiar spirit may also appear in animal form. In this way, it differs from the Toyol which appears in child-like form. And it seems like the owners had an almost affectionate relationship with their familiars… I haven’t heard of stories where people have had a similar kind of relationship with their Toyol.

      I’ll do a little more reading on this, thank you for bringing it up. By the way, you may also be interested in this other recently-released post about ghosts and spirits: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=102477 It was written by an author who also sighted a Toyol herself.

  23. Stella Cheang on Jun 2, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Toyol is a mythical spirits we heard of when growing up. It is disturbing to know that human beings cannot leave these spirits/ creatures alone. Human beings resort to manipulating or controlling these spirits / creatures for selfish purposes.

    From this article, I learnt that Toyol is actually a child spirit, used by their human masters to steal or do mischief. Even though they might not possess the ability to do large damage or kill, but the malevolent nature of these deeds are expanding the negative karma of both the human masters and Toyol endlessly.

    The several accounts of true story of Toyol is very interesting. I particularly like the story of Mr Ali. The moral of the story basically emphasize that selfish material gain in the expense of fellow villagers will not bring happiness. Fellow villagers eventually find out and see through him.

    The facts on how we know Toyol is around us (money goes missing) and what they feed on (milk or blood by sucking the big toe of the master, etc) can be handy for us to identify & recognize such beings. It is very new to me that Toyol originated from Mecca, the heart of Islamic belief.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this informative article. I learnt something new about mythical being, Toyol.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  24. JP on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    I have never had any experiences with toyols or child spirits. I have heard many people in Malaysia talking about their experiences. As mentioned in the article, toyols are usually kept by “masters” who use them to help steal something such as money, jewellery or to get more businesses.

    I was told that businesses in the gambling and prostitution industries usually keep toyols to help them bring in customers. That’s why we see gamblers throwing candies under the gambling tables to distract the toyols who are supposedly making them lose money.

    I don’t believe it’s a good idea to keep toyols as there are heavy karmic repercussions for using spirits to obtain things. There are also dangers to the “masters” when the toyols become out of control. This is an example of what people will do to satisfy their greed.

  25. Hayden Chan on Jun 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the post . I heard about toyols before I heard it from a cartoon called “Upin & Ipin”They said they can count to ten only.

  26. Pastor Adeline on Jun 1, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Another interesting and educational article I have learned a lot from. Thank you, Pastor Shin!

    I first came across Toyol when I was helping out at a family’s friend’s canteen business. The Toyol was kept in a small glass bottle and I was told a bone of a dead foetus was in there. I remember the owner and his family used to offer incense and milk few times a day. The family had it for the business.

    I remember when I first learned about it, I thought very naturally that this was not a good thing to do. It is rather unacceptable to hurt a spirit in this way. Being reborn as a spirit is itself undesirable and bitter. A spirit suffers from many conditions which differ due to negative actions did previously. Imagine one has a huge amount of negative karmas to be dealt with and continue to generate more. There is no end to it.

    I urge everyone to not engage with spirit for any reasons. Nothing is free and it is not worth the while to do anything that might cost our life. Persistence, hard work, care, positive thinking if we want stable and guilt free results.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 5, 2016 at 3:49 am

      Erk I’ve never seen one before. But thanks to someone who can see them, I know my old neighbour kept child spirits in his home. I used to burn Protector incense on my driveway and he left me a note asking me not to do that because the smoke bothered him. I told my friend about this and she said, “It doesn’t bother him lah. It bothers the child spirits.”

      I asked her what she meant. She said in the wee hours of the morning, around 5-6am, she can see the child spirits playing in his driveway. She asked me to consider why he never locked the gate to his driveway when he went out, and it’s because the spirits protect the house in his absence and he’s confident of that. Even though I couldn’t see the spirits for myself, I stopped burning the incense anyway. I didn’t need an unnecessary dispute with a neighbour over smoke…

      Anyway, you brought up a good point Pastor Adeline, which had not crossed my mind before. Using the Toyol is actually trapping them in that kind of existence whereby they are forced to perform negative actions and hence accumulate a lot of negative karma.

