Question asked by Amy

Dear Rinpoche, for a person with limited practical knowledge in Buddhist practice and many obstacles to practice (family disapproval) how can one stride to do their practice on a daily basis and also improve on them. I am one of this people and most of t he knowledge i attain are either from books and your videos and i have attended some of your talks.. i knew someone from your center and was introducted to Setrap. but i still did not manage to do these practices becoz no personal space. Thank u

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Amy,

    I sympathize with your predicament. I understand fully your obstacles. I also commend you on your strong determination. I do not know your situation completely so I give you general suggestions please… For now, just continue to read and watch the videos and write down notes. Have a Dharma notebook and write down your learnings and also your questions. Consciously write your questions and then look for the answers on the vidoes or net. It’s a good challenge, to learn..That is what I use to do three decades ago when my parents were TOTALLY AGAINST MY STUDY OF DHARMA…I just wrote down my questions, asked people or found it in books (no internet back then).But eventually for the sake of dharma, I moved out and got my own space…dharma was just too important to me. I knew I would suffocate without dharma…

    For you have a dharma log/notebook, write your learnings and answer your questions for now…the key word is for now.

    You can do the Setrap invocations and mantra without setting up an altar. Thousands of monks/laypeople in the 1950′s in Tibet were jailed, they did their prayers quietly in prison for decades in some cases unknown to the jailers…it was illegal to do prayers that time….

    An altar can be beautifully set up when you decide to have your own space. The altar is a gateway to the supreme beings outside of you and within you…For now just seek for them within.

    Keep up your strong determination to understand and practice the dharma…it must be an imprint from another place and time (See my reincarnation videos I have posted under mysteries category ( ). Nothing that is supremely and greatly beneficial comes easy in this or any other lives…strive for it…any obstacles and difficulties you come across for it, should be accepted happily and knowing it is for a higher purpose…Thanks

    Much good luck and much good wishes to you forever….Tsem Rinpoche

Question asked by Alvin Neo

Dear Rinpoche,
In 1983,while studying in Australia I saw an UFO in the early morning with my fren David,I would like to personal share the details with you

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Alvin,

    I would love to hear the details and also I would like to publish it under our Paranormal category of this blog coming up soon. Please email the details to

Question asked by EG

A few post below, you wrote that “There were many things I noticed in the Geshe system I did not want to be involved with.” Could you please clarify? What, in your opinion, are the main shortcomings of the geshe system?

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    I Might write more in the future in my autobiography. For now I can mention a few:

    1. It’s totally in the Tibetan language and inaccessible to anyone else. Gaden, Sera & Drepung should work harder to have it available in English.

    2. It takes much too long and disorganized. Sometimes there are classes and sometimes there are not.

    3. Too many ‘distractions’ that take you from the studies. Such field work, pujas, sent abroad to teach, etc etc.. The studies should be in a classroom with specific timing, timetable and specific courses. Should be much more organized.

    4. There is no help for foreigners to get Visas and permits to stay in the Monastery long term. Very difficult to get the correct paperwork. Huge obstacles in the past with this.

    Those are some…TR

Question asked by Kaye

Dear Rinpoche, is there a reason why you always dress in full black from head to toe when you go out?

My sister used to visit a spirit medium who once told her that we should avoid dressing in all black or all white but instead should go with more vibrant colors as wandering spirits will tend to linger around people dressed in all black/white.

Might it be Rinpoche is intentionally attracting spirits to bless them?

Haha, I know, I am thinking funny.

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    I dress black and the same thing everyday is because I am not dressing for fashion, but for convenience. I don’t want to be attached to my clothes and how I look. I just want to wear the same thing, so my mind can be used for other things.

    Black and white does not attract ghosts. Using specific means or being in areas where they exist will attract them.

    There might be some ghosts who like the colors black or white, but it does not mean it is a general rule for all ghosts…thanks..

Question asked by Van

Did the Jews suffer during the Holocaust because of their collective karma? If so, then could this have been caused by the inexpiatiable sin of killing an enlightened being? (as a negative action by the group)

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Karma is complicated and not so ‘black and white’ in the answers. But make it simple….cause resembles results and results resembles the causes.

