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Question asked by Kev

How does on remove stingy engery

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Kev,

    Thank you for your question. By ‘stingy’ I’m assuming that you mean being miserly with not just material resources, but time, love and care. This is a type of energy that actually comes from habituation over many lifetimes. The causes of this is that when people/beings needed your help in previous lives, you did not help them even though you had the means to do so. As a result they underwent some form of suffering. This created strong imprints within the mind-stream and karma not to give to others.

    The antidote to this stinginess is to do exactly the opposite, which is to develop generosity. This is actually known as one of the Six Perfections within Buddhism. Buddhist practitioners strive to develop these six qualities within one’s life in order to overcome negative karma and generate merit. This leads to a better life and also allows one to progress on the spiritual path towards enlightenment. This energy of generosity leads to overcoming and purifying the karma and habituation of being stingy.

    As His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has said “Be different, be altruistic. Be strange, work for others in response to their harm. Raise eyebrows, be generous without agenda.” Therefore we should work on being generous. Now, that may be easier said than done for those with strongly rooted stingy energy. There are many methods within Buddhism to achieve a change that occurs internally which can then be focused outwardly to create a real change in the life of the person who is stingy as well as in the lives of others.

    For example there are many meditations that focus on developing compassion. This helps the development of generosity because when we are more compassionate people we are also more generous with our time, care and love, because we want to alleviate the suffering of the other person.

    There are also deity practices that help with the development of generosity. For example the practice of Dzambala, who is most usually known as a wealth deity. When engaging in prayers or rituals, rather than doing so mindlessly, one should know the benefits of the practice. In the case of Dzambala, he is known as a Buddha of wealth because one of the outer benefits is that obstacles to the creation of wealth are removed. But not many people realise how this happens. It occurs through the development of generosity. From the view point of karma, the more you give, the more you will get in return.

    Therefore Dzambala should be known as the Buddha of generosity, rather than the Buddha of wealth. Wealth is simply the outer aspect of the practice, the more important is the inner aspect which is generosity. Once this inner aspect of generosity arises in the mind, it is made physical through the actions of your body and speech. The true result of Dzambala’s practice is therefore the generation of generosity, symbolised by the Bijapura fruit that Dzambala holds in his right hand. This energy of generosity is what cuts stingy energy, its causes and negative habituation out of one’s life. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Crystal Aldana

Thank you very much for answering my question about the suffering of animals.
But now I ask, if it is karma from a past life that causes one to have to endure suffering, does that person or animal deserve that suffering? Should we then, not help people or animals that are suffering?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Crystal Aldana,

    That is a very good question. Adding to what I have already mentioned about karma, you may ask if a sentient being deserves to suffer if the action was done in a previous life and that being cannot remember doing the action now. The fact is, it is not about whether the being deserves to endure the suffering or not. Within Buddhism it is simply a matter of fact and shows the suffering inherent within cyclic existence of the Six Realms. This was taught by Buddha Shakyamuni and is part of the first of the Four Nobel Truths – suffering exists. Therefore the goal of all Buddhists is to rid themselves and others of this suffering by transcending the Six Realms, which I mentioned in my previous answer, by achieving enlightenment and becoming a Buddha.

    You are right that we should all strive to help people or animals who are suffering. In fact the development of Bodhicitta (the mind of enlightenment) is the development of compassion. It is integral to the Buddhist path towards enlightenment. Compassion is known as one of the two ‘wings’ that one needs to achieve enlightenment. This comes from the imagery of a bird that needs two wings to fly. Similarly, you need two ‘wings’ to fly to enlightenment, and these are wisdom and compassion. Within Buddhist practices there are two ways to develop compassion. The first is to meditate on compassion and the other is to focus this compassion outwards to make a real change in the lives of others. There are many meditation methods to develop compassion, this is because when we have a firm understanding and compassionate frame of mind, our resolve to help sentient beings physically is strong and our whole being becomes one that helps to alleviate the suffering of others.

    There are many things we can do to alleviate the sufferings of beings: transforming ourselves into kinder people towards our families and friends, helping those less fortunate or going through difficult times, making sure the environment is kept clean for future generations, and in the case of animals saving them from being killed, being a vegetarian, or even saving them from deplorable conditions.

    Within the Kechara organisation His Eminence has started certain departments that seek to help alleviate the suffering of others. For example we have Kechara Soup Kitchen where we provide food to the homeless and less fortunate, medical aid and even help them to integrate back into society and provide for themselves. In Kechara Forest Retreat we also have an aviary, where rescued birds are allowed the freedom to live comfortable lives instead of being cooped up in small cages.

    Buddhist practitioners do not only extend their compassion towards others and animals but ultimately towards each and every sentient being with cyclic existence. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Lilian

What are the views of worshiping Guan Yu? And also, if Guan Yin(aka. Chenrezig and Avalokitesvara) don't have mediums, then why is there one for Guan Yin according to this video:

Would it be wise to worship the mad monk Ji Gong? Is Ji Gong a Buddha or not?
How does eating flesh and drinking alcohol beneficial in Tantra? Isn't it against the precepts?
Why is cannibalism of human flesh in Buddhist Tantras?
What are the mantras of the 8 main dharmapalas:
-Palden Lhamo
-2 armed Mahakala
-Begtse
-Vaishravana
-Yamantaka
-Hayagriva
-Yama
-Tshangspa Dkarpo
?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Lilian,

    Thank you for your questions. Guan Yin is considered to be the same as Chenrezig. In India and Tibet Chenrezig appeared in male form, but when appearing in China, Chenrezig appeared as a woman and came to be known as Guan Yin. As such worshiping Guan Yin is the exact same as worshipping Chenrezig, there is no difference. Both will lead to the development of compassion on the path towards enlightenment.

    In the case of oracles, within the Tibetan tradition, it is said that there is no oracle to Chenrezig. This is because, traditionally, only the Dharma protectors take trance of the oracles. The reason for this is because the form or body of the Dharma protector is within samsara, and is therefore closer to humans. This allows the deity to take trance in a human more easily. Even though this is the case, it still takes an immense amount of training for an oracle to prepare themselves to allow the deity to enter.

    The ‘form’ of Guan Yin or Chenrezig, is not within samsara as he is an enlightened being. This makes it very difficult for a being within samsara to be able to withstand the energy of the enlightened being. However, an enlightened being can emanate in a form that is closer to humans, and this form can take trance in an oracle. For example, Manjushri emanated in the form of Dorje Shugden to be close to practitioners. In the form of Dorje Shugden, Manjushri is able to enter an oracle. This is not to say that it is impossible, just that it would be very difficult and would require and special kind of oracle for the main form a Buddha to enter. If the oracle in the video is real or not, I cannot say because I do not have clairvoyance to check if it is actually Guan Yin or not.

    Ji Gong, was definitely a Buddhist, you can read more about his life in an article written by Pastor David Lai here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ji-gong-the-crazy-monk-of-china.html. As for worshipping him or not as a Buddha, I have never come across any practices within Tibetan Buddhism that say he is a Buddha, however he did exhibit mahasiddha-like qualities which can be a sign of his highly attained state. In either case, he was a fully ordained Buddhist monk, therefore you can consider him to be part of the Sangha jewel for sure. In fact in Buddhist practice, we should consider anyone who wears the robes of an ordained monk or nun as part of the Sangha jewel.

    As for tasting meat and drinking alcohol within tantric practice, this is only done so if you are practicing one of the Anuttarayoga Tantra class of deities. In the other classes of tantra, the eating of meat and drinking alcohol is actually prohibited as in these forms of tantric practice, these substances can negatively affect your practice.

    In the case of eating meat and partaking of alcohol, these are not done in large amounts but very small amounts, literally you just take enough to taste it. This does not break any of the precepts. The precepts are there to ensure that you do not engage in actions that collect negative karma. Negative karma arises when we act from self-centeredness. For example, thinking that eating meat or drinking alcohol will bring you pleasure and not thinking about where it came from or the affects it will have on your body. Meat came from the killing of a living being and alcohol clouds the mind so you cannot think straight, this can lead to the accumulation of negative karma. Therefore the precepts guard against these.

