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Question asked by T

Is there a teaching to deal with insomnia and fatigue?

Question asked by Thori

Thanks for your answer. But when you say "This can be coupled with various visualisations during the mantra recitations as well."what visualisations should I do, for example for the sadhana "DISSOLVING JE RINPOCHE INTO OURSELVES"?
Other question, can the Sadhana be recitated in english? Andn we must recite them with high voice or can it be recitated simply in the mind? Thanks!

Question asked by Ming

Can we mix Han style vajrayana and tibetian vajrayana

Question asked by Chan

I'm trying to get in touch with Venerable Chow, but the number advertised is not in service.

I would like to make donation so she can better support the dogs in the vicinity.

Question asked by Lee

I have given up mantra chanting. Why is it that I always get negative results after I chant mantras ? Are Buddhas not here to help us when they listen to our cries for help? However I still do virtuous deeds, speech and thoughts because I believe in karma and what we do will come back to us in future. It's just that my belief in the Buddhas is not so strong as before. Any suggestions why this is happening to me ?

Question asked by Thorim

(sorry for my english)As I newly discovered mantra recitation, I would know if we need to adjust a "balance" in time of meditation beetween the mantra recitation and the others forms of pratice(vipassana, visualisation for compassion…), for example mantra just to start and end meditation or it can become the main pratice? Thanks, I hope my question is clear.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Thorim,

    When you are starting out in either meditation or mantra recitation, the balance between the two is entirely up to you and how much time you can spare in your daily life. Both have very beneficial results.

    You can indeed take the mantra recitation as the main practice, in fact the mantra is considered one of the most important aspects of daily practice, as it is through mantra that we are able to invoke upon the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. In traditional Tibetan Buddhist retreats, one actually concentrates on the mantra and accumulates a certain amount, typically 100,000. This is however for an intensive retreat setting.

    Depending on the type of meditation you are engaging, the recitation of mantra can be used as the main part of the practice. For example to develop single pointed concentration, many people concentrate on counting the breath, or concentrate on an object. However you can also concentrate on the sound of the mantra. So you can develop single-pointed concentration. This can be coupled with various visualisations during the mantra recitations as well.

    In essence there is no set balance between the two, as mantra recitation can actually be used as a form of meditation, while at the same time invoking the enlightened energies of the Buddhas.

Question asked by ENTER NAME

Is every sentence of the Dharma can be recited as a mantra? And is it useful to transfom the mind?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear friend,

    The Dharma is holy and can definitely be used to transform the mind. In fact Dharma is for the transformation of the mind. Each and every sentence of the Dharma can be used in one way or another to deepen one’s spiritual practice and transform the mind to benefit others. You can recite sentences of the Dharma to aid your practice for sure.

    Mantras however are specifically the energies of the Buddhas in the form of sound, so are defined as such in the various scriptures. All mantras bestow the blessings of the Buddhas and enlightened beings, plant imprints in our mindstreams and aid us in our journey towards enlightenment. In fact mantras are so powerful that they can lead us to enlightenment. These mantras were taught by the Buddhas themselves, and have been passed on throughout the ages until today, therefore the energies of these Buddhas flow through these mantras.

    There are mantras that also have very specific benefits. For example the mantra of Manjushri is known to increase one’s intelligence and memory whilst the mantra of Dorje Shugden is known to provide protection, clear obstacles and bring conducive conditions for both our secular and spiritual wellbeing. You can learn more about mantras, their purpose and their benefits here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mantras-holy-words-of-power.html.

Question asked by an

Is the mantra "May I be filled of compassion ans loving-kindness for all beings" a good mantra to recite? Thanks

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear an,

    What you have written here is something very beneficial for your spiritual practice, but it is more of an aspirational prayer rather than a mantra. Reciting this mirrors the refuge prayer that includes the Bodhicitta motivation. This is very good because it reminds you and motivates you to practice compassion and loving-kindness for all sentient beings.

    The word ‘mantra’ in English and other languages does not really convey the real meaning of the word. Nowadays mantra simply means something that is repeated over and over again, but the true meaning is that mantras are actually the energies of the Buddhas in the form of sound so they are considered very sacred. They were given by the Buddhas themselves so they are very powerful to recite and meditate on. You can read more about mantras here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mantras-holy-words-of-power.html. This is a very good teaching all about the purpose and meaning of mantras.

Question asked by Pseudonimo gracias

If I would like something with all my heart, can it be created almost instantly through samadhi?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Pseudonimo gracias

    The term ‘samadhi’ is very board in its definition, it can refer to a wide variety of states of meditative concentration. There are very high states of meditation attained by high level beings through which they can indeed manifest what they want. However when they have reached this state, they have lessened their attachment. As such what they manifest is usually not what they ‘want’ because their attachments have been lessened.

    What they usually manifest from meditative states are things that teach the Dharma to others or help others with the Dharma practice to achieve enlightenment. So in essence yes, you can manifest things through the power of Samadhi, but this takes a very high level being who has achieved the higher states of meditation and also, the things that we may wish for now will not be what the these higher level pracitioners would manifest. This is because on a normal level we have much more attachment, so what we wish for and desire, usually only binds us further into samaric existence, where as a high level practitioner would have less attachment, therefore would only use his/her attainments to benefit others. I hope this helps.

Question asked by Bradley

Dear Pastors, I'm not sure what too do, my family's home that I am watching has an ant infestation in the kitchen. I try to sweep them kindly away to where they are coming from, and not too harm them and attempt to do a through cleaning of the counters to remove ant trails. Are there some non-aggressive approaches to dealing with insects like these? As I am aware of the precept of not killing sentient beings. It pains me greatly to be in a situation like this, I don't want to hurt or kill them, nor aquire the karma of killing them but I can't allow the house to be over runned before my family returns. I don't even swat mosquitoes and if I find spiders or flys in the house I capture and release them outdoors. What would you do in a situation like this?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Bradley,

    Your question is a very sincere one and shows that you are really trying to keep your precepts well. I really rejoice for you. Anything that happens in life, is due to karma. Therefore the reason why you have an ant infestation is because you have a karmic link to all the little ants that invade the house. That being said you are facing this problem because this karma still exists, therefore in order to solve the problem you need to get rid of this karma and one way in which you can do so is through purification practices, such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas or Vajrasattva recitation. You can recite the prayer remembering the Four Opponent Powers: Refuge, Regret, Remedy (the recitation) and Resolve. Then dedicate the merits to the ants. You should think strongly that through the purification, the karma is cut, and you wish them a good rebirth and that they can practice the Dharma and achieve enlightenment. This will go a long way in helping the problem on a spiritual level.

