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Question asked by Anonymous 1

Hi pastors,

I have a problem… I love someone and right now the feeling is gone.. But In my head i know i still love her.. Is there any sort of mantras i can do to get that feeling back?

TQ

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Anonymous 1,
    There is no mantra that will bring samsaric love. However, there are a lot of mantras than can help you to generate loving kindness towards all beings and that includes the person you said you love such as Chenrezig’s mantra – Om Mani Padme Hum, Migtsema and so forth. However, I think that the root of the problem lies not in a mantra but in the actual reason why you fell out of love.

    It could be because you realize something of her past or her character that you didn’t like or that you had grown tired of her company? Whatever is the reason, it does not really matter. It will be more important to examine your reasons for loving her and see if things can be made to work out. I hope this helps you.

Question asked by Bazir

Are ascended masters real?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Bazir,

    Thank you for your question. Within Buddhism there is a strong belief in varying levels of spiritual achievement, ranging all the way to complete enlightenment, which is outside of samsaric or cyclic existence. There are many such ways of categorising such spiritual progress, one of these is the ten-level system of the Bodhisattva. Beings on these levels necessarily help and assist beings in their own spiritual journeys. This mirrors the belief that ascended masters also help people in their spiritual journeys.

    Since these systems of differing spiritual levels exist within Buddhism, beings such as the ascended masters may very well exist. However, it is difficult to tell with any degree of certainty for two reasons. The first is that the theory of ascended masters is based on the western Theosophy teachings. How the ascended masters are described in these teachings do not have a direct counterpart from a Buddhist perspective, as they are based on two very different perspectives of reality, existence and divinity. Secondly, in Buddhism it is believed that only beings of the same level can judge the spiritual attainments of another being of the same level or lower. Unfortunately, I am not highly attained, therefore I cannot judge another being even slightly more spiritually attained than myself. However, you can judge the actions of the ascended masters, if they are beneficial, harmful or neutral. If they are beneficial, than that is ok, but if neutral or bad we should try not to associate with them, as such beings can drag us down in our spiritual journey.

    On another note, here is a list of 84 Mahasiddhas, who represent all those beings who attained a direct realisation of the Buddha’s teachings. You may find their stories interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/vajradhara-and-84-mahasiddhas.html.

    I hope this helps.

Question asked by Lhamo

Whenever I'm chanting or meditating, I often have this goosebumps feeling as though something is rising out of me and there is a presence. Is this normal?
I found a website on Vajrakilaya, and his mantras. Are these correct? Here's the link:

The Tibetan Bon Terma of the Phurba/Demon Dagger and Grimoire of Vajra-Kila – from the Archives of ZAXON Publishing

When visualizing our consciousness rising out of our body, do we have to visualize Amitayus or can we visualize other Buddhas like Guru Rinpoche?
When there is a mantra to reveal past, present, and future, is it to be recited while scrying or through dreams?
I've noticed that certain Hindu deities like Varuna, Saraswati, Yama, and Kubera ended up becoming Buddhas like Varuna as one of the 35 confessional Buddhas, Saraswati as the consort of Manjushri, Kubera as Yellow Dzambhala and Vaishravana, Lakshmi as Vasudhare, Brahma as Tshangs Dkarpo, Shiva as one of the 75 Mahakalas, Vishnu as Hayagriva, Ganesha as Ganapti, Yama as one of the 8 main dharmapalas, wrathful Hindu Tara to peaceful Tara, and so on. Does this mean that nearly all the deities like Dhumavati, Kali, Brahma, Vishnu, and so on are Buddhas? Is Siddhartha Gautama(aka. Shakyamuni Buddha) an incarnation of Vishnu?
Is Kali really the mother of the universe? According to this video, it debunks Abrahamic religions and claims that Kali is the mother:

Is Vajrayogini the goddess Chinnamasta? In one of the articles here, it showed Vajrayogini to be an identical figure to the Hindu goddess Chinnamasta.
Why would a person sacrifice their own flesh to deities and demons in Chod practice?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Lhamo,
    You have a lot of questions and it will be answered one-by-one.

    Whenever I’m chanting or meditating, I often have this goosebumps feeling as though something is rising out of me and there is a presence. Is this normal?
    – When we engage in our chanting and meditations, ethereal beings like spirits would sometimes be attracted to the energy and this is normal as they are everywhere. As long as we hold our vows and commitments as Buddhist, the spirits would not be able to harm us. In fact, we can even bless them by the recitation of our mantras especially if we generate compassion for them. Just getting goosebumps does not necessarily mean there is presence but there is a high chance it might be one. Whatever it is, it is not necessary to focus on this

    I found a website on Vajrakilaya, and his mantras. Are these correct?
    – We belong to the Gelug tradition and we are unfamiliar with the mantras and practices of the Nyingma tradition. You could write in to the site to ask for the source of their prayers and mantras. If it is from a lama or tulku that is reputable in the Nyingma lineage, then it should be alright.

    When visualizing our consciousness rising out of our body, do we have to visualize Amitayus or can we visualize other Buddhas like Guru Rinpoche?
    – It is not clear what practice or meditation you are referring to with this question. Generally, visualizing the yidam and our lama as one is one of the most effective method to tap into the blessings of the yidam.

    When there is a mantra to reveal past, present, and future, is it to be recited while scrying or through dreams?
    – If you are talking about developing clairvoyance, Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche who is one of Tsem Rinpoche’s teachers said that one can develop it with any forms of Manjushri. That means we have to engage in its retreat of 100,000 at the very least and it would be preferable to receive the initiation prior to engaging in deep retreats of the yidam.

    Does this mean that nearly all the deities like Dhumavati, Kali, Brahma, Vishnu, and so on are Buddhas? Is Siddhartha Gautama(aka. Shakyamuni Buddha) an incarnation of Vishnu? – No, the yidams are enlightened beings that take on the form that is similar to worldly deities but their nature is vastly different. If we rely on enlightened beings, they can lead us directly and indirectly to enlightenment while worldly beings can benefit us but they are unable to bring us to enlightenment because they are not enlightened themselves.

    As for the Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddhists do not believed him to be an incarnation of a God. He is merely a man who have discovered the truth and became the awakened one. In fact, the Buddha was asked if he was a god and he said no. He is merely awakened.

