Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal

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The various forms of Vajra Yogini in the Bidjeswori Temple of Nepal. Click on image to enlarge.

Each enlightened being in the vast Tibetan Buddhist pantheon represents a unique method or path towards Enlightenment. Amongst all of these deities who lead us to Enlightenment, there are none that can be compared to Vajra Yogini in terms of efficacy and expediency of practice. This has been famously said by many high lamas, including Lama Yeshe who quoted the Chakrasamvara Tantras that attributed Vajra Yogini’s supreme mantra to be the King of Mantras. This means that if you have the initiation and practice of Vajra Yogini, you will not need to recite any other mantras. If your vows and commitments are intact, you can gain spiritual attainments through the mere recitation of her mantra, even if you do not engage in any accompanying visualisations. No other Tantric deity’s mantra or practice can boast of such efficacy.

An old thangka of Chakrasamvara. Click on image to enlarge.

An old thangka of Chakrasamvara. Click on image to enlarge.

Like many great Tantric traditions, the practice of Vajra Yogini has divine origins and according to the various great masters who beheld visions of her, thus arose the various traditions and forms of Vajra Yogini that we rely upon today. In Kechara for example, we rely upon the form of Vajra Yogini that originally arose from a pure vision beheld by the great Indian master and scholar Naropa, who was renowned for having given up everything in order to seek out his master Tilopa. After countless years of struggle, Naropa met his teacher and became thoroughly devoted to him. It was only after years of trials and tribulations that Tilopa initiated his disciple Naropa into the sindhura mandala of Vajravarahi, perhaps the earliest lineage of the Vajra Yogini practice. Naropa was subsequently sent off to meditate and it is said that in six months, he achieved Mahamudra-siddhi and beheld Vajravarahi in the aspect that we know today as Vajra Yogini Naro Kechari (Naro Kachö in Tibetan).

A thangka of Mahasiddha Naropa with his yidam, Vajra Yogini on the top left and smaller figures of his Nepali disciples, the Phamthingpa brothers. Click on image to enlarge.

In his lifetime, Naropa had a multitude of great disciples, many of whom were attained and illustrious figures of India, Tibet and Nepal. However, for the great Vajra Yogini lineage of Naro Kachö that arose from his pure vision, Naropa bestowed it on two brothers from Pharping, Nepal. The eldest, named Vagisvarakirti (Tibetan: Jigme Dragpa), studied under Naropa for nine years and the youngest, named Bodhibhadra (Tibetan: Dus ‘Khorba), studied under Naropa for five years. Within the lineage of masters who transmitted the Vajra Yogini teachings, they are commonly referred to together as the Phamthingpa brothers.

From these two brothers, Vajra Yogini was proliferated all over Nepal. They also taught the practice to Melgyo Lotsawa Lodro Drakpa (Mal Lotsawa), an early Sakya translator who brought the practice to Tibet. As a result, innumerable masters and ordinary disciples held Vajra Yogini as a secret Tantric practice for centuries. Due to his great attainments, Vagisvarakirti (the elder Phamthingpa brother) himself also beheld a vision of Vajra Yogini and that became the heart image of the Pharping Vajra Yogini that we see today in Nepal, along with many other sacred temples and sites.

Therefore, the connection between this Highest Yoga Tantra deity and the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal began with Mahasiddha Naropa and the Phamthingpa brothers, and Vajra Yogini’s practice eventually became immensely popular across the country.

The holy statue of Mahasiddha Naropa found within his meditation cave near Pashupatinath in Nepal. Click on image to enlarge.

Naropa is said to have abided in several places in Nepal including Sankhu, famous for being an ancient Vajra Yogini power place. Today, there are five main Vajra Yogini power places in Nepal and, including Sankhu, they are Pharping, Patan, Bidjeswori and Guhyeshwari. The first four accept visitors from all over the world, while Guhyeshwari remains the only Vajra Yogini sacred power place that does not permit foreign visitors.

It is highly recommended that all who wish to be connected with Vajra Yogini or wish to practise her Tantra should travel to these temples to offer powerful prayers and aspirations alongside many types of offerings. In visiting these power places, we gain the blessings of Vajra Yogini regardless of which form of Vajra Yogini is enshrined within, as they are all just different manifestations of the same enlightened being that showed a quick path towards liberation.

 

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Why Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage should not be treated just like any other holiday filled with only normal tourist activities like sightseeing and shopping. The purpose of visiting holy sites on a pilgrimage is to further our spiritual practice and to realign ourselves onto the path to Enlightenment.

Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa, located about 11km away from the centre of Kathmandu.

In a teaching on the significance of pilgrimages, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche explained that everything holy beings own or use, including the area they live or practise in, is entirely for the benefit of other beings. Therefore the sites where holy beings reside, practise and benefit countless beings become imbued with the everlasting energies of the compassionate, enlightened mind. Hence pilgrimages are an opportunity for us to connect with the sacred energies of these places where holy beings have chosen to take rebirth, gain Enlightenment, teach the Dharma or pass into parinirvana.

When we go to these places, show reverence, make offerings and aspirational prayers, we create the direct causes to attain this same state of compassion and to gain the same enlightened qualities that these beings had. The Buddhist tradition of going on pilgrimages began with Buddha Shakyamuni himself, who advised that after he passed away, disciples should visit the four main sites of his birth (Lumbini, Nepal), Enlightenment (Bodhgaya, India), first turning of the wheel of Dharma (Sarnath, India) and parinirvana (Kushinagar, India) and make aspirational prayers there. He advised that all Buddhas of the past had manifested there, and all Buddhas of the future will also manifest there. By visiting these places, we make a very deep connection to these Buddhas so that we might realise our own inner Buddhahood. This will help our spiritual practice in this and future lives greatly.

Lumbini, the birthplace of the legendary Buddha Shakyamuni.

Lumbini, the birthplace of the legendary Buddha Shakyamuni.

The karmic significance of visiting these four holy sites are further broken down as follows:

  1. When we go on pilgrimage to the Buddha’s birthplace: We create the karma to have control of our own rebirth; to be reborn in pleasant places where we will have the right conditions and opportunities to practise Dharma.
  2. When we visit the place where Buddha attained Enlightenment: Karmic seeds are planted in our mindstreams for us to also gain Enlightenment; we go towards the path of Enlightenment in all future lifetimes; even if we fail to attain Enlightenment within Buddha Shakyamuni’s age, we create the causes to be among the foremost disciples of Maitreya, the future Buddha, when he manifests.
  3. When we visit the place where Buddha first taught the Dharma: We create the karma
    • for the Dharma to really penetrate deep into our minds and we are able to transform our minds when we receive the teachings,
    • to be able to sponsor, propagate and put our energy towards the growth of Dharma,
    • to be able to speak and share Dharma with others and to transform their lives.
  4. When we visit the place where Buddha passed away: We create the causes to increase our lifespan in order to engage in deeper spiritual practices and gain Enlightenment; we will not die ordinary deaths with fear or anxiety, and we create the causes to have control over our death and rebirth.

The day when Buddha Shakyamuni entered into Paranirvana is depicted in this beautiful painting. Click on image to enlarge. Click here to see more paintings.

Buddha Shakyamuni gave these teachings and if we follow them, they can bring us to Enlightenment. Similarly, all those who have followed the Buddha’s teachings in the past have gained attainments and become enlightened, just like him. Therefore, visiting their holy sites is equivalent to visiting Buddha Shakyamuni’s holy sites because the enlightened mind and its energies are all the same.

When embarking on a pilgrimage, all pilgrims are encouraged to contemplate on the selfless motivation and actions of all holy beings, and on their deeply compassionate wish to constantly serve others. By meditating on this and making aspirational prayers to attain these qualities, we forge an incredible connection with the enlightened beings that is carried forward in this and all future lives, spiritual work and practice.

 

Why Vajra Yogini?

Vajra Yogini is the consort of Heruka and her incredible, efficacious Tantra was first expounded by Vajradhara within the 47th and 48th chapter of the Heruka Root Tantra. She is a Highest Yoga Tantra yidam (meditational deity; ishtadevata in Sanskrit) and is considered to be one of the most important deities in the Tibetan pantheon simply because her practice is the easiest.

Vajra Yogini and Heruka. Click on image to enlarge.

Heruka and Vajra Yogini. Click on image to enlarge.

Therefore, her Tantra is considered to be the most suitable for people of these degenerate times when desire is the strongest energy. The reason for Vajra Yogini’s efficacy lies in her ability to transform ordinary desire energy into great bliss, a quality necessary on the Tantric path to Enlightenment. Hence, she is seen as being ideally suited for people of this day and age because she provides the method to transform desire energy into enlightened virtue.

Vajra Yogini’s practice contains special instructions to transform all ordinary daily experiences into higher spiritual paths; and the prevention of ordinary death, intermediate state (bardo) and rebirth by transforming them into paths towards Enlightenment. It is stated in the Heruka Tantras that it is possible to achieve spiritual attainments by merely reciting Vajra Yogini’s mantra if our vows are intact, along with our spiritual commitments to our lama, known as samaya.

 

VIDEO: H.E. Tsem Rinpoche on Vajra Yogini

 

The History and Lineage of the Five Forms of Vajra Yogini

It is said that Vajradhara manifested as Heruka Chakrasamvara in order to transmit and elaborate on the practice of Vajra Yogini. While all lineages of Vajra Yogini can be scripturally traced back to this original text, the subsequent lineages of her practice can be attributed to various great Indian masters of the past. Although there are innumerable lineages of Vajra Yogini, five main lineages are diffused within Tibetan Buddhism.

 

1. Vajravarahi (Indra Kachö)

One of the oldest and perhaps the earliest lineage of Vajra Yogini’s practice is the Indra Kachö or Indra Kechari lineage of Vajra Yogini. This lineage is also commonly known as the ‘Adamantine Sow’ or Vajravarahi; in Tibetan, this form of Vajra Yogini is known as ‘Dorje Phagmo’.