    Tantric practice however breaks through the conceptions we have of reality, thereby allowing us a closer understanding of emptiness. When we realise emptiness, that reality is not the way we usually consider it to be, then we can achieve the state of a fully enlightened Buddha. Within tantric practice these two substances are therefore transformed into those that quicken our path to complete enlightenment. You may find this article here explains a little more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/tantric-meat.html. Images of dead humans or cannibalism appear in tantric practice to again break our preconceived notion of how reality is. Rather than being actually practices or actually people, these figures are the visualised form of our negative karma and delusions. For example, in the practice of Trakze Dorje Shugden there is a very wrathful visualisation in which the entourage of Trakze cut up a corpse and offer it to Trakze. This is a misunderstood visualisation, but one that is very common. The corpse here actually represents our negative karma and delusion. These practices are actually very beneficial in purifying the negative karma that causes us many problems in life. You can read more about Trakze Dorje Shugden here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html.

    In regards to the list of Dharma protectors you have provided, according to our lineage some of the deities you have mentioned are not Dharma protectors but are actually Yidams, or meditational deities, which you can practice to gain enlightenment. See below for mantra and more information:

    Palden Lhamo’s mantra: JO RAMO JO RAMO JO JO RAMO TUNJO KALA RACHENMO RAMO AJA DAJA TUNJO RULU RULU HUNG JO HUNG

    By 2-armed Mahakala I believe you are referring to Mahakala Bernagchen, here is his mantra: OM SHRI MAHAKALA YAK KHYA BETALI HUNG DZA

    Vaishravana’s mantra: OM VAISHRAVANA YE SOHA

    Yamantaka: This deity is actually considered of the deities belonging to the Highest Yoga Tantra class. As such he is a Yidam, therefore his mantra is usually not shared with those who have not recieved an appropriate empowerment.

    Hayagriva’s mantra: HRI PEMA DATRI HAYAGRIVA HULU HULU HUNG PHET

    In the case of Yama, if you are referring to the god of death, I have not come across his mantra in my own practices. However, if you are referring to Yama Dharmaraja, this is actually another name for Kalarupa, his mantra is: OM KALARUPA HUNG PHET.

    I hope these answer your questions. Thank you.

Question asked by Jason

I have received the 5 deity chakrasamvara empowerment. My question is can i read the chakrasamvara root tantra now? The reason I want to read it is because it will give me some context when I am studying the commentary.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Jason,

    Yes, since you have received the Chakrasamvara empowerment, it should be ok for you to read the Chakrasamvara root tantra. As you already have permission to study the commentaries, this should be ok. However please check with your Guru that bestowed the empowerment. In the case of any tantric practice we should always refer to our Guru in regards to any questions we have. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Crystal Aldana

Thank you for answering my question about suffering.
But now I ask why animals suffer so much and why are they abused so much by humans?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Crystal Aldana,

    That is a very good question, and one that is explained in Buddhist practice. The answers in my last reply about the suffering we face also applies to animals. That is because Buddhists believe in reincarnation. Within Buddhist philosophy there are Six Realms within Samsara that beings take rebirth into, over and over again. We are stuck in this cycle of suffering. The aim of Buddhist practice is to escape this cycle by achieving Nirvana, or the enlightened state outside of Samsara, also known as Buddhahood.

    These Six Realms are:

    1. The God Realm
    2. The Demi-God Realm
    3. The Human Realm
    4. The Animal Realm
    5. The Hungry-Ghost Realm
    6. The Hell Realm

    Depending on the karma we have accumulated and which karmic potential opens at the time of our death, we are mercilessly thrown to take rebirth in one of these Six Realms. Therefore all beings within these realms have the same emotions, attachments, desires and wants. In essence we are not different but the same, it is just the form we take and the level at which our karma affects us is different. We have all had countless lives in all of these realms. You can read more about this and what causes us to create our own suffering in a book entitled Snakes, Roosters and Pigs by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, which is available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/snakes-roosters-and-pigs.

    The reason why animals suffer therefore is because of karma created from their previous lives. And in most cases animals continue to generate negative karma due to the various forms they have taken, such as carnivorous animals that kill other animals to survive. Even though this is generally the case, even animals have the ability to generate merits. For example there is an often told story of an ant that was on a leaf, when it started to rain, the leaf floated and circumabulated a stupa. This created strong imprints in the mind of the ant and created the causes for the ant to achieve high spiritual attainments in future rebirths. There are also many examples of animals who have the ability to help others such as Rexie, who had the amazing ability to help people. You can read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/rexie-the-australian-heroine.html.

    As for why animals are so abused by humans. There are two sides to this. The first is from the side of the animal, who has negative karma to be inflicted with this type of abuse. This was caused from negative actions carried out in previous lives. The second is that some humans think that behaving in such abusive ways will not have an effect on them. This is an incorrect view, as they either do not know about or have not understood the law of karma, cause and effect. If these people knew about this, then then would not act in such abusive ways. On a deeper level, this abuse stems from the ignorant view of the self-grasping ‘I’. This is a very self-centered viewpoint, through which people act only for themselves. Because of this, they do not think about how it will affect themselves and others. To counter this, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has taught that the Buddhist teachings emphasize compassion. Compassion for others, including animals, is a direct antidote to this abusiveness. I hope this helps to answer your question.

    Thank you.

Question asked by John

Dear pastors, What is the difference between a wealth vase and a earth vase (Sa-bcumd Bum-ba)? Aren't both designed to increase resources and restore/repenlish elements to a location?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear John,

    Thank you for your question. There are subtle differences in both the specific function of the vases and the location in which the vases have an effect. In regards to the Earth Vase which is buried under ground, this is to create a field of positive energy in and around the land itself. It is used to replenish the various elements and in the process removes pollution. It also calms the land and the minds of the sentient beings who live on the land, pacifying anger and jealousy, and improving health. It also draws in resources from the land, such as an abundance of crops and plants, while also protecting from natural disasters such as thunderstorms, floods and earthquakes. It improves relationships between those living on the land and different Earth Vases have different radiuses of beneficial energy. Therefore it has a function of rejuvenation of the land and pacification of obstacles, both material and spiritual.

    As for a Wealth Vase, it brings blessings to the persons who possess it. It is placed inside a building, and has a beneficial effect to those who live, work or visit that particular building. It replenishes the elements in the environment but has a specific function, which is draw in abundance in the form of resources one needs to survive and prosper. There are two types of wealth that the vase increases, the first is material wealth and the second is spiritual wealth. In the case of the latter, this spiritual wealth is what leads us to higher spiritual attainments on our journey towards enlightenment. Therefore the function of the Wealth Vase is particularly one of increase. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Tom

Dear Pastors, What is the difference between Essence Mantras and Action mantras in a sadhana?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Tom,

    Thank you for your questions. In short that the Action Mantras are those that entreat the particular deity you are meditating on or the deities within the mandla of the main deity to perform certain actions, such as clearing away hindrances for the practice, etc. The Essence Mantra on the other hand is the mantra that one concentrates on to gain higher attainments through the moving of the subtle energy channels in the body. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Dongho

What are the views of homosexuality in Buddhism? If it is rejected, how do you convert gays to become straight? Or if a person has one, how do you destroy their homosexuality?
For the "om mani padme hum" thing, I read that Avalokitesvara has to move. Is it okay to visualize the Dalai Lama shining upon you while chanting the "om mani padme hum" mantra?
What would happen if a lama said their own mantra? For example, the 14th Dalai Lama saying his name mantra or Green Tara chanting her mantra, "Om Tare Tuttare Ture soha"?
How is ignorance to be destroyed of others?
Is it okay to wear talismans?
What are the views of magic in buddhism?
How can a middle school student practice tantra alone?
How does one receive empowerments or initiation if there are no gurus or lamas in the area?
What would happen if you turned the prayer wheel backwards?
Can we visualize Dorje Shugden's oracle taking trance of Dorje Shugden when chanting "Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha"?
What are the views of Vairocana Buddha in Tibetan Buddhism? How does one memorize long mantras easily?
As for Ushnisha Vijaya's mantra, is it just "om droom soha"? Because in this link:
http://resources.tsemtulku.com/prayers/mantra-list.html
Tsem Rinpoche just put that. Other websites had a longer version.
Is guru RInpoche to be visualized as a pale Indian man in the traditional robes and scepter?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Dongho,

    Thank you for your questions. Homosexuality is not rejected within Buddhism. In Buddhist philosophy, any activity that does not help you progress towards enlightenment is marked by suffering. Samsara itself is of the nature of suffering. That is the first of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths. Therefore any act that does not lead to towards enlightenment will eventually cause suffering. This is the case with homosexuality, and in fact with any sexuality activity for pleasure or procreation. Gay people therefore do not need to be converted to become straight. That is just the form their sexuality takes in this current life. Culturally speaking however, as Buddhism developed or was introduced to societies that viewed homosexuality in a negative light, there are some who believe that homosexuality is wrong. However from a Buddhist perspective it is sexuality that is wrong, but the cause of sexuality, which is attachment. This attachment is a contributing factor to our suffering and the continued existence within Samsara. There is absolutely no need to convert a homosexual person therefore, rather all people must seek to overcome the negative effects of their desire.

