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  • Kenneth

    Posted on October 15, 2017 4

    Hello, is the mantra for Control as found in the mantra-section; om benza wiki bitana washam kuru ho, the same mantra as the one in the Wangze-practice? Or is this mantra for Control for another form or Dorje Shugden?

    Best wishes,
    Kenneth

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      Pastors

      Posted on October 15, 2017

      Hello Kenneth,

      Yes the "control" mantra of Dorje Shugden is the same as in the Wangze practice. This is because Wangze is the control form of Dorje Shugden. He manifested in the form of Wangze with the primary function to "control". Even though Dorje Shugden has many types of mantras, this one corresponds to a particular form of Dorje Shugden, and that is the function of control. You can recite this prayer by visualising Dorje Shugden in his normal appearance or in the form of Wangze. If you are engaging in the Wangze practice however, then you should obviously visualise Wangze when you do the practice.

      In general, the Buddhas have four types of enlightened activity. These are pacifying, increasing, controlling and wrathful. Both the mantra and the practice of Wangze belong to the "control" aspect. You can read more about Wangze's practice here:http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence

  • LILY

    Posted on October 2, 2017 4

    dear sir
    I need help for my son who has leg pain from last 12 yrs. we have got scan mri and all tests done but got no help. he says he will kill himself since its unbearable, recently someone said its black magic done on him. which puja/ prayer centre of buddhists do you suggest me to take him to. kindly help me urgently.
    Thanks and regards

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      Pastors

      Posted on October 2, 2017

      Dear Lily,

      I am very sorry to read about the problems you are going through. If you suspect that this is because of black magic, please engage in the practice of Trakze or better to get your son himself to engage in the practice if he is able to. Here is a link to the practice:http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugden-trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits. The prayer text is included in the post, just click on the link and you can download the text. Even though he looks very wrathful, this is because Trakze arises from Dorje Shugden's compassion to help us. This is one of the most effective methods that i have come across to deal with black magic. Please read the post carefully and engage in the practice diligently. If the pain is really from black magic then it will help for sure.

      You can also sponsor a Trakze puja here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/trakze-puja-fund

      Or a Medicine Buddha puja here for healing, health and wellbeing: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund

      I hope this helps. Please write back with more information if you need to so we can give more advice if needed.

  • peter

    Posted on September 4, 2017 5

    i am unable to find the place and date of birth of Dorje Shugden. Some information about Dorje's background would also be interesting. Thank you.

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  • Dan Frye

    Posted on August 21, 2017 2

    And was wondering if it would be possible to camp on your land for the night? We plan on arriving the 24th but it may change. If you do allow us to stay on your land for the night then I'll let you know if that date has changed.

    I guess by us I mean my wife and our little boy (he is 2.5 years old).

    I am a Buddhist but somewhat new to the practice. We well gladly help out with what ever you would like done around the temple.

    Thank you very much.

    Best,

    Dan, Brie and Koda

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      Pastors

      Posted on August 21, 2017

      Dear Dan Frye,

      Thank you for your question. If you would like to visit Kechara Forest Retreat, please contact Kechara House Front Desk on: +603 7803 3908. At the moment we do not have an allocated space for camping, however we do have accommodation at Dukkar Apartments, which would be better suited to your needs since you have your little boy with you. Front Desk will be able to provide you with more information and help organize arrangements if you are still planning on visiting. We can only accommodate those who have made arrangements prior to visiting. I hope this helps.

      You can read more about Kechara Forest Retreat here: http://retreat.kechara.com/. We also have meditation programmes every month, you can find more details and the dates of these programmes on the link above. I hope this helps.

      Thanks.

Tan

  • Ryan

    Posted on August 16, 2017 9

    Dear Ven pastor,

    I am struggling really badly at work with very bad workplace politics. I have all my life go the extra mile to help others (obvious to colleagues below the authority levels) but not to the bosses.

    Even now one of my supportive boss refused to reply my calls/emails for support against vindictive and malicious elements at work.

    I am a simple man who just want a peaceful life. I have given up on recognition long time ago. The risks of potential loss of career is compunded by my awareness of having 2 young dependent children in my family.

    I have started the purification ritual and Dharma protector but mentally it is painful and difficult to concentrate in my saddened state of mind.