Question asked by Mark Rogow

There are Three Treasures in Buddhism not Four Treasures. The greatest Treasure is the Treasure of the Law. Namu Myoho renge kyo is the Way to accumulate infinite karmic reward and attain Buddhahood in this very life. All the merits and virtues of Shakyamuni Buddha are contained within the Five Characters of Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo.

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Beautiful. I am happy for you. Please practice well. TR

Question asked by E

Dear Rinpoche, Please could you bless my efforts to remain vegetarian and a non-coffee drinker for the two weeks of Losar? The vegetarian side should be okay, hopefully, but the coffee is real problem because I am heavily dependent. And then there are the destructive emotions… I really don't know how to deal with these. In general, I don't know about how to practise to solve all these problems, so I am relying on texts and talks but I am often confused about everything. Thank you.

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear E,

    You are blessed to even think vegetarian. Very excellent. Please watch all the videos I have posted on this blog on animal slaughter and suffering. If you watch each video, I promise it will help your practice and resolve. I wish you good luck in becoming a much better and caring person by not eating animals who feel pain also. TR

Question asked by Shirley Maya Tan

Dear Rinpoche,
A lot of people have said that not everyone can do Dharma work and should. They maintain that if everyone did Dharma work, then who would be financially strong and able to sponsor or donate to Dharma organizations/projects. They claim that each person has a role to play and not everyone can be a monk or full time Dharma staff. Someone needs to go out and make money. How would Rinpoche advise these people? Thank you.

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    If you can make money, then make it and help dharma financially if that is what you wish…. If you cannot, then offer your skills. Do not need to think to much…just do what you can from the best of your abilities…. Do anything for the dharma from your heart and within your means…..that would be good. TR

Question asked by Faye

Dear Rinpoche, how does one deal with lingering thoughts of despair? Thoughts such as, "This has happened to me, I'll never be happy again for the rest of my life."

If Margaret would, I apologize for my selfish request, do an interview on how she dealt with her feelings when she first found out her husband had an affair.

How does one deal with that kind of feeling? For I notice this same feeling of despair would arise if I swear off relationships.

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Faye,

    Regarding Margaret, you may speak to her directly on her personal matters. I have no right to write about anything so private here.

    As for lingering thoughts of despair..they never fully go away, but they can lessen.

    1.Meditation on Impermanence…consistently with collection of merits.
    2.Strict/firm/continued practice of Gaden Hlagyema (on youtube).
    3.Four preliminary practices using Gaden Hlagyema as the basis. I have given extended talks on this and it is on the youtube.
    4.Engaging our free time into a committed charity work.

    If you do the above you will see a change….I wish you not to have despair and pain. I wish your pain to come to me.


Question asked by Jon

Hi Rinpoche,

Recently on Jamie's facebook page she asked what question we would ask you if the opertunity arose to do so and i thought that i'd probably ask if you'd like a cup of tea or something, but then realised it was more to do this section on you blog, which i enjoy reading by the way.

So, i guess my question is what would you like?

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    What would I like? I do like tea very much..thanks…but if I can have one wish, it is to have a large Buddhist University fully accredited somewhere maybe in Thailand, Hong Kong or US…

Question asked by Eduarda

Dear Rinpoche,

What does your intuition say about 2012 and all the theories related to a change most voices "see" as a shift towards oneness and universal consciouness?
Thank you

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    I think there will be changes, but nothing monumental. Nothing that huge…this is what I think. TR

Question asked by Chris

Dear Rinpoche,
I was deeply moved about the account of the late Tzenshab Serkong Rinpoche's death, which I red about at
My question is how can one literally take upon oneself the obstacles of others? I always thought that karma is something individual and so, it is to be experienced as such.

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    You don’t take on others karma,you are right, you take on more burden onto yourself so others do not have to suffer or be burdened as much.