    On a physical level, you can try using essential oils such as Peppermint, Tea Tree, Clove, Lemon or Orange. Just put a few drops in a piece of cotton wool and leave near the areas that are infected. Alternatively you can dilute in water and spray on the areas that are effected. You can also use vinegar or apple cider vinegar instead of essential oils. I had tried both before and they work. Just make sure you do not spray directly on to the ants as this will kill them.

    Alternative you can create a citrus spray. Simply add peels (lemons, oranges, etc.) into a pot and cover with water. Heat this up until steaming, and then let cool down. For more effect, let it cool overnight. Then strain and you can use this as a spray. I hope this helps.

Question asked by Thorim

Is there "hightest" compassion meditation than Tonglen/the classical ones(visualising one friend, one neutral etc…) as I do these one since 2 years(around ~500 hours of meditation)? Thanks!

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Thorim,

    There is no “highest” compassion meditation per se. All compassion meditation if done correctly leads to the same goal which is the development of compassion, but more than that it is the internalisation of compassion. This leads one to operate every minute of every day from this compassion.

    When studying compassion, to ensure that the practice is successful, one should study, contemplate and train on a graduated path, as detailed in the various Lam Rim teachings. As the great Lama Atisha said, to have a firm practice that results in real transformation, “train yourself in stages.”

    The most comprehensive of these teachings would be Lama Tsongkhapa’s Lam Rim Chenmo. However this work is rather large, so two good texts which are easily read and understandable are Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Pabongka Rinpoche and Joyful Path of Good Fortune by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

    I will concentrate on an explanation of Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. In this particular text, out of all the methods of meditating on compassion, Pabongka Rinpoche specifically mentions two particular systems.

    Method One: Developing Bodhicitta through the Cause & Effect Instruction
    This method works by primarily seeing all sentient beings as those you are attracted to (those you care about), rather than focusing on neutrality and those you have aversion for (those whom you dislike). This method was used by such great masters as Arya Chandrakirti, Chandragomin and Santarakshita. In a nutshell, there are eight sections to this method:

    1. Developing immeasurable equanimity: through meditation on the three types of beings – those whom you like, are neutral towards and dislike.

    2. Understanding all sentient beings to be your mother: through this one begins to develop compassion for all sentient beings and begins to understand that in previous lifetimes they have all been our mothers.

    3. Remembering their kindness: Since all sentient beings have been our mothers, they have showed us immense kindness before.

    4. Repaying their kindness: this leads one to start acting out of compassion rather than meditating on it intellectually. This creates a powerful shift and physical transformation in one’s life.

    5. Love through the force of attraction: this means that now one meditates on all sentient beings as your children, therefore you have a strong disposition to want to look after all of them. This furthers your compassion and makes you act out of compassion even stronger.

    6. Compassion: this is the stage of realisation that all sentient beings are suffering in samsara, there we develop the unshakable aspiration that all sentient beings, without exception need to be free from their suffering.

    7. Altruism: this means that we take the responsibility to relieve all sentient beings from their suffering.

    8. Bodhicitta: we come to the realisation that ultimately we will not be able to help all sentient beings in our current state, which is the same as theirs, helplessly being reborn again and again in samsara. Upon reflection we deduce that the only possible way to help all sentient beings is to become a fully enlightened being – a Buddha, who has the capacity to benefit beings spontaneously and effortlessly. We then develop the conviction that it is not possible to benefit others until we have achieve full omniscience and with this comes a yearning to attain complete enlightenment ourselves, in order to help others.

    Some people think that this is too basic, and that they already have this wish. This view however is mistaken because this is actually an advanced and core practice on the path towards enlightenment. This Mahayana motivation to become enlightened for the sake of all sentient beings must be internalised correctly rather than a mere intellectual understanding. And this is one of the purposes of training in compassion.

    Method Two: Seven-Point Mind Training (Advanced Tonglen)
    This method works as at developing equanimity through exchanging self and others, focusing on equalising feels of like, dislike and neutrality. This method was used by the great Shantideva. There are seven sections to this:

    1. Teaching of the preliminaries: which are the Small and Medium Scopes of the Lam Rim teachings.

    2. Training in the two types of Bodhicitta: which are the Relative Bodhicitta and the Ultimate Bodhicitta.

    3. Meditating on equalising the self and others.

    4. Contemplating the many faults arising from self-cherishing.

    5. Contemplating the many good qualities resulting from cherish others.

    6. The actual contemplation on the interchange of self and others.

    7. With the previous points as the basis, the way to meditate on giving and taking.

    If you are practicing Tonglen, and would like to strengthen your practice. I would suggest that you read up on this section of the Lam Rim, it will help you greatly. I hope my explanation helps.

Question asked by Harold Musetescu

Is there such a thing as a Dorje Shugden "Wealth Vase?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Harold Musetescu,

    Yes Dorje Shugden wealth vases do exist, or more correctly Gyenze Dorje Shugden wealth vases exist as the form of Dorje Shugden that is invoked for the creation of wealth vases is Gyenze. There are many practices through which wealth vases can be created and one of these is Dorje Shugden.

    In 2015 Kechara hosted the Venerable 7th Panglung Kuten, an oracle of Dorje Shugden, who also takes trance of various other protectors. During that time the Panglung Kuten was kind enough to consecrate our Yangkam or Wealth Cabinet was constructed in Kechara Forest Retreat. One of the most precious items placed inside Yangkams are wealth vases. Apart from various other wealth drawing items and offerings, the main set of wealth vases in the Yangkam are Dorje Shugden wealth vases. These were very kindly created and consecrated by the Panglung Kuten himself at Kechara Forest Retreat. You can read more about the purpose and creation of the Yangkam here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/get-involved-in-the-wealth-box-project-in-kfr.html

    You can read more about the practice of Gyenze Dorje Shugden here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html

    You can invite Dorje Shugden wealth vases from any of our Kechara Paradise outlets in Malaysia or online here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/wealth-vases if you are not based in Malaysia.

Question asked by Thorim

Hello,

Is there a teaching to medidate on 'subtle' emptiness?

Thanks!

