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.

Question asked by Terry

Have you ever heard of Edgar Cayce, the famous trance-channeler? They say his psychic readings were amazingly accurate. While awake he was this uneducated Christian from Kentucky, but while asleep he talked about stuff like reincarnation, astrology, meditation, the seven chakras, etc. The thing is, he also disagreed with Buddhism on some points. For instance, he taught that humans never reincarnate as animals (or vice versa). Also karma is God’s way of teaching us lessons, so our soul can evolve to higher planes of consciousness. (Yes, he believed in God and the soul.) I guess that all religions have an inner core of truth, which would mean that Cayce and Christianity must be partly right and partly wrong. But applying the same principle to Tibetan Buddhism, can we say that Lamrim or Prasangika Madhyamika are only partly true? How would you resolve this, sir? Thank you.

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    I don’t really understand your question(s).

    But…

    1.I have heard of Cayce. And I don’t agree with everything he has said. I don’t trust ppl who go into trance and simply talk. We do not know what is channelling through them exactly.

    2.You do not need to think too much on Prasangika or Madhyamika on their own. Lord Tsongkapa has condensed everything into the Lam Rim for you. The Lam Rim cannot be wrong in any way, otherwise Tsongkapa’a enlightenment was false. Please follow the Lam Rim thoroughly and effect a perception change…then it will be ok…everything will be ok for you…everything will lighten for you….focus very much on the practice of any form of Manjushri as your yidam..do the practices, offerings and sadhanas….Manjushri will help your mind tremendously….I would be happy for you..

    Good luck…TR

Question asked by Suriya

In secular contexts such as newspapers, where the honorific “Rinpoche” would be inappropriate, do you prefer to be called “Mr. Tsem” or “Ven. Sopa” or what? For example, when you fill out forms, what do you put down in the “surname” blank?

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Suriya,

    What an entertaining question. It is amazing this type of thought would come up in your mind.

    My name TSEM TULKU RINPOCHE is legal.

    Thanks.

Question asked by EG

That’s what I thought, too. You probably meant to type “1986.” Here’s the source: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2011/02/powerful-quotes.html

While I’m on a roll, perhaps you will allow another question. 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

    Having been vegetarian/vegan since 1968, I’ve probably heard just about every rationalization attempt extant for continuing to eat our sisters and brothers in the animal realm. However, those who’ve not read Gautama Buddha’s teachings on me…at-eating might be surprised to learn He left no wiggle room in stating:

    “If one is trying to practice dhyana (spiritual meditation) and is still eating meat, he would be like a man closing his ears and shouting loudly, and then asserting that he heard nothing. . . . How can a bhikshu (student of spirituality) who hopes to become a deliverer of others, himself be living on the flesh of other sentient beings? . . .S/he who causes suffering shall suffer; there is no escape. “

    “To avoid causing terror to living beings, let the disciple refrain from eating meat. . . .The food of the wise is that which is consumed by the sadhus (holy men); it does not consist of meat. . . .There may be some foolish people in the future who will say that I permitted meat-eating, and that I partook of meat myself, but. . .meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, and I will not permit meat-eating in any form, in any manner, or in any place; it is unconditionally prohibited for all.”–Gautama Buddha, 5th Century, B.C. (“Dhammapada”)

    Likewise, after years of requesting of my friend and teacher since 1982 that he speak out decisively to Buddhists about meat-eating, the Dalai Lama stated. . .again, without wiggle room:

    “I do not see any reason why animals should be slaughtered to serve as human diet, when there are so many substitutes. After all, man can live without meat.”

    Personally, I’ve just recently joined this unparalleled, global, social-networking experiment called Facebook, but like you, Rinpoche, I’ve already enjoyed spreading compassion into others’ hearts, and I’m delighted to see you speaking out in behalf of those who can’t.