    Simple example. If you are a farmer and you do more than your share so the other farmer who is sick, will finish his quota. So you take on more burden, work and effort for another…In that way we can. I hope this helps you and good luck…TR

Question asked by Lorna

Rinpoche, What is a suitable offering/s to offer to your Guru or His representative when meeting Him for the first time? What is important to bear in mind on such an occasion? Thank you.

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Beautiful question. You offer anything from your heart. Anything is fine. You can offer a whole mountain for him to build a retreat place in the Pacific Northwest or you can offer one single rose…it is the best you can. From your heart without any sense of miserliness.

    Before offering, it is good to:

    1. Recite the KING OF PRAYERS as your motivation for offering….It helps you to make the greatest connection. It is said what and how much you offer is how much you will recieve from your meeting with your teacher in the future. Again, that is according to your means.

    2. When you meet your teacher for the first time or anytime it is excellent to recite the 8 lines of praise to Heruka/Vajra Yogini quietly and think you are praising all the Buddhas in ten directions/three times in the form of your teacher. If you don’t have the praises memorized, then you can think whatever is in the KING OF PRAISES, I wish it to be so and meet your teacher.

    3.Purify all your offerings before you offer your teacher by burning incense and letting the smoke ‘permeate’ the offerings hence ‘cleaning’ them to be offered to someone holy and that will change your life. It is the awareness to treat this person you are going to meet very different than any other meeting.

    I wish you luck and happiness and great spiritual success. For the meritorious, meeting the guru is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT OF OUR LIFE….

Question asked by Martin

Dear Rinpoche,
I hope your are feeling much better. I have always believed that in practicing Dharma, we should push ourselves to the max and way beyond our confort zone. This is as opposed to taking "calculated bets" as one would do in business.

I have been advised not to bite off more than i can chew in doing Dharma as not doing dharma well attracts negative karma. Is it correct to take the view that if the motivation is correct, we should not be afraid to keep pushing beyond ourselves?

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    We should push our comfort zones. We should do more and more and more..but that does not mean haphazardly taking on more that we cannot handle. The spirit is willing, but the flesh cannot.

    So we need to be practical. To take on 10 projects we do inadequately and upset many others. Disappoint them. Or to take on 3 projects that we do very well and everyone is happy. The answer is clear my dear Martin. Good luck as always.

Question asked by Melvin

Dear Rinpoche,

I am planning to take the Solitary Yamantaka initiation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Long Beach in May. However, I have never received teachings from His Holiness and I have only read some of his books and watched/listened to some of his video/audio teachings. This is the same situation in regards to yourself for me.

How do you enter into a Guru-disciple relationship with a Guru u have never physically met or received teachings from? Do u wait till you physically meet? ty

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Melvin,

    Beatiful question. I have just posted a talk on Yamantaka ( )on this blog today. Please listen to it. As for relationship with your teacher, please read THE 50 VERSES OF GURU DEVOTION by Ashvagosha. That should help you very much as it did me.

    I am most excited for you to recieve this very sacred initiation from a sacred master. I wish you TREMENDOUS LUCK AND GOOD FORTUNE. Please go all the way with your practice and read up on the commentaries on Yamantaka AFTER THE INITIATION that is available in English. There are quite a few now.

    Consistently do the Yamantaka retreats, meditations, rituals, offerings daily, hold your bodhisattva/tantric vows carefully always. Learn up on the Fire puja, retreat procedures, self initiation of Yamantaka also. Important to be very consistent with this practice. You will reap tremendous benefits.

    May you and Yamantaka become one and indistinguishable.


Question asked by Alvin

Dear Rinpoche,
my yesterday question is if giving more of my details to your liason eg Beng Kooi to help you find the solution to my financial difficulties iwill most help to provide him all the necessary details i am a new member of kechara abt 3 mths alsoi will be happy togive some ideas to expand or reach out more ppl in klang valley to do dharma works i am very excited about the works Kechara is doing Thankyou
Our Guru Tsem Rinpoche
with folded hands
Thankyou pls take your time no hurry

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Elvin,

    I am very happy to hear your offer. Yes, we need help very much and much more help. By helping Kechara, you can reach out to many…alone, it’s hard, but together we have more hands to do what is necessary. TR

