1000 Stars Lecture Series: Tibet



Tibet: Life, Mantra and Everlasting Faith

The 1000 Stars Foundation is pleased to invite everyone to attend a talk on Tibet at the Foundation House on Sunday March 9 at 2-4 pm. There is no registration fee. This talk is a must to anyone who plans to go to Tibet or is interested in this mystical and spiritual land.

More detail, please visit our website or contact Miao at worawora@gmail.com

Speakers: Dr. Krisadawan Hongladarom, Prachawan Ketawan and Dr. Bundit Thanaboonsombut, MD

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Tara Mantra

Thank you to those who recited the Tara mantra with me on Maghapuja. I hope each of us will continue reciting the mantra to the rest of our life. When we do the counting like this, it’s important that we do it happily, joyfully and mindfully. We shouldn’t feel stressful. We shouldn’t expect that special things will happen after we finish the recitations. If we become happier, that is already the great thing. At the same time, we shouldn’t think that our practice is a preliminary one. Instead, we should think that by reciting these ten sacred syllables we’ll gain enlightenment. It’s the practice that enable us to lead beings of the six realms to realize buddhahood.

When we practice on yidam like this, we should keep in mind the following:

Before the recitation/meditation: We need to generate bodhicitta.
During the session: We keep the view that everything is emptiness so that we will be less self-centered.
After the session: We dedicate our merit to mother sentient beings.

Mantra Stupa



Last Maghapuja we spent the whole night praying to Tara inside this Mantra Stupa. This year most prayer flags have come to the ground. This is the time of joy, as we know each flag has done its duty in spreading the mantra to the world. This also reminds us of emptiness and impermanence of all things.

The Foundation plans to tie new prayer flags around this Mantra Stupa in May so that we can celebrate it around Visakhapuja. We welcome contributions from those who want to make merit with us.

Treasure Bags at Khadiravana

On the 21st of this month which is the special full moon day (Maghapuja) Yontan and I put treasure bags on Khadiravana’s soil.

Benefits of treasure bags: to bring abundance, prosperity and auspiciousness; to prevent from calamity and disaster and to enhance longevity. Or in Tibetan we say “sa la tashi” bring auspciousness to the earth, “nam la tashi” bring auspiciousness to the sky, “mi la tashi” bring auspiciousness to human beings” “khyim la tashi” bring auspiciousness to home, and “gyal kham la tashi” bring auspiciousness to the country.

Each treasure bag is filled with grains, holy wood, precious and sacred objects from Tibet.

The picture on top of each bag is Dharmacakra “eight-spoke wheel of Dharma”.
The picture underneath is four-petal lotus symbolizing purity.
Each direction of the bag has a symbol: yungdrung symbolizing indestructibility (east), lotus (west), wheel of Dharma (north) and precious stones (south). In addition, there are pictures of four guardian animals: tiger (east), turtle (north), hen (west) and dragon (south).

After we dig the soil, we purify the hole with an incense and put a turtle picture in it. Turtle is for guarding the soil and making it firm. Turtle is an important symbol for Tibetans. A Tibetan nomad tent made of yak’s fur is also in this turtle shape. A thangka depicting the wheel of life has turtle as its background.

Then we sprinkle the bag with holy water, put some auspicious rice, fragrant offering and coins in the hole.

Yontan is preparing the hole.

Eight bags were buried in the soil. One of the locations is inside the second Mantra Stupa (near the front lake).

Another location is in front of the first banyan tree.

Reciting Tara Mantra on Maghapuja

Last year on Maghapuja friends of the 1000 Stars Foundation recited 100,000 Tara mantra together. We spent special time that miracle night in the embrace of Buddhas inside the new Mantra Stupa. That night the melodious sound of compassion is heard non-stop generating love and peace to the entire universe.

This year although we are not organizing a group prayer there, I urge each of us, particularly those who have been practicing with me, to recite Tara mantra 10,000 times tomorrow. I will do the same at Khadiravana. We’ll dedicate our merit to world peace as well as to Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana.

Our next group prayer and meditation: Sunday March 2, 5-7 pm (Dakini Day). We’ll do Tara sadhana together.

Empowerments: History, Motivation and What to Avoid

History of Empowerments in Thailand Organized by the Thousand Stars Foundation

During these past three years the Foundation has organized many empowerments in Thailand, as follows:

2005
White Tara Empowerment and Medicine Buddha Empowerment by Somam Topgyal Rinpoche at Wat Songtham Kalayani, Nakhorn Prathom

2006
Guru Rinpoche Empowerment by Kandroma Palden Chotsho at the Tara Shrine Room, Nonthaburi
21 Taras Empowerment and Vajrapani Empowerment at the Tara shrine room in Nonthaburi by Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche
Manjushri Empowerment at Chulalongkorn University by Kunga Sanbo Rinpoche

2007
Avalokiteshvara Empowerment by Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche and Amitayus Empowerment by Kundrol Mongayl Lhasray Rinpoche at Rai Rak Dhamma-chart, Hua-Hin
White Tara Empowerment by Kandroma Palden Chotsho and 21 Taras Empowerment by HH Phakchok Rinpoche at Chulalongkorn University
White Tara Empowerment (2007) by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at Tara Khadiravana

2008
Guru Rinpoche Empowerment by Kundrol Mongyal Lhasray Rinpoche at Tara Khadiravana

This April we’ll organize Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig empowerment at a Tibetan monastery in Tibet, as part of our pilgrimage trip.

Several great lamas of various lineages (Bon, Nyingma, Kagyur and Sakya) from Tibet and outside Tibet have been invited to perform these ceremonies, which are inspired by our wish to help sentient beings and to help practitioners in Thailand to receive blessings from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Many people asked me why we organized so many empowerments and what are the benefits of attending an empowerment.

Empowerment brings peace and harmony to the land where empowerment is performed. It brings joy, happiness, prosperity, good health and long life blessings to those who receive empowerments.

For serious practitioners, empowerment is an official permission for them to practice on the particular Buddha. At certain points in their life, they may need blessings from different Buddhas.

For example, when they are embarking on a journey that may risk their lives or when they are ill, they may need special blessings from Amitayus and White Tara, Buddhas of longevity.

Blessings and benefits are not only for this life but they last until we gain enlightenment.

Practicing on Avalokiteshvara is a way to cultivate compassion for all sentient beings. Without universal love, we cannot live in this world peacefully and happily. Those who practice on Avalokiteshvara will always be loved by others.
Practicing on Manjushri is a way to cultivate wisdom.
Practicing on Guru Rinpoche is a way to remove obstacles in life.
Practicing on Green Tara (main deity of the 21 Taras) is a way to obtain blessings against fear and suffering.
Practicing on Medicine Buddha is for healing.
Practicing on Vajrapani is a way to cultivate positive energy against disasters and all evil.

An important thing is that when we receive empowerments, it must be rooted in bodhicitta, our aspiration to gain budhahood for the sake of sentient beings. We must not be greedy thinking only of our own benefits. We must not come to the empowerment because we want to put one more blessing in our record book so that we can boast to others.

Having received many empowerments, we must not think that we are better than others. We must not develop pride and jealousy. If we do that, empowerment brings little benefit and won’t change us into a better person.