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Question asked by Alessandro

Hello,
I've just seen the new video on YouTube about the long dorje shugden Kangsol? Is the sadhana available anywhere to practice at home?

Thank you

Question asked by Tashi

What was education like in the monastery? Did novice monks of a young age learn writing, maths(from basic to complex if geometry or algebra ever got to Tibet), history, sciences, etc.? Or only the teachings and just go from there? I am curious on the entire idea of Manjushri being helpful in studies and if this is only limited to basic maths, literature, etc. and nothing complex like calculus, modern-day science, and so on.

Question asked by Danny

Hello pasters, just asking. Why the dharani in a same sutra is different from vajrayana ans sutra? Eg. The ushnishavijaya dharani, in the sutra is …. Om vishuda vishuda… Whereas in vajrayana, its om droom droom droom. But the text of the sutra is the same. Thank you

Question asked by Wout Eeckhout

Dear I am looking for a month long retreat in July-august, can you help me?

Question asked by Tashi

Also, if these practitioners are lazy by taking Vajrayogini instead, who else is going to transmit these rare, ancient tantras that Tsongkhapa wrote mainly on? With the other tantras being so uncommon these days, how are they going to survive? What's the point if they are going to die out eventually?

Question asked by Eric

Hello Pastor Niral

The Dharmapala Shangmo was first installed in 1902 at Domo Geshe Rinpoche's Dungkar Monastery in Tibet.

I understand that they unlike Tharkp Choling Monastery are not under the control of the 14th Dalai Lama.

They will possibly still possess the daily practice manual and mantra for Shangmo.

I do not have any means of contacting them but maybe Tsem Tulku and his worldwide contacts could reach out to them for their assistance.

Hope all is going well in installing Shangmo as part of Dorje Shugden's retinue on his main alter at Kechara Forest Retreat.

Question asked by Tashi

It seems like I have been banned from the chat, so as a result, I would like to ask my questions here:

"Comparatively, everyone can engage in protector practice without taking vows and tantric commitments."

Wait, but how do protector practices not require vows? If one were to do the Tashi Tseringma sadhana, they MUST make a torma offering everyday to keep up with practice in clairvoyance and so forth. How is it that there aren't any vows in protector practices? Ekajati and Za Rahula are one of the most austere and intense protectors out there that will only focus on spiritual paths, not mundane things(that's what Dorje Legpa is for). So in that case, anyone can take up their practice and not face the terrifying rage of the protectors for an attempt to do a simple practice without vows, empowerment, nor true accomplishment?

"The sadhana of Vajrayogini is very short compared to the sadhana of Heruka Cakrasamvara, Yamantaka or Guhyasamaja. In this degenerate age, people do not dedicate much time to practice, hence Vajrayogini practice is more suited for busy modern people."

But isn't that pretty lazy? I mean if one just wants to practice tantra, they take up a simple practice without trying and go from there? What benefit is there to that? Shouldn't there at least be an attempt after mastery over lower tantras or other instructions from the guru to later on practice advanced yidams such as Guhyasamaja? Why be lazy and stick with a simple minor deity that Tsongkhapa practiced and not focus on more advanced deities with clear commentaries from its original source by masters such as Tsongkhapa like Yamantaka or Guhyasamaja? Isn't the point to destroy this laziness and dedicate oneself to enlightenment for the sake of others? It's not like simplicity will always lead to liberation now is there?

How short is Vajrayogini's sadhana in that case compared to a Yamantaka or a Guhyasamaja sadhana? How long would it take with all that mantra recitation, prayers, refuge, offerings, confession, etc.?

An Additional Question:
-The Ganden Tripa is the head of the Gelugpa school, not the Dalai Lama, is that correct? So why would there be a controversy over Shugden if the Ganden Tripa doesn't order it, but the Dalai Lama does? Wouldn't the ban be enforced by the Ganden Tripa if he is indeed the true head while the Dalai Lama is secondary? So why does all the blame have to go to the Dalai Lama as seen with other Shugdenpa groups(and could Tsem Rinpoche or any Shugden master please make an international meeting with all the lamas and give a teaching to the public to not misuse the name of Shugden and try to make protests that will cause the protestors to lose tons of karma for being angry at a bodhisattva like stating that "the Dalai Lama is fake," etc.?) And one of the Shugden masters, the 101st Ganden Tripa, was the head of the Gelugpa. So why couldn't he remove the ban that a secondary figure enforced? He is the head, is he not? Please explain, this is pretty confusing.

I apologize for my criticisms, but as I am new to tantra, I am a little wary of why this goes and that and so on.

P.S. How does one remove a chat ban? Or is it permanent? My apologizes if this cannot be done.

Question asked by Erie

Hello Pastor Niral

Could you give us an update on Shangmo Dorje Putri's statue?

Question asked by Tashi

Why does Tsongkhapa only write 3 pages dedicated to Vajrayogini in his 18 volumes and put so much emphasis on Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, etc.? Since some like the Guhyasamaja are dying out, shouldn't we be focusing more on that instead of Vajrayogini or protectors if this is the case? Why the supremacy of Vajrayogini? Also, Gen Nyima only needed Yamantaka as a protector and yidam instead of Shugden, so what need is a protector if there are more important tantras out there? Does Tsem Rinpoche offer the Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, or Chakrasamvara empowerments?

Question asked by Eric

What can you tell me about the Tengyeling Oracle?

Question asked by Eric

Hello Pastor Niral

I am writing you today to seek your assistance in contacting the Panglung Oracle.

My purpose is to have him be taken trance of by Dorje Shugden.

While in trance I wish to ask Dorje Shugden to create the empowerment and sadhana for his Yidam practice.

Dorje Shugden did something similar with his "Dice Divination" via an "Oracle".

If you wish either you or Tsem Tulku could contact the Panglung Oracle about this most important matter.

What merit and blessing would occur to Tsem Tulku and his KFC if the Dorje Shugden's Yidam practice was created there.

  1. Reply by Pastor Niral Patel

    Dear Eric,

    Please contact Kechara House to submit a formal request which will then be passed on. Note that such requests are traditionally accompanied with offerings. As the one requesting that such a trance takes place, you will also need to sponsor the event, including the extensive offerings made to the Buddhas and those offered to the deities once they take trance.

    Please be aware that due to the Panglung Oracle’s busy schedule, once the request has been passed on, it will depend on the Panglung Oracle’s discretion as well as the location of where the Panglung Oracle is, the preparation, the assistants, etc. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Eric

Hello Pastor Niral

I have a question in regards to your answer below to Kiki.

You stated, "Some people are born with this ability, which carries over from previous lives,….".

If you remember I asked you about "Oracles" and can they keep on returning as "Oracles" to serve the Dharmapalas from their previous life.