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Thorim,

    If I have understood your question correctly you are actually asking about the Ultimate Truth. Within the Buddhist tradition following Acharya Nagarjuna’s Middle Way Philosophy there are two truths. The first is known as the Conventional Truth and the second is the Ultimate Truth. To understand emptiness we need to have a firm grasp of the first and a realisation of the second.

    Conventional Truth
    This is the understanding that phenomena exists, but are empty of inherent existence due to their reliance on all other phenomena. For example, we exist due to our component parts, which are reliant on our parents, our parents’ existence is reliant on our grandparents, and so on. This is just one way to view Conventional Truth.

    Ultimate Truth
    This is the understand that that all phenomena are empty of inherent existence. Our perception of reality is based on this understanding in contrast to Conventional Truth, which is more of an intellectual understanding.

    I believe that you are referring to the Ultimate Truth when you mention ‘subtle’ emptiness. There are definitely meditations on this type of emptiness. These meditations exist in both the Sutric path and the Tantric path. However these sorts of meditations are not effective without a very firm grasping of the Conventional Truth.

    You can read an excellent commentary to Emptiness which touches on the Two Truths by way of an explanation of The Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni and The Essence of Wisdom Sutra (Hear Sutra) by Sermey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin in his book ‘The Key to the Treasury of Shunyata’. Through meditation and contemplation on these texts one can develop an understanding of emptiness. Step by step one is able to progress further and further to the subtler levels of emptiness.

    Within tantric practice there are meditations that concentrate on this form of emptiness, however they can only successful when one has an immovable intellectual grasp first. I hope this helps to answer your question.

Question asked by l

The skeleton couple is the protector of vajrayogini practice. Kalarupa is the protector of yamantaka practice. I would like to ask who is the protector of chitamani tara practice? I did not see you stated in your blog in the section of chitamani tara. Tq.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear 1,

    Thank you for your question. There is no special protector associated with Cittamani Tara’s practice according to His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche. This is because Cittamani Tara’s practice is special, as Tara herself is considered a protector.

    Tara has 21 forms, of which some of them are very wrathful. These wrathful forms of Tara can protect practitioners from black magic, spirit harm, demons, and negative influences from negative astrological effects from the stars and constellations, and other dangers. These forms protect us from the various types of interferences that Dharma protectors would ordinarily do as well.

    In fact within the prayer known as ‘Longing for Tara’ by Matisara, it states that when you propitiate Tara sincerely with full faith, you do not need to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector. This is because Tara herself will provide you will all the help you need, from material sustenance and friendship to being your protector. In fact in the prayer it says that some Dharma protectors are not fulfilling their roles and some of the Buddhas have ‘sunk’ into the state of nirvana, so Tara acts as a protector.

    Tara is considered the Guru, Yidam and Protector. She has already manifested in various forms that fulfill the roles of a Dharma protector. This is why you can commonly see that she is called Tara the Protector.

Question asked by Eli Levine

Good even Pastors,

I have a question regarding the Bardo Thodol and it referring to beings being able to manifest as Sambhogakaya Buddhas if they're able to relax and recognize the correct lights from the Five Buddha Families. How is becoming a Sambhogakaya Buddha different from achieving Parinirvana?

Thank you so much for your excellent work!

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Eli Levine,

    I have not received teachings on the Bardo Thodol or the various mediation techniques associated with the text. However from your explanation if a person is able to achieve the Sambhogakaya form, then they would necessarily have achieved the enlightened state of a Buddha. This is very much a possibility because Lama Tsongkhapa has stated that there are three periods in which one can practice and achieve enlightenment through the tantric path and they are our everyday waking state, the dream or sleeping state and lastly the bardo state.

    From what you have mentioned to occur, i.e. to recognise the correct lights from the Five Buddha Families, this would necessarily involve an expert understanding of the bardo state, through intense study of the Bardo Thodol, and very in-depth and stable meditations, first concentration meditation and then meditation on the process of death (in order to recognise that you are in the bardo) and then finally extensive visualisation meditations to familiar yourself with the visions/lights that appear in the bardo (to recognise that the lights are from the Five Buddha Families). Following this it is possible to achieve the Sambhogakaya form but would take much effort on the part of the practitioner.

    Lama Tsongkhapa, however, stated the best and effective way to gain enlightenment would be at the moment of death, arising in the illusory body and achieving enlightenment in that state rather than any other, including the bardo. This is achieved by practicing the completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra in waking life. One of the reasons for this is that while you are in the bardo it is difficult to keep a very focus and balanced mind, and you are completely and utterly under the throes of karma and delusions. Therefore for what you have mentioned to occur would take a lot of effort and mental stabilisation achieved during life, which could be used in the bardo state after death. I hope this helps.

Question asked by Denise

I found your website through being guided into activating the Pineal Gland. Can you tell me more about this? Thanks!

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Denise,

    The article on Pineal Glands was an external article, therefore the Kechara pastors do not have any knowledge or experiences in practicing the activation of Pineal Glands, nether are we trained in this. Perhaps you could search more online for the information you would like to know. I’m sure you will find reputable websites with accurate information details how one foes about activating the Pineal Glands. I am sorry that I cannot be much more help on this matter.

Question asked by Eli Levine

Dear Pastors,

Thank you for your quick reply to my previous question. I was wondering how one might develop compassion in an effective manner, since I've read the stages of development and find that I already can develop compassion for even transgressors of the path (even though this is not something I can yet sustain permanently; it just kind of spontaneously arises).

At present, my life is in an incredibly uncertain stage. I've managed to find work after I've finished with my present AmeriCorps year, but that will only last another year, and then I've got to find other work to support myself. I'm finding it very difficult to develop and cultivate compassion in a world where, as I mentioned, I'm still burning up karma from past lives, and my hopes and dreams to help others and myself frequently are thwarted. I realize that not getting what you want is sometimes a great stroke of luck. I'm just wondering how one is able to align themselves with the universe, such that one does not want what the universe isn't prepared to give? I'm personally exhausted by perceiving people and opportunities that may help all beings turn to dust the moment I reach for them, and I don't like the doubt that that creates in my mind towards all people and opportunities that may prove to be more substantial. I'll always try to help others and myself, it's just aggravating not being able to.