  27. pat ng on May 31, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Thank you for sharing this scary information about toyols/child spirit. Felt very sad for the spirit ..wonder if the child have a chance to take rebirth again because it is being under controlled or bind. I don”t think all toyols are bad, it all depands on the owner.if the owner use it for a good purpose then it is good eg. if a person is lost and send the toyol to go help find that person then it is for positive purposes but if the toyol is sent to steal ,kill or harm people, then it is really bad.It is advisable not to engaged in this type of practice because it is dangerous and not beneficial in the long run. You might gain something at first but you might lose your life in return.

  28. Sarah Yap on May 31, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Very interesting, thank you for sharing these information about Toyol.

    I remember when I was studying in college, the apartment unit that I lived in had some supernatural disturbance. It never occurred in my room, and I believe it’s because I have an altar with Lama Tsongkhapa and setrap in my room. However my other housemates experienced some disturbances in their rooms. Things would move by itself and eventually, one of them had a scratch on her leg, which looked like tiny fingers scratched them. After that incident, they got afraid and consulted a witch doctor who told them that there’s a toyol in our house, possibly left behind by it’s owner. My friends that thought back when they first moved into the apartment, they remembered removing a verse from the quran that was pasted on the wall by the previous tenant. It then occurred to them that the previous tenant must have had the same problem, and the quran verse was to protect them.

    The witch doctor, to test his theory, he asked my friends to leave green beans at every corner of the house and all the way out to the corridor, with the hope that the toyol will play with it and be led out of the house (like hansel and gratel… lol). But when we came back after college, we saw the greenbeans was a mess inside the house, as if someone played with it (we closed all the windows in the house).

    When I told this incident to one of my Dharma sister at that time, she advised me to print out Dukkar pictures and paste it all over the house and inside my friend’s rooms. After we did that, I never heard another word about my housemates being disturbed again. Not sure what happened to the toyol… poor thing.

  29. Wei Theng on May 31, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Thank you Pastor Shin for this article to give us more information on Toyols. Growing up in a Malay village, i used to hear some stories about Tayols but my mother used to warn me to not get closed to it as it may harm us. This is the first time i get to know that it is originated from Mecca according to the Malay tradition, interesting.

    It is really sad to know that the Toyols are made from the pre-matured or aborted or miscarriage fetus / child spirits and are used to do work assigned by the “Master”/”owner”. Some masters from the Thailand or Taoist said they help the Toyols by assigning them work so that they can collect enough merits for reincarnation. However, it is not really logical or according the Buddhism. If we want to give them more merits, we should do prayers and dedication for them for good rebirth. Besides, most of the time, the “work” assigned to the toyols are non-virtuous, eg stealing or tasks that for the owner’s personal gains eg wealth, fame, relationship, etc. These tasks will cause more negatives karma to them and cause more sufferings to them. 🙁

    As it is highlighted, Toyols are spirits and are not enlightened and their clairvoyant are limited. We would not know their help will benefit us or harm us in the long run. When we request them for help, in return, we have to give back something too. Besides, Toyols also have anger, attachment & jealousy. If the owner do not do what they have promised to the toyols, they may in turn be disturbed by the Toyols. So, it is best we do not get any Toyol or seek for their help. Would be better to do more good deeds in accordance to the law of karma and right livelihood to get what we want. Or seek for Buddha or Enlightened Dharma Protector such as Setrap or Dorje Shugden’s help as we know at least they are compassionate and will not harm us.

  30. Boon on May 30, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you Pastor for your sharing.

    In Thailand, there is lukok which is also made from a dead foetus. Just like toyol these are very powerful beings which can cause very serious harm.

  31. Cynthia Lee on May 30, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    A few years ago, I went for the The Paranormal Zone’s Season 1 (http://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-paranormal-zone-season-1) first ever documentary shoot and the topic of focus was on toyols, the child-spirits. The version between the Malay mythology is different from the Taoist version. I witnessed the Taoist version where the bomoh was performing a ritual for the child-spirit to be released from its bound to its owner. In this scenario, the child spirit was used to keep a loved one at bay. However, the older it gets the more uncontrollable it became and the owner got scared.

    These fetuses were usually obtained from abortion and they have to be at least 4 months old when aborted. They were then sold for approximately RM6000 to bomohs who will use them to do their biddings according to a potential owner’s wishes thus collecting negative karma even as a spirit.

    The whole situation spells SELFISHNESS on all levels with a driving factor for money predominantly. What drives a potential owner to use child-spirits while hurting many others during the quest are usually for wealth, relationship, fame, power and revenge. What they want can only bring temporary “happiness” while plunging deeper into samsara and creating heavy negative karma.

