Initiating compassion into oneself

22 July 2010 - 10:21pm Comments Off

Remember the article on His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s blog in which he wrote about the benefits and importance of Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol’s practice? Where he spoke about wanting to give the initiation some time in the future?

Well, that time is now!

We are pleased to announce that Rinpoche has kindly agreed to confer an initiation on the holy practice of Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol, also known as Kuan Yin. On the basis that such initiations come with commitments that not everybody may be able to keep (as the practices are tantric!), Rinpoche rarely gives such initiations.

Therefore, as a tantric practice and one that is rarely conferred by our spiritual guide, such initiations are highly precious. Members of Kechara House who wish to seek this initiation for themselves or for their loved ones are required to submit their names to Kechara House’s administration (house@kechara.com or +603 7803 3908) for Rinpoche’s prior consideration.

Don’t know what this initiation is about? Read the quick summary below then go to Rinpoche’s blog teaching!

No idea what the Bodhisattva Vows are about, and what they involve? Come to our Bodhisattva Vows teaching before making the decision to receive the initiation. But don’t worry! If you change your mind after the teaching, there is no obligation for you to receive the initation…so come anyway, as it will be a good learning experience for you, and prepare you for future ceremonies of this sort! You can click HERE for further information on this talk!


Chenresig Ngesung Kundrol – The practice

The name of this emanation of Chenrezig is defined as follows:

  • Ngesung refers to the three lower realms
  • Kundrol means to take out, rescue or release

Therefore, Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol means “Avalokiteshvara who saves from the three lower realms.”

Ngesung Kundrol is a very powerful practice. Even if we have committed extremely negative karma and should, by right, take rebirth in a lower realm, this very efficacious practice of Ngesung Kundrol will hold us from taking rebirth in the three lower realms for one lifetime so that we may continue practising the Dharma. In this way, we can purify our negative karma, accumulated in the previous lifetimes.

This practice consists of and invokes the blessings of three deities:

  • Chenresig (Avalokiteshvara) who protects from the Three Lower Realms
  • Green Tara who fulfils temporal wishes such as achieving long life, material success and harmony
  • Ekazati who serves as a protector to avert black magic, spells, obstacles and negative energy.

This initiation has a perfect lineage – His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche received this holy initiation from his root guru His Holiness Zong Rinpoche, who received it from His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche. His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, in turn, received the initiation from His Holiness Pabongkha Rinpoche.


These are Rinpoche’s instructions:

  1. The practice is most suitable for those 45 years and above. Members can encourage their parents or older family members to commit to the practice. All participants are subject to Rinpoche’s approval.
  2. Those under 45 years can also submit their names for consideration. Again, all names are subject to Rinpoche’s approval.
  3. Participants will be required to take the Bodhisattva Vows (and Refuge Vows, if not already taken) and to steadfastly hold them for the rest of their lives. In connection with the above, they will have to attend Bodhisattva Vow teachings given by Kechara House (click HERE for further information).
  4. Those who have not taken Refuge can also participate as the Refuge Vows will be given together with the Bodhisattva Vows. The Refuge Vows will be taught during the Bodhisattva Vows teaching.
  5. Without break and for the rest of their lives, those who receive the initiation should recite at least one mala of the mantra OM MANI PEME HUNG daily.
  6. Recipients should maintain strong Guru Devotion.
  7. Recipients of the initiation should recite a short sadhana (2½ pages) every day for the rest of their lives.


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