Hoping you can help. Thank you.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dearest Eli Levine,

    I would suggest that you get a copy of Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which is a Lam Rim text from the notes of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s teachings that were written down and edited by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Alternatively you could get a copy of Joyful Path of Good Fortune by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, which is another great Lam Rim text. Both these texts are excellent and can guide practitioners on the Buddhist path very well, in all aspects of the path including the development of compassion.

    Another book, which is presented in a very easy to understand manner is Compassion Conquers All, by His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche and details the practical application of the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation. There is another book which is excellent to study and that is Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism.

    As you can see and have no doubt come across in your readings, there is a multitude of resources out there that teach the development of compassion. However, the key here is that you need to actually apply the methods listed in the resources, rather than just have an intellectual knowledge as this will not get you very far.

    As with all the Buddhist practices and philosophies, the key is the actual practice of what you have studied. From the rest of your explanation is seems that you have not come to a thorough understanding of some other aspects of the Buddhist paths. This is a reason why it is important to train oneself in a graded path, step by step and is why teachings such as the Lam Rim are very important on our spiritual path towards enlightenment. One of the things we need to remember and realise is the falseness of our perceptions of not only samsaric existence but our expectations of what our spiritual path should be like. Most of the time when on the spiritual path, we have our own expectations or wants of how our spiritual path should be, but in most cases even these are due to our own attachments.

    In regards to compassion you should learn up and practice the following:
    1. The practice of the Six Perfections.
    2. The Eight Verses of Mind Transformation.
    3. The importance and practice of Bodhicitta (using both the Cause & Effect Instruction, and the Seven-Point Mind Training). These can be found in the various Lam Rim texts, especially the Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand.

    It is the actual practice of these, and not just an intellectual understanding of the method that will led to the development of compassion. The spontaneous instances of what you think is compassion, is only the very beginning and comes about from an intellectual understanding rather than an actualisation of the practice. Once you beginning to practice further, you will see that your compassion will increase and widen to include more and more beings, and there will be more instances in which this occurs, until it becomes your very being. That is how the development of compassion occurs, it is through effort, learning and practice rather than something that is spontaneous. I hope this helps.

Question asked by Eli Levine

Good evening/morning Pastors,

I hope everyone is doing well at Kechara and is living life to its fullest.

I was wondering how one could tell if they were a Buddha or not. It seems counter-intutive that one claims Buddhahood spontaneously (which makes them suspect for ego), or is recognized by other Buddhas (even though there don't appear to be any living at the moment, as far as I can tell). I have read the Diamond Sutra and the Bardo Thodl to look for clues. I understand interdependent existence and that all that I experience is created by myself. I also smile at the silliness of existence, realizing that that is just a concept. Am I a Buddha? Is this something that time will prove to others, even if I am convinced? Frankly, I feel as though I am just waiting and burning out negative and positive karma at this point; I only want parinirvana.

I hope you're able to guide me.

Thank you.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Eli Levine,

    Thank you for your well wishes. In regards to your question, if one asks such a question then it is evident from scriptural basis that one is not enlightened. When enlightenment is achieved, one’s mind would become the Dharmakaya, therefore would know one is in fact enlightened. There would be no doubt in this, it would simply be a fact. That is not to say we are not on the path to achieving this, simply that we have yet to achieve our goal.

    As for living Buddhas recognising other Buddhas, there are in fact many Buddhas living currently that can therefore identify other Buddhas. It is a well-known fact that many high lamas are emanations of various Buddhas, and so they can recognise each other. Buddhas can emanate in many forms from high lamas, normal monks or nuns, teachers or even our family and friends to benefit sentient beings, but as un-enlightened beings we are not able to recognise them as such. But those who are living can and do recognise each other, and within the framework of Tibetan Buddhism it is practice to recognise them as such, in order to provide a platform from which to share the Dharma teachings. To say that there are no Buddhas living current actually restricts the compassionate activities of the Buddhas. They can even manifest as inanimate objects to provide sentient beings with relief from suffering and plant beneficial imprints in the minds of these sentient beings.

    Since you have understood interdependent origination, and that all experiences are created in the mind, you are on the path, but one key element is missing and this is enlightened compassion. There is a slight difference between understanding, and realisation. Realisation is when a person operates from this understanding. This can be a measuring stick to show others that one is enlightened. An enlightened being does not rest in their knowledge and mind but benefits other sentient beings due to their enlightened compassion.

    You have also stated that you are burning your positive and negative karma, this is another statement which suggests you have not yet reached the enlightened state. This is because when enlightenment is achieved karma is negated altogether, as one’s mind is free from samsara. The physical body is merely a receptacle for this mind to inhabit. Parinirvana only occurs after nirvana is achieved in one’s physical form. This would necessarily mean you would have to be enlightened already before Parinirvana occurs. From how you have asked the question it seems as though you have not reached that stage….yet. We need to keep learning, practicing, transform our minds, focus out and be of benefit to others, and then we can all achieve enlightenment. This is an achievable fact.

Question asked by Monty

Dear Pastors, Is there a serkyem prayer to Namkar Barzin?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Monty,

    Namkar Barzin is a special protector of Domo Geshe Rinpoche, his monasteries and temples. He was oath-bound by Domo Geshe Rinpoche to serve the Dharma and put under the care of Dorje Shugden. As such there are rituals and rites to invoke upon his presence, power and protection. Namkar Barzin also takes trance in the oracles from Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s Dungkar Monastery, where he was installed as a Dharma protector.

    Since the practice of serkym is a common aspect to Dharma protector practices, I am sure that a dedicated serkym prayer to Namkar Barzin does indeed exists, however I do not currently have a translated copy of this text. However since he was placed under the care of Dorje Shugden, he is included in the serkym liturgy to Dorje Shugden. He verse is:

    Vow-breakers’ heart-blood purified like gold,
    This drink of fully boiling serkym,
    I offer to Namka Bardzin and entourage
    Accepting, accomplish the yogi’s intended purpose!

    You can find the complete serkym liturgy to Dorje Shugden here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden

    There is also a nice post by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/invocation-to-namkar-barzin.html, which details a little of his history and benefits. There is also a prayer together with Namkar Barzin’s mantra available on the page. I hope this has helped.