    Like what Rinpoche has taught before, negative karma leads to more negative karma. We can never cheat the working of karmas, so it’s best to stay away from using supernatural methods or any means at all to gain wealth, relationship, fame, power and revenge.

  32. chris chong on May 30, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Dear Pastor Shin,

    Thank you for this interesting article about Toyols. I had enjoyed it very much.

    Toyol is one of the most popular supernatural beings being talked about when I was young. However, there is this mystery and spookiness surrounding the topic and no one actually knows much about this being. ALL I know is this being is a child being resurrected and bound by magic to serve the master.

    Involving in black magic that bounds spirits and cause harm to others create great negative karma. It may seems beneficial when they get their dirty deeds done, but in nature the master is creating suffering for himself and the child spirit. We should not exploit these beings as their are suffering already and we are adding to it. Plus, nothing will ever come out good from involving with these supernatural beings.

  33. sweekeong on May 30, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    I too heard from my friends who came from the countryside where black magic is still being practice. The people there have various way of using spirits and that child spirits are used to steal money. When money suddenly gone missing family members would take notice. After checking no family members being mischief thus external being would be suspected as the cause.

    I was told that the local custom of chasing the child spirits, one such way, is whipping the living space with a horsewhip. Being a Buddhist a prayer would better though because prayer will generate merits for the child spirits to have better chance of good rebirth instead of being trapped and continue to suffer. Imagine myself being imprisoned in such small bottle indefinitely without family. It is very sad.

  34. CindyH on May 30, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    In reading this article, (apart from benefitting from the well-organised information on Toyol), it becomes apparent that when consumed by greed and desire, people can really conveniently ignore the repercussions for dabbling with the “supernatural”, in this case, Toyol, to satisfy an immediate materialistic need or as a quick fix. Perhaps it is even fuelled by the misguided notion that it is “safe” to do so as there are “ways to control” those beings. However, in life, rarely there is such thing as a free lunch and there are consequences for everything. From a secular view, currying favours from the Toyol appears to be like a carrying a ticking bomb as the “price to pay” for such “services” arbitrarily compound on its own and it might reach to a point where it becomes too much to pay (thus blowing up in your face).
    From a karmic perspective, basically if the Toyol is in that particular form, it is definitely not due to good karma (especially considering that it had a human rebirth but the life was cut so short that it didn’t even lead a life as a human before it is enslaved). Then, logically the results cannot be overall positive. Further, how would capitalising on the suffering of the Toyol and perpetuating it translate to good karma? Even if one supposedly intends to use Toyol for good deeds, the first thing to consider is really how “pure” such motivation is? In addition, it is dangerous to liaise with Toyol (or the master) since both can be quite volatile since they are governed by their own emotion/delusions and any help given can turned out to cause problems instead. At the end of the day, if we really want to seek such assistance, much better to place our trust in enlightened beings who are not only reliable but have the clairvoyance to deliver assistance best suited to us overall.

    Thank you Pastor Shin for such an informative piece.

  35. Lew on May 30, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I live in Malaysia and I grow up with this kind of stories, even though I have not seen one myself. Luckily (or not) I have not had the chance to meet a toyol, as I have heard so much “horror”/”evil” story about them.

    I am sure Toyol has some sort of power as so many has relied on them. However, as these beings do not have full clairvoyance, they will do things which they think is good, but not necessarily good for us in the long term.

    The toyol had the karma to become a toyol, and they probably have no choice, so instead of just seeing them as harmful being, we need to be compassionate to them as well. We should not “use” them and make them collect even more negative karma.

  36. Sharon Ong on May 30, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    As I grew up listening to stories about Toyols, Pontianaks, Polongs and Langsuyars, this post immediately caught my attention.

    I find it interesting that tradition of keeping Toyols originated from Mecca, near the Kaaba Muazzama (Grand Kaaba), the holiest place for the Muslims. It would be interesting to see how this tradition came about.

    Thank you, Pastor Shin for this fascinating write-up on Toyols! Looking forward to seeing more of stuff like this.

  37. Wah Ying on May 30, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    First I heard about toyol when I was young. There was a man stayed in the next residential area near my house died. He died in a sudden, did not leave any message to the family. After his dead, wierd things happened – there were stones throwing out from his house, to anyone trying to go near the house. it happened for few days. At first we did not know what was happening. Later we were informed that that was the act of toyol owned by the man. When he was died he did feed the toyol and his family have no knowledge about he has kept toyol in their house all these years. The hungry and unhappy toyol got angry and throwing the stones out of the house. Later, the family asked some bomoh and solve the problem.