That special ability to act as a "Kuten" for the Dharmapalas I believe is a "Vocation" that carries over life times.

This is how they serve the Dharma not as a Tulku but by being a "Kuten".

Could you expand on your answer to Kiki for me.

I found your answer to Kiki quite interesting and though provoking.

  1. Reply by Pastor Niral Patel

    Dear Eric,

    Yes, clairvoyant abilities can carry over from previous lives. That is because it is an attainment that arises from the mind. In other cases, as explained before this clairvoyance is granted by en external party such as a spirit or a god, but since this is dependent on the external party its length in terms of how far into the future one can see and also the duration in which one has the ability (say a single lifetime, or a couple of lifetimes) is also finite.

    However, when the attainment of clairvoyance is achieve within one’s mindstream, it carries over from lifetime after lifetime, it is just if that person wants to use that ability or not. For example, there are the examples of lamas who reincarnate back with the same level of clairvoyance as their previous lives.

    This ability to develop clairvoyance however is not something unique to Buddhism or even one of the major goals of Buddhism. Clairvoyance can be developed a number of different ways throughout many traditions, and even within Buddhism there are many different ways of developing clairvoyance. This attainment can be temporary or one that carries over into future lifetimes. That is why it is something called a minor siddhi or minor attainment. It is not something that we should actually aim for, we should instead concentrate on the major siddhis or the realisations that bring us to enlightenment.

    Now, the ability to take trance carrying over lifetimes, is different. This is because the ability is due to the person’s karma in that particular lifetime. It depends on the bodily karma for the trance to take place and also on the speech karma for the deity to be able to communicate, not on attainments or siddhis achieved in the mindstream. For example, there have been examples of oracles who had no high Dharma attainments, but have taken trance of some of the highest Dharma protectors through the grace and training of their gurus. However, there is no record that I know of that states that the ability to take trance carries over to the next life. As such the ability to take trance seems to be limited to one lifetime. But yet again, it is not outside the realm of possibility.

    This video titled “What are the Differences between Boon and Siddhi (attainment)?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R_i-LtSjbs I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by Eric

Hello Pastor Niral

Both Shangmo and I thank you for "We have taken note of the statue".

  1. Reply by Pastor Niral Patel

    Thank you Eric

Question asked by Nilesh Chhabria

I would like to know how to reach this place and what is the specialty

  1. Reply by Pastor Niral Patel

    Dear Nilesh Chhabria,

    I think you are referring to the Kechara Buddhist Organisation. We are located in Malaysia, with a retreat centre, a temple in the city and many other departments. Our retreat centre is located about 1 hour’s drive away from Kuala Lumpur city, and in our temple is local in the city’s suburbs. Below is the address for the temple in the city:

    Kechara House
    No. 7, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
    Sunwaymas Commercial Centre,
    47301 Petaling Jaya,
    Selangor, MALAYSIA.
    Tel: +603 7803 3908

    And for the retreat centre:

    The Kechara Forest Retreat
    Lot 3189, Jalan Chamang,
    28700 Bentong,
    Malaysia

    If you would like to visit, please call +603 7803 3908 to arrange your visit.

    We have many activities including regular pujas (or prayers), Dharma sharing and talks, and more formal educational classes. I hope this helps.

Question asked by kiki

Recently i had a psychic do channeling and she predicted a certain event and gave me a number. And that event happened on that very same number(date). How was she able to see that future event ? very intriguing!! Also how could she tell me exactly how the other person who i was asking about feels for me?

  1. Reply by Pastor Niral Patel

    Dear Kiki,

    Thank you for your question. From a Buddhist point of view, clairvoyance, or the ability to perceive or see the future is very much a possibility. Some people are born with such abilities, while other train or develop it over time. Buddhism works with the mind and it is said that if you calm your mind through meditation, you can open up to many different abilities that most people would think are extraordinary or supernatural.

    However, that is not to say that all people who have such abilities have developed the ability through meditation. Some people are born with this ability, which carries over from previous lives, and some people are even given this ability because they are in communication with unseen beings, such as spirits. In the last case, the one with spirits, these spirits can send this person messages which they can then tell you about. In most of these cases however, the person may not even be aware that their abilities are from these spirits or other beings. These other beings be helping this psychic person for either good or bad purposes.

    However, when people use spirits for clairvoyant abilities, even though the spirits can be powerful, they cannot be relied on fully. This is because the abilities of the spirits exists within samsara or cyclic existence. The only beings that have true and complete clairvoyance are the enlightened beings known as the Buddhas, who have transcended samsara completely. And it is the goal of Buddhists to reach this same state.

    From a Buddhist perspective these clairvoyant abilities can be developed as a side benefit to the real purpose of meditation, which is transformation of the mind. One of meditations most known for developing these abilities is known as single-pointed concentration meditation, which exists in every branch and school of Buddhism. I hope this helps.

    Thank you

Question asked by Jack

I have been doing the golden drink offering to Setrap and I have noticed that I get bad dreams regarding my job and I see the boss is angry because of something I might have done. What might this mean

  1. Reply by Pastor Niral Patel

    Dear Jack,

    Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you are practising Setrap. He is a very powerful Dharma protector and the protector of Gaden Shartse Monastery and can be relied upon with full faith and confidence. When we practice enlightened Dharma protectors like Setrap, who is actually an emanation of the Buddha Amitabha, we face no harm whatsoever. Enlightened beings cannot harm because they operate from the highest form of compassion.

    In the case of your dreams, it could mean a number of things and is not necessarily related to your practice of Setrap’s golden drink offering. It could simply be your unconscious mind telling you that you have unresolved issues with your boss, or that perhaps that the relationship with your boss is not what you thought it was.

    There are two major functions of any Buddhist practice, and that is the generation of spiritual merit and also the purification of negative karma. Now, if we look at the situation from the angle of negative karma, since Setrap’s practice is very helpful in removing obstacles, this dream could even be a sign that Setrap is helping you to avoid this situation in normal life, by you experiencing it during your dreams. It is very much possible for karma to be experienced and purified in your dreams. Therefore, this might actually be the case here. Though, I am not 100% sure, this is definitely a possibility.

    To really figure this out, you would have to examine what your relationship is like with your boss, and other such factors like your over all work life, etc. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by Tashi

So I am very confused. First, we are against the Tenma oracle who works with the Nechung oracle and criticize Lama Zopa Rinpoche for being healed by this dakini. Then, for some reason, we still make offerings and prayers to her, yet she plans to ban Shugden. I'm confused. Why on earth are we supporting unenlightened spirits that support killing off the Shugdenpas? As for Nechung, since he is possessed by Nyatrul, who is taking the Tenma? She was recognized by the Dalai Lama and several high lamas, but her supporting evil spirits? I'm very confused on what this is going to, especially with us supporting her idea of banning Shugden.
Apart from all that, does Shugden have a consort? I'm just curious.
Eric, please don't spam the question section. I haven't been able to ask my questions for days. Also, please try not to insult his holiness, the Dalai Lama, it's not very good for your karma. And I'm pretty sure it's not a wise decision to post the mamo's mantra and translated prayer to the public just so they can danger themselves by her overwhelming energies that may get them in danger. Just saying.

