Finally, a section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors. Just post your question below and one of our pastors will provide you with an answer.

Note: This section of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s blog is meant for Dharma questions or questions related to Kechara and our lineage. If the question is not relevant or out of our scope, we will respectfully request you to seek an answer on a more relevant platform. Before posting your question, we would also like to suggest that you look through some of the older posts (or do a search on this blog) before you post a question as your question may have been already answered in an older post.

Browse through previous question submissions and learn from the Pastors’ answers. Click on the different page numbers or arrow buttons to view older questions.
Question asked by Nicole

I bow to your feet Precious one 🙏

I wish to know if it is possible to sponsor a Sitatapatra Puja for me and my family.
Thank you
Tashi Delek

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Nicole,

    Yes of course. Kechara’s Puja House team can perform a Sitatapatra Puja for you and your family. If you are not in Malaysia, you can visit this website and order the puja online:

    If you are in Malaysia you can come to Kechara House in Petaling Jaya and order the puja in person. Alternatively you can phone Kechara House (+60 3-7803 3908) and mention that you would like to sponsor a Sitatapatra puja, also known as Dukkar puja.

    When you order online or talk to us in person, don’t forget to give us your dedication for the puja. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Val

Dear teacher, I am doing the Dorje Shugden mantra "om benza wiki Bitana Punye Siddhi hung". I saw the youtube video but "Punye

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Val,

    Unfortunately your question did not post properly again. May I suggest you type the question and then copy and paste it into the box when you are posting? It may be easier that way. Thank you.

Question asked by Val

Dear teacher,
I am doing the Dorje Shugden mantra om "benza wiki Bitana Punye Siddhi hung".
I saw the youtube video but "Punye

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Val,

    Unfortunately your question did not post properly. Please try to ask the question again when you can. Thank you.

Question asked by Aai

Dear teacher , I was practice other Buddhist over 30 years and I accidently ask for Taoist for help .
I was so disappointed again to have a truly with Buddhist , so what should I do ?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Aai,

    Thank you for your question. As you know in Buddhism we do not go for refuge with any being apart from the enlightened Buddhas. As such there are various ways to remedy this. If you have taken refuge with a Guru before, you should humbly request to re-take your refuge vows with this same Guru. You can also engage in a refuge retreat, contemplating the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) and the benefits of going for refuge. This retreat would be an accumulation of 100,000 recitations of the either the refuge mantra:


    I take refuge in the Guru
    I take refuge in the Buddha
    I take refuge in the Dharma
    I take refuge in the Sangha (3x)

    or the refuge mantra with the bodhicitta motivation:


    I take refuge until I am enlightened in the Buddhas, the Dharma and the Sangha. By the positive potential I create by practising generosity and the other far-reaching attitudes, may I attain Buddhahood in order to benefit all sentient beings. (3x)

    You can also read up on the benefits of taking refuge to fully understand what taking refuge means and the benefits of doing so. Here is a short article that may help you:

    I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by Lobsang

I have just received the Chakrasmavara empowerment as such this includes a lot of purification practices… My question is that when doing the purification practices i noticed a lot of negative thing happening. these things include being burned by boiling water( my leg is burned), parents un happy with me and generally lots of obstacles. I realize that when doing purification such as vajrasttva obstacles appear but i have never experienced bodily harm due to it …. is something wrong

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Lobsang,

    I am very happy to read that you have received the Chakrasamvara empowerment. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments you have taken during the empowerment. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better.

    There is nothing ‘wrong’ with the practice itself if you have received it from a qualified Guru and are keeping the vows and commitments intact. What can cause these obstacles to arise is the actual purification of the negative karma itself. When engaging in purification practices, our negative karma can ripen but under controlled circumstances rather than due to external causes and conditions, over which we have no control. In the case of the purification, this karma needs to be purified, so it can manifest in its most mild form. Hence when we engage in purification practices these things can happen.

    However, some people may find this a bad situation. This is not correct, because as due to the nature of samsara we are effected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that this karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey.

    When you facing these difficulties the key here is to continue in the purification practices strongly, this way the karma that causes these situations to occur is purified quicker and you are not affected by them. This way we this negative karma can never affect us again in the future. You should engage strongly in the main sadhana of Chakrasamvara strongly as well.

    Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. As you have received the Chakrasamvara, you should ask your Guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with this practice. Each major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for the particular deity practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult you Guru as he/she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Andrew

Greetings and Tashi Delek!

Making offerings to Tsongkhapa in various ways plant the seeds for certain results. Is there a teaching suitable for a faithful novice student about the best offerings to give? An offering of flowers to His eyes produce a certain result, for example.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Andrew,

    Thank you for the question, it seems that you have a lot of faith in Lama Tsongkhapa which is very good. If you engage in the practice every day it will have great benefit in your life leading to real transformation.

    In regards to offerings there is no ‘best’ set of offerings to make to Lama Tsongkhapa or any Buddha for that matter. Any offering made from sincerely from the heart will generate merit for you on your spiritual path.

    To start with it is best to make a set of eight sensory offerings, which is the most common set of offerings and is actually very beneficial on our spiritual path. In fact, most offerings made for various prayers, rituals and offerings comprise of elements from the sensory offerings.

    The offerings are usually set up as eight offering bowls that contain various offering items:

    1. Water for drinking: there are eight qualities to water – it is cooling, sweet, light, soft, pure/clear, free from impurities, easy on the stomach, and is soothing to the throat. The benefits that one generates is pure ethics, you will always have good quality food and drink to live, one’s mind will become very fluid, flexible, clear and alert, one’s obscurations will be purified, one will develop good and pleasant speech, and one will be free of illness. This first offering is very auspicious.

    2. Water for washing: This is offered to the Buddhas to symbolically wash their feet, as was custom in ancient India when welcoming guests. This symbolises that we are inviting the energies of the Buddhas into our lives and as the feet are the lowest part of the body, we are humbling ourselves before them. It is through this offering that we purify our negative karma, represented by washing the feet of the Buddhas.

    3. Flowers: this symbolises the beauty of samsara which is impermanent in nature. Offering flowers creates the merits to realise emptiness and the inherent non-existent nature of samsara, while also creating the conditions to be reborn in places and situations that are conducive to continuing our Dharma practice in future lives if we do not achieve enlightenment in this life. It also represents the development of generosity. When someone gives us flowers, since they are nice, we want to keep them for ourselves, therefore they signify miserliness. By offering them up to the Buddhas, we create the causes to develop generosity instead.

    4. Incense: the scent from the incense represents the holding of one’s vows, promises and the development of integrity in one’s life. This is important as holding vows and promises are a very effective method in purifying negative karma and the generation of merit that is necessary on our spiritual path. In essence it creates the causes to have good ethics and moral discipline.

    5. Light: just like a candle or lamp dispels darkness, this offering creates the conditions to develop wisdom which dispels the darkness of ignorance. When we have wisdom, we are able to be more patient, which is necessary on the spiritual path and a transformation of the mind.

    6. Perfume: which was anointed on the clothes in ancient India represents joyous effort and perseverance. These are qualities one needs in life to achieve anything in both secular life but most importantly also in spiritual life.

    7. Food: the offering of food represents sustenance and this creates the causes to be reborn in places where is it easy to acquire what we need to have a good livelihood, as well as creating the cause to gain the results of spiritual practice, which are realisations and ultimately enlightenment.

    8: Sound: this is represented by a musical instrument, most often a conch shell. It creates the causes to attain wisdom that understands existence and leads to enlightenment. Take a guitar for example, we hear the sound when someone plays the instrument, but if we examine it the sound does not come from one place, the guitar, the strings, the fingers that pluck the strings, the person that plays the guitar, the person that made the guitar, etc. If we mediate on this we can realise that nothing exists inherently and relies on causes and conditions, which can lead us to the understanding of the concept of emptiness. This is represented by sound, which comes into existence based on causes and conditions, and then ends and disappears, as with all phenomena.

    This set of offerings, although very common is very profound and has a great many benefits. I have only listed some of them here. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Jinnah

Does masterbation cause us to loss the pratimoksha vow of no sexual misconduct

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Jinnah,

    Thank you for your question. In regards to the Pratimoksha vows, if you are referring to the monastic ordination vows, then yes masturbation does break the vows. Monks and nuns are expected to follow the vows of celibacy, even with oneself.