A depiction of Vajravarahi or also known as Indra Kacho. Click on image to enlarge.

A depiction of Vajravarahi, also known as Indra Kachö. Click on image to enlarge.

Vajra Yogini in her Indra Kachö form stands in the dynamic posture of a great vajra dance, with one foot stomping on Maha Ishvara representing great ignorance and the other leg raised in dance. Her right hand wields a curved knife up to the side and her left hand holds a skullcup at the level of her heart. She is sometimes depicted with the prominent face of a sow protruding from above her right ear; at other times, the sow protrudes from the crown of her head. The sow represents the transmutation of ignorance into the transcendent experience of great bliss and Emptiness.

This ancient lineage of Vajra Yogini can be traced all the way back to Indrabodhi or Indrabhuti, who received the practice from his guru, the Mahasiddha Lawapa also sometimes referred to as the Mahasiddha Kambalapada. The name Indra Kachö literally means that this form of Vajra Yogini was practised by Indrabodhi and so the lineage took his name. According to tradition, Indrabodhi was a king who ruled the kingdom of Sambhola, one of the two kingdoms in the land of the dakinis, Oddiyana. King Jalendra ruled the other non-Buddhist kingdom of Lankapuri. Although there was peace in the land, a propitious marriage was arranged to unite the two kingdoms and so a betrothal took place between Princess Laksminkara, the sister of King Indrabodhi, and the son of King Jalendra.

Map of Oddiyana. Click on image to enlarge.

A map of Oddiyana. Click on image to enlarge.

Princess Laksminkara was just 16 years old when she was escorted to her new home with great pomp and ceremony. Prior to this, she had been practising the sadhana (daily meditational prayers and visualisations) that she had received from her guru and, driven by great renunciation, she was loathe to be bound by her new royal duties. In fact, the moment she arrived in her husband’s kingdom, a deep revulsion for the material world overcame her. She locked herself in her room, tore her clothes and seemed to be overcome with madness. One night, she escaped from the palace and went into the mountains to live in a cave and meditate. There, she is said to have gained Enlightenment (mahamudra-siddhi) and she began preaching the Buddha’s teachings to latrine sweepers and other outcasts of the kingdom.

From the time of her arrival, Princess Laksminkara’s outrageous behaviour brought much shame and trouble for her new royal family-in-law. King Jalendra immediately sent for King Indrabodhi to speak with his sister. However, King Indrabodhi realised that his sister had gained attainments and he himself felt the utmost shame for living a life surrounded by ease and comfort. And while his sister had realised the nature of existence, he had realised nothing and merely ruled his country.

A depiction of Princess Laksminkara. Click on image to enlarge.

A depiction of Princess Laksminkara. Click on image to enlarge.

Thereafter, King Indrabodhi resolved to follow in his sister’s path. After the coronation of his son as the new king, he retired to a small palace where he practised his sadhana for 12 years, finally achieving full Enlightenment himself.

One day, his son came to visit Indrabodhi, accompanied by those who loved the old king. As they were about to enter the palace, a loud voice boomed from over their heads. Looking up, they saw Indrabodhi floating in the air while seated on a magnificent throne.

Everyone prostrated to Indrabodhi and it is said that for seven days, he remained floating in the air while giving teachings to his son and friends on the doctrine of ‘inconceivable profundity and immensity’. On the eighth day, he ascended to Kechara Paradise with 700 disciples. Therefore, according to tradition, the Indra Kachö lineage of Vajra Yogini is one of the teachings that is attributed to the great king Indrabodhi.

 

2. Uddhapada Vajra Yogini (Maitri Kachö)

A thangka of Uddhapada Vajra Yogini, also known as Maitri Kachö Vajra Yogini. Click on image to enlarge.

Another famous lineage of Vajra Yogini’s practice is the Maitri Kachö or Maitri Kechari lineage. This lineage extends all the way back to the great Indian Mahasiddha Maitripa. It is also known as the Uddhapada Vajra Yogini or ‘One Leg Up’ Vajra Yogini lineage.

Uddhapada Vajra Yogini has her sacred body in a yogic posture with her right leg bent behind her at the knee. Her left arm, holding a skullcup, pulls her left leg up high against her breast while her right arm, holding a curved knife, is flung out behind her, above the sole of her right foot. In the crook of her left arm, she cradles a khatvanga which rests on her left shoulder.

Uddhapada Vajra Yogini arose from a vision beheld by the Mahasiddha Maitripa (1007-1078 CE). Maitripa was once a monk who studied at both the great monastic institutions of Nalanda and Vikramashila. While he was at Nalanda, he studied under the famous teacher Naropa, who was then known as the great scholar Abhayakirti.

An image of Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini from the Rinjung Gyatsa set of initiation. Click to enlarge.

An image of Uddhapada Vajra Yogini or Maitri Kachö Vajra Yogini from the Rinjung Gyatsa set of initiations. Click to enlarge.

Later, Maitripa studied in Vikramashila under the abbotship of the great master Atisha. However, he was expelled because of his controversial behaviour that contravened monastic rules. After leaving the monastery, he took up the practices of a wandering ascetic.

It was then that he met the great mahasiddha Shavaripa and became his student, receiving from him special instructions on Mahamudra. Maitripa went on to become known as a highly-accomplished adept of the Buddhist Tantric system and was renowned for passing the Mahamudra lineage and practice to the legendary Tibetan translator Marpa Chokyi Lodro, who in turn became the master of Jetsun Milarepa.

 

3. Vidyadhari Vajra Yogini (Flying Vajra Yogini)

Vidyadhari Vajra Yogini also known as Flying Vajra Yogini. Click to enlarge.

Vidyadhari Vajra Yogini also known as Flying Vajra Yogini. Click to enlarge.

Vajra Yogini in mid-flight is known as Vidyadhari, which literally means ‘Knowledge Holder’. This name in the Nepali language is ‘Bidjeswori’. Hence, her main shrine in Nepal which is located by the banks of the Bisnumati River is also called Bidjeswori. There is also another very sacred shrine to her at the Mahaboudha Stupa in Patan.

Vidyadhari Vajra Yogini appears to be flying with her legs pulled apart in mid-stride towards the sky. Therefore, she is also known as Akash Vajra Yogini, literally ‘Sky-Going’ or ‘Flying Vajra Yogini’. Her right arm is stretched behind her, holding a curved cemetery knife (drigug). She cradles a khatvanga in the crook of her arm, resting it on her left shoulder while holding a skullcup with the same hand. In some depictions, her left leg is placed on her left arm or shoulder.

This form of Vajra Yogini is known to be a variant of the vision beheld by the Mahasiddha Maitripa and is sometimes known in Tibetan as Maitri Kachö as well. In general however, the name Maitri Kachö is usually reserved for Uddhapada Vajra Yogini.

 

4. Sukhasiddhi Dakini

This form of Vajra Yogini is known as the White Khechari. The practice arose from the 11th Century Indian yogini Sukhasiddhi. After she gained Enlightenment, she appeared to others in various forms. She is traditionally depicted as a dakini who holds a skullcup in one hand, points to the sky with the other and is white in colour. However, in her secret yidam aspect as White Khechari, she is depicted differently.

The practice of White Khechari was disseminated by the Tibetan master Khyungpo Naljor (1050-1140 CE) and was eventually incorporated into the Shangpa Kagyu lineage.

Sukhasiddhi. Click on image to enlarge.

Sukhasiddhi Dakini. Click on image to enlarge.

Vajra Yogini’s form according to this lineage is that of a youthful 16-year-old who bears an expression that combines the sentiments of passion and wrath. She has three piercing eyes and her mouth opens ever so slightly, revealing her white teeth, four sharp fangs and twisting red tongue. White in colour, she sits in the posture of giving birth with her legs spread apart, thereby exposing her sacred secret organ. Her naked form is adorned with bone ornaments and a garland of 50 freshly severed heads. Just like the other forms of Vajra Yogini, she holds a curved knife in her right hand and a skullcup in her left. Her loose black hair flows freely down her back.

The yogini Sukhasiddhi was originally from Kashmir, where she was a kind but impoverished mother of six children. One day, she mistakenly gave away her last bag of rice to a wandering beggar, thinking that her family would return with more food. However, when they returned empty-handed, her own family chased her away in anger. Distraught, she wandered about until she found herself in Oddiyana where she began to earn a living as a brewer of rice beer. It was also in Oddiyana that she gained the allegiance of a female disciple of the famous Indian Mahasiddha Virupa (not the same as the mahasiddha who stopped the sun), to whom she anonymously supplied free beer.

When Virupa learned of Sukhasiddhi’s kindness, he summoned her to his forest hermitage. She arrived bearing offerings of beer and pork. Impressed with her great generosity, Virupa immediately bestowed some of his most profound teachings upon this kindly old woman, who was 61 years old at the time. It is said that Sukhasiddhi attained full realisation that very same night, and spontaneously assumed the guise and appearance of a beautiful young girl.

 

5. Naro Kachö Vajra Yogini

Naro Kachö Vajra Yogini. Click on image to enlarge.

With one face and two hands, and standing on both legs, this form of Vajra Yogini is the most widely recognisable form of the Queen of Tantras. Vajra Yogini in this form is so named because her lineage and practice first arose through a vision beheld by the great Indian Mahasiddha Naropa, thus giving rise to her Sanskrit name ‘Naro Kechari’, meaning “Naropa’s Dakini”.

Naropa was an eminent scholar of Nalanda Monastery who was especially known for being a faultless debater. Appointed as the “northern gatekeeper” of the monastery, it was his role to deal with anyone who entered Nalanda’s northern gates to challenge the monastery to a debate. It was an enormous responsibility for in those days, debates were a highly sophisticated art, and the defeated debater would have to adopt the practices and views of the victor. Such was the trust that Nalanda, a monastery of tens of thousands of highly accomplished scholars, had in Naropa to guard and protect their views.

A sacred tsa tsa of Vajra Yogini in Naro Kacho form.