    Is it too late for this current problem for the purification and Dharma protector roles to make a difference? Is there anything specifically I can do to resist my superiors who are really trying to adversely impact on my profession?

    Thank you
    Anonymous

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      Pastors

      Posted on August 16, 2017

      Dear Anonymous,

      Thank you for your question. I am sorry to read that you are having such a difficult time at work. It is never too late to engage in purification practices and Dharma protector practices to make a difference. They will always be of benefit. These practices help you deal with problems in life by alleviating you of negative situations. However since all that we go through in life is based on karma, some situations will take a longer time for us to see change. For example, some of the situations we are go through in life could be due to very strong karma from previous lives, therefore it takes us a longer period of time using these practices to see change. The more you practice, the more the karma will be purified causing these situations to arise. They key here to be consistent in your practice, and you will definitely see a change.

      At the same time, since these situations are caused by karma, we should not add more negative karma to it. We should instead do the exact opposite, which is to be kind to and benefit others. The force of positive karma and spiritual merit can actually overcome the effects of negative karma until it is completely purified. Another method you can do, is to engage in retreats, where you engage in the practices intensively. This provides a boost to your spiritual practice and the purification of the negative karma is sped up.

      In this specific case, you should continue your practices and you will definitely see an improvement in your situation. The other thing you should do is contemplate on the suffering that your superiors are going through. They act in the way they do because of their own karma and how it has affected their minds to act and behave in negative ways. Rather than be angry or annoyed at them, you should meditate on the fact that they are that way because of their own negative karma. When you develop compassion for them, because this is virtuous, this will speed up the process of the purification of negative karma. I hope this helps.

      Thank you

  • Julie

    Posted on August 8, 2017 4

    Hi dear pastors,
    Where can I receive the sogtae of Dorje Shugden?
    In the article who received sogtae need to perform kangso once a month, for those unable to do it can request monastery to perform on their behalf, how about sponsoring the kangso puja which monastery perform it every month? Or must need to request monastery to perform a puja specially done for me? Thank you so much for reading my questions.

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      Pastors

      Posted on August 8, 2017

      Dear Julie,

      Thank you for your question. You can receive the Dorje Shugden sogtae from any qualified lama who holds the lineage of the practice. That being said, since the sogtae is tantric in nature, one would need to have the initiation into a Anuttarayoga Tantric practice, such as Yamanataka, which is the most common initiation given before receiving Dorje Shugden sogtae. Therefore in order to receive the sogtae you would need to have a guru, or spiritual teacher to bestow tantric empowerment and then the life-entrustment.

      If you have a guru already, you can humbly with offerings request your guru to bestow the sogtae and explain why you would like to receive it. However it is not necessary to have the sogtae in order to prayer to Dorje Shugden or make a connection with Dorje Shugden. They key is regular practice. With regularly practice, as we purify our karma, Dorje Shugden is able to help in our lives more and more.

      As for the monthly commitment, it is best if you do it yourself. If not, you can ask a friend knows how to do the puja, or the monastery to do it on your behalf. Generally speaking, the monastery will engage in the puja once a month anyway but it is better for you sponsor the puja specifically for yourself if you are able to. I hope this helps.

      Thank you.

  • Ryo Hakuta

    Posted on August 3, 2017 13

    When you die after this present life, will you reincarnate to another life?

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      Pastors

      Posted on August 3, 2017

      Dear Ryo Hakuta,

      Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist philosophy, after we pass away from this life, we reincarnate into another life. But this life is not necessarily human, and depends on what type of karma that opens up at the time of our death. As the Buddha taught, we are all ruled by karma. In short, if we do good things, help other people, animals and beings, in our next life we will be reborn in a good and happy environment. If we do bad things, kill, lie, cheat, we will be reborn in an environment that is full of suffering.

      There are generally speaking six realms we can take rebirth in: the god realm, the demi-god realm, the human realm, the animal realm, the spirit realm and the hell realm. When we take rebirth in one of these realms, we live there, and we will again die. Then we will take rebirth in another one of the realms. This whole process is governed by karma.

      But the Buddha taught that you can be free of this cycle of existence, by becoming an enlightened being. Once you are enlightened, you are out of this cycle completely. Therefore the ultimate aim of practicing Buddhists is attain enlightenment. All the practices in Buddhism are meant to get you to enlightenment or to support you to get to enlightenment. The practice of Dorje Shugden is a practice that supports you in transforming yourself to become a better person, and ultimately enlightened. He does this by removing obstacles that we may be facing and providing you with what you need to concentrate on transforming yourself to become a better person.