    If by Pratimoksha vows, you are referring to the Refuge or the Layman vows, please see the answer to Jinpa below. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Jinpa

Is masterbation considered sexual misconduct

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Jinpa,

    Thank you for your question. For those with monastic ordination vows, then yes masturbation is considered sexual misconduct and actually breaks one’s ordination vows.

    In regards to a lay person, who has taken the refuge and perhaps even the layman vows, this would depend on the advice of your teacher. In some traditions it is considered to be sexual misconduct and in others it is not. The Buddha never actually prohibited masturbation for a lay person.

    That being said there are some very important points to remember when discussing sexual misconduct. The main point of sexual misconduct is that the action does not cause harm, either to others or oneself. So if the particular instance does cause harm then it is considered sexual misconduct.

    There is nothing inherently wrong with the action itself if it does not cause harm, however it obviously does encourage more sexual desire. Desire in any form is to be eliminated on the path towards enlightenment as it serves as a cause to remain bound in samsara. As such it can be argued that it does ‘harm’ you because it keeps you in samsara and therefore can be classed as sexual misconduct.

    Whatever the case may be what is most important here is that if anyone is engaging in the act then they should work with their own mind to lessen their sexual desire. It is not necessary for a person to engage in masturbation, therefore we can train ourselves not to engage in the act. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by confuses

Take depression as an example. There are many types of medication to treat depression. However, let's say the patient suffers from high blood pressure and depression. Because of their HBP, they cannot take certain medications for depression so the doctor has to assess the patient's condition, and prescribe the right medication which does not interfere with their blood pressure.
So think that the Dharma and the Buddhas are like the medicines that come in many different types, the teacher is the doctor and the student is the patient.
The Buddhas are so varied because the practitioners who rely upon them are so varied. Every student has their own delusions to deal with and their own karmic dispositions, which the teacher (as the doctor) assesses and then prescribes the Buddha and practice which is most effective for removing their delusions and furthering their practice.
If someone is always sick, then they should practise Medicine Buddha. If their minds always go up and down, and they suffer from illnesses like depression, Lama Tsongkhapa is excellent. If someone is very slow and dull, they should practise Manjushri for quickness and sharpness of the mind. If someone is very angersome, they should focus on Chenrezig / Avalokiteshvara. If someone suffers from tremendous ignorance, they should rely on Yamantaka. If someone has great desire, then Vajrayogini is their girl.
So there is a pantheon of Buddhist deities because every single sentient being is different. What suits you, won't necessarily suit me.
How does the lama assess a person's karmic affinity with the Buddhas? According to Rinpoche, it's nothing mystical. The lama assesses the student themselves, and the behaviours they manifest. Because our delusions have been developed and reinforced over countless lifetimes, they are very strong in us and it takes very little for such delusions to manifest in our actions and speech.
Can you practise Vajrayogini to develop Manjushri's wisdom? Chenrezig to gain Dzambala's wealth? Yamantaka to gain healing in the way of Medicine Buddha? Of course you can because the enlightened mind is all the same; all of the Buddhas are compassionate and practising any of them will lead to the same eventual goal. BUT the actual practices help us to focus on different aspects, and are therefore that much faster in developing that one quality within us. So to practise Vajrayogini to develop Manjushri's wisdom IS possible, but it'll be slower because that's not what her practice, visualisations and prayers are focused on.
So why do we focus on one Buddha then? Because that is the delusion that's strongest within us, that presents the greatest obstacle to our Enlightenment.

Now i would like to ask if our yidam is white tara, and our strongest problem is financial difficulties should we throw away white tara and focus on dzambhala? as most of our problems and strongest delusion were not permenant and always changing, so thus this mean we also need to always change our yidam from time to time? or do both which means yidam and a side practice? if so then it will be troublesome because at the same time it is hard to identify our strongest problem, as if like sometimes all problems that we experiencing literally have the similar level, all like same strong and all were like interconected…. so if like that we literally need to do all deities that were available, and this may confuses us at the time of death, as we do not know which yidam to depend on. For example lets say i see that i have 84000 afflictive emotions and all were similar strong, and i put the effort to rely on 84000 thousand varied buddhas to antidote my mind, now at the time of death which buddha shall i recite? should consistently switch my visualization of the buddhas too? as you said So to practise Vajrayogini to develop Manjushri's wisdom IS possible, but it'll be slower because that's not what her practice, visualisations and prayers are focused on. So now how?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Confuses,