A sacred tsa tsa of Vajra Yogini in Naro Kachö form.

Nevertheless, Naropa was soon compelled to leave Nalanda in search of Tilopa, a master he had heard of only in name, but whose very name alone filled him with unshakeable faith. Naropa would go on to receive the practice of Vajra Yogini in the form of Vajravarahi from Tilopa, who initiated his student into her sacred mandala after 23 years of purification and practice.

In the first 11 years, Naropa searched the length and breadth of India for his guru Tilopa, undergoing countless hardships, doubts and mental confusion as he chased every whisper of Tilopa’s name. It is commonly believed that during this time, Naropa purified the karma necessary in order for him to meet his guru. His meeting with Tilopa then began 12 years of punishing training, during which Naropa became a leading exemplar in the practice of guru devotion.

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The Pashupatinath Temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal. Close by are the meditational caves of the legendary mahasiddhas Tilopa and Naropa.

Naropa’s 12 years of training under his guru culminated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, at the Pashupatinath Temple. At this holy site, Tilopa initiated his student into the mandala of Vajravarahi (Indra Kachö) by drawing her mandala in the sand. After receiving the initiation, Naropa entered into deep practice and meditation, and gained siddhis (realisations) within six months. His attainments are attributed not just to the initiation he received and the depth of his practice, but to his trust and devotion in his teacher. It was through this guru devotion that Naropa was able to gain Enlightenment within one lifetime.

Through his supreme practice of Vajravarahi, Naropa later gained a vision of Vajra Yogini in her Naro Kachö form, which he later initiated the Nepali Phamthingpa brothers into. They themselves subsequently became attained through the deep practice of this “new” form of Vajra Yogini.

One generation later, the lineage of Naro Kachö Vajra Yogini arrived in Tibet through Sherab Tseg and Mal Lotsawa, entering first into the Sakya pantheon of practices. To this day, Vajra Yogini remains one of the Sakya lineage’s five principal Tantric practices. In the 18th Century, the Naro Kachö practice was introduced into the Gelug tradition. Later, in the 20th Century, it was His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche who recommended Naro Kachö Vajra Yogini as the main meditational deity (yidam) for the majority of practitioners of the Gelugpa tradition.

A painting of Naropa perceiving Vajra Yogini. Click on image to enlarge.

A painting of Naropa perceiving Vajra Yogini. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Sacred Vajra Yogini Temple #1: Bidjeswori

The sacred Bidjeswori Temple of Vajra Yogini lies on the west bank of the Bisnumati River in Kathmandu city. Also known by a few other names such as Bijayaswar, Visyasvari or Vidhyeshvari, the temple was built right at the epicentre of a powerful ancient cremation ground that is described in the Vajravarahi Tantras to be populated by vultures in the day and howling jackals at night. In the text, this cremation ground is known as Ramadoli or Karnadip. Hence, it is said that Citipati, the Protectors of the Vajra Yogini Tantras, also known as the Lord and Lady of the Cemetery, reside on this sacred ground.

Bidjeswori Vajra Yogini Temple located in the Kathmandu Valley.

Bidjeswori Vajra Yogini Temple located in the Kathmandu Valley.

At the centre of the temple’s main altar is a statue of the goddess Vidyadhari, the ‘Knowledge Holder’. ‘Bidjeswori’ being the Newari pronunciation of her name. Her sacred body is poised in mid-flight with her right leg bent behind her at the knee and her left leg pulled up high against her breast with her left arm. In this pose, it is easy to see why she is colloquially referred to as Akash Vajra Yogini or ‘Flying Vajra Yogini’.

Her right arm is flung out behind her, holding a curved cemetery knife (drigug) above the sole of her right foot. She cradles a khatvanga in the crook of her arm, resting it on her left shoulder.

The main altar at the Bidjeswori Temple. Left to right: Vajravarahi (Indra Kachö), Vidyadhari Vajra Yogini, and Uddhapada Vajra Yogini (Maitri Kachö). Click on image to enlarge.

To the left of the central image is Vajravarahi (Indra Kachö) in sacred dance, and to the right of the central image is Uddhapada Vajra Yogini (Maitri Kachö), also known as Phamthing (Pharping) Yogini. This form of Vajra Yogini has one foot extended skywards while the other stomps vigorously down upon the worldly god Maha Ishvara, who acts as a cushion for her foot. She holds the same implements as the other forms of Vajra Yogini.

On the right wall of the temple is a statue of Vajra Yogini Naro Khechari, or Naropa’s Dakini, the form of Vajra Yogini that originated from a vision of the Mahasiddha Naropa.

Naropa’s Dakini is enshrined on the right wall of the temple. Click on image to enlarge.

Carved into the ceiling of the temple is the double-tetrahedral mandala of Vajra Yogini, while the courtyard of the temple is filled with stupas of various shapes and sizes. The temple itself is an ancient Newar Buddhist temple and is topped by a traditional Newari pagoda-style roof constructed directly above the shrine. The roof is intricately carved and ornamented as an offering to the Tantric goddesses residing beneath.

The scriptural basis of the four Vajra Yoginis found within this temple can be traced back to the Chakrasamvara Tantra, which is widely practised by the Newaris. The Newar people are a mixture of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan-Burmese ethnicities and they are the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley.

It is said that a separate Tantra concerning these four dakinis was revealed some time ago but this Tantra is highly secret and little is known about it outside the Sambara guthis or ‘Tantric covens’.

 

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About Bidjeswori

Bidjeswori is located in the Swayambhu area of Kathmandu, a short distance away from Swayambhunath Hill and a short taxi ride from Thamel. It is believed to be the site of the ancient charnel ground of Ramadoli (Karnadip). The Hindu devi temple of Sobha Baghwati stands nearby.

Map of the Bidjeswori Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of the Bidjeswori Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Sacred Vajra Yogini Temple #2: Pharping

The Vajra Yogini temple at Pharping is known as Pharping Bajra Jogini in Nepali, or Phamthing Dorje Neljorma in Tibetan. It houses a sacred image of Vajra Yogini which has, in the past, manifested the miracle of speaking.

The Phamthingpa Vajra Yogini temple located in Pharping, Nepal.

The Phamthing Vajra Yogini Temple located in Pharping, Nepal.

The main form of Vajra Yogini at the Pharping Temple is known by many names including Uddhapada Vajra Yogini (Maitri Kachö) and Phamthing Yogini; to the Hindus, she is known as Nil Tara. Like most forms of Vajra Yogini, she is red in colour. With her right foot firmly planted upon the worldly deity Maha Ishvara on the ground, the other is raised straight up into the sky, pulled up by her left arm which holds a skullcup to her mouth. A khatvanga staff rests on her left shoulder and in her right hand she holds a curved cemetery knife to her side. Her attendants Baghini and Singhini, the Tiger- and Lion-Headed Yoginis flank her.

This form of Vajra Yogini is known as Phamthing Yogini, named after the Phamthingpa brothers. Click on image to enlarge.

This unique form of Vajra Yogini first appeared in a vision to Vagisvarakirti, the elder of the two Phamthingpa brothers who was a Nepali master and disciple of the famous Mahasiddha Naropa. Hence it is likely that the statue was originally made during the time of Vagisvarakirti himself but was restored at a later date by a subsequent vajracharya (a Vajrayana Buddhist priest from the Newari community of Nepal).

The famous Vagisvarakirti lived in the 11th Century and was renowned as one of the greatest teachers of his day. This great yogin of the Guhyasamaja, Chakrasamvara and Hevajra traditions was the heart disciple of Naropa, who had most likely spent some time in the Kathmandu Valley. Vagisvarakirti studied under Naropa for nine years, receiving the transmissions of the Chakrasamvara and Hevajra Tantras, amongst many other teachings and transmissions. Vagisvarakirti’s brother Dus-‘khorba also studied under Naropa for five years.

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According to Tibetan sources, the Phamthingpa brothers were attributed to be Indian, perhaps due to their ancestry or from a prolonged stay in India to receive teachings. It may also be that at the time, the Tibetans themselves made no distinction between India and Nepal and thus, they were called the ‘Indian’ Phamthingpas to identify them as foreigners, since Phamthing could also be a Tibetan name.

The explorer and scholar Nicholas Roerich suggests that the elder Phamthingpa was actually known as Vagisvarakirti (Ngagi Wangchuk Drakpa) and that his sacred remains are preserved at Lo-chia-t’un in Gansu, China where he passed away upon his return from a pilgrimage to the Five-Peaked Mountain Paradise of Manjushri (Wu Tai Shan). He writes that the village of Phambi (Pharping) near Kathmandu is where the descendants of the great Phamthingpa currently live.

The Vajra Yogini temple located at Pharping

The Vajra Yogini temple located at Pharping

Aside from the image of Phamthing Yogini in the main chapel, there is another holy statue of Vajra Yogini enshrined in a separate chamber to the side. In terms of iconography, she is exactly the same as the main Vajra Yogini image belonging to Phamthingpa, except that she has a yellow face. It is said that this statue belonged to the travelling Tibetan master Marpa who, while on his travels to India, actually stopped at Pharping to worship Vajra Yogini at this shrine itself.

The Pharping Vajra Yogini Temple is located on the upper level of the building. In the shrine downstairs, a red standing Lokeshvara is in the middle alcove, with Basundara or Yellow Tara on the left, and Buddha Shakyamuni flanked by his two foremost disciples on the right.

According to Chokyi Nyima, the name ‘Pharping’ was derived from Nagaraj Sesa’s epithet Phanathinggu, ‘the Nine Hooded Cobra’. Over time, it has since been corrupted into ‘Phamthing’, which was the name of the village or district in the 18th Century. And so, it was the ‘Indian’ Phamthingpa who was named after his birthplace, the pronunciation of which was presumably further corrupted into ‘Pharping’ over time.