Question asked by Alvin

Dear Rinpoche
I am doing full time real estate negotiator my income is not consistent only when i have a successful deals
1.what can i do to increase my income ?? do i know if i am on a right career path hope you can help me out even if i have togivemy details to your liason. Thankyou my Guru Tsem Rinpoche

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    You can consistently and long term propitiate Tara or Setrap and you will see improvements. TR

Question asked by Herschel

Sorry for the non-religious question, but how did you manage to legally change your name outside the USA? The embassy told me that you can only change your name on your passport if you get married, or if you show them an official document from an American court (which would mean going back to the U.S.).

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    I didn’t legally change my name. It has been legal all along. Thanks. TR

Question asked by em

Dear Rinpoche,
I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been ill, I do hope you feel better soon. .
I hope this will be my last question – at a time, when it is no longer possible to speak – is it still possible, to invoke the Buddhas bodhisattvas, without words?

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    You can invoke the Three Jewels just with your mind and thought. You can recite mantras without sound or even moving your mouth just by mind alone. That is no problems at all.

    You can read the prayers without enunciating them also..just with your mind.

    Thank you for your good wishes, I am not fully well, but much better. Thanks.

Question asked by Suryia

Forgive me, I wasn’t clear before. I didn’t mean to ask about your legal name (I’m sure that’s none of my business), I just need to know how to cite you in a bibliography. For example, which name-element should be regarded as your surname? Do you prefer to be alphabetically listed as “Rinpoche, T.T.” or as “Tsem, T.R.” or “Tsem Rinpoche, R.” (considering them as one word)? I thought that “Rinpoche” might function as a detachable title (like “Sir” or “Dame”), but you have very forcefully corrected me on that point. It also occurred to me that perhaps “Tsem Rinpoche” should be considered a title (like “Dalai Lama”) rather than a personal name, since your two predecessors bore it as well. I’m very sorry to have offended you, and am only trying to comprehend your preferred usage.

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Suriya, No need to apologize. I wasn’t offended. I just found your question very entertaining.

    Rinpoche would be the surname I suppose. And Tsem the first name and Tulku the middle name. That makes it easier?

    Thank you.


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  • Stella
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 01:59 PM)
    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this profound explanation of Jealousy. I realize that on a deeper level, the true suffering rubs in when we began to talk down the person we are jealous about and the subsequent bitterness that went out of control. It is akin to a drunken man who started getting angry at others and ended up hurting (physically) the other person or even killing another person. The point is, jealousy is the beginning of bitterness that will eventually snowball.

    Rinpoche’s teaching here gives a really good mind transformation method to counter this. It is a matter for us to apply it.

    Thank You, Rinpoche.
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 04:54 PM)
    Dear fellow Bigfoot friends, This is wonderful to listen to while working, relaxing, driving or reading through a bigfoot book: Have a good day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 04:47 PM)
    Here are a collections of my favorite paintings by my favorite artist who was also a traveler, mystic, writer and philosopher:
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 04:31 PM)
    I have just finished doing 50+ tweets on mind, Buddhism, spirituality, acceptance, love, entanglements, thoughts and inner battles. Do enjoy reading them and sharing them. It might help someone I humbly hope. I do so every few days to share about wisdom, kechara and our spiritual journey. If it can reach people and benefit them, why not. Our lives and being alive is totally about benefitting others. That is the purpose of breathing and being human… Tsem Rinpoche Do follow me on tweets:
  • Calvin Thum
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 01:22 PM)
    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for creating this blogchat, which is great platform for sharing, learning and discussing. I was asking my self, why do we need a blogchat, out of the blue, Patsy answered my question without the need for me to ask.

    From this platform, I can notice you are planting a habit for everyone to get something to read, discuss and share the information. This is beneficial to everyone for the long run.