    Keeping toyol and instructed the toyol to do some misdeeds, whether you are a Buddhist or not, with the motivation to further one’s own interests, is something we should not be doing. What goes around will comes around.

    For us, we should not rely on toyol or spirit to fulfill our wish, even the owner or the spirit is “good”, with the intention to help people so to collect merits. Because unenlightened beings like spirit does not have ability to see that far to get a solution that is benefiting you in long term. Therefore we should not rely on them.

  38. bengkooi on May 30, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    By the way, for those interested to learn more about Toyols, watch Season 1 Episode 1 of The Paranormal Zone starring Phng Li Kim. The episode is called ‘The Curse of the Ghost Child’ and Li Kim actually has an honest-to-goodness run-in with a ‘live’ toyol. Watch on Syfy Channel or get the DVD here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-paranormal-zone-season-1

    • Wei Theng on May 31, 2016 at 12:31 am

      Agreed, this is my favourite episode for the The Paranormal Zone – Season 1. I like to watch especially the part that Li Kim put her finger into the mouth of the Toyol….. ee…. Must watch!! 🙂

      TPZ-S1

  39. Doreen Toeh on May 30, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    The first thought that incurred to me is that it is such disheartening to know that the “TOYOL’ are a beings of small baby that have passed or die prematurely, and have suffered, as being not able to be born and lived. Much sufferings have they encountered, and yet they are kept as beings that roams around and doing task that is not ethical and harmful to people. The selfishness of the people who creates this toyol is so great, not considering the cause that they have created for themselves. The consequences of this act is so great that it also effect the family members and the surrounding community. It is great that this article is shared and research, and to have this awareness that “TOYOL” existence is real and it is something that we should take it lightly and play with.

  40. bengkooi on May 30, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Fortunately, I’ve never encountered a toyol myself but I’ve known childhood friends whose families cultivated them. Actually when I was younger, i used to be fascinated with local spirit beings like pontianaks etc and would sometimes glance out of the window at night to see if there was one floating outside. Luckily there never was one!

    I enjoyed this short and sweet article about toyols, especially how such beings are common all around the world especially in Asia. I guess mankind always looks for unseen help and usually, the easiest is calling upon the assistance of spirits. What most people don’t understand tho, is that by engaging the help of spirits, we actually run the risk of harming not just them but also ourselves. I dont mean just the harm caused by the negative karma that we and the toyol accumulate through engaging in negative actions, but also the harm caused by borrowing good karma from the future to get something that we should not get.

    In this part of Asia, many people consult seers, mediums, soothsayers etc to get advice, to have their wishes fulfilled etc but it is really dangerous to do so as either we nor they have the foresight to see what harm may befall us when they intervene to help us. So bottom line is, don’t seek help from any being unless they are enlightened!

  41. Paul Yap on May 30, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I believe many of us have heard about toyol before, the stories always ended up with the master giving up the toyols (if they are lucky enough to give up earlier), or the master were dead directly caused by the toyols.
    Spirits is always a big no no for us. The spirits would seems to be nice and helpful to some of us at first, later we always lose control, the spirits will always trick us and eventually harm us. We should never connect with these beings, and never use them for any personal benefits.

    For those who has encounter toyols, a remedy was mentioned by Pastor Shin in engaging Singdongma or Dorje Shugden practice.

  42. Jason on May 30, 2016 at 2:48 am

    I heard Toyols very long time ago especially from Thailand. Some says Toyols can help the master to bring more business or wealth .I really don’t agree with those take advantage of Toyols. S/he is in spirit /ghost realm, we should help them to transcend spirit realm. The jobs given by their master will create more negative karma because most of the job are self benefits.
    Thanks Pastor Shin for the clear write up and let us know the way to tame s/he and protect ouself from Toyols by recite Dorje Shugden mantra.

    Jason

  43. Ng Jesvin on May 30, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Thank you Pastor Shin Tan and Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    I love to read and watch supernatural stories, documentaries and also movies since I was in primary school. I read about the stories of Toyol when I was in secondary school in a Malay Novel, I couldn’t find more information about Toyol except asked my Malay friends around me. What they explain to me were similar to Pastor Shin’s write up. In fact Pastor Shin write up have completed my curiosity on Toyol over the 20 years.