    Is Kali really the mother of the universe? According to this video, it debunks Abrahamic religions and claims that Kali is the mother – In Buddhism, we do not believe in a creator being who created the universe. We believe it is our karma the result of our previous actions that creating our current existence and experience.

    Is Vajrayogini the goddess Chinnamasta? In one of the articles here, it showed Vajrayogini to be an identical figure to the Hindu goddess Chinnamasta.
    – Yes, one form of Vajrayogini is the headless Vajrayogini or Chinnamasta. Somehow, her form was incorporated into the Hindu pantheon just like how Buddha Shakyamuni was incorporated into the Hindu pantheon as well.

    Why would a person sacrifice their own flesh to deities and demons in Chod practice?
    – This is tantric visualization and it is purely symbolic in nature. We sacrifice our body because it symbolize our greatest attachment and self-grasping, which is the self-cherishing ‘I’ and it is the source of all our delusions and sufferings. Chod practice directly counters this deep seated self-cherishing ‘I’ by offering our body up as an offering to nourish deities and demons. This offering is done by visualization to purify karma and accumulate tremendous amounts of merits. There is more to this and you need to receive the initiation and read the commentary to know the full meaning but what is explained here is just the general meaning. Hope these answers helped you. Thank you.

Question asked by THorim

Dear pastors(sorry for my english), I want to know what to do when compassion/loving kindness to not "arise" when I medidate on it? Even if I try a lot of techniques like Tonglen, Shenrezig Sadhana most of the time it do not "arise"(like 95% of the time) even if I set a strong motivation and I medidate on it just as the same as when it is "working".

Thanks!

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Thorim,

    Thank you for your question, it is good to see you again here. You are very keen on developing compassion which is very beneficial and will take you a long way on your spiritual journey.

    In the Lam Rim, or graduated stages of the path to enlightenment, teachings there are listed many ways to develop compassion. When we engage on meditations such as Tonglen or the sadhana of Chenresig, we may find that we do not feel like we are generating compassion. In this case, what we can do is employ the meditations as listed in the Lam Rim to supplement these, which will definitely see compassion arise in your mind if engaged in properly.

    In the text entitled Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, Pabongka Rinpoche explains the path to enlightenment step by step. In fact this text is an experiential handbook that leads to enlightenment. It is important to note, that these instructions are to be practiced in sequence. Therefore if you have not already been practising or meditating on the earlier instructions, then the development of compassion will not come easily. Therefore one should start from the beginning of the path to enlightenment, or continually reinforce the earlier points in order to build a strong understanding and practice the higher aspects of the path.

    In the chapters entitled Day 16 and Day 17, two particular meditation methods are listed to aid in the development of compassion. These are (1) developing compassion through the cause-and-effect instruction and (2) the seven-point mind training. These two methods heighten the development of compassion because one is able to meditate and contemplate on compassion on deeper levels. I’ll highlight some of the points of these two methods below.

    Developing compassion through the cause-and-effect instruction.
    This was the meditation that masters such as Archarya Chandakirti, Chandragomin, Shantarakshita used to develop compassion. In this system there are eight sections to this, which are followed in sequence in order to develop compassion:

    1. Immeasurable equanimity
    2. Understanding all sentient beings to be your mother
    3. Remembering their kindness
    4. Repaying their kindness
    5. Love through the force of attraction
    6. Compassion
    7. Altruism
    8. Bodichitta.

    The seven point mind-training
    This is another powerful meditation technique and was the system used by the great Shantideva. If follows a system of seven instructions:

    1. Preliminaries on which the instructions depend
    2. Training the mind on Bodhicitta
    3. Converting unfortunate circumstances into a path to enlightenment
    4. A practice to be applied for the whole of our lives
    5. The criteria of having trained the mind
    6. Commitments of mind-training practice
    7. Advice for the mind-training practice

    Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand explains both these methods in detail and even describes a method to merge both teachings together so they are more effective. You should read more about these techniques as they are definitely needed in combination to what you have been doing already for compassion to arise. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Tom

Dear pastors, where does the mind abide when one is sleeping and how does this affect the winds

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Tom,

    Thank you for asking such an interesting question. As you may know, the mind ‘rides’ on the various ‘winds’ or psychic energies within our bodies. During waking states these winds circulate throughout our bodies but are most active near our sense organs, and form what is known as the various sense awarenesses. Therefore, rather than where the mind abides during sleep, it is more the question with what sort of mind that sleeping is, because our mind pervades our whole being, apart from at the time of death, which it gathers at the heart chakra before leaving the body.

    On a deeper level sleep is actually the physical and subtle manifestation of our delusion called dullness and it imprints. This delusion and imprints serves the function of drawing the multiple sense awareness inwards, allowing the body time to rest and harmonises the elements within the body. This leads to a rejuvenated existence and prolongs our lives.

    Sleep is a subtle mind, and as such when it becomes manifest daily in our lives, the gross (waking) minds become non-manifest. It is because of this that the various sense awareness become non-manifest as well.

    For normal practitioners, attachment to sleep can lead to laziness, but for a practitioner of tantra and sleep yoga, they can use this time sleep to meditate and gain high spiritual attainments. In fact within tantric practice, sleep, dreaming and the waking states relate to the process of death, bardo or intermediate state and rebirth. Sleep similar to death, dreaming is similar to the bardo and waking states are similar to rebirth. These three states are therefore used by a tantric practitioner to understand the process of existence within samsara and overcome it. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Demian

Which mantra of the 5 principal forms of Dojre Shugden is:
Om Benza Wiki Bitana Shatroo Maraya Pet?
And for the mantra of Wangze, is it:
Om Benza Wiki Bitana Washam Kuru Ho
or
Om Benza Wiki Bitana Wangsha Guru Om?
For the mandala of Dorje Shugden, where would Tsiu Marpo, Methar, Setrap, the routines of the 5 principal forms of Dorje Shugden(not counting the 9 dakinis, 8 guiding monks, and 10 wrathful youth. Like where would Wangze's entourage go), Bamo Sum sisters, and the routines of Setrap and Tsiu Marpo go?
Which elements are the 5 Dhayani consorts associated with or are they associated with the same as their husbands?
Who is answering this question today?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Demian,

    Thank you for your questions. I have answered your questions below:

    The mantra of: OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SHATROO MARAYA PHET is a general mantra of Dorje Shugden. It is mantra for destroying enemies. ‘Enemies’ here is not actually referring to an outer being but rather our inner enemies, which is our karma/delusions and also the negative circumstances they cause.

