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Question asked by Samuel Collins

Dear Sir, I have been suffering from spirit attacks for more than 12 years. Because of this, I have changed my life in many ways. I am trying my best to follow the Dharma of our Lord the Buddha. I am a vegetarian and I do take the four vow every morning. With this change, I have learn to develop strength and endurance with the incredible pain I have to bear everyday, including sleepless nights. I have traveled to India and Nepal, looking for healers, but the problem only gets worse. Whatever spirit it's, it doesn't want me to get marry. It darkened my skin to a degree that makes it too horrible to look upon. It fills my belly with gas every night, horrible dreams, loss of appetite, car accidents, difficulty in making female friends. and more. Can you please help me, brother?

I am a full time student in college and life is too difficult to continue. Can I come to you for help occasionally, doesn't matter where you are?

Question asked by Eli Levine

Dear Pastors,

Thank you for the feedback and the answers to my questions. They were very helpful.

I would like to clarify that I don't have many, if any doubts about Buddha's teachings, ultimately. What I do have doubts about are the at least some of the organizations, institutions, practices, and teachers which have sprung up after Buddha passed to Parinirvana. An excellent example of this is the Dorje Shugden controversy. I've listened carefully to both sides and really have done my honest best to research the issues as well as experiment with my own practice. Personally, I found that Dorje Shugden did not help me in a time when I was in extreme difficulty (I believe I was ultimately saved by Medicine Buddha and Green Tara; thinking of Dorje Shugden only made me angrier until I snapped and went to Menla and then to Green Tara). I still love and respect Tsem Rinpoche and his followers because they also have helped me through tough times effectively, even if I choose not to worship Dorje Shugden (because, after all, religious acceptance and tolerance are what Tsem Rinpoche preaches and I try my best to practice that). In the end, I follow Buddha's last words while in this physical form: "Behold, O monks, this is my last advice to you. All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation."

I understand the reasons for keeping to strict samayas with teachers and to respect and honor them in order to preserve the teachings in their correct form. However, it seems to me that guru devotion is, like all things, something else that can be taken too far to an extreme, even if it is well intended by the student (which is what, I believe, HH the Dalai Lama is getting at when he rejects the Dorje Shugden teachings). In the end, the ultimate teaching that I get from Manjushri is that all concepts are void of special meaning, and that that concept itself (the concept of nothing) is also void of inherent meaning. The biggest challenge of Buddhism, I think, is to walk the fine line between being institutional for the sake of connecting to people, while also being non-institutitional for the sake of being consistent with its own teachings of non-institutionalism.

To wrap up, I suppose my biggest concern now is how to live life as best as I can for other beings while avoiding perpetuating the violence that I know was in my past lives. I think I've fought for so long in so many different wars and conflicts for the sake of others, that I'll likely repeat it again if I'm not careful. What's worse, the situation is getting as such in the US that I'm worried I'll be compelled to fight again, and create more suffering for others through my actions in order to preserve the larger body of humanity from suffering worse. Is there any way I can purify myself of this karma to prevent others from being hurt and myself from being compelled to hurt others to save more? I see no reason to continue on the pain of others or myself, and I'd like to both free and be freed of that pain.

Thank you, and many blessings to you all!

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Eli Levine,

    Thank you for your reply. As you have mentioned you are not practicing Dorje Shugden and that is perfectly fine. His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara have never said that everyone must practice, simply that this practice is beneficial from our own experiences and that we would like to make this practice available for the world, for those who would like to learn more and practice it.

    I am very happy that you are practicing Medicine Buddha and Green Tara, these two are very beneficial as well. You should keep to these practices very strongly and your life will definitely be blessed. If you keep up in your practice and faith you will definitely see the enlightened energies of the Buddha pervade your life and propel you on your spiritual practice.

    As for His Holiness the Dalai Lama rejecting Dorje Shugden because the teachings take guru devotion to the extreme, I personally do not agree with this view. Guru devotion is an integral part of any Buddhist tradition, especially within tantric practices throughout all lineages. Dorje Shugden practitioners are simply stating the fact that this practice has been passed to them by their Gurus therefore they cannot simply stop the practice, as according to the tradition of Guru devotion. In fact if other practices were rejected, such as Green Tara and Medicine Buddha, the practitioners who had received this from their Gurus would also claim that they cannot give up the practice as they have a commitment to engage in the practice as promised to their gurus.

    From a non-Buddhist perspective, in areas where guru devotion is something foreign this may seem extreme to some because we are not used to it. But is an integral part of Tibetan Buddhism, as is emphasised in the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion by the great Indian master Ashvaghosha. In fact Lama Tsongkhapa even wrote a commentary to this work, which details the guru-disciple relationship. This is not extreme but a necessary part of the path within Tibetan Buddhism, especially tantric practice.

    In regards to the purification of this the karma you mention, you can engage in any of the purification practice, such as prostration, Vajrasattva or 35 Confessional Buddhas. This practice are very powerful purification methods, to help purify the karma that we want to be purified. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Alex

Dear Pastor,

I understand that when any forms of action whether it be mental or physical are performed, it will have its results in the form of karma (cause

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Alex,

    Your question didn’t post properly. Perhaps you can try posting it again?

Question asked by Eli Levine

Dear Pastors,

Thank you for your reply to my last question. I suppose I'm still confused as to how one or others can tell if they are one way or another if they're being honest with themselves about how things are in existence. Who am I to declare myself a Once Returner, or a Bodhisattva, or a Buddha for that matter? How can we tell whether we are experiencing ego or whether we are experiencing an honest truth about our current state?

I remember watching the movie "The Matrix", and what the Oracle said to Neo about being "The One". She first denied that he is the one (when he in fact was the one), and said that it's like being in love; you just know it. I know exactly that she meant it will happen regardless of whatever anyone says or does (just as love works in that same mysterious fashion). I suppose I may be just insecure in my position, especially when it seems that there is much confusion among the Lamas and students of Lamas alike. How is one to tell when and if they are able to accept such a "crown", when it is taboo to accept it for oneself, and the judges are so questionable in their skill to judge it?

Hoping you can help. Thank you very much!

With all respect.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Eli Levine,

    There are a couple of points to consider when thinking about this. The first is that the various stages of realisation and ability have been clearly listed down in the various scriptures according to the paths to enlightenment. For example in Tibetan Buddhism this is the path of the Bodhisattva, which is known to have Ten Stages, divided into the Five Paths. If one is familiar with these stages, then one can gauge themselves when referring to the Ten Stages, and the realisations and abilities that are a result of reaching these stages.