    Thank you.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 12:06 PM)
    6 secs ago
    Tsem Rinpoche: If we don’t learn dharma, then when obstacles arise in our mind which is often, we cannot apply dharma remedies and dharma methods. When we just work and eat and live and not learn dharma, then we can only apply secular methods which will only yield temporary results. Hence samsara continues on and on. It is important to read/listen to the many articles here on dharma and refresh ourselves and discuss here together without winning or losing, so that our knowledge can grow. With knowledge, when obstacles arise, then easier for us to apply dharma methods and remedies and solve our problems to continue. If we continue this way, we will advance. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 12:06 PM)
    If we don’t learn dharma, then when obstacles arise in our mind which is often, we cannot apply dharma remedies and dharma methods. When we just work and eat and live and not learn dharma, then we can only apply secular methods which will only yield temporary results. Hence samsara continues on and on. It is important to read/listen to the many articles here on dharma and refresh ourselves and discuss here together without winning or losing, so that our knowledge can grow. With knowledge, when obstacles arise, then easier for us to apply dharma methods and remedies and solve our problems to continue. If we continue this way, we will advance. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 11:01 AM)
    Dear friends around the world,

    This is so wonderful that all of you are discussing dharma here on my blog chat ( I am so glad to see this every Friday on US Pacific Coast time 8PM. For next Friday (September 26, 2014) sharing on blog chat, please study up on LOVE WITHOUT AGENDA: . We will discuss about these two reads. You will learn more and more as you read and discuss here. I rejoice when you learn more. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 11:39 PM)
    For Od Howell – Thank you so much for sharing and your interest in His Eminence’s aunt Princess Nirgidma. Princess Nirgidma is indeed a remarkable and very intelligent lady who could hold her own with the men.

    Pastor Jean Ai shared that “she had a traditional Torghut upbringing but thanks to her father who believed his children should have a Western education, she was also visionary for her time. I mean, an Asian woman married to a French diplomat? And fluent in French, and as well as English, Chinese and Russian? And holding conversations and intellectual discourses with men in a time when women were to be seen and not heard? Talk about forging a path for Mongolian women.”

    There’s another article you might like also

    I’m sorry to inform you also that His Eminence has never met her and is not in contact with any of them in the family so we can not help with your request any further.

    I wish you all the best with your research on Princess Nirgidma and looking forward to your fruitful results in the near future.