    As for the mantra of Wangze, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has taught that the mantra is recited OM BENZA WIKI BITANA WANGSHA GURU OM. You can find this in the Wangze blogpost here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html.

    In regards to the mandala of Dorje Shugden, Setrap is above Dorje Shugden and the other deities. He is together with his entire entourage, and above Setrap is Buddha Amitabha. As for the entourage of the primary emanations, their entourage surrounds them. Kache Marpo and Namkha Barzin, are just outside of the main mandala. Kache Marpo would have the Methar and Shangmo Dorje Putri (one of the Bamo Sum) as part of his entourage that surrounds him. You can see a short video about the Mandala here:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html#teach07 (note it does not talk about Methar and Shangmo Dorje Putri, who in Kache Marpo’s entourage).

    The elements associated with the consorts of the 5 Dhyani Buddhas conforms to the Dhyani Buddhas themselves. See below:

    Buddha Vairocana – Consort Dharmadhatvishvari – Space element.
    Buddha Akshobya – Consort Lochana – Water element.
    Buddha Amitabha – Consort Pandara – Fire element
    Buddha Ratnasambhava – Consort Mamaki – Earth element.
    Buddha Amoghasiddhi – Consort Tara – Air element.

    Today the Ask the Pastors section is being answered by Pastor Niral Patel.

    I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by VV

Thank you Pastor for your reply regarding prophecies.

May I check with you if this makes sense?

There are two kinds of prophecies:

Prophecies which are high probability forecasts made by enlightened beings who see all cause and effect (have clairvoyance).

Prophecies regarding the appearances of enlightened beings who are beyond karma and are hence also beyond cause and effect.

Thank you.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear VV,

    It’s our pleasure to share what knowledge we have. Once again your questions are very interesting. You are correct, but there are some very subtle points that I have attempted to clarify below.

    1. Prophecies which are high probability forecasts made by enlightened beings who see all cause and effect (have clairvoyance).

    Yes, this is the case, however it is more than high probability. Rather it is what will actually happen if a person’s karma is not changed. The prophecies, through the enlightened masters’ clairvoyance, is based on the current karma of either the person, group or time. Therefore it will definitely happen unless this karma is purified or the power of merits a person generates can overpower that karma until it is purified.

    2. Prophecies regarding the appearances of enlightened beings who are beyond karma and are hence also beyond cause and effect.

    Taking the example of the prophecies surrounding the 1,000 ‘wheel-turning’ Buddhas of this aeon, these Buddhas will definitely appear. However it is more subtle that what you have described. The reason why there is a list of 1,000 Buddhas is due to the collective karma of sentient beings who will inhabit the earth. This karma only allows 1,000 ‘wheel-turning’ Buddhas to appear in this aeon. The Buddhas themselves are not powerless to manifest, however it is the karma and merits of sentient beings of this aeon that limits the number to 1,000. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Dongho

How come a statue or picture of Tara is already holy without needing blessings while other Buddhas like Lama Tsongkhapa, Guru Rinpoche, and Shakyamuni need their depictions blessed? Isn't Tara equal to the many Buddhas?
For mandalas, is cow dung really necessary to be used for construction like how it says in the Golden Light Sutra in the chapter to Saraswati? Why is cow dung used and is there any substitution for this?
Which pastor is answering these questions? Just wondering.
Is singing mantras and sutras like how singers like Imee Ooi count as sinful?
Was Avalokitesvara there before existence as well? That's what it seems like in the Heart Sutra. And if karma is endless, how are all beings from the beginning chosen to certain bodies? That would mean even the Buddhas are to be reborn into a random form with all the karma forming again. Is karma a spirit? That would mean Avalokitesvara has been in all the existing universes before as well. By nothingness, does that mean to meditate on darkness with no sound, taste, feeling, and so on?
According to visiblemantra.org, it says that the consort of the Buddha Vairocana is the Buddha Akasadhatvisvari. But here, I found it saying White Tara. Are those two the same being?
What is the view of the end of the world thing in Buddhism?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Dongho,

    Thank you for your interesting questions.

    In regards to Tara images not needing blessings, this is because her form and her practice are extremely potent. Buddhas, since they are all completely enlightened beings, are equal to each other. The fact that Tara images are already blessed was explained by Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, who was a very strong practitioner of Tara. The Buddhas are always present when we invoke them or create their images, but our karma can block them from abiding strongly within an image. In fact it is said that un-consecrated statues can house spirits instead. Therefore it is advisable to ensure this does not happen and is done so through the act of consecration. One of the reasons why Tara images are already blessed is that her practice is so potent and beneficial in our day and age (due to our collective karma) that she abides in them since they are created. Tara has played a very important role in the development of Buddhism over the centuries. There are many Tara statues that are known to speak and bestow tremendous help and blessings. In fact there are many enlightened masters of the past who have had visions of Tara or who Tara would speak to. These include the great Lama Atisha of India who was the forefather of the Kadampa lineage, which eventually became the Gelugpa lineage, and Takpu Gargyi Wangchuk who travelled to Potala pure land, met Tara herself and brought back the Cittamani Tara cycle of Highest Yoga Tantra teachings.

    In relation to cow dung, in the case you have mentioned from the Golden Light Sutra’s chapter on Saraswati, the mandala is drawn from cow dung. Cow products have had a very long history of ritual use in India. I am sure you know that Buddhism originated in the Indian subcontinent. There are certain substances that come from cows that are considered ritually ‘clean’ substances, and one of these is cow dung. As Buddhism had to take on cultural aspects, this is how the Dharma was manifested by the enlightened beings. In order to make the Dharma acceptable in India, the Buddhas manifested techniques that were suitable to the people of that time. As for if there is a substitute, you would have to consult a guru who has the lineage of Sarawati practice according to the Golden Light Sutra.

    This section of tsemrinpoche.com is answered by a group of Pastors, today it is Pastor Niral Patel that is answering.

    As for singing mantras and prayers, like Imee Ooi does, this is not sinful. The reason why singing itself is generally considered negative is because it does not fulfil any virtuous purpose. In fact certain types of songs, such as love songs, can actually be negative as it can increase a person’s attachment. The singing of mantras and prayers however is something that is virtuous, as it spreads the vibrations of the mantra in the area that it is heard. In fact when mantras and prayers are chanted in the monasteries, they adhere to certain melodies and tunes that they chant in. The singing of mantras and prayers therefore is a virtuous activity.