  1. Reply by Pastor Niral Patel

    Dear Tashi,

    You posted these same questions on the Chat section. They were answered there.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Eric

Hello Pastor Niral

Is Shangmo senior in position to Namkar Barzin and Methar in Dorje Shugden's retinue?

Shangmo was in 1902 made a Dharmapala by Domo Geshe Rinpoche.

At that time he placed her into the retinue of Dorje Shugden under the supervision of Kache Marpo.

Both Namkar Barzin and Methar both became Dharmapalas decades later.

At one time there was only Kache Marpo and Shangmo in Dorje Shugden's retinue.

Before that there was Namkar Barzin and Methar there was only Shangmo.

I would like to see a statue of Shangmo beside Kache Marpo, Namkar Barzin and Methar on Dorje Shugden's main alter at Kechara Forest Retreat.

It is time for her to formally join her bother Dharmapalas.

On a sadder note I see that Domo Geshe Rinpoche's Gaden Tharpa Monastery is in the hands of the evil 14th Dalai Lama.

The practice of Dorje Shugden is banned there and the Dalai Lama has made his anti Dorje Shugden Domo Geshe Rinpoche the head of the monastery.

I wonder if Shangmo has fled the monastery that held her "Protector Chapel"?

Is this the second time she has had to flee a monastery she was protecting?

The first being the Sakya Monastery and now Gaden Tharpa Monastery.

If she has I suspect she is now guarding the life of the real pro Dorje Shugden Domo Geshe Rinpoche.

  1. Reply by Pastor Niral Patel

    Dear Eric,

    Thank you for your questions. We have taken note about the statue. In regards to my thoughts about Shangmo Dorje Putri, please see my previous reply.

    Thank you

Question asked by Eric

Hello Pastor Niral

I think that it would be wonderful if you and Tsem Rinpoche do a joint article on Shangmo Dorje Putri.

Your previous article was about her and the "Bamo Sum" and only a small piece about her and the Gelugpa sect.

With all this new information you could also check with the monks and Lamas of Gaden Tharpa Choling Monastery.

Shangmo has been a Dharmpala for Domo Geshe Rinpoche since 1902.

He must have create a daily practice for her and a mantra.

Do you think that Domo Geshe Rinpoche would place a violent, evil demon into the retinue of Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo?

Would he have built her a "Protector Chapel" at Tharpa Choling Monastery if she was?

No!

The Sakya may say that she is very evil and dangerous but remember the Sakya think that Dorje Shugden is an unenlightened being.

We all know that Dorje Shugden is a BUDDHA.

The 41st Sakya Trizin stated that Dorje Shugden is just a minor dharmapala and not really worth practices.

We know that what he says is a not true and he was forced to say it by the Dalai Lama.

So please think about doing an updated article on Shangmo, Domo Geshe Rinpoche, Dungkar and Tharpa Choling Monastery.

Maybe some photos of her "Protector Chapel"?

It's time to reintroduce the Dorje Shugden Dharmapala Shangmo Dorje Putri to the followers of Dorje Shugden.

Tsem Rinpoche did it with Methar and why not with Shangmo?

  1. Reply by Pastor Niral Patel

    Dear Eric,

    Thank you for your comments. As you state your question above this, Gaden Tharpa Monastery is not a monastery that we have a connection with at the moment, because of the current political climate, therefore we would not have communication with them to get more information. As we know, Shangmo Dorje Putri’s practice is not widespread among the Gelug lineage, and particular to this monastery. Therefore, there are not many places where we can get further information from, that can be verified as authentic. Even Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s major protector practices and those he wrote about and promoted were Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo. As you say, there could be a Gelug version of her prayer and mantra that the great master had written, but we have yet to come across it.

    On another note, Sakya practitioners today may say that Dorje Shugden is not an enlightened being, but this contradicts there own history, in which many of the Sakya Trizin’s practised Dorje Shugden and definitely did consider him to be an enlightened being. I think you may have already read this article: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html.

    We currently have many articles that we are working on, however, if you yourself would like to engage in the research and write an article, you are more than welcome to do so. You can submit it using the ‘submit a story’ button on the left hand column, under the featured authors section. We would be more than happy to review it for you. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by Eric

Hello Pastor Niral

Is Shangmo still a member of the Sakya "Bamo Sum"?

We now have two stories that she either fled or escaped from Sakya Monastery.

When she escaped she fled to the protection of H.E. Domo Geshe Rinpoche.

Here is a link to one of those stories of her escape.

www.dorjeshugden.com/forum/index.php?topic=1589.msg21216#msg21216

It was written by WisdomBeing on January 13, 2012 at dorjeshugen.com

The topic is titled "Gaden Tharpa Choling Monastery".

This monastery is owned by Domo Geshe Rinpoche and is located in Sikkim, India.

" 5. Shrine for Shangmo Dorje Bhuti

It is said that Shangomo was once a demon who disguised as a nomad woman…..Around 1902, Shangmo ESCAPED from Skaya Monastery and followed Domo Geshe Rinpoche to Dungkar Monastery, as Rinpoche was a native of the same place "Shang". There at Dungkar Gonpa she was bound under solemn oath to protect the Monastery….Now her abode has shifted to Mani Lhagang (Tharpa Choling Monastery) with her SPECIAL SHRINE."

So it appears that Shangmo may no longer residence with the "Bamo Sum" at Sakya Monastery.

Her act of fleeing and seeking protection with Domo Geshe Rinpoche is unheard of in the annuals of Dhamapalas.

A Dharmapala who escapes where she is bound and flees another Monastery to seek protection there.

Domo Geshe Rinpoche took Shangmo into his protection and now she resides at Ganden Tharpa Choling Monastery.

Domo Geshe Rinpoche built her a "Protector Chapel" and the monks and lay people go there to seek her protection as their Dharmapala.

I think that the Sakya were wrong in describing her as some kind of fearful monster for all of us to be afraid of.

Her actions once she escapes shows that she did not go on a murderous rampage but sought out the enlightened master Domo Geshe Rinpoche.

Can we now still see her as a monster or a victim of abuse who flee her captors?