Question asked by Harold Musetescu

Does H.E. Tsem Tulku have a mantra of himself that can be used by his students?
Also I understand that there is no Dorje Shugden Phurba/Kilya practice. If one could be created would it be created by an enlightened master or say an Oracle of Dorje Shugden? There is already a dice divination using Dorje Shugden that was created by an Oracle while in trance of Dorje Shugden. I feel it is time for a Dorje Shugden Phurba/Kilya practice. What do you think, Pastor.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Harold,

    Yes His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche does have what is known as a name mantra. This is recited at the end of all pujas conducted in Kechara together with a Long Life prayer for His Eminence to continue to live long and continue expounding the Dharma. It is also recited by His Eminence’s students at the end of their daily practices, just before the recitation of the completion dedication.

    Two Long Life prayers can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/long-life-prayer-by-kensur-konchok-tsering-rinpoche-and-trijang-rinpoche.html. These were composed by His Holiness Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering (the Abbot Emeritus of Gaden Shartse Monastery) for students to recite for His Eminence’s Long Life.

    His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s name mantra: OM AH GURU KIRTI DAZA SHASEN DHARA KYANDHI SIDDHI HUNG HUNG

    This mantra is recited 21 times or more by students or others who pray for Rinpoche’s long life. The past masters have actually said that if you have strong faith and good samaya with your guru, then reciting his name mantra will lead to many attainments in one’s spiritual practice. There have even been cases where a person’s illness has been healed through the power of engaging in a recitation retreat of their guru’s name mantra.

    In regards to the phurba practice, this actually refers to the practice of the yidam (meditational deity) known as Dorje Phurba or Vajrakilaya. In this yidam’s practice one of the main implements that is used is an actual phurba/kila. This practice is known to remove obstacles and destroy outer and inner energies that hinder spiritual progress. As this a separate yidam deity practice, there cannot be a Dorje Shugden Phurba practice as they are two different deities.

    On the other hand, the phurba/kila as a ritual instrument, is used within certain Dorje Shugden rituals, such as Dorje Shugden’s wrathful fire puja, in which it is used to destroy very malevolent energies, together with other ritual implements. As for a Dorje Shugden ritual that focuses on the use of a phurba specifically, I am unaware if any do exist.

    That being said, as you have rightly stated, it is very possible for an enlightened master or even Dorje Shugden himself through the medium of a qualified oracle to compose a ritual that uses a phurba as a main ritual implement.

    However rituals that have the same effect as the use of phurba, that destroy negative forces, already do exist within Dorje Shugden’s many rituals, as detailed in His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche definitive corpus of Dorje Shugden teachings, known as ‘Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors.’ You can find out more about this text here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/music-delighting-the-ocean-of-protectors-a-definitive-guide-to-dorje-shugden-by-trijang-rinpoche.html. At present the English translation is not of the entire text. The remainder of the text dealing with the various rituals to Dorje Shugden to fulfill certain purposes has not been translated into English as of yet.

    One thing that I know for sure, if we engage in the practice of Dorje Shugden on a daily basis together with Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga or any other deity practice, we will definitely be protected from various harms and obstacles. If one practices mind transformation, the six perfections and the path as expounded in the various Lam Rim texts, then the holy enlightened beings can definitely bless and protect us from negative energies and forces. I hope this small explanation has helped.

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Meet the Pastors

Serving the community. Tirelessly

Combining the responsibilities of the ordained and the appearance of a layperson, pastors are the connection between the sangha and the everyday practitioner. They are ordinary people who have taken an extraordinary step in dedicating their lives towards sharing the Buddhist tradition. As laypeople holding vows, pastors will make the Dharma accessible to more people, giving them guidance and sharing knowledge. The pastors are usually present at Kechara House and available for consultation anytime. For more information, contact [email protected].

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.

BLOG CHAT

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Everyone has a different perspective, so this section is for you.

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  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 10:50 PM
    这是一篇非常好的博文来让大家了解如何可以用自然的方法对治,甚至可以降低伤害这些老鼠。

    相比以前,在还未接触佛法时,我们都会以最方便的方法,那就是购买老鼠的毒药来解决老鼠所制造的问题。从未想过真正的原因其实是出自我们没有妥善的处理食物及等等。

    当接触佛法之后,慢慢的了解一切的众生皆有情。我们应一视同仁的对待所有的众生。时常的提醒自己这些老鼠们或是其他众生可能曾经是我们前世的母亲。而因为个人所造下业力的关系,以致使他们今天转世为鼠辈。

    感谢仁波切和Pastor Antoinette 的分享。希望看到此博文的读者,可以改用这里所提到的方法来对治老鼠。

    对治老鼠的方法于此:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-to-prevent-mice-and-rats-in-your-house.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 10:46 PM
    Everyone wants to be happy. I have never come across anyone who does not want to be happy. Being happy is a state of mind free of negative emotions. Hence it is very disturbing to read the bitter, vengeful and malicious comments by haters who come to His Eminence’s blog, Fanpage or Facebook. They hurl merciless insult to a high lama; i.e. His Eminence as well as Shugden practitioners just to be seen as pro-HHDL. Seriously, how could being the follower of a world renowned lama be so provocative and barbaric? And how these negative poisons e.g. ignorance, anger and hatred would help them on their spiritual path?

    I am very grateful and extremely lucky to have met with His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, who tirelessly instill in us impeccable good Dharma practice. He taught us to return hatred and anger with love and kindness. He taught us how to be happy. He taught us Buddha Dharma from pure lineage in a simplistic and humorous manner. He showed us how to cultivate compassion and focus out. Most importantly, He walked the talk.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 09:32 PM
    Dwelling in a developing and fast moving city like KL, more and more of my female peers are singleton. Unlike in olden days where female depended largely on their partner or their maiden family for financial support, women today are financially independent. However, it is rather apparent that most of these ladies are not singleton by choice. Many were divorcee from problematic spouse while some missed their boat due to heart-broken history.

    While it is human instinct to yearn for companion-ship, we must understand that our image of a relationship / marriage could be a delusion. The temporary pleasure and happy feeling lure our deluded mind into clinging on to the perishable happiness, thinking it will last forever, but it will not. It is the unmet expectation and strong attachment on the other person that causes our suffering.

    As long as we are not attached to the person or the fleeting happiness, a relationship / marriage can be a positive injection in life. Especially if both share the same interest and values in life, each can be the pillar of strength and support for the other in both good and bad times.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/young-single-and-what-about-it.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 08:37 PM
    As Buddhist practitioner, we are aware of the existence of other beings who share the same dimension as us, who can not be seen by our naked eyes. We should be respectful of the other sentient beings who share this space with us, instead of summoning them to entertain us.