    As for Avalokitesvara, since he is the manifestation of the compassion of all the Buddhas he has always existed, it is simply that he manifested in the forms known today within this particular aeon. In regards to the bodies we take, this is due to karma from previous lives. Those lives in turn were dependent on karma from previous lives, and so it goes on and on. That is why there is the term ‘countless lives’ in Buddhism.

    Buddhas are not bound again to karma as they transcend existence completely. I think here you are referring to the period in which the universe forms again, this is still within existence. The state of enlightenment is completely removed from this cycle of existence, destruction, empty space, existence, destruction, etc. Anything within this cycle is necessarily bound to karma. But the state of nirvana is not in this cycle. The ‘ultimate form’ of the Buddhas is called the Dharmakaya, and in fact has no form because it exists outside of samsaric existence. ‘Forms’ only exist within samsara.

    Nothingness or emptiness is not meditating in the dark or thinking that nothing exists. It is to do with our perception or wrong view about the nature of reality. No sound, no taste, no feeling extra does not mean that they do not exist, but they do not exist in the manner we think they do or relate to them. Within Buddhism there is what is known as the ‘two truths’, meaning that on a conventional/ordinary level things exists, but on an ultimately level they do not exist the way we are conditioned to think about them. You should find a good commentary on the Heart Sutra to understand this better. The teachings on emptiness are one of the highest within Buddhism, and therefore one of the most difficult to comprehend. The scriptures and commentaries can give you a very firm intellectual understanding of emptiness, but this is useless if it is not ‘realised’. This means that your whole mode of thinking and interacting shifts from the self-centred ‘I’ to the enlightened state of mind. This can only be accomplished through practice, therefore it is more beneficial on the spiritual path to have a guru who can show you the path.

    Having said that, there are meditation techniques that involve long periods of time confined within a room that has not light. In fact some practitioners also engage in what are known as ‘dark retreats’ where a practitioner practices in the dark in order to withdraw attachment and engagement in the world from the senses, especially the sense of sight.

    In regards to the consorts of the Dhyani Buddhas and their consorts, I had posted the list in a previous answer to another person. Here is the list again:

    Buddha Vairocana – Consort Dharmadhatvishvari
    Buddha Akshobya – Consort Lochana
    Buddha Amitabha – Consort Pandara
    Buddha Ratnasambhava – Consort Mamaki
    Buddha Amoghasiddhi – Consort Tara.

    As for Buddha Vairocana’s consort, she is known as either Dharmadhatvishvari, Akasadhatesvari, or White Tara depending on which tradition or lineage of practice you are following. They are all names for the same being. In the case of Buddha Amitabha’s consort as well she is either known as Pandara or Pandaravasini.

    In regards to the end of time, this exists in Buddhism. However unlike other religions, this happens again and again and again as part of the creation and destruction of various universes within samsaric existence. As for the complete end of all creation/destruction cycles, this will only occur when all sentient beings are enlightened. This will mean no more karma, which will mean that it will not manifest in samsaric existence. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Phylis

I was hospitalised in August due to an autoimmune disorder that kept me in Critical Care Unit for 9 days and a total of almost 3 weeks in the hospital. I was in and out of consciousness during the first week. So, a friend asked an oracle (or medium of Guan Yin) to visit me at the hospital. She asked my family to play Medicine Buddha mantra to me everyday.

After I was discharged and back home, she visited me again. She saw a Shakyamuni Buddha statue in my house, which my Mom bought it from Cambodia. She had no intention to worshiping or praying to the Buddha. The medium advised us to pray to the Buddha everyday. Since then, I have started to have interest in Buddhism.

I am a Taoist and my family worship a Chinese deity at home. We worship our ancestors as well.

1. What are differences between Buddhism and Taoism? Some of the deities worshiped by Taoist are also in Buddhism (e.g. Guan Yin).

2. Is it okay if I pray to Buddha and at the same time being a Taoist?

3. How should I recite Shakyamuni Buddha Mantra? I've came across different pronunciation:

– Om Muni Muni Maha Muni Shakyamuni Ye Svaha
– Om Muni Muni Maha Muni Ye Svaha
– Om Mune Mune Maha Munaye Svaha

4. Every morning and before I go to sleep, I'd recite one mala of Praise to Shakyamuni Buddha and Shakyamuni Buddha Mantra. Is it sufficient?

5. As I have not memorise the text yet, is it okay to look at the text instead of the Buddha while reciting?

Thank you.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Phylis,

    I’m very sorry to hear that you are suffering from this autoimmune disorder. Dealing with medical illness can be very difficult, but you should take this time to reflect on the fact that all beings go through some form of suffering as you are. In doing this you can develop great compassion, which we all need on our spiritual journey towards enlightenment. Please see below for answers to your questions.

    1. The one main difference between Buddhist and Taoist practice is that Buddhists only seek refuge or pray to the enlightened beings. Enlightened beings have achieved enlightenment and are completely out of samsaric existence. They have completely transcended all forms of suffering, are no longer bound by karma or their afflictive emotions and have reached a stage of omniscience. From a Buddhist viewpoint the Taoist deities, although very powerful beings who can definitely be of help to others, are not enlightened beings. Instead they are thought of as beings within the god realms.

    2. From a strict Buddhist point of view, practitioners do not take refuge in beings who are not enlightened, this is because they are still within samsara and have not achieved the goals that Buddhist seek. These goals are to attain high states of spiritual attainments and ultimately become enlightened themselves.

    Even though this is the case, all enlightened beings are extremely compassionate. As such, anyone who prays to them, whether Buddhist or not, will benefit from their enlightened energies. Therefore even if you are Taoist, it is perfectly fine to pray to Buddha Shakyamuni, as he will always help you.

    3. As was taught by His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche, the pronunciation of Shakyamuni’s mantra is: TAYATHA OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI SHAKYAMUNI YE SOHA. This is the Tibetan Buddhist pronunciation of the mantra.

    4. Any prayers and mantras you recite to Buddha Shakyamuni is beneficial. What you are doing now is very good already. What would help you to generate more merit, is making offerings to Buddha Shakyamuni every day. His Eminence usually advises people to set up a shrine dedicated to a Buddha with extensive offerings made daily. However this may not be possible for everyone.