    Bodhisattvas and Buddhas do not usually declare themselves as such because they have lessened or completely removed their ego and therefore are extremely humble in their approach. As such there would be no need for them to declare themselves as Buddhas or highly attained beings. Within Tibetan Buddhism, however, there is a tradition of recognising these beings, so that they are able to benefit sentient beings. This recognition is always done by other high level beings manifesting as teachings, those who have gained realisation on the path themselves through practice, or enlightened beings, such as the Dharma protectors in trance of an oracle.

    When you have reached higher stages, you know that you have reached these stages. That is enough, there is no need for you to declare yourself as such. And these high level beings would not declare it themselves, as this declaration would be based on the ego.

    If you really believe in the Buddha’s teachings – that people can actually gain the same state – then why would you be in doubt about high level beings manifesting as teachers can judge these same states. This to me is a little illogical. Yes doubt can exist, but if you have faith in the Buddhist teachings, then you must also accept that there are beings out there who are in a position to judge the various stages of enlightenment of others, because they have been through the same process. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by jason

i have high levels of testosterone as such this come with extreme sexual desire. I have tried many meditations and dharmas but noting seems to work. Recently i have been given the opportunity to get the vajrayogini and heruka empowerments but i am worried that i may not be able to hold the vows due to sexual desire, therefore i don't know if i should get it.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Jason,

    Thank you for your question about this opportunity you have been presented with. Buddhist practice deals with the mind, therefore the practices within it seek to curb various mental states that are damaging to oneself, and this includes sexual desire. You have mentioned that you have tried many meditations in the past to help with this, could you explain a little more about those that you have tried, for how long did you practice, and if they had any affects or not? This can give an indication if you should continue with these practices or try other methods.

    As for the Vajrayogini and Heruka empowerments, they are of the Highest Yoga Tantra class and therefore are very serious practices that have tremendous benefit on one’s spiritual path if practiced sincerely and properly. The vows and commitments are an integral part of this. In preparation for this you should contact either the centre or the Guru that will be bestowing the empowerment and ask about the various commitments that one needs to keep after receiving this.

    Once knowing what this would entail, if you have serious doubts as to whether or not you can sincerely hold these vows, it would be better to train yourself to be able to keep these vows and commitments rather than taking the empowerments and then breaking your vows. You can read and study the Lam Rim, or Stages on the Path to Enlightenment, teachings to prepare yourself for higher empowerments. The best method however would be to consult your Guru or teacher and discuss with them your current situation, and if the empowerment you have been given the opportunity to attend are suitable for you at this moment in time. If it is not, then the path for you would be to train yourself until you are ready to receive the empowerment in the future. I hope this helps you on your spiritual path and please do feel free to ask more.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Eli Levine

Good evening/morning dear Pastors,

I've been reading about Sakadagami (Once Returners). I'm asking because I see fighting Samsara as pointless, and would rather just be at peace within myself and not have to worry about Samsara or being reborn in it. I wish I could know whether or not I will be reborn, or whether I have cleared the necessary stages to be a Sakadagami. I'm not understanding why or how I am still here in this plane of existence and I want an accurate understanding of whether or not I will be able to pass soon onto Parinirvana. With all due respect.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Eli Levine,

    Thank you for your question. Once Returners are beings who have purified enough of their karma, both negative and positive to only need to take rebirth once again in the Six Realms to progress in their spiritual journey. This is a high stage of realisation within Samsaric existence, so these beings would know that they are at such a stage of spiritual development. According to the Theravadan tradition, this means that such beings have significantly lessened their Three Poisons: ignorance, desire/attachment and hatred/jealousy. As they have done so, when they do take rebirth they do not engage in actions from these three, which would necessarily lead to more negative karma.

    Once Returners have identified the correct view of existence, and operate from this, namely that we are bound by our karma and that the only way to be free is to achieve enlightenment; within the path, they are no longer attached to various rituals of practice but can practice the teachings without use of them and; they have no doubt about the Buddha’s various teachings whatsoever. They have also lessened both their desire/attachment and hatred/jealousy to a great extent.

    In order to have a greater understanding of these you must study the numerous Theravadan texts that describe this process in greater detail. However if one had achieved this state, they would necessarily know that they are on this particular stage of existence. If you are not sure that you reached this path, it means that you probably haven’t. Even though it is said that Once Returners have only one more rebirth, this is only true in the sense that they have only one rebirth within the Six Realms of existence. In fact once you have reached the stage of a Once Returner, you actually have to take rebirth a maximum of seven more times, of which on is in the Six Realms. Therefore attaining the stage of a Once Returner does not mean that your spiritual journey ends there, it is just a stage of realisation along a path of many. In the Buddhist scriptures the next stage after that of a Once Returner is not Buddhahood, but the stage of a Non-Returner, after this is the stage of an Arhat and following that one can achieve the state of enlightenment. This is from a Theravada viewpoint, however in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the ten stages of a Bodhisattva are more often discussed and illuminated upon. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Alex

Dear Pastor,

I understand 'things' happen as a result of cause and effect. Things just do not appear out of nowhere, there must be a 'creator'. A house is built because someone has created it, there must be a maker, a designer, a creator which causes the existence of something. What i want to ask is, is there anywhere in the Buddhist scriptures that explained how the earth was created or how humans came into existence? my limited understanding says that it is a result of karma, but how and where did this karma or cause came from in the beginning if there was no earth or humans before the earth or human came to be. Surely the earth or humans could not have appeared out of nowhere (without a cause).

i hope my question makes sense and i look forward to your response.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Alex,

    Thank you for your question, which is very philosophical in nature. You are absolutely right in stating that in Buddhist logic, all things must have its causes and conditions to arise. As you say, the earth or even the whole of what we know as the Six Realms (god realm, demi-god realm, human realm, animal realm, hungry-ghost realm and hell realm) came into existence at a long-distant point in the past. This came about from the collective karma of all sentient beings.

    Your question is, how did this earth (or existence of the Six Realms) come about, given that it didn’t exist before, therefore humans and other sentient beings would not have been able to create any karma since there was no earth for humans to exist?

    Before this current universe of ours, by that I mean the entirety of existence as it stands, there was another universe within which sentient beings created karma. Then the previous universe came to end, which was followed by a long period of ‘emptiness’ or ‘nothingness’ in which nothing existed. Due to the latent karmic potentials of unenlightened beings, our current universe came into being. Within this universe, over time the earth was created and the conditions were such that life arose. This is not a one-off process.

    Buddhist cosmology states that our universe is not the first, nor will it be the last, there have been many universes in the past and there will continue to be many in the future, as long as sentient beings have karma. That is why in Buddhism we have the term ‘countless lifetimes.’ This is because have had many previous lives, not only in this universe, but previous universes as well. There is no point in time from which we ultimately existed, since there was no beginning point in time. The understanding of this is linked with the understanding of emptiness, as meditation on this is a path that leads us realise we have no inherent existence. Within Buddhism this is achieve through meditation on the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/53605.html).