    With best wishes,
    Pastor Adeline
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 10:34 PM)
    The Bionic Woman never remained quiet and hide or avoid – I LIKE PEOPLE WHO TAKE ACTION and not watch and remain silent when something can and should be done. I guess taking action to me is an expression of compassion in action and that is why we are Buddhists/spiritual. We have to be Buddhists in action, not in name only. Whatever religion we believe in or are theists, we are still human who can take good positive action to make a difference and we should make a difference. We should always try to make a difference. Life is not about only good things for ourselves, but the difference we can make in others’ lives. This is so important. ~ His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche
  • Toh Cheng See
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 12:32 AM)
    Thank you Rinpoche . The narration of the relationship between Milarepa and Marpa was so entertaining that one will remember it always.
    The training that Milarepa has to undergo reminds me of the Shaolin Temple shows where the student is made to carry water or rocks from distance river or quarry and how the master made the student work tirelessly to train their mind, to clear away the preconception mind one has.
    It is so like us to have this attitude. I have seen this happening to people where for example they did something good or credible they have this projection that others should “look up at them” or “treat them like a VIP” and when all this does not happen they get angry and their ego comes in and they create so much trouble for others .
    It is true that upbringing plays a big role . For example if a little toddler happens to walk and trip and if adults rush quickly to pick them up and start saying “oh you poor thing ” and then tells the child “let us beat the floor cause the floor made you fall” and the adult then goes to use hand to “beat the floor” what the child learns is “it’s never my fault, it’s always the fault of others”. This is crazy but I think most of you have seen adults doing this when a child falls.
    I notice also in family with a few kids , the oldest are usually more stable and matured while the younger ones tends to be more “baby” even though they have grown up to be adults. This happens cause the oldest child are more independent when they are young, having to do most things themselves . Then comes little brother or sister and the older sibling loves playing the role of the older brother and sister. The older sibling will always run to the younger ones to help in just almost everything . Maybe younger one drops a toy and instead of picking it up himself and older sibling quickly dash over to pick up for the younger one. Thus the younger child will grow up with the preconception that others will be always at their feet doing everything for them and how they should be treated and when things don’t go their way their mind becomes neurotic.
    Thus like Milarepa , one needs to change one’s attitude and preconception mind.
    I will use the story of Milarepa to remind myself not to have a preconception of how things should be .
    Thank you once again Rinpoche for this entertaining but educational video.
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 10:38 PM)
    It is amazing what happened to a neighborhood in Oakland. You have to see this:
  • Od Howell
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 06:39 PM)
    dear his eminence tsem rinpoche,
    although i should work on my disertation about the genocide in mongolia in 1937 as an effect from russian communist policy i can not resist continue to do research about your aunt nirgidma, since i found her story in internet by accident. is it that i am myself half mongolian half german, growing up in both cultures or does she appear to me as a spiritual sister to my beloved grandfather, son of a mongolian nobleman, who studied in 1926 in germany as one of the first mongolian students, i am so much fascinated about her. in opposite to my grandfather who was persecuted by the communists and even arrested twice for political reasons nirgimda seamed to had a happy end. i bought her publication she made 1937 in paris with old mongolian folk songs and gave it this summer when i was in mongolia to my relative, a famous composer, who said he never heard these songs before. i cant let go the idea of writing a book about her and record the songs again for the mongolians of nowerdays. it is very hard to find information in internet. today i even read the whole correspondence between teilhard de chardin and lucile swan to find fragments about nirgidma and it was a kind of revelation. your excellency, can you help me to find her children or any other descendants to find out, if a publication is wished by the family? we mongolians had a very difficult history within the past hundred years and this princess makes us so proud to know that she existed. when the russians banned buddhist religion in mongolia and even changed the alphabet from old mongolian into russian cyrillic letters it was a cut off from the mongolian culture and their traditions.
    i would also like to know if tsedn dorzhi, nirgidmas half brother who stayed in china is still alive? he must be very old now. i hope very much to hear from you, may all the love and peace be with you, yours sincerely, od
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:53 PM)
    Question asked by Maria
    Your Excellency,
    Greetings of love and peace. I am embarassed with my question but I am taking the courage to do so – why is it that during my recitation and meditation practice I am greatly disturbed by a sudden noise as if someone intentionally kicks the furnitures or noise from the incense and candle burning? I can feel shadows also in the room where I do my practice. I would like to know if there is a remedy on this because I get really startled each time thus preventing me from learning full concentration. The noises start to happen when my body begins to heat up. Is this a sign of obstacle Thank you Your Eminence.

    Response by tsemtulku
    Dear Maria, many experience what you experience. It’s sometimes ‘common’. Do Sindongma’s prayer and mantra for one round before starting your practice daily and the ‘shadows’ will dispel with time. I wish you luck. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:49 PM)
    From His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

    Today was not a very good day for me. I was washing in the shower and the shower is very small and always had a problem due to lack of air. So I had hyperventilated and starting blacking out and hard to breathe. I had this problems for months now, but only today I almost blacked out. Lucky Pastor Seng Piow was around to help me and wipe me down and get me to a chair. Also when showering due to my weight, my back hurts and hard to wash the legs, so when I bend to wash, it is very difficult. Need a chair in the shower, but cannot fit one. Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for your help and wiping me down. Now I am better with the fan on me.