      In the youtube video shared by Julie above, you can see that His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche gives a very concise explanation of reincarnation. I hope this helps.

      Thank you.

  • malna cannon

    Posted on June 21, 2017 14

    how do I remove a curse and get protection against evil

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      Pastors

      Posted on June 21, 2017

      Dear Malna Cannon,

      Thank you for your question. The best way to remove curses caused by black magic and to get protection against evil is to engage in the practice of Trakze, which is the most wrathful form of Dorje Shugden. The practice of Trakze is very well known to combat black magic and grant extremely powerful protection.

      You can find out more about the practice and how to engage in it here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugden-trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits

      This practice should be engaged in daily if you require protection against all forms of evil and curses. It is a practice that you can engage in safely as invokes the energies and blessings of Dorje Shugden, who is by nature a Buddha, and Buddhas can never harm any living being, only help them. The practice does not require any form of initiation, so anyone can do the practice.

      If you believe you are under the influence of a curse or black magic, you should engage in the practice every day, and accumulate as many mantras as possible, until the symptoms of the curse start to reduce. Even then, you should not stop the practice but continue until all traces of the curse or negativity in your life are completely gone. At the beginning of the practice, there is a short explanation about karma, which is a must to understand how Trakze helps to protect us. I hope this helps.

      Thank you.

Mr

  • Wei

    Posted on April 14, 2017 20

    Hey,
    what good does meditation do to oneself? How could one practice meditation without a guru's guide? it seems exceptionally hard to even start meditating. Can you please tell me a handy way to practice daily meditation? thanks a lot!

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      Pastors

      Posted on April 14, 2017

      Dear Wei,

      Thank you for your question. There are actually many different forms of meditation. Roughly speaking there are those that lead to a quiet, more concentrated mind, and the other is meditation on a particular object, such as meditation on a specific topic or emotion.

      To begin meditation, here is a very introductory article that you can follow to quiet the mind: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-accidental-meditator.html.

      The other form of meditation that one can engage in, which also acts as a practice to generate merit, is engaging in the practice of daily Sadhana or prayers. In this, when you engage in the prayers, there are certain visualisations that you engage in. When you engage in these, they act as the object of meditation, fulfilling the same function as meditation without relying on a particular deity figure. This is the one of the many benefits of engaging in a daily practice.

      One such daily practice you can engage in is the Diamond Path, which is the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. There are multiple prayers in this practice that you can concentrate on and through visualisation, use it as your daily meditation. For example when engaging in the mantra recitation of either Lama Tsongkhapa or Dorje Shugden, there are visualisations that you can focus on, and doing so turns the prayer into meditation itself.

      This is a very good way to start a steady meditation practice on a daily basis. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Mr

  • Choong

    Posted on April 1, 2017 13

    Dear Julie...

    Ohmm Ben Zah Wee Kee Bee Tah Nah
    So Hah
    Say So Pal Joe Long Chought Thumb
    Chat Pooh Trim Koo Roo Ohm

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  • Julie

    Posted on March 27, 2017 22

    How do you pronounce the words of this Mantra?

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA TSESO PALJOR
    LONG CHO THAMCHED PUTRIM KURU OM

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  • Jairo Jamyang Pawo Moreno

    Posted on February 15, 2017 21

    What does it mean to propitiate? What is physically and mentally happening when one is propitiation a something, such as a worldly spirit? Could one propitiate any recently deceased person who was a friend or relative of one?

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      Pastors

      Posted on February 15, 2017

      Dear Jairo Jamyang Pawo Moreno,

      Thank you for your question. Propitiation means to do something which please the being you are asking help from. In the case of propitiating Dorje Shugden this refers to practicing the Dharma and engaging in his practice, so that he can aid you by clearing obstacles and creating conducive conditions. When this connection is established, he is able to help you even more in your practice of the Dharma and progress along the spiritual path. This is because he is an enlightened being, and operates from enlightened compassion.

      Therefore to propitiate a spirit means to do something that please the spirit in order to get something in return. Certain spirits are very powerful, and can interact with and influence the physical world. For people who propitiate spirits, they are creating a connection with this being, most of the time for a worldly matter. This can be done by making physical offerings to the being, and asking them for things.

