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Question asked by Chen

Can u please talk about the vajrayana secret mother pills . Also called the black mother pills

Question asked by Harold Musetescu

Do you have any information on the "Vajrapani in Garuda form" practice?

Question asked by Demian

What exactly are the 4 Remati sisters? I know that Palden Lhamo is one of them, but who are the others?
I was reading an article from the Rigpa wiki where I got confused. It was on the 12 Tenma sisters, but the names of the 12 didn't match the 3 categories. What does this mean?
As for prayers, do they have to be in Tibetan or Sanskrit, or can they be in any language? If they have to be in Tibetan, then where can I find an online English to Tibetan website for large praises and prayers?
Who exactly is Nyenchen Thanglha? I've read that he had to be bound 4 times by Vajrapani, Vajrakilaya, Heruka, and finally by Guru Rinpoche do to being powerful. But how can enlightened beings like Vajrapani have a hard time binding a powerful Bon mountain spirit?
Is it wise for a child to perform Dorje Yudronma divination alone? If so, where can I find the invocations?
According to this link:
http://taramandala.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Dzinpa-Rangdrol-Protectors-for-Complete-Transmission.pdf
it described Dorje Legpa(aka. Nechung) to be approached for more mundane and personal matters. But why would that be so if he simply gets many prophecies wrong?
I thought the consort of Palden Lhamo was Yamantaka(since Saraswati is Palden Lhamo and her consort Manjushri is Yamantaka). However, according to the same link above, it says that Mahakala is Palden Lhamo's consort. Is that even true?
Does a torma have to be made of only food? Because I found plastic tormas being sold as well.
As for prayer wheels, where are they mentioned in Buddhist teachings? Do the mantras have to be written in Tibetan/Sanskrit with gold ink, or can they be written in pencil lead over and over in English? And how does one make a simple prayer wheel?
What are the views on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton elections? Because both sides are terrible with Trump being racist and greedy while Hillary being a liar, poisoner of old people, and corrupt. Which one would be a wise choice to choose in Buddhist teachings?
Is it true that Pehar Gyalpo was once a Mongolian and Tibetan god? According to this website:
http://www.trimondi.de/SDLE/Part-2-07.htm
it says he was a war god who hates Tibetans.
As for this website:
http://www.trimondi.de/SDLE/Part-2-08.htm
why would the 4 armed and 6 armed Mahakalas be used for war when they are enlightened dharmapalas? As for the mention of the 9 headed Chinese demon, is that Rahula? Because the article says that the demon defeated Mahakala.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Demian,

    Thank you for your interesting questions. I have answered your questions in sections. Please see below:

    A) In regards to the Remati sisters, there are some differing classifications. Palden Lhamo in her aspect as Magzor Gyalmo, which is the form we commonly see her in, is not part of the worldly Remati sisters, although she is often times referred to as ‘Remati’. The four Remati sisters are actually part of the 12 Tenma Goddesses.

    Under Magzor Gyalmo, as part of her retinue, are the Five Tseringma Sisters or the Five Long-Life Sisters, a group of worldly goddesses. Under this group are the 12 Tenma Goddesses. This group is usually divided into three groups for the purposes of classification. One of these three groups are known as the Four Remati Sisters. Rather than being the same as Magzor Gyalmo, they are part of her entourage. As such, some people mistakenly class her as part of the Remati sisters group since she shares the name.

    B) I have looked at the page you referred to in relation to the 12 Tenma Goddess. The reason you got confused is because the two lists are different. This is because different traditions name them or identify them differently. I have another source, which lists the goddesses as follows:

    1. Dhagnyi Chenmo Dorje Kundrakma
    2. Paldan Hari Dorje Yamakyong
    3. Gangkyi Yumchen Dorje Kunzangma
    4. Drokchen Khordul Dorje Geg-kyi-tso
    5. Gangkar Shamey Dorje Chenchikma
    6. Kharak Khyungtsun Dorje Pelgi Yum
    7. Serchen Khading Dorje Lumo
    8. Mari Rabjam Dorje Drakmo Gyal
    9. Kongtsun Demo Dorje Pokham Kyong
    10. Tsenla Laro Dorje Menchikma
    11. Mentsun Chenmo Dorje Yamosil
    12. Yuyi Drilbu Dorje Zulema

    As mentioned earlier, the exact names of the goddesses will differ slightly amongst the various traditions. This is not to say that they are not the same, it is just that their names appear differently.

    C) When you recite prayers, you can recite in whatever language you are familiar with. For example, in my own daily practice I used to recite only in English. Now that I have become a little more familiar, I recite in Tibetan as well. However, it is not a rule that the prayers must be recited in Tibetan. When the meaning behind the prayers and the motivation from the side of the practitioner is good, then prayers work. Some people prefer to recite in Tibetan because there is flow and rhythm to the prayers, compared to the English translation but this is not necessary. You can recite in any language you are familiar with.

    D) Nyenchen Thanglha is a deity that is indigenous to Tibet. In fact he is the mountain god of the Nyenchen Thanglha mountain range and interestingly is the god associated with the plateau upon which the Potala Palace is built on in Lhasa. When worldly deities are bound by an enlightened being, they stay bound. When stories relate that they were bound again, this actually means that they retook their oaths or promises in front of other enlightened beings. This is somewhat similar to practitioners re-taking their vows, for example their refuge, bodhisattva and tantric vows, in order to repair them. So this does not mean that the enlightened beings are not powerful, but from the side of the god, that he made his oaths again.

    E) In regards to Dorje Yudronma divination it is better to have the received the necessary empowerments, permission and commentaries from a Guru before engaging in the divination. This is to ensure that the practitioner has the qualifications to engage in the divination successfully. It is also advisable that one train under the guru to understand everything about the divination method before starting to practice on your own.

    F) Dorje Legpa and Nechung are not the same deity. Nechung is known to be a Gyalpo spirit, whereas Dorje Legpa is actually a Theurang spirit. Therefore they are two entirely different beings. Dorje Legpa is actually part of the ‘Ma Za Dam Sum’ or the ‘Three Terma Protectors’ who are propitiated mainly in the Nyingma tradition. You can read more about Dorje Legpa here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html. In regards to Nechung, you can read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html. As for why prophecies from the Nechung oracle can be mistaken, please see my previous replies to you. If I remember clearly, I have given some possible reasons already.

    G) You are correct that Yamantaka is an emanation of Manjushri. His consort is actually known as Vajra Vetali and is an emanation of Saraswati. Yamantaka and Vajra Vetali are in the form of a Yidam or meditational deity. Yamantaka/Vajra Vetali’s practice belongs to the Anuttarayoga tantra or Highest Yoga Tantra. Through this practice one can gain enlightenment in just one lifetime.

    In the case of Palden Lhamo, she is also an emanation of Saraswati but in the form of a Dharma protector. The role of a Dharma protector is to clear obstacles and provide the necessary conditions for practice. Their practice does not lead to enlightenment, but aids practitioners so they can concentrate on the practices that DO lead to enlightenment. This includes the Yidam practice of Yamantaka as mentioned above.

    Palden Lhamo is known as the consort of Mahakala, which is true. There are actually over 75 different forms of Mahakala, all of whom are emanations of different Buddhas. For example Four-Faced Mahakala is an emanation of Manjushri in the form of a protector. Six-Armed Mahakala on the other hand is an emanation of Chenresig. Therefore Palden Lhamo can be the consort of Mahakala.

    H) Torma itself is an offering of food to the Buddhas. Therefore traditionally it is made of food substances, which usually include barley flour and butter. There are actually a lot of different uses and variety of torma for different purposes. The most common form of torma is the one associated with the row of sensory offerings offered on one’s altar. This can be replaced with a pack of biscuits if you like. Other people replace this with a fixed torma offering. These are the plastic ones you have come across. Most commonly, these are used for fixed sensory offerings on one’s altar to represent the offering of food.

