Subject: [CASonline] Lord Ksitigarbha & the Great Abbot of Drepung Loseling

Dearest Friends @ CAS,
So much, so much are being sown and with all your blessed wishes, these aspirations may yield years of ripe spiritual fruits, limitless joy and blessings into aeons over the far horizons...... !!
We are barely one week away from the great Loseling Abbot's blessed programmes in Singapore from 16 to 19 May 2008, a rare and privileged visit by one of Tibet's seniormost monastic leaders.
Drepung Monastery and its Abbots:
The great Je Tzongkhapa prophesied thus to Jamyang Choje:
"Your founding and construction of Drepung Monastery shall surpass the Mother Monastery ( of Ganden ) and all its myriad branch monasteries in its spiritual glory and depth."  
Drepung Monastery nurtues some of Tibet's greatest luminaries, including: 
- The late Ling Rinpoche: Senior Tutor of HH the Dalai Lama / 
- The 100th Ganden Trisur Rinpoche: Supreme Head Emeritus of the Gelugpa Tradition /
- Most Venerable Denma Locho Rinpoche: Seniormost Master of the Gelugpa Tradition /
- The two present successors to the Head of the Gelugpa Tradition: The Lord of Dharma of the Eastern Hall and The Lord of Dharma of the Northern Halls
The position of the Grand Abbot of Drepung Monastery was held by several of the previous Dalai Lamas. The Dalai Lamas are most intimately associated with Drepung Monastery and are in fact alternatively known as the "Drepung Tulkus" or "Reincarnated Masters of Drepung" !!
Khen Rinpoche Lobsang Gyatso, the great Abbot of Drepung Loseling, is a deeply compassionate and accomplished Master who is greatly venerated for His spiritual attainmments, formidable scholastic acheivements and the unshakeable integrity with which He preserve and tramit the Buddha's holy Teachings.
The Programme:
The programme, this time, to be bestowed by Loseling Khen Rinpoche is blessed especially by the inconceivably "Lord of Aspirations", the Great Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha and the blessed, holy Mother Tara.
The Inconceivable Lord Ksitigarbha
Then, we just cannot help sharing with all our Friends, below, excerpts from the holy Sutra of the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha....
The Buddha responded to the Four Deva Kings, "Excellent, excellent! Now I am going to expound to you, to the present and future devas and human beings, the skilful-expediencies of the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha ...... in Jambudvipa of the Saha World..... rendering merciful and compassionate deliverance and liberation to all sinful, suffering beings." ( Chp. 4 )

The Buddha told Samantavipula, "If a good man or a good woman in the future should, on hearing the name of Bodhisattva-Mahasattva Ksitigarbha, join his palms, give praise and pay obeisance or give admiration to him-such a person will be exonerated from all his sins committed and karmic blemishes contracted during thirty kalpas...... if a good man or a good woman should make an image of this Bodhisattva...... should then make even only one observance or make only one act of worship to it-such a person will be reborn in the thirty-three heavenly realms one hundred times in succession, never again falling onto any evil path. Even when bliss becomes exhausted, he still will be the king of a country, with no loss of his immense advantages......

Or persuade even one person or many people to do likewise-such a person will have the protection and guardianship, day and night, of thousands of demons and deities, in the present as well as in the future, so that no evil will even reach his or her ears, much less that he, personally, should ever encounter any misfortune or evil. ( Chp. 6 )

( More excerpts could be found below the beautiful laurels. )
  bb & all frens @ CAS belonging to Lord Ksitigarbha ( !! )
Thank you for all your support, service and well-wishes to the holy Dharma.
We are certain they shall blossom into inconceivable goodness and blessings for you and all mother sentient beings spanning limitless time and space.
All of us @ CAS owe our generous sponsors and friends much ....... "Thank you !!"
A few garlands of beautiful laurels from you:
Dear Friend,
Thanks for your kindness in arranging such activities so that sentient beings such as us can benefit.


Thank you BB and friends of CAS for adding me into the group!

May all your events meet with success.

Dear Friends of CAS,

Thank you for organising yet another wonderful event for all of us.

I look forward to attending the event and wish that all will be successful. Thank you CAS.