      In doing so, a karmic connection is created during the process. This karmic connection can be either beneficial or detrimental, as with all karmic links. In the future when the seeds of this karmic connection manifest, both parties will once again be linked in some form or another. Since the nature of samsara is suffering, as taught by the Buddha, as this karmic connection manifests again, the way both parties react will lead to another karmic connection being created. This in turn will most probably become negative in the end.

      This also explains why some people have spirit disturbances and others do not. In a previous life, the two parties would have created a karmic connection, and in this life that very same karmic connection manifests as a person being afflicted by a spirit.

      Technically you could propitiate a recently deceased person, but even if you did, you do not know what would happen. For example if the person has already taken rebirth, for example in the animal realm, even if you propitiate them, nothing would happen. This is because the animal form they are in is not capable of granting you what you want. On the other hand, if the person had be reborn into the spirit realm, if you propitiate them, they could grant you what you want if they had the ability.

      The propitiation of spirits however, is not something that is encouraged in Buddhism. One of the many tenets of Buddhism is not to take refuge in or engage in the propitiation of beings, apart from the enlightened beings themselves. A lot of people ask why, and the reason is quite simple, as I have stated above. When you take refuge in or propitiate a non-enlightened being, you are actually creating a karmic connection with them, which can very easily turn negative in the future, and keeps you bound to samsara, which Buddhists seek to transcend. On another level, since these beings are not enlightened, they have their likes and dislikes, are attached and have emotions. Therefore they can easily turn against you if they perceive that you have made a mistake, not given them enough offerings, or offend them somehow.

      On the other hand, the enlightened beings do not have such worldly emotions, therefore they do not behave like samsaric beings. In fact they operate from the basis of enlightened compassion for all beings and enlightened wisdom, without traits such as the three poisons: ignorance, desire/attachment and hatred/jealousy. I hope this helps. Thank you.

  • tugsuu

    Posted on January 18, 2017 10

    what is the DS`s puja

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      Pastors

      Posted on January 18, 2017

      Dear Tugsuu,

      Thank you for your question. A puja is the act of worshiping or propitiating a deity, through invocation, making offerings, and prayers, usually in a ritualistic manner. By doing so you engage your whole being to invoke upon the energies of the enlightened deity to bless you or the person the puja is dedicated to, for a specific reason. For example the Medicine Buddha puja is usually engaged in to help those who are ill overcome their illness. Dorje Shugden’s puja is engaged in to clear obstacles in both ones secular and spiritual lives, and create conducive conditions for spiritual practice.

      The full Dorje Shugden puja is usually engaged in once a month, however there is a daily practice available here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The daily practice is in essence a shorter daily version of the puja. If engaged in daily it creates a very strong connection to Dorje Shugden and his enlightened energies, which definitely bring a benefit to your life. I hope this helps. Thank you.

  • Muzsh

    Posted on January 12, 2017 4

    Are Gaden Tradition & Ganden Doctrine the same?

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      Pastors

      Posted on January 12, 2017

      Dear Muzsh,

      Thank you for your question. Generally speaking both Gaden Tradition and Gaden Doctrine can be used interchangeably. Both refer to the teachings and practices as taught within the Gelugpa tradition stemming from Gaden monastery, which is the mother monastery of the lineage, as it was Lama Tsongkhapa’s own monastery, built and offered to him by his student Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen (who was a previous incarnation of Dorje Shugden). You can read more about the previous lives of Dorje Shugden here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/overview/the-previous-existences-of-dorje-shugden. However, depending on the context, there could be a slightly different meaning. The Gaden Tradition can refer to the Gelugpa tradition as a whole, as it was founded in Gaden, whereas the Gaden Doctrine, can specifically refer to the teachings and practices of Gaden monastery or the Gelugpa tradition. I hope this short explanation helps. Thank you.

  • Jason

    Posted on October 14, 2016 15

    I am very confusing with the visualization when I recite DS mantra. May I know what and how I visualize when recite DS mantra.
    Thanks

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      Pastors

      Posted on October 14, 2016

      Dear Jason,

      Thank you for your question. Yes, it can be confusing to figure out what and how to visualise when you are reciting the Dorje Shugden mantra. There are different visualisations during the mantra recitation depending on the form of Dorje Shugden you are concentrating on. Most people concentrate on the main form of Dorje Shugden for their daily prayers, so this visualisation is one that is used the most.