    I) There are many different ways to make a prayer wheel. You are right that for traditional prayer wheel mantras were written with very good ink or gold if the mantras were handwritten. These days however, I believe that people print out the mantras necessary rather than write them by hand. If you would like to know more about prayer wheels and their construction, you should get hold of the book ‘Wheel of Great Compassion’ by Lorne Ladner. This book explains the manner in which one can create their own prayer wheel. I have not read the book myself but am told it includes the information you would need for this.

    J) In regards to politics, I am not familiar with the current elections to possibly make an informed decision. From a Buddhist perspective however, a good candidate would be the one who promotes peace, harmony, well-being and religious harmony. You should not support those that perform dubious actions, lie, cheat or who persecute others. Instead support those with positive qualities.

    K) In regards to Nechung’s history, yes he is considered a very powerful deity. There are differing accounts to his origin, some say he was a war god from Mongolia while others say that he was an ancient god from Persia. However, in both accounts he came to Tibet and was very powerful. Then he was subdued by Guru Rinpoche who bound him by oath to serve the Dharma. You can read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html

    L) In regards to the last section of your questions, the links you have provided are from an unreliable source. The whole purpose of this website is to deride Buddhism in all its forms as something negative. This is obviously not the case. The rituals associated with 4-Armed and 6-Armed Mahakala would have been used to clear obstacles. This would have been portrayed as a spiritual battle. What the protectors would actually have been battling against would have been the negative karma of the people at the time.

    In regards to the nine-headed demon, I do not believe that it would have been Rahula because Rahula is oath bound, which means he would not go against an enlightened being. This means he would definitely not fight with any of the Mahakala protectors. When they refer to the nine-headed demon, it does not refer to Rahula. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by tsering dolker

Thukjey che, The answer was impressive but as far as i have read and know ( though very less) menstruation is not considered something as''unclean"' .It is regarded just as a monthly discharge of impurities from the body

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Tsering Dolker,

    Thank you. Answering your Dharma questions is what the Kechara Pastors are here for. I completely agree with you on this regards. In my previous answer, I was not saying that I or anyone else at Kechara holds this mistaken view about women. I was just stating that some people may hold this view about women in regards to your original question.

    Please do feel free to ask more Dharma questions if you have any. Thank you.

Question asked by Ling po

What r the unique siddhis one can attain from the practice of chakrasamvara

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Ling Po,

    The practice of the deity Chakrasamvara belongs to the Anuttarayoga Tantra (Highest Yoga Tantra) and as such the greatest of the siddhis attainable is complete enlightenment within one lifetime.

    Siddhis are actually of two types. These are called mundane siddhis and supra-mundane siddhis. Mundane siddhis are abilities that usually only last for one lifetime. However supra-mundane siddhis are abilities that are never lost as they arise from our accumulated merits. These abilities are with us from lifetime to lifetime until we achieve enlightenment.

    Generally speaking the benefits of Chakrasamvara’s practice include the transformation of one’s mind, purification of past negative actions and the clearing of obstacles. This is coupled with the accumulation of merits, wealth, attainments and good health. Specifically Chakrasamvara practice grants the siddhi of abandoning the twelve interdependent links of samsara (represented by his twelve arms) through the four doors of liberation (symbolised by his four faces). These four doors are: (1) an understanding of emptiness, (2) signlessness or absence of attributes, (3) wishlessness or the absence of aspiration and (4) the ultimate emptiness or the lack of composition of all phenomena. Through Chakrasamvara practice one can also harness the usually destructive energies of attachment, anger, desire and hatred as a means to achieving enlightenment. Instead of supressing these energies, you channel these negative energies into something beneficial.

    As an Anuttarayoga Tantric practice, the unique attainments Chakrasamvara grants is preventing ordinary or uncontrolled death; and transforming the bardo (intermediate stage between death and rebirth) and the process of rebirth as paths towards enlightenment. Usually during these process we are at the mercy of the effects of our karma. But this system can grant you the unique power to control these events. During our practice of Chakrasamvara we actually transform our perception of all mundane experience as a higher spiritual path.

    On a side note, but an important one, Heruka Chakrasamvara’s practice is unique amongst all the Buddhist tantras. While all the others degenerate over time, Chakrasamvara’s practice is the only tantra whose effectiveness actually increases as the times degenerate further. Therefore we are extremely fortune if we are able to make a connection with Chakrasamvara, especially in our current Kaliyuga age. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by tsering dolker

Chaktsal Rinpochee khen
it is said that buddhism believes in gender equality then why aren't we allowed to enter in certain temples?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Tsering Dolker,

    Thank you for your question. You have asked a very good question. The Buddhas are enlightened beings therefore they have equanimity for all sentient beings including men and women. However, as you have said, some temples do not allow women to enter.

    This is most likely due to the fact that one or more of the deities that have shrines in the temple are not enlightened beings. For example there may be a temple to a certain god. This god could have a consort such as a goddess or unenlightened dakini. Since unenlightened beings are still subject to emotions, this consort may become jealous or angry at seeing another women in the temple, therefore cause the woman harm. For this reason, women may not be allowed to enter the temple.

    On the other hand there are some people who believe that during a woman’s monthly cycle, she become ritually ‘unclean’ due to her bodily processes. At this time women may not be allowed to enter certain temples as they are ‘unclean’.

    There are others that believe that during a woman’s monthly cycle, since there are major changes happening in the body, this effects the energy or ‘winds’ in their bodies. At this point they are susceptible to outside energies, and being inside a temple where there is a powerful being, this may have a negative effect on them. This is why they are sometimes not allowed inside.

    However the examples I have given above are for temples in which there are unenlightened deities. Most Tibetan Buddhist temples will not include these unenlightened deities such as these. For example in Kechara, since we pray to the enlightened Buddhas, women can enter all our temples. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Harold Musetescu

What can you tell be about "Green Vajrapani"?

Thank you

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Harold Musetescu,

    Thank you for your question. There are many forms of Vajrapani. Could you provide me with more information as to the specific form of Vajrapani that you would like to know about?

    Personally, I have not come across a form of Green Vajrapani in my personal practice, therefore I cannot give you any more information. If you can provide me with the specific name of the deity you would like to know more about I may be able to find out.

    However, I do know of a green form of Vajrapani, who belongs to the mandala of the Kalachakra deity. In this form, Vajrapani is green, with three faces. These are green, red and white. He has six hands. In his right hands he holds a Vajra, curved flaying knife and axe. While in his left hands he holds a bell, a skull and head of Brahma. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Lunezia

Dear Pastor,
what do you think about Rudolf Steiner and his works? Thank you and greetings from Italy

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Lunezia,

    Thank you for your question. Unfortunately I am not familiar with the works of Rudolf Steiner. Perhaps you could ask the question again, including the names of his works. Alternatively, you could summarise them here and I can give a Tibetan Buddhist view on them. Thank you.

Question asked by Chen

The five heruka tsok and all tsok for that matter includes meat and alcohol. Is there a replacement for these two ingredients. I do not wish to use meat which has been killed for consumption and the thought of using animals that have died form old age and possibly sickness is just not appealing from a microbiological and parasitological stand point.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Chen,

    Thank you for your question. His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has previous recalled that Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mention that there is a substitute for offering meat during tsok. To do this you put a couple of drops of alcohol in tsampa (roasted barley flour) and use this as a replacement for offering meat. However this substitute should only be used when we cannot acquire meat for the tsok offering. If we can easily acquire meat, then it should definitely be used during tsok offering.

