Learning Pujas from Gen-la

Jul 6, 2011 | Views: 1,530

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear blog friends,

Earlier at Tsem Ladrang Ven. Gen Losang taught our group some more pujas. Today it was how to consecrate mantras for insertion into precious statues. After insertion the puja to consecrate the holy images. I decided to go downstairs and give an explanation of the benefits of pujas, from whence they come from, the lineage and some more information. Afterwards I took a group shot with the puja group. Please take a look at the talk. I think you can learn more information. Good luck.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

The dedicated Puja group. Who is learning the sacred pujas as done in Gaden Shartse Monastery for the last 600 years.

 

Venerable Gen Losang here at Kechara.

 

 


Transcript to the video ‘Learning Pujas’

That I am quite a complicated person.  By complicated, it means that it’s sometimes  hard for people to read me or to know what I am thinking or what I like or don’t like, and let me break it down for you.  When it comes to dharma, I am 100% committed and totally serious.  When it comes to anything else, I can be a clown just like anybody else.  When it comes to anything else, I can have fun and do all kinds of things that you don’t think that monks can do.  Just like anybody else.  And the reason is actually I am not an outgoing person or kind of a fun person or do this or do that kind of person, I am not that kind of person.  But you see, to make dharma reachable, and to make dharma more accessible, the dharma itself is tangible and non-tangible.  The dharma itself has life but it requires sentient beings, (Tibetan word) kangsa,  to elucidate it. It needs people who are living it, who are believing it and they believe it from living it.  You see, you can’t know the dharma scholastically.  Or you are good in your memory, and you can repeat and you can quote, and you can say names and dates and places and you know the stuff but you are not living it.  If you are just quoting and you have a good memory and you know the dharma very well and you are just quoting it, you can bring people to the dharma but it will also attract likewise type of people who are just interested in it, intellectual sake, maybe a little bit more.  But to actually, as Kyabje Zong Rinpoche said to actually moisten a person’s mind and practice, to moisten the ground and which you plant the seeds of dharma, you have to practice.  And I remember doing Lama Tsongkhapa’s initiation, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Los Angeles had Thubten Dargye Ling told us very clearly, I remember it  even to this today, like it was just this morning that, he says, if we practice the dharma, if we ourselves commit to the dharma, if we ourselves really surrender everything, excuses, justifications,  anything and everything that can be disturbing to others, if we surrender and we adopt the dharma, then Kyabje Zong Rinpoche says, when we speak or teach the dharma to others, it will really, really, move them. It will not be from mouth to ear to brain, it will be from mouth to ear to brain to the heart.

So therefore, it is very important for all of us to really accept the dharma. On what basis? Some people might say, well I don’t know a lot. Correct, but there are people around you who do know a lot.  For those people, makes this mistakes, they act like that, they talk like that. They do act like that, they do talk like that, they do make mistakes and they are strange at times, but they are much better than other people.  Much much better.

So therefore,  to make the dharma experience alive in another person’s mind and to change their lives, change their destinies , change their outlooks and their goals and aspirations, you yourself finally must 100% accept the dharma.  Look, what’s the worst that can happen if you accept? What’s the worst?  Even if it hypothetically, there is no bardo and no next life, and no karma, we still have to have a good job or good purpose or something good to do in this life.

Whether it is writing books, whether it’s helping the poor, whether it’s being a singer, whether it’s being a businessman, whether it’s being a good housewife, a good businesswoman, it doesn’t matter.  You see, because if you give yourself up to whatever you are doing in this life, at least this life you will have some sort of result.   Satisfaction.  But if you don’t do it all the way and you do it halfway, and you do it partway, then results will always be partway.  So therefore to really look around you and look at the past and look at examples and look at the Mahasiddhas and look at the stories of high Lamas, look at our teachers, look at the monasteries, look at the people around you who have committed, I mean everybody around us can be a hero who have committed to the dharma. Because you know, in this day and age, to commit to the dharma means to commit to others, which means to commit to yourself less in a negative way.  Those are heroes.  So instead of looking for perfect heroes where people have to be perfect, we look for people who are doing their best.  And when we look for people who are doing their best, that will be good enough.  Because you know, if we are going to be a judge and say that person has to be like that (to be) perfect for them to be my hero or my object of inspiration, then we have to look at ourselves.  What have we achieved, besides, if not even in dharma, what have we achieved?

So therefore, what’s important is that we ourselves have to accept the dharma, practice the dharma, and I am not talking about empty words.  All the way, and how do we start, the same thing I have been griping on and talking about for 15 or 20 years now.  What is your worst quality?  Eliminate it.  Every birthday, one of your negative qualities, eliminate it.  I have a lot of negative qualities, I have eliminated some.  Prove that I, Tsem Rinpoche has eliminated some of our negative qualities.  Proof: Kechara house has grown, tremendously.  If I didn’t eliminate some of my negative qualities, a lot of people wouldn’t come to Kechara House.  And join.  And do. Because I’ll be a monsters.   Why join a monster?  So proof that I’ve eliminated some of my negative scary qualities is that Kechara House has grown. And if I eliminate more of my scary monster qualities that I have because I am in samsara, then Kechara House will grow even bigger.   That applies to me, that apply to everyone.  And if you yourself start eliminating some of the qualities that are not beneficial, then your own world will start to grow.  Your work will grow, your friendship will grow, the respect for you grow, the respect for yourself will grow.  And you know, ultimately we need respect for ourselves before we can expect respect from other people, we need to respect ourselves.  And do you know how respect for ourselves come.  Respect for ourselves come when we, deep in our hearts know, we work hard to eliminate this negative quality, and we are free of it.

Actually, to be free of negative quality is really to be free.  To hide behind negative qualities, to keep negative qualities, to defend, to protect, to justify negative qualities, you will never be free.  You may hide it from other people who don’t know what you are hiding and you think that’s freedom but it is not freedom.  Freedom is not hiding or avoiding what you know you should be doing and you are not.  Freedom is knowing that you have these bad qualities and you have these good qualities, and the bad qualities are eliminated at a very fast speed because you don’t have much time left.  And then when you know you worked hard to eliminate that certain bad quality that will not benefit yourself and others. Bad qualities are qualities that don’t benefit yourself and others, that don’t get you far. Then you will have self-confidence.  Then you will grow.  Then you will talk more, better, your head will stand up straight, learning and doing things will be easier and easier.  Why?  Because you earned it.

Hiding, avoiding, justifying.  Hiding our bad qualities, justifying so that we don’t look bad our bad qualities, and covering our bad qualities will bring us a little bit of benefit, short term. Long term, no.  Do you know why? Because other people will destroy their bad qualities and move ahead and when you look at them, they started 5 years ago, they moved this far and you are still here.  And then 6 years later, they are here, you are here, and 7 years later, they are here, you are here. And then the gap between you and them become farther.  And when it becomes farther, you have to hide more, cover more, explain more.  Maybe you might even leave or run away or don’t want to talk anymore.  Because why?  The gap is too far.  Most people who leave, most people who run away, – not everybody – are people who don’t like that gap.  And the gap is too glaring.  The gap is too obvious.  Gap means the difference between you and your progress and other people’s progress.