    Similarly we talk about cyclic rebirth or cyclic existence, but we only think about it in terms of what currently exists in our universe. Buddhism teaches that such cyclic rebirth also occurred in previous universes, and will occur in future universes, so it is termed ‘endless cyclic existence.’ The only possible way to break out of the cycle is to attain the state of a fully-enlightened being, a Buddha. Once this stage is reached, we actually transcend existence altogether. I hope this explanation helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Khi

I read some of your responses in here and throughout your website and was wondering if you can provide further insight. Back in early 2000's I was diagnosed with an illness. Because of the illness I would hear voices, often think I could read people's thoughts. I just thought it was illness until I came across your website. I didn't recall this before, but a year or two before the illness, I had practiced some meditation be stopped well before my experience. I had an out-of-body experience where some entity had flew out of my body. During the experience I felt like I had a calling to leave the world and be lifted into the Heavens. I didn't follow the calling though, I was worried about the unknown. My heart was pure but my memory was polluted and that's what I really believed held me back. Over the course of the next 12 or 13 years I would go through many hospitalizations. I read somewhere about a person who had practiced meditation and prayer and experienced the same illness as I did with the voices, etc. From what I read, this person kept up with the prayer and meditation and was able to control what they were experiencing. The voices didn't go away, but the person was now able to manage and live a normal life. I thought it was just another story. I didn't have hope for myself until I came across your website. Can you please point me in the right direction? I need some guidance to channel these voices and experiences. Thanks.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Khi,

    Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear that you have had these experiences. From what you mentioned it could be the result of some sort of energy disturbance during you meditation experience that let has caused this however this could also be caused by karma from a previous lifetime which is effecting you physically.

    Whatever the case may be, may I suggest that you engage in the practice of Trakze coupled with any medical treatment you may be receiving. Buddhist practices shouldn’t be used as replacement, but as a complimentary method to enhance the healing process.

    In the case that the voices you hear are due to other beings, the practice of Trakze will protect you for these beings and lessen the effects. If you are hearing these voices as the results of your karma then this practice is also very beneficial is it purifies the karma that causes this to occur.

    Trakze is the wrathful form of Dorje Shugden. You can find more about the Trakze practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by thorim

Is it ok to do white manjushri sadhana several times a day? Is it vert powerful?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Thorim,

    Yes, of course you can engage in the sadhana of White Manjushri several times a day. It is very beneficial practice to engage in and done with sincerity and effort can have a very real and positive impact in one’s life. In fact within a retreat environment, the sadhana would be engaged in four times a day with long periods of mantra recitation.

    I would suggest, if you have the time instead of doing it multiple times however, you can spend more time in reciting and accumulating more of the White Manjushri mantra. As mantras are the energies of the Buddha in the form of sound, concentrating on the recitation of the mantra calls forth the energies of the Buddhas and creates a beneficial impact on the mind.

    White Manjushri is especially beneficial in calming the mind, gaining clarity and purifying our negative delusions and ignorance. You can find the White Manjushri sadhana here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/white-manjushri-sadhana.html. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Lee

Dear Venerable Pastors,

First of all, I would like to thank you for this remarkable website and the wealth of information and wisdom contained within. This website has been a wonderful blessing for me and I am grateful that my good karma has brought me to it.

Since discovery of your website, I have gained much knowledge and insight from it. It has acted a beacon for my life's journey and because of it, I believe I have been steadily climbing in my state of consciousness and enlightment. I feel that there is still much in the way for me to gain, but I look forward to taking each step forward with much greater appreciation, compassion and humility.

I approach you today because I have a love interest overseas in my native country. We have never met, but I feel that we could be destined for each other. We have both approached monks for their personal readings, if I may call it that, and have received mixed messaged.

There are difficulties in our relationship because of the clash of cultures between where we live. As I try to approach our relationship from a Western stand point, where I would like to make the trip overseas to meet her and her parents, but save the engagement/wedding for subsequent trips, my mother has urged me to have the wedding on the first trip.

Another difficulty lies in the communication between us, in part due to the cultures of our geographic, but also in part due to our difference in age/experience. I had expressed to her that I only wanted 2 or 3 children, and suggested the years that I wanted them. She became confused and may not quite understand my position clearly.

Lastly, I wanted to know why it is so difficult for me to save money for the trip, even though I want nothing more in the world than to make the trip to see her. In my lifetime, I feel that I am submerged and just when I am about to get ahead or catch up financially, the situation or my energy level changes and I am not able to get ahead. Is this because of bad karma? What can I do to help me save for the trip and marriage? I would also like to know how to get ahead and stop feeling submerged, and whether you have any books to recommend.

Your feedback is much appreciated.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Lee,

    Thank you for your question, I am glad that through His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s knowledge and wisdom that you are able to benefit from this website.

    Whatever happens in our lives is due to karma created from either previous lives or actions from earlier on in this life. As such whatever you are facing at the moment is indeed due to karma. In this case your karma, and that of the your wife-to-be. However karma can be changed, through our own efforts, therefore it is only the cause. How we deal with the situation and overcome any difficulties is the key.

    Within Buddhist practices, there are many methods in which one can engage in to achieve something in life, as a means to achieve the necessary conditions to progress in our spiritual path as well as to make our lives smoother.

    In this case, I would like to suggest that you engage in the practices of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. These two practices have a very beneficial impact in our lives when practiced sincerely and wholehearted, you will definitely see an improvement.

    You can follow this link to see the prayers I suggest you engage in, and should be done daily: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden

    The practice for Lama Tsongkhapa is excellent for calming the mind, allowing us to function better and more logically, as such it is great for people who have a lot of stress in their lives. In fact this practice is a core practice within the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

    Secondly, the practice of Dorje Shugden is great for removing obstacles for both our secular and spiritual lives, and it also allows invokes the enlightened energies to create the conducive conditions that we require in life.

    Engaging in both this practice will help you tremendously. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by H_K

Dear Pastor, I was reading Rinpoche’s book “Be happy” and something caught my eye strongly and made me ponder about his reasoning. It is said that when we see somebody born with a seemingly easy life to outsiders, it is in fact a manifestation of his/her very bad karma in this lifetime and they go around hurting people? I would like to relate this to my personal experience of a person who has hurt me very badly by spreading untruths about me, as well as some unpleasant physical actions. She’s the only child and based on what I know is quite fortunate in this lifetime, spends a lot on herself, has many friends, doting mother etc. However her attitude towards people, friends or strangers depends on her mood, and it can be normal or very unpleasant both in speech and action. She’s very good at gossips too. She feels that this is’ just her’. She’s apologetic towards me at the beginning after I reported on her, citing that she’s not sure what she did to affect me deeply. However now she’s rather cold towards me again. After months of Dharma study I have learnt to accept the law of cause and effect and realized that it is not right to resent and retaliate in the past, as well as to transform my mind to let go, let go of the worldly concerns to be attached to people/repel away unpleasant encounters. My question: could this my real life example of a “good life person” having the bad karma manifesting in this life which might haunt them in the next? Because to the untrained it does seems like the person is enjoying plenty of good karma despite many harmful things done through mental, speech and actions and the law of cause and effect doesn’t exist. In this way, I should practice compassion towards her (I do actually, no more resentment) even though she still sees me as dirt.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear H_K,

    I am very happy to read this question from you. It shows that you are understanding the Dharma well and that you are progressing along your spiritual path. You are absolutely right that those who behave in this way, and are seemingly enjoying their good karma, will suffer in their future lives.