    Like us, unseen beings that exist in the Six Realms of Existence are temporary and imperfect; they too are bound by desire and attachment that stem from ignorance. And given the condition they are in, they are likely to be malice and with the intention to harm.

    So, why take the chances to engage in activities that could potentially summon a malevolent being, for example Zozo. Zozo comes across as a cunning and malice spirit waiting to strike a deal and possess the soul of whomever he engages with. Even though this is the first time I came across Zozo, but Ouiji Board and the terrifying consequences are not unheard of and certainly cannot be dismissed as urban legend.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Vinnie for this sharing about Ouiji Board and info on Zozo. This is a good reminder that we should not engage in fun activities with unseen beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/zozo-the-ouija-board-demon.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 03:13 AM
    I am single so I love this article so much .Many people think that married is MUST in our life but I don’t think so. After I joined Kechara, dharma is higher priority than others. Single is more freedom to practice dharma rather than married or relationship with others.
    Many single lady especially 40 year old above will get a title “leftover women” from society. This so rude and unfair to them.So called “Left over women” “is nothing wrong , they ability earn money and stay single and independent .
    Single or married is just a label.Most important is we must practice more dharma work in this life to benefit others and get a liberation.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/young-single-and-what-about-it.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 08:58 PM
    Interesting article on single and staying alone. They are more people who prefer to live alone now. We have seen more of this happening in developed and developing country. Some do it because they move from small town to big city to work. But generally I think people now prefer to have their own space, freedom and independence.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/young-single-and-what-about-it.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 12:09 PM
    Our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche received threats, insults and defamation daily from ignorant followers of the anti-Shugden movement. The ban on Dorje Shugden by the Tibetan leadership had caused harm and sufferings on Shugden practitioners. Here’s proof that shows without a doubt, despite continued denials by Tibetan authorities, that there is a ban on the practice. Violence, segregation and discrimination are used onto peaceful Shugden practitioners.

    Funds, which are donated by Dalai Lama’s kind sponsor around the world without knowing the truth on how their money is being spent, are actively used by the Tibetan leadership to :
    1. Inflict fear on Shugden practitioners by confining of their own homes.
    2. The CTA permits violent and bloody invasions of private residences of Dorje Shugden practitioners e.g. the Thubten family and also private residences of erudite lama e.g. the 84 year old Gen. Chonze.
    3. Prohibit Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering Sera Monastery, South India.
    4. Dorje Shugden practitioners are prohibited from attending Dharma teachings by Dalai Lama.
    5. Publish a hit list of Shugden practitioners on the CTA’s website, inciting active persecution since the details of Shugden practitioners was made available publicly.
    6. Expel hundreds of Dorje Shugden monks from their monasteries for upholding the lineage passed on to them by their Gurus.
    7. Expose Shugden monks out in the open at the monastery; i.e. The Yellow Vote Stick policy.
    8. Force every member of monasteries within their jurisdiction to swear an oath to abandon all practices related to Dorje Shugden. If they do not, they must leave the monastery for good.
    9. Eradicate all Dorje Shugden images from temples, monasteries, Dharma centers and even private spaces. Statues, thangkas, tsatsas, prints and scripture… nothing was spared.
    10. Put up signs at public places i.e. monasteries and hospitals as well as private spaces like retail and grocery stores to disallow Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering.
    11. Deny Dorje Shugden practitioners access to medical assistance in public hospital.
    12. Revoke all legal documents of Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners i.e. their identity card, driver’s license or passport. This is akin of losing one’s identity and freedom.
    13. Allow physical attacks on Shugden’s practitioners, destroy their properties and loot their homes.

    The voices of Tibetan people, especially the Shugden practitioners are muffled and ignored, while the CTA actively promotes unsubstantiated ranting of individuals and opinions of those who degrade Dorje Shugden. There is no religious freedom nor freedom of expression in the Tibetan community. CTA is committing blue murder as the fate of those who would go against the authorities would be faced with dangerous consequences. Yet the world stand tolerance because CTA operates all these fouls in the guise of Dalai Lama and his supremacy position within the Tibetan community.

    This is inhumane and injustice. Please help to lift Dorje Shugden ban and end the sufferings and harms.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Li Kheng for this article that provides a multitude of info on the unfair ban. I hope everyone who read it will do something to lift the ban.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-buddhist-divide-an-unholy-campaign-against-religious-freedom.html
  • Pastor Shin
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 08:27 AM
    For samfoonheei – Dear samfoonheei,
    We have just invited a 7ft Mother Tara to Kechara Forest Retreat today. You can read more about it here: http://www.facebook.com/kecharahouse/posts/10153769038408720 May you be able to visit Kechara Forest Retreat to pay homage to these Buddhas yourself!
  • Jason
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 03:05 AM
    I get shock with this articles about cannibalism. This James Jameson only think about own benefit (fascination on cannibalism and want experience in firsthand )and sacrifice a 10year old girl.
    I can realize that how important of dharma for us to be compassion and benefit to every sentient beings.Jameson’s action is really created a bad karma to himself.This also can be applied to kill animals and serve it as our foods. We shall change our daily meals to vege meals.
    Thanks Rimpoche for sharing this article which can inspire many people to become vegetarian.(myself not vegetarian yet but I’m eating much less meat compared with previous time).

    With folded hands,
    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/james-jameson-disturbing.html#comment-716938

  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 01:01 AM
    This is the first time I come across a place called Prince Edward Island. With a populace of less than 200,000 people, it is a big deal to have such huge and beautiful Buddhist Retreat Centre built for the people there. I am even more impressed that so many people registered for the open day of the Retreat Centre. It is a clear sign that Buddhism is gaining popularity in the west. Rejoice for the people in Prince Edward Island. I hope that more people in Malaysia can come to appreciate Buddhsim and learn to make connections with the Buddha through the facilities in Kechara Forest Retreat.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/p-e-i-buddhist-monks-welcome-outside-world-this-weekend.html
  • Ai Nin
    Tuesday, May 24. 2016 06:08 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this post.
    很伤心是竟然修持多杰雄登被排斥与骚扰。试想一想如果你不是雄登修持者而您、家人、同修现有的宗教大师出禁令说现有修持法是邪靈,会威脋大师的性命。您会去了解事情的来胧去脈或只一一跟随!