So when the gap becomes very big, you think I should leave, I should go, I must go away.  I can’t do this anymore. Why?  Because you yourself are not looking at what you should do but you are looking at gap.  That gap feeds insecurity.  That gap, that space feeds anger.  That gap feeds negative thoughts.  That gap feeds everything in us that makes us unhappy.  We don’t want to go that direction.  So what we need to do is, whatever has happened to us, is our karma, if you really believe that, and you should now, you would let go of anger very quick.

Look, if you found out your car’s been stolen, because the gate was open and you are angry and you want to know why and who. And when you think back and someone says ‘hey you left the gate open’, you go ‘oh’, then your anger at other people goes away because you left the gate open.  Similarly in that same example if you want to lessen your anger, your insecurities and your fears, then you got to let go of the qualities in you that hurt yourself and others.  And as long as you keep that along with that good friend of yours which is insecurity, anger, bitterness, falling behind, fear,  those are your good friends for a long time but they are not real friends.  They are fair weather friends, they are friends only when things are good, they look good.  They are not real friends.

So therefore, if we want to really progress and benefiting others and we are here you know we are here, some of us are getting stipends, we are working in departments, you know we have given up careers or whatever outside and we are doing things inside, you are here, why don’t you just go all the way.  Why don’t you just go all the way! If you are here for 5 years, 10 years , 15 years,  20 years, 30 years, until my next incarnation, whatever amount of time you are here, wherever you are, wherever here is for you, dharma or not, go all the way!  Why do things half way?  Because whatever you do all the way, you take it with you, all the way.  So therefore, pujas means to clear.  Learning rituals, learning secret tantric hand gestures called mudras, using tantric instruments,  vajras and bells,  is only a very small part of the puja.   Mastering hand mudras, mastering the offerings, mastering the tormas, reading the text, ringing the bell at the right place is only 5% of the pujas, in my guesstimation.  It is important . 95% in the puja is what? Intent.  There are Lamas in Gaden who are very high.  Chia who has been with me for so long has met, like example, Gen Nyima Rinpoche, who is according to very many people is a bodhisattva.  Who has stayed in Yamantaka meditation most of his live and achieved oneness with Yamantaka.  And one day I went to his house and he lived right behind me in Gaden.  A few of my students had the fortune to meet this bodhisattva who has passed away and he said no incarnation, he said don’t look for me, no incarnation.  He told clearly to people.  Okay, now when I went to meet him, in his khamtsen I forgot what khamtsen he belongs to, Gowa Khamtsen. In his khamtsen in Gaden, they were having a Tara puja.  Tara puja, all of you know how to do Tara.  The whole khamtsen was there and they invited Gen Nyima to come and they set up a throne for him, and Gen Nyima wasn’t there and in his Ladrang there were very few students, not like the normal five six people, there were maybe one person there watching him, taking care of him, so I go over to Gen Nyima’s place almost every day to visit.

I bring him vegetables and I bring fruits, I bring a lot of offerings because I know he is Yamantaka so if I make offerings to him  everyday it is better than offering to a statue.  So I used to go all the time and he liked me very much, he, when he saw me, he smiled, and he went like that to me, he said sit here, so I sat on the floor, right below his feet, almost every day, listening to him, talking to him, and having conversations.  And he liked me because I joked and I played, and he loves jokes, and he is a little smitchy in his own little holy way.  You know he has little smitchy jokes. (Rinpoche whispers, ‘b*tchy’). Okay, but it doesn’t hurt anyone, it’s very funny.  He will say things and he will stop and make you think, that was kinda bitchy and funny, but he never accused anybody, no, no, he is a real bodhisattva, he is a real monk, don’t get me wrong.  And one day we were seated there, and I said ‘hey where are all your students?’  And Gen Nyima  said they went for puja, Tara puja. And I said I just joked, how come the Gekola let you stay home and you don’t have to go when everybody has to go? And he laughed because how dare the Geko tell him, you have to go for puja or you are out!  Because if you don’t attend pujas, you get a mark and if you get enough marks you have to go see the disciplinary to explain why you break the discipline.  So I joked with him, I mean he is like 60, 70 years old, he is an elite Lama, he is high, of course he is excepted from pujas, you know what I mean? Because I joked with him ‘how come you don’t have to go?’  And he said to me ‘how come you don’t have to go?’  And I said ‘because I am a Rinpoche!’ (Rinpoche laughs) He went like this, (Rinpoche snorted) he said what does that mean.  I said ‘how come you don’t have to go’. That’s how we joke.  Of course I did it with deep respect and he said ‘because I don’t know how to do pujas.’ and I said ‘oh please’.  I went like this, nicely, I said ‘oh please gen-la’, I said ‘Of course you know how to do pujas’.  He said ‘no, I don’t.’ It caught me off guard. One of the highest most elite Lamas of Gaden doesn’t know how to do a Tara puja.  I said ‘what pujas do you know?’  He said ‘I don’t know any pujas.  Even you guys know how to do Tara pujas, even Gim Li Rinpoche knows how to do Tara pujas.’ He said ‘I don’t know how to do any pujas’.  I said ‘Oh.’ I said ‘why not?’  He said ‘I am not interested in them.  I said ‘why not?’  He said ‘I came to the monastery not to learn pujas, I came to the monastery to learn emptiness and to go meditate so I can become a Buddha.’

I’m not here to do pujas for villages because if I become the Buddha, I can benefit the villages much more than the pujas.  And I was like, wow, that shut me up for a week.  So I said ‘what pujas do you do?’  He said ‘none.’ I said ‘what happens when you have obstacles?’  He said ‘when I have obstacles, I meditate on Yamantaka.’  I said ‘Oh.’  I said ‘what happens when people want to throw black magic at you?’  He said ‘I meditate on Yamantaka.’  I said ‘what happens when people come and they have problems and they ask you to clear the problems?’  He said ‘I meditate on Yamantaka.’  I said ‘then why doesn’t everybody meditate on Yamantaka?’  He said ‘exactly.’  (Rinpoche laughed) And I said ‘When people have like, sometimes they get dipped, you know like sometimes they get some spiritual energy to come into them and make them have fits. So what do you do?’ Because there’s a puja for that. There’s a special mantra that you eat, it’s a mantra written, blessed and you eat it and it’s call a diety sa, and it affects you, you eat this mantra and when you eat this mantra, you stop having fits.  I have seen it, it’s very powerful.  I said what, how.  He said ‘you know Yamantaka, he has 34 arms, one his arms is holding a Nadja, I don’t know what this is called in English.  One of Yamantaka’s hand is holding this, and I said ‘okay, so?’ and he said ‘this represents he can clear way obstacles for people, purify their bodies from interferences.’  So, when Yamantaka holds this one, it represents he clear obstacles, of that nature.  And so if you meditate and if you are an accomplished Yamantaka practitioner and you bless the person with the mantra, they will be free from interferences without any pujas or eating mantra.  And I was like, well, if I have to clear the obstacles, I have to do a lot of pujas because you know, I am not Yamantaka!.  Anyways, that’s what he said.  And you know, the way he said it wasn’t like, ah ah, I am Yamantaka and I just do that and they’re fine.  He was very humble, very straightforward. He just said it, point blank.  And I was like, not one ounce of ego or showing off.  And I am very sharp. None. And he said to me, every single item that Yamantaka holds in his hand represents a power you can accomplish through his meditation.