    You have asked a very good question. When the Guru assigns a particular yidam for a practitioner, as you have rightly mentioned he/she will have judged a person’s characteristics and temperament. This is not done on a surface level. A Guru is a person trained in the various scriptures and practices that deal with the mind, which is what Buddhism is all about, therefore the Guru can see a person’s afflictions on a deeper level. If the Guru is a high level being, or emanation of a Buddha, this is even more so since they would have clairvoyance to see which practice would benefit the person the most. There is other forms of deciding which Yidam to practice, such as through the various forms of divination.

    That being said people who are mostly angery and therefore assigned Chenresig as their personal Yidam, will obviously have other afflictions such as jealousy, desire, ignorance etc. However the main affliction is still anger. Therefore it makes sense that the path is practiced to cut this anger, and through this same process the other afflictions will also be overcome. For example, even though you are dealing with anger, you realise that this is due to attachment or aversion to something, then you begin to understand what causes this attachment/aversion and so on…ultimately this will lead to the understanding of emptiness. Therefore it is better to practice one Yidam strongly.

    For example, if we think of enlightenment as the destination and the various practices as the roads leading to that destination, it would make sense to find a road and then travel down that road without deviating to reach our destination. This is the same as practicing one Yidam strongly. On the other hand, if we were to continuously switch between roads, then it would take a longer time to reach the destination and we may even end up getting somewhat lost and confused along the way. This is the same as switching between various Yidam practices.

    The ultimate goal of all Yidam practices, or any practice within Buddhism for that matter, is the same – to reach enlightenment. Even though there are so many methods it is better to stick with one particular form since practicing many will lead to confusion. All the practices aim to ultimately deal with the highest realisations which are the understanding of emptiness and compassion which cause us to attain enlightenment. Therefore even if the path is different, the destination is the same. Think of two roads leading to the same place, one can go through the city while the other can go through the countryside. Different practices concentrate on different aspects of our delusions but end up with the attainment of enlightenment. There is a famous saying that in Tibet practitioners practice many deities but do not achieve even one, but in India practitioners practice only one and achieve all the deities. This basically means that if we do not concentrate on one particular practice it, we will not be able to accomplish the highest possible result which is enlightenment, or commonly known as ‘achieving’ the same qualities as the deity in question.

    I just wanted to clarify one point, the purpose of practicing a particular Yidam is to achieve the highest potential of enlightenment. The qualities that can be developed using these practices are supposed to be aids in this process. Some people think that you just practice Manjushri to gain wisdom in and of itself, but this wisdom gained is supposed to lead you to enlightenment. Take another example, Chenresig is good for those who are angry and can affectively deal with this problem, but the real practice leads to a selfless motivation to benefit all sentient beings, thereby generating compassion, which is then used to achieve enlightenment.

    However, in life there are time where we may need help for other reasons, this is when the role of Dharma protectors and Pujas comes into play. For example, we may be practicing Manjushri as our Yidam, but we may encounter spirit harm in which case we can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Trakze ( to counter this so that we can continue in our practice of Manjushri without hindrance. In fact certain practices have Dharma protectors who specially aid to help remove outer obstacles and create conducive conditions for the actual practice of the Yidam, so that the practitioner can transform their minds. For example Cittapati (

    Pujas can also play an important role. For example if we are having financial difficulties, but our Yidam is Chenresig, we can engage in or sponsor Gyenze or Dzambala pujas, which can purify the negative karma causing our difficulties. However, here our main practice is still Chenresig which we engage in to transform our minds. We simple use pujas to overcome a particular situation we are facing during that period.

    Therefore, it is better to practice one particular Yidam all the way to achieve enlightenment. I hope this explanation helps.

    Thank you.

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?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Samuel Collins,

    I’m very sorry to read that you have been afflicted by spirit attacks. You have taken great steps already but it seems the spirit attacks are very strong. There are many methods to deal with spirit harm. If I may suggest, please engage in the practice of Trakze. This is the wrathful form of Dorje Shugden whose practice grants very strong and protective energy that can alleviate all forms of spirit harm if engaged in sincerely and regularly.