    更伤心的是竟然有些限随达赖尊者,支持雄登禁令只是表面而已!那只是為了某种名誉或金錢利益。就只因跟随达赖喇嘛尊者,從中容易筹集资金。这样做不是更加破坏与上师之间三昧耶吗?

    一位金剛弟子不会做出以下:
    1. 違反上师依止心
    2. 破坏传承,自造与推翻所有上师的灌顶,上师传授的口传等等
    3. 分上师的高低级,由因他只是一位格西就离开或很高级的上师就跟從
    4. 破坏弟子与上师三昧耶

    我们都相信达赖喇嘛尊者不是也不会做出一上动作!

    我们真诚希望马上解除这不该有的多杰雄登禁令!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/our-lama-vs-the-dalai-lama-the-underlying-reasons-for-the-ban.html
  • samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 24. 2016 05:33 PM
    Dear Rinpoche thanks for sharing these beautiful photos of Manjushri Statue. I havent got s chance to see it yet but from what i heard and read its such a beautiful Statue..I will visit it some day to see it myself.May all be blessed by this beautiful Manjushri Statue at KFR.
    Thanks again for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/4-arm-manjushri-at-kfr.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, May 24. 2016 06:04 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing thing article. I agree that a lot of people mixed up secular and spiritual for each convenience.

    Should a person choose a spiritual path then he or she should act in accordance to it. The ban and segregation in Tibet to those people who practice Dorje Shugden is not right. Every human has religious freedom and choice of practice. Dorje Shugden practitioners will continue their practice because it is given by their Guru. In Tibetan Buddhism it is very important not to break the samaya with Guru. So for those who do not agree with it then it is fine but they cannot harm the Shugden practitioners and even critised or discriminate them. I hope the ban on Shugden will be lifted soon and stop the sufferings of the practitioners.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/are-you-secular-or-spiritual.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, May 23. 2016 02:05 PM
    Every chapter of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s life is an inspiration to mundane being like us. He grew up separated from biological parents, suffered in the hands of abusive parents, and faced endless obstacles for wanting to be learn and spread dharma; yet, His Eminence never sway from His purpose in life. He could have led a life of celebrity in Hollywood since His Eminence was tall, dark and handsome. He could have ran when the poor living condition in Zong Ladrang was unbearable; sleeping in the cow shred with leaky roof and full of mosquitoes. He could have left when there was no sponsors to send money and support His monthly sundry expenses, and He had to rely on only of Tsampa (barley flour) mixed with tea for all His meals. But He stayed, and taught Buddha Dharma without any resentment on the harshness life He encountered. He is always kind and loving, always find ways to benefit others, unconditionally. He is truly a living Buddha.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Valentina for this structured and neat compilation of the Biography of His Eminence. I hope many more people will now get to read about His Eminence.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html

  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, May 23. 2016 01:44 PM
    Our mind is important. What the mind thinks it becomes. Mr Rodrigues is right in pointing out that our mind in the root of manifestation of certain circumstance or event that we may term as being negative or positive. We can label this method as the Law of Attraction, which advocates positive thoughts attract circumstances which are of a like nature. Law of Attraction does help with uplifting us from negative perpetuation in the mundane world. But it lacks the ascendancy over the profound understanding of life and the way things work. As such, I am incline to believe that people who practice Law of Attraction heavily tend to negate the fact of Karma, because they cannot grasp the gist of Karma – it operates not just in this lifetime but over many, many lifetimes, past and future. We must take the responsibility of our previous actions and make the changes to correct them. In my humble opinion, Law of Attraction (positive thinking) is just about one of the means to the end.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Herman Rodrigues for this interesting article that allow me to ponder deeper on Law of Attraction.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/karma-and-the-law-of-attraction.html