In Vajrayogini’s tantra, the 34 arms of Yamantaka, this side 18, this side 18. This 18 combines to Vajrayogini’s right hand, and this side 18 is combined to Vajrayogini’s left hand. So Vajrayogini’s two hands represent those 34, same. I was like, oh. He didn’t say that but I concluded that.  I said ‘oh.’  And then he said you know, Yamantaka’s one of his hands is like that, pointing down, holding nothing but the mudras is like that pointing down. I said yes. And he said ‘well if you do Yamantaka’s meditation and you do the mantra blow on the person, then any spirits who want to enter them or harm them, this mudra of Yamantaka avoids them from entering because this is a threatening mudra – don’t disturb my students.’  So I said what do you do?  He said ‘well I meditate on Yamantaka and then I blow the mantra on them and they will be fine.’  I said ‘no pujas?’ He said ‘no.’ I saw this with my own eyes.

Now, so I said you don’t go to any pujas, he said no.  You don’t know any pujas? He said no.  He said actually, ‘I don’t have any need for pujas’.  And I know what he meant. Because the way he said to me, it means he is an accomplished Yamantaka, through Yamantaka he can clear everyone.  Not necessary.  So I said when you do divinations, what do you do?  He said I meditate on Yamantaka.  I was like. Oh. Don’t you have to do black tea before you do divinations, offer some incense, purify the room, he said no.  He said the room is always purified because of Yamantaka.

And I realize that if you focus on your Yidam in that strong way, it’s the same for any Yidam.  If your Yidam is Tara, if your Yidam is Yamantaka, Vajrayogini, Heruka, Guhyasamaja, Kalachakra, it’s all the same and that’s how he accomplished it.  So I said Gen Nyima seriously, you don’t know any puja, not even Tara? Because Tara’s like really easy, I even learnt that in America.  He’s like, no.  And I was so inspired. I was just so inspired.   That when you accomplish your Yidam, means you and your Yidam have become one, and you become very powerful in your mediation, you don’t need any pujas.  And sometimes when the rains don’t come on time in the monasteries. The villagers, even the Indian villagers will come to the monastery office and ask them to do pujas, so the monastery sets 10 or 15 monks aside to do rain pujas and within a day you will see the rain comes.  Especially directed to nagas.  But when Gen Nyima was in the monastery, when the villagers come to the monastery and the monastery come to Gen Nyima and Gen Nyima goes outside and he blows out to the air.  And I ask him, what mantra did you blow out to the air?  And he said Yamantaka.  I went, oh.  I said which one, and he told me.  Because the Yamantaka has four mantras.  I said ‘oh. All you do is blow Yamantaka’s mantras in the air?’  And he said yes.  And then it rains, and I have seen it.  I have seen him, not once or twice, a few times, get assisted out and stand outside of his house on his verandah, blows mantra in the air, literally look at the air and blow it, and then within 15 to 20 minutes, it will start raining.   I have seen it with my own eyes because I live right behind him.  His house is literally from here to the corner of that altar, twice that distance, that’s it.  I see it clearly, in the light of day, I mean he doesn’t do it in the night.  And there are times when some seasons the rain is very heavy and then the crops will die.  So the villagers come, they go to the office of the monastery,  the office of the monastery representative will come with khatas and offerings, maybe two monks and they go ask Gen Nyima, then Gen Nyima will go outside, he will blow into the air, in the rain. It’s raining, within 30 minutes, the rain will completely stop. And I mean for days.  I’ve seen this with my own eyes.  That’s why when I talk about Vajrayogini or Yamantaka or anything, I know those tantras work.  But you see, for those to work, you have to prepare your groundwork now.  You have to be honest, do your work hard, don’t be sneaky, you need to let go of your ego, you need to do all that now so when you do Vajrayogini, you have results very fast. You don’t get rid of them when you get Vajrayogini, because by the time you get Vajrayogini, you won’t be able to get rid of them at all because it’s built up so strong already.  Get rid of it now.  Surrender now.  Surrender your ego, go all the way.

Now, for ordinary people like you and me, pujas are very effective because pujas comes from either Buddha himself or one of his great disciples like one of the great pandits like Nagarjuna, Chandragomin, Dharmakirti, one of these great masters, or someone like Atisha who made the wealth vase pujas.  The wealth vases in Tibet, they didn’t exist in India, Atisha made those.  Because in Tibet, getting things for dharma was very difficult, supplies, needs, sponsors, you know, materials, because Tibet was quite barren compared to lush India.  So Atisha when he came to Tibet, when he is building monastery, it is very difficult to get people and sponsors, and what they needed to build, so he invoked Tara’s blessings and he created wealth vases.  And what it contained inside, the mantras, the prayers, so you could have that wealth vase, it will bless the environment to attract like a magnet the things you need to make the dharma grow.  That was originally started by Atisha.  So a lot of pujas were created by highly enlightened masters, for example, even Pabongka Rinpoche came along with very powerful pujas.  The Yamantaka sadhanas is written by Pabongka.  Current. There were sadhanas of Yamantaka before but Pabongka condensed it and made it even more effective for today.

So there are many pujas written and some of the pujas are by the Lamas and from their own understanding of current pujas and they combined it make it better.  Some pujas are from visions.  Some high Lamas actually have visions.  Clear, authentic visions in which certain beings will teach them and they will write down the pujas and they were compiled, and it’s very effective.  Certain pujas were planted in the environment or in the minds or the area of the person so when the time is right that puja will appear.  Example, let’s say in Chia’s life, ten lifetimes ago, one Rinpoche planted a puja in his mind stream and he said  in 2011,  when you have this disaster, this problem, that puja will come to life.  So let’s say we have a disaster, a problem, and Chia’s here, he will remember the puja.  Maybe he made a prostration and he will remember, maybe he does his guru mantra he will remember.  Maybe he does a puja and he will remember and he goes, oh, then he will write that down immediately.  And that becomes a mind puja, something that was planted lifetimes ago.  That can happen also.  Rare for us, but not rare.  Anything is possible.