  1. Reply by Pastor Niral Patel

    Dear Eric,

    Thank you again for your questions. As far as I am aware Shangmo Dorje Putri is still indeed part of the Sakya Bamo Sum. Even though in the story you recounted it states that she ‘escaped’ or ‘fled’ I am unsure as to how correct the translation of this could be from the Tibetan. For that you would need to check the texts written about her and her practice from Ganden Tharpa Choling Monastery, where she was bound by the eminent Domo Geshe Rinpoche to protect the monastery.

    However, just because she was bound twice does not mean that she broke her first oath to Gongma Rinpoche of the Sakya school. In fact, as we stated in the article, she is still under the control of the various Sakya lamas. Domo Geshe Rinpoche bound her again, with the specific intention of protecting the monastery.

    As a very powerful unenlightened being, still bound under oaths to great and enlightened lamas, she is not what I would call a monster. But her energies and abilities are still very ferocious. On the other hand, neither do I think of her as a victim of abuse who fled her captors. If she was not bound by Sakya Gongma Rinpoche she would still being inflicting a lot of harm on various people and beings, but once she came under oath she instead helps beings. This is not something that I would personally view as abuse, otherwise we would also have say that Nechung or the Tenma are suffering abuse because they were bound by Guru Rinpoche. This is all just my personal opinion. Thank you.

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Having visited a nunnery in India in 2004, Jean Ai remembers noticing how happy and purposeful everyone was. She had a feeling of familiarity and the sight of the robes comforted her. Immediately, Jean Ai messaged her mother who told her to ask Rinpoche’s advice. Rinpoche told her to complete her secular education so that when she taught the Dharma her words would carry the credibility and weight of a university degree, something she completed with the motivation that some day she wanted to become a nun.

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Joining Kechara Media & Publications in 2006 as a volunteer, Shin assumed a full time position there as a Marketing Executive, with the aim of making His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings available to more people around the world. Shin is now a member of the Tsem Ladrang Team, who takes care of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s secular matters, enabling Rinpoche to focus on teaching the holy Dharma.

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Since finding her spiritual home here in Kechara, Adeline has made dharma work her life’s mission and wishes to dedicate herself fully towards the benefit of others.

Adeline stumbled across His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche's blog towards the end of 2010 and has been following his blog and Facebook page ever since. Since graduating from Dharma Drum Buddhist College Taiwan with a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies in July 2012, she returned to Malaysia and joined Kechara as a Senior Education Executive. Adeline was attracted by His Eminence’s straightforwardness and impressed at Kechara's growth under his guidance. To Adeline, His Eminence is someone who walks the talk, keeps his promises and sincerely cares for others displaying an excellent example of guru devotion, qualities that she seeks to develop herself.

Since finding her spiritual home here in Kechara, Adeline has made dharma work her life’s mission. It was in May 2013 that she officially requested His Eminence for ordination as a nun to dedicate her life fully for the dharma. According to Adeline, become ordained means that she is being true to her calling to live according to the dharma and be of benefit to others.

This however can only be achieved by meeting and studying under her root Guru. Adeline has been fortunate enough to have met with hers - His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche.

Pastor Niral Patel (sangha to be)

It is Niral’s motivation for full ordination to better himself, learn the teachings of our lineage in order to preserve them for future generations. He wishes to benefit others, just as he has benefited and is still benefiting from Tsem Rinpoche’s explanation of the Dharma.

Niral was born and raised in the UK, having graduated with a BA in Anthropology, he was working as a Financial Administrator for a Serviced Apartment & Hotel company as well as a Management Services company before stumbling across His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s Youtube channel, entirelyby accident. It was through His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings that he began to understand the importance of practicing the Dharma, in order to benefit himself and others around him.

Having been in contact with one of Tsem Rinpoche’s long time students in the UK, he was encouraged to visit Kechara in late 2012 for a 10 day visit. At the end of the visit Tsem Rinpoche requested Niral to come to work at Kechara, to which he agreed.

Niral moved to Malaysia in February 2013 to work as an education coordinator at Kechara House, assisting the Education Division in the creation and implementation of the new education syllabus, teaching teenagers during the Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Ever since meeting Tsem Rinpoche, he has always been encouraged by Tsem Rinpoche to do more Dharma work and strive to better himself. It is with that in mind, that Niral has requested monastic ordination.

It is Niral’s motivation for full ordination to better himself, learn the teachings of our lineage in order to preserve them for future generations. He wishes to benefit others, just as he has benefited and is still benefiting from Tsem Rinpoche’s explanation of the Dharma.

Pastor Tan Gim Lee (sangha to be)

Gim Lee’s main focus is to guide and help anyone who steps through Kechara’s doors through Dharma sharing, counselling, performing pujas and other Buddhist services. She wishes to repay Rinpoche’s kindness by spreading Lama Tsongkhapa’s holy teachings and inspiring others on the spiritual path.

She discovered Kechara by chance in 2006 and started to participate Kechara's activities almost immediately especially the retreat to collect 10 million Migtsema recitations. In April 2006, when Gim Lee met H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and first listened to his teachings, she wept uncontrollably. Though she could not understand it at the time, she had finally found her perfect teacher. She is especially touched by Tsem Rinpoche's compassionate method of teaching by setting his own examples.

Having joined as a staff of Kechara House responsible for housekeeping in 2009, Gim Lee is now one of Kechara House's Front Desk Managers predominantly based in the retreat centre in Bentong, Pahang. She also teaches the Sunday Dharma Class and moderates Dharma discussions on Tsem Rinpoche's blog chat.

The many teachings she has received from Tsem Rinpoche have changed her priorities in life. She found answers to her questions about the purpose of life, and she has realised that the way to overcome the sufferings of pain and anger is by following the path of compassion and wisdom as taught by Lord Buddha. These realisations have led to her request to be ordained as a Sangha member.

As pastor now, and later as a Buddhist nun, Gim Lee's main focus is to guide and help anyone who steps through Kechara's doors through Dharma sharing, counselling, performing pujas and other Buddhist services. She wishes to repay Rinpoche's kindness by spreading Lama Tsongkhapa's holy teachings and inspiring others on the spiritual path.

Pastor Loh Seng Piow (sangha to be)

Loh Seng Piow developed a strong wish to help Rinpoche in spreading the Dharma to the world. With that determination, Loh Seng Piow chose not to pursue his PhD degree in Cambridge University (for which he had been offered a place), resigned from his research job, and joined Tsem Rinpoche as full-time Dharma worker, and has never looked back since.

Back in 2001, Loh Seng Piow had no inkling of just how involved in Dharma he would become. As a Masters degree-holder in Engineering, Loh Seng Piow was working as a research engineer in Singapore when he met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s talk left a strong impression on him and after a few encounters with Rinpoche, Loh Seng Piow started developing websites for Rinpoche and Kechara.

Loh Seng Piow was trained in science, but soon realised that there were many questions that science could not answer. At the same time, he also felt that science and technology are not the solution to human problems, as humans are much better off compared to thousands years ago, yet the problems in this world are still the same, if not more, and we do not seem to be happier than our ancestors.