 

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About Pharping

Pharping is about 19 kilometres (about an hour’s drive) south of Kathmandu city. Located on the road to Dakshinkali, it is a major Buddhist pilgrimage destination due to a number of sacred sites. Most people visit Pharping to pay homage to the self-arising Tara image at Drolma Lhakhang (Tara Temple), hike uphill to visit the Guru Rinpoche Cave (Asura Cave temple) where Guru Rinpoche left his handprint in the rocky mountain face, and then continue downhill to visit the Newari-style Vajra Yogini Temple of Pharping.

Those who are unable to walk long distances can hire a car to get dropped off closer to the Vajra Yogini temple. From the drop-off point, the temple is a short walk up a few flights of stairs.

Map of the Pharping Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of the Pharping Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Sacred Vajra Yogini Temple #3: Patan

Another sacred Vajra Yogini temple can be found at Patan’s Mahaboudha Temple, which is known in Tibetan as ‘Yerang Sangye Tongku’ or ‘Thousand Buddhas of Patan’. Located in Oku Bahal, the Mahaboudha Temple is an attractive Indian-style stone stupa constructed right in the middle of a courtyard, with the stupa above a shrine to Lord Buddha below. It is a replica of the original stupa that stands at Vajrasana in Bodhgaya, India, the ancient temple constructed at the very spot where Buddha is said to have gained complete Enlightenment.

Patan, the third largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Patan Durbar Square. It is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Abhayaraja of the Sakya caste built the Mahaboudha Temple in 1601, and his contemporary descendants grew in fame as artisans and craftsmen who now live in the Patan area. It is said that the Mahaboudha Temple was built for faithful local devotees who lacked the financial means to travel to India to pay homage to the Buddha. The blessed stone image of Lord Buddha, brought from Vajrasana (The seat of Buddha’s enlightenment-Bodhgaya) itself, resides here in the aspect of Enlightenment.

The original builders of the Mahaboudha Temple probably also constructed the Vajra Yogini Temple located on the first floor directly opposite the Stupa. The main Vajra Yogini image is that of Akash Vajra Yogini, or the ‘Flying Vajra Yogini’.

The Vajra Yogini statue that is being enshrined in the Vajra Yogini temple located in Patan.

The Vajra Yogini statue that is enshrined in the Patan Vajra Yogini Temple. Click on image to enlarge.

The Patan Vajra Yogini Temple is located in the old part of town, not far from Patan Durbar Square. Visitors must walk through a narrow alley in between shops to get to the entrance to the courtyard. The temple is accessible via a steep flight of steps.

 

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About Patan

Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is an ancient city known for its beauty. Located approximately five kilometres south of Kathmandu city on the southern side of the Bagmati River, Patan is the oldest of the three cities in the Kathmandu Valley, the other two being Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Major sights in Patan include Patan Durbar Square, a stunning collection of temples and palaces and the Golden Temple, a Buddhist monastery which is heavily gilded as its name implies.

Patan is also renowned for being home to a great many craftsmen and artisans, and it is an excellent place to purchase Buddhist and Hindu statues, figurines, paintings and the like.

Map of the Patan Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of the Patan Vajra Yogini Temple. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Sacred Vajra Yogini Temple #4: Sankhu

Located at the top of a hill just off the road from Nyanang, the Sankhu Vajra Yogini Temple is actually a temple complex consisting of multiple shrines. The central image worshipped at Sankhu is an ancient and extraordinarily sublime image of the goddess Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara, who is enshrined in the lower temple inside a Newari-style building with a gilded copper roof.

Another Vajra Yogini temple in Sankhu

The Vajra Yogini Temple in Sankhu

The statue, said to be self-arising, is painted red in colour. With one face and four arms, two of her hands hold a skullcup and curved knife at the level of her heart, while the remaining two hold a sword and an utpala lotus on either side of her body. Since the sword is her distinctive implement, she is also popularly known as Khadga Jogini, ‘khadga’ being Nepali for ‘sword’.

The self arising Vajra Yogini of Sankhu, flanked by her attendant yoginis. Click to enlarge.

According to a Tibetan source, a powerful and attained female lama used to live in Sankhu. She is said to have attained Enlightenment by relying on Vajra Yogini and benefited countless beings. After she passed away, many auspicious signs are said to have manifested during her funeral, thus indicating her sublime nature. In the end, her sacred remains were inserted into this statue of Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara.

A larger image of Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara cast in bell metal is enshrined in Sankhu’s main (and larger) upper temple. This statue is the one that lay vajracharya priests take on the annual religious procession (jatra) through the town of Sankhu. In both the upper and lower temples, Baghini and Singhini, the Tiger and Lion-headed Yoginis accompany Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara.

A picture of the Sankhu Vajra Yogini statue that is believed to contain the remains of the great yogini who had become one with Vajra Yogini. Click on image to enlarge.

A picture of Sankhu’s Vajra Yogini statue in the upper temple. Click on image to enlarge.

Next to Sankhu’s self-arising Ugra-tara image, a self-arising stone Swayambhu Stupa is enshrined in another Newari-style chapel. The upper temple at Sankhu also houses the actual loom of the Nepali Princess Bhrkuti. Other notable sights at Sankhu include an ancient solid bronze standing Lokeshvara and a solid bronze standing Buddha.

Due to concerns regarding the structural integrity of the temples after the 2015 Nepal earthquake, many of the statues at Sankhu have been displaced from their original locations and moved to other buildings within the temple complex in order to protect them.

The self arising Swayambu Stupa at Sankhu. Click on image to enlarge.

Both Buddhists and Hindus worship Ugra-tara and have their separate Tantras and sadhanas to propitiate her. Although Ugra-tara’s prevailing reputation is that of an ancient manifestation of Vajra Yogini, to Hindus the goddess is known as Sankhu Narayani, a form of Durga. They acknowledge that Ugra-tara was originally a Buddhist deity but nevertheless, Hindu devotees have incorporated her into the Dasamahavidhya pantheon (the ten aspects of the Mother Goddess’ wisdom) where she is revered as the personification of spiritual hunger.

Like many other temples in Nepal, Sankhu is said to have a connection with Guru Rinpoche. It is said that Guru Rinpoche hid 1000 treasure teachings (termas) throughout Nepal in Sankhu and other monasteries, as well as in the environment itself. These termas were to be discovered at a later time to benefit future practitioners.

A stone image of Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara in one of the meditation caves at Sankhu. Click on image to enlarge.

According to the Newari tradition, the Sankhu Vajra Yogini is said to be the oldest of the four sister yoginis of the Kathmandu Valley, the others being Guhyeshwari, Pharping and Bidjeswori. Therefore, Sankhu is inarguably one of the Valley’s oldest shrines. Having such ancient roots comes with its own set of difficulties, and the origins of Sankhu are somewhat shrouded in mystery although the shrine itself is referred to throughout recorded history.

Sankhu has a 5th Century association with Manadeva, and a 7th Century Amsuvarman inscription that mentions a ‘Gum Vihara’ may be referring to the Gvam Vihara of Bajra Jogini (i.e. Sankhu). In Urgyan Ling-pa’s Padma Kathang, Sankhu is mentioned on three occasions in the history of the 8th Century; later on in the 9th Century, it is said that Sankaracarya, a Hindu, may have visited or even resided at Sankhu.

During the annual Bajrajogini Jatra, the sacred image of Vajra Yogini bedecked in finery is carried in a religious procession to bless everyone in Sankhu town.

During the annual Bajrajogini Jatra, the sacred image of Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara bedecked in finery is carried in a religious procession to bless everyone in Sankhu town. Click on image to enlarge.

Therein lies the mystery of Sankhu’s origins. Vajra Yogini Ugra-tara has sometimes been referred to as a wrathful aspect of Tara and although Tara is originally a Buddhist deity, the Hinayana Buddhists of the time would never have worshipped Tara in her Sankhu form as Ugra-tara. Hence, it seems possible that long before the present temple was built by the Nepali King Prakash Malla in 1655, the site was originally occupied by Hindu priests. It was they who established the Devi (goddess) as the chief image for worship and instituted blood sacrifice to her. The hypothesis that Hindu priests originally occupied the site is further reinforced by the fact a devi pitha is not a likely site for the establishment of a Hinayana vihara (as Sankhu eventually became), and blood sacrifice is never performed for Buddhist yoginis.

Nevertheless, the vihara has long since disappeared and the Sankhu of today is occupied by Buddhist Newar priests who once again attend to the temple. If the name ‘Vajra Yogini’ is Buddhist in origin, and a Buddhist goddess was being worshipped at Sankhu in the 9th Century, author Keith Dowman writes that it is unlikely she was Ugra-tara. He postulates that it is possible she was a different deity, perhaps even Naro Khechari (Naropa’s Dakini) herself.

 

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About Sankhu

Sankhu is an ancient Newar town that was once an important stopover on the old trade route between Kathmandu and Lhasa, Tibet. It is located in the northeastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley about 17 kilometres from the capital city of Kathmandu. Unfortunately, earthquakes in 2015 heavily damaged this ancient town and the roads leading there. Fortunately, larger four-wheel-drive cars can still make the journey to Sankhu. At the time of writing, the damaged Vajra Yogini Temple on the northern hillside of the village is being reconstructed but is still open to pilgrims.

Map of the Sankhu Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of the Sankhu Vajra Yogini temple. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Motivation, Prayers and Offerings

While at each of the four sacred sites of Vajra Yogini, you should set a good motivation before engaging in making offerings and prayers there. Setting a good motivation and making a very strong dedication, when combined with the action itself, transforms the energies generated into merit, which is essential for our path towards Enlightenment and ultimate happiness. The immense energies from merit can never be used up; rather, we benefit from them over and over again, and in myriad ways until we achieve our spiritual goals.

 

The Motivation

Since these sacred sites are associated with holy Vajra Yogini, which is a Highest Yoga Tantric practice, our motivation should be geared towards receiving and accomplishing her practice for it is through her practice that we can swiftly achieve Enlightenment.