    Finally, anyone interested in more compassionate wisdom on this subject may wish to visit my ‘Dennis Paulson’ FB Page, where every day you’ll find a different COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS quotation from celebrated ones among our sisters and brothers, speaking from their heart just as Rinpoche did here. Big Love and Peace of mind; your friend and theirs, Dennis

    (Dennis Paulson left a message on my Facebook post. I found it quite powerful. I have reproduced here for everyone to read. Anyways, many ppl can read on the comments of the post, but that will get pushed down eventually…so it’s here now to stay and to share continuously. I will have more quotes extracted from his wonderful FB page as he recommended to share with all of you on this post. So this post will continue to grow…must check back to it from time to time…please share these quotes wherever you can…help the animals please… Tsem Rinpoche)

    *******************************************************************

    Dear EG,

    I pasted from the page in mention above. If you read it carefully, this is what Dennis Paulson wrote to me that he has been vegetarian since 1968. It is not referring to myself.

    In regards to what I did not like about the geshe system, I will not talk about it at this time. Maybe in my book later if I can see a benefit in mentioning it. I would not want to say things about the Monastery that would seem negative at this time.

    Thanks….Tsem Rinpoche

Question asked by EG

Dear Rinpoche, you write that you became a vegan / vegetarian in 1968. How did this happen? And how did you manage to stay vegetarian while in America? (I assume your adoptive parents ate meat.)

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear EG,

    I don’t recall writing this…maybe I forget? Where did you see this please?

    I was 3 years old in 1968.

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  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 02:08 PM)
    All humans have a perception of things. That perception may not be the reality of an object. The object itself has no real reality. the object cannot fulfill or not fulfill our perceptions. It all comes from our side and our side alone. But our perceptions of it and how we react to it may have adverse effects or positive.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/enjoying-music-is-negative.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 02:03 PM)
    The more you practice purification and the more problems arise or the same problems arise IS A VERY GOOD SIGN..AN EXECELLENT SIGN INDEED. Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/its-a-good-sign.html
  • tsemtulku
    (Thursday, Jul 31. 2014 09:48 AM)
    There are more Buddhist Priests, Ministers and Pastors now. This is a wonderful trend. Do see what a great job Rev Christina Yanko is doing in Canada: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52129
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 06:57 PM)
    EXCITING NEW POST on anyone interested in Tsongkapa. Lots of good information here. Read it and do share with others as it will help them: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52024
  • Pastor Jay Jae
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 09:12 AM)
    For Josselynn – Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience regarding your FIL’s demise. I rejoice that during these difficult times you are able to use the Dharma which you have learnt and put it to practice. However much merit you have collected in life, will definitely be dedicated to your loved ones. When you have time, please do come visit Kechara House and attend our Dharma classes and pujas to help you make your spiritual journey a better one. Much Prayers,
    PJJ
  • Pastor Yek Yee
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 12:39 AM)
    Dear All, please join Kechara Animal Liberation Day on this coming Sunday(3/8/2014) in different venues: KL, Kuantan, Ipoh and Johor.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203493064821499&set=a.1255513382184.39311.1060057013&type=1&theater
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:29 AM)
    If you love someone, tell them & don’t hold back. Tsem Rinpoche @tsemtulku on Twitter
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:29 AM)
    Love is not something easy to get, so treasure it if you have it. Tsem Rinpoche @tsemtulku on Twitter
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:28 AM)
    H.H. 10th Panchen Rinpoche was a great teacher & inspiration. Tsem Rinpoche @tsemtulku on Twitter
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:28 AM)
    Clearing our impules may not be easy, but easier then cleaning up their results. Tsem Rinpoche @tsemtulku on Twitter
  • Josselynn
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 09:35 AM)
    Dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

    I am new but 3 days ago I attended my father in law’s (FIL) Christian funeral which he converted 4 years ago. We got to know only now during my sister in law speech who was a Christian pastor. although he was baptised to Christian but he has never mentioned to us at all. I remembered my FIL told me but not the son that; one day when I die he wish to be cremated with his ashes to be thrown to the sea only. Yes he was cremated yesterday. On the first day of the wake service I couldn’t feel any peace, on the 2nd day I brought 7 lotus candles offered to Buddha and lit up with my children and told them chant OM MANI PADME HUNG and a bouquet of flowers too. I must share with you the candles light from what I learned from Rinpoche is the light of WISDOM yes I can find peace then. I chanted 20 malas on the 3rd day and my feeling of sadness was calmer yes, I understand Buddhism more about death & reincarnation again from your blog & transcript so the feeling of sadness was more calm then before. I am more accepting about Rebirth, Old aged, sickness & death. I understand about human suffering. My deepest appreciation from your Buddhadharma talk it really changed my life. It’s a miracle and magic I guess, one fine day I just needed to go Kechara Paradise to invite Je Tsongkapa home early this year without realising it was actually Tsongkapa day. In no time I think 10 days I can memorised Migstema so well. I do my chanting when my mind disturb and I am still on medication for my depression. Migtsema indeed calm my mind…. Every night if I am disturb again I will plug on my earphone and listen to your voices of Buddhdharma talk on YouTube to find peace and I can sleep rather I rely on the one medicine that put me to sleep.
    That’s wonderful for me too.
    We were grateful to have attended the children baptism on Wesak day and the children were officially baptised by Rinpoche’s blessing. I was afraid someone will convert my children if I don’t do something. They chant OM Ah RA Pa SA NA DHIH and wearing the Manjushri chakra too. I got them Tsongkapa box set each for (body speech & mind) and a stupa too.