    To engage in tsok offerings one must have received the initiation into one of the Highest Yoga Tantra practices. At that time one would have received the tantric vows. Within these vows it states that practitioners should always rely on those substances that keep us or bond us close to our tantric practice. These substances include both meat and alcohol.

    Both meat and alcohol have a lot of tantric meaning, which would have been explained by your Guru after receiving the appropriate initiation. This vow is actually broken when you do one of either two things: consume them in large quantities out of attachment, or stay away from them altogether because you are repulsed by them. In the second case, this may be due to being an extremely strict vegetarian or being teetotal.

    This may seem strange but is actually part of the method employed in tantric practice to break our conceptions of the nature of reality, thereby propelling us further on our spiritual path towards enlightenment. The use of both meat and alcohol within the tsok offering is meant to break away these conceptions. When we do not use them, we actually end up breaking our vows, which are supposed to guide us and keep us on the tantric path. I hope this helps, please do feel free to ask any further questions.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Jennifer

Dear Pastors,
I am writing you to find a peaceful way of dealing with the slow death of my aunt. She is very ill and will not be living for a lot longer. I am really worried about how I and she can deal with the situation, since she is completely aware what is happening around her but she cannot speak anymore.
Is there something I can say to her to have a positive journey into then next life? Is there a prayer I can say that helps us all deal better with it? I have been praying to the Medicine Buddha so far. Why do I feel like my prayers were not enough? I feel I could have done more, but since she is not responding anymore it is frustating to the both of us and I do not know how else to help.
I always think it must be awful for her, she cannot even tell anyone or write down if she is in pain, this really brings me down.
Thank you so much for your kind answer.
All the best to you
Jennifer

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Jennifer,

    Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear of this. At this crucial time, you should continue to have strong faith in Medicine Buddha and engage in the practice for your aunt, dedicating the merits from the practice to her fortunate rebirth. You can find a good practice to Medicine Buddha here that you can engage in: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html. You can also recite the Medicine Buddha mantra and then blow the mantra on her. Better yet, you can recite in front of her so she can hear the mantra and the imprints are planted in her mindstream.

    Sometimes, even when we are doing all we can, we feel that we haven’t been able to do enough or that the methods we are using are not working out. However, this may not always be the case. In fact Medicine Buddha practice is known to be extremely beneficial, it’s just that perhaps you may not see its benefits physically.

    The best thing to do at this point is to make her mind as calm as possible. If you know she has any unresolved issues, you should try to ease her worries and let her know that everything is alright and will be alright after she has passed away. Let her know that she is loved and that it is ok to pass onwards. A calm mind is very important at the time of death. A disturbed mind will open up negative karma and not lead to a fortunate rebirth. On the other hand a calm mind will open up neutral or positive karma which will lead to a fortunate rebirth.

    If you are able to do so, you can sponsor pujas to generate merit for your Aunt at this time. If you want you can sponsor Medicine Buddha Pujas (http://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) or even Lama Chopa (http://www.vajrasecrets.com/lama-chopa-puja-fund). These pujas are very good for those on who are close to death or even for those who have passed away. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Roy Martinez

Dear pastor(s), my friend is currently suffering from addiction to the "devil's drug" (meth). It's called the devil's drug because there is no escaping it without extreme help. It's becoming more rampant here in the states and it's become the drug of choice among many people. In my line of work, I've seen kids as young as 5 years old using. Some kid even offered my friend's son some meth in a school bathroom!

I know my friend won't escape it until he decides to seek treatment. My friend's family and I have even prayed for him but it's to no avail. I was wondering if there's a practice you can recommend for me so that he will kick this habit or at least hear our pleas? I am very grateful for any ounce of help you can provide. Thank you for your time.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Roy Martinez,

    Thank you for your question. I’m sorry to hear that your friend is suffering so much from addiction and shocked to read that meth use is on the rise in the States. As you have so rightly said, true change can only occur when your friend decides that he has to overcome this addiction. When he has done so, he can begin his journey of recovery, during which time your help as well as the help of his family will be needed.

    In regards to practices that you can engage in, I would suggest the practice of a Dharma protector. Since the situation is bad and can become worse if he does not overcome his addiction, I would suggest the practice of Trakze, who is the wrathful form of Dorje Shugden. The practice can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html.

    Although Trakze practice is commonly used for protection against spirit harm and black magic, the practice actually deals with the heavy negative karma that underlies this. Heavy negative karma, or the imprints of it is most likely the cause for your friend’s addiction. Everything that happens to us, the circumstances we are put in and the choices we make are based on our karma and its imprints. Trakze’s practice is very beneficial to overcome the strongest of these negative karmas. The practice is very good at removing obstacles and if you make very strong dedications when engaging in the practice, you will be able to see an improvement in your friend’s situation.

    To overcome this obstacle of your friend not listening to your pleas, you can also sponsor pujas which will be performed on his behalf at Kechara House, if you have the means. For example you can sponsor a Dorje Shugden Puja (http://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund), Trakze Puja (http://www.vajrasecrets.com/trakze-puja-fund) or even a Gyabshi Puja (http://www.vajrasecrets.com/gyabshi-puja-fund). A lot of people have received a lot of benefit from these pujas.

    If your friend decides he wants to overcome his addiction and if he is so inclined, once he has started his road to recovery, he can engage in the practices of Medicine Buddha (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html) or Shize (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/shize-a-practice-for-healing-and-long-life.html) to aid the healing process. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by valerie

i am currently in a relationship with a rooster and i am a rat , we have been together off and on for twenty years,we have two children together. i need to know will we be together for the rest of our lives? i'm 44 and he's 46.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Valerie,

    Thank you for your question. Please see below for the compatibility for a rat and rooster sign from our Relationship Compatibility for the Rat page (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/relationship-compatibility-for-the-rat.html)

    RAT PARTNER + ROOSTER PARTNER: 66%
    This couple will not go well together. The Rat will be resentful as the Rooster goes about criticising the Rat’s shortcomings. The Rooster’s eccentric character and analytical nature annoys the Rat, who will find the Rooster ungrateful. The Rooster’s materialistic nature will also aggravate the thrifty Rat.

    Both parties are controlling and independent in their own right. They like to control both people and each other. However, the Rooster has the tendency to preach, coupled with a bossy and inflexible character. This conflicts with the intelligence of the Rat, who thinks independently and is therefore less likely to follow the Rooster’s words blindly. The Rooster can also make the Rat feel inferior by the Rooster’s cocky and arrogant attitude.

    The Rat partner will seek what the Rooster partner cannot provide, which is warmth, affection and tenderness. From the very beginning, the relationship is doomed for failure. The relationship has a better chance of success if the Rooster and Rat are more mature, as they are more likely to be more patient which each other.

    Even though the compatibility of a rat and rooster is not that good, it does not mean that you cannot spend the rest of lives together. Horoscopes are not set in stone by any means. There are many methods we can use to make our relationships better but they all rely on one thing and that is our own effort. If you want to make your relationship work then you must put the effort to make it work.

    His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche has given a very special teaching on the key to a successful relationship, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/ingredients-for-a-successful-relationship.html. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Patricia Mendoza

I have a family member who is incarcerated in Texas. He recently changed his beliefs to Buddhism. I was told because there are not enough inmates practicing this faith it was difficult to recruit volunteers to teach this faith. How can I help my son?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Patricia Mendoza,

    Thank you for your question. I’m sorry to hear that your son is incarcerated. There are many methods available for you to help your son. You can purchase or download video teachings and then burn them on to DVDs or USB drives and send them to your son if he is able to watch them. If your son has access to the Internet then he can view the many teaching videos on His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/tsemtulku.