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As such, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche recommends to his students to make the following four aspirational prayers, together with the Mahayana motivation of achieving Enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. These are:

  1. To receive the full initiation of glorious Vajra Yogini in this very lifetime from a qualified lama or master, inclusive of the oral transmission and commentary.
  2. To master the 11 yogas and the generation and completion stages of Vajra Yogini practice; and to engage in a long Vajra Yogini retreat during this lifetime.
  3. To ascend to Vajra Yogini’s sacred pure land, Kechara, upon our passing.
  4. To never be separated from Vajra Yogini in this life and all future lives.

 

Prayers

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Holy sites are excellent places to recite prayers as their benefits are multiplied due to the enlightened energies imbued in the environment by great practitioners and masters who have come before us.

For those who have not yet received initiation, when at these holy sites you can engage in Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa), combined with reciting the mantras of Lama Tsongkhapa, Manjushri, Chenrezig, Vajrapani, Medicine Buddha or Tara. You can also recite your own Guru’s mantra at these sites; it is said that if you are sincere and have tremendous faith, your Guru’s mantra is the most powerful mantra of all.

For those who have received initiation into Vajra Yogini’s Tantric practice, if you have the time, you can engage in your daily sadhana here. Otherwise, you may simply recite her Eight-Line Praise, her holy mantra, and even your Guru’s mantra for the reasons mentioned above.

Before leaving each holy site, recite dedication prayers to dedicate the merits accumulated towards the four aspirations previously mentioned; at the end of your entire trip, seal the merits of your pilgrimage by reciting the King of Prayers, and dedicating it to the great goal of Enlightenment.

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Some of these temples have mani wheels built into the walls. Filled with thousands of mantras and prayers, turning these in a clockwise direction sends the energies of the mantras into the environment, thereby blessing all beings in the area, including yourself and other pilgrims. It is also said that turning these wheels multiplies the effects of our own mantra recitation, and each turn of the wheel is equivalent to reciting the number of mantras that are encased within.

Apart from offering prayers at these sites, visitors and pilgrims can also engage in other merit-generating activities such as prostrations, which help to purify negative karma and lessen the ego; circumambulation, which generates merit and helps us create a stronger connection to the divine through our physical veneration; or even mandala offerings if time, space, and other considerations allow.

 

Offerings

There is a long history of making offerings in the Buddhist tradition. Practices at these four holy Vajra Yogini sites are no different, although they may take on a form more closely related to local Nepali customs, which are steeped in devotional practices. Such offerings include butterlamps, which are offerings of light that can be purchased from the temple’s caretakers who usually prepare them together with their families. Approach the temple’s caretaker and let them know you wish to offer a butterlamp, and they will be more than happy to assist you.

Butter lamps offering

Butterlamp offerings

It is not uncommon for devout pilgrims to offer hundreds, even thousands of butterlamps. The offering of light symbolises the dispelling of ignorance (represented by darkness) and the gaining of true knowledge of existence and enlightened wisdom. Butterlamps are available at temples and shrines all over Nepal, whether Buddhist or Hindu.

Pilgrims will also find that other methods of making offerings are abundant at these temples, including khatas (silk scarves) which symbolically carry our prayers and aspirations to the divine when offered to Vajra Yogini’s sacred images. Flower garlands are frequently available for offering purposes, as are fruits, milk, yoghurt and tea. These are all symbolic of gaining the sustenance we need in our lives.

Khatas

Khatas

Another very significant offering is incense, widely practised throughout all traditions, schools and vehicles of Buddhism. In Nepal, incense offering commonly takes the form of Indian-style incense sticks, or Tibetan-style incense sticks set to light a mound of powdered juniper. The Tibetan style is especially favoured, as the ingredients are specific herbal combinations prescribed in the scriptures. This smoky offering is so popular for its purification qualities that most temples will provide pilgrims with a large incense burner outside their main entrance for this very purpose. Incense offerings inside the inner sanctum are usually left to the temple caretakers to do.

Visitors to the Vajra Yogini shrines will also notice small amounts of money being offered. These are usually symbolically placed near Vajra Yogini as an offering of both our material and spiritual wealth, as well as offering our wishes.

Nepali throwing sindura powder at each other during the Sindoor Jatra (Vermillion powder festival) as part of the celebrations commencing Nepali New Year.

Nepali throw sindhura powder at each other during the Sindoor Jatra (vermillion powder festival) as part of the celebrations commencing Nepali New Year.

Another form of offering that is closely related to the practice of Vajra Yogini is the offering of sindhura (vermillion or powdered cinnabar). It is said that when we gain realisations through the practice of Vajra Yogini, sindhura powder will spontaneously appear on the crown of our heads as an external manifestation of our spiritual accomplishments. This is one of many signs that indicate Vajra Yogini will take us to Kechara Paradise, her pure land, on our passing. Once there, we can focus on our spiritual path even more intensely and attain higher states of being, leading to Enlightenment.

Before leaving each holy site, do not forget to request the temple caretaker for some flowers or dust from Vajra Yogini’s holy body. More often than not, they will be happy to oblige. Store these well in a clean container, as they can be enshrined in our own statues upon our return home.

 

Nepal: An Overview

Nepal, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a small landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia. Nepal has always been a popular tourist destination, not only for its incredible natural beauty or as a mecca for adrenaline junkies but also for its deep spirituality expressed in the daily lives of the locals. With a population of around 26.4 million, this Himalayan nation consists of a multiethnic society with Nepali as the official language. The nation’s largest city is its capital Kathmandu, an urban sprawl which is the location of the country’s only international airport, Tribhuvan.

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The name “Nepal” was first used in the ancient texts from the Vedic Age, the era in which the foundation of the Hindu faith was formed. Hinduism is now the predominant religion of the country. Sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, Prince Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism was born in southern Nepal in present-day Lumbini. Thus, Buddhism continues to be practised alongside Hinduism as a major spiritual tradition within the country.

A map of Nepal. Click on image to enlarge.

A map of Nepal. Click on image to enlarge.

Nepal borders with China to the north, India to the south, east, and west while Bangladesh is just 27 kilometres away from Nepal’s southeastern-most tip. In a roughly trapezoidal shape, Nepal is 800 kilometres (497 miles) long and 200 kilometres (124 miles) wide, with a total land area of around 147,181 square kilometres (56,827 square miles).

The country can be divided into three main geographical regions: the Himalayan region, the mid-hill region, and the Terai region. The diverse landscape includes fertile plains, subalpine-forested hills and eight of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest peak on Earth (8,848 metres above sea level). It is precisely this environment that has made Nepal a draw for nature lovers and extreme sports enthusiasts.

 

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the main gateway for foreigners flying into the Himalayan nation. It is a huge city with a population of 1.5 million in the urban area, and three million across the larger Kathmandu Valley, which includes the surrounding towns of Lalitpur, Kirtipur, Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur and other municipalities.

One of the busy streets of Kathmandu

One of the busy streets of Thamel, Kathmandu.

The entire Kathmandu Valley sits at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres or 4,600 feet above sea level. Traditionally referred to as “Nepal Mandala”, the Valley has been the home of Newar culture, developed by the ancient inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley for thousands of years. The city also functioned as the old royal capital of the Kingdom of Nepal and thus, scattered throughout the city are many ancient palaces, mansions and gardens of the old Nepali nobility. Today, the city is the seat of the modern Nepali republic that was established in 2008.

Kathmandu has been the epicentre of Nepali art, culture, history and the economy for centuries. Most of its diverse multiethnic population are adherents of the Hindu and Buddhist faiths and so religious and cultural festivities are an important part of life for people living in the Kathmandu Valley.

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Due to the city’s role as an important gateway to the Nepali Himalayas, tourism is a major source of income and livelihood for Kathmandu’s residents. Since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed historic areas of Kathmandu on 25 April 2015, the capital is still recovering from the ravages of the devastation and tourism is only just starting to improve again. Tourists will face few challenges navigating their stay in Kathmandu – while Nepali is the most widely spoken language, many of the city’s educated residents can understand and converse in English.

 

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Getting There

As a land-locked country, Nepal cannot be reached by sea; the country is only accessible by land and air.

 

By Land

Visitors can travel overland to Nepal from China via the Kodari crossing on the border; or from India, at either the Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj or Gaddachowki entry points. A tourist visa can be obtained at any of these border crossings.

Kodari, a border crossing from Nepal into the Tibet .

Kodari, a border crossing from China into Nepal.

 

By Air

Tribhuvan International Airport is located in the country’s capital, Kathmandu. A tourist visa can be obtained upon arrival at the airport (see below for visa requirements). Airlines that fly to Kathmandu include: Silk Air, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Air Asia, Thai Airways, Cathay Dragon, China Southern, Oman Air, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Regent Airways, US-Bangla Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Himalaya Airlines, Nepal Airlines, Malindo Air, and many others.

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Airports in Nepal. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Visas

All visitors travelling to Nepal will need a valid passport and one passport-sized photograph on a light (or white) background for the tourist visa application process. Upon arrival, visitors should fill out the application form before approaching the payment counter to submit the application fee, whereupon the visa (if approved) will be issued at the immigration desk itself.

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Payment for the tourist visa is only accepted in one of the following currencies: US Dollar, Pound Sterling, Euro, Swiss Franc, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, Japanese Yen, Singapore Dollar or Hong Kong Dollar.

Note: If you enter the country on a 15- or 30-day visa, these can be extended to the 90-day visa at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. The cost of this extension will be the difference between the tourist visa you already have and the one you are applying for. The process of extension is simple and can take as little as 15-20 minutes depending on how busy the office is. Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in Nepal during the calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31). Below is a table detailing the types of tourist visas available:

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Free Tourist Visas

Free 30-day tourist visas are granted upon arrival to nationals of the following countries: Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Bangladesh. These visas can be extended at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu after payment of the appropriate fee mentioned above.

Chinese nationals are also provided with a free 30-day tourist visa but need to apply at either the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing, the Consulate General of Nepal in Lhasa, the Consulate General of Nepal in Hong Kong or the Honorary Consulate of Nepal in Shanghai to be eligible.