    Over the years I read a lot of things related to supernatural beings. The more I read or watch, the more I scared because I don’t know what can I do if one day I really meet these supernatural beings.

    Thank you for Rinpoche for bringing dharma to us, with the dharma knowledge, blessings from Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden my mind become stronger and stable. Through learning, understanding and practicing compassion I am now getting better and better when I read the article, documentary and also movie regarding supernatural beings.

    Thank you very much.

  44. Pee Bee Chong on May 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin Tan for the sharing.

    My understanding of the articles is as follow:

    Toyol is a child-spirit invoked by a bomoh from a dead human foetus using rituals and black magic. They are commonly known to have the appearance of a small child or baby, naked with a big head, pointed ears, sharp teeth, small hands, clouded or red eyes and usually greenish or grey skin. They are similar to goblins.

    Toyols carry out instructions from their masters or owners who control them.However, they do not work for free, and their wages should be equal to the task at hand. These spirits are usually used to steal or to do mischief. Older Toyols are more vicious, and more incline towards violence compared to their younger counterparts.

    There is no warning on Toyol’s existence except things go missing or small bite mark on the big toe, because hungry toyols drink blood from big toe of people who are sleeping

    To invoke and keeping the Toyols. A potential owner will obtain a still born foetus or body of a dead child, engages service of bomoh to call the spirit and recurrent the body of the dead child. The owner will then make a pact with toyols. In most accounts, a Toyol spirit is housed within a static effigy. The effigy is usually encased individually in a bottle, jar, or urn. A Toyol is mischievous but yet has the characteristics of normal child. Hence, objects common to the pleasure of normal children, such as milk, clothing, candies, toys and so forth, can be used as offerings to keep the Toyol happy and entertained.

    For those who have been affected by these negative spirits, practise Singdongma or Dorje Shugden can protect themselves irregardless of their religious

    Engaging stealing or harming others will create negative karma for both the person giving the instructions and the spirits themselves. It is best not to contact or engage in any activity with these supernatural beings and as Buddhists, we should develop compassion for all beings, including spirits. we can always dedicate our merit and prayers daily so that these beings would find better rebirths in the near future.

    Thank you
    Pee Bee Chong

  45. Pastor David Lai on May 28, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you Pastor Shin. I love your writeup here and it gave a good background to Toyols. I am sure they exist My parents had experience with toyols a long time ago before I was born in a house in Taman Desa. It left my mom extremely fearful for spirits and the paranormal for the rest of her life. She likes to relate her story but do not like to talk about it too much and absolutely refuse to watch horror movies.

    But there was nothing really bad except as my parents were not harmed. There were just a lot of things that went missing. Perhaps, i might blog about that one day. Anyway, good job Pastor Shin. This writeup is indeed fascinating and I can see you have put in a lot of research especially with the real life stories. Very fascinating.

  46. Fong on May 28, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Growing up, there were a lot of such stories that abound, scaring the living daylights out of us kids. I used to check my toes every morning and was very scared to go out the front door at night, which suited my mother fine as she was very traditional and did not like girls to go out after dark! As i got older, I used to think that it was something cooked up by the mothers in the neighborhood to keep their young children home after dark.

    Reading the article made me realize that our mothers were right after all. And, thanks to the kindness of Tsem Rinpoche, I now know how to protect myself and won’t even think of going near any place that is rumored to house the presence of such a being. Before, this I think my only response would be to scream and run helter skelter.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for highlighting the danger of engaging with this being and the remedy should we encounter it.

  47. Sofi on May 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you Pastor Shin for this informative and interesting story on Toyol. Being a Malaysian, I had grown up listening to stories and even now have heard of people inviting Toyol to boost their fame, fortune or for vengeful deeds.
    From the Taiwanese talk show which I watch from time to time, it seems quite well known in the Taiwan nightclub circle for the hostesses to visit Thailand where they invite the Toyols back to boost their clientele and commission. Of course there are repercussions when the Toyol’s demands were not met and that’s usually how the stories became exposed when the masters/mistresses seek help to be rid of their charges.
    As we learn from our Buddhist teachings, what we do bad will come around to bite us, so we should definitely refrain from engaging in this wrongful deed. We should have compassion for the Toyols as they are bound by spells to do bad things and can only be free if their owners release them or their owners dies.
    Thank you Rinpoche for having this article published on your blog site.