Best Regards,

Great to have you inviting Rpch back to contiune on with the teaching.
Was really looking forward to it.
Many thanks and appreciation!!
With Metta,
The Great Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha
( Excerpts from the Sutra of the Fundamental Vows of Lord Ksitigarbha )

The Inconceivable Lord Ksitigarbha

At that time, Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha addressed the Buddha, saying, "O World Honored One, by virtue of Buddha's majestic, miraculous power I was able to divide myself into many, many forms throughout hundreds, thousands, myriads and millions of worlds to save and deliver all sentient beings who were suffering their karmic retribution without the Tathagata's great, merciful power; alone, I would not be able to perform such transformations. Now I have been commanded by the Buddha to deliver and liberate all the beings on the six paths of existence until that time when Ajita will achieve Buddhahood. Yes, indeed, O World Honored One, please do not worry." ( Chp 4 )

As these words were being said, a Bodhisattva-Mahasattva in the congregation named Avalokitesvara rose directly from his seat, genuflected with palms joined and addressed the Buddha, saying, "O World Honored One, this Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, with great mercy and compassion, has always had pity on sinful, miserable, suffering beings. In thousands of myriads of millions of worlds, he takes thousands of myriads of millions of transformational forms. I have heard you, O World Honored One, and innumerable other Buddhas, all in unison, singing the praises of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha's meritorious virtues and inconceivable majestic, miraculous powers, revealing that even if all the past, present and future Buddhas should speak of and try to enumerate his meritorious virtues, they still would never exhaust them. ( Chp. 12 )

Sentient Beings of Samsaric Existence 

The Buddha explained to Deva Yamaraja as follows: "The sentient beings in southern Jambudvipa are stubborn and adamant by nature. They are difficult to tame and control. This great Bodhisattva has, during hundreds of thousands of kalpas, saved and delivered such beings in every way and from all angles and has led them to early liberation.  ( Chp. 8 )

".....Sentient beings in southern Jambudvipa create karma and commit sins whenever they move, rest or cogitate, then how much worse are the sins committed and the karma created by those who indulge in killing, destroying, stealing, robbery, lust, lying and hundreds of thousands of other such sinful acts!" ( Chp. 6 )

Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, explaining further, said to Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, " Sir, these are the places and manners in which sentient beings in South Jambudvipa who create bad karma by leading evil lives receive their retribution. Karma is tremendously powerful. It is capable of covering Mount Sumeru, is capable of plumbing the vast ocean depths and is even capable of obstructing the holy doctrines. Therefore, sentient beings should not neglect lesser evils as being not sinful; for retribution will be meted out to them after their deaths for evy bad intention or violation, even though it be as small or insignificant as an iota. Even beings as closely related as fathers and sons will part their respective ways, and one will not take the punishment of the other even if they chance to cross paths. ( Chp. 5 )

The Inconceivable Benefits of the Practice of Lord Ksitigarbha

Protection and mindfulness of devas and nagas:

1) Daily increase of virtuous fruition;

2) Accumulation of elevated and sacred causes;

3) Nonretrogression from the path of Bodhi;

4) Affluence and abundant clothing and food;

5) Non-occurrence of diseases;

6) Non-occurrence of the calamities of flood or fire;

7) No harassment by robbery or thievery;

8) Admiration and respect of all persons one encounters;

9) Aid and support of both deities and demons;

10) Transformation of the female body into the male body at rebirth;

11) Being a royal minister's daughter if reborn as a female;

12) Possession of a dignified and graceful form;

13) Frequent rebirth in the heaven-realms;

14) Sometimes becoming an emperor or a king;

15) Possession of the miraculous power of knowing one's previous lives;

16) All prayers will be answered;

17) Delight and happiness for the members of one's family;

18) Elimination of all unexpected and unpleasant happenings;

19) Permanent eradication of the karmic ways of life;

20) Always passing through safely wherever one travels;

21) Always feeling safety and delight in one's dreams;

22) Elimination of suffering for one's departed ones;

23) Rebirth on the strength of previous bliss;

24) Praises by the Holy Ones;

25) Possession of clever wit and healthy organs;

26) Fullness of mercy, pity and compassion;

27) Ultimate attainment of Buddhahood.

"Furthermore, Bodhisattva Akasagarbha, in the present or in the future, if any devas, nagas, deities or demons should hear Ksitigarbha's name, worship Ksitigarbha's image or just hear about Ksitigarbha's fundamental vows and deeds and if they should, at the same time, praise him and make obeisance to him, then they will gain seven kinds of benefits, namely:

1) Rapid progress in the holy, sacred stages of achievement;

2) Elimination and disappearance of all evil karma;

3) Protection and attendance of the Buddhas;

4) Nonretrogression from the path of Bodhi;

5) Great increase of one's own powers; 

6) Complete awareness and knowledge of one's previous lives;

7) Final achievement of Buddhahood."