      For prayers that concentrate on Dorje Shugden in his main form, such as the Diamond Path (http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden), you can find out more about mantra recitation and the visualisation here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugdens-mantra. I have copied the visualisation below for your easy reference.

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      Visualisation (main form)

      First visualise Duldzin Dorje Shugden (primary form) in front of you at arm’s length. Surrounding him are Shize (peaceful form), Gyenze (increasing form), Wangze (controlling form) and Trakze (wrathful form). Surrounding them are the remaining entourage. At this point we should visualise and believe strongly that Dorje Shugden and our Guru are one. This is very important for the practice of Dorje Shugden, and you should have great faith in this.

      You then visualise that lights go out from Dorje Shugden, making offerings to all the Buddhas of the ten directions. The lights gather back into Dorje Shugden, together with the enlightened energies and blessings of all the Buddhas, into the seed syllable “HUM” that sits at the heart of Duldzin Dorje Shugden. This seed syllable represents the enlightened mind of Dorje Shugden. Surrounding this “HUM” is the primary mantra “OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA” which moves around the “HUM” seed syllable in a clockwise direction, which is known as a mantra garland.

      Some of the light branches off and strikes the “HUM” seed syllables at the heart of Dorje Shugden’s other main forms as visualised above – Shize, Gyenze, Wangze and Trakze. You should visualise Shize with a white mantra garland circling the “HUM” at his heart and Gyenze with a yellow mantra garland circling the “HUM” at his heart. Similarly Wangze and Trakze have a red and a dark-red mantra garland respectively circling the “HUM” seed syllables at their hearts.

      Light of the corresponding colour then shines forth from all five forms of Dorje Shugden and enters the crown of your head, filling your body with light and the blessings of Dorje Shugden. This acts as a request to Dorje Shugden to perform the peaceful, increasing, controlling and wrathful activities. You can think strongly at this time that you have gained the power to easily understand and practice the Dharma, leading to attainments. You can also visualise yourself being healed of any ailments, or being protected from negative influences. Lastly, visualise that all your requests are fulfilled by Dorje Shugden.

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      The four cardinal emanations of Dorje Shugden all have their own associated mantras and visualisations as well. See below for links to these prayers, which include the associated visualisations.

      Shize – For healing and long life (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/shize-a-practice-for-healing-and-long-life.html)

      Gyenze – To increase life, merits and wealth (http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth)

      Wangze – For power and Influence (http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence)

      Trakze – To dispel black magic and spirits (http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugden-trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits)

      I hope this helps to answer your question.

      Thank you.

  • Baldev Anand

    Posted on September 28, 2016 12

    How can I find guru to guide me to understand Budha and meditation

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      Pastors

      Posted on September 28, 2016

      Dear Baldev Anand,

      Thank you for your question. In order to find a qualified Guru, we must ensure that we study the Guru's qualities, qualifications and achievements. Once you have done this, you can make the decision to take this person as your Guru.

      There are many ways these days to find a qualified Guru. For example you can search the internet for a Dharma centre near you. This is a good way to start. Once you make a connection with this centre, the Guru there will be able to guide you on the path.

      I, myself, actually stumbled across His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche's blog online. After reading and studying the Dharma from the blog, I visited his Dharma organisation - Kechara Buddhist Organisation. From that moment onwards i considered His Eminence to be my Guru and have been fortunate to be able to serve him now as a Kechara Pastor.

      You can find His Eminence's blog site here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com. I hope this helps.

      Thank you.

  • Preeti Yaksh

    Posted on September 23, 2016 17

    when i will start my business.is it fruitful which type of business is suitable for me.

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      Pastors

      Posted on September 23, 2016

      Dear Preeti Yaksh,

      Thank you for your question. Unfortunately I do not have clairvoyance to be able to answer this question. Neither am I trained in astrology to be able to give you any guidance from the astrological point of view.

      That being said, the level of our 'success' in this world depends on our karma. If we have the karma to have good business, then it will come naturally. However there are methods we can employ to increase the chances that our business will do well. Once such method is the practice of Gyenze, who is the increase form of Dorje Shugden. This practice when engaged in properly with a good motivation leads to success and brings us what we need in life.