    This is because as they are enjoying life with all its benefits, they are actually using up their good karma. This means that in their future lives they no longer have this good karma to receive benefit from. As their good karma diminishes, it means that their bad karma can overwhelm the good, leading to very negative circumstances in their future lives.

    Coupled with this, as they are in the midst of enjoying their good karma, if they are not benefiting others but only themselves, if they are not behaving well, they are self-centred, they hurt others physically or emotionally, they are actually generating negative karma to suffer from in the future. Coupled with the fact that they are using up their good karma, this can lead to a very negative life in their future rebirth in any of the Six Realms of Samsara.

    You are right that we should generate compassion for such people. For our own practice, this leads us to transform our minds, so we stop blaming others who hurt others, and also overcoming our feelings of jealousy if we are attached to their nice lives. When we contemplate the suffering of others who have harmed us, who we are jealous of or those we hate, we are able to let go of these emotions that affect us so negatively. If we are able to and in a situation to do so, we should actually try to help them. But his sort of situation is rare to be in. But we must make an effort to help them if we can. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Kee

I am so tired of having to support everyone in the family. How am I going to retire without a single sen? I have been praying to Dorge Shugden but help does not seem to come. What else can I do even if Dharma protectors also won't help me?
Please help! Got no money to perform expensive Pujas also.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Kee,

    I am very sorry to read of the situation you are going through. This is a very difficult situation to be in, and it is easy to get caught up in all the worry. However, in order to handle situations like this, we must ensure we keep a calm and stable mind. If we get caught up in the worry and stress, we cannot begin to think properly and this may give get in the way of our efforts to remedy the situation.

    The Buddhas and Dharma protectors are ultimately compassionate beings, and always act for our benefit. However there is only one thing that can block their help and assistance, and this is actually our own negative karma that we have accumulated from previous lifetimes. This negative karma acts as a wall against the help and blessings of the enlightened beings. Therefore within Buddhist practice, it states that there are two necessary components to reach enlightenment, and that is the accumulation of merit and purification of negative karma.

    When we engage in purification practices, we will find that the other practices we engage in have more affect in our lives because the negative karma that acts as block for the enlightened beings to help us is lessened. In fact, Dorje Shugden’s practice is very beneficial in purifying this karma.

    In regards to financial problems and the necessary conditions and resources that we need in our lives, Dorje Shugden has manifested in the form of Gyenze. In this form, Dorje Shugden’s practice has the specific benefit of purifying the karma that stops us from having the financial means and resources that we need in our lives. On the other hand, Gyenze’s practice also creates the merits to receive the resources needed. Perhaps you can start to engage in the practice: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html

    Not only is this form of Dorje Shugden extremely beneficial in helping to alleviate financial troubles and resources, but also increase one’s life and also merits. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Lunezia

What do you think about the Nam Myoho Renge Kyo mantra? Can we use it with other rites and prayers? Thanks!

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Lunezia,

    Thank you for your question. The Nam Myoho Renge Kyo mantra also known as the O-Daimoku belongs to the Nichiren traditions of the Japanese Mahayana branch of Buddhism. It is a very powerful mantra, essentially praising the knowledge and power contained within the holy Lotus Sutra, which Nichiren Buddhists consider to contain the entire teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni.

    Mantras form an integral part of the tradition and lineage they are practiced in. Traditionally it is advised that we do not mix traditions or even lineages. This is not to say the mantra or other traditions are not valid, but simply that we can get confused in our practice. Traditionally one concentrates on the recitation of a particular mantra. In Nichiren Buddhism this is the O-Daimoku and in other traditions which have many mantras, such as Tibetan Buddhism, this mantra is usually assigned by the Guru. Mantras do not exists independently, they will always be links to other practices, modes of Buddhist investigation into the nature of the mind and of existence, as well as a particular path on the spiritual path towards enlightenment.

    If we mix traditions or lineages, then we are in danger of becoming confused in our practice. This occurs because each tradition explains the methods in which to use mantras and their meaning to Buddhist practice in different ways, suited to the practitioners of that particular tradition. For example, think of two different paths to the same destination. It would be better that we follow one and get to our destination, rather than keep switching between the two paths and perhaps get lost or take a very long time to reach the destination. Both paths have been tried and tested in the efficiency to achieve enlightenment.

    This is not to say that there is only one correct lineage, on the contrary, it is said that Buddha Shakyamuni taught 84,000 different methods to achieve enlightenment, as such in my mind the Nichiren Buddhist traditions and the Tibetan Buddhist traditions are both valid paths to enlightenment. However if we practice one of these methods and achieve results which is enlightened attainments it is better and more effective than practicing two or more and run the risk of confusing ourselves or our practices. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Thorim

About the benefits of compassion, the buddha says "Fire, poison, and sword cannot touch him." (AN 11.16) what does it mean?
For example if I pratice compassion and I feel strongly compassion nor the fire nor a person that try to beat me will affect me physically?
Or if someone try to gun shot any great master with a lot of compassion, the bullet will not affect him?
Thanks!

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Thorim,

    Thank you for your question. As you have mentioned, in the Anguttara Nikaya, also known as the Gradual Collection or Numerical Discourses, which belongs to the Pali Tipitaka of the Theravadan Buddhist tradition, it does indeed mention that one can expect to receive eleven blessings from the practice of loving kindness and compassion. For those who do not know, I will list them out here:

    1. One sleeps peacefully.
    2. One awakens peacefully.
    3. One does not have bad dreams.
    4. One is liked and dear to human beings.
    5. One is liked and dear to non-human beings.
    6. One will be protected from Devas,
    7. One cannot be harmed by fire, poison, and weapons.
    8. One’s mind becomes easily concentrated.
    9. One’s facial expression will be serene.
    10. One will die unconfused.
    11. If one does not reach higher states, one will at least be born in the realm of Brahma.

    In the example you have mentioned, yes this does mean that one can be physically protected from these forms of harm when practicing loving kindness and compassion, or more precisely, not affected by them. For your second example, yes a highly attained master can be shot at but the bullets will not affect him or her.