    If he can is allowed to have books, you can send him books to read or donate to the prison library and inform your son which books you have donated so he knows that they are there to read. If you ask which tradition your son is following, I may be able to help guide you in this.

    There are also some organisations in the United States that may be able to help:

    http://www.prisonmindfulness.org

    http://www.buddhistpathways.org/

    http://www.liberationprisonproject.org/

    These organisations may be able to help in this situation. Please note that we have no affiliation or experiences with the above, but they are a good place to start. I hope this helps.

Question asked by Demian

How can one visualize the deities? I have been trying to visualize the deities and Buddhas in reality as humans, but I can't make them come to life and only make as paintings and animations. Is there any way to fix this or is visualizing them as paintings or animations is okay?
Can an enlightened deity have more than one mantra? I found that Dukkar(aka. Sitatapatra) had the mantras "Om Mama Hung Ni Soha" and "Om Sita Ta Pa Trey Soha".
For goddess Saraswati, is it okay to visualize her in Buddhist form and say her traditional Hindu mantras and vice versa? I have been visualizing Saraswati as her Hindu form and been saying her Buddhist mantra "Om Sarasiddhi Hring Hring". Is this okay?
As for Palden Lhamo, is she also the mother goddess Kali? Since the White Tara and Saraswati are the same and Palden Lhamo and Saraswati are the same, does that mean that Tara, Saraswati, Vajrayogini, Guan Yin, Vajra Vetali, Kurukulle, and all the goddesses are the same being, Devi that Hindus talk about?
What is the Buddhist view of Hindu Mantras like the Gayatri Mantra or mantra of Kali? Can there ever be an empowerment that you can do by yourself?
The 6th Dalai Lama seemed to have been mischevious, does that mean that he was the wrong Dalai Lama along with all his current incarnations?
And finally, for the Buddha Maitreya, is it bad to worship Pudai with his mantra "Om Maitreya Mam Soha"?
Does it ever matter how we bow to the bodhisattvas, dharmapalas, and Buddhas? I've found many types of bows ranging from whole body bowing to lack of space bowing?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Demian,

    Thank you for your questions. As for the visualisations, they are supposed to be as life-like as possible, not as animations or static paintings. This means that you even visualise them moving as well. For example in the refuge visualisation according to the Lam Rim tradition, the Buddhas and deities in your visualisation should be moving. But I understand that this is hard to accomplish for most people at the beginning. This sort of visualisation actually takes time and effort to develop. Therefore when you are first familiarising yourself with the visualisation of any practice, you can start off with a static painting-like figure, but gradually develop them into full visualisations with movement. For those beginning to use visualisations, you should focus on one visualisation of a particular deity. For example if you engage in Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga every day, you should concentrate on the visualisations for this practice. Once you have familiarity with one, it will be easier for your engage in other visualisations because you are used to the concentration that is needed for visualising. You just need to keep practicing and you will be able to visualise better over time.

    Yes, an enlightened being can have more than one mantra. For example Vajrasattva has a long mantra which is 100 syllables long and a short mantra. In certain practices, such as Highest Yoga Tantra, a deity can have many mantras. For example in the practice of Yamantaka there are four mantras which are all the mantras of Yamantaka. On the other hand, there may be differences in mantras according to which tradition and lineage you are practicing.

    When we visualise a deity we should visualise according the practice we are following. For example, if we are engaging in Saraswati practice according to the Buddhist tradition then our visualisation should follow the Buddhist tradition. The reason is that the mantra and the form of Saraswati are both the exact same facet of enlightened energy. Without the combination of both, you cannot gain true benefit from the practice to its fullest extent, which you should be aiming for. For example the physical form of Saraswati is itself a roadmap to enlightenment as well as the example of what you can achieve – an enlightened body. Therefore if you practice the Hindu mantra, then you should be visualising the Hindu form of Saraswati. If you practicing the Buddhist mantra of Saraswati, you should visualise according to the Buddhist tradition.

    In regards to all female Buddhas being the Devi that is described in Hinduism, unfortunately they are not. Within Buddhism, when you achieve enlightenment, your mind becomes one with all the other Buddhas. This is called the Dharmakaya or Truth Body, and is a word to describe the ultimate meaning of enlightenment. This state is genderless and has no labels. Out of compassion certain Buddhas take form in order to benefit sentient beings. For example, Saraswati. Saraswati then emanated herself in a wrathful form – Palden Lhamo. That is why they say Saraswati and Palden Lhamo are the same. As for Guan Yin, she is actually Chenresig but in the form of a female. In India Chenresig appeared in the form of a man, while in China Chenresig appeared in the form of a woman. This is because in China the principle of compassion was attributed more to women than men. This is in contrast to the Hindu principle of Devi. While all goddesses are said to be emanations of the Devi, Devi herself is intrinsically female and has characteristics, as opposed to the Dharmakaya, which has no labels as all.

    In regards to the Gayatri or Kali mantras, from a Buddhist perspective they are the mantras of goddesses. While they can grant wishes and attainments, ultimately they cannot lead you to enlightenment, as only the mantras and practice of enlightened beings can do so.

    In regards to performing empowerments yourself, I remember writing something about this to you previously. There is such a thing as self-empowerment, but this empowerment does not give you permission to engage in new practice. Rather, when you hear the term self-empowerment, this refers to granting the empowerment on yourself after you have met certain requirements: receiving the original empowerment from a qualified Guru, keeping the tantric vows and commitments, engaging in a retreat with concluding fire puja if necessary, and then obtaining your Guru’s permission to engage in the self-empowerment. Actually these are the requirements for passing on the practice to others as well. This is the only sort of empowerment that you can do yourself. But to do this, you must already have received the empowerment yourself from a Guru and then kept the necessary requirements.

    You can worship Budai with the Maitreya mantra. There is nothing wrong with this because he is considered an emanation of Budai.

    As for prostration, yes there is a certain method to use when bowing to the Buddha. Within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition this is emphasised a lot. In fact when done correctly prostration can be a method to purify negative karma. You can watch two short video clips here, in which His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche teaches how to prostrate properly:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbMFtzTGgkE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qon9lYJ_7M

    I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by Harold Musetescu

Has there ever being a Dharmapala other than "Dorje Shugden" who has been BANNED i.e. by the Sakya, Nyingma or Kagyu sects?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Harold Musetescu,

    Thank you for your question. As far as I am aware, there has not been another example of a Dharmapala being banned amongst other Tibetan traditions. That being said there are examples of Dharmapalas who were not accepted at first, but over time have become mainstream practices.

    For example when Achi Chokyi Drolma first arose as a Dharma protector within the Drikung Kagyu she was not accepted by many practitioners. However over time her practice became mainstream within the lineage and from there has even spread to the other lineages as well. You can read more about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html.

    Although not a Dharma protector, Yamantaka’s practice was opposed to by many in Tibet during the time it was introduced there. Now it has become a mainstream practice and is one of the three great tantras within the Gelug tradition, showcasing its centrality to practice within the tradition. You can read more about this here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ra-lotsawa-the-yamantaka-hero.html.

    Therefore there has not been another example of a Dharma protector who has been so persecuted against, as Dorje Shugden is. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by TIrom

Hello, with the sadhana Om mani padme hum you recently advice to me to visualise Shenrezig, is there an other visualisation that I can do with that mantra?

Thanks

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear TIrom,

    Thank you for your question. The ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ mantra, which is also known as the ‘mani mantra’ is the mantra of Chenresig. Mantras are actually the energies of the Buddhas in the form of sound. Therefore mantras are associated with certain deities, whose enlightened energies they embody. The mani mantra is that of Chenresig.