Indian nationals do not require a tourist visa to enter Nepal as long as they have valid identification such as a passport or Electoral Commission Card.

 

Foreign Nationals Not Eligible for Visas on Arrival

Foreign nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine or Afghanistan need to obtain Nepal tourist visas from the Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries before travelling to Nepal.

For more information about tourist visas or for enquiries, please contact:

Department of Immigration Nepal
Kalikasthan, Kathmandu
Tel: 00977-1- 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868/ 4433934
E-mail: mail@nepalimmigration.gov.np, dg@nepalimmigration.gov.np   
Website: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

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Getting Around Nepal

Due to earthquakes, poor road maintenance, weather conditions and traffic in Kathmandu, getting around can be difficult. While there is public transport available, local buses are usually overcrowded and quite uncomfortable. Tourist buses are available on major routes, and car and motorcycle hire is readily available.

However most tourists find it easier to hire taxis (abundant at major sites in cities), to charter four-wheel drive vehicles, or simply catch a flight to other destinations in Nepal. If staying at a reputable hotel, the concierge staff can arrange transport for you. Although these are usually more expensive than your average taxi, they are a lot more reliable.

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Nepal Travel Tips

  1. Bring a universal power adapter: Electricity sockets in Nepal are compatible with European plugs (three round prongs) and are powered by 220v/50Hz electricity. Bring extra batteries as well as you may experience power outages.
  2. Safety: Nepal is generally considered a safe country to visit. If you want to take extra precautions you can register with your local embassy while in Kathmandu, and make photocopies of all your important documents, such as your passport, flight tickets and travel itinerary. These should be stored in a separate place from the originals.
  3. Weather: It is essential to know what the weather will be like during the time you plan to be in Nepal, as the climate can vary greatly. Winters are very cold while summers can be scorching. Pack extra layers, woolly hats, and scarves for winter; thinner clothing, a hat, sun screen and sun glasses are essential for the summer.
  4. Clothing: Dress modestly, especially when visiting temples. Women should keep most areas covered, including the shoulders, chest and below the knees. Men should wear long trousers, and avoid wearing shorts.
  5. Hygiene: Keep tissue and hand sanitiser with you. Some public toilets, even in restaurants, may not have running water, and some toilets may even require squatting.
  6. Water: Do not drink water directly from the tap. Use bottled water, even for brushing your teeth, and avoid drinks with ice in them, since the water used for the ice may not be filtered. Bottled water can be found in practically every shop in Kathmandu.
  7. Face masks: Nepal’s climate is extremely dry and Kathmandu is extremely dusty, which turns to mud when it rains. Parts of the city are quite polluted as well, so it is a good idea to have face masks on hand. Even many of the locals opt to wear such masks. The atmosphere can irritate the respiratory system and cause symptoms such as runny noses, blocked sinuses, mild headaches, dry lips, and even general exhaustion. It is better to be prepared.
  8. Connectivity: Do not expect great internet service. In 2016, Nepal was ranked the country with the second lowest internet speed in the world, so visitors would do well to lower their expectations in terms of Internet speed and service.
  9. Entrance fees: Be aware that some tourist sites such as temples charge entrance fees for foreigners. Always check with your local tour guide or look out for signs near the entrances.
  10. Shopping: You can haggle for better prices for just about anything from taxi fares to souvenirs. Do make sure to walk around before you buy, as there may be something better just around the corner. Do remain respectful when haggling – the few rupees you save may hold an entirely different (and much greater) value for local shopkeepers.
  11. Environmental friendliness: Many shops in Nepal no longer use plastic bags but provide cloth bags to customers for a small fee. It is best to avoid using plastic bags altogether to ensure Nepal becomes environmentally-friendly.
  12. Tipping: In general, tipping is not necessary as hotels, cafes and restaurants add a service fee, which is usually around 10%. Exceptions are tour guides, porters, etc., and you should aim to offer them 10-15% of their service cost.
  13. Avoid: Avoid bars and clubs. These are tourist traps that scam you into buying alcohol and food at ridiculously inflated prices. Some of these places even have a history of intimidation and violence. Also avoid displaying food around temples. Many temple complexes in Kathmandu are also home to monkeys, who may often snatch food (and other belongings) away from you if you have it out in the open.
  14. Foreign exchange: Be sure to exchange your excess Nepali Rupees before leaving the country. Many currency exchanges do not accept Nepali Rupees outside of Nepal itself.
  15. Etiquette: Do not touch someone’s head or sit showing the soles of your feet to another person as it is considered extremely rude. Pointing with your finger is also considered rude; it is best to point with your chin if needed. Never pass food or give something to another person using your left hand, as it is considered unhygienic.

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Where to Stay

As the four holy Vajra Yogini temples are in or around Kathmandu, it is recommended to stay within the city limits. Not only will it be easier to arrange transport to these holy sites, but hotels in the city generally have better facilities.

Most tourists prefer to stay in areas popular with the tourist crowd, such as Thamel. Below are three places recommended as a strategic and comfortable base from which visitors can explore the rest of Kathmandu. You may wish to do further research for other accommodation options to meet your needs.

1. Kathmandu Guest House

Address: PO Box 21218, Ward no. 16, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: (+977-1) 470 0632/470 0800 & +977 9851020484

Website: https://ktmgh.com/kathmandu-guest-house/

Kathmandu Guest House

Kathmandu Guest House

2. Shambaling Boutique Hotel

Address: GPO Box: 3064, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: (+977-1) 491 6868
Website: http://www.shambaling.com

3. Hyatt Regency Kathmandu


Address: PO Box 9609, Taragaon, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: (+977-1) 517 1234
Website: https://kathmandu.regency.hyatt.com/

Those on a limited budget will find many backpacker-style accommodation options online, but be sure to choose one that is in an area with a large tourist population for safety reasons. Those who are adventurous can also check out local homestays for a more authentic experience. Many reputable international platforms have expanded their services into Nepal, for example Airbnb (http://www.airbnb.com). Just be sure to check out previous reviews so that you know what to expect.

 

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Vajra Yogini and Other Sacred Power Places in Nepal

by Pastor David Lai

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Vajra Yogini and Other Sacred Power Places in Nepal was inspired by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche when he took 61 people on a whirlwind pilgrimage to Nepal. This book is an account of the amazing spiritual journey with each temple and holy site beautifully captured on camera along with Tsem Rinpoche’s powerful explanations and stories.

The principle pilgrimage sites which the pilgrims were privileged to visit consisted of ancient caves and temples related to the Tantric deity called Vajra Yogini, the Mahasiddha Naropa and his Guru, Tilopa. There are many photographs particularly of the ancient and sacred Vajra Yogini statues that have never been seen in print – in fact, most of these sites are not even mentioned in the usual guidebooks. It is hoped that this book will serve to inspire intrepid spiritual seekers who wish to make their own spiritual journey to discover the ancient world of Vajra Yogini.

Source: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/vajrayogini-and-other-sacred-power-places-in-nepal

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The Life and Teaching of Naropa

Herbert V. Guenther

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In the history of Tibetan Buddhism, the 11th Century Indian mystic Naropa occupies an unusual position, for his life and teachings mark both the end of a long tradition and the beginning of a new and rich era in Buddhist thought. Naropa’s biography, translated by the world-renowned Buddhist scholar Herbert V. Guenther from hitherto unknown sources, describes with great psychological insight the spiritual development of this scholar-saint. It is unique in that it also contains a detailed analysis of his teaching that has been authoritative for the whole of Tantric Buddhism.

This modern translation is accompanied by a commentary that relates Buddhist concepts to Western analytic philosophy, psychiatry, and depth psychology, thereby illuminating the significance of Tantra and Tantrism for our own time. Yet above all, it is the story of an individual whose years of endless toil and perseverance on the Buddhist path will serve as an inspiration to anyone who aspires to spiritual practice.

Source: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Teaching-Naropa-Herbert-Guenther/dp/1570621012

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The Six Yogas of Naropa

By Tsongkhapa (Author), Glenn H. Mullin (Translator)

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Tsongkhapa’s commentary entitled A Book of Three Inspirations: A Treatise on the Stages of Training in the Profound Path of Naro’s Six Dharmas is commonly referred to as The Three Inspirations. Anyone who has read more than a few books on Tibetan Buddhism will have encountered references to the Six Yogas of Naropa, a preeminent yogic technology system.

The six practices — inner heat, illusory body, clear light, consciousness transference, forceful projection, and bardo yoga — gradually came to pervade thousands of monasteries, nunneries, and hermitages throughout Central Asia over the past five and a half centuries.

Source: https://www.amazon.com/Six-Yogas-Naropa-Tsongkhapas-Inspirations/dp/1559392347

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The Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa

By Glenn H. Mullin

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The Tibetan tradition known as the Six Yogas of Naropa is one of the most popular Tantric systems with all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Structured and arranged by the 11th Century Indian masters Tilopa and Naropa from various Buddhist Tantric legacies, this system of yogic practice was carried to Tibet by Marpa the Translator a generation later. These six yogas — inner heat, illusory body, clear light, consciousness transference, forceful projection, and bardo yoga — continue to be one of the most important living meditation traditions in the Land of the Snows.

This book on the Six Yogas contains important texts on this esoteric doctrine, including original Indian works by Tilopa and Naropa and writings by great Tibetan lamas. It contains an important practice manual on the Six Yogas as well as other works that discuss the practices, their context, and the historical continuity of this most important tradition.