    Many people, even Buddhists, would find this hard to believe. However I always tell people to take the life story of the Buddha as the perfect story to illustrate this point. When Buddha was under the Bodhi tree during his meditations which resulted in his complete enlightenment, he was not only tempted by Mara and his daughters but was also attacked by the armies of Mara. However, try as they would, none of their weapons could harm the Buddha. In fact even the arrows they shot towards the Buddha turned to flower petals and landed at the Buddha’s feet. At this point the Buddha was not fully enlightened yet, but had reached a level at which he could no longer be harmed by any weapon.

    How this was achieve was because during the Buddha’s meditations he had purified his karma to be harmed by weapons and such. Similarly when we practice loving kindness and compassion, with the right motivation, our negative karma is purified and our positive karma and merits are multiplied, propelling us on our spiritual journey.

    Merely thinking that we are compassionate, however, is not enough for this to be accomplished. We must be sincere in our efforts to develop this compassion, cultivate it, practice compassion often making it our foundational practice, and properly undertake the practice of compassionate acts and thoughts. Once we do this, which is not impossible otherwise no one would have achieved higher states of mind and ultimately enlightenment, we will receive such benefits. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Adiyadorj

Himy name is adiyadorj i currently living in los angeles city and i just got a baby boby on may 19 few days ago and my wife wanted to give em the name siddhi which we did but i asked from my indian friend she said its a girl name

Is there any advice from you

Thank you

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Adiyadorj,

    Thank you for your question and I am very happy to hear of the birth of your child. The word ‘Siddhi’ means spiritual attainment in the Sanskrit language and has indeed been used as a girl’s name in India. However the meaning of the word is very beautiful and auspicious.

    Within Tibetan culture, there is a tradition of asking one’s lama to name one’s child. This is a practice that has continued up until today, therefore if you would like another name for your child then if you have a lama you could request him/her for one.

    Even though the name has been used as girls name in the past, that doesn’t mean that the name only has to be used for girls. Therefore if you like the name, please keep using it for your baby boy.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Thorim

Is there a pratice to deal with social anxiety/ "bad" inhibition? Yet it is really hard for me to enjoy party and people with this anxiety that arise when I'm in public, it also make it difficult to help people with compassion in public, for example if a person fall and that there is a lot of people around, I have a really big "freeze" because of the social anxiety. Thanks

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Thorim,

    Yes, there are practices that help with this situation. In fact all practices within Buddhism effect a beneficial change in one’s mind. The best practice for this would be the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, known as the Gaden Lhagyama in Tibetan. I myself have experienced the tremendous benefits of this practice. If engaged in with faith and conviction then this practice can really transform your life. In fact the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa is one of the central practices within the Gelug tradition, from the beginner to the most advanced practitioner. It is a practice which includes both sutric aspects and tantric aspects that can be practiced without initiation, so is very beneficial in one’s life.

    Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice has too many benefits to list them all here, but in essence as the emanation of Manjushri, Chenresig and Vajrapani, his practice bestows wisdom, compassion and spiritual power. This practice leads to a more calmer and stable mind, which counters any anxiety you are facing.

    You can find the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsongkhapa-prayers.html#1. There are a lot of other prayers to Lama Tsongkhapa available on this page, if you have the time you can read through them and recite those that you like. I really like ‘A Song Rapidly Invoking Blessings’. I have recited this regularly ever since learning about Lama Tsongkhapa.

    There is a video commentary by His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche for this practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html

    There is a whole section of this blog dedicated to Lama Tsongkhapa with many and varied articles on the life, practice and significance of the practice. Click here to read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/tsongkhapa.

    If you would like to know more about Lama Tsongkhapa, there is a book entitled ‘Tsongkhapa – a powerful guide to a spiritual practice’ and a box set to help start your practice available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice and here http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english.

    I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by Lukas

What would happen if such a thing like everyone is nice and passionated about his "opponent" would become "reality" on this earth? Obviously theoretically lol
My narcistic mind forces me to put reality and opponent in quotes duality you know. I'm a wise human being so (*word removed by admin*) reflected hah
PS: I like you but seem a bit crazy try some of my western medicine my doctor is very patient about my neuroses and anger managment attempts…

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Lukas,

    Thank you for your question. The world would indeed be a nice place if we all developed compassion for our ‘opponents.’ If we did this then we wouldn’t have any ‘opponents’ as we would be compassionate towards each other and understand each other’s pain and suffering. I’m not sure why you think the pastors who answer here have any form of neuroses or anger management, but thank you for the offer to refer us to your doctor.

    Please be reminded that this blog is one of religious learning and mind transformation, therefore please refrain from using expletives here in the future.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Bradley

On page 43 of the Diamond Path. It states DS's emenations are endowed with the 27 enlightened activities, may I ask what are the 27?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Bradley,

    Thank you for your question. The verse you are referring to is the first verse of the Praise to Dorje Shugden:

    “Though gone to the state of the Sugatas countless aeons ago,
    In order to benefit the teachings and migrators, as whatever tames beings,
    Your hundreds of emanations are endowed with the 27 enlightened activities;
    Praise to the pervading lord, mighty Dorje Shugden.”

    These twenty-seven enlightened activities are enumerated in the last verses of Chapter Eight of the Abhisamayalankara taught by Maitreya to Arya Asanga. It is commonly called the Ornament of Clear Realisation in English. This text is of great importance to most Tibetan Buddhist lineages and in the Lam Rim Chenmo, or Great Stages on the Path to Enlightenment, Lama Tsongkhapa actually states that it is the root text of the Lam Rim tradition as founded by Jowo Dipamkara Atisha. This text is still one the five great texts studied by monks in the Geshe programme throughout Gelug monasteries. A thorough explanation of these twenty-seven points is a topic of intense philosophical study, however I have listed them below:

    1. The enlightened being performs deeds that appease beings in the Six Realms (God Realm, Demi-god Realm, Human Realm, Animal Realm, Hungry Ghost Realm and Hell Realm).
    2. Bringing sentient beings to the Dharma using four ways: generosity, using good speech, training them according to their level of intelligence and in stages, and by practicing what they teach.
    3. Having the understanding of what defilements are and the methods of purifying them.
    4. The true character of their activities for the benefit of all sentient beings, which is from the basis of realising that all sentient beings do not exist inherently.
    5. The practice of the Six Perfections: generosity, morality, patience, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom.
    6. Teaching the virtuous path to Buddhahood, which is the abandonment of the 10 non-virtues: killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, divisive speech, harsh words, idle talk, covetousness, ill-will and wrong view.
    7. The practice of insight into the emptiness of all phenomena.
    8. The non-dual nature of all phenomena.
    9. The understanding that all dharmas as being merely conventional symbols.
    10. The insight into the absence of a basis in all dharmas.
    11. The maturing of living beings along their spiritual path through skilful means.
    12. The path of a Bodhisattva.
    13. The systematic effort to block all inclinations to make realistic assumptions.
    14. The attainment of enlightenment.
    15. A residence in various Buddha-fields.
    16. Displaying the form of a being who is to take only one more rebirth, thereby ensuring the attainment of enlightenment.
    17. Working tireless for the benefit of all sentient beings in cyclic existence.
    18. The virtuous acts which consist in looking after all beings.
    19. The limbs of enlightenment.
    20. The condition in which the fruits of his actions are never lost, diminish or extinguished.
    21. The vision of true reality, knowing all phenomena of experience.
    22. The forsaking of all perverted views.
    23. The cognition which allows the understanding of the method which allows him to forsake the perverted views assuming the absence of all entities.
    24. The state of complete purity.
    25. The ability to have various forms to engage in various activities, which results from his pure condition.
    26. The comprehension of the non-distinction between conditioned and unconditioned phenomena.
    27. Nirvana – full and complete enlightenment.