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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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When I see this, I primarily think of my guru and dharma friends immediately. Tsem Rinpoche 
9 hours ago
Beautiful people bring happiness to others. Tsem Rinpoche 
22 hours ago
Don't break another person's heart, it's hard to mend. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
22 hours ago
I have just finished doing 50+ tweets on mind, Buddhism, spirituality, acceptance, love, entanglements, thoughts and inner battles. Do enjoy reading them and sharing them. It might help someone I humbly hope. I do so every few days to share about wisdom, kechara and our spiritual journey. If it can reach people and benefit them, why not. Our lives and being alive is totally about benefitting others. That is the purpose of breathing and being human... Tsem Rinpoche Do follow me on tweets:
24 hours ago
I would love to live in the Mt. Shasta area of Northern California. It has been recognized by the Native American Indian people to be a spiritually charged area. It has a power vortex under the ground in that area that energizes the place to be very blessed for spiritual practice, meditation and contemplations. Tsem Rinpoche 
Dear Andree Duckworth, Thank you very much for your feedback on our Kechara Pastors. They work very hard, they have great knowledge and very patient. I started the program so people who wish to bring dharma to others can have a lay life as well as a spiritual life recognized by others. Halfway to monk/nun-hood without being ordained. So naming them Pastors and having basic lay vows is good and it helps the public in Malaysia to identify with them easily. It worked out very much. I hope you will let them know you are benefitted by their hardwork. They will appreciate it very much as I do. Tsem R
When all will end and karma catches up, why live as it will be forever? ~Tsem Rinpoche
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What a nice message. All my work/posts on tweet does make a difference in people's lives. Nice to know that. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
When we work with integrity and harmoniously with eachother, we can accomplish much. Harmony and integrity are the keys. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
I've asked the same question too. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
To take Manjushri as one's special practice has innumerable benefits. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
This is a special statue of Je Tsongkapa. It was made during Tsongkapa's time by a student and offered to Him. It is said to resemble Tsongkapa very much. And this holy statue is now housed in Tashi Lunpo Monastery, Shigatse Tibet. To see, hear and contemplate Je Tsongkapa is so meaningful and collect one aeons of merits.
1 week ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his two disciples Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Geshe Lhundrup Sopa.
1 week ago
When you accuse others of this and that, time will tell who is successful in the end. Because accomplishments speak the loudest. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Don't lounge around and do nothing, accomplish nothing and be nothing. Benefit others and make your life the cause for many lives to find relief, comfort and hope. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Friends and people will come and go, but your determination and goal must be firm. Let nothing deter you to succeed in your goal and later in life, look back and rejoice in all you've done. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Don't listen to rumours and negative talk about someone who has benefitted you. Be loyal and reciprocate the kindness you have received. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
When you feel hurt, realize and understand the pain, get up and keep trying until you succeed.~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Many will accuse us, threaten us and even make up tales about us, but we must be truthful in all our actions always and forgive them. ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Respect everyone, trust few and follow one. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Back in 1983 this house was Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre in Los Angeles. I lived here for a few years before going to India. This is the house I met H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, received many teachings and served Rinpoche for 6 months. This is a special place for me. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
What a nice message. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
I would like to thank Queck Soon Lee, Elsie Toy, Soh Lee Loon and Lim Kam Koi for the beautiful and blessed images of Tara. It's really wonderful and made from porcelain. I like Tara very much. All of you are wonderful students of Modern Buddhist Fellowship. Please make Modern Buddhist Fellowship a place of practice, learning and benefitting society even more. Put all your efforts to make this place fully blossom more. You have my prayers. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is so perfect! Really direct wisdom and to the point. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Interesting deduction. TR
3 weeks ago
When we need to support, we should not remain quiet or indifferent. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is so true. It's hard but it applies. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
I get thanks and appreciations very often from people all around the world for my blog ( Majority of the people I do not have the pleasure to know who they are. Yet they write in always. They read and leave comments on the blog also. We get now between 100,000 to 120,000 views per month now on my blog I am told and it is consistent ever month. I am AMAZED, HUMBLED AND HAPPY. I am glad so many around the world learn and benefit from my humble blog. I received two messages today. One from Penang (North Malaysia) and one from Italy thanking me for the blog and how much they learn from my blog and how much they appreciate it. It makes all the hard work worth it. Wonderful. Thank you everyone for the learning and feedback. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
We spent around 5 hours blogging about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche's biography. Take a look: For further interesting posts and pictures on Zong Rinpoche, click here:
4 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche with his two disciples H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Perfect triad of blessings. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Dear friends, I just posted this on our LINEAGE lamas and how we should cultivate our attitude toward our lamas for successful practice: Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
Wonderful! Today I went out briefly from my retreat and I found a BEAUTIFUL holy Dalai Lama pendant in a store. Am not going out much these days at all. It's nice to have His Holiness close to my heart. I wore the pendant immediately. When I was a child, people had similar ones and I always wanted one. Many of the Kalmyk people would wear it. Now I have one of my own. I really like it. Tsem Rinpoche.. Myself requesting H.H. Dalai Lama to bestow on me ordination:
4 weeks ago
This is important to read, see and contemplate. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
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1 month ago
My little 4 inch Bigfoot figurine arrived today also. I sure like seeing this fellow around. Makes me feel like he belongs around my environment.
1 month ago
A beautiful Lord Manjushri arrived and He is in standing form. Absolutely beautiful. only around 8 inches in height and very graceful. I really treasure all forms of Manjushri and He is gracing my working table where I can see him very clearly. I offer incense to Him throughout the day as I do my work. I like to have incense and offerings throughout the day as much as possible. In fact 24 hours a day.
1 month ago
Read this book by John Blofeld over 30 years ago. Now getting another copy of it to re-read. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
An EXCITING contest going on now! It starts today August 21, 2014-September 4, 2014. Anyone from anywhere around the world may join in!!! You have a chance to win a fabulous Manjushri statue and some wonderful great books. Take a look:
1 month ago
The Shwedagon Great stupa in Myanmar, it holds the hairs of Buddha Shakyamuni. Very holy and worthy of a visit. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Great words of wisdom from Bruce Lee. Must read. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
This is corn that is grown on our Kechara Forest Retreat land in Malaysia,. Fantastic!!!!! Julia said it's very juicy and sweet! Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Locked up her whole life. Never sees sunshine, grass, dirt, or the sky. She is forced to lay eggs constantly and daily. She does so until she's dead, then they send her to be eaten. She has no feathers and can barely stand due to no space and sunlight. She is locked in this tiny space always.
1 month ago
Wonderful plants to have in the room. 
1 month ago
Amazing Rescue: Last week in Goalpara, India, train passengers spotted this baby elephant struggling in a muddy ditch and had the conductor stop the train, so they could keep the elephant company and feed it local vegetation until a rescue team arrived!-from FB
1 month ago
Beautiful outdoor large Lord Buddha in Bhutan.
1 month ago
The discovery of this giant Sonoran Desert Toad yesterday outside the Chiricahua Desert Museum the locals are sure this toad is responsible for the loss of their pets This toad weighed in at 57 pounds, that was after it dispensed about 2 gallons of urine during its capture. the largest native toad in North American does not typically get any larger than about 1.5 pounds length of 7.5 inches this is a new world record. -from FB
1 month ago
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  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    1 week ago
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    4 weeks ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    1 month ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    1 month ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
    1 month ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    3 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    4 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    7 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    7 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    7 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
    7 months ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    1 years ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    1 years ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    1 years ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    1 years ago
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    Dato' Ruby won the Bella Awards!
    2 yearss ago
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    This is a wonderful video for Moh Mei because she is sleeping in the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT CONTAINERS all alone...ehehehhehe...this is a new friend to keep her company....tsem rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    Answer to Jo
    2 yearss ago
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    The 2 tortoises in Tsem Ladrang, Kadro and Menlha are enjoying their fresh veggie meal.
    2 yearss ago
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    Organic vegetables at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 yearss ago
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    This is Dorje our friendly fish that lives with us. He captured my attention the first time because he was exceptionally friendly. TR
    2 yearss ago
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    Mumus go bye bye!!!
    2 yearss ago
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    SP's mom said that she is from Penang. This is her first trip to bodhgaya, and she truly finds bodhgaya is very holy and spiritual.
    2 yearss ago


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Love is free and not meant to entangle.~#tsemtulku_PB
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Food distribution in Georgetown, Penang. KSK Penang. Patsy
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Clearing our impules may not be easy, but easier then cleaning up their results. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (khjb)
17 hours ago
Get yourself a Tsongkapa statue. You deserve it.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
17 hours ago
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