    You can read more about the practice here: This post explains more about spirit harm and the method of Trakze’s practice in detail. This can be engaged in daily and does not require an empowerment.

    It is a very powerful practice and a lot of people can attest to their spirit attacks lessening and stopping altogether through this practice. The key to this practice is daily practice and sincerity. It would be good if you read through the entire post to learn as much as possible and begin practice as soon as you can.

    Of course, you can come to us here at Kechara. We are here to help you however we can. You can post more questions here or alternatively you can visit us in Kuala Lumpur, where we have our city temple, if you would like to talk in person. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

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 (

    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: 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: 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:

    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.

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

Pastor Chia (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Khong Jean Ai (sangha to be)

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

Jean Ai met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche as a young child and through her parents' involvement with Kechara over the years, she has never known a life without His Eminence. Jean Ai was a regular volunteer of Tsem Ladrang during her childhood and teenage years. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Warwick in the UK and working at the London Probation Service, she returned to Kuala Lumpur to join Tsem Ladrang's e-division. There she managed, 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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  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:28 AM
    Beautiful Mother Tara had arrived in the holy land of Kechara Forest Retreat. It is very auspicious to have Mother Tara here, through the blessing of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to grace us. She is very famous and popularly known for her ability to save people from different disasters. Mother Tara is also known to be efficacious in removing eight fears, namely : Fear of fire (anger, Fear of imprisonment (avarice), Fear of lions (pride), Fear of floods (attachment), Fear of elephants (wrath), Fear of demons (doubt), Fear of snakes (envy) and lastly, Fear of robbers.

    I wish that many people will pay a visit to venerate Mother Tara in Kechara Forest Retreat as well as to get blessing from her.
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:18 AM
    Beautiful Mother Tara had arrived in the holy land of Kechara Forest Retreat. It is very auspicious to have Mother Tara here, through the blessing of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to grace us. She is very famous and popularly known for her ability to save people from different disasters. Mother Tara is also known to be efficacious in removing eight fears, namely : Fear of fire (anger, Fear of imprisonment (avarice), Fear of lions (pride), Fear of floods (attachment), Fear of elephants (wrath), Fear of demons (doubt), Fear of snakes (envy) and lastly, Fear of robbers.

    I wish that many people will pay a visit to venerate Mother Tara in Kechara Forest Retreat as well as to get blessing from her.
  • sonny tan
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 11:09 AM
    sonny tan on Jul 22, 2016 at 11:08 am
    Thank you Wei Tan for this invaluable insight on happiness, it is rather very subjective because happiness can be experienced and felt at different levels. For instance happiness when seeing your child becomes a champion in a race may differ from jumping with joy when one strikes a lottery. The intensity, reason and degree are however difficult to equate perhaps it is the depth and how long it last and the exhilarating factors following this eruption of happiness.
    Happiness is an intangible commodity when heightened by jubilation would linger on in a different manner and the underlying factors surrounding it and the continuity of it may perhaps differs on the time, place, temperament, environment and the people one is sharing the happiness with. Therefore, happiness is hard to define in terms of language but can only be felt momentarily.
    What is happiness then? It is just a fleeting pleasure of the mind; one cannot grasp it in the hand and hold it for long, it would ultimately dissipates and the after effect depends on one’s mental frame of mind. However, on another note it would generate positivity which would bring about a healthier mind and body.
  • Joy
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 07:03 AM

    This is a rare and precious opportunity for candles to be offered on your behalf at the private residence of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. The offering of light to the Three Jewels has great benefits for one’s mind including gaining clarity and intelligence, the acceleration of realisations, and greater understanding and wisdom. This exclusive light offering is also ideal for those who do not have a personal altar or are unable to make light offerings themselves.
  • Joy
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 07:02 AM
    CHECK OUT >>>PHOTOS ON THE GO<<>> Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: and
  • Joy
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 07:01 AM
    NEW BLOG POST>>> Gyara Rinpoche Gives Dorje Shugden Sogtae

    Yangting Dechen Ling, also known as Shugden Monastery, is thriving under the leadership of its current abbot, Venerable Geshe Tenzin Peljor, and has produced many illustrious and eminent scholar-monks including H.E. Zemey Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Tendar Rinpoche and H.H. Yongyal Rinpoche.