So pujas are effective, mostly by intent. If our intent to do a puja is to show off, get money, get respect, then the pujas will be effective but not totally effective. If your motivation for doing the pujas is truly, as much as you can to benefit the recipient, that means, let’s say Gim Lee ask you to do puja for her health and you do it with an intention that yes, I will do medicine Buddha and I want Gim Lee to get well and I want her to have her obstacles removed and I want her to have her karma purified so she can do dharma and she can become an enlightened being to benefit others.  For these reasons, I will do the beautiful and powerful medicine Buddha.  And when you do the medicine Buddha puja for Gim Lee with that motivation, not only her obstacles, your obstacles for health will be cleared too.

Okay, you can do pujas for individuals, for you yourself. You can do pujas for an institution like Kechara, you can do pujas for business or organizations, you can do pujas for a group, you can do pujas for a country.  You can do pujas for a purpose, you can do pujas for a particular aspirations, you can do pujas before travelling, you can do pujas for safety, for protection, you can do pujas for attainments.  Example, tsok pujas are for attainments.  When we do a Lama Chopa, composed by the great Panchen Rinpoche, when we do the Lama Chopa tsok puja, la-tsok, it is for attainment.  What is a Lama Chopa tsok puja?  It is to support us in gaining a great amount of merits so whatever tantric practice we are doing will gain results.  So let’s say we are doing Yamantaka, let’s say we are doing Manjushri, let’s say we are doing black Manjushri, let’s say we are doing Tara, we are doing Vajrayogini,  we are doing Yamantaka, you see for those tantras, to get results, you need a lot of merits.  So every two weeks, you do a tsok puja.  In a tsok puja, everything is multiplied.  If you have ten things there, it is multiplied to a million. An example, so when you offer a million items, you gain the merits of a million so that you go back to meditate after the puja, you gain accomplishments.  Therefore, in between tsok, you should do your sadhanas, very well.  You must do your sadhanas very well.  So when you do your sadhanas very well, and you don’t miss your tsok and you do your tsok well, it collects tremendous amount of merit for you to gain enlightenment.   So tsok pujas have many purposes but primarily to gain merits for your tantric practice to bear fruits and results.  For your tantric practice to bear fruits and results, you must have very strong guru devotion, guru samaya, and to hold on to your words and honor and vows and samaya commitments.  So whatever vows you have taken during the tantra is very important.  So you hold your vows very strongly, you have very strong guru devotion and you do your sadhanas and practice.   That one, combined with tsok, will gain attainments, Put in a nutshell, it’s all connected.  So therefore, when we do pujas, in Kechara, I don’t want our people to be lopsided, half past six, or simply make up something and do.

We have to have a true lineage.  We have to have a true source. So we are very fortune that my friend Gen Losang took time from his studies and his examinations to come and teach us.  And he is learning from authentic source and he is from my monastery, our monastery, ours, so we know the source is well.  How do we know if he is not doing the pujas on his own in his room, he is doing it in the monastery with thousands of other monks.  So whatever he is doing here is what the monks are doing every single day in Gaden. Think about it.  What you guys are doing here is exactly what the monks are doing, in Gaden.  How do we know that he is correct? Because he is doing with thousands of monks every day for the last 10, 15, 20 years. He can do it with his eyes closed. And he studies the pujas since he was very young.  Unlike me, when I was very young, I was in the disco dancing to Madonna in America.  So I don’t know a lot of pujas but it’s alright.  I aspire to be a Gen Nyima. Why I am aspired to be a Gen Nyima could be because I am lazy or could be I have a good intention, I leave that to you guys to think.

Now, so whatever he is teaching you here, I want you guys to remember, Kechara House and all my friends, it is exactly what thousands of monks are doing in Gaden.  How you pick up your vajra, and bell, how you ring your damaru, how you throw your rice, how you use your bumpa, your vase, is exactly how the holy monks and the high Lamas such as – Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Ganden Tripa, Sharpa Chuje, Jangtse Chuje, Khensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Khensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche – all these high Lamas, for their whole lives they benefit others with pujas right, is exactly what you are learning here, think about that.  So whatever Lati Rinpoche was doing during his life pujas for other people, whatever Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was doing, whatever Trijang Rinpoche was doing, is exactly what you are doing here.  You think about that.  So when Trijang Rinpoche was doing this, that’s what Genla’s teaching and that’s what you are doing.  When Trijang Rinpoche was doing this with his vajra bell, that’s what Genla is doing and that’s what you are learning from him.  So exactly the way Trijang Rinpoche is moving, you are moving.  I want you guys to have the impact of that in your mind. How fortunate you are.  And I want you to ask yourselves, what merit did you collect in your previous lives to sit in front of a Gaden Sangha to learn authentic pujas to benefit others.  What merit did you collect? I want you to think about that for a minute.  What did you do?  Remember I always say cause resembles results.  Results resemble cause.  So you must have done something in your previous lives to collect the merits to be right here. Look at you guys, what were you guys doing before the dharma?  Nothing wonderful, nothing bad, I mean you are just hanging around like a mosquito.  What do mosquitos do?  They sleep, they eat, they mate. That’s what you guys were doing.  You eat, you sleep and mate.  I mean you know you are not bad, but you pretty much like a mosquito, or any other sentient beings on this planet, just eat and sleep and die, and mate.

So what did you do? To be here, in a beautiful alter, with 108 Lama Tsongkhapas or 200 whatever, I have lost count.  In front of Tsongkhapa, with dharma friends, with the air cond, in a pleasant (inaudible 0:33:08) with a real monk from Gaden, learning real pujas stemming from Trijang Rinpoche and Pabongka Rinpooche. What did you do?  Are you going to throw this opportunity away by leaving this room and going back to your old poor me, justification, and insecurities? Or you can go all the way. And for the pujas to be really effective, doing pujas you are reciting holy prayers and mantras, and supplications and aspirations and words and meditations.  So when you leave this room are you going to use the same mouth to be mean to people?  To use your mouth to hurt people?  Because if you are, it’s like putting honey and milk and curd inside your mouth and putting dirt, and feces and pee in your mouth and mixing it in your mouth, and swallow that.  Same.  What did you do to be able to be in this room to learn this pujas that His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang,  Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, Khensur Jampa Yeshe, what did you do to sit here and learn these directly, and you know you don’t have to go to Gaden, you don’t have to spend any money, you don’t have to come out with anything , someone sponsored their ticket, someone sponsored this place, someone sponsored the air cond, you didn’t have to pay anything to learn.  You know monks like them spent 10, 15, 20 years in the monastery with their hair cut to learn all these things?  You don’t even have to become monks! How come you are so fortunate and lucky?  I rejoice for all of you from my heart.  I rejoice.  How fortunate for you are to be in Kechara to learn sacred pujas, sacred rites, sacred prayers, passed down by the masters of the past who we know are living Mahasiddhas.  And did you spend your whole life like Genla?  Studying, meditating, retreating, holding vows, being clean, being a monk?  Did you spend your whole life doing that? Or did you spend your whole life having a good time, enjoying yourselves, doing drugs, alcohol, whatever.  And then you are here, at the same level, at the same room, learning from a monk.