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
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,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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Beautiful 7ft Tara arrives today. See the beautiful picture and video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okk8P3WIWFo
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35 Confessional Buddhas
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Please do not hate us
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Beautiful statue [image: Inline image 1]
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Such a stunning White Tara!
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Neerja's mother accepting the highest award in India on behalf of her daughter. Her daughter's bravery saved 300 people. Her strength, compassion and presence of mind during great tragedy earned Neerja a deep place in our hearts forever. Tsem Rinpoche
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Goddes supreme, with a wave of your right hand the 84,000 demonic interfering beings are repelled. With the powerful umbrella you hold in your left grants supreme protection upon your devotees. Although beautiful to behold you are fully attained and beyond samsara and a perfect refuge. Grant us protection, love and wisdom with your sacred mantra powerful Dukkar Goddess. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
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I love Japan so much. The water is so blue and clean. The landscape is so magical. It's such a beautiful country and a great place to engage in meditational retreats.
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A good meme by Pastor Seng Piow!
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Gaden Jangtse Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Chojor together with Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
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May 31, 1990, the day Tsem Rinpoche was enthroned formally in Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Panglung Oracle in trance back in 1925
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More lamas/Tibetans are speaking up. This has nothing to do with Dorje Shugden ban although it helps the Dorje Shugden cause because there is more unrest and disharmony from many sectors within Tibetans showing the world so many are unhappy with the leadership.-Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche's strong letter to the Dalai Lama regarding giving religious freedom within the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism is a MUST READ- and he is applauded as courageous for writing this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
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The beautiful truth
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Manjushri notes
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Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
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The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
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How death is so near, yet I cherish my ego more than my guru, more than his instructions and my protector. They are the only ones significant at death for me and yet I still think I have time. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
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Because of the ban against Dorje Shugden followers started in 1996, 700 monks had to cut from Sera Mey Monastery and start this new monastery. This new Serpom Monastery located in South India still suffers tremendous hatred and prejudice, but the brave monks continue their practice and lineage.
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Vietnamese monk who self immolated hoping to bring change in his country. He sacrificed his life and sat still during the immense pain of his body burning.
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Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
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Such a wondrous place to be with such a view that heals the soul. Why live in a city where it is unnatural and polluted. Everyday in the city is a day away from where we belong. We belong among the greens, forest, mountains and clean air. We belong in such a place and doing our retreats, sadhanas and mantras to find the ultimate place of belonging and peace....the ultimate place is within us with a developed spiritual mind. Hard to achieve among distractions in the city. 
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This is the five foot Arya Avalokitesvara statue I have offered Gaden Shartse Monastery many years ago. It still graces the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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Painting of 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro- Did you know that 7 of the great throneholders of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism practiced Dorje Shugden and even composed extensive prayers to him? Take a look here and see what you can learn: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=98227
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This is a good motto to work by within a team.
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Beautiful painting of Pandit Naropa
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Beautiful painting of Lord Buddha's miraculous birth.
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Beautiful image of Tara.
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This is a good read. Evocative and memory filled: http://www.davidlai.me/2015/04/20/memory-of-the-vw-van/
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Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche
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It was nice to meet them.
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Good friends came to visit me. I was happy to see them as they have brave hearts and pure samaya. Tsem Rinpoche
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Lef to right: Cousin Tsagan, dad, Aunt Meda, mom, sister Lidshma, cousin Liz, Aunt Elena, friend from France and Susie in Green dress. People whom I am fond of from the distant past..
2 months ago
Some friends went on a spiritual pilgrimage to Nepal recently and when they returned they gifted me with these wonderful books on Yeti/Bigfoot which I don't have. Wow! I like to thank Ms. Yee Lee, Mr. Swee Keong, Ms. Phoebe Yong, Mr. CK Siah & Ms. Wei Theng for their generosity and indulging me in my bigfoot hobby. Tsem Rinpoche
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The famous 5th Panglung Oracle
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Mysterious print of Pelden Hlamo the Goddess protector
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This is a thangka of Cittamani Tara where her body mandala appears clearly. This image was circulated back in Thubten Dhargye Ling when HH Zong Rinpoche taught her sacred practice which was a pure vision of Thapu Dorje Chang. Thapu Dorje Chang received this practice in a pure vision. He was the guru of Pabongka Rinpoche.
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Beautiful article on the Drigung Kagyu Achi Chokyi Drolma: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=94766
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Tsem Rinpoche making offerings of robes to Lord Buddha in Bodhgaya
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What was once very beautiful destroyed by hatred, anger and prejudice.
2 months ago
What His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche composed about Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=87240
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Comprehensive proof of Dorje Shugden in the Sakya school of Buddhism even before Gelugpa. Interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92860
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When we see others who behave not according to our expectations and just to ‘get them back’ we throw all caution to the wind and we get angry, retaliate, fight back, scream, yell and then quit, it shows our mind. Everything is about our own mind. That is not to say they are not at fault. But if we want the world to act perfectly in our presence and then we don’t get angry, that is SO INCREDIBLE IDEALISTIC AND WE ARE DOOMED FROM THE START in anything we do. We have to keep our equilibrium always. Remember our vows, promises and our own state of mind. Be kind to ourselves and not let the other person throw us off because we have to be in control of our own minds. Remember, our mind and how it reacts is the key.--- H.E Tsem Rinpoche
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Ekai Kawaguchi -Three Years in Tibet-Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92725
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Read about the Hawaiian Pele Goddess: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92534
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Good friends. March 2016
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Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche meeting with Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche March-2016.
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    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
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    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
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    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
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    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
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    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
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    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja

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Rare pic of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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Kechara Puja team doing a Protector Dorje Shugden puja in front of the World's Largest Dorje Shugden statue in Kechara Forest Retreat. - Jill Yam
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Dzambala Puja sponsored by a sponsor from overseas through Vajrasecret.com for her company's workers to have inner and outer wealth. By Freon 26 May'16
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Big Dzambala Puja for sponsor to increase wealth - Chris (KhPh)
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Shakyamuni and Dorje Shugden in KFR
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26/5/16: Thank you to students from Disted College Penang for helping out at our soup kitchen today. P.Patsy
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Puja Team conducted the Dorje Shugden puja at Kechara Forest Retreat_PB
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12 hours ago
KSDS student very talented in face arts. Jason KKSG
12 hours ago
Dorje Shugden Ban caused suffering. I humbly request H.H Dalai Lama lift Shugden ban soon. http://www.dorjeshugden.org. Jason KKSG
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雄登禁令带来很多痛苦。我请求达赖喇嘛尽快把雄登禁令解除。www.dorjeshugden.org. Jason KKSG
15 hours ago
This is the scenario when the photographer meet with another photographer.Thank you Kwai Yee, BS Lim, Meng Kiat, Michelle and Melissa for your efforts to have all these nice photos during the KSDS Art Exhibition on Wesak Day. KSDS, Alice Tay
16 hours ago
Short briefing by Teacher Jesvin before the KSDS Art Exhibition start. KSDS, Alice Tay
16 hours ago
Besides dharma sharing, Teacher Michelle also shows the KSDS children how to use the camera for beautiful photos. KSDS, Alice Tay
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Beautiful candle offering by sponsors at Kechara Forest Retreat._PB
19 hours ago
Blog discussion and laerning from 10:00am to 1:00pm today at KH/PH Gompa_ PB
20 hours ago
Chatreng area’s Sampheling Monastery in Kham, Tibet is the personal monastery of His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Interestingly the two main protectors of this monastery is Nechung and Dorje Shugden. The two protectors seem to ‘co-exist’ peacefully together here for centuries Read more : Nechung – The Retiring Devil of Tibet http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/…/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of… http://www.tsemrinpoche.com http://www.dorjeshugden.com ~ Cynthia Ng
22 hours ago
如果多杰雄登是一个有害邪灵的话,那不就说明我们已经准备把所有的格鲁派传承教义放弃吗?那是不对的! 因为400多年来那么多的高僧大德都在修持着一位证悟护法,他们也一直乘愿再来普渡众生。 了解更多,请阅读: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/our-lama-vs-the-dalai-lama-the-underlying-reasons-for-the-ban.html ~Cynthia Ng
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Trakze torma done by team in Wisdom Hall. Everyone concentrated on their task to complete on time. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com http://www.dorjeshugden.com ~ Cynthia Ng
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Puja Team members preparing torma for tomorrow's puja. By Freon Tee 25 May'16
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Puja Team members concentrate on preparing tormas for puja. By Freon Tee 25 May'16
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Beautiful tormas ( ritual cakes ) for trakze puja offering by Puja Team at Kechara Forest Retreat. bit.ly/1TqQ0Kg Lucy Yap
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Trakze puja at Wisdom Hall in Kechara Forest Retreat - Jill Yam
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Kechara Puja House just completed a Trakze puja in Kechara Forest Retreat tonight, lead by Pastor Tat Ming and puja team. By May Ong (Puja House) 25/5/16

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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