    When listing them out completely, it can get somewhat overwhelming to understand how this relates to us as practitioners. In order to make them more relatable, they have been categorised into three parts, which make us understand them better:

    1. Activities through which the Buddhas bring beings to the Dharma.
    2. Activities through which the Buddhas help sentient beings to practice the Dharma.
    3. Activities through which the Buddhas help sentient beings to achieve enlightenment.

    In essence, all the emanations of Dorje Shugden display the above twenty-seven activities. In brief these bring people to the Dharma, help beings practice the Dharma and ultimately help beings gain full and complete enlightenment themselves. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by T

Is there a teaching to deal with insomnia and fatigue?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear T,

    Both insomnia and fatigue can be caused by a worried or stressed mind, if not from physical exhaustion. In this case, one needs to calm the mind and relax the body in order to ease insomnia and fatigue. There are many techniques that can help with this. I’ll mention two here.

    The first is mental quiescence meditation or single pointed concentration meditation. Even with this there are many methods you can use, but to make it simple, you can use the breath as your focus. This is known as breathing meditation. To practice this, sit in a quiet place either cross legged or in a chair if you prefer. And simply become aware of your breathing, concentrating on the space between your upper lip and your nose. Gently become aware of breathing in and out. If any thought comes into your mind, do not get carried away with the thought, but simply bring your focus back to your breathing and let the thought disappear by itself.

    There are other more advanced methods once you are familiar with breathing meditation, which can be found in texts such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Pabongka Rinpoche (Day 21), which concentrates on a visualised image of Buddha Shakyamuni instead of the breath. But one things to remember is that meditation can be difficult for people, so it is better to start with short sessions, not longer than 5-10 minutes at first. Gradually over time you will be able to increase this time frame. The key to meditation is to consistently engage in it every day. This shouldn’t be difficult because it is only 5-10 minutes long.

    The second is to engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, concentrating on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra. This is an extremely beneficial practice as it invokes upon the energies and blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa, and helps to significantly calm the mind, even if we are not consciously aware how troubled our mind is. Concentrating on the mantra recitation also acts as focus for single pointed concentration as well. You can watch a commentary to this practice by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. If you are interested in this practice, there is a box set which can help you start the practice available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english and a written commentary available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

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!

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Thorim,

    For the visualisations of the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, during which you recite the Mig Tse Ma mantra, His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche has given a very good commentary on the practice, available to watch here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html

    The most common forms of visualisations for this practice can be found in the book ‘TSONGKHAPA – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice’ which is available at any Kechara Paradise outlet in Malaysia, or can be invited only here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice. This includes the visualisations on gaining the Seven Wisdoms, as well as other visualisations. These visualisations are excellent, as they not only help a person achieve meditative stabilisation, but invoke the blessings and energy of Lama Tsongkhapa.

    As for the Sadhana, it does not need to be recited in Tibetan. It can be recited in English or any other language. In fact, I would suggest, as you start your practice that you recite in the language you are familiar with, as you will be able to understand the words and meaning of each verse clearer. Later on, if you want, you can start reciting in Tibetan. Sadhanas and especially mantras should be recited out aloud, but softly. Sadhanas and mantras are not recited in the mind, but spoken. For mantras as they are the form of the Buddhas in sound, they should be softly vocalised. I hope this helps.

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Pastor Chia (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Khong Jean Ai (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

Pastor Shin Tan (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

Pastor Adeline Woon (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

Pastor Moh Mei (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Niral Patel (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Tan Gim Lee (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Loh Seng Piow (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Antoinette Kass (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

Pastor Yek Yee

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Lanse Chiah

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Han Nee

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor David Lai

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Henry Ooi

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Ng Kok Heng

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

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

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

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

Pastor Patsy Gooi

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jun 27. 2016 11:33 PM
    It is very interesting to read on the section on South East Asia and I learnt that sometimes, a guru will always test and challenge his student to do something they are not familiar with or deemed impossible.

    For example, Lati Rinpoche would ask Rinpoche to go abroad to raise fund. Initially Rinpoche did not agree as he felt that he does not have much experience and therefore, he felt that a more senior monk like Lati Rinpoche would be a better choice.

    Nevertheless after the oracle took trance on monastery Protector, Rinpoche accept to go as Dharma Protector also agree that he must go abroad to raise fund.

    Also I learnt that Rinpoche hold his on Guru Devotion practise strongly and never give up no matter how many obstacles he faced. For example, he listened to Lati Rinpoche advise to go abroad to fund raise and teach. Another example when he came to Malaysia to raise fund, although it was just a short trip of 3 months, he worked very hard despite fell ill. This is the determination that Rinpoche always has towards dharma.

    This also reminds us that how much we need to do dharma. We should always think out and that doing dharma is for the benefit of others. It is with this determination that we will transform.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your life story and thank you Pastor Adeline for guiding us in picking up the important points when reading this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html#tabs-2a
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jun 27. 2016 09:59 PM
    It is very fascinating to read the part where Kyabje Lati Rinpoche requested His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to come to South East Asia to raise fund. At that time, there was a huge influx of monks to Phukhang Khangtsen, as such a larger hostel was needed to accommodate the increased numbers of monks. But Rinpoche declined despite His strong Guru Devotion, because Rinpoche felt that He was not qualified to teach. He even seemingly “challenged” Kyabje Lati Rinpoche that if the Dharma Protector agreed to let Him go, He would.