    You can start off slowly by offering incense or light (candles or electric lights), then you can expand to offer bowls of water or even food/fruit on your alter since you have a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. If there are days where you have the time, you can also engage in reciting more mantras. The energies of the mantra are very beneficial life, therefore the more you recite, the more of Buddha Shakyamuni’s energy is around you to help you.

    5. Yes there is nothing wrong with not looking at the Buddha when reciting. Since you cannot memorise the prayer yet, it is perfectly fine to read the prayer. However before you begin, you should think strongly that Buddha Shakyamuni is in front of you and during your prayers, you should think strongly that Buddha Shakyamuni receives your prayers, is extremely happy and sends you blessings.

    In fact when you are reciting the prayers, it is not necessary to look at the statue. You should instead try to visualise Buddha Shakyamuni in front of you. If you cannot do this then it is fine to look at the statue as a focus of your prayers. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by VV

Thank you for your answer regarding karma and clairvoyance. I have a follow-up question.

If according to you, clairvoyance, following karma, is dynamic and not static, what are prophecies then?

It seems to me that prophecies are certainly not dynamic. So how can something static be derived from something dynamic?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear VV,

    Thank you for your follow up question. From a common point of view regarding karma, it does seem that something static cannot be derived from something dynamic. When thinking of karma, we often forget about two aspects involved, and they are (1) the types of karma and (2) our understanding of the length of time that karma can affect us.

    In the first instance, when discussing karma, we often only limit this to personal karma. There are however other types of karma, such as group karma (affecting a group of people) and even environmental karma (the surroundings we live in). In the case of group karma, due to actions in previous lifetimes, a certain group of people have the karma to be in same situation. For example, a certain group could have the karma to be in a team that wins a companion or even be in the same vehicle that has an accident. In regards to environmental karma, this could manifest as an area that is prone to drought, floods or other natural disasters. This actually also refers to the way our planet formed and the state it is in now as well. This has come about due to the collective group karma of those sentient beings that have taken rebirth on the planet, are living now and will take rebirth in the future.

    When discussing karma, we often limit the ‘time frame’ we think about to this life, and the immediately preceding and proceeding lifetimes. However karma can span many eons. For example, an act of killing in this lifetime can lead to eons in the hell realms. This situation is hard to describe in terms of human lifetimes, as they are so short compared to lives in hell or other realms.

    Therefore it can be hard to understand the nuances of karma. In fact, since the workings of karma are so vast, it can only be understood completely by a fully enlightened Buddha who has achieved the state of omniscience. Given the time length of karma in relation to human lifetimes and the various types of interrelated karma, certain beings who have achieved high states of clairvoyance or who are the emanations of enlightened beings can make prophecies, which will come true. This is because these prophecies are based on karmic situations that are bound to arise. This itself does not counter my earlier answer, but is an extension of it, if we think about karma from a logical perspective. Given this, the processes of karma are still very much dynamic. It is just that from our point of view given our references to time and the way the world exists, we see it as static. There are also other elements of karma that i have not covered in this answer, which also come into play when thinking about clairvoyance and prophecy.

    You’ve asked a very interesting question, it shows that you think logically. If you want to read more about karma you can read the relevant sections of Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Pabongka Rinpoche. You can most probably find it in speciality bookstores. Alternatively it is also available here if you would like a copy: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand. Though the text does not cover the topics of clairvoyance and prophecy in particular, there are certain sections that will further your understanding of karma, which is the basis of understand about clairvoyance and prophecy. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Tom

Do you know what the real hindrances are for the revival of the Bhikshuni (full nun) ordination in Tibetan Buddhism?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Tom,

    Thank you for your interesting question. As you are probably aware, up until recently only the novice-nun ordination existed amongst Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. This was because the lineage of the full-nun ordination died out in Tibet. As such, within Tibetan Buddhist communities if one were to become a nun, it would have only been at the novitiate level.

    The issue for the revival of the full-nun ordination within Tibetan Buddhism centres on a couple of factors but the main factor revolves around the lineage of practice. The monastic ordination lineage that spread from India to Tibet is called the Mulasarvastivada, and included novitiate level and full level ordination for both monks and nuns.

    In order for the vows to be passed on to another, there are certain prerequisites that must be adhered to. For example you must have a certain number of monk/nuns, who hold the particular set of vows you wish to receive, present at the ceremony to engage in the various roles involved in taking vows. Since the full nun ordination lineage no longer exists, it cannot be given according to the Mulasarvastivada tradition.

    There are two other Vinaya (or monastic) lineages that survive to this day, these are the Theravada lineage and the Dharmagupta lineage. Since Tibetan Buddhist practitioners are Mahayana practitioners, most practitioners who want to take full Bhikshuni ordination, would prefer to receive the vows as per the Dharmagupta lineage, prevalent in counties like China, Japan, Vietnam and Korea. This is because the Dharmagupta lineage is widespread amongst Mahayana practitioners in these countries. This would also mean that these practitioners would have had to have received their novice vows in the same lineage as well.

    Since the Dharmagupta tradition belongs to another lineage of transmission, there would need to be consensus and discussion within the existing Tibetan Buddhist sangha, as per the rules governing the monastic community, to decide if this can be incorporated into practice and the way to go about doing this. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by VV

How do you reconcile the fact that karma can be changed and clairvoyance?

The latter seems to imply that karma cannot be changed.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear VV,

    Thank you for the very interesting question. You have raised a very good point. At first glance it would seem that karma and the ability of clairvoyance would be contradictory. As you know, karma is not static but fluid, it can multiple in strength and even be purified so we do not feel its effects. As such, situations that can arise are also not static but can change.

    This therefore applies to clairvoyance, which is not fixed as in the case of the standard western definition of the word and concept. Clairvoyance in the Buddhist sense of the word refers to more than just know what can happen. It also refers to understanding and knowing the effects of the dominate karma that is effecting a person, group or situation. As with all things in life, there will be a strong karmic force that causes the situation. Clairvoyance here also refers to understanding this.