    Daocheng County has a population of 32,450 of which 70%-80% are Dorje Shugden practitioners. There are many Dorje Shugden lamas and geshes in Yading too. Therefore, it is no surprise that through word of mouth, many flocked to attend Gyara Rinpoche’s teachings in Yading.

    ***Note: The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has on many occasions stressed that Dorje Shugden practitioners are a minority. Looking at the thousands of Tibetans who gathered at Yangting Dechen Ling Monastery, it is not difficult to spot the glaring inaccuracy of the CTA’s claim!***

  • Jason
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 02:52 AM
    This inspiring articles show that many nuns did contribute their compassion, kindness and love to society by applying Buddhism practices. Buddhism practices can be adopt by everyone without limitation on age,sex, races and etc. I feel fortunate because can know so many nuns or female practitioners who I never heard before.Everyone has Buddha nature and practice Buddha’s teachings will lead us to enlightened.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing such informative and wonderful article.

    With folded hands,
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 12:13 AM
    Very heartwarming to see lovely and hardworking Kecharians demonstrated the teaching of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. We see Rinpoche’s loving kindness through these virtuous actions. Thank you Kecharians.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the good work of Kecharians.
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 12:06 AM
    I am no expert in art but the display of painting skill by this artist is truly mesmerizing. He successfully depicted different expressions of Buddha at different circumstances. The ones that capture my attention most are (1) as Buddha shaved his hair, (2) as Buddha practiced asceticism, and (3) as Buddha gave his first teaching to the 5 disciples.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing that brings images of Buddha vividly alive.
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Jul 21. 2016 11:47 PM
    Absolutely encouraging to read the stories of 24 nuns and female practitioners, who break through or circumvent the religious traditions built for a patriarchal world. Aside from the biological difference, female possess the exact same (if not better) tenacity when it comes to will power and determination. And the 24 stories here show us exactly how far women can go against all odds to demonstrate the strength of their spiritual conviction. It is truly inspirational for me and I hope it is too for other fellow female.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this collection of inspiring personalities for us to look up to.
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Jul 21. 2016 11:15 PM
    The Art showing the story of Budddha Shakyamuni is so beautiful. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this piece of art with us.
  • Pastor Shin
    Thursday, Jul 21. 2016 05:12 PM
    “Let go of all attachments.

    Let go of identity to family, name, race and country.

    Let go of anger because there is a cause and you created it.

    Let go of fear because until we leave samsara, fear never ends.

    Be kind to everyone.

    Be kind to those who work hard to benefit others.

    Do not let small things detract the mind.

    Work hard and achieve within the dharma.

    ~ Tsem Rinpoche”
  • samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 21. 2016 03:17 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for sharing.
    Well i remember when i was young i used to follow my mother to temples.I dont really understand anything at all just follow what she does. Really not sure if prayers do work but as i grow older i got a chance to understand through reading more Buddhism books and Rinpoche blog. I begin to know that prayers does work when we have the karma or merits. I can understand more too through Rinpoche’s teachings, pujas , Sadhanas and Dharma Work.There is still a lot more to learn as i am new to it.
    Thanks again with folded hands.
  • sonny tan
    Thursday, Jul 21. 2016 12:05 PM
    sonny tan on Jul 21, 2016 at 12:05 pm
    It’s indeed heartwarming to see Pastor Yek Yee and some Kecharians responding to the plight of the government workers during such trying times. It is reflective of the so many years of tutelage, guidance and love from Rinpoche’s teaching that we witness events now culminating in efforts being extended without being asked and doing it effortlessly and wholeheartedly.
    Kecharian Pastors are our hopes of our many future generations to come and we pray that this compassionate duty, care and love can be emulated by all regardless of race, creed or color. I would like to take this opportunity with my palms closed together in front of my heart humbly bow and pay homage to Rinpoche for your selfless, caring, compassionate love towards all of mankind. And it is our fervent hope that Rinpoche would continually guide us and we wish you a very, very long life and pray that you would continue your stay here with us in Malays
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Jul 21. 2016 02:08 AM


    A rare and precious opportunity for candles to be offered on your behalf at the private residence of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. The offering of light to the Three Jewels has great benefits for one’s mind including gaining clarity and intelligence, the acceleration of realisations, and greater understanding and wisdom.