Loh Seng Piow soon realised that the Dharma is the ultimate solution to human problems, and that the methods used by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche are very suitable for this modern era. Loh Seng Piow developed a strong wish to help Rinpoche in spreading the Dharma to the world. With that determination, Loh Seng Piow chose not to pursue his PhD degree in Cambridge University (for which he had been offered a place), resigned from his research job, and joined Tsem Rinpoche as full-time Dharma worker, and has never looked back since.

Meeting Rinpoche was a very refreshing experience for Loh Seng Piow, as he never knew Dharma could be so unconventional yet maintain its essence. As Rinpoche’s personal attendant, Loh Seng Piow has had many incredible moments with Rinpoche and considers himself extremely fortunate because he sees real Dharma in action, both on and off the throne. It challenges him to practice Dharma 24/7. In this way, Rinpoche has blown away his old and persistent way of thinking, which was very much focused on the outer rituals of Dharma.

Having seen that Tsem Rinpoche truly embodies what he teaches, Loh Seng Piow is convinced beyond doubt that it is possible to develop our minds to a higher state, and ultimately achieving enlightenment. All these factors have propelled Loh Seng Piow to take a step further in his Dharma career to become ordained as a pastor in order to be even more effective in sharing and disseminating the Dharma to benefit others.

Pastor Antoinette Kass (sangha to be)

Having come across Rinpoche’s teachings on Youtube and finding them very helpful and meaningful, Antoinette hopes to bring the same help and benefit to others as a Pastor.

Born in Luxembourg in 1966, with four older siblings, Antoinette Kass’ father was a carpenter and her mother was very busy cooking, washing, knitting, cultivating two gardens and one vineyard for the family, on top of doing the paperwork for her father’s company.

After completing her education, Antoinette worked in her father’s company and later in a German bank in Luxembourg. However, she didn’t want to work in an office all her life and wanted to do something more meaningful. After having worked for about 14 years, Antoinette went back to school full-time and earned her degree in occupational therapy in Bruxelles. She also trained in the Feldenkrais method and accomplished the training. Antoinette then worked with visually-impaired children for two years, and then with individuals who were chronically ill in their homes for seven years.

Antoinette first came across H.E. Tsem Rinpoche through his teachings on Youtube and found them very helpful, meaningful, clear and easy to understand. After her first visit to Kechara during her holidays in December 2011, Antoinette took refuge in October 2012 and decided to join Kechara as a full-time volunteer in December 2013.

Pastor Yek Yee

Naturally an introvert, Yek Yee has transformed what was once her weakness into her strength; making what was once impossible now eminently possible.

Independence was forced upon Kok Yek Yee from the tender age of nine, when she had to juggle between work and school to make ends meet. Always the introvert, Yek Yee had few friends and had difficulty expressing herself. So it was unexpected when she chose a career in journalism.

Yek Yee excelled as an award-winning reporter with Guang Ming Daily and Nanyang Siang Pau. Her articles garnered her a fanbase, and in writing, she found an outlet for the thoughts and feelings that she could not verbalise. However, despite her success, Yek Yee was not satisfied. Temporary happiness was not what she was looking for – success, money, relationships, or fame was not the key.

In her search for happiness, Yek Yee met H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, who told her “don’t retaliate with your speech, but use your power of writing to express yourself”. This led her to join Kechara Media & Publications as a writer; subsequently she was appointed Senior Editor as well as a Liaison to His Eminence.

Yek Yee now holds a core role in Kechara Care, giving advice, tours, counseling and teachings to whoever walks through their doors. Through courage and determination, she has transformed what was once her weakness into her strength; making what was once impossible now eminently possible.

As a Pastor, her patience and open-mindedness developed through her journey with Kechara will bring comfort and solace, and her new-found ability to nurture and teach others will bring hope to many.

Pastor Lanse Chiah

Having been a Pastor for a year, Lanse wishes to continue with her integral duties by renewing her vows again.

Lanse graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China in 1999 and became a part-time lecturer for several years, teaching western medicine in a Traditional Chinese medical college in Kuala Lumpur.

For a long time, Lanse remained an atheist, subconsciously searching for a spiritual guru as she sought answers to questions she harboured in her mind, questions that had led her into a state of depression during her time at university. As such, she would often read philosophical books in her search for answers.

Lanse first came to know of Kechara in 2007, through her friend of over 10 years, Pastor Yek Yee. She was surprised to see a complete transformation in Pastor Yek Yee, whom she had always known as a non-spiritual person. The first book by Kechara that Lanse chanced upon was the Chinese version of Be Greedy. Naturally, Lanse was skeptical at first, thus she read the book in an attempt to find mistakes with the philosophy. However, she couldn’t find any and was left impressed by how logical the explanations in the book were.

In March 2009, Lanse joined Kechara Media & Publications (KMP) part-time to carry out Chinese translation and help with transcription. The following year, she contemplated upon whether to pursue a full-time medical or a Dharma career, finally deciding on the latter. Lanse came to realise that, although both careers share the same motivation of easing people’s sufferings, she felt that her work in Dharma could lead to a greater contribution for the sake of all sentient beings in a deeper, spiritual sense.

Having been a Pastor for a year, Lanse wishes to continue with her integral duties by renewing her vows again.

Pastor Han Nee

It was not until she witnessed how Rinpoche brought peace and comfort to her dying mother, that she realised she also wanted to touch others with the Dharma.

Lim Han Nee, a mother of two, is a retired secondary school principal. She retired in December 2000 after a 30-year career in education. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Education at Leicester University in the UK, at the end of 2001.

After gaining her master’s degree, Han Nee considered further options of embarking on a doctorate in education or spending her years in retirement, travelling and visiting family. At the same time, she was also in search of her spiritual path. She had begun exploring Theravadan and Chinese Mahayana Buddhism for answers to questions she had.

In December 2004, Han Nee attended a teaching retreat on the topic of the Lamrim and White Tara held by His Eminence Gelek Rinpoche. As the retreat proceeded, she found her questions were being answered. Then in June 2005, Han Nee was introduced to Kechara by her sister, where she met her spiritual guide, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, who has recently told her that she must go all the way in the Dharma for the benefit of others.

Han Nee had been a school guidance counsellor for nearly twenty years. However, it was not until she witnessed how Rinpoche brought peace and comfort to her dying mother, that she realised she also wanted to touch others with the Dharma.

A member of Kechara’s Puja Team, who conduct sponsored pujas in Shabten Khang, Han Nee is also a member of the Education Division with the portfolio of Content Development. Apart from this, Han Nee is also a member of the weekly Kechara Chat Time team.