    This is the reason why those practitioners who have achieved the ability of clairvoyance will usually recommend methods or try to intercede in the situation themselves, that try to avert any negative effects. This is one of the reasons that divination techniques are used. For example the dice divination, as well as foretelling what will occur due to the prevalent karma, it also advises methods to use to avert these negative situations by purifying the negative karma and generating merit. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Lilian

For my previous question, I meant what were the views of worshipping the Taoist deity and general, Guan Yu? Not Guan Yin. I already knew it was fine to worship Guan Yin. What are the views of ancestor worship? Why are mandalas made of cow excrement when that's extremely hazardous? Couldn't there be a substitute?
I read that Manjushri is a bodhisattva and here, he's a Buddha. Is Manjushri a bodhisattva or enlightened Buddha?
Where can I receive Saraswati empowerments when there aren't any gurus or lamas in my area?
If we are to be reborn again and again due to bad karma from previous lives, how were all beings and worlds created? Was there even karma before existence? How was everything created in Buddhist belief? When did karma start? Who was the first Buddha? How many souls were there for them to be reborn again and again? How were these souls created?
Is levitation possible when obtaining siddhis? How long does it usually take to obtain siddhis?
For sutras in prayer wheels, are they to be written in one straight line and wrapped while being attached to other papers to continue it, or can the sutra be one long paper with paragraphs?
What is the most powerful sutra? Is it the High King Guan Yin Sutra, Shurangama Sutra, Heart Sutra, Golden Light Sutra, Diamond Sutra, or which one?
What happens to a person who committed suicide after they died?
Who are the 5 consorts of the 5 Dhyani Buddhas and what are their mantras and the elements they are associated with? Which Buddha(s) is associated with the element of water and what is their mantra?
Would the desire for holy relics, sutras, mantras, enlightenment, and teachings count as desire? Because if one is to purify themselves of desire, would they have to relieve themselves of those as well?
If desire is the cause of suffering, why are there wealth deities like Vasudhare, Kurukulle, and Yellow Dzambhala? Isn't money and wealth a desire that cause suffering?
Are there any naga mantras in Buddhism? Or any enlightened nagas?
Is an invocation necessary when making prayers or offerings?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Lilian,

    Thank you for your clarification. As for Guan Yu and Taoist deities, those who are practicing Buddhism do not usually pray to these deities. This is because in Buddhist practice we only take safe refuge in the enlightened beings. This is because they are outside of samsara and therefore free of any afflictions or habitual tendencies. The gods are beings from the god realms and exist within samsara therefore they are also bound by the power of karma, afflictions and habitual tendencies. Within Buddhist practice it is said that we should take refuge in and follow the methods of those who achieved what we want. As the goal of Buddhists is to achieve enlightenment, we take refuge in the Buddhas and enlightened deities. That being said, these deities are very high level and powerful beings, who definitely have the ability to help or to harm beings. But since Buddhists want to achieve enlightenment, they would not pray to deities within samsara.

    As for ancestor worship, since Buddhists believe that a person takes rebirth in one of the Six Realms after death, we do not pray to ancestors in the common sense of the term. We do pray for our ancestors, but this is to generate merit and dedicate to them in whatever rebirth they are in and for their future enlightenment. In regards to cow excrement being used in the creation of mandalas, I have not personally come across this but I do not have much experience in drawing them. However, traditionally certain colour pigments would have been made from natural materials which could have included cow excrement.

    In regards to Manjushri, he is actually the wisdom of all the Buddhas in the form of a Bodhisattva. Therefore he is definitely a completely enlightened being, a Buddha. In regards to receiving empowerment, the only way to do this is to receive it from a qualified guru who has the lineage of the practice. Therefore the only way to receive it is from a guru. You should search for a guru closest to you.

    In regards to the origin of the world, in Buddhist belief this is also cyclic in nature. For example, this world came into being when the elements appeared due to the karma of all beings. These elements then came together to form the Six Realms, and gave rise to conditions in which beings could take rebirth. At the end of this particular eon, it will once again be destroyed, and after which there will be a period of nothing. Then the whole process will begin again. Therefore it is actually karma that created the world as we know it. There is no beginning to this, it has always existed. In fact our experience of time is not how reality exists, it is simply a notion that we ourselves have created. The realisation of emptiness, also necessarily includes the realisation that time itself does not exist.

    As for levitation, yes there are a lot of supernatural siddhis that one can attain when engaging in various practices. However these are known as ordinary or mundane siddhis. This is because they do not necessarily help one’s journey towards spiritual enlightenment. They occur as by-product of the practices, therefore the practices are not engaged in with the goal of attaining the mundane siddhis. As such these siddhis arise according to the effort the practitioner puts into the practice. However, once the siddhis are attained they can be used to benefit others. In essence they can become tools that you can use on the path. Certain practices bestow certain siddhis, but all the practices of the Buddhas can lead a person to enlightenment.

    In the case of prayer wheels, the various sutras and mantras are written in such a way that they are continuous. For example, the mantras continue with each other, this is so when the prayer wheel is turned, if you were able to look at the mantras, they would be spinning in the correct manner they are pronounced.

    As for the most powerful sutra, there is no one that is more powerful than another. This is because all sutras, if spoken by the Buddha or inclusive of the Buddha’s teachings has the power to lead beings to enlightenment. The difference actually comes from one’s own karma and affinity to a specific teaching contained within a sutra. Within certain lineages or traditions, the emphasis is placed on certain sutras. For example, since Manjushri and his emanation Lama Tsongkhapa are depicted with the Perfection of Wisdom sutra, this sutra is given particular importance. This is because without perfecting wisdom one cannot achieve enlightenment.

    For a person who commits suicide, unfortunately since they have the heavy negative karma of killing, they would most probably take rebirth in the three lower realms. Most likely a person would have created the karma to be reborn in the hell realms. In the case of those who very attached to something, they might even be born in the hungry ghost realms. That is why you hear that places that had suicide cases are sometimes haunted. This however is not always the case and depends on what karma opens up at the time of death. However, since people who commit suicide are not in positive states of mind, their negative karma will open up at the time of death due to their negative mind.

    Below are the 5 Dhyani Buddhas and the names of their consorts:

    Buddha Vairocana – Consort Dharmadhatvishvari
    Buddha Akshobya – Consort Lochana
    Buddha Amitabha – Consort Pandara
    Buddha Ratnasambhava – Consort Mamaki
    Buddha Amoghasiddhi – Consort Tara.