    Warmest regards
    Josselynn
  • Josselynn
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 05:15 AM)
    Dear Rinpoche

    I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that your teachings have changed my life a lot. First of all, is your inspiration book “Why You Make Yourself Unhappy” how this book can changed my life. It’s amazing! I sincerely want to find out more about you and in depth towards Buddhism. Along the journey finding about Rinpoche I went into YouTube learning what I want to know about Buddhism. It’s so awesome as if I am there listening to you. I decided to find out about Kechara. My first visit I bought Tara pendant, immediately the 2 box sets of Tsongkapa & Setrap prayers but never approach anyone yet for a year. Until last September, I decided to write a mail to you personally and here I am since January 2014 I became member. Of course, when I first came to Kechara I request to meet you unfortunenately you have gone to US.

    Kind regards
    Josselynn
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 10:51 PM)
    Offering lights to the Buddha creates causes for wisdom. Tsem Rinpoche @tsemtulku on Twitter
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/butterlamps.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 10:49 PM)
    We are only free when we expel the samsara within us. Tsem Rinpoche @tsemtulku on Twitter
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 10:49 PM)
    Give me enlightenment on a silver platter please? Tsem Rinpoche @tsemtulku on Twitter

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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?
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Great Buddha Tsongkapa.
12 hours ago
There are more Buddhist Priests, Ministers and Pastors now. This is a wonderful trend. Do see what a great job Rev Christina Yanko is doing in Canada: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52129
2 days ago
If everyone can realize this would eliminate so many problems.
2 days ago
This is one of the best Avalokitesvara thangkas I have ever seen. I rarely see an Avalokitesvara that draws me or I really like. I am very particular about thangka paintings. But this one is really done by a super skilled artist. The eyes are perfect and the gaze is the correct angle of calm/contemplativeness. The lips, nose and proportions are stunning. The coloring and feel is regality and serenity with great compassion. He feels alive. I would love to get a copy of this very much. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
Look at this massive thangka of the Lord of Wisdom Manjushri in Tibet. The bigger the thangka it is believed, the more blessed the area will be. See all the people congregated around it to pay homage and make offerings. Amazing. May you all be blessed by this too and be connected to Manjushri. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
There is a devil there is no doubt, but is he trying to get into us or trying to get out? ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
These fresh tomatoes just plucked from our garden here in our USA Ladrang. Tomatoes are some of my favorite foods. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
We had some very special guests come to volunteer at Kechara? Guess who they were? And they turned out to be very humble in their works that night. Please see the love and care: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51852
2 weeks ago
This is so true. When teach dharma to some and ask them to change or explain why, they reject and become unhappy and speak ill. 
2 weeks ago
If my endurance of so much suffering these past years have benefitted you and took some away from you, then it was not in vain and I am content and I would take more.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
A sketch by a eye witness in California-1987
3 weeks ago
Existing is not true existence but mere labelling because the causes removed, we are empty.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
People from different parts of the world who have no prior obvious connections can connect to do dharma together. This is wonderful because what we did in the past together can manifest in the present again to continue where we left off. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
ELEPHANT WEEPS AFTER RESCUE: A 50-year-old elephant that had spent much of his life shackled in chains, wept when he was finally freed from captivity. "Raju" had tears streaming down his face, as wildlife rescuers released him. SHARE this amazing story. -Details of Raju's rescue: http://kiro.tv/AmazingElephantStory
3 weeks ago
This is profound and the secrets to our success or failure. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Are you the sign of the pig? Do you want to know more about yourself? It would be interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=23608
4 weeks ago
Vegetables harvested from our garden in our USA residence today...nice. TR
4 weeks ago
See who are in these nice pictures and how they are connected to me please....I just posted the Gratitude series #2...do take a look: See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51490
4 weeks ago
Powerful!!
4 weeks ago