Pastor David Lai

In 2014, with a sincere wish to benefit others, David decided to be ordained as a Buddhist pastor to continue serving the spiritual needs of the organisation.

David Lai has been a student of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche for over a decade now and was one of the founding members of Kechara. He joined Kechara as a full time staff in 2005 and has been working in various departments beginning with the Kechara Paradise outlets.

Right from the beginning, David had been advised by His Eminence to go into writing. Overcoming various hurdles, David finally began his literary career with the publication of his first book and autobiography, There’s No Way But Up in 2009. The book charts his spiritual journey from his childhood and culminates in the meeting with His Eminence.

The positive feedback from this book led him to write various other publications like Vajrayogini and Other Power Places in Nepal – a pilgrim’s guide of Nepal, Tales My Lama Told Me – a book on short stories and Conversations in Love – a book on relationships. These books continue to inspire and bring people onto the Dharma.

Besides writing, David has found his passion in sharing the Dharma since his earlier days working in the Kechara Paradise outlets. Over the years, David has received innumerable teachings from His Eminence, ranging from public teachings to personal instructions and advice. He is known to passionately share these teachings whenever he can and to whomever he meets. In 2014, with a sincere wish to benefit others, David decided to be ordained as a Buddhist pastor to continue serving the spiritual needs of the organisation.

Pastor Henry Ooi

After following Rinpoche as a Dharma student for all these years, learning and practicing the Dharma, Henry knows the importance of the pastors’ role in Kechara founded by Rinpoche. He wants to become a pastor to serve Rinpoche, to serve Kechara, and to serve the public.

Born in 1952 in Penang, Henry moved to Kuala Lumpur in search of work after he finished his Form Five studies in 1969. He worked at different types of jobs and it was when he was jobless in 1997/8 that he met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche at the house of his cousin, Ruby (now Dato’ Ruby Khong), when Rinpoche was giving a dharma teaching. At that teaching Henry was awed by how Rinpoche taught Dharma with simple yet profound explanations.

With the kind guidance, teachings and Dharma practices by Rinpoche including instruction to engage in their first spiritual retreat, Henry and his wife Angel started a small business that soon became profitable. A few years later after Kechara House Buddhist Association was founded, Rinpoche started to enrol students as liaisons and that was when Henry and Dato’ Ruby offered themselves. Later more students were elected as liaisons that saw the birth of Liaisons Council. The Liaisons Council is now known as the Board of Directors of which Henry is one of its members.

Currently Henry is the Project Director, overseeing the construction and completion of projects in the Kechara Forest Retreat. Prior to this appointment he was the Head of Department in Kechara Paradise retail outlets of which he served for about ten years. He still remains as its company director as well as director for most of the companies within Kechara. He served one term as vice president of Kechara House Buddhist Association from 2012 to 2103.

After following Rinpoche as a Dharma student for all these years, learning and practicing the Dharma, Henry knows the importance of the pastors’ role in Kechara founded by Rinpoche. He wants to become a pastor to serve Rinpoche, to serve Kechara, and to serve the public. As he aspires to be a monk as he grows older, being a pastor of Kechara will pave the way for his aspiration. Henry believes that as one gets older in life, one should have already prepared for the imminent, death. And what a beautiful death it will be, to die in Kechara Forest Retreat in a monk’s robes. This is the kind of death that Henry wants. But before the imminent death happens, Henry wants to continue working in Kechara Forest Retreat, serving the community and whoever comes into it in whatever way he can. And when he is not physically anymore to serve others, he will request instructions from Rinpoche to enter into retreats in Kechara Forest Retreat.

Pastor Patsy Gooi

All that Patsy wants now is to spend the rest of her life doing dharma work, dharma practices and being of benefit to others.

Formerly a full time housewife with plenty of free time, Patsy had the great fortune to visit Gaden Monastery and meet H.E. Tsem Rinpoche almost twenty years ago. That one week stay in the monastery changed her view of life. Prior to that, she had no spiritual inclinations but meeting Rinpoche stirred something inside her, and she realised that there was more to life than just eating, sleeping, shopping and having fun. Rinpoche’s approach to dharma was logical and practical but most importantly, he stressed that we should always focus out and work towards benefitting others. Rinpoche made dharma easy to understand and his advice was and still is, to “change inwardly, not outwardly.”

In 2009, after years of practicing and applying what she had learned from Rinpoche’s teachings, Patsy decided to set up a Kechara retail outlet in Penang to share the dharma with others. She knew that Rinpoche’s teachings were very applicable to the people of our time and that his activities would benefit others just as they had benefited her. She also wanted to repay the kindness of her Guru who had constantly helped and guided her. Today, Kechara Paradise Penang is not just a dharma shop but also organises puja sessions, animal liberation and dharma talks.

In 2010, again with Rinpoche’s blessings, Patsy set up the Kechara Soup Kitchen Activity Center in Penang. Saddened to see the plight of the homeless and urban poor on the streets, Patsy decided to practice “compassion through action” as taught by Rinpoche in the most active way she knows. Today, together with her team of volunteers, Patsy feeds the homeless and urban poor four times a week and provides basic food provisions to many hardcore poor families on a monthly basis.

All that Patsy wants now is to spend the rest of her life doing dharma work and dharma practices, and that she may be of benefit to others.

Pastor Albert Ratchaga

In 2008, Albert Ratchaga began working as a part timer in Kechara Paradise, but as he learned more about the works of Rinpoche and Kechara, Rinpoche’s kindness and compassion touched him deeply. He realised that his work gave his life more meaning and decided to join Kechara full time.

Through his work as a sales executive, Albert was able learn more Dharma from Rinpoche's teachings and use this wisdom to assist those who entered his store to overcome their problems, thus improving their lives.

Albert soon developed a deep wish to follow in Rinpoche’s footsteps and in 2016 was ordained as a Pastor to continue benefitting and serving others.

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  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 23. 2018 11:14 PM
    Interesting to learn about the various plants and herbs and the many benefits it bring. Never thought incense can be natural method to help healing and purification. Everything natural is always good for us. Hope more people would purchase incense made from natural resource and not made from chemical as it will harm our health. Thank you Pastor Antoinette for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/herbs-used-to-purify-the-environment.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 23. 2018 01:55 PM
    Great article ….. to know better knowledge on Dorje Shugden’s mandala and entourage. Very informative and very helpful for those who are new to Dorje Shugden like me. I will continue to read from time to time to get abetter insight of it . To have a better understandings of the mandala will help us in our visualisation.
    Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being and the emanation of Bodhisattva Manjushri, and not a evil as claimed by some.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this informative write up.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-mandala.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 23. 2018 01:54 PM
    Inspiring and profound teachings . What ever you have taught and I have learned really kept me going that have in fact changed my life in many ways I came across. Truly have inspired me to read more of Rinpoche’s teaching and more Buddhism books. Each of it have increase my knowledge of Buddhism which I never got a chance to read those days.
    (Never say “I CAN’T change”, never say “It’s TOO LATE to change”,
    You CAN change, you CAN transform, you CAN improve…).quoted
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tendencies.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jul 23. 2018 12:58 AM
    Someone asked how I would describe my teacher Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and that got me thinking for quite a few days.