    The Buddha associated with the water element is Akshobya and his mantra is:

    Namo Ratna Trayaya, Om Kamkani Kamkani, Rotsani Rotsani, Trotrani Trotrani, Trasani Trasani, Prathihana Prathihana, Sarva Karma Param Para Nime Sarva Sato Nantsa Soha.

    In regards to the desire for holy items, yes this is still desire. However this desire is for something beneficial on one’s spiritual path. In fact it is only once one is able to actively transform negative desire, is this sort of desire dealt with on the path. At the point of achieving enlightenment, one leaves behind all conceptions and notions, this includes the desire for beneficial items on the spiritual path. For example even the Dharma teachings themselves and the notions of teachings are something that high level practitioners need to overcome their desire for. Most of us are not at that stage, so we should strive to be near holy items. This is because of the positive energy in them and that they are objects that we can make offerings to in order to generate merits. We need them because we are not highly attained so do not have this sort of energy ourselves, therefore we seek to be near these holy objects.

    Your question in relation to wealth deities is a very good question, and I would like to answer this one in two parts:

    The first is that the benefits of these deities include bringing wealth into our lives but actually their ultimate benefit is the generation of spiritual wealth, which means wisdom and compassion. This is the actual wealth that practitioners should aim to accomplish. On the other hand, we live in samsara. Therefore in order to survive we need to have material resources such as money, clothes on our bodies, food and roofs over our heads. These deities help to acquire these material resources so that you can concentrate on practicing compassion and wisdom, which lead to enlightenment.

    Secondly, wealth is not inherently good or bad. Nothing in samsara is inherently good or bad. What is bad is our thoughts about money and our attachment to wealth. For example, when most people have wealth they tend to become very selfish. They do not share the wealth with others. This attachment that reinforces the idea of the ‘I’ is what is bad. However you also have examples of those who use wealth for the sake of others, these people do not become selfish and in fact as they concentrate out towards others are developing compassion. So wealth itself is not good or bad, the attachment that arises in the mind of the person is bad, because it only leads to more suffering.

    In regards to naga mantras, yes there are and these are used to invoke them. However since nagas are still within the Six Realms and can get angry or jealous, just like us, these practices are not shared with those who do not have the appropriate Buddha empowerments or practices. Nagas are appeased in order to help practitioners with certain functions, such as to calm the land, subdue the weather, etc. There is no such thing as enlightened nagas, because by definition if you are an enlightened being then you are out of samsara. That being said, since Buddhas emanate back into samsara to benefit beings there may be emanations of enlightened beings in naga form.

    When making prayers, invocation is important. Actually, when you think of the Buddhas they appear to help you. Simply be thinking of them and invoking them in your mind, they will be there to help you. However due to our karma which blocks them from helping us, you need to involve your body, speech and mind when you invoke them to make the invocation more effective. Therefore you recite the invocation prayer, as well as visualise them coming. This is an important aspect of the prayers, as you invite them into your life/space to help you on your spiritual journey. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

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.

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Meet the Pastors

Serving the community. Tirelessly

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

Pastor Chia (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Khong Jean Ai (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

Pastor Shin Tan (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

Pastor Adeline Woon (sangha to be)

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

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

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

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

Pastor 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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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Thursday, Mar 23. 2017 08:33 AM
    “Somehow, Rinpoche knew I did not believe in Buddhism and so he used a skillful way to give me a teaching. He said that even though I can’t see the Buddha, that does not mean that the Buddha does not exist. This is just like electricity; we can’t see electricity but when we see the lights are turned on, it proves electricity does exist. Similarly, when we see the growing Sangha community and the temples, it proves the existence of Buddha, because without electricity, there would be no light and without the Buddha, there would be no Sangha. After listening to that sound logic, I was still stuck on the need for more proof that the Buddha existed. But it made me think deeper because what Rinpoche said made a lot of sense.” – Pastor Albert Rachaga

    From a Free Thinker to a Buddhist, http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=118312
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 22. 2017 08:22 PM
    We definitely would love to read more stories like this. It is so heart warming to know that people do not care if it is an animal or human but extend their assistance to save the horse. What makes me surprise was the guy who was captured by Officer Frank Pomodoro came to help the horse too.

    It is true that everyone has a Bodhi mind and compassion. We just need to practise and express it.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/we-need-more-stories-like-this.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 11:41 PM
    马来西亚被公认为一个非常独特的国家。它是一个拥有多元种族、宗教和文化的国家。截至2016年7月,马来西亚共有大约31億人口,而其中印裔只占少数的6.7%,相等于约200万人。虽然如此,马来西亚各族人民依然可以和睦相处。从这篇博文,我们可以看到印度文化对马来西亚其他种族文化存有一定的影响,尤其是语文和美食方面。此外,马来西亚可称为一个民主国家,因此这里来自不同种族和宗教信仰的人民都可以各自举办庆典活动。

    感谢仁波切分享这篇有趣的博文。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/malaysia/indians-in-malaysia-chinese.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 09:53 PM
    This is a very good and sincere sharing, Pastor Albert. It is so true that all the organisation will not accept a person who did mistake but Kechara is an organisation that will do the otherwise by retaining those who did wrong and do whatever they can to help and transform this person. So compassionate. This also means that everyone in Kechara team has the same motivation and that is to serve for the benefit of others although they may need to deal with uneasy people in the team and various challenges.