      You can find the practice here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth

      Thank you.

Mr.

  • Vincent

    Posted on September 7, 2016 12

    Dear Pastors,
    I am very grateful for your comprehensive information on chanting and praying. I have been chanting mantras and praying to Buddha for more than 30 years. When I read and hear from some monks that Buddha would not be able to give or help you when you pray and chant. You just have to follow his teachings and be comfortable. I was very discouraged. Since I started praying to Buddha and reciting the mantras, I have managed to overcome many obstacles. Although I do not turn into a very rich person but I am happy, healthy and feel contented. This is the riches I found. Your information is very helpful and indeed give me back my confidence in myself towards Buddha. Thank you and I wish I possess the riches of information that you have. TQ again.

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      Pastors

      Posted on September 7, 2016

      Dear Vincent,

      I am happy to hear what I wrote has given you confidence back. It seems that you have already experienced the benefits of mantras and for that I rejoice for you. The Buddhas, out of their compassion, manifested their energies in the form of sound. There is no doubt that there is benefit. By engaging in other aspects of Dharma practice, such as mind transformation, the benefit of mantras is increased. This is because we tune our minds further to the energies of the mantras, which are compassion and wisdom. By studying the scriptures, learning under a qualified Guru and sincere practice we can all progress on our spiritual path. I wish you well.

      Thank you.

Mr.

  • Vincent

    Posted on September 5, 2016 15

    Buddhist monks said praying and chanting the mantras will not help you to get help from Buddha. Only by following his teaching will make u comfortable. How will it help by praying n chanting Dorje Shugden mantras? Both are Buddhism. Even Buddha cannot help how can DS help? I am really confuse.

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    • Answer from Pastors

      Pastors

      Posted on September 5, 2016

      Dear Vincent,

      Thank you for your question. Mantras are actually the energies of the enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore reciting mantras taps into the sounds that embody the essence of the Buddhas and doing so allows their enlightened energies to permeate our bodies and our lives, bringing us benefit.

      On an outer level, reciting mantras can help clear obstacles, grant protection, increase our outer wealth, etc. This is because the mantras allow the energies of the Buddhas to come into our lives. As the Buddhas are compassionate, reciting mantras can help solve our outer problems.

      On an inner level, when the energies of mantras permeate our bodies, we can develop certain qualities necessary on the spiritual path. For example the mantra of Chenrezig helps to develop compassion and the mantra of Manjushri helps develop wisdom, both of which are necessary to attain complete enlightenment.

      Though mantras do have power to be beneficial, the more we practice the Buddhas teachings of transforming ourselves for the better, we will see that the effects of reciting mantras will also increase. This is due to the purification of negative karma.

      We are all born with negative karma. That is simply a fact of being in samsara or cyclic existence. Our negative karma is what stops us from not only reaching enlightenment but also from benefiting from the compassionate energies of the Buddhas. Our negative karma acts as a barrier for the blessings of the Buddhas, to achieve their same enlightened state. Therefore, even though we gain benefit from reciting their mantras, we would gain even more benefit when we have less negative karma.

      The methods to purify negative karma and ultimately be liberated from karma and cyclic existence, are what the Buddha taught. This is basically a compassionate transformation of the mind and ultimately understanding the true nature of reality. I would say, from my own personal experience that both the recitation of mantras and practicing the Buddhist teachings are something that goes hand in hand.

      You mentioned that the Buddha cannot help us, but I don’t find this statement accurate. The Buddha did help us, because he taught the methods to be liberated from our suffering. As a fully enlightened being, he definitely has the ability to aid us on our spiritual path, however it is our own negative karma that stops this from happening. That is why purification practices are stressed in Tibetan Buddhism, together with refraining from committing negative acts and encouraging us to perform positive acts instead.

      This purification of negative karma is a part of many different deity practices. For example the 35 Confessional Buddhas (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html). Another example would be of the Kawang prayer to Dorje Shugden which helps to purify our negative karma as well (http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/kawang-confessional-prayers-to-dorje-shugden).

      I hope this helps to clarify your question. In addition to this, you can read more about the collected mantras of Dorje Shugden here: (http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-collected-mantras-of-dorje-shugden)

      Thank you.