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  1. Pastor Shin Tan on Oct 4, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Original illustration and text posted by Eric D Hatchell as a reply to H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s facebook post on Vajrayogini here: http://bit.ly/VYogini0001

    The Dākiṇī with the Essence of all Buddhas, Vajrayoginī

    Her practice includes methods to end the otherwise repetitive states of Bardo and rebirth, by transforming the process into a journey, which may lead to full enlightenment. In preparation for which, Vajrayoginī further offers the omnipresent ability to reconstruct the nature of the most, mundane everyday experiences, such that they may reveal higher destinations, via the spiritual paths she may choose to reveal. [1] Vajrayoginī being defined as, “The Dākiṇī who is the Essence of all Buddhas”, [2] is amplified by scholar Miranda Shaw when she implied that this deity is no less than, the supreme nature of the very Tantric pantheon. No male Buddha, including her divine consort, Heruka-Cakrasaṃvara, further advances her in metaphysical implications. [3]

    Vajrayoginī’s sādhanā originates from India circa 10/12th C, [4] when summoned as Heruka-Cakrasaṃvara’s Yab-Yum consort [5], with later forms including Vajrayoginī as “Solitary Hero”, she may be visualized with the deep red complexion of a 16-year-old female, whose stance is nude amidst a blazing fire of pristine awareness and most exalted wisdom. Her head is adorned with a crown of five skulls and upon her forehead, the third eye of wisdom is set vertically (represented here by an auspicious jewel). She drapes a necklace of fifty dried human skulls and is depicted with her traditional vajra-handled knife in her right hand; with a blood filled kapala in her left, she drinks with upturned head while looking above, toward the pure realm of Khechara. This seemingly gruesome gesture is actually symbolic of her clear light in great joy, known as “mahasukha” (the great bliss), [6] [7] thus the blood she drinks may be offered to us all as if a fine wine.

    Resting on the left shoulder is a Katvanga staff as she stands tall with her two feet, trampling the bodies of red Kalaratri and black Bhairava (with heads bending backward), representing the embodiment of illusion and ego-awareness. The composition, all of which rests above a sun disc and multicolored lotus pedestal, she is rendered here after a thankga of Naropa Tradition (passed down from a special teaching of the Indian Mahasiddha Naropa). Vajrayoginī herself may be classified as the personification of “Wisdom” or “Mother” and her practice originates with the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras, which is one of the five principal tantric practices of the Sakya School, although found in one form or another, she is included in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. [8]

    Vajrayoginī also appears in versions from the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, with one popular system having the practitioner visualize themselves as Vajrayoginī, as such, their guru taking the form of Milarepa. [9] Thus depicted above the central deity here we see Milarepa on our right, with his great Guru Marpa left (whose guru was Naropa himself, and other great Indian masters). [10]

    Vajrayoginī is a simplified, single most form of the female Buddha, who is otherwise a collection of alternate forms. From her sādhanās she is visualized in English terms as “Vajra Sow”, “Wrathful Lady”, “Fierce Black One”, and other such similar manifestations of female energy found in numerous iconographic renderings and traditions. Each feature of Vajrayoginī’s visualization conveys important spiritual concept. For example, her three eyes indicate her ability to see all (past, present and future); her red-colored body symbolizes the blazing of her ”inner fire”, and the curved knife she wields, demonstrates the power to sever the delusions and obstacles of her followers and of all living beings. [11]

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    References:

    [1] Gyatso, Kelsang. Guide to Dakini Land: The Highest Yoga Tantra Practice of Buddha Vajrayogini. London: Tharpa, 1996, p.xii.

    [2] “The Berzin Archives.” Bonding Practices for Mother Tantra. Accessed February 18, 2016. http://www.berzinarchives.com/…/bonding_prac_mother_tantra_….

    [3] Shaw, Miranda Eberle. Buddhist Goddesses of India. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006, p. 8.

    [4] English, Elizabeth. Vajrayoginī: Her Visualizations, Rituals & Forms: A Study of the Cult of Vajrayoginī in India. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2002.

    [5] “Vajrasattva (Buddhist Deity) – White (with Consort).” Vajrasattva (Buddhist Deity). Accessed February 18, 2016. http://www.himalayanart.org/items/77598.

    [6] Gyatso, Kelsang. Guide to Dakini Land: The Highest Yoga Tantra Practice of Buddha Vajrayogini. London: Tharpa, 1996 p. 123-127.

    [7] Glenn H. Mullin

    [8] “Item: Vajrayogini (Buddhist Deity) – (Naropa Tradition).” Vajrayogini (Buddhist Deity). Accessed February 18, 2016. http://www.himalayanart.org/items/290.

    [9] English, Elizabeth. Vajrayoginī: Her Visualizations, Rituals & Forms: A Study of the Cult of Vajrayoginī in India. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2002, p. xxiii.

    [10] Drinking the Mountain Stream: Songs of Tibet’s Beloved Saint, Milarepa … by Mi-la-ras-pa, Rinpoche Lama Kunga, Brian Cutillo, p.305.

    [11] Gyatso, Kelsang. Guide to Dakini Land: The Highest Yoga Tantra Practice of Buddha Vajrayogini. London: Tharpa, 1996, p.123-127.

    VY

  2. Chris on Aug 24, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this blog post. It is very informative and whoever that wishes to go for pilgrimage in Nepal will be greatly benefited from this article. I still remember due to Rinpoche’s kindness. I am able to visit all of the above holy sites to pay homage to Vajrayogini. it was a magical and spiritual journey.

    Out of all of the 4 temples, I feel most connected to Bijesvari and Sankhu Vajrayogini the most. It was just magical to be able to visit both temples. Vajrayogini very long and deep connection with Nepal and her practice is very prevalent. Many signs and miracles surrounded deep Vajrayogini practitioners and it shows how powerful her practice is. It is very important for us to make a connection with her now and pray to receive her practice in the future.

    Rinpoche is exceptionally passionate in Buddha Vajrayogini and keep urging us to make a connection with this female Buddha in Kechara. We have Vajrayogini’s stupa here on our land to bless everyone and everything on the land. Even the name of the place is called Kechara which is Vajrayogini’s pure land. So whoever that came across Kechara or anything that is associated with us, a seed of Vajrayogini will be planted into their mindstream and one day it will germinate and bring him/her to Vajrayogini.

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  3. Beatrix Ooi on Aug 23, 2018 at 10:53 am

    For more free high resolution images of Vajrayogini, visit: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html?nggpage=9

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  4. Tsem Rinpoche on Jul 29, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    This eldery & innocent monk in India was brutally attacked, find out why. Shockinghttps://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953

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  5. Pastor Adeline on Jul 28, 2018 at 2:32 am

    Nice short video of a new LED signage reminding us of who we can go to for blessings in case of need: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBwrkaKUoH0

  6. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 27, 2018 at 6:25 am

    This is my beautiful Bodhgaya Vajra Yogini on my personal altar. May you be blessed by her always. Read about her here https://bit.ly/2AfEK4Q

    Tsem Rinpoche

  7. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

    Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbzgskLKxT8&t=5821s

  8. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 25, 2018 at 2:29 am

    The current form of Naro Kacho Vajra Yogini appeared to the Indian Mahasiddha Naropa after he meditated intensely on her practice inside a cave. He beheld her glorious form in a vision. This unique form became known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini or Naro Kacho, as it had never existed before. Later, in Tibet, His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche also had visions of Vajra Yogini. His vision differed slightly from the vision of her that Naropa beheld. In the original Naro Kacho form, Vajra Yogini looks towards her pure land named Kechara. However in Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s vision, she looked straight at him, symbolic of the deity empowering him to bestow her practice to many people in order to benefit them. The practice of Vajra Yogini belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification that leads to tremendous inner transformation and can even grant enlightenment within just one lifetime.

    PabongkaRinpocheVY

  9. yin ping on Jul 23, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Buddhists are encouraged to make pilgrimage to the 4 holy places, the Buddha’s birth place, place where the Buddha enlightenment, place where Buddha gave his first teachings, and lastly place where Buddha passed away. Visiting any holy places indeed connects us with the blessed energies where the holy beings existed, practiced tirelessly and selflessly for the sake of sentient beings. This creates a strong Dharma imprints and it opens up good karma and merits for a better living and also very beneficial for our spiritual path. We are creating the cause to attain the same virtuous quality of a enlightened beings.

  10. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 22, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Video of Tsem Rinpoche’s shrine taken July 16, 2018. Very beautiful, well done and meticulous.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA

  11. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 21, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Video of Tsem Rinpoche’s shrine taken July 16, 2018.
    Very beautiful, well done and meticulous.

    https://video.tsemtulku.com/chat-videos/chat-1531752637.mp4


  12. Samfoonheei on Jul 18, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    A wonderful details write-up for anyone who is planning a pilgrimage or visiting there. Its will makes the trip such easier. A very profound teachings and explanations of the four Sacred sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal. Beautiful pictures of 4 important sites of Vajra Yogini which I am fortunate to have a look at. I have not been to Kathmandu before but would love to visit if I have the opportunity. In fact getting excited after reading this article and watching those videos. Learning some new knowledge of what to do after visiting each site and at the end of trip and making the four aspirational prayers as recommended.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  13. Anne Ong on Jul 16, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Love the wonderful write up and explaination of sacred Lady Vajrayogini iconography and benefits of her practice. I find all forms of Lady Vajrayogni very interesting and captivating.
    Am considering taking up her preliminary practice in the near future if i have the merits to do so. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor David for this blessed and interesting article on four sacred sites of vajrayogini in nepal 🙏👍😘🌈🌻

  14. Jacinta Goh on Jul 15, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor David,

    I’ve just downloaded the teachings (both audio and PDF) above in my external hard disk, together with The Promise e-book https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-inspiring-biography-now-in-ebook-format.html , and few other teachings here https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/free-downloads-texts. I always run out of the phone data due to my addiction towards listening to the teachings. I can spend hours listening to it and that’s crazy! I’ve heard the teachings above before and there was once Victor uploaded Pastor David’s teachings in FB about Vajrayogini also.

    I like it the most when Rinpoche explained the correct postures or ornaments for different lineages of Vajrayogini. Although at this moment I may not have the fortune to visit there, but there’s hope right? May I remember this when I visit KFR Vajrayogini’s stupa:

    1.To receive the full initiation of glorious Vajra Yogini in this very lifetime from a qualified lama or master, inclusive of the oral transmission and commentary.
    2.To master the 11 yogas and the generation and completion stages of Vajra Yogini practice; and to engage in a long Vajra Yogini retreat during this lifetime.
    3.To ascend to Vajra Yogini’s sacred pure land, Kechara, upon our passing.
    4.To never be separated from Vajra Yogini in this life and all future lives.