    Lo and behold, the Dharma Ptortector trance took place very soon and decreed for Rinpoche to go for fund raising in South East Asia. From here, we could clearly see that there is no point to “defy” the instruction of our Guru. Sometimes, the Guru will give us tasks that we are reluctant to do or we think that we cannot do, but if we have faith and trust in our Guru, we should do it nevertheless and do it happily.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Valentina for this very profound teaching. Also thank you Pastor Adeline for the guidance during the weekly Blogchat Dharma Sharing session every Monday evening. This article benefits us tremendously.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html
  • samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 27. 2016 04:47 PM
    samfoonheei on Jun 27, 2016 at 4:33 pm
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring article.
    Marc Ching s story really inspire us.I wouldnt dare in fact to watch the
    heartbreaking video as by looking at those photos shown above its enough to break my heart.Well we should have more activists or people like him to stop the killings of dogs and the awareness of such cruelty do happens.
    Thanks again its an interesting and inspiring post every one of us should read it.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/marc-ching-shows-us-the-way.html
  • samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:53 PM
    samfoonheei on Jun 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting article
    Its will benefits all of us …controlling inflammation of various diseases .Consuming it will help to lower your cancer risk as it acts as an antioxidant.I have not try it before but will try it one day .
    Thanks again

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/top-reasons-to-take-warm-turmeric-water-in-the-morning.html
  • sonny tan
    Monday, Jun 27. 2016 09:37 AM
    sonny tan on Jun 27, 2016 at 9:35 am
    Volunteering and doing dharma work is work I look upon as one of the most important aspect of my life, an opportunity many would and could not do or do not want to do as they view it as wasting their time and effort. It is definitely a rare opportunity that allowed me this chance to help me grow spiritually.
    I would not hesitate to offer myself in any task and will probably not question why I was given this task because I would see it as an elevation to fulfil my spiritual needs which unquestionably remain a monumental gap in my spiritual development.
    Working in a group requires patience, tolerance, acceptance, training and very much understanding the roles we are in. We are always very eager to push through what we have learned among the group and when suggestions are turned down one would feel hurt and ego deflated, therefore one would need to always view it as a group activity rather than an individual trip.
    Of course when in a group we are bound to face people with much temperament such as anger, jealousy, moods swing, and behavioral attitude therefore one need to always keep in check our own temperament in order to avoid clashes that ultimately serve no purpose.
    Most importantly is to always remind ourselves that ultimately we are in dharma to improve and shed away those bad habits, undesirable qualities, attitudes in us that is annoying and hopefully comes out a better person.
    It takes a lot of time to reached a level of acceptance and by doing dharma work we are trying to inculcate compassion into our lives and hopefully when we are able to rule out the thinking faculty that we are so used and let the heart rule perhaps then compassion can arise to the surface then we would eventually come to a stage where nothing else matters. When we have reached that level uppermost in our mind is helping and serving others and this is the ultimate that we hope to reached and achieved when doing dharma work or volunteering.
  • Joy
    Monday, Jun 27. 2016 04:57 AM
    NEW >>> MUST WATCH >>> NEVER SEEN BEFORE FOOTAGE OF DORJE SHUGDEN

    Another oracle the 14th Dalai Lama and past Dalai Lamas revered and sought divine counsel of is the Dorje Shugden oracle. The Dorje Shugden oracle was at one time prior to the Tibetan government’s unexplained and unpopular ban of the Shugden practice, one of the most trusted deities that was consulted via an oracular monk. Dorje Shugden is widely regarded as the wrathful form of the Bodhisattva Manjushri, and is the deity that His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has always had a close and special connection with.

    These videos contain rare and never-seen-before footage of oracular monks who mysteriously took spontaneous trance in the presence of Tsem Rinpoche. In 2009, Rinpoche went on an impromptu visit to a monastery that Rinpoche just happened to stumble upon during Rinpoche’s visit to Tibet.

    In the Video, you will see Rinpoche meeting the Sera Oracle in Lhasa, Tibet (2009). The Oracle took spontaneous trance of Dorje Shugden, greeting Rinpoche very warmly and as close friends would. 仁波切与色拉神谕在西藏拉萨会面(2009年)。多杰雄登突然自发性透过一名神谕降神,以亲切和老朋友的方式向仁波切致敬。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/never-seen-before-footage-of-dorje-shugden-oracles.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 11:22 PM
    Usually diseases transmitted through tiny beings are the deadliest. Ticks are so tiny, almost undetectable by naked eyes, yet the disease they bring about is lethal and far-reaching. Fortunately we can keep ticks away by deploying the 5 methods shared here. Thank you Rinpoche for this informative article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/5-ways-to-keep-lyme-disease-out-of-your-yard.html
  • Jason
    Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:37 PM
    This articles really inspiring me. A “small lady “Teresa Hsu really can accomplished great job with a bodhicitta heart. She always think about others and serve others with her own resources. The bodhicitta is nurtured since her grandfather give free treatment to those poor patients.Rinpoche always said “Happiness for self comes from bringing happiness to others”.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing and I learned a lot good characters from Teresa Hsu .

    With folded hands
    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/heart-to-heart-with-teresa-hsu-book-review.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 08:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the benefits of drinking turmeric in the morning with us. Before this, I am only aware of turmeric as a spice and must-have ingredients in some traditional meals. The health benefit of making it a morning ritual is new to me. Currently, I am drinking juiced lemon with warm water in the morning. I will incorporate turmeric in this routine for the copious benefits.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/top-reasons-to-take-warm-turmeric-water-in-the-morning.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 08:30 PM
    It is really saddening to read and watch the torture of dogs in Yulin festival. Dog is also living being and deserve to be treated with respect and love. They deserve to live as well. It is horrible that people there torture the dogs to death just so they can consume the meat. This is inhuman act.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the great works that has done by Marc Ching. He is truly a very compassionate person. He continued his journey eventhough he face various challenges and even beaten by local authority. I respect him for his braveness in rescuing the animals.

    May more people support his work and bring more awareness to the cruelty of this dog meat eating festival. May local authority put a stop to this forever.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/marc-ching-shows-us-the-way.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 06:37 PM
    I had a shock of my life when I read this news because it implies that the 14th Dalai Lama is a meat eater. So I tried to google about it. Lo and behold, I found images of him eating meat and articles trying to justify his moral gymnastic. Buddha prohibited killing of any kind. In His teachings, compassionate is key. Being compassionate means to be kind to all sentient beings, and killing another sentient beings for their meat when there are so many options is definitely not a compassionate action. It really sadden and puzzle me at the same time that the emanation of Kuan Yin (Avalokitshavara / Chenrezig) eats meat.

    I hope one day, the 14th Dalai Lama will be a full vegetarian and promote vegetarianism.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this news.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/what-happened-to-the-compassionate-dalai-lama.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 06:02 PM
    It is scary just by looking at the statistics. China alone consume 20mn tonnes of meat and dairy a year by year 2020. The Chinese people now eat 63kg of meat a year and are expected to consume additional 30kg by 2030. As a result of the humongous demand, meat industry is joining the list of pollutant by producing 233 millions tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.