    The visualisations associated with the mantra are those of Chenresig. The visualisation I mentioned before are good to engage in without having received any form of initiation into Chenresig. Once a person has received the initiation, they can practice more advanced forms of Chenresig visualisation. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Maryin Hopkirk

Dear Pastors

I m curious to see some images of immolation of monks on websites:

1 is this act something which is acceptable in Buddhism
2 can they eject their consciousness from their body before the fire engulfed their bodies
3 is this a acceptable act of sacrifice for a greater good?

Thank you for your time

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Maryin Hopkirk,

    Thank you for your question. Self-immolation is an extreme measure taken by people who feel so strongly about a certain issue that they are willing to end their life in a violent manner to make their point heard.

    From a Buddhist perspective, we have to examine not only the act but also the motivation behind the act. For example, within Buddhism the taking of a life, including your own life, has serious karmic consequences and as such is considered a non-virtue. However even such a non-virtuous act, if motivated by compassion and noble state of mind, can lead to a very powerful accumulation of merit.

    In the Lam Rim texts there is a story that is often mentioned. This story is of a previous life of Buddha Shakyamuni. In that life he was called Mahasattva and worked as a ship’s captain. During one expedition, he ferried 500 traders across the sea. These traders were on their way to acquire very precious gemstones. On board was also another man named Kalashakti who was planning to kill the traders on the return journey and take the gemstones for himself. Generating great compassion, Mahasattva killed Kalashakti. As a result he saved the 500 traders from being killed but actually also saved Kalashakti from committing a non-virtuous action, for which he would bear the karmic consequences in the future. He had saved from Kalashakti from having to take rebirth in the three lower realms.

    The act of taking a life, whether another’s or one’s own cannot be a meritorious action. However Mahasattva, did actually generate a tremendous amount of merit as well. This was due to his motivation of great compassion for both those that were to be harmed (the traders) and the one who was to harm them (Kalashakti). Therefore what is most important is one’s motivation.

    Applying this to the case of self-immolation, it is not simply about the act being ‘acceptable’ or not, but rather if the act is beneficial or not. Obviously the act itself generates negative karma, but depending on the motivation it could also generate merit as well. Actions within Buddhism are not only judged on the act alone but also the motivation. So there are many factors to consider when judging an action.

    There are indeed practices in which a practitioner can eject their consciousness out of their body to a pure land or another body. These are called Powa practices, in which a practitioner trains themselves to be able to do so, either at the time of death or when then need to. In the case of self-immolations, it is very possible that the monks would be able to eject their consciousness if they had received the proper empowerments, teachings and engaged in the practices necessary to be able to do so.

    According to Buddhism, self-sacrifice for the greater good is ‘acceptable’. However one needs to understand what this greater good is. If this greater good is to save others from being harmed or harming others, as in the story of Mahasattva mentioned earlier, then it is good. If however it is for other reasons that do not ultimately benefit anyone, then it would obviously not be ‘acceptable’. The action is still the taking of a life but can further reaching consequences than just one life. As in the case of Mahasattva, who saved Kalashakti from falling to a lower rebirth. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Demian

I am having a hard time in school. In school, I have a certain Catholic friend named Isaac who keeps on mentioning and teaching me dirty obscenities. It has given me a hard time and also, he is a hacker that's part of Anonymous(he showed me proof). He's suffered past traumas of his family members and friends dying and changed his personality to disguise his old one in order to be with the crowd. However, he is annoying with his dirty facts and I have had times of placing black magic curses and bindings on him(I repented to Lord Avalokitesvara, Vajrasattva, and Sitatapatra for this). They only made things worse and I don't know how to stop his dirty facts. How do I stop this? In fact, because of his dirty facts, I keep on having obstacles of dirty obscenities during meditation and prayer. What can I do?
Also, I found that there are some lamas that use Vajrakilaya to perform black magic curses and death spells as I have found. Who exactly is Vajrakilaya and why would a dharmapala like him be used for black magic? Guru Rinpoche used him as a yidam, and yet Vajrakilaya causes death.
Who is the oracle Gyalchen Karma Trinley and who is that spirit/demon/protector?
Is there such thing as making your own mantra or making the mantra of an enlightened being or bodhisattva like Begtse, Jogyo, and other beings? If so, then how does one create one? I found out the mantra of Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal which went as "Om Ah Hung Benza Guru Jnana Sagara Bam Hari Ni Sa Siddhi Hung". I also found Milarepa's mantra as well. But is it possible to make mantras for teachers like Dakini Sukhasiddhi, Dakini Niguma, Lama Naropa, Lama Marpa, and others?
Does it matter how we visualize deities? According to a website, some monk said that children nowadays can visualize goddesses like Saraswati and Tara into anime form. But is this true that we can visualize deities into whatever we want or they must be in the way they traditionally were?
As for Chod practice and prayers, is there an initiation for Chod and how can I find Chod prayers? I'm having a hard time finding the prayers.
And finally, how do I pronounce the English dialects for Tibetan language? I have found letters like o with 2 periods above them, u with 2 periods above it, e with an apostrophe over it, and many others.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Demian,

    Thank you for your questions. As I mentioned in an earlier reply, there is nothing you can do that will act as a quick-fix to curb your friend’s desires. This is because this type of behaviour is habituated, which can be difficult to break. For your part you can only pray to the enlightened beings to let him realise that his behaviour is destructive and also slowly educate him about this. Any lasting change can only come about when he himself wants to change, no matter how much we force the issue, even using black magic to do so as you have done in the past. As this is an internal behaviour, he needs to want to change for any methods to work. Once he wants to overcome these desires then there are methods that he can use to do so, for example meditation which includes visualisation. Perhaps you can read this article by Pastor David Lai on his own blog, which talks about this: http://www.davidlai.me/2016/07/28/curbing-sexual-desire/

    Vajrakilaya is not practiced within Kechara. As far as I am aware it is not a practice common within the Gelugpa tradition, but it is within other traditions such as Nyingma and Kagyu. Therefore I cannot tell you more about the practice of why some people claim that Vajrakilaya was used to perform black magic curses. However, this may be due to his wrathful appearance and the wrathful imagery found in his practice. May Buddhist deities can appear in very wrathful forms, and their practice includes violent imagery that includes the binding of slaying of enemies. This does not actually mean that through their practice outer enemies can be destroyed. The enemies the practices deal with are actually internal enemies. This actually refers to our negative emotions, negative karma and imprints. It is through the practice of these deities that we can subdue our internal enemies. A comparison can be made with the imagery and practice of Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden’s prayers often include the slaying of an enemy, but this enemy is actually our negative karma, negative imprints and everything that keeps us bound to suffer within samsara.

    Within the Gelugpa tradition, the oracle of Gyalchen Karma Trinley is from Sera monastery and the tradition of consulting the oracle is largely only done so at Sera monastery. As far as I am aware the oracle takes trance of the deity Gyalchen Karma Trinley, who is a worldly protector (therefore not enlightened), who is part of the extended retinue of Hayagriva.

    Mantras are the enlightened energies of the Buddhas in the form of sound, therefore mantras are not simply made. They are given by the enlightened beings themselves when they teach the practice of that particular deity. Some mantras can be traced back to Buddha Shakyamuni, and they can also be found in sutras and tantras that have an authentic lineage stemming back to the enlightened beings. For the masters and enlightened beings you have mentioned, that are from the Kagyu tradition, their mantras already exist. If you would like to know these mantras then you should enquire with a qualified master from that tradition.