Accomplishment of Dharma-Practices

"Furthermore, O Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, in future times, if good men and good women should wish to generate the mind of great, widespread compassion and mercy to deliver all sentient beings, wish to cultivate the unexcelled Bodhi, yearning to escape from and leave forever the three realms, and if these people, on seeing Ksitigarbha's image and hearing his name, should wholeheartedly take refuge in him or offer incense, flowers clothing, jewels, food and worship to him, then such good men and good women will soon see their wishes come true, never experiencing any obstructions whatsoever.

Fulfillment of Wishes

"Furthermore, O Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, in future times, if any good man or good woman prays that in the present or the future hundreds of thousands of myriads of millions of wishes for hundreds of thousands of myriads of millions of things be fulfilled, he should just take refuge in, worship, make offerings to and praise Bodhisattba Ksitigarbha's image. Then all that he may have wished or prayed for shall be granted. Should he have a further wish, imploring, `O Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, with your great mercy and compassion, please support and protect me always!' ( Chp. 12 )

Lord Ksitigarbha's karmic connections to the world

"Therefore, O Samantavipula, you should be aware that such inconceivable hundreds of thousands of myriads of millions of beneficial things are accomplished by virtue of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha's great, majestic, miraculous power. The sentient beings in Jambudvipa have strong direct and indirect relationships to this Great Bodhisattva. Those sentient beings, on hearing this Bodhisattva's name or on seeing his image or even on hearing three words, five words, one sentence or one gatha of this Sutra, will enjoy extraordinarily wonderful happiness at present and will gain dignity and rebirth in honorable and noble families for hundreds of thousands of myriads of millions of rebirths in the future." ( Chp. 6 )

The Buddha, then, in conclusion, said to Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, "This Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha has tremendous intimate karmic connections with the beings of Jambudvipa. The beneficial activities of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha - and which have been both seen and heard by sentient beings - could not be exhausted even though one were to talk about them for hundreds of thousands of kalpas.

Therefore, O Avalokitesvara, by means of your miraculous power publish and circulate this Sutra so that all sentient beings in the Saha World will continuously enjoy peace and happiness for hundreds of thousands of myriads of millions of kalpas." ( Chp. 12 )

The Buddha's entrustment of the world with its gods and men of Human Beings and Devas to Lord Ksitigarbha 

At that time, the World Honored One raised his golden-hued arms, and, touching Bodhisattva-Mahasattva Ksitigarbha's head, uttered the following words: "O Ksitigarbha, O Ksitigarbha, your miraculous power is inconceivable, Your compassion is inconceivable. So is your wisdom. So is your eloquence. Let all the Buddhas from all quarters in the ten directions speak about and praise your inconceivable qualities, but they cannot exhaust the number of them even after thousands of myriads of kalpas.

"O Ksitigarbha, O Ksitigarbha, remember that today in Trayastrimsas Palace, amidst the congregation of all the hundreds of myriads of millions of inexpressible, inexpressible numbers of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, together with the eight categories of beings, including devas and nagas, I, once again, commend to you those sentient beings-such as human beings and devas-who have not yet escaped from or transcended the Three Realms and are still caught in the burning mansion. Do not let those sentient beings ever fall onto evil paths of existence even for only one day or one night, much less let them commit the five unpardonable sins and fall into Avici Hell, justly remaining there for thousands of myriads of millions of kalpas without a date of acquittal.

"O Ksitigarbha, all the sentient beings in southern Jambudvipa Realm are unpredictable in their wills and dispositions. Most of them are accustomed to evildoing. Even if they decide to do good, they may retreat from their good intentions in an instant. Surrounded by evil environmental conditions, their evil wills increase and intensify moment by moment. For this reason, I transform myself into hundreds of thousands of millions of other forms to convert, deliver, release and liberate them in accordance with their respective roots and dispositions.

"O Ksitigarbha, at this time I most sincerely commend to you the multitudes of devas and human beings. In future times, should any deva or human being plant even a tiny root in the context of the Buddhadharma_no matter if it be only the size of one water droplet, one sand grain, one hairtip or one mote of dust_you ought to apply your power to support and protect such a being so that he will gradually come to work on the Unexcelled Cultivation. Do not ever let him suffer any loss or retrogression.