    As for the visualising the Dalai Lama while chanting Om Mani Peme Hung, this is perfectly fine as the Dalai Lama himself is the emanation of Avalokiteshvara. As for a Lama or Buddha chanting their own name mantra, I do not think anything would ‘happen’ per se. In essence they are saying their own name, as both their physical form and their mantra are in nature ultimately the enlightened state of mind. However, when they speak their own mantra in order to teach their own students/disciples, this is extremely beneficial as they are teaching a method towards enlightenment, through their own mantra.

    In regards to ignorance, you can only overcome your own ignorance. This cannot be done by any anyone else, therefore you cannot destroy the ignorance of another person. If you could do this, then out of compassion the Buddhas would have destroyed the ignorance in all of us and we would all be Buddhas. That being said, we can help others to overcome their ignorance through sharing the Dharma with them and through our compassionate actions. We can set a good example and help them realise the faults of their ignorance so that they themselves practice to overcome their own ignorance.

    In regards to wearing talismans, it depends on what sort of talismans they are. If they are made to invoke worldly deities that have not been bound to protect or aid practitioners then it is not advisable to wear them since the beings can have an adverse effect on us. Those talismans that invoke upon the energies of the Buddhas or beings who are bound to aid practitioners are good to wear. Our online store called Vajrasecrets has many protective amulets which you can invite if you need them: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/protection-amulets.

    Within Buddhism, magic is not necessarily evil nor is it good. Most magic invokes the energies of various spirits, elementals or gods. Since these beings are not enlightened they have the same sorts of emotions as humans, such as desire, jealousy and hatred. Because of that they can easily turn against a practitioner of magic or become angry with the practitioner. Also since Buddhists only take refuge in enlightened beings, they do not practice magic. Therefore Buddhist practitioners realise that they should not rely on worldly beings but Buddhas, as they are the ones who have escape samsara and we need to emulate their actions to achieve exact same state.

    In regards to a middle school student practicing tantra alone, this is not advisable. In fact no one should practice tantra alone, without having learnt the particular tantra and its associate meditations from a qualified Guru. There are numerous reasons for this. The first and foremost is that a student must have a solid foundation on the sutric path, which the tantric path necessarily invokes and is based upon. This sutric aspect you can learn on your own but also needs a qualified guru to explain properly. You should begin this by reading the text Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. This is a text that provides an overview of the sutric path step by step all the way to enlightenment. This is very foundational teaching which you should know well before seeking to engage in tantric practice under a qualified guru. Unfortunately, in the tantric path one cannot practice without having received empowerment from a guru. One can start making aspirational prayers to do so. For example here is an article that tell you how to make a connection with Vajrayogini, who is the main tantric yidam in Kechara: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/vajrayogini-the-powerful-divine-red-lady.html

    If you turned the prayer wheel backwards the energies of the mantra would not flow correctly into the environment. For example, when you read a sentence, you read from left to right, therefore when you spin the mantra wheel the mantra rotates as if you were reading the mantra. This act, sends the energies of the mantra into the environment. However when you rotate a prayer wheel backwards, the mantra is not in sequence but reversed, therefore the energies of the mantra do not flow into the environment. Apart from this nothing ‘bad’ will happen.

    As for visualising the oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance, I believe this is permission because you are visualising an aspect of Dorje Shugden helping sentient beings and the Dharma through the oracle. However it is more advisable that you should visualise Dorje Shugden in the manner described in the actual prayer texts so that you get the maximum benefit from reciting his mantra.

    Vairochana Buddha is considered one of the Five Dhyani Buddhas, as such it is said that his practice helps to eliminate the obstruction of ignorance. In regards to memorising long mantras, this will take time, you should try to memorise a little every day. Over time it you will memorise it.

    Mantras often have differing lengths, for example the mantra of Ushnisha Vijaya. The mantra that you have found is the short version of the mantra. There is also a longer version, but most people cannot memorise or recite hundreds of thousands of the mantra, therefore there is also a shorter mantra that people can recite.

    As for the imagery of Guru Rinpoche, you should follow the descriptions in the particular prayers you are engaging in. This is because there are many forms that Guru Rinpoche takes, and different practice concentrate on Guru Rinpoche in different forms. Therefore it is advisable to follow the visualisation as per the prayers. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Crystal

Why is there so o suffering in this world?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Crystal,

    Suffering in this world comes about due to the results of karma, or the actions we have performed in this life or previous lives. All of our actions have associated reactions. Actions that are virtuous have good results whereas actions that are bad have negative results. All beings within existence, which is often termed as Samsara are bound by this karma. All the suffering that we face is due to negative actions we have done in the past.

    We engage in negative actions when all we think about is ourselves, we are self-centred. When we focus on the self, making the self happy and engaging in such actions, our actions usually have a negative impact on others and the environment. When we are not self-centred but are compassionate and focus outwards, we engage in virtuous actions that lead to beneficial circumstances in the future.

    This self-centredness comes from ignorance, hatred and attachment. These are known as the Three Poisons. All other negative emotions can be categorised under these three. They come about when we do not realise the true nature of reality. We usually think that everything exists inherently, or that is exists from its own side. The way we think and act comes from this mistaken view. Things do not exist the way we usually think about them, this is the concept of emptiness within Buddhism.

    The whole purpose of Buddhism is to overcome this suffering. We do this by escaping it altogether. Since existence is necessarily marked by suffering, the only way to rid ourselves of suffering is to escape from existence altogether. This state is what is known as Nirvana. The Buddhist path is geared towards this. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Dongho

Who's Dorje Namjomma? Who's Guhyasamaja and what is the benefit of his/her mantra? Who's the Buddha Mitrukpa? Who's Namgyalma? Who's Veshawani?
How are items to be blessed if there aren't any gurus or lamas in the area? What are the benefits of name mantras? Is Saraswati a form of Tara? How many mantras of Taras are there?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Dongho,

    Thank you for your questions. Dorje Namjomma, is more commonly spelt Dorje Namjom in English, also called Vajra Vidarana in Sanskrit. This a form of Vajrasattva and is therefore a Buddha that is practiced for purification of negative karma. It is negative karma that is the cause of our problems in daily life, therefore purification practices help to alleviate this. As such Dorje Namjom’s practice is said to counter negativities through this function of purification. Associated with this is the Chabtrul Puja. During this puja the lama blesses water which is then used to purify a person’s negative karma by drinking or pouring over a person’s head.

    Guhyasamaja is a Highest Tantra Yoga deity. Through his practice one can gain enlightenment in this very life time. In fact within the Gelugpa tradition Guhyasamaja is known as the King of Tantras as its practice is so effective. That being said it is one of the most difficult of the tantras to master. As the deity belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra class of deities, the mantra and its benefits are only discussed amongst those who have received the appropriate empowerment.

    Mitrugpa is the Tibetan name for the Buddha Akshobya. He is one of the Five Dhyani Buddhas together with Vairocana, Amoghasiddhi, Amitabha and Ratnasambhava. His particular path to enlightenment stresses that practitioners overcome and pacify their anger. His pureland is called Sukhavati.

    Namgyalma, also known as Ushnishavijaya in Sanskrit, is one of the three long-life Buddhas. The others are Amitayus and White Tara. Through Namgyalma’s practice one can purify the karma that can lead to illness and also early death, so that they can concentrate on being of benefit to others and progressing further on the spiritual path towards enlightenment.

    If you are in an area where there are no gurus or lamas to bless items, you can bless them yourself. You recite mantras many times and you blow gently on the object. This will energise the object with the vibrational energy and blessings of the mantras. The best would be to have a guru bless the item for you as they are able to use their practices to do it. However it is perfectly fine for you to bless your own item as well.