    As for the visualisation of the deities it is important that they are visualised according to the method and form as described in the texts. This is because the form of an enlightened being is very important. Visualising the form correctly allows us to generate merit. Visualising with the correct iconography also shows us the path to enlightenment, as every part of an enlightened beings’ form represents the path towards enlightenment or an aspect of enlightenment that can be achieved through that particular deity’s practice. For children, however, some people may advise them to visualise a simpler form of the deity so that they can create affinity with that particular deity. In this case, when they are old enough to visualise correctly then they should be taught how to do so. In my own personal experience, I know some parents who teach their children how to visualise correctly, a little at a time, so that they can build up a complete visualisation according to the traditional manner. This is because children have a very good imagination and are able to learn quickly.

    Chod practice within the Gelugpa tradition belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra set of practices. Therefore one does not engage in the practice without an appropriate empowerment. As such it is not advisable to read the prayers unless under the guidance of a qualified Guru once you have received the empowerment. As for the pronunciation of Tibetan in English phonetics, there are various systems. The most common of these is the Wylie system. As far as I am aware this system does not use accents above either vowels or consonants. For those systems that use accents, it usually follows the standards of European languages. You can research more how to pronounce the letters according to the European uses of the accents. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Simona

Dear pastor,

I am practicing and now i would like to tattoo the 8 auspicious symbols. I would like to have them with me. Is this alright or should i not do this? Thank you

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Simona,

    Thank you for your question. Generally speaking most practitioners would not get tattoos of the enlightened beings and mantras. In the refuge commitments it states that one is to view all images of the enlightened beings as the enlightened beings themselves. Therefore practitioners do not generally get these sorts of tattoos. That being said there is nothing wrong with religious tattoos.

    However the 8 auspicious symbols are not images of the enlightened beings but offerings made to them and representations of the qualities of the Three Jewels. For example:

    1. The right turning conch: symbolises the melodious sound of the Dharma, which dispels the darkness of ignorance.

    2. The parasol: symbolises both the protection from illness, harmful forces and obstacles granted by the Three Jewels and also represents their enlightened nature.

    3. The victory banner: symbolises the victory of Buddha’s teachings over suffering, death and everything that harms.

    4. Two golden fishes: symbolising fearlessness and happiness that comes from practicing the Dharma. They also represent the two most important rivers in ancient India – the Ganga and Yamuna.

    5. The Dharma wheel: symbolises the teaching of the Dharma and the realisations gained from practicing the path.

    6. The endless knot: symbolises the inter-relatedness of all phenomena. It also symbolises the union of compassion and wisdom necessary to achieve enlightenment.

    7. The lotus flower: symbolises freedom from obscurations and defilements of the body, speech and mind. It represents complete purity and the enlightened state of being.

    8. Treasure vase: symbolises the treasure obtained from practicing the Dharma, from long life, wealth and success to the ultimate liberation from suffering.

    Though not technically images of the Buddhas, as they represent some of the enlightened qualities or the benefits of Dharma practice, you should still be somewhat respectful. If you decide to get the tattoos, may I suggest that you ensure it is placed, at the very least, above the waist. The higher the possible, the better, as this is more respectful. For example a good place would be the upper arm. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Cliff

Not really a question; just noticed that you had web information on Jesus and Buddhism, but you had no other contact way.
Wondered if you were interested in this link, or even if you could show this link on any of your web pages?
I think that much of the Old Testament is Buddhism. You could ask me a question on that.
https://www.amazon.com/Kundalini-Mistake-Unravelling-mysterious-teaching-ebook/dp/B01J66PL9S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Cliff,

    Thank you for the interesting link. Perhaps you could post a comment on a relevant page of this blog. You could tell us more about this from your point of view and others could also join in the conversation by posting replies. This section isn’t really conducive to discussion as it is just a question and answer section. I hope this helps.

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Pastor Chia (sangha to be)

As a pastor, Chia will dedicate his life to befitting others through spreading the works of Tsem Rinpoche and Dharma to many people, through the use of pujas, rituals, counseling and sharing of his knowledge.

Ordained as a Pastor in 2011, Chia Song Peng has had a rich and varied Dharma career. He has held a core position with the Kechara Paradise retail outlets, served as a personal attendant to Tsem Rinpoche, embarked on various pilgrimages and received initiations into higher yoga tantric practices. He is accomplished in many pujas and has a deep understanding of the Dharma.

As a pastor, Chia has dedicated his life to befitting others through spreading the works of Tsem Rinpoche and Dharma to many people, through the use of pujas, rituals, counseling and sharing of his knowledge.

When Chia first met Tsem Rinpoche, he was asked if he wanted to become a monk, however even though this was his aspiration he informed Tsem Rinpoche that he would do so at a later date. For Chia, as he has is already in the Dharma full-time, it would be best if he became ordained. Tsem Rinpoche has reminded Chia from time to time to work towards becoming a monk and he promised that he would do so in the future.

Kechara began from nothing to become a growing Dharma organisation with major projects such as Kechara Forest Retreat, so Chia thinks that this is the perfect time to become ordained as a monk. Recently Tsem Rinpoche asked Chia again if he would like to be ordained, this time Chia said yes.

Pastor Khong Jean Ai (sangha to be)

Jean Ai wishes to become a vessel that holds the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa to benefit future generations, inspiring others to live by the Buddha’s teachings.

Jean Ai met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche as a young child and through her parents' involvement with Kechara over the years, she has never known a life without His Eminence. Jean Ai was a regular volunteer of Tsem Ladrang during her childhood and teenage years. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Warwick in the UK and working at the London Probation Service, she returned to Kuala Lumpur to join Tsem Ladrang's e-division. There she managed kechara.com, responsible for the weekly Kechara e-newsletter, including content generation and editing. Since then she has joined His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s writing team, responsible for executing Rinpoche’s personal instructions and managing his correspondence.

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.

Through her ordination as a nun, Jean Ai wishes to become a vessel that holds the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa to benefit future generations, inspiring others to live by the Buddha’s teachings. Through this she hopes to repay the kindness of her parents and her Guru. Above all she wants to abide in a state free of suffering, and she wants this for others as well.

Pastor Shin Tan (sangha to be)

For Shin, this is a great step forward to being fully committed to the cause of others and repaying others’ kindness through sharing the Dharma with others.

Before joining Kechara, Shin worked as a lecturer and provider of content and e-learning content solutions for various start-ups. Whilst providing training to educators teaching students in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) at various colleges, she was invited to attend a Dharma talk given by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara House. This event rekindled her interest in Tibetan Buddhism, as she recalled the joy of accompanying her parents to teachings as a teenager.

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.

Shin states that when she decided to join Kechara full time, she had already decided to be of some benefit to others and spend the rest of her life doing only that. Working closely with His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, seeing his tireless effort in helping others and spreading the Buddhadharma through the Gaden tradition despite tremendous challenges has made her realise that the next logical step is to become ordained as she has the opportune conditions to study with her Guru. For Shin this is also a great step forward to being fully committed to the cause of others and repaying others’ kindness through sharing the Dharma with others.

Pastor Adeline Woon (sangha to be)

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 Moh Mei (sangha to be)

Since taking refuge with Tsem Rinpoche, it has been Moh Mei's aspiration to become a nun, committing her life to Dharma work, upholding the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa.

Moh Mei has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 15 years based in countries all over the world. Meeting His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in July 2012, Moh Mei immediately joined Tsem Ladrang a month later in the housekeeping department. Moving into the kitchen to cook for Tsem Rinpoche led her to Kechara Forest Retreat. There Moh Mei progressed to be in charge of Kechara Forest Retreat facilities, including water, electricity and telephone networks, a role she still holds today. She is currently also the operations manager for Dukkar Apartments.