What did you do to deserve this? Obviously, something.  I want you guys to think about that, how fortunate you are.  That when it’s puja practice, run here, and have the best motivation, be alert, be very respectful.  And if I may recommend to all of you, at the end of the pujas when you finished learning, all of you from your own pockets should put a beautiful ang pow and offer to Genla.  Am I telling you to offer ang pow? Yes, I am, he is a monk.  Don’t offer him silly things, a little bell, a little clock, all these things he cannot carry.  Offer him ang pow to collect merit. You are very fortunate. What’s an ang pow?  It’s an expression of our appreciation. How much? What something was worth to you.

Now, when you learn these pujas, make sure you are dressed appropriately as usual because you are in the presence of monks.  You guys are dressed fine.  Act appropriately, sit appropriately,  don’t point your feet at the monks,  don’t talk loud in front of the monks,  don’t start pushing and joking and playing with the monks, they are monks.  This is a real monk, not a business monk, a real one.  Why should you do that?  Because he is way above you in one sense, yes, because he is very disciplined.  In another way, it is to show respect for the dharma, the sangha, the third jewel.  Learn the pujas very well.  Study it and practice it. And when you have the good fortune and luck to perform the pujas for others who ask you for your help, listen to this, by doing the pujas you help yourself, by doing the pujas you help the person requesting you, by doing the pujas you collect a great amount of merit for you to attain enlightenment, and before that, attainments.  By doing the pujas well, you also can help in getting donations to sustain our beautiful center.

Most of you don’t have money to give to the center. And I am talking for everybody around the world.  Most of us don’t have a lot of money to give to the center but if we did we would definitely donate, I am sure you guys will definitely help. But you see, if you don’t have the money, you have the skill that can draw the donations.  So by doing these pujas well, it will draw donations to give to the center to sustain the center.  Are we doing pujas for money?  No.  But that’s a byproduct so we might as well face the fact it’s a byproduct so you can help Kechara that way.  And never just play, after pujas never just go out and just play and just pretend and just tell people to show off.  Always be humble about what pujas you know.  Don’t show off.  Don’t just do part of it here and there and play games and show people and talk like that.  Don’t bring down pujas to a low level. Because there will be less effect, for you.  Talk about it, Facebook it, tweet it, blog it, explain and share how fortunate you are. Not once, not twice.  Since you enter Kechara and for everybody in dharma centers, your life has completely changed for the better.

Today, you’re getting real knowledge.  You’re getting secret knowledge, do you know that people in the past, people in the past who have, like, people in the past in the early 30s or 40s or 50s will travel very far to go to Tibet in disguise to learn the secret of Tibetan pujas and tantras because they are effective.  And now we brought Shangri-la here, we brought Tibet here.  Think about it.  We don’t have the fortune right now to have a few Sanghas staying in Kechara constantly or consistently, not yet, but we can do half way, we can learn the pujas ourselves.  Be humble when you do the pujas.  Learn the pujas well, perfectly.  And if you miss something in the pujas, do it over.  Make sure that whatever people have (speak in Tibetan) whatever people ask you to do for their health, for their business whatever, make sure it’s genuine.  And when you make the offerings, make the offerings as beautiful, as extensive, as rich, rich means what, extensive as possible.  Rich doesn’t mean you need silver bowls, if you can put silver bowls, rich means if you use paper cups, use a bigger paper cups.  Never be stingy on pujas because they are offers to the Buddhas.  Pujas that have been offered to the three jewels, Buddha, dharma and sanghas, you may eat a little afterwards, as a blessing.  Pujas that have been offered to the local gods or nagas, you don’t eat. It’s very important to remember.  And before pujas, make sure the offerings are pure and wonderful, even preparing tormas you should be enthusiastic to learn and come and do, you know why, because the tormas are being offered to the three jewels.  According to Zong Rinpoche, the ingredients of the tormas correlate with certain attainments accomplished in tantra.  The ingredients of the tormas, along with the color and the shape, ingredients, color, and shape of the tormas correlate directly to certain attainments achieved in tantra.  So those attainments achieved in tantra, manifested in symbolic form is a tormas.  So when you are offering the tormas up to the Buddhas, you are offering back the symbolism of the attainments you wish to gain.  So therefore, Boddhicitta can manifest as a moon disc of a torma, or a white torma.  Purification of negative karma can manifest as a red color on a torma.  Meditation on the winds and channels to move your chi so you can gain control of your mind, so you can gain control of your death can be manifest on the white butter that is the line that is put on the edge of the torma. On certain tormas.

