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 (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/05/reincarnation-videos-you-must-watch.html ). 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 bengkooi@hotmail.com.
    Thanks.

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.

    TR

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?
:-D

  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 http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/approaching_buddhism/teachers/tsenzhab_serkong_rinpoche/a_portrait_of_tsenzhab_serkong_rinpoche/part_8.html
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….
    TR

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 ( http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2011/03/advice-to-a-yamantaka-initiation.html )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.

    TR

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 ?? 2.how 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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  • tsemtulku
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 03:27 AM)
    Protectors are not our main point of worship. Protectors function is not as important as the Buddhas. If we wish to have a altar, in the centre should be our Guru, Buddha or Tsongkapa. Then on the left and right are any Buddhas. Then besides that is the Protectors. We must focus on Lord Tsongkapa for our practice daily or Manjushri, and last practice we do is protector. More important than that is the practice of Lam Rim and Lojong teachings. ~ Tsem Rinpoche
  • Paloma
    (Monday, Jan 26. 2015 10:24 PM)
    I have been practicing DS for a while and I’ve got nothing but the increase of my compassion and wisdom from practicing the teachings. The New Kadampa Tradition transformed my self and helped me to purify my mind. I apply the teachings and now I’m much a more peaceful, patient and loving person. However, because of all this controversy and propaganda against the New Kadampa Tradition there were times, specially in the beginning of my association with them, in which I felt doubt and discouragement (because I was used to believe the DL was such an authority…) … I was even almost giving up the dharma because of all this polemic, but then I decided to check for my self and follow my own inner guidance. I am so happy I did so. These teachings (The New Kadampa Tradition) are based on the teachings of Je Tsongkhapa,the King of the Dharma.
    Much love,
    Paloma
  • Paloma
    (Monday, Jan 26. 2015 09:34 PM)
    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for taking the stand.
    Much love,
    Paloma, a DS practitioner.
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Jan 26. 2015 08:20 PM)
    I have some questions regarding Dorje Shugden. Can you take a moment to help me? See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57386
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Monday, Jan 26. 2015 07:41 PM)
    Let say the person that helped you practiced Shugden. Just because of that would you cut all communications with that person and all friendship? Why or why not? If you cut friendship and ties with someone just because of a religious belief, who is perhaps at fault? The person who does their religious belief freely or the person who cuts off? Why?

    If someone has benefitted you very much, would it matter what practice they do? I mean wouldn’t you be appreciative of the help they have given you and be forever their friends or be loyal to them or you would just jump ship?

    Protectors are not our main point of worship. Protectors function is not as important as the Buddhas. If we wish to have a altar, in the centre should be our Guru, Buddha or Tsongkapa. Then on the left and right are any Buddhas. Then besides that is the Protectors. We must focus on Lord Tsongkapa for our practice daily or Manjushri, and last practice we do is protector. More important than that is the practice of Lam Rim and Lojong teachings.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Monday, Jan 26. 2015 07:37 PM)
    : Some people say if they are practicing Shugden we should cut all ties with them, not eat with them, not talk with them and not associate with them even if they are family. Since they practice Shugden they are defiled and dirty so we must remain clean and pure by not associating with them? Does associating with so and so because of their religious beliefs defile us or we can be friends with everyone and see them for who they are and not their religion? Does that sound right to you all? Because in Buddhism we are to be kind to everyone and all beings. Why would you look at that one aspect of that person and nothing else. Why is it that just because they practice Shugden, we cannot be kind or nice to them or be friendly. Why do we have to cut all ties? Is that religious tolerance, acceptance and compassion or segregation of some sorts? What kind of compassion and love do we practice? I am just wondering what is the opinion out there. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 24. 2015 12:15 PM)
    Abinav Thakuri: Dear Rinpoche, I wanted to post here to thank you for all of your teachings! They have helped me tremendously! :) I have been learning from the blog and video teachings for some time now and the lessons have changed my life. Especially, death meditation. I have been following your teaching on death meditation and have been doing it for more than 8 months now. I didn’t feel anything at first, but now I feel like i can accept negative things that happen in life in a totally positive way! I also want to do any good I can now! Instead of just waiting. I used to be lazy and had negative thoughts about life all the time before. But now it’s gone! :) I also feel that death meditation can be a good counter to depression. Thank you so much Rinpoche! :)

    From Comments I Like here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/comments-i-like.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 24. 2015 12:12 PM)
    Next week’s blog chat will be on “Amongst White Clouds” http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/amongst-white-clouds-amazing.html.