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jun 14, 2016 at 3:31 am

      Dear Sofi,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Indeed, there are many who are under the impression that engaging Toyol is ok, some sort of a service because of their ignorance.

      I agree that we should definitely refrain from engaging in this wrongful deed and as we know more, we should also advice our loved ones and friends regarding why they should not engage in such ‘contract’ with a Toyol because of the consequences.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-real-compassionate-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:27 PM
    n the remote mountain highlands of eastern Tibet, there exists a unique lineage of female spiritual practitioners at Gebchak Gonpa. A nunnery of more than 350 from all the Tibetan schools of Buddhism came to study and practice Dharma, upholding rigorous meditation and yoga practices. Gebchak’s yogini nuns are famed for their accomplishments in profound yogas and meditation. These women have devoted their entire lives to practicing the Dharma. Interesting read of those Gebchak’s yogini nuns lives, as stated in the post.
    Sadly, during the cultural revolution the Gebchak Gonpa was destroyed and the remaining nuns were dispersed. Yet many of them continue preserving their unique female yogic tradition who had survived the Cultural Revolution. Today, new generations of nuns and lamas are preserving Gebchak’s practice lineage rebuilt and re-established Gebchak Gonpa, despite extreme physical hardships.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gebchak-gonpa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:42 PM
    Thank you, Mr. Martin, well write-up this article of great-lamas-masters great-masters speak truly all about Tsem Rinpoche. We as students have seen and heard of all Rinpoche wonderful and extraordinary qualities. Rinpoche not only cares and loves all his students and even to strangers as well. Nor matter who you are regardless of race and faith Rinpoche will be too willingly to help. That’s Rinpoche’s nature a Bodhisatva . Rinpoche had made a way from Us to India and then Malaysia just to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. Rinpoche as advice by his teacher to be in Malaysia and that’s where he established many departments to benefits all sentient beings. Reading through this post tells us all Great Masters, Lamas, Geshes and many highly attained Lamas and Masters specking what is true the same qualities of Rinpoche. Rinpoche was very kind, generous, giving, compassionate, always doing charity, giving to the poor, raising funds, sponsoring. Described Rinpoche as someone highly intelligent and extraordinary person. Interesting read , may more people reading this article to have a clearer view of Rinpoche.
    All I could say is that Rinpoche had showed us the light of life. With folded hands , may we able to meet Rinpoche again in this life and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-masters-speak-about-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:40 PM
    Interesting biography of a great Lama Zanabazar was a renowned painter, sculptor, architect and costume designer. He was known as“Michelangelo of Asia”, for his artistic skills which were matched by his literary prowess as a Buddhist scholar, linguist and poet. Zanabazar as a historical figure played an important role in propagating Buddhism in Mongolia. He had established Mongolian unique cultural identity. Zanabazar was the first Bogd Gegeen or high-saint-of-mongolia or supreme spiritual authority, the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Outer Mongolia. He is believed to be a Geluk protagonist whose alliance with the Dalai and Panchen Lamas was crucial to the dissemination of Buddhism in Khalkha Mongolia. Interesting read with all the rare pictures shared.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zanabazar-the-first-high-saint-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:12 PM
    Looking at those very unique house been built simply stunning. Creatively with nature indeed , salute to those architecture who has such a wild ideas and innovations building such an incredibly unique houses in nature. No easy though but everything is possible.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/into-the-wild.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:11 PM
    Truly stunning Kuanyin Statue also know as”Goddess of Mercy” Statue designed by Portuguese architect . Very serene with the huge golden statue seemingly floating over the sea at high tide. One of the underrated landmarks in Macau. It is believed that when this statue is built, Macau has become more prosperous, peaceful and economically better. Many locals and tourist visited this beautiful Statue and it’s a popular spot where they will walk along the sea watching sunset. Merely by looking at this Statue is a blessing. Those beautiful pictures tells us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:07 PM
    Beautiful Yonghe Temple in Beijing, China known to some locals as the‘Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple’ has three world-record masterpieces. This temple is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism built during the reign of Emperor Kang Xi (1694). Very impressive buildings and a great insight into Chinese Buddhist temples with 300 years of history . The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.
    Looking at the restoration and conservation work of the Lama Tsongkhapa Statue in Yong He Gong is not easy after all. Thanks to Liu Yuming,77, restoration masters of China’s Cultural Relics. He had done a good job helping to preserve those rare cultural relics left in China. It is indeed a uphill task that needs a lot of patience , skill, delicate , and love . Interesting read even though it an old post. Would love to see this master piece of Lama Tsongkhapa Statue one day .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/an-age-of-restoration.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 01:47 PM
    Sometimes a single image can speak much louder than words. It’s very painful to see the abused and made to suffer of a Monkey and Child.