So therefore the attainments you gain in tantra correlates with the shape, color and ingredients of the torma.  So even making the torma, your mouth is covered, your hand is clean, and you do it well, and you do it perfectly.  You don’t do it with a slouchy, bored, let’s do it quickly done attitude because even making tormas is part of dharma practice.  That’s how extensive it is.  So Kyabje Zong Rinpoche says offering tormas is one of the, one of the root ways to gain attainments.  That’s how powerful it is.  So therefore the offering should be extensive, your tables big, your offerings should be big and full also.  Whatever you are taught as the primary offering, see these are the primary offerings , you can replicate it and duplicate it, that means you can do 20, 30, 40 butter lamps, your tormas can be bigger.  In the monastery I was very well known and famous for that and when I ask pujas tormas this big, I usually sponsor them to make tormas this big and that big.  They be ‘we know, we know, you want the tormas that big’  Ya, the monks always says that, they said ‘we know, we know’ because every time I call the monks to my room, I always call the monks to my room and say okay, I want this puja done, this puja, and this puja, because I am sponsoring.  And then they say, oh how many tormas, they’ll say this many, but I said make it triple. But they say this is enough but I say, not for me, and they go, okay.  So whenever we do tormas in the monastery, I know, I require the tormas, like this tormas is unacceptable to me.  But it’s fine, because by tantra you bless it to become very big but for me my mediation is not so good so I just have big tormas.  Saves me the work.  So I always make huge tormas, big ones, a lot of ingredients.  Sometimes I put the ingredients and the monks say, that’ll be enough, that’ll be enough, but I said no, no, just put it, just dump it in there, always.  I mean if you going to invite Tara, you going to invite Buddha, invite Vajrayogini over to have your torma, I mean it’s a party, it’s a little dinner party, you don’t what Vajrayogini and her 32 dakinis and Heruka and Yamantaka all come and say ‘that’s it?’ like, like who gets to eat first?  So I like to have a lot because I always have dinner parties for Buddhas. And my dinner parties always have a lot of offerings.  It sounds like that but that’s my imagination I want to implant.  And then the place where you have the tormas, the room should be very clean, the room should be very clean, you know why?  When you are inviting special guests over, aren’t you going to clean your house and make sure it’s clean, otherwise they say, oh, dirty bum, you lose face.  You should make sure the place is clean.  You should make sure whatever you put out is perfect, you should make sure everything is bountiful, full, because you are inviting very special guests to come.  That’s how I do it.  Okay, so, I want you guys to feel very fortunate that you are learning pujas here, from a real source, a genuine source, one.  Two, you are learning pujas as another expression of your compassion. You are learning pujas as another expression of your compassionate activity because this activity can benefit somebody in the future.  So it is an expression of your compassion.  What else could it be? Thirdly, all the conditions for you to learn are here, how fortunate are you? The monk is here, everything is paid for, there’s room, there’s knowledge, everything is comfortable, everything is brought to you, you don’t have to go to Tibet.  How fortunate you are.  So your job?  Good motivation, pay attention, learn it well, that’s your job.  So in Kechara house we are very different than other center, with deep respect to other centers, with deep respect.  We are very different than other centers because we have so many activities, we have so much to learn and what we are learning is authentic, it’s authentic.  You think about all that.  In the near future in Kechara House I will institute one to four persons to do Tara pujas every single day, dedicated to our organization.  So let’s say in Kechara house, we are going to do Setrap puja every single day, so whatever is necessary for Setrap puja, Kechara house will sponsor because the benefit will go to the whole organization.   So in the future, I am going to institute Tara pujas to be done in Kechara house every single day.  Do you know why?  Tara has a very, according to Zong Rinpoche, Tara has a very special energy that she is very quick to help success in dharma work so any dharma work we want to accomplish, the monks in Gaden, Sera, Drepung, Tashi Lhungpo, all these great institutions, (spoken in Tibetan) will invoke upon the gentle lady goddess, Tara. So for things to accomplish quickly and faster, especially dharma work, Tara is the Yidam.  Tara is the Yidam. She removes obstacles for the growth of dharma.  So I would like very much for Kechara house to do Tara pujas and a normal Tara puja, minimal is 4 people.  Correct? I would like to have Tara puja done every day and another puja I would like to do every single day eventually is Dukkar. Why? Dukkar is powerful for removing obstacles that are beyond our control, and protecting, beyond our control.  So I would like very much for Dukkar puja and Tara puja and Setrap to be done every single day from Kechara House to Kechara House and all members can come.  It will make the place even more powerful and blessed.  It does sound very exciting because we do that in the monastery, we do Tara pujas almost every day.  Before we debate we have to do Tara puja every single day and torma to Setrap every day.  Every day it’s done, hence the monasteries grow.  Imagine, let’s say that Gim Li does Tara every single day for all of Kechara house, she is our representative, she represents all of us and she is invoking Tara to bless all of Kechara House.  Very, very powerful.  So therefore, I was very excited that all of you are doing this.  I am very very happy and I rejoice from my heart that all of you are doing this and I want you guys to please master it, without any deficiency.  Be precise. You know why it’s precise?  Because somebody’s life might depend on these pujas in the future.  How much more worth is a person’s life?  It’s, it’s beyond price.  You can lose anything but your life.  Some people’s safety and protection and care and accomplishment and some people’s aspirations, if you do these pujas it will change and make it better for them, change their destiny and make it better for them.  That’s a beautiful responsibility, it’s not a heavy responsibility, it’s a beautiful responsibility.  So learn these pujas without any deficiency, meaning no mistakes, and learn it well because it is another expression of your compassion.  And this is what we do in Kechara, it’s the traditional pujas available.  These pujas are not usually done by lay people, probably never.  Okay, in Gaden at least.  So you guys are able to do this.  You are very fortunate.  Alright?  So I want you guys to make sure that Gen Losang is always comfortable, make offerings to him, make sure he eats well, make sure he’s comfortable, make sure you show yourself in such a way he wants to come back. Of course he won’t be affected by how you are because he operates from himself but it’s nice to create the causes for a monk to come back, isn’t it? Alright? And he’s not like me, he’s very traditional, he doesn’t joke much, he’s very serious, he’s very un-Tsem Rinpoche.  That might be good, that might be better, I don’t know, we all have our own styles, I just have to be, me! As I usually say, if you don’t like me, maybe it’s not my problem. Okay, whatever!

Now, before you start your pujas, training, have a good motivation.  May I learn this to invoke upon a certain deity, to remove the obstacles and problems of others so they may gain attainments, happiness and fulfillment.  And after you finish your pujas you should do the same motivation.  And learn these pujas very well, have a good attitude and be very cohesive with each other. If you are in the back fighting, being bitchy with each other, you come sit here and do your holy pujas, don’t match. Like I say, why put curd or yogurt in your mouth that’s sweet and then put poison on the other side and mix it.  Doesn’t make sense.  And if there is someone who is not nice and not kind, just let them be, just leave it.  Their karma comes back to them, what to do?

Okay?  So that’s very very important.  Any questions on what I spoke about?

(questions by the audience is inaudible)

I have answered this hundreds of times, hundreds and hundreds of times. For example, when you do solicitation to Lama Tsongkhapa in a guru yoga, isn’t there a part where you ask Lama Tsongkhapa to remain forever until the end of time, turn the wheel of dharma 84,000 times, or have you met Tsongkhapa yet?  Have you seen Tsongkhapa yet?  By soliciting Tsongkhapa it creates the karma for you to meet any qualified Lama to bring you onto the path. Okay, so, if you, if you are studying with the Lama, and that  Lama passes away, the merit that you collect with that Lama will transform or translate into you finding, after your guru is passed, another one exactly the same that will give you and continue in the future life.  The merit and the connection and the affinity never end because the purpose of you holding on to that Lama is not to meet him in every life, actually, the real purpose is to become a fully enlightened being, then he is in your heart all the time.  You understand?  So therefore if your Lama has passed away and there is no incarnation, so you think so how do I, how do I continue?  Well, Shakyamuni passed away, how do we continue?  Tsongkhapa passed away, how do we continue? You understand the logic behind that?  That’s how we continue.  Okay, relate that to everything.  So whether your Lama’s incarnation comes back or not, it doesn’t make any difference, on an ultimate sense.  It would be nice to have our Lama back, but you see, the whole purpose for having our Lama back is not to have our husbands back or our lover back, the whole purpose is to continue on practicing dharma.  So let’s say, that I didn’t get to meet Zong Rinpoche immediately, I didn’t get to meet Pabongka Rinpoche immediately but I met Pabongka Rinpoche’s elite student, Geshe Lobsang Tharchin who is the same as Pabongka Rinpoche.  It was like studying with Pabongka Rinpoche.  But when I saw Kensur Lobsang Tharchin’s picture for the first time, I just thought what a great Lama and that was it,  but when I saw Pabongka Rinpoche picture, I cried, I freaked out, my hair stood up, I just went (Rinpoche gasped) but I never got to meet the actual Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo. But when I met his student, I received the teachings, Vajrayogini, the practices, my vows, my refuge from Pabongka’s direct students and during the teachings, he would quote Pabongka all the time.  You understand my point?  So, what’s the difference?  When you do your prayers to Lama Tsongkhapa every day,  isn’t  there a part where you solicit him to remain until time ends, to turn the wheel of dharma 84,000 times, don’t you say that, in the Gaden Lhagyama Guru Yoga? Well, you have been saying that every day, either Lama Tsongkhapa is dead which he is, and he has no blessings which is not true or it creates the karma for you to get the teachings one way or another.  Does everybody understand that?  Let’s remember that forever.  Okay, questions?