    Thanks for the teachings above, as it did help me when I was in KFR. I love circumambulating the VY Stupa especially early in the morning when there wasn’t anyone there. The guards must be thinking that I was crazy to do my rounds and sitting there for nothing… hehehe. Sometimes if I have more time, I’ll recite the King of Prayers too.

    Thanks for the awesome blogpost on Lady Vajrayogini, where her practice can confer enlightenment in this very lifetime.

    Thank you.
    P/s: Those who are residing in KFR now should be grateful for this opportunity!

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  • Chris
    Wednesday, Oct 24. 2018 10:07 AM

    Such nice pictures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Panchen Lama trip to India. India had been always very kind to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and even gave him asylum during China’s invasion of Tibet. India immediately granted them asylum as well as all the Tibetans that escape from Tibet.

    Free lands had been given to the Tibetans to stay and build on. Government aids and resources had been given to the Tibetans to built up their community. There was so much kindness from India to the Tibetans. However, what did the Tibetans do to repay India’s kindness? Nothing. They give nothing back and contributed nothing back to Indian’s society.

    Tibetans even dared to be arrogant and look down on Indians. They do not want to have anything to do with Indians and hence they refuse to assimilate into their society when India kindly made it easier for them to become their citizen. They rather stayed as a refugee that being an Indian citizen. One day Indian will say it is enough will kick Tibetans out of their country. It is just a matter of time.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-dalai-lama-panchen-lama-in-india-in-1956.html



  • Chris
    Wednesday, Oct 24. 2018 09:48 AM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this blog post. It is very informative and whoever that wishes to go for pilgrimage in Nepal will be greatly benefited from this article. I still remember due to Rinpoche’s kindness. I am able to visit all of the above holy sites to pay homage to Vajrayogini. it was a magical and spiritual journey.

    Out of all of the 4 temples, I feel most connected to Bijesvari and Sankhu Vajrayogini the most. It was just magical to be able to visit both temples. Vajrayogini very long and deep connection with Nepal and her practice is very prevalent. Many signs and miracles surrounded deep Vajrayogini practitioners and it shows how powerful her practice is. It is very important for us to make a connection with her now and pray to receive her practice in the future.

    Rinpoche is exceptionally passionate in Buddha Vajrayogini and keep urging us to make a connection with this female Buddha in Kechara. We have Vajrayogini’s stupa here on our land to bless everyone and everything on the land. Even the name of the place is called Kechara which is Vajrayogini’s pure land. So whoever that came across Kechara or anything that is associated with us, a seed of Vajrayogini will be planted into their mindstream and one day it will germinate and bring him/her to Vajrayogini.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/four-sacred-sites-of-vajrayogini-in-nepal.html
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    Wednesday, Oct 24. 2018 04:11 AM
    Mahatma Gandhi: The Great Soul

    Mahatma Gandhi is well known as the activist of peaceful means (I remember his famous hunger strike) and considered as the father of India. But did you know this :

    “Gandhi’s adolescent years were not without rebellion. His youth was marked with acts of petty thefts, smoking, a secret belief in atheism and, most shocking of all for a member of a respectable Vaishnava Hindu family, the eating of meat.”

    Find out more about Mahatma Gandhi’s life and philosophy here :
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  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 24. 2018 04:01 AM
    Geshe Ngawang Wangyal: America’s First Pioneering Buddhist Lama

    This caught my eyes when I was reading and it really stood out what an extraordinary being that at less than a year old Geshe Ngawang Wangyal could comprehend his mother’s words and remembered. Ordinarily, not many had even started talking at that age much less comprehend the depth of his mother’s words.

    “Mother: Buddha is a special being to whom we bow and pray. He will bless you when you bow down and pray, you must do so for the sake of all living beings.

    Geshe Wangyal: If I pray for others, how will I get what I want?

    Mother: By helping others your own aims will be achieved incidentally.”

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/geshe-ngawang-wangyal-americas-first-pioneering-buddhist-lama.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Oct 24. 2018 03:43 AM
    Sakya Trizin’s Dorje Shugden Prayer

    Question 1: I read the post about Dorje Shugden’s practice in the Sakya lineage. I am from the Sakya tradition and until I saw your post, I never knew that Dorje Shugden was relied upon by the Sakyas. That must mean it’s only a minor practice right?

    Having read the post on Dorje Shugden’s practice within the Sakya lineage, you will see that many Sakya lineage masters relied on Dorje Shugden or were seen to be one with Dorje Shugden.

    The fact that it is conveniently not acknowledged as a common Sakya practice today cannot negate the rich presence of Dorje Shugden in the lineage history and his status as a Sakya protector regardless of whether it is a minor or major practice. And whether minor or major is not the point. The fact is that IT WAS PRACTISED. And it wasn’t being practised by some lama with no name, no attainments, no reputation or no rank but it was being practised by the head of the WHOLE LINEAGE – the Sakya Trizins (aka the Sakya throneholders) themselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Oct 24. 2018 12:21 AM
    When you are sick, do you prefer to pop a pill or do you like to use alternative therapy? For me, I like to combine the two. I will pop a pill for quick relief first and then use herbs to strengthen the body. I prefer to use herbs because they are natural and they don’t give so much side effects. Here are some herbs that can be used as the remedies.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/the-55-best-herbal-remedies.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Oct 24. 2018 12:06 AM
    Wow, I didn’t know about the American Japanese being put into camps in America in the 1940s! This is so terrible, many of them are also American citizens but they are discriminated by their own government because their ancestors were Japanese. When they were sent to the camp, they were given a tag to pin on their clothes as if they were an item. Even though the US is made up by many different races, their policy can be quite racist as well.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/survivors-japaneseamerican.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 11:22 PM
    It is scientifically proven that meditation can help to calm our mind and enhance our brain performance. From the spiritual perspective, meditation can help to self-heal through the purification of our winds, and to achieving enlightenment. In the past, various cities around the world have organised mass meditation session before. Thousands and thousands of people participated in the events. Meditation is widely accepted now as a method to maintain our well beings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/6-incredible-global-mass-meditation.html
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  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 09:23 PM
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 03:57 PM
    The mysterious Niguma was an Indian woman born in Kashmir,India who probably lived in the 11th century. Niguma was considered an emanation of the great dakini Mandarava, Guru Rinpoche’s foremost Indian disciple. Niguma is considered one of the most important and influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers of the 10th or 11th century in India. Amazing …..she achieved the rainbow body just after 7 days after meditating and the level of an eighth ground Bodhisattva (The Immovable).
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/niguma-mistress-of-illusion.html
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 02:56 AM
    When the 16th Karmapa went to attend the opening ceremony of a new Kagyu and Nyingma monastery called Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling in Nepal, he saw a statue of Dorje Drolo stepping on a figure of a monk who looked similar to Dorje Shugden. The 16th Karmapa was very upset of this depiction of Dorje Drolo as it was not the correct iconography so he ordered this statue to be removed immediately. At the same time, he also made a prophecy that in future people will have to rely on Dorje Shugden.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-prophecy-of-the-16th-karmapa.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 02:22 AM
    Wow, this is so nice to see so many people from all around the world getting connected with Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Buddha Manjushri, he is an enlightened being who we can take refuge in. We can chant his mantra: OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA daily for protection.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/kechara-spreads-the-practice-of-dorje-shugden.html
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  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 02:20 AM
    Just because I don’t agree with the Dalai Lama does not make me a bad person

    And does everyone need to agree with the Dalai Lama anyway? He may be the de-facto head of Tibetan Buddhism but he is not my Guru. Its my Guru who gave me the precious Dharma and practices, the Dalai Lama did not. In fact he gave up his Guru and broke his samaya with his Guru who so compassionately taught him and instigated the escape out of Tibet to save his life. Is that gratefulness?? When will the Dalai Lama lift the ban on authentic enlightened Dorje Shugden and restore unity?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/just-because-i-dont-agree-with-the-dalai-lama-does-not-make-me-a-bad-person.html
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 23. 2018 02:11 AM
    Malaysian Ghosts: Orang Minyak

    Orang Minyak literally translates to “Oily Man”. Join us in finding out if he is just a legend or is he real ghost?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/malaysian-ghosts-orang-minyak.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
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Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog  site in Nepalese language! Check it out:  https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
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Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog site in Nepalese language! Check it out: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
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The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
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Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
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Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
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Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
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I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
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It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
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I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
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This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
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This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
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Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
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Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
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A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
1 month ago
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
1 month ago
This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
1 month ago
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
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Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
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Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
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Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
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Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
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Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
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Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
My childhood researchers: https://bit.ly/2wroucv
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My childhood researchers: https://bit.ly/2wroucv
A message to share. Thanks. Do click and share.
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A message to share. Thanks. Do click and share.
Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche

Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF\'s here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
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Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF's here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
Mumu boy was Tsem Rinpoche\'s little Schnauzer. Partly because of Mumu Kechara was started and you must find out why that is. Do read more and see very cute adorable pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122472
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Mumu boy was Tsem Rinpoche's little Schnauzer. Partly because of Mumu Kechara was started and you must find out why that is. Do read more and see very cute adorable pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122472
Kamakura is one of my favorite places
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Kamakura is one of my favorite places
Anger...
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Anger...
In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche

Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
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In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
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Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
2 months ago
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
2 months ago
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
A powerful meme to share.
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A powerful meme to share.
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
2 months ago
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
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Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
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Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
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Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, \"Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan\". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
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    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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    喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
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    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
    2 months ago
    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
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    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
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    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
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    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
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    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
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    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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    The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
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    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Who is that?? Wow Wow
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    Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
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  • I must get the snack!
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    I must get the snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser trying hard to get her snack out of the ball!
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    I love this green snack munch munch munch
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser enjoying her green snack!
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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