    I think there can be many descriptions and much depends on what lens of purity you can afford to see from.

    But Tsem Rinpoche is a living rebellion against our karma, completely insubordinate to the diktats of Samsara, intensely wrathful against the ravages of our poisoned mind, with a kindness so palpable that it can choke you and abruptly awaken you from your etherised state and a phenomenon who lived his life in such a pure way that you can take whatever aspects of his life and see the complete dharma in it, conveyed in a manner and language you need to hear at the moment.

    From MC
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jul 23. 2018 12:36 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 path where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as clear the mind. It is soothing, 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, or 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
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jul 22. 2018 10:02 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. It is a good example for us to detach from material belongings. Many people would prefer to opt for enjoyment in life especially when they are rich but Ajahn Siripanno showed us that material wealth is not the most important thing in life but instead dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/richest-mans-son-monk.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Jul 22. 2018 09:25 PM
    Hello Rinpoche and everyone here,
    Thank you all the hard work you have done. I have not come across a Buddhist site where there are so many things to learn. Not only there are topics related to Dharma, there are also current affairs, vegetarianism, animals, paranormal and travel articles. For someone like me who don’t have the opportunity to go to a Dharma centre and have a teacher, this website is like a virtual Dharma school for me. I can come any time I want and learn at my own pace. Oh, not to forget, it is all free.

    The Buddhist Pastor system is something I have not heard of. In the beginning, I have some doubts but I saw on the Facebook how these Pastors are always out there to serve people, I started to understand why Rinpoche created this system. In fact, it is a convenience for us. Sometimes with Sangha we have to treat them in a different way which many don’t really know how. With Pastors, it is easier, they are just like our friends.

    I also saw there is a section on the blog here called “Ask A Pastor”. I quite like this section, many questions are asked and they are all answered by the Pastor with logical explanations.

    Thank you everyone in Kechara for making Dharma available for people like me who do not have access to a Dharma centre.
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 22. 2018 11:53 AM
    Came across this post and I am glad and fortunate able to see those rare thangkas which paints a thousands words. All those rare thangkas depicts the founding fathers of the Sakya tradition which includes Dorje Shugden as a Protector in it. It clearly show that many high lamas has been practicing Dorje Shugen’s practice since. It has in fact has great significance to the life and practices of the 32nd holder of the Sakya throne.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and for free downloading.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/sakya-lineage-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 22. 2018 11:52 AM
    Heartbreaking to see such a young child at age 6 having to deal with living all alone by himself just because he is a HIV positive. A Chinese orphan who cooks, bathes, plays and lives alone in the mountains of Guangxi China. Even though its an old post yet it breaks my heart looking at those pictures. Saddest thing I’ve read in awhile. There is something about this kid represent the human spirit despite being given nothing but hardship. I am glad he at least has a dog to accompany him . I hope the local government department and government leaders will help him. He is most probably a grow up young man now if he is around. Wish him all the best.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/6-year-old-aids-orphan-lives-alone.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 21. 2018 09:54 PM
    “Our ordinary life only touches the fringe of personality, it does not cause a commotion in the deepest parts of the soul” – to me, I find this phrase very intriguing. Spiritual awakening comes from experience and not a concept of words, it therefore should triggers deeper reflection, contemplation and looking within to arrive a point of awareness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/d-t-suzuki-the-man-who-introduced-zen-buddhism-to-the-west.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 21. 2018 09:26 PM
    It is truly inspiring to read about Baba Sawan Singh who embodies compassion, wisdom, brotherhood and charisma. He is a living example of Sikhism, a teaching started by Guru Nanak. Baba Sawan Singh promoted vegetarianism and abstain from intoxicant, including alcohol, to preserve a clear, spiritual mind. He never ceased to teach and give guidance to truth seekers well into his old age, benefiting many many people. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/baba-sawan-singh-the-spiritual-luminary-of-india.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 21. 2018 05:31 PM
    Thank you for this sharing on Guru-Disciple relationship from the Sikh faith perspective. The guru, known as the Perfect Living Master, will love the student unconditionally, and the disciple should meditate the Perfect Living Master when he is alive so that he will radiant in the disciple’s mind even after his passing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ishwar-puri-ji-the-great-sikh-master-in-the-west-not-ready.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 21. 2018 12:19 PM
    Wow ….wonderful to see so many people coming together for this beneficial mass meditation event. More people are coming to terms that meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful and from unhappy to happiness. Meditation helps us to turn our attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment.
    It will be wonderful if more of this event can be held annually so as more and more people will know how meditation benefits them.
    Like in the recent case of the teenage footballers been trapped in the remote cave at Chiang Rai. Their coach taught them meditation that saved them from fear and distracting thoughts of death. Scientific researcher has discovered that for sure that meditation helps to transform our negative minds.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/6-incredible-global-mass-meditation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 21. 2018 12:18 PM
    Very inspiring stories of three millionaires giving up all wealth and status, had everything from cars , houses, business and so forth to live a simple life as monks . They relinquished their multi-millionaire status and seek enlightenment through living simple. Wealth is nothing more or less than a tool to do things with. The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/do-you-know-what-these-3-millionaires-did.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 20. 2018 12:36 PM
    Wonderful sharing knowing how the Russian leadership supports Buddhism. For the sake of a peaceful and harmonious environment the Russian leaderships accepted Buddhism in away. The Russian leadership even heighted importance of Buddhism history in Siberia. Because of Russian supports there are now millions of Buddhists in Russia and several Tibetan Buddhist university-monasteries. May more and more people benefit from the spreading of dharma in Russia.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/russian-leadership-supports-buddhism.html

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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 path where our \'chi\' travels within our bodies for health as well as clear the mind. It is soothing, 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, or 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
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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 path where our 'chi' travels within our bodies for health as well as clear the mind. It is soothing, 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, or 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
Oser is super funny. Dharma boy is super funny. Look how they avoid and attack Chip! LOL- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmGg6g8waNg
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Oser is super funny. Dharma boy is super funny. Look how they avoid and attack Chip! LOL- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmGg6g8waNg
Very nice picture of Pabongka Rinpoche, Oracle of Shugden and Gen Lobsang Yeshe who helped HH Dalai Lama out of Tibet.
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Very nice picture of Pabongka Rinpoche, Oracle of Shugden and Gen Lobsang Yeshe who helped HH Dalai Lama out of Tibet.
Me and peek-a-boo Oser who is pretending to be a rabbit. LOL Tsem Rinpoche
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Me and peek-a-boo Oser who is pretending to be a rabbit. LOL Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
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Tsem Rinpoche's private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- 
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Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here -  https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
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The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here - https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
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Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
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Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys. I love them very much.
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My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys. I love them very much.
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys.
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My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys.
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215