    The name mantras of gurus, has many benefits. The first is that the student creates a very strong bond with guru, and through this creates the causes for the guru to remain (have a long life) to teach and preserve the Dharma. In Buddhism we believe that you can only receive Dharma teachings if you have created the causes to do so. The recitation of name mantras facilitates this and therefore leads to the long life of the guru to continue their work. The guru is considered a Buddha by their students, especially in tantra. Vajradhara (Buddha Shakyamuni in tantric form) taught that one should regard the guru as inseparable from your meditational deity. Therefore when we recite the mantra correctly, it has the same benefit as any other mantras. It can avert obstacles and overcome negative energies if you faith in guru is strong enough.

    Saraswati is considered a Buddha in her own right, not as a form of Tara. She is the Buddha of learning, music and beautiful speech, and is also the consort of Manjushri. She was practiced strongly by Lama Tsongkhapa who wrote of the benefits of her practice.

    As for the mantras of Tara, each form of Tara will have her own associated mantra. Traditionally there are said to be 21 main forms of Tara and each of them has their own mantra. The praise to the 21 Taras is included in the Kangyur, which means it was taught by Buddha Shakyamuni himself. You can read more about the Heroic Red Tara form here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/heroic-red-tara-suryagupta-lineage.html.

Question asked by ling

in the short chakraamvara root tantra why are mantras reversed … ex CBA instead of ABC
also what is the reverse ritual

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Ling,

    Thank you for your interesting question. In regards to tantric practice and the actual root tantras in particular, according to traditional practice these are not read or talked about if one has not received the appropriate empowerment and received permission from one’s guru.

    Personally, I have not read the Chakrasamvara Root Tantra, as I do not have the appropriate permission. Therefore, I have not seen these reversed mantras and neither can I comment on the definitive meaning behind them. However, perhaps the reason they are reversed has something to do with the language that the tantras were written in and the tantric tradition of keeping the practice, especially the mantras, secret from non-initiates.

    Keeping the practices ‘secret’ form those who have not received empowerment is one of the most fundamental vows undertaken by tantric practitioners. Although this may seem like it is not fair in a sense, there are very good and valid reasons why this is the case.

    There are two main reasons why this is the case. The first is that tantra is to be practiced after firm stabilisation on the sutra path. Without this stabilisation the higher meditations within the practices will not have a grounding and will therefore not be successful. One should also have a correct motivation for practicing tantra, for example achieving enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. Some people who do not have this motivation or do not understand the path correctly, practice tantra in the hopes of only worldly gain, which is something that should be avoided at all costs as there is no benefit from the practice and links to the second point.

    The second is that incorrect tantric practice can lead to aproblems in the energy channels and the winds, which can disturb a person either mentally or physically. Therefore the practices are not taught unless under the guidance of a qualified teacher. While these may not necessarily be the case for the reversed mantra, I thought I would add this in here.

    As for the reversal ritual, there are many types and they are associated with many different Buddha figures. Generally speaking the reversal ritual is used to reverse any negative energies that may be directed towards practitioners. These negative energies can severely effect a practitioner’s progress in the spiritual path by causing obstructions. This ritual ‘reverses’ these energies, so they no longer have an effect on the practitioner. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Dongho

What are the views of Kundalini yoga and the 7 chakra meditation? Hinduism has the 7 chakras and since Buddhism originated from Hinduism, isn't it okay to perform it?
Is this video on Vajrayogini practice real or is it a new age fraud?

Apart from Guru Rinpoche, has any other beings reached the rainbow body enlightenment?
Did Guru Rinpoche, Milarepa, Naropa, and Marpa reach Nirvana?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Dongho,

    Thank you for your very interesting questions. Within Tibetan Buddhist practice different tantric systems enumerate the chakras in different ways, depending on the methods and meditations that particular tantra emphasises. That being said the purpose of tantra is to move the winds and energies within the body in order to gain high realisations and ultimately enlightenment.

    The Hindu system of Kundalini yoga and the Buddhist tantric systems differ in their approach, benefits, methods and reasons for moving the energies within the body, though both originate in India. It is better to stick with one path and go all the way. For example if you are practicing Kundalini yoga, you approach the practice from the Hindu tradition, and in the case of Buddhist tantra, you approach the practice from a Buddhist viewpoint. Therefore if one is Hindu, you should stick with Hindu approaches and if Buddhist then stick with Buddhist approaches.

    Since both systems move the energies within the body, it is a must that one learn how to engage in the practice properly, under a qualified guru who can teach you the correct methods of practice. If you do not practice properly, there is danger within both systems of physical and mental harm occurring, due to lack of understanding of what to do and also incorrect methods.

    In regards to the Vajrayogini video that you shared, I am of the impression that it is not in keeping with the traditional practices as taught in Tibetan Buddhism. While there are physical exercises one can practice, the majority of the practice for Vajrayogini focuses inwards, therefore there is not much physical movement involved. It is these inner meditations that move the energies within the body, and not the movements as shown in the video. Physical movements and breathing exercises do help with the movement of energies within the body, however not to the extent as in Vajrayogini’s holy practice.

    In regards to the rainbow body enlightenment, yes there are many recorded instances of high level practitioners achieving this state. The ‘rainbow body’ method of enlightenment is just one way to achieve enlightenment within Tibetan Buddhism. Rainbow body actually means the Sambhogakaya of an enlightened being. Another method using which one can attain enlightenment is following the tantric systems as preserved and spread by Lama Tsongkhapa. In these tantric systems, one can achieve complete enlightenment at the time of death. Instead of entering the bardo state between rebirths that comes about due to karma, one can achieve enlightenment at the very time of one’s death in this life.

    Yes, all of the great masters you have mentioned reached full and complete enlightenment. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Lhamo tsering living in Parise

Tashi deleted rimpochen la Pls can you help me tell me What is my pass life My name is Lhamo tsering I was born in India Dheradun dun ,, l study at Tibetan home Mussorie ,,, I really don't know what date I born ad what is my horoscope ,, my both parent die very young age ,,, pls can you tell me my really horoscope ad my past life Thank you

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Lhamo Tsering,

    Thank you for your question. I am sorry but this section is not answered by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche but by the Kechara Pastors that His Eminence has trained. Unfortunately, I do not have any clairvoyance to be able to answer this question and neither am I trained enough in Tibetan Astrology to give you a detailed horoscope without your date of birth.

    Within Tibetan Astrology there are definitely methods to find out your previous life and as one progresses in various meditations within Tibetan Buddhist practice, one can learn about past lives. However these are just meant to be tools for you to use on your spiritual life. Through knowing your past lives, you are meant to learn about what previous actions lead to. Knowing this, we can improve our behaviour, thoughts, etc., for the better. Doing this we create good karma instead of bad karma, thereby improving our lives. If we are engaging in spiritual practice, we also learn to generate merits, which are necessary to gain spiritual attainments and ultimately enlightenment.

    If you are worried about negative astrological influences there are many practices that can help alleviate any problems you may be having. Such practices include those to Dorje Shugden (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden) or Black Manjushri (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/a-black-manjushri-sadhana-self-healing-meditation-and-exercises.html). I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Lee

What other protecter have sogtae besides , setrap, dorje shugden and nechung.
Does six armed mahakala, sengdongma , Palden lhamo have sogtae? I don't have a dharma protecter right now, and my teacher advised against dorje shugden but other teacher promotes it is there another protecter you would recommend.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Lee,

    Thank you for your question. Apart from Setrap, Dorje Shugden and Nechung there are many other Dharma protectors who have sogtae rituals. However, among the three other deities you listed, Sengdongma is not a Dharma protector. Rather she is actually a yidam (or meditational deity) whose practice is very beneficial.

    Sogtae exists for many Dharma protectors throughout the many traditions within Tibetan Buddhism. For example, there are sogtae rituals to the Five Warriors who are connected with the protector form of Hayagriva. There are also sogtae rituals connected with Tsiu Marpo, Four-faced Mahakala, Ekajati and Maning Mahakala. There are many more besides these.