    What is the impact of 233 millions tonnes of greenhouse gases per year? It needs 220 million acres of trees per year to sequester the carbon effect. On top of that, eating meat excessively also contributes to health and health care issues.

    It is superbly encouraging to learn that China fully supports the reduction of meat consumption, by a whopping 50%. With the government behind this movement, abetted by spokemen from Hollywood, it can be sure that the general public will react positively to the campaign. It is a good time to open vegetarian restaurant in China so that they have more choices. And supply fresh and healthy vegetarian supplies in China. It may even be a good time to launch vegetarian recipe books / youtube using localized ingredients to educate and encourage the people further.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this news.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/look-what-chinas-doing.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jun 25. 2016 08:33 PM
    I agree we do resemble our parents be it positive or negative values. Nevertheless it is for us to change if we realised that it is negative values that we are having.

    We cannot put all the blame to our parents. We control our mind and are responsible for our own behaviour. Especially now that we are learning dharma, the more it should trigger that we need to transform our mind for the better.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/we-are-our-parents.html
  • samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jun 25. 2016 04:28 PM
    samfoonheei on Jun 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm
    Christian’s story inspire each and everyone of us.It’s amazing to know that a boy at such a young age could ever think of keeping his hair to help others.He will be a great leader some day having such a beautiful heart.
    Thank you Rinpoche for such a inspiring article
    .http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/an-8-year-old-boy-with-a-mission.html
  • Joy
    Saturday, Jun 25. 2016 12:32 PM
    Dear Friends, There is something NEW and Exciting on the BLOG!

    CLICK to GET YOUR DAILY FORTUNE COOKIE READING HERE

    You’ll be surprise what you get is EXACTLY what you will need to practice!!! >> http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie

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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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1 week ago
Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India
1 week ago
This sacred White Tara is on the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa marking the very spot Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.
2 weeks ago
Myself at the sacred lake at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's residence
2 weeks ago
Myself at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's house where there is a sacred lake on his property. The Five Sister Protector Goddesses abide at this lake. I am making offerings to the divinities in the lake here. Many contractors or workers who come to do work often observe 'Asian ladies' dressed very well walking around the perimeter of the lake and there are no Asian ladies living nearby at all. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Myself sitting at a lake where Bigfoots are often sighted in Willow Creek, California. This area in Northern California is a hot spot for Bigfoot sightings for hundreds of years till present day. We spent the afternoon there and we did our sadhanas and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL cool/dry weather (no humidity) and you don't sweat. The water was clear and sparkling. It is one of the most beautiful places I have been too and I can easily live there in this area. It was hard to leave this place. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Such a beautiful conservatory. How I would love to have a room like this among woodlands.
2 weeks ago
Another beautiful Gyenze statue arrives made by Kechara
2 weeks ago
My Mumu boy is super duper cute. I love you Mumu.
3 weeks ago
Pastor Adeline leads a holy and beneficial Tsongkapa retreat group in Kechara Forest Retreat today. Very nice to see this. I like it when our Pastors and senior students encourage, nurture others into the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Images of the Buddha are always a great blessing
3 weeks ago
Beautifully painted Shakyamuni the Buddha
3 weeks ago
Nice painting of Lord Tsongkapa
3 weeks ago
Beautiful painting of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the omniscient.
4 weeks ago
This is a traditional thangka painting of the Karma Gadri style, which was especially commissioned by Tashi Mannox on the rarely depicted great calligrapher and scholar Thönmi Sambhota. Sambhota is a historical figure responsible for developing the foundation of the Tibetan writing systems in the seventh century A.D, which form the basis of the Tibetan language today.
4 weeks ago
Spectacular outdoor Tsongkapa in Mongolia
4 weeks ago
BEAUTIFUL Tara statue! Magnificent
4 weeks ago
Vajradharma. In Vajra Yogini's tantra, we always visualize our root teacher in this form. We should see him in his divine form. 
4 weeks ago
These are the tantric implements that a Tantrika must carry with them everywhere they go as part of their commitment
4 weeks ago
Myself walking with my teacher the then abbot fo Gaden Shartse Monastery. H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe and I was leaving the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse and walking through the debate courtyard.
4 weeks ago
Emperor Kangxi's official state seal
4 weeks ago
Such a beautiful Yamantaka Statue
1 month ago
Grand looking painting of the Gelug Savant His Holiness Chankgya Rolpai Dorje
1 month ago
My shrine in Los Angeles back in 2014. I just came across this picture from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/look-what-i-found.html
1 month ago
Very unique art work of Dorje Shugden
1 month ago
Beautiful 7ft Tara arrives today. See the beautiful picture and video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okk8P3WIWFo
1 month ago
35 Confessional Buddhas
1 month ago
Please do not hate us
1 month ago
Beautiful statue [image: Inline image 1]
1 month ago
Such a stunning White Tara!
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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 
1 month ago
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.
2 months ago
A good meme by Pastor Seng Piow!
2 months ago
Gaden Jangtse Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Chojor together with Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
2 months ago
May 31, 1990, the day Tsem Rinpoche was enthroned formally in Gaden Shartse Monastery
2 months ago
Panglung Oracle in trance back in 1925
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
The beautiful truth
2 months ago
Manjushri notes
2 months ago
Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
2 months ago
The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
2 months ago
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 
2 months ago
Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
2 months ago
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. 
2 months ago
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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  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    1 month ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    1 month ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Taking Trance
    1 month ago
    Taking Trance
  • See what humans can do
    4 months ago
    See what humans can do
  • Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
    4 months ago
    Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
  • Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
    4 months ago
    Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
  • People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
    4 months ago
    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    7 months ago
    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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    9 months ago
    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
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    10 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    10 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    10 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    10 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    11 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja

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Candle offering to Lama Tsongkhapa, Kechara Forest Retreat - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Wai Meng was leading the group during our Blog Sharing session today in Kechara Ipoh chapel with the topic of 'The Mind and Lama Tsongkhapa' from Rinpoche's blog. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 days ago
A perfect offering to the perfect merit field, our Guru. Rejoice to generous kind sponsor who offered this to Rinpoche. Stella Cheang, KSDS
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Amazing art work by students of Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Stella Cheang, KSDS
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Metta our furry friend in KFR join in the morning Sunrise Meditation with the participants for the 2D1N Inner Peace Retreat (26/6/16) - Jill Yam
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Participants with our furry friend at Manjushri Hill for sunrise Meditation on the 2nd day of the 2D1N Inner Peace Retreat at Kechara Forest Retreat (26/6/16) - Jill Yam
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Beautiful rays of sunrise over Manjushri Hill at Kechara Forest Retreat (26/6/26) - Jill Yam
2 days ago
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Kitchen team lead by Chef CK busy preparing lunch for Inner Peace Programme. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com http://www.dorjeshugden.org retreat.kechara.com (Cynthia Ng)

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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