"Furthermore, O Ksitigarbha, in future times, should any deva or human being fall onto an evil path of existence in accordance with his karmic retribution, but also should he, as he is about to fall onto that evil path or is about to approach the entrance to any hell, be able to recite the Buddha's name or a Bodhisattva's name or be able to recite a sentence or a gatha from any Mahayana sutra, you ought to apply your miraculous powers and resort to some expediency to rescue him; and, manifesting your boundless entity at the place where this person is, crush the hell for his benefit, thus enabling him to ascend to heaven to enjoy extraordinarily wonderful happiness." ( Chp. 13 )

Propagation of the Dharma-Practices of Lord Ksitigarbha

The Buddha spoke, "O Samadhisvararaja, such is the inconceivable, great, majestic power that Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha possesses to render extensive benefits to all sentient beings. You Bodhisattvas ought, therefore, to commit this sutra to memory and extensively circulate, spread and relate it."

Samadhisvararaja addressed the Buddha, saying, "World Honored One, please do not worry. We thousands of myriads of millions of Bodhisattva-Mahasattvas will certainly be able, by virtue of Buddha's majestic influence, to expound this sutra extensively in Jambudvipa for the benefit of all sentient beings." ( Chp 4 )

"Furthermore, O Ksitigarbha, in future times, should any good men and good women plant even a small good root of Buddhadharma, even if it is as tiny as a grain of sand or a hairtip, or even tinier, then the bliss gained by them will be indescribable and beyond compare.

"Furthermore, O Ksitigarbha, in future times, if any good men and good women, on seeing Buddhas' images, Bodhisattvas' images, Pratyekabuddhas' images or Cakravartins' images, should make donations and offerings, then they will gain immeasurable bliss and always dwell among human beings and devas, enjoying extraordinarily wonderful happiness. Moreover, if they should be able to dedicate rewards thus gained for the benefit of the entire Dharmadhatu, then their bliss will defy comparison. ( Chp 10 )

At that time, the World Honored One emitted from his entire body great, brilliant lights, which shone throughout all the hundreds of thousands of myriads of millions of Buddha-Lands-indeed, numbering as many as the number of grains of sand in the Ganges River. With a tremendous, thunderous voice he admonished all the Bodhisattva-Mahasattvas, devas, nagas, demons, gods, human and nonhuman beings in various Buddha-Lands, saying,
"All of you, listen! For today I shall praise the deeds of Bodhisattva-Mahasattva Ksitigarbha, who, by manifesting his great, inconceivable, merciful and compassionate powers, saves and protects all the sinful and suffering beings in all the worlds in the ten directions. After my Nirvana, you Bodhisattva-Mahasattvas, devas, nagas, demons and deities should resort to extensive expediencies in order to guard this sutra and to cause all sentient beings themselves to realize Nirvana."
( Chp. 6 )

The complete holy Sutra of Lord Ksitigarbha is available for download in


A special highlight on a Dharma programme with the great terton, Dzogchen Ganor Rinpoche, this weekend:

Ngee Ann Cultural Centre ( Auditorium - 97, Tank Road. )

10 May 2008
5 pm - Vajrasattva Empowerment
7 pm - Dorje Lekpa, White Dzambala Puja and Yamantaka Empowerment
11 May 2008
10 am - Guru Drakpo Empowerment
2 pm - Vajrakilaya Puja
For enquiries: call 9640 2802 / 9384 8181 / 9337 8138.

Technical Clarification on Loseling Khen Rinpoche's Dharma Programme -

Initiation of Lord Ksitigarbha:

- No pre-requisites required

( But students encouraged to think he or she is receiving the initiation to be Buddha for all mother beings !! )

- No subsequent commitment-practices required 

( but serious students may receive the 5 Precepts / Bodhisattva and certain sections of the Tantric Vows from this initiation )  

Initiation of Cittamani Tara

- 17 May 2008 ( 10 am to 12:30 pm )

- Pre-requisite: Students need to want to renounce samsara / want to be Buddha fastest for all beings / have Right View of Emptiness

- Subsequent commitment-practices: Keep the 5 Precepts / Bodhisattva and Tantric Vows & do one A4 size page of Cittamani Tara Guru Yoga daily once.  

Initiation of Buddha Shakyamuni and Disciples

- No pre-requisites required

( But students encouraged to think he or she is receiving the initiation to be Buddha for all mother beings !! )

- No subsequent commitment-practices required 

( but serious students may receive the 5 Precepts / Bodhisattva and certain sections of the Tantric Vows from this initiation )