During her recent election to the Kechara Board of Directors, Moh Mei stated that she is fully committed to the vision of her beloved Guru, Tsem Rinpoche and that she had made Kechara her home. Since taking refuge with Tsem Rinpoche, it had been her aspiration to become a nun, committing her life to Dharma work, upholding the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa.

Since her first step on Kechara Forest Retreat, Moh Mei has visualised herself spending the rest of her life as a nun, drawn to the idea of building temples, making offerings to the Buddhas and practicing the Dharma.

She clearly remembers one night Tsem Rinpoche told her that the purpose of becoming a nun is actually to strive to alleviate others of their suffering. Having enjoyed the pleasures of the world, Moh Mei always felt that there was something missing, something that this world cannot provide.

Coming across Rinpoche’s teachings felt like she was coming home, giving her hope that there is something to strive for, the path of liberating herself from the imprisonment of her mind and fully committing herself to benefit others. This is her motivating factor for putting on the robes, holding her nun vows sincerely, diligently, with integrity and great humility.

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 Ng Kok Heng

Through his efforts in Kechara House, Kok Heng hopes to share his experience in Buddhism and especially in the Gelug School of Vajrayana Buddhism with anyone willing to practice.

Born in 1963 in Kuala Lumpur to a lower middle class traditional Chinese Buddhist/Taoist family, Kok Heng was educated in Victoria Institution (1976 – 1982) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), graduating with a Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours). Happily married since 1990 and a father of three, Kok Heng is a successful entrepreneur in the mobile communications industry and the CEO of the public-listed company, XOX Berhad.

Having always been interested in Buddhism but never really getting deeper into it, Kok Heng first met H.E. Tsem Rinpoche at a dharma talk in 2006 and was very attracted to his style and perfect English. In that first meeting, Rinpoche advised him to regularly attend the weekly Setrap Pujas, which he did. Kok Heng was facing many obstacles in his new business at the time, but through the blessings and teachings of Rinpoche, he has since found tremendous success.

The teaching that he finds most applicable and relevant is the “Eight Verses of Mind Transformation”. These teachings have helped him change his perspective in life, both in his daily worldly endeavours as well as his spiritual pursuits. Through his efforts in Kechara House, Kok Heng hopes to share his experience in Buddhism and especially in the Gelug School of Vajrayana Buddhism with anyone willing to practice.

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.

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  • nu’ _____cc TR’desk.pls
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2016 08:29 AM
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Sep 28. 2016 09:49 PM
    Wow, the Pav Bhaji looks so delicious. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this recipe and video so we can learn it step by step.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/mrs-patels-pav-bhaji.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Sep 28. 2016 03:58 PM
    To normal reader, the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan draw parallel to Nikola Tesla, who is the unmasked genius behind invention/creation that changed the work. Yet, Srinivasa Ramanujan’s success has a mystical connotation. The achievements of Srinivasa Ramanujan, through self-taught mastery of mathematics was attributed to mystical messages received from the Hindu Goddess Namagiri. In Srinivasa’s own words “… an equation for me has no meaning, unless it expresses a thought of God.” The Hindu goddess Namagiri or Namakkal, is a form of Mahalakshmi, the Hindu goddess of fortune, wealth and both secular and spiritual prosperity. She is well-known for appearing in the dreams of her devotees to grant advice and blessings. She would appeared in the dreams of Srinivasa, where there were drops or oceans of flowing blood, where he would see mathematical formulas sent to him by Namagiri. Upon waking he would write these down as complete formulas or as inspiration for formulas he would compose later. Srinivasa Ramanujan was a very religious man and he held his held his religious beliefs deeply, such as strict vegetarian vows. Thank you Pastor Niral for this story.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/srinivasa-ramanujan-the-mystical-mathematician.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 28. 2016 03:11 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article on 12 Law of Karma very simple and clear for us to understand.I do believe for every action,there’s a reaction.its the cause and effect theory. The consequences will come.Theres so many types of karma explain in this article.It a very good reminder and advice for us to be always kind,caring and compassion to all sentient beings. And forth most always be mindful for whatever we do. I will take some time to understand and improve to change for the better and make a difference in my life.I will try my best.
    Thanks Rinpoche .with folded hands.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/12-little-known-law-of-karma-that-will-change-your-life.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Sep 28. 2016 05:54 AM
    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this inspiring experience in a very nice comic. I have learned that :

    1) Have determination and believe in our Guru – Adeline believe in Rinpoche and do according to his instruction. Even though the treatment period is not easy but she did not give up and continue.

    2) Guru will always ask his students to practise dharma as a form to overcome the obstacles. Sometimes we may not understand the whole intention but if we practise Guru Devotion then we will follow the instruction fully.

    3) Doing dharma work such as volunteering in temple, building Buddha statue, offering to temple and sangha can help purify our karma.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-15.html#comment-724896
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Sep 28. 2016 05:28 AM
    A very touching story. I respect the police officer for her kindness and love towards animal.

    Animal is just like human beings, have feeling and will also feel sad and scared in such situation. Hence we must respect all living beings. Not to abuse and put them in such situation.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/above-and-beyond-duty.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Sep 27. 2016 06:39 PM
    I feel that the story of Kuchisake Onna is a classic example of someone who does not apply dharma knowledge in her life. She would not be unfaithful towards her husband or hold on to vengeful feelings for so long if she had known Buddha Dharma. We must be compassionate towards being like her as she must be suffering unspeakable torment. She has no way out and every action that she does tantamount to very negative karma for her. May her suffering ends and she takes rebirth where she can learn Buddha Dharma. Thank you Vinnie for sharing her story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/kuchisake-onna.html
  • sonny tan
    Tuesday, Sep 27. 2016 05:26 PM
    sonny tan on Sep 27, 2016 at 5:26 pm
    Thank you to all who participated in this combined effort to clean Chamang Road in Bentong, it is heartening to know that all were truly focused on this task of making Bentong a more cleaner town.
    These auspicious events were attended by the head of the local municipal council and also the forestry department speaks volumes of the recognition that they have on Kechara. The contribution by the local contractors providing their machineries for the cleanup must also be congratulated for their kind thoughts and efforts.
    This humbleness shown by the respective local government departments, contractors and Kecharians working in unison to do the cleanup is something Kecharians can be proud of and hopefully we pray for many more wonderful happenings in the near future. This personal association and blending with the local authorities and the Bentong residents will make it easier for us to introduce Tibetan Buddhism to them.
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Sep 27. 2016 03:11 PM
    2016年9月18日对多杰雄登修持者可以被称为一个特别的日子,因为达赖尊者在法国斯特拉斯堡的泽尼斯中心,对公众发表说明如果有些人想要修持多杰雄登,他们是可以的。达赖尊者还告诉大众说,目前的甘丹寺和色拉寺邻近寺院的僧人都有在跟随这项修持。达赖尊者所提出这几个重点,简直是个值得令人兴奋与开心的事情。因为,这20年以来,雄登修持人仿佛活在一个没有宗教自由的国家里,甚至还被他人歧视、隔离、欺压等等,每天必须过着恐惧与痛苦的日子。

    直到这一天的来临,9月18日,多杰雄登修持者就如见到曙光一样,得到达赖尊者所告知说我们是可以修多杰雄登护法。相信不久的将来,慢慢的得到人们了解与接受此修持法。无论如何,就如上师尊贵的詹杜固仁波切的建议,我们必须有和平的心与站稳本身的立场,甚至要继续地弘扬多杰雄登的传承与祂修持法所带给众生的利益。