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    Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Jan 24. 2015 05:09 AM)
    This is one of the better and more believable abductee documentaries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV2p0d8kRj0
  • Louise
    (Wednesday, Jan 21. 2015 10:46 PM)
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  • Pastor Adeline
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  • Irene
    (Wednesday, Jan 21. 2015 11:12 AM)
    For Pastor Adeline – thank you for the advise pastor.
  • Pastor Adeline
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  • Pastor Adeline
    (Monday, Jan 19. 2015 07:52 PM)
    I use think people have to be this way or that way and according to my views, but I realize, they have to be their way and we accept them. Sometimes they can improve the way they think and operate as we all need to ‘upgrade’, but the way to do it is by example, patience and explaining kindly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Monday, Jan 19. 2015 07:45 PM)
    Tsem Rinpoche: Louise of Kechara Discovery Dept of Kechara really is coming out with beautifully newly designed Buddha pendants. You would be amazed how incredible artistic yet sacred they are. You have to take look. I was amazed and they make such beautiful pieces to wear around any neck.

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Uncle Lai for years now without a miss comes in once a week to clean the altar of the ladrang. To clean the sacred spots where holy images reside is considered good purification of karmas. He never misses this and then upon completion he makes nice fresh offerings. Uncle Lai is generally a very kind and reliable person. We all love him. Tsem Rinpoche 
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Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche said to me a few years back that in order to practice or teach dharma these days, it's like being a white crow among the black. That means we will stand out and look unusual. But no matter what we must persevere. I miss this great teacher so much since his passing. He was gentle, scholarly, erudite, accomplished in sutra and tantra and had a very loving demeanor. He treated everyone equally and his vows of a monk were spotless. He was like a bright sun in the night sky. Even the first time I met him, he impacted me very strongly. I have received many teachings from him. He was a student of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H. H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I brought 60 students with me from various countries to have audience with Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche the last time I had a chance to gaze upon his golden face. His perfect incarnation has returned. May he manifest in this incarnation as the previous. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche with his close disciple Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche. Very beautiful and old vintage picture. TR
2 weeks ago
This was the first woman to request Buddha to become a nun. Because of her, the nun's tradition began. She is a Arhat in the Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Tradition. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
January 10, 2015. Nice to see Kecharians studying the dharma together today. I really enjoy seeing this and Pastor Shin was leading the class. Thank you.
2 weeks ago
How lucky I would be to live here...TR
2 weeks ago
Must share this wisdom always. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This is wonderful to remember. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Pastor Niral giving a talk in Kechara. Wonderful.
2 weeks ago
January 9, 2015. Pastor Seng Piow takes his little nephew out for some toy shopping. The little guy was waiting anxiously to go out. 
3 weeks ago
His Holiness 9th Panchen Lama in Calcutta in 1905.
3 weeks ago
How nice. What a great gift from Mavis Yeh.  Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I was so lucky to get teachings by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche today on the SIX YOGAS OF NAROPA translated by Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche. And also Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche was the one who sent me these videos. How fortunate for me to get this. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
We have wonderful Kechara dharma seniors who are good and caring guides for our precious youths. I am happy to see this. Youths are so important. We must love them, respect them and share dharma with them to they mature into good people. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
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3 weeks ago
Beautiful Lady Buddha, not everyone has realized you are the alpha and omega of our inner liberation. Our mind constantly wanders in karmic creations weary yet still travelling of no choice. I seek the solace of your embrace to experience great bliss and home. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Does this picture remind you where all of our lives are eventually heading to? It's just where in line are you right now? But you still are in line.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
We have to save this one and reflect upon it. TR
4 weeks ago
Very powerful. Never be stuck in our comfort zones. Think out of the box and do more to accomplish our goals. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
I love this type of environment so much. TR
4 weeks ago
Special gifts of toys and snacks for some special doggies...
1 month ago
This is very helpful. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
We have to be ready to change when we seek a teacher otherwise stay hidden.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
15 minutes to watch this will blow your mind: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=55883
1 month ago
H.H. the current Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche -December 2014
1 month ago
December 2014-His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in front of the largest Tsongkapa statue in the world. This Tsongkapa is in Champa Ling Monastery, Chamdo, Tibet. 
1 month ago
This is the perfect setting of the environment of where I like to live. With trees, blue waters, mountains, green, speckled with flowers. TR
1 month ago
Nothing can be found without searching for it. Just because others say you can't do it or don't believe in you or you can't see it, doesn't mean it cannot exist. Never give up!~Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
This Manjushri is in Kechara's publishing wing. Stunning. TR
1 month ago
This Tara is beautiful. Save the pictures. TR
1 month ago
Having dinner with special friends from around the world. We are honored to be with Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. 
1 month ago
This is very powerful. Share it. TR
2 months ago
Decemeber 2014-They just finished their Tsongkapa retreat and I am so glad for them. TR
2 months ago
We have so many mysteries and some can be proven while others not. TR
2 months ago
Amazing and so appropriate for some. 
2 months ago
This is so true and we have to think about it carefully. 
2 months ago
This is so true. It makes sense. 
2 months ago
Good dharma friends explore interesting places together.
2 months ago
These powerful quotes are timeless and I must read from time to time. It brings sanity, peace and focus. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
This is very interesting news. News I thought was not possible. 
2 months ago
This is good advice. I will do more and more of this as it's time. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Good dharma friends go a long way together as they can work together to benefit many beings. Kudos to friends in the Dharma. TR
2 months ago
Besides Willow Creek, California, this spot in Washington state is another area where many Bigfoot sightings occur frequently. TR
2 months ago
BREAKING NEWS: India has banned the import of animal tested cosmetics. Coming just few months after they banned cosmetics testing in Indian labs, the import ban now makes India the first cruelty-free cosmetics zone in South Asia. Now it's time for Australia to end cruel cosmetics. My bill has been on the books for months, and the Labor and Liberal parties still haven't come to the table. It's time for action. Join our call to end cruel cosmetics. Visit http://grns.mp/end-cruel-cosmetics
2 months ago
Celebrity host Li Kim interviews Dato' Wira Eric for Kechara Magazine. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
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  • Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
    3 months ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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    3 months ago
  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    4 months ago
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
    4 months ago
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    4 months 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
    5 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    5 months 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
    5 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    5 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    5 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    8 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.
    8 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
    9 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 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    9 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
    11 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
    11 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.
    11 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
    1 years 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
    1 years 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
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
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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.
    2 yearss ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    2 yearss ago