    This exclusive light offering is also ideal for those who do not have a personal altar or are unable to make light offerings themselves.

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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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Never forget to do our Vajra Yogini practice. We can lose our money, we can lose our friends, we can lose our position, we can lose our family, we can lose our wife, we can lose our husband and we can lose our materialistic possession because in the end we will lose all outer objects anyway, but NEVER lose our Vajra Yogini practice. Everything lost is meant to be lost because we are in samsara and whatever we enjoy in samsara will not last and will be lost. It is their nature. Never waste time, energy and keep procrastinating, but do our Vajra Yogini practice intensely and strongly and be firm. Samsara never grants permanence and happiness, but Vajra Yogini's practice will hand the universe and all the joys within it to you.-Tsem Rinpoche
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LADRANG LIGHT OFFERING FUND A rare and precious opportunity for candles to be offered on your behalf at the private residence of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. The offering of light to the Three Jewels has great benefits for one's mind including gaining clarity and intelligence, the acceleration of realisations, and greater understanding and wisdom. This exclusive light offering is also ideal for those who do not have a personal altar or are unable to make light offerings themselves.
4 days ago
Nice friends who help each other in Dharma works.
5 days ago
Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: and
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Beautiful image of Avalokitesvara who has spoken before. Housed in Ladakh
5 days ago
Our Panglung Kuten taking trance of Dorje Shugden in Tibet where he is greatly sought after
5 days ago
Beautiful painting of Atisha
6 days ago
Beautiful Tara has arrived in Kechara Forest Retreat. See many more pictures:
1 week ago
Gorgeous Buddha carved into the mountain in China
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Beautiful Dorje Shugden Gyenze statue by Kechara available at
2 weeks ago
I like this Buddha image very much
2 weeks ago
Beautiful Buddha in the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa
2 weeks ago
Pastor Lanse, contact her if you have questions..she is kind and helpful.
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2 weeks ago
Buddha sat under this tree when he gained enlightenment
2 weeks ago
Buddha Goddess Dukkar. Beautiful image.
2 weeks ago
Such a nice retreat house for extended meditations and prayers.. ..incredible. With trees, sunshine, pond, lotus leaves and purple flowers. I love this whole setting. Even creepers growing on the roof of the house. How perfect this place is for me.
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche brings home Dharma and this was his first day home.
3 weeks ago
White Tara mantra in Sanskrit
3 weeks ago
Beautiful thangka of Buddha of wisdom Saraswati
3 weeks ago
Beautiful image of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in Kechara
3 weeks ago
A beautiful and blessed Dharma family. May Lord Manjushri guide, bless and keep them close to Him in this and all lives. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
One of the things I love about my Guru is that his teachings are never dry and far from boring. Rinpoche would joke, poke fun and tease but there is always an insightful, if not profound, teaching in each joke or teasing. I consider myself very blessed to have found a Guru who has the skillful means to drum some Dharma into this numbskull of mine. -From Sharon Ong
3 weeks ago
I really like outdoor Buddhas.
3 weeks ago
Dorje Shugden takes trance of the senior Choyang Dulzin Kuten in Gaden Monastery.
3 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Choktrul Rinpoche sitting on my lap during a teaching in Dharamsala. I am so happy to hold the reincarnation of my precious teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is a beautiful picture of Choktrul Zemey Rinpoche. May he bless all of us and manifest the teaching of Tsongkapa's doctrine again.
3 weeks ago
This is really nicely done. Welcome!
3 weeks ago
Good friends with good motivation coupled with a kind heart to be of benefit to others is time worth spent. Life is over so fast and anytime it can be snuffed out, so therefore do dharma, practice dharma, and engage in dharma. Tsem Rinpoche.
1 month ago
Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India
1 month ago
This sacred White Tara is on the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa marking the very spot Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.
1 month ago
Myself at the sacred lake at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's residence
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago
Such a beautiful conservatory. How I would love to have a room like this among woodlands.
1 month ago
Another beautiful Gyenze statue arrives made by Kechara
1 month ago
My Mumu boy is super duper cute. I love you Mumu.
2 months 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
2 months ago
Images of the Buddha are always a great blessing
2 months ago
Beautifully painted Shakyamuni the Buddha
2 months ago
Nice painting of Lord Tsongkapa
2 months ago
Beautiful painting of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the omniscient.
2 months 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.
2 months ago
Spectacular outdoor Tsongkapa in Mongolia
2 months ago
BEAUTIFUL Tara statue! Magnificent
2 months ago
Vajradharma. In Vajra Yogini's tantra, we always visualize our root teacher in this form. We should see him in his divine form. 
2 months ago
These are the tantric implements that a Tantrika must carry with them everywhere they go as part of their commitment
2 months 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.
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    2 months ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    2 months ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Taking Trance
    2 months ago
    Taking Trance
  • See what humans can do
    5 months ago
    See what humans can do
  • Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
    5 months ago
    Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
  • Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
    5 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.
    5 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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    10 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.
    11 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
    11 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)
    11 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    11 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    1 years ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja


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4 hours ago
Another Special Birthday Cake From Customer with 4D - Chin Kia
4 hours ago
Tonight Charity Banquet Event @ 50 Tables - Chin Kia
16 hours ago
Most of the kids are enjoyed for the singing session. KSDS, Alice Tay
16 hours ago
Besides the dharma teachings, there was also an outdoor activity for the KSDS students age 9-10 years old. KSDS, Alice Tay
17 hours ago
KSDS students are happy and excited to participate the animal liberation. KSDS, Alice Tay
17 hours ago
Nice dharma sharing by Teacher Lai. KSDS, Alice Tay
17 hours ago
The youngest group age 2-4 KSDS students are allowed by the teacher to draw on the floor. Clean up the place after the drawing. This is one of the training to the kids to follow the teacher's instructions strictly. KSDS, Alice Tay
24 hours ago
3 ladies are preparing the menu cover. #function #events #fullmoon #birthday #wedding #celebration ~ ~ Guat Hee
24 hours ago
Helping the guest to prepare the candle holder for tomorrow event. #fund raising #buddhism #merit #vegetarian ~ ~ Guat Hee
Tonight wedding dinner event @ PERFECT HAPPINESS - Chin Kia
Green Curry Spaghetti + Drink Of The Day Only "RM 16.90++" Valid at Kechara Oasis Viva Home - Chin Kia
birthday cake from customer ~ is so colored full - Chin Kia
Manjushri Retreat in Kechara Forest - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Manjushri Retreat in Kechara Forest Retreat - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Puja house staffs and volunteer doing social media and blog chat at Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat (23/7/16) - Jill Yam
【Gyenze Puja 金泽法会】 宝胜雄登/金泽,多杰雄登的“增长”相,全身黄色,骑宝马。 恳求金泽,我们就能够祈请增长力量来到我们生活中 – 例如财富、寿命以及所有善德。 (Cynthia Ng 23/7/16)
【企业土地加持】 企业土地加持不仅来自于讲法师个人的能力, 在上师詹杜固仁波切的加持下,更能够祈请一切诸佛菩萨和护法给予所有有情众生赐予祝福及加持。 法会的法本仪轨念诵,坛城摆设等等 都是根据数百年历史的西藏寺院传统进行。 联络: 03-78033908 / 09-2215600 Mobile: 012-9873908 (Cynthia Ng 23/7/16)
Please have Love to animals and passionate against their harm, torture and abuse. Animals cannot express their pain and we don’t need to add to their sufferings. Be kind to them, don’t hurt them, stop their abuse and don’t eat them. (Cynthia Ng 23/7/16)
Expression of love in an artistic form done by children of age 7-8 for parents day. Lovely :) Lin Mun KSDS
Teachers always insist children to take turns when asking questions & respect others during Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Jesvin leading an engaging outdoor session during Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Discovering the creativity of children in Sunday dharma class, beautiful piece of art. Lin Mun KSDS
Interesting activities set up for children during Sunday dharma class. Come join us to learn dharma in a fun & interesting way. Lin Mun KSDS
2 days ago
Beautiful Corporate Land Blessing to bless, promote the health, peacefulness and productivity of the land performed by Puja Team led by Pastor Yek Yee. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Dorje Shugden Gyenze puja altar set up at Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat - (22/7/16) - Jill Yam





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