    Since you have a teacher, if you have a formal relationship with this teacher such as having taken refuge with the teacher, any form of vows or empowerments, you should honour this relationship. If you want to engage in Dharma protector practice, you should request your teacher to introduce you to a suitable Dharma protector. This will be the best for your spiritual path. That being said all enlightened Dharma protectors are suitable for Buddhist practitioners, because they are emanations of the enlightened beings. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Demian

I have a Buddhist friend who has been bullied by other kids in his neighborhood. His parents couldn't do anything to help as the parents of the other kids simply called Buddhists "demonic" and so on. What could they do according to the teachings?
Wait, if we aren't supposed to worship unenlightened beings like Dorje Legpa, Za Rahula, Dorje Drakden, Pehar Gyalpo, Gemu, and Tashi Tseringma, then how come this website gives an article of worshiping nagas when they are also unenlightened?
If Tashi Tseringma is a worldly protector who was forced to be bound by Padmasambhava and Milarepa, then how come the Tenma oracle has gave the wrong prophecies? Does that mean that both the Gadhong oracle and Tenma oracle were really demons and not the real deities?
I've read that the dakini goddess, Kurukulle is also a goddess of magic. But is that true?
How does one perform mo divination or even Palden Lhamo scrying?
Is it okay to practice the Kuji-in mudras and mantras?
When one is being harassed eithe physically or mentally or both, how should one react according to the dharma? Does one fight back, avoid, or what?
What are the views of the syllable mantras like "A Yam Ram Mam Kham" and "Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Sey So Hung"?
How does one know if a teacher is lying or simply performing illusions?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Demian,

    Thank you for your questions. I’m sorry to hear about your friend who is being bullied by the other kids in the neighbourhood. According to Buddhist philosophy, the causes for this to occur is negative karma from previous lives. Therefore I would advise your friend and friend’s family to engage in purification practices to purify this karma. Perhaps your friend could also try to interact in a more beneficial way with other kids in the neighbourhood. While this may seem very difficult to do, it is a physically action that will help the situation, which coupled with prayers may help to alleviate the situation.

    In regards to worshiping unenlightened beings and the Apology to the Naga Realm, there is a difference between worshiping an enlightened being. We take safe refuge in enlightened beings, whereas the Apology to the Naga Realm is to be recited as apologetic verses. It is not that we are taking refuge in the Nagas, we are simply saying sorry if we have offended them in any way, as a means to maintain harmony. You can read more about taking refuge correctly here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/taking-refuge-by-pabongka-rinpoche.html. There is a whole section of the teachings in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (Day 12) which is devoted to the taking proper refuge. You can learn more about taking refuge that book.

    In regards to the oracles giving false prophecy, this has nothing to do with the deity in question. This is because the deity has been oath bound by an enlightened being, there is no way the deity in question would provide false prophecies. They are very powerful beings who work tirelessly for the sake of protecting the Dharma and sincere practitioners. Rather, in the case of false prophecy, this has to do with the oracles themselves. In the case of false prophecy, it could be either of two scenarios: the first is that the oracles took trance of malevolent spirits or, secondly, they might not have been taking trance at all. I do not have any form of clairvoyance, so I could not possibly say what actually happened. I am simply presenting what could have happened from a logical point of view.

    As for Kurukulle being the goddess of magic, this is due to a misunderstanding of Kurukulle’s main function. Her practice is used for purposes of magnetizing, or influencing others. This is not something that is negative, on the contrary, the benefits of her sadhana can only be used for positive purposes – such as influencing people away from non-virtues, to engaging in virtuous activities. This is the one of the benefits of her practice that has often been misunderstood.

    In order to engage in the mo divination techniques of Palden Lhamo, this follows the same sort of procedure that I have mentioned before in previous answers to you. First one must have the permission of one’s Lama, completed any retreat commitments, learnt how to do it from one’s Lama, received the appropriate dice and divination text and also engage in the Palden Lhamo practice every day. Only then can one engage in the practice of mo divination with any success. This is the same for all forms of divination within Tibetan Buddhism.

    I cannot comment on the Kuji-in mudras and mantras as they belong the Japanese form of Vajrayana practice. The practices that are preserved in that tradition are somewhat different from those of Tibetan Buddhism. If they practices can be traced back to an authentic source, for example Buddha Shakyamuni and the practices still have benefit, then they would be ok to practice. However, one should remember not to mix traditions. There is a saying in Tibet, that in Tibet people practice many yidams (or many meditational paths) and do not achieve even one. But in India, they practiced only one yidam (or meditational practice) and achieved them all. This basically means that it is advisable to choose one path, and then stick with it all the way to enlightenment. This is not to say that all other paths are wrong, just that we will get confused and not progress on the spiritual path if we are practicing different systems at the same time. They however lead to the same goal – enlightenment.

    If one is being harassed then one should follow the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation. There is a verse that says: “When others out of jealousy, mistreat me with abuse, slander and so on, I will practise accepting defeat and offering the victory to them.” This means that we should offer them the victory and not fight back. Obviously in some situations we need to protect ourselves physically and this is ok. But we should not provoke them but simply protect ourselves. This is because within the Buddhist path, we first realise that what we are experiencing is due to karma. If we react negatively to any situation, then we are generating more negative karma. We should forgive and let go, then the karma is purified. We also need to develop compassion for these people because they are also suffering from their delusions and karma.

    As for the two mantras you have described, the first is commonly used by the Bon tradition and the other is a mantra from a Kundalini yoga tradition. These are both not Buddhist traditions so I cannot comment on their validity from their respective traditions. However, from a Buddhist point of view, they do not invoke upon the enlightened beings, therefore cannot help to transcend samsara and achieve nirvana. Therefore Buddhists would not engage in these mantras, as the goal of a Buddhist is to transcend samsara. This is not to say anything about these mantras simply that they do not align to the goals of a Buddhist practitioner.

    In regards to a teacher lying or simply performing an illusion, most people cannot tell. Either because they are not currently aware of the truth of the situation or do not have clairvoyance. Rather than asking this, the question should be how do we tell if a teachers is genuine or not. This is rather self-evident, you see how they behave ethically. Are they keeping their vows if they have any, are they doing good for the world? Are they benefiting people on many levels? And are their current students showing the same signs of benefiting others? This applies to all religions. All true religious leaders and teachers will not work for themselves, but will focus out and help others. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Demian

I read the article of Nyatrul and have been being bugged with questions. Why would the present incarnations of the Rinpoches and Dalai Lama not remember Nyatrul before in their previous incarnations?
If the Nechung Oracle is actually being possessed by Nyatrul, does that mean that the Tenma Oracle and previous Gadhong oracle were evil spirits helping Nyatrul or were they the real deities?
I've read that the Nechung oracle has to go through a certain training to let Dorje Drakden in the body, but does that mean all those years of training only led to an evil spirit taking over instead?
If Nyatrul took over the Nechung Oracle, where is the real Dorje Drakden? Does that mean Dorje Drakden was defeated to this spirit and innocent this whole time?
Isn't there any prayers or rituals to Nyatrul to settle him down or lead him into paradise?
Would the black magic mantras be to Mahakala, Yamantaka, or unenlightened spirits and demons?
Is Lotsawa house a recommended place to obtain teachings, prayers, and dharma?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Demian,

    Thank you for your question. Please see the answer below in regards to the abilities of the enlightened beings, they definitely have clairvoyance and the ability to remember their previous incarnations.

    Just because the Nechung oracle may be taking trance of Nyatrul rather than Nechung, this does not necessarily mean that the Tenma and previous Gadhong oracle were not taking trance of their respective deities. This is only one example of an oracle, this does not automatically make all other oracles wrong.

    That being said, Pehar Gyalpo, Shinjachan and the Tenma goddesses are definitely not evil spirit beings, they have been bound by Guru Rinpoche to protect the Dharma. Therefore they are not evil and not harm people. They are real and powerful Dharma protectors for sure. However I cannot tell you if the oracles were taking real trance of the deities or not as I do not have clairvoyance.

    In regards to the training of an oracle, please see my answer to the previous question below. Just because an oracle takes trance of another being apart from Nechung, that does not mean that Nechung was defeated in any way. It simply means that the oracle could no longer take trance of Nechung and therefore another spirit was able to enter.

    Since Nyatrul is a spirit there are many different rituals that could settle him down and place him on a more righteous path. However since we are within samsara, these rituals would only be successful if the prevalent collective karma of the people meant the conditions were right for it to be done. Since the negative karma for the Tibetan government has opened up due to their previous actions, perhaps the lamas are indeed helping by preventing physical harm or other misfortune. Perhaps the karma is so negative that if they don’t let the karma complete, it may manifest in another more negative situation.