    Appreciate Pastor for your time and dharma sharing to all of us so we can learn and change.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/from-a-free-thinker-to-a-buddhist.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 04:33 PM
    Very funny…. A good laugh heals a lot of hurts. Funny jokes made us smiles and laughter can make your days sparkle with happiness.
    Funny Japanese Doctor really so funny but do made sense really.
    Thank you Rinpoche…i have a good laugh after reading and did learned some knowledge from the facts.To live good ,with good foods and do good in whatever where.They dedicate themselves to what gives their life meaning and purpose.
    Thanks again.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/this-is-so-funny.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 02:47 PM
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 02:47 PM
    Rejoice to Pastor Albert….you have chosen your choice to join the many Pastors at Kechara as a Pastor.I am happy for you following the spiritual path of our Precious Guru.Thank you for sharing your sincere thoughts of the journey joining kechara.Wonderful journey from a free thinker to a Buddhist to serve and benefits others along your spiritual path. Rinpoche ‘s teaching have indeed changed many lives to be a better person.Mind transformation ,compassion caring kindeness,helpfullness and generosity through Rinpoche action or work , we learn from there one of those teachings.May Pastor, you will continue serving the good work and teachings of Rinpoche to more and more people then.
    Thanks again Pastor Albert.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/from-a-free-thinker-to-a-buddhist.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 12:29 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for a good laugh! Indeed. Joke aside, the key of what happens to us is our karma, even what we eat and do have some impact. More importantly, it is what we do with our life and how we make an impact on others that counts at the end of the day. Looking like sleeping beauty with our organs in prime conditions at our dying bed will not gain us an open ticket to a good rebirth. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/this-is-so-funny.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 12:21 PM
    When I read this blog, it hits me hard that whatever Rinpoche described here is a mirror for me and everyone. We all have the problem of not doing our part in some point in time one way or another. Hence, it is very important for us to take Rinpoche’s advice personally to do our part to the best of our ability. It is important to always remember that we should not burden others with the work we did not do, like how Rinpoche teaches us. It is also important to support our Dharma friends in ways that can improve him/her; there is a saying “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime”. May I have the strength and tenacity to develop the qualities described by Rinpoche. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/no-more-excuses-please.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 11:55 AM
    In my mind, people who have no merits to know H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe in person must be feeling very lucky to be able to learn about this great master from Rinpoche’s blog. Kensur Rinpoche was appointed in 1984 as the Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery. His whole life was about spreading dharma, doing good work to preserve Buddha Dharma and helping others tirelessly, even until the end of his journey of this lifetime. We must always remember Kensur Rinpoche’s good qualities and be inspired to serve others and benefits just like he had done.

    It is also our good fortune to learn of the untold good gesture of Tsem Rinpoche for offering his Ladrang to Kensur Rinpoche. This is an excellent example of pure Guru Devotion. Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing these rare and precious photos with us on the blog. May Kensur Rinpoche take rebirth to continue his good work so that more people can benefit from Buddha Dharma from pure lineage.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-kensur-rinpoche-jetsun-jampa-yeshe-1928-2011.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 11:28 AM
    Thank you, Pastor Albert, for the sincere sharing for your amazing journey with Kechara and the inspiration to serve others because of Rinpoche’s teaching. Rejoice to you for the renunciation on material gains and given up on attachment to worldly desires. Rinpoche’s teaching is the fountain of Buddhism nectar that quenches our thirst for all secular needs and a huge force of motivation for us to work for the benefits of others. May Rinpoche’s teaching reach and benefit more people through your good work.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/from-a-free-thinker-to-a-buddhist.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 20. 2017 09:53 PM
    It is a fantastic news that EU authorities have taken legal steps to curb the misused of social media. In this day and age, social media is a very powerful tool to reach out to many people but it can also be a very damaging tool if abuse the usage. We see so many scams, cyber bullying, sending wrong messsage, rumours and etc with so many negative intentions.

    Hope this law will be implemented and everyone will be protected against unnecessary attack and scams. A fine if 50m Euro is definitely a stern message to social media companies to take action.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/victory-over-online-hate.html
  • Alice Tay
    Monday, Mar 20. 2017 09:43 PM
    This is great to see the scientists’ researches, one of them is NUS has proved Vajrayana meditation techniques can lead us to enhancements in cognitive performance. Buddha’s teachings since 2,500 years ago taught us not to abandon any part of Buddha’s teachings but to respect all the traditions. We should believe that Buddha will not teach anything does not benefit to the sentient beings. Nevertheless, in order to have the pure teaching of Lama Tsongkhapa (is in fact the teachings of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni if traced back to the origins), we have to seek for a qualified spiritual guru with pure lineage. Furthermore, Assoc Prof Kozhevnikov clearly stated that Vajrayana meditation typically requires years of practice. Therefore, in order to have the correct meditation techniques, this is very important for us to have a qualified guru who is able to helps us in achieving what we wish to have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vajrayana-meditation-techniques-can-enhance-brain-performance.html
  • Ange Dong
    Monday, Mar 20. 2017 09:38 PM
    Dear Venerable Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for providing all the teachings on Youtube, came across some of your early teachings particularly on The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, which have shown me so much inspiration as well as the possibility of overcoming laziness and other delusions while staying focused academically at school.

    Thank you so much for all the hard work. I pray for long-life of the Venerable Rinpoche and may all the wholesome activities flourish in ten directions, and through the merits we have collected may all sentient beings receive every benefit of it.


    Best regards,
    Ange Dong
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Monday, Mar 20. 2017 05:15 PM
    感恩仁波切分享了这篇文章!

    20年以来,修持多杰雄登法门的人,尤其是在西藏,遭受非常严重的歧视,欺负,杯葛,伤害,恐吓等等。虽然尊贵的达赖尊者没有亲口说出雄登的禁令,但是无数的雄登修持者遭受身体与心灵的伤害。多杰雄登修持者或家人如果生病了不得到医院看诊,孩子不得上学,购物中心不允许进入购物等等,还有更严重的是家园无缘无故的被破坏,西藏中央政府还将他们的名字公布在布告板上,那是对心灵上是多么的伤害,大家想想,这样的对待,公平吗? 是对的吗?如果是我们的家庭成员被一样的对待,那是何等感受?

    而且,修持雄登法门的人未曾听过伤害可以伤害他人,如果有,那么,没有修持雄登法门的人,是不是也完全没有伤害过他人?那是很正常的,最重要的是多杰雄登祈愿文里完全没有一句要伤害人的词语。2500多年前,佛陀时代,也有一部分的弟子是不怀好意的,那是很正常的事,最重要的是佛陀的愿是为了利益一切众生。

    愿西藏中央政府让雄登修持者可以一样的和平共处,那不是更好吗?达赖尊者一直响应世界和平,那不就是要得到的结果吗?

    愿上师詹仁波切和尊贵的达赖尊者健康,长寿,常转法轮,吉祥如意。

    感恩合十
    Yeo Kwai Gin

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/%E8%A5%BF%E8%97%8F%E9%A2%86%E5%AF%BC%E7%9A%84%E6%9C%80%E6%96%B0%E5%8F%8D%E9%9B%84%E7%99%BB%E8%A7%86%E9%A2%91.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
3 days ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
5 days ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
5 days ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
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
2 months 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 months 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 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 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.
4 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
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 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
4 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?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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...
5 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
6 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.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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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
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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