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Our Food Bank programme distribution extended to these urban poor families recently. Vivian@KSK KL
3 hours ago
Volunteers and medical team after food distribution around Georgetown, Penang. Patsy
3 hours ago
One of our food recipients receiving basic medical care to the food recipients. Patsy
3 hours ago
Volunteers giving out food, snacks and drinks. KSK Penang. Patsy
3 hours ago
Uncle Low was stranded on the street for the past few days and was referred to our soup kitchen to seek assistance by one of our client. He claimed that he was cheated by his friend and ended up on the streets. He also lost his valuable belongings including money and Mykad in the process. He can only remember his home phone number which we duly contacted but no one was around to pick up the call. We decided to send him back to Telemong (near Karak) anyways and we were lucky we finally found his home. Justin
8 hours ago
Preparations and set up for tonight's puja at Kechara House gompa at 8pm to 9.30 pm. Lucy Yap
9 hours ago
Lovely posies arranged by Kechara Bloom for tonight's puja at Kechara House gompa.Get one now. Lucy Yap
10 hours ago
今晚的英語#双護法#法会是这么久以来第一次公开进行。可喜可贺!By Puja House
10 hours ago
24 Jan 2015 edition of Focus Malaysia. DR
10 hours ago
Friends in Bentong threw a surprise birthday dinner for me. I've made many friends ever since I moved to Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. DR
10 hours ago
Kechara Soup Kitchen's volunteers at the The Mustard Seed Charity Day 2015 bazaar in SS2 Mall, Petaling Jaya yesterday! Blood donation drive, health screening, lots of food and items for sale to raise funds for several charities. DR
10 hours ago
Waiting for mummy to return. :-( DR
10 hours ago
New mattresses, pillows and blankets delivered to flood victims in Kuala Lipis, Pahang. The rain has stopped, the houses cleaned of mud and only now we are able to deliver to them. DR
10 hours ago
View from our weekend retreat room. Peace and tranquility. Restores my equilibium. DR
10 hours ago
A slug came to visit during our retreat in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. Blessings for him too :-) DR
10 hours ago
Spent a meaningful and peaceful weekend in Tsongkhapa retreat with my sister Patsy Gooi , cousin PastorHenry Ooi and colleagues in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. Photos of before and after retreat. It's obvious which of the two is the 'after' photo. DR
10 hours ago
Volunteer hairdressers Maggie and May of Q Salon Kota Damansara who were in KSK to provide professional haircut for our food recipients this afternoon. Something for our clients to be cheerful with Chinese New Year just a few weeks away. :D
15 hours ago
有错就认错,然后改过。有美好的,就随喜。若能持之以恒,快乐垂手可得。~詹杜固仁波切 https://www.tsemrinpoche.com https://twitter.com/tsemtulku (Cynthia Ng)
yesterday
Harbour City grand launching by Hatten group in Singapore @ 24/1/15. Puja team invited to perform a Puja for a smooth and successful launching led by PastorYek Yee. (Cynthia Ng)
yesterday
Pastor Gim Lee taught "Buddha statues, altars & pendants"during the year 1 English Dharma class this morning at Kechara House gompa. Next week topic is "How to deal with death" Come join us next Sunday at 10.30am to 12pm. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Year 2 adults Dharma class Day 2 from Lamrim text "The greatness of the author"was taught by Tat Ming at Kechara House gompa. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Another happy marriage registration by Pastor Chia attended by 30 guests of the bride and groom in Kechara House this afternoon. 25Jan15 may ong
yesterday
Lamrim class level 3, a study on the sufferings of the gods realm lead by Pastor (Anila) Choi today. 25Jan15 may ong
yesterday
Penang Study Group has completed this week Setrap puja with two new members joining us. We did discuss the next week blog chat article, "Amongst White Clouds-Amazing!", to prepare for next week blog chat session.
2 days ago
Our booth at the The Mustard Seed Charity Day 2015 held in PJ SS2 Mall today. Justin@KSK
2 days ago

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