    In regards to black magic mantras, there are no such mantras to either Mahakala or Yamantaka, this is because these beings are enlightened. Their practices can only help one progress on the spiritual path and not harm others.

    In regards to Lotsawa House, their website seems to be a good place to find translations and prayers. If you have not already done so, there are many prayers on available here as well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/prayers-and-sadhanas. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by jason

If nyatrul the demon was indeed pretending to be nechung shouldn't the Dalai Lama who is a emanation of chenrenzig know? How can highly attained lamas be fooled by a demon…. Is the guru triple gems that weak that even a demon can fool them. Are lamas like zong rinpoche , trijang rinpoche and other high lamas which are in the retinue of his holiness the Dalai Lama , that easily fooled. That they can not determine a demon from a protecter.Is the oracle ,who was trained by many high lamas , that unskilled and powerless that even a demon can enter as he pleases…. Are these oracles themselves not accomplished practioniners them selves? These are the question which trouble me

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Jason,

    Thank you for your interesting question. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is definitely the emanation of Chenrezig and the other great masters are likewise the emanations of enlightened beings. You are very right that they cannot be fooled by any being because they have full and unobstructed clairvoyance.

    In relation to Nyatrul, the trances in question were requested by the Tibetan government and not the religious leaders. This would confirm the story that the oracle is taking trance of a spirit rather than of Nechung. This is because Nyatrul arose in his current form to exact revenge on the government.

    I could not possibly begin to understand the divine plan of enlightened beings, but I believe there is reason for the enlightened lamas remaining silent and this has to do with karma. It could be that the collective negative karma of the Tibetan government has ripened to an extent that they need to go through this situation. The enlightened lamas see that the government needs to through this in order for the karma to be exhausted, therefore they remain silent on the matter.

    They may also be protecting the Tibetan government from physical harm from Nyatrul, but as the government created the causes to be harmed by Nyatrul by having his previous incarnation brutally murdered, perhaps this has come to fruition by the oracle taking trance of Nyatrul instead of Nechung to give false predictions.

    As for oracles, the process of training is very strenuous and takes a long time. Once an oracle is trained, the oracle needs to maintain a very strict and pure lifestyle. If not then an oracle can end up taking trance of another being. In fact it is said that it is very difficult for oracles to take trance of Nechung as he is very wrathful in nature. There have been many instances in the past when oracles have lost their position or were disgraced because they ended up taking trance of malevolent beings. For example during the life of His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama, the Nechung oracle made false predictions in regards to the British invasion and also the medication that ultimately led to the death of His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama.

    Oracles themselves do not necessarily have to be highly accomplished practitioners themselves. Their ability can be either be due to natural ability to take trance, which is then honed by the lamas or it is the lamas themselves who open the energy channels of the oracles. Obviously the oracle would have needed to engaged in retreats to allow any form of trance to be more clear, but it is not necessary for the oracle to be a highly accomplished practitioner. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Demian

What are the views of the Mahayana bodhisattva Cundi?
Is Manjushri's mantra pronounced as "Om Ara Pa Sa Na Dhih" or "Om ara Pa cha Na Dhich"?
What would be the Buddhist views of witchcraft, New Age religion, and Wicca?
Is the mantra that cleanses meat also cleans fast food, eggs, sugar, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, garlic, onions, and etc.? Would "Om Mani Padme Hum" clean those foods?
What's the mantra of dharmapalas Tshangspa Dkarpo, Begtse, and 2 armed Mahakala?
Can visualized prayer wheels have the same effect as actual prayer wheels?
How is one free from all desire when they only have the desire of to be free from desire?
I read that on days like Shakyamuni day, Amitabha Buddha Day, Guru Rinpoche day, Dakini day, and so on, you can't sing. Would that mean singing sutras or mantras be sinful? If so, wouldn't that mean that chanting is sinful as well?
Is the mantra to the Dalai Lama the same for all his incarnations?
Would it be okay to say a mantra of a specific deity to their emanation? For example, Manjushri mantra to Dorje Shugden and vice versa. and Saraswati mantra to Palden Lhamo and vice versa.
What are the views of occult, Freemasons, and Hermetic Golden Dawns?
Can offerings be visualized instead of being offered physically and is there such thing as an astral temple/altar?
If yogis and gurus can't eat meat, then how come the enlightened yogi, Milarepa, ate meat? Or even Lama Atisha offering his own flesh to feed the starving?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Demian,

    Thank you for your questions. Please see my reply below:

    A) The Bodhisattva Cundi is considered to be an emanation of Chenresig by some. In any case she is closely related to Chenresig as she is mentioned in the Karandavyuha Sutra. This sutra centers on Chenresig and is the sutra in which Chenresig’s mantra of ‘Om Mani Peme Hung’ was first taught. In the sutra Buddha explains the benefits of Cundi. She is a Bodhisattva that has the ability to heal, both physically and mentally.

    B) At Kechara, we have been taught by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to recite Manjushri’s mantra as OM AH RA BA TSA NA DHI.

    C) From a Buddhist perspective those who practice witchcraft, New Age religions and Wicca are not bad people, as some other religions label them. There are many religions in the world and everybody has the right to practice what they want to. That is a human right. There are many beings such as gods, demi-gods and spirits that exist and people can contact them for help. However from a Buddhist perspective these beings cannot help you to achieve enlightenment and thereby end your suffering for ever. These beings are powerful and can help in worldly affairs and higher states of being within samsara. From a Buddhist perspective only the Buddhas can help you transcend all forms of existence within samsara and achieve enlightenment.

    D) The mantra to bless meat that I shared with you before, is only used to bless meat. This purifies the fault of eating meat (the non-virtue of killing) and blesses the mindstream of the animal. This does not extend to the purification of other food, such as vegetables, roots, etc. Mantras would not be able to ‘clean’ food because they are of a samsaric nature. For example, in the case of meat, even though you have purified the karmic effects of eating it, you are still physically eating meat. Therefore it will still effect your body. The mantra can only purify the karmic fault of eating the meat and not the physical effect of eating meat.

    Some of the food you have mentioned actually alter the psychic winds within our body and have an effect on us physically. This food cannot be ‘cleaned’ as such karmically speaking. If unwholesome actions were engaged in when producing the vegetables, then when you eat it, you also bear some karmic responsibility. In this case, blessing the food with mantras will cleanse the karmic effect of eating it.

    The best way to use eating food on the path however, is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat or drink to the Buddhas. This way, the physical act of eating turns into something meritorious as we make an offering. For example, we can offer the first portion of our food onto the altar as an offering. Or we can recite prayers before we start eating, thinking that the food has been offered to the Buddhas, and they have accepted the offering. Then when we are eating we think that we are eating simply to sustain our bodies. This will cut attachment to food as well.

    Food offering prayer to Lama Tsongkhapa:

    OM AH HUM (3x)
    GANGCHEN SHING TAI SOLJE TSONGKHAPA
    NGOTOB RIGPAI WANGCHUNG GYALTSAB JE
    DONGA TENPAI DAGPO KHEDRUB JE
    GYALWA YABSE SUMLA CHOPA BUL

    E) As for prayer wheels I have never come across a practice before in which they are visualised. I do not think they will have the same effect as physical prayers wheels. This is because prayer wheels exists physically, the mantras are actually written down, therefore when you turn the prayer wheel the energies are sent out into the environment in from of the physical mantra. If we visualise this there is no physical basis for this. If you recite mantras however, they have a physical basis which is sound. Therefore reciting mantras will also have the same benefit as turning a prayer wheel.

    F) In regards to your question about desire, this is a very good question. Here you are asking questions in regards to the nature of existence, belonging to the wisdom teachings. Yes on an ordinary level we have a desire to be free of desire. On the path, we need to develop this desire so that we can engage in virtuous practice. However at the end of the path we need to have the realisation that all desire are part of samsara. When we realise that, we realise the true nature of existence. At that point we have no more desire because we have reached the highest potential – Buddhahood.

    G) In regards to singing on certain holy days, this is actually to do with precepts one can take during these days. All activities that exist within samsara can either be virtuous or non-virtuous. When we sing, we usually do so for entertainment. Entertainment, while not negative itself does not improve our situation within samsara, it is not an activity that leads us out of samsara. On these holy days, practitioners take the eight precepts. These precepts are so the pracitioners refrain from engaging in actions that do not bring spiritual benefit. As they only engage in virtuous actions on these days, they generate merit that leads to enlightenment.