Questions from Jamie Khoo ‘Rinpoche, actually I would like to work to translate all these to English, the effect might be less if we don’t do it in the original language?’

Rinpoche answers ‘Oh no, if that’s the case, then we should all do it in Sanskrit, all right? A lot of the pujas are in Sanskrit.  I mean, Atisha when he composed a prayer, he didn’t compose it in Tibetan, he compose it in his language, whatever that language was at that time.  Okay, so that means the Thai monks all have to recite in Sanskrit, the Japanese ones have to recite in Sanskrit, what about all of China?  What about Tzu Chi Foundation all that? They all have to recite in Sanskrit.  They recite in Chinese, Thai, Tibetan, Pali, then they are all ineffective?  Illogical!  So does it have to be in it’s the original language? Student Jamie answers, ‘No.’ Rinpoche continues ‘But the essence?’ Student Jamie answers, ‘Ya.  But I remember Rinpoche said…’ Rinpoche adds, ‘But the mantras will remain.’  Student Jamie continues ‘I remember Rinpoche saying that it is more auspicious if it were in Tibetan…’ Rinpoche clarifies ‘No it’s not more auspicious if we do in Tibet, it flows better. The staccato is there, like, Sang gye cho dang tsok kyi chok nam la, next line, jang chub bar du dag nyi kyab su chi, it’s just easier, the staccato, there is a format.  Whereas (in English) it’s like I take refuge the Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha, for all sentient beings until I become a fully enlightened being, you know it’s just sounds better, all right? That’s it, and it’s easier, it’s got a rhythm.   It’s very meditative.  Because once you start doing the puja in English, it’s fine, the power is there, it just sounds a little different.  And if you hear some dance Tibetan chants “I take refuge in the Buddha dharma and sangha and from now until Enlightenment, oh my god! “  I mean it’s nice for some people but there is a set way, it’s kind of nice.  It’s not wrong but it’s nice, you know what I mean?  So let me answer the question again, the Chinese chant all in Chinese the sutra to the western paradise but that originated from India, don’t you think they originally chanted in their own language?  So does that mean no Chinese Mahayanas has ever ascended to Amitabha paradise?  Cannot be.  So many have ascended to Amitabha paradise, by reciting in Chinese.  In fact the Chinese sounds very nice, the way they hit the bell, they hit the drum, tah, tah, tah, tah, tah, tah, tah, ting, and then they prostrate.  Actually when they do it well, it’s beautiful, it makes me cry. It’s very beautiful, it’s very very beautiful.  I went to real mahayanas temples in the past and I listen to them, chanting to Amitabha, and then when they chant very slow, oh, it’s beautiful.  It’s very beautiful.  That’s, to me, that’s very original.  I don’t know how to justify that but it’s very beautiful.  And Tibetans, and have you seen the Thai monks chant?  Oh, wow, when they start chanting and they pass down that cord to bless you, it’s like wrap me around twice, I love it!  Have you seen the Japanese monks chant?  Oh, beautiful! You know why?  Because I went to a Buddhist chant forum in America with Geshe-la, where we were in a huge hall and there were Buddhist traditions from all different countries and each one of us have to chant in our own styles and I was there listening to everybody, oh, it’s just so beautiful.  Which one beautiful?  I don’t, I really couldn’t say.  And the Vietnamese, oh so beautiful. To me, Tibetan is very comfortable but it was all fine to me.  Then to answer Paris’ question in another way, then which one in that room is a real chanter? Which one has the real blessing?  The debate can go on for days.  Okay, does everybody understand? And the Chinese in the Chinese sutras recite the mantra of Avalokitesvara, they do recite that, Namo Arya Avalokitesvara. They do it their way and the way Tibetan chanted they both actually wrong, they don’t sound like the original but because the intent is there, its closest possible, it’s fine.   Trust me, Avalokitesvara comes from India but he is not Indian.  He’s not Chinese, Kuan Yin is not Chinese.   Kuan Yin is not Tibetan, Kuan Yin is anything that suits your energy and manifestation of compassion.  So for Chinese, it’s a beautiful lady with a white robe holding a child because that’s what appeals to Chinese. For Tibetans, it’s Mahakala fierce, that’s Kuan Yin. But the energy’s the same.  Kuan Yin is not a race, it’s not define.  Kuan Yin will appear differently in every planet in different dimensions and places differently.  Kuan Yin can be you know ET go home!. I mean on different planets, Kuan Yin can appear looking like them, green little men.  So don’t define Kuan Yin’s energy in form, just like chanting, to only one way.  So if we don’t chant in its original form, will it have as much blessings, the scholar asks?  Yes it will. So is Tibetan language more superior in chanting than other language?  No, it’s not.  You do the best you can.  Because if I need to send you all to India to study Tibetan and come back, well, see you my next incarnation!  You can see Chia mastering Tibetan?  Actually, Chia likes the monastery.  If it was a different situation, Chia would be a monk in a monastery, hanging out. Probably, I am sure of it, he holds his vows very well, either by default or on purpose, I don’t know but anyway he holds his vows very well. Any other questions? Good.

Feel good about the pujas you are learning, remember they have a real source, it’s authentic and it really helps people.  I want to talk about the seven limbs that are related to the pujas but I am not going to talk about it today.  You guys take a rest.  Good.  Let’s master this so that Kechara House has another service to offer the public that will benefit them.  And it benefits us.  This is the best education you can get.  Alright?  Good.

(Dedication prayer)

Very good, very good.

 


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  1. Sarah on Dec 12, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    After reading this article again, I understand the teachings better. For example, I understand why Rinpoche wanted to make abundant offerings and big tormas with a lot of ingredients. This is because they are offerings to the Three Jewels. Making offerings of tormas without attachment will help to eliminate our miserliness. It is a also means to purify our negative karma and gain attainments such as bodhicitta and wisdom. Tormas are very rich in meaning. As Rinpoche mentioned, the shape, colour, ingredients and decorations of the tormas are symbolic of certain tantric attainments. So torma making is not simply making beautiful tormas. It is a Dharmapractice. For me, it is a practice of generosity, compassion and wisdom, the three qualities that counter the three poisons – desire, hatred and ignorance.