This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini\'s practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215 This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini's practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
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Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
Sakya tradition\'s thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sakya tradition's thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s shrine next to his working table
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Tsem Rinpoche's shrine next to his working table
Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
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Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
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Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his \'assistant\' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
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A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his 'assistant' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae (\'initiation\') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae ('initiation') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: 



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Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
I first saw this \'red\' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
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I first saw this 'red' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a \'tsakaley\'.
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Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a 'tsakaley'.
Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche

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Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
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Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
Oser and Dharma meet \"His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche\"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
2 weeks ago
Oser and Dharma meet "His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
2 weeks ago
Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
2 weeks ago
Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
Beautiful and sacred shrine
2 weeks ago
Beautiful and sacred shrine
Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w

What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
2 weeks ago
Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
Take two minutes and  look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
3 weeks ago
Take two minutes and look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
3 weeks ago
Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational-  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
3 weeks ago
Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
3 weeks ago
Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
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A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
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Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
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Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
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Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
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It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
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Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain?

A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don\'t have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA

Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain? A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don't have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA Tsem Rinpoche
Stunning \'nathang\' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
4 weeks ago
Stunning 'nathang' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
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Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It\'s beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
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Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It's beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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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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    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
  • 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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    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Who is that?? Wow Wow
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    Who is that?? Wow Wow
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzers Oser & Dharma trying to get attention of the life-like statue of Rinpoche's guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche which was offered by the students
  • Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
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    Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser got the snack from the ball!
  • 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!
  • I love this green snack munch munch munch
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    I love this green snack munch munch munch
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser enjoying her green snack!
  • ‘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 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
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
  • Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
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    Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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Good teamwork benefits individuals. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Good teamwork benefits individuals. Alice Tay, KSDS
The children have to take turn to play the games. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The children have to take turn to play the games. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS students joined the animal liberation session led by Pastor Han Nee. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS students joined the animal liberation session led by Pastor Han Nee. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Callista and Teacher Julie had a nice discussion about the arts. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Callista and Teacher Julie had a nice discussion about the arts. Alice Tay, KSDS
The youngest kids of KSDS followed teacher's instructions and line up to pay respect and do prostrations to Lama Tsongkhapa. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The youngest kids of KSDS followed teacher's instructions and line up to pay respect and do prostrations to Lama Tsongkhapa. Alice Tay, KSDS
Rug weaving session in PPR Sri Kelantan to help the urban poor to supplement their income. Jaya is assisting at this session. She will be leading the group henceforth. How much they earn depends a lot on their determination to change their lives. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Rug weaving session in PPR Sri Kelantan to help the urban poor to supplement their income. Jaya is assisting at this session. She will be leading the group henceforth. How much they earn depends a lot on their determination to change their lives. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We have a new student today. We hope he can come to KSDS more often. Lin Mun KSDS
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We have a new student today. We hope he can come to KSDS more often. Lin Mun KSDS
Today we have Melinda to help the youngest class together with teacher Alice and Asyley. We look forward to see her more often to KSDS class. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Today we have Melinda to help the youngest class together with teacher Alice and Asyley. We look forward to see her more often to KSDS class. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien is very talented is telling dharma stories. All students enjoyed it very much. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien is very talented is telling dharma stories. All students enjoyed it very much. Lin Mun KSDS
Students were watching the video about mermaid and Bigfoot from Rinpoche’s Paranormal section. They were so excited and keep asking it is it real. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students were watching the video about mermaid and Bigfoot from Rinpoche’s Paranormal section. They were so excited and keep asking it is it real. Lin Mun KSDS
Children were so excited walking towards Lama Tsongkhapa statue. One of them will lead the prostration for the class. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Children were so excited walking towards Lama Tsongkhapa statue. One of them will lead the prostration for the class. Lin Mun KSDS
Khai Ze is one of the first student who completed the Nagomi art today. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Khai Ze is one of the first student who completed the Nagomi art today. Lin Mun KSDS
Happy faces of students with their beautiful Nagomi art. They really put a lot of effort. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Happy faces of students with their beautiful Nagomi art. They really put a lot of effort. Lin Mun KSDS
Very creative Nagomi Art piece done by students. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Very creative Nagomi Art piece done by students. Lin Mun KSDS
Today in Lamrim 1 class , Pastor Han Nee shared the review of Be Happy book written by Rinpoche. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Today in Lamrim 1 class , Pastor Han Nee shared the review of Be Happy book written by Rinpoche. Lin Mun KSDS
We have Teacher Julie today to share about Nagomi Art. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
We have Teacher Julie today to share about Nagomi Art. Lin Mun KSDS
Pilgrimage day today in Kechara Forest Retreat ! A precious opportunity to be blessed by the Buddhas.
2 days ago
Pilgrimage day today in Kechara Forest Retreat ! A precious opportunity to be blessed by the Buddhas.
Grateful to Kloth Malaysia and Sime Darby Initiative Programme for the invite to The Fabric Recycling Launch by HH Tengku Zatasha. Justin is beaming to have met En. Zaki as they mutually found solutions to each others problems. Finer details to be worked out on a later date. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Grateful to Kloth Malaysia and Sime Darby Initiative Programme for the invite to The Fabric Recycling Launch by HH Tengku Zatasha. Justin is beaming to have met En. Zaki as they mutually found solutions to each others problems. Finer details to be worked out on a later date. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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A wonderful Monday to have 2 young teenagers, Su Lin and Kieren together with Polly, Say Fong and Lisa Tan serving lunch to our clients. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
A wonderful Monday to have 2 young teenagers, Su Lin and Kieren together with Polly, Say Fong and Lisa Tan serving lunch to our clients. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Self-defense class held by KSDS in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
1 week ago
Self-defense class held by KSDS in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
Every kids will be given opportunity to lead the class to do prostrations. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Every kids will be given opportunity to lead the class to do prostrations. Alice Tay, KSDS
You Qian is a smart and loving kindess boy made donation for animal liberation. Alice Tay, KSDS
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You Qian is a smart and loving kindess boy made donation for animal liberation. Alice Tay, KSDS
The birds would be released after the prayers and mantra recitation. Alice Tay, KSDS
1 week ago
The birds would be released after the prayers and mantra recitation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Pastor Han Nee led KSDS students, parents and others for animal liberation in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Pastor Han Nee led KSDS students, parents and others for animal liberation in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
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