    The chanting of mantras and prayers, however, is a virtuous activity. Therefore this does not apply to this precept. This is because the chanting of mantras and prayers is a virtuous activity that aids in the attainment of enlightenment.

    H) In regards to the name mantra of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the mantra is not the same for each incarnation. The reason being is that the mantra actually contains the name of His Holiness in its Sanskrit form. As the Tibetan language was formulated to translate and preserve the Dharma from the Sanskrit sources, the meaning of the words are exactly the same. For example, in the name mantra of His Holiness are Shasana Dhara (Tenzin in Tibetan) and Samudra (Gyatso in Tibetan). Tenzin Gyatso is part of His Holiness’s name. Therefore the holy name mantras are different for each successive incarnation.

    I) In regards to reciting mantras of a specific deity to their emanations, of course you can do this. After all they are one and the same on the ultimate level. It is just that their forms are different to help you in different ways. That said, if you want to receive the benefits of that particular emanation, then it is better to recite the actual mantra of that particular emanation.

    For example, Manjushri’s manta is very beneficial for developing wisdom and Dorje Shugden’s mantra is very beneficial for removing obstacles and creating conducive conditions. By all means you can recite Manjushri’s mantra to Dorje Shugden, however in terms of clearing obstacles, Dorje Shugden’s mantra would be better as that is why Manjushri arose in that particular form. Here we see the compassion of the enlightened beings, who are always emanating into various forms to help sentient beings in many different ways.

    J) In regards to practices such as Freemasons, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, etc., from a Buddhist perspective they are like the New Age, Wiccan traditions that you mentioned earlier. They are not wrong or right, they just attain the various highest states of samsaric existence. According to a Buddhist perspective, only by achieving enlightenment, can one transcend samsaric existence.

    K) Yes, offerings can be visualised. In fact within many prayers one is to visualise offerings as vast as space being offered up to the Buddhas. This generates tremendous merit for one’s spiritual journey. There is no such thing as an astral temple, however the Buddha’s do have pure lands where their forms reside.

    L) Your question about the great masters of the past who eat meat, this is actually one of attainment. For example, you and me are ordinary people, we are bound by karma and cause and effect. The great enlightened beings of the past eat meat. But by them doing so they actually benefited the beings whose flesh they eat. Just like the blessing meat mantra blesses the mind of the animals that were killed, the great masters eating the meat of animals blesses them due to the power of their attainment.

Question asked by Demian

What are the views of Sherab Chamma and what are the benefits of her mantra? Is she truly enlightened or is she another deity subdued by Guru Rinpoche? Would it be wise to pray to her or recite her mantra? What are the views of Yeshe Walmo and the benefits of her mantra? Is she enlightened or was she subdued? Would it be wise to pray to her and recite her mantra?
Who is Tonpa Shenrab and is he enlightened as people say he is or is he not? Would it be a good idea to pray to him or chant his mantras?
Is the Tibetan Bon mantra to the Medicine Buddha:
OM NA MA MIR TA YU DRANG RED NA A MIR TA DRUM DU
wise to chant?
As for Sidpe Gyalmo, is she the goddess Palden Lhamo herself? Would it be good to pray to her or recite her mantra? Is she enlightened?
Can the bija mantras be visualized in English? Why does Vajrayana Buddhism have so much sexual stuff? Like the lotus being the womb, the vajra being the phallus, and so on?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Demian,

    Thank you for the questions. The deities you have mentioned in these questions are not part of Tibetan Buddhist practice but are actually from the Tibetan Bon tradition. This tradition existed in Tibet before Buddhism was brought over from India and was the indigenous religion of the country. I am not familiar with this tradition as it is a different religion than Buddhism, but I have attempted to answer your questions below.

    In Bon, Sherab Chamma is a healing deity and one that is propitiated for protection from spirit harm. As far as I am aware she was not subdued by Guru Rinpoche and therefore does not appear in any Tibetan Buddhist practices. From a Buddhist perspective we do not take refuge in worldly deities therefore those practicing the Buddhist path would not pray to or engage in her mantra recitation.

    Yeshe Walmo is a being who protects the teachings of the Bon tradition. From a Buddhist perspective she is neither enlightened not subdued. Tonpa Shenrab is the founder of the Bon religion. He is said to have been a man who achieved a high state of existence, and then taught the Bon religion to others. Within Tibetan Buddhism he is not worshiped, as his practice belongs to the Bon religion.

    Regarding the Bon version of Medicine Buddha, I do not know anything about this. Within Tibetan Buddhism, Medicine Buddha was a high level Bodisattva who took 12 vows to assist people with healing, both physically and mentally and leading them to enlightenment. Upon achieving enlightenment, he manifested in a form that could do this. As to the mantra, since I am practicing Buddhism, I would follow the Buddhist mantra that is mentioned in the sutras.

    Sidpe Gyalmo is a separate deity than the Dharma protector Palden Lhamo. They are not the same, even though iconographically speaking they have some similar features.

    When you are practicing the Buddhist visualisation techniques of the seed syllables, you can visualise them in English if you cannot visualise them in Tibetan/Sanskrit. This is perfectly acceptable.

    In regards to the imagery used in Vajrayana, we need to look beyond what we ordinarily think of. For example, the sexual imagery actually represents the conjoining of two factors necessary to achieve enlightenment, wisdom and compassion. Extend this to other imagery, such as violent imagery, this represents overcoming of the most severe negative karma that causes us to suffer. Within Vajrayana each and every aspect of visualisation or imagery has a deeper meaning. It is not simply confined to what we see. The reason why Vajrayana is so powerful is that it directs our emotions and therefore energies towards something beneficial, attaining enlightenment. That is why when we see tantric imagery they may seem overly sexual or violent, because it is those emotions that are channelled to develop wisdom and compassion through practice. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Thorim

Hello,
Recently I tried to "mix" the Shenrezig visualisation with Tonglen by: visualising clear compassionate lights coming from Shenrezig to me at the inspiration and during expiration these lights go to all sentients beings, all of that will reciting the mani and it seems to "work" well. Even if it is not an "official" pratice, is it OK?

Thanks

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Thorim,

    Thank you for your question. Traditionally speaking, meditations and visualisations are kept to their original form. This is because that is how they were taught and how they have been practiced since. The matter of fact is that these visualisations work and are extremely beneficial in their original form.

    If you haven’t received empowerment into the practice, which would entail specific visualisations and methods of practice, then the visualisation you have described above is ok. This is because the energies of Chenresig are compassionate and cannot harm in any way whatsoever.

    You can visualise the healing and compassionate lights from Chenresig filling your body and visualise this light overflowing from your body into the world. This light then extends to all sentient beings, bringing them happiness. Everyone is blessed by the energies of Chenresig. I hope this helps. This visualisation is actually common in Chenresig’s practice. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

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Meet the Pastors

Serving the community. Tirelessly

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

Pastor Chia (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Khong Jean Ai (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

Pastor Shin Tan (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

Pastor Adeline Woon (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

Pastor 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
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 09:46 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this contest to create awareness on the plight of our dinner, before they ended up on our plate. The meat that ended up on our dinner plates are not some chemically produced lifeless “thing”. They are animals who have feelings, can feel pain and suffer a great deal under unhygienic environment, probably able to feel more than us for that matter. This is a fact. We should not ignore it and blindfold our conscious by pretending that the meat we are consuming led a happy life and died peacefully before they ended up on our plate. Do our part by contributing to less suffering for the animals. Go vegetarian.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/win-a-manjushri-statue.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 09:23 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 05:52 PM
    The Tibetan government in exile in North India (CTA) has in their laws and charters that if you practice Dorje Shugden as your spiritual path:

    1. You are not allowed in Tibetan hospitals.
    2. Your children are not allowed in Tibetan schools.
    3. You may not join in community events in the refugee communities throughout India.
    4. You may not work in any jobs provided by Tibetan govt even if you are qualified within India.
    5. You are not allowed to attend any public talks by the Dalai Lama even secular in nature. You are checked for ID at the door claiming it’s for security.
    6. They restrict your travel by taking extra lengths to complicate issuing you proper papers.
    7. During public speeches, they denigrade the deity Dorje Shugden in order to have public opinion turned against those who practice Dorje Shugden.
    8. They create videos, documentaries and books ‘advertising’ Dorje Shugden as a bad deity. But they call this ‘advice’ only. They allocate much needed funds towards materials with ‘evidence’ that Dorje Shugden is harmful. What kind of government fund campaigns against a particular religion?
    9. They bar/expel you from from entering monasteries based on the fact you practice Dorje Shugden.
    10. Because they have received international pressure and was embarassed, they do not directly restrict you from the practice of Dorje Shugden but produce materials to speak against this faith isolating individuals who continue from the community.
    11. They have smear campaigns funded by the CTA’s Dept of Information & International Relations on social media to destroy the reputation of certain Tibetan teachers who continue to practice Dorje Shugden.
    12. They villify Dorje Shugden practitoners as people who are against Tibetan freedom, Tibetan culture and conveniently called them China spies and violent. This is part of their campaign. Why would China pay anyone to pray to Dorje Shugden? I do not know about others, but I receive no payment for my spiritual practice of Dorje Shugden from any individual, organization or government. I am accused of this as a smear campaign to silence me. But prove clearly that I receive payment from any govt or organization for my practice of Dorje Shugden. If you cannot prove it but continue to say so, then it’s an organized smear campaign from the Dept of Information & International Relations of the CTA in Dharamsala for what they see as defiance when it’s really religious freedom.
    13. Tibetan government in exile has been known to encourage the crowd to harm Dorje Shugden practitioners by posting ‘wanted’ posters of well known and defiant Dorje Shugden practitoners in the 24 refugee communities throughout India.
    14. Whatever donations, gifts, items, help given to the Tibetan govt, their hospitals, Monasteries, schools, individuals by Dorje Shugden practitioners prior to the ban against Dorje Shugden in 1996 has not been refunded or returned. Many Dorje Shugden practitioners including myself have made substantial donations to many sectors of the Tibetan refugee communities and monasteries and all items and monies have not been returned. If Dorje Shugden practitioners are bad, why keep their donations and gifts but restrict their presence?

    I have nothing against Tibet, Tibetans or His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In fact I wish His Holiness long life and health always. I have never said in speech or print any negative word against His Holiness the Dalai Lama. But this ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners is unfair, undemocratic and against human rights. It must be addressed, revoked and removed. It is creating a huge rift within Tibetan communities where we need to be united to preserve our culture, religion and way of life around the world. Whether an individual wishes to practice Dorje Shugden or not is up to the individual, but there should be no restrictions or prejudice created by CTA for engaging in this practice. Now in the 21st century, only in the Tibetan communities lead by CTA, there is heavy religious discrimination. But some find it hard to believe because it does not match the reputation of the Dalai Lama in which the CTA is under. If there is no ban and systematic controlled and funded tyranny against Dorje Shugden practitioners like myself, why should I speak up or say these things? I have no gains to speak up if it was not true. There are thousands of other individuals who can attest to all I have said and much proof to find even on the internet. This systematic tyranny against the fundamental human right of religious choice to practice Dorje Shugden must stop before it creates more damage to individuals and groups and at the same time bringing down the reputation of the CTA or Tibetan govt in exile headquartered in Dharamsala, North India as backward and tyrannical.

    Tsem Rinpoche
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
  • sonnytan
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 01:37 PM
    sonny tan on Jan 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    Hello jeff Weegee, you came here to insult our guru and claimed that he gets monetary support from China without any documentary,evidential, bullet proof and solid evidence. In the eyes of the learned criminal court judges this statement itself is very defamatory and you can be sued for character assasination and defamation. However, you are not very smart enough thinking that by coming here and abusing our kind guru’s nature and forgiving heart with such nonsensical unproven lies he will not institute further action. It only means that you wantonly and deliberately wants to hurt my guru’s good name thinking that by saying the above he will not retaliate but I beg to differ as you will never know what his students have in store for people of loose characters. We may not be as forgiving as our guru because you intentionally wants to ruin my guru’s reputation and that itself is an urgent call for us to defend him when viciously attacked. We will vehemently pursue such unproven accusations without repose and put to rest all these once and for all and eventually let justice prevails
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 22. 2017 06:05 PM
    Yes it is time to worry for sure if we are not doing anything to protect our earth , environment and animals .There’s the threat that climate change will do more harm.One recent study found that as temperatures rise over the next century.Marine life of dolphins , leatherback sea turtles and so forth are affected .Sooner or later they will be extnct due to global warming. .Scientists discovered environmental pollution can cause human fertility.
    Human activity, including over fishing, unsustainable agriculture, a dramatic loss in natural habitats, and—of course—climate change are to be blamed. Hence it is indeed a time to worry and put in more effort to protect our environment and earth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/is-it-time-to-worry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 22. 2017 03:27 PM
    The global warming has become alarming and at risks. Arctic drilling could speed up global warming and harm endangered wildlife in the Arctic. Its good that former US President Obama ban offshore drilling untill 2022. Even though this ban only last for five years it is at least protected. With the new President Trump ,i do hope he won’t withdrew global effort to reduce fossil fuel emission and hoping that more people are aware of what happening to the arctic .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and videos too.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/offshore-drilling-in-arctic-banned.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2017 08:47 PM
    It is very sad that the effect of pollution and rubbish is getting worse. All of us are living in this world and have the responsibilities to take care of our environment. We can stop all this by starting from our self. Always be mindful, throw rubbish in the right place and use more recycle items.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2017 08:33 PM
    Kaizen practise is a good method to start training our mind to push ourselves and do something new everyday for 1 minute. Because it start with 1 minute, we would not have reason to not do it. Once we started to learn something new and continuously doing it, we will get use to and improve it further.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-one-minute-method-for-overcoming-laziness.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 10:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion and also the support team to have this short prayer translated into Tibetan language. This is great to let more people from different countries and races to read this wonderful prayer to Dorje Shugden.

    May everyone be blessed by Dorje Shugden and able to meet a qualified guru to learn and practice dharma for the benefit of others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden-tibetan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 08:33 PM
    Beautiful, inspiring and so touching story…. of Alvaro Munera a former bullfighter. He is a real hero who learned his lesson through reason and thinking.That is really great of him and even campaigning against bullfighting.He accepted his faith and realized that animals do have feelings too.Not to harm them but to protect them.
    Thank you Rinpoche foe sharing such a touching story
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-not-miss-this-so-touching.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 07:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing Its alarming that plastic pollution has already reached deep oceans which has negatively affecting deep sea animals.The researchers found inside the deep sea animals were polyester, nylon and acrylic.That is bad enough causing ingestion in deep sea animals, such as sea cucumbers, hermit crabs and squat lobsters .Sooner or later they are becoming extinct due to all these plastic pollution. Deep sea animals have the freedom to live too. Do hope all of us take responsibility to care for the environment. Attitude and educating ourselves and sharing with others on the best and safest ways of disposal of rubbish will be wonderful.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 04:33 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. It is so sad to learn about the negative impact of our human lifestyle and usage on the animals living in deep sea. Nothing on this Earth can escape our influence because we are a member and a crucial one for all intent and purposes, of this big ecosystem call Earth. I hope through these discoveries and learning, it will awaken our conscious to do something to preserve Earth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 04:21 PM
    It is wonderful to learn about the Yayasan Kechara Indonesia team’s effort in fundraising by conquering Mt Rinjani. It is also very meaningful to find out the members of this hike overcome personal and physical limitation to reach the peak. “…thinking Instead of just letting life throw random challenges at me, I should go ahead and provide myself with truly meaningful challenges.” Rejoice and well done! Thank you for this sharing, Valentina.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/guess-what-we-did-on-mt-rijani.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 12:28 AM
    Taking baby steps to train up our consistency and persistency is really a cool innovation from the traditional “cold turkey” approach. Since this is a trust and proven method, we should give it a try and conquer one of our limitation. Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-one-minute-method-for-overcoming-laziness.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 12:22 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Great to be informed of this alternative that deters insects and rodents from getting too intimate with us. The smell of mint is really nice and it has many benefits to our human body too. Hence, it will be a good idea to add mint leaves into our grocery shopping list.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/try-this-to-repel-insects-in-your-house.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 weeks ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 weeks ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
4 weeks ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
1 month ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
1 month ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
2 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
2 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
2 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
2 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
2 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
3 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
3 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
4 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
4 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
4 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
4 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
4 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
4 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
4 months ago
This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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