    在此祈望,会有更多人明白与了解多杰雄登的来龙去脉的真相。了解祂所带来的利益而不是伤害。而至于不明白实情真相的人,不要因为信仰的差异而互相排挤或互相批评。如果长久下去,要达到人与人和谐相处的目标就会遥遥无期。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-we-can-practise-dorje-shugden-finally-chinese.html#comment-724869
  • nu’27sept2016
    Tuesday, Sep 27. 2016 08:42 AM
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  • sonny tan
    Monday, Sep 26. 2016 05:04 PM
    sonny tan on Sep 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm
    I just cannot comprehend the complexities of the human mind on how they would spin and turn news into their own fantasies and trying to outshine the others. Peace seems to have been evading us homo sapiens for as long as I can remember.
    Why is it that we must fight, argue, antagonize, criticize, hate, or insult another and what are the reasons for all these? It has always never fail to amaze me on the question on what do one hope to achieve or gets out of all these. My analogy is that it is just to satisfy the thirsty, corrupted, twisted evil mind and after having achieved and hurt another person and then what? Is it going to make you wiser, better or a cleverer person? I would assume it to be a definite “No” perhaps the good feeling may linger on for a while but rest assured it is never lasting and this satisfaction would dissipates with time. All these are transient thoughts generated by one and no matter how much food we feed to this evil monkey mind it can never be appeased.
    Meditation is an antidote to all these and it is within our reach therefore like what my Guru says it is timely that we ‘Give Peace A Chance’ and try to explore the other side of our mind through meditation. Perhaps one may be surprised by the result of this exploring.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 26. 2016 03:04 PM
    Good reminder and advice for us .To remind us of loving and caring all sentient beings and always be mindful.Very common for birds to fly straight into our windows that will cause them injuries to their feathers.Hence we must protect them in away ,by severals methods by adjusting our windows as suggested by Rinpoche .
    At least it could reduce the risk and injury .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/how-to-bird-proof-your-windows-to-protect-our-feathered-friends.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Sep 25. 2016 10:42 PM
    These pictures are really lovely. It reminds us that animals are living beings that have feeling, love and care for their little ones too. Just like us human, whom parent’s love is infinity towards their children.

    So please respect their existence and do not harm them.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/these-are-so-touching-and-cute.html

  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 25. 2016 08:37 PM
    Very weird and really strange addictions…..cannot imagine its true after reading these strange individual addictions .they did it out of curiosity ,a sense of loneliness ,depression. and so forth. Whatever their action is, need to be treated as long term might ruin their lives.
    Do hope they have will power and determination to cut off their strange addictions, to carry on with their daily life.They have always a choice to do what they have and,choose what to do to be on the right track in life.
    Thank you Beatrix Ooi for sharing this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/my-strange-addictions.html
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Sunday, Sep 25. 2016 05:46 PM
    感谢仁波切分享这编令人鼓舞和兴奋的好消息 !

    尊贵的达赖尊者亲口表示大家可以选择修持雄登护法法门, 还提议了两大修持多杰雄登法门的寺院 : Shar Gaden寺和Serpom寺 !
    达赖尊者还表示, 多杰雄登不会影响和减短祂的寿命, 那么无形中就表示一样尊贵达赖尊者地位高成就的高僧也不会受到雄登的影响。那么, 也就是说, 在尊贵达赖尊者和其他高僧的曼达拉里的弟子也不受影响了。那么总结来说, 雄登护法是不会伤害反而会护持佛法成长 !

    因为这消息出来以後, 那一群专破坏, 欺负, 歧视持修雄登的人就不会那么明目张胆的出来破坏, 雄登持修者就有安乐的环境下生活 !

    这是一个好的转变, 也是一个大跨越的好消息 !��

    也非常感恩慈悲尊贵的达赖尊者公佈这讯息 ! ��

    最重要的就是将来的日子里, 佛法得以利益更多的人 !

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

    感恩合十
    Yeo Kwai Gin

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
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I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
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This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
Kechara\'s kindly Pastor Shin is in Mumu\'s room doing long life Amitayus retreat and blessings for Mumu, Dharma and Oser (my three doggies) right now. I am very grateful for this. She will complete 10,000 mantras in three days mini retreat to increase their lives, plant positive imprints in their mindstream, bless their health and collect merit indirectly for their future lives to practice dharma..... Tsem Rinpoche August 28, 2016.
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Kechara's kindly Pastor Shin is in Mumu's room doing long life Amitayus retreat and blessings for Mumu, Dharma and Oser (my three doggies) right now. I am very grateful for this. She will complete 10,000 mantras in three days mini retreat to increase their lives, plant positive imprints in their mindstream, bless their health and collect merit indirectly for their future lives to practice dharma..... Tsem Rinpoche August 28, 2016.
You must read this. Wait till you are in a quiet place and not out on the streets or some cafe, but in your rooms and read this twice at least..it is so powerful. I just found it. 


Enjoy it and understand it well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107335
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You must read this. Wait till you are in a quiet place and not out on the streets or some cafe, but in your rooms and read this twice at least..it is so powerful. I just found it. Enjoy it and understand it well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107335
This is a short and powerful blog post..be ready to have your heart broken. But you should still read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107363
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This is a short and powerful blog post..be ready to have your heart broken. But you should still read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107363
100 holy and beautiful Tsongkapas arrived today!
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100 holy and beautiful Tsongkapas arrived today!
(Tsem Rinpoche\'s doggy) hehehe...Mumu\'s face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you\'re looking into a human\'s eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
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(Tsem Rinpoche's doggy) hehehe...Mumu's face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you're looking into a human's eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our \'pleasures\'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it\'s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
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The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our 'pleasures'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it's too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear Rinpoche,  I\'ve made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry.  Thank you,  Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It\'s a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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Dear Rinpoche, I've made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry. Thank you, Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It's a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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Karen does a nice sharing
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Karen does a nice sharing
Something nice from Wan San
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Something nice from Wan San
The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
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The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
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Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
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This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
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到文冬走走, 一定要到克切拉禅修林的金泽财王庙拜拜祈福, 祂有效的帮助我们在健康, 财富, 修行上, 蛊术等等的障碍 ,让我们更加的平步青云。 YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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到文冬走走, 一定要到克切拉禅修林的金泽财王庙拜拜祈福, 祂有效的帮助我们在健康, 财富, 修行上, 蛊术等等的障碍 ,让我们更加的平步青云。 YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
来到马来西亚文冬的克切拉禅修林朝圣, 一定要到智慧殿里参观世界最大尊的 "多杰雄登" 佛像和绕转, 暨此累积大量善功德和制造善因生生世世的可以接触三宝 ! 继续游览 retreat.kechara.com 。 YEO KWAI GIN. ( KKSG )
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殊胜9尺高的绿度母佛像, 也是往克切拉禅修林朝圣必到的地方。 继续游览 retreat.kechara.com 。 YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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Kechara Puja team led by Pastor Yek Yee performed numerous Corporate Pujas for sponsors. For more info call 012 987 3908. Lucy Yap
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Kechara Puja team led by Pastor Yek Yee performed numerous Corporate Pujas for sponsors. For more info call 012 987 3908. Lucy Yap
Congratulations to the newly weds who registered their marriage at Kechara House gompa. Pastor Chia solemnized their marriage vows at 2.00pm today. Lucy Yap
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Congratulations to the newly weds who registered their marriage at Kechara House gompa. Pastor Chia solemnized their marriage vows at 2.00pm today. Lucy Yap
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Table setting #menu #Forever Love ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
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Live Band #PA #Sound testing ~ Guat Hee
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At the Entrance before the function start ~Guat Hee
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Sunny afternoon #preparation #sunday #wedding ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers, parents and students outing day - help out at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Stella Cheang, KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers, parents and students outing day - help out at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Stella Cheang, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers, parents and students outing day - to help out at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Stella Cheang, KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers, parents and students outing day - to help out at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Stella Cheang, KSDS
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