    It is really sad to discover how many animals sacrificed for fulfilling our taste buds. and not only sacrificing their life.

    Why don’t we try to eat more vegetables instead of eating more animals. Vegetables are healthy too, you know! And do you also know that being vegetarian or vegan will not only make you become healthier, it will also make you feel more energetic.
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:59 PM
    A legendary figure of Buddhism in Buryatia was Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, charismatic Buddhist master and visionary and national hero, who had spread the Tantric Buddhist tradition. Interesting read of this forgotten story of Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, a monk who briefly ruled as a dharma king. He amazingly created a nonviolence Buddhist kingdom who protected thousands of women, children, and men at that time. In 1920’s Soviet government considered Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov to be rebels and Traditional Buryat culture was erased since then. Buddhist monasteries in Buryatia were destroyed and many followers were murdered. He was well remembered as a true Dharma King and a national hero. Interesting read of a Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lubsan-samdan-tsydenov-the-dharma-king-of-buryatia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:57 PM
    We came to this world with nothing and leaving with nothing. There nothings that belongs to us. Whatever we own is temporary on loan only, so we should be glad in this life we are in human form. We should appreciate what we have at this moment, , doing , learning Dharma and practicing Dharma for a good and meaningful cause. Transforming our mind and benefiting others instead of ourselves.
    What Rinpoche had said and explained , very true indeed … we don’t own our body. Well use our body for the greater good of others. Reading the transcript by Tsem Rinpoche tells us more understanding .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-you-dont-own-your-body.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 11:20 PM
    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, it’s truly amazing. Each one of these statues is special and drool-worthy, and they have rightly signified the place where they stand today.

    Even when we don’t have the opportunity too witness those beautiful Buddha Statues, yet we are blessed merely by looking at it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:19 PM
    Reading this article again, truly feeling sorry those refugees in Netherlands. Staying in another country far away from homeland is already sad. They need to start from scratch, could imagine their situation living in a foreign facing a lot of hinders such languages, cultures and so forth. The sad state of refugees living in Netherlands is really bad. The Netherlands has had a reputation as a humanitarian haven, with refugees and immigrants as the situation in their country isn’t safe enough. But entering as refugees they ended up living in empty offices, as room . The government authorities failed to provide basic amenities for those rejected ones who have not or cannot leave the country. The refugees are stuck in a system, were call as an illegal immigrant. They wandered in the streets of Amsterdam, moving from one place to another left in the cold winter. Lucky enough they have volunteers helping them supplying blankets , foods for them. Hopefully the authorities could do more to help those refugees out there and the situation right now has improved.
    Thank you Melissa for sharing this .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-building-wanderers-of-amsterdam.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:17 PM
    Being generous also makes us feel better about ourselves. Generosity is both a natural confidence builder and a natural repellent of self-hatred. By focusing on what we are giving rather than on what we are receiving. Acts of generosity, such as giving our time, talent or resources, and expecting nothing in return, have been proven to be good for our health. Generous individuals are personally more fulfilled, happier and more peaceful within themselves. Enrich our life and that of others by practicing generosity. That’s what I consider true generosity without anything in return.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/generosity-giving-gifts.html

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  • April 15, 2021 04:30
    You have no rights to use my images for www.tsemrinpoche.com without my approval! It's illegitimate! You're committing a legal offense! You must replace my images NOW!!!!! asked: Hi, This is Melisha and I am a professional photographer. I was baffled, to put it nicely, when I recognised my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's permission, you must be aware that you could be sued by the creator. It's illegal to use stolen images and it's so wicked! Here is this document with the links to my images you used at www.tsemrinpoche.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/09934894585022/home/drive/storage/files/download?ID=286984715713039318 If you don't delete the images mentioned in the document above within the next few days, I'll file a complaint against you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. And if it doesn't work, trust me I am going to report and sue you! And I won't give you a prior notice again.
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  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as samsaric dreams. These arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we make a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
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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
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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