  2. Mingwen on Sep 5, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    We should never take things for granted, we should work harder if we want more good events to happen. To be able too help another sentient being, we must practice our Dharma, prepare our body, speech & mind and get set for higher Dharma practice . It’s awesome to know that highly attained lamas can benefit sentient beings with a few breaths and words , but only after went through lot of hard works and if one holds pure motivations.

  3. Gim Lee on Aug 26, 2013 at 12:14 am

    These are the points I learn from this beautiful teachings by Rinpoche.

    For us to be able to help others, we ourselves have to accept Dharma and to practice Dharma all the way by eliminating our worst qualities.

    Our insecurities and fears were the covers for our negative qualities. We must work hard to eliminate our negative qualities, only then we can be free.

    For one’s advancement in dharma, especially for tantric practice to bear fruits and results, one must have strong guru devotion, hold samaya with guru and hold one’s vows and commitments well.
    Learning and performing puja is an expression of our compassion. For pujas to be effective, the intention is very important. When the intention is motivated by compassion to help others then the pujas will be effective.

    Highly attained lamas do not need to do pujas as their minds are one with Buddha or their Yidam. They can heal and even stop rains by just blowing mantras. Unlike them, ordinary people like us have to learn the pujas. It is especially important for us to learn from authentic source and we must learn to do it well.

    Pujas can be done for individual, institution, country, and for various purposes: safety, protection and attainment.

    By doing pujas, you’ll help the person requesting you and also yourself, you’ll collect great amount of merits, these merits are important for our attainments and ultimately for us to attain enlightenment.

    Having the skills to do pujas well, we can help to sustain the center with supports for our service while helping others removing their obstacles.

  4. abby f on Feb 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    We are lucky to have monks from monastery to teach us the authentic rituals, teachings and etc. Of course, this is because of Rinpoche, we got all these.

    What special about Kechara is that what we learn here is the same as Gaden monastery in India. The Gaden lineage spread and flourish here, because we have Rinpoche here with us. All of us in Malaysia must have some good merits to have a real monk, a Guru in Malaysia. So many people out there wishing and praying hard to have a Guru to stay with them so that they can learn from the Guru…

    In order to have more and more monks from the monastery to teach the authentic teachings, we have to create causes for them to come. We indirectly create the causes for Dharma to grow and flourish in this region too! Kechara Forest Retreat is going to be a place to learn and heal, not just a place to pray! We wish to have monks from monastery to come to KFR and teach, so that we can learn more. We definitely can learn a lot from them. 😀

  5. Joy on Jan 16, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for allowing us the opportunity to learn sacred rituals from our lineage Gaden Shartse Monastery that has been practised for 600 years, since Lama Tsongkhapa’s time and passed down from onegeneration to another generation. We are truly fortunate to learn it from an expert and a holy sangha Genla. We are so lucky here in Malaysia to be able to have this great luck or good merits to be able to meet with qualified masters like Rinpoche. It only make sense to me that our group must have done some Dharma together in our previous life and now we have the affinity to meet again. Definitely it cannot be just a random coincidence to be so fortunate!

  6. mima on Feb 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Intent and motivation are so important!

  7. mima on Feb 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very useful talk on eliminating some of our negative qualities!

  8. Klara Morakova on Jul 18, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Thank you…Ven Rinpoche:-) beautiful teaching,I have problem whit pujas:-)thank you!

  9. May Ong on Jul 8, 2011 at 8:59 am

    There is alot of truth when we work towards eliminating our negative qualities and bring about more positive qualities to freedom. It feels like a huge burden has been lifted off our own shoulders from the past. Then we are able to feel happier, lighter and work better with others and our family.

    We need to have courage to face our own insecurities and fears which we have accumulated over many years, recognise them and find a solution via dharma to clear them. I know it work. Dharma work very subtly, slowly but surely.

    This is a very good teaching. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  10. Steve Tobias on Jul 7, 2011 at 5:14 am

    This is an excellent and very helpful talk, thank you

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  • 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
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:15 PM
    A Stunning Chenrezig Thangka with an interesting story behind it.Detailed explanations of the iconography of this Buddha. Having understand about it ,will help us to practice better . Chenrezig is the bodhisattva that symbolizes the compassion of all Buddhas.The qualities of Chenrezig is indeed amazing in such away benefited many of us. According to legend, Chenrezig made an vow that he would not rest until he had liberated all the beings in all the realms of suffering. Reciting the Chenrezig mani mantra and practising profound meditation on the nature of sound is believed to be powerful.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-chenrezig-thangka.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 6. 2021 04:52 PM
    Meaningful poems tells us a thousand words. Value and appreciate every moment of our life with those around us. Rinpoche had a very strong connection with Manjushri since childhood and its not surprised the way Rinpoche describe the divine. Lovely poems for us to ponder deeply.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/purpose.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 6. 2021 04:52 PM
    It is important to use these difficult times as life lessons, growing and shaping us to blossom into a stronger and wiser person every day. Stay strong and be tough, working as a team, sharing out as a team. Whatever happen then through thick and thin, individual commitment to work as a team is what makes a team work successful toward a common vision. It is true that we can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed as a team. Never give up even its hard with nothing much. Alone, we can do so little compare to working together, we can do so much.
    Reading this quote will inspire us to improve ourselves and our life so that we may be successful someday as a team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dont-see-the-porridge-and-run.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:04 PM
    The incredible story of the Chinese paper cut artist Ku Shulan. She is one such inspiring lady in the Chinese world of paper cutting. Been born in poor peasant family, doesn’t deter her from doing what she loves most. She had come along way of struggles and hardship to be where she was. She only showed her talent in later life following awakening from a coma after a head injury, discovered by Shanxi Province Cultural Center. Ku Shulan was designated “Master of China Folk Art and Crafts” by UNESCO and was bestowed many domestic awards for her beautiful paper cuttings. Sadly Ku Shulan passed away in 2004 at age 84, but her popularity, and reputation continue to grow . Her unique coloured paper cuttings are the jewel of Chinese folk art and will remain forever so.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post of a talented lady.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ku-shulan-goddess-of-paper-cut.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:03 PM
    Do Dharma work. Do Dharma practice. Chase after Dharma…..well said by Rinpoche. Life is meaningless when we only chase for money, fame only at the of life nothing is left for us. What remains is just memories when we are gone. As we grew older , it’s time to chase after something that can last long till our last breathe. Learning, practicing Dharma is the best choice. Since learning and practicing dharma have my life change, benefiting other makes my wonderful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands. Rinpoche had showed me the way and so as many more others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chasing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:00 PM
    Inspiring comment by Claire Briard who only met Rinpoche on facebook gave up eating meat. It has since changed his life and she have so much more respect for the all animals. She did wonderfully by encouraging her friends and anyone she met to go meatless. Beautiful message . Do not harm animals , give them a chance to live.
    Thank you Rinpoche this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/claire-briard.html

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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.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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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.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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