Having a healthy strong body is important so we can take care of the people and animals around us, to do our dharma practice and to be able to contribute to society. Practices like Je Tsongkapa and Amitayus are very helpful for extending our life energies and healing from within. I spoke about it: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=29398
4 weeks ago
There are over 75,182 views of this post already! It's on horoscopes and how compatible you are with someone or not compatible and why. Perhaps it would be good to understand why someone so close could have or not have conflicts with you. Find out about yourself and understand your character: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=24905
4 weeks ago
Dear friends, This is a very good documentary on bigfoot. It is very scientific and examines a new footage of a bigfoot running very fast. Examines and gives you reasons why this cannot be a man or a person in a suit..very nice. I've not seen this one before. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zUhKhv3Z-I
4 weeks ago
Please click and enlarge the picture. This is something I strongly feel. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This will be my gratitude series where I share all that I am grateful for. This is my first post: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51490
4 weeks ago
Mr. Lai, the proud dad of Pastor David Lai. Mr. Lai has expressed how proud he is of his son and what he is doing for others. Mr. Lai is very happy his son David is a Pastor of Kechara and rejoices in the Dharma shared with others. Mr. Lai himself is a very kind and steady person and an important member of Kechara also who always keeps his promises. Many in Kechara respect and love Mr. Lai. Like father like son. Kind people. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I agree with what Martin T. Bosnev says about Pastor David. Martin is a very intelligent person, so when he compliments, he has thought it through. I appreciate Martin's input. Pastor David always teaches Dharma from his heart and with enthusiasm. He truly believes in what he shares. He has been blessed by Tsongkapa to speak because he is sincere. Many enjoy listening to the Dharma from him very much. Please see what Martin is talking about: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4197
1 month ago
This may be short, but it's one of my favorite documentaries also you have to take a look. Very good. I wanted to share with you all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUDjCmg4awI
1 month ago
Our group who went on a spiritual pilgrimage in the holy places of Kathmandu, Nepal.-June 2014. I rejoice for them. These trips have infinitely so much more meaning than the usual vacations.  Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Burning eyes? A special story for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e548MkrkGWk
1 month ago
Do you know what is a Wenatchee? Let me share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUm3ldZhZIU
1 month ago
Beautiful Sampheling Monastery. The home monastery of H.H.Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. This is a place to visit!
1 month ago
Dear friends, Are you ready to witness something extremely brutal but with a happy ending? See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=50488 (Viewer discretion is advised as very graphic)
1 month ago
Dear friends, Did you know there are three holy mountains of Avalokitesvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani in Yating, Kham -Tibet??!! It's not that difficult to get to either. I have just finished blogging about this. I watched a travelogue earlier and was AMAZED at the footage they showed of certain holy places in Tibet that I have heard of from senior monks but never seen. You MUST watch this excellent travelogue and enjoy. Tsem Rinpoche See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=50824
1 month ago
Zamkar, Dharma, Mumu and Oser are always smiling and super cute. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
New book from Kechara just launched! http://Www.vajrasecrets.com
2 months ago
I've always tried my best to escape secular dreams because it's all a big wheel of disappointment. Get me out of samsara! Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Look at my Mumu boy. You can never take a bad picture with him. He is super cute from any angle. I love you Mumu. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Please remember this. A dog is not a pet but a part of your family. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Lineage lamas and root lama in Vajra Yogini's tantra. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is excellent! Must read and share. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime. Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind's energy to let go and we cannot. Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I totally agree with this. Some vent out their anger, get attention or want to send messages to people and justify by saying it's their space their posting on and they can post what they want. Be it so, your space is seen my hundreds and it's public domain and you know that. So if others post otherwise to your views, why get upset? You invited it. Maybe that is what you wanted? Attention? LOL.Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Wow. How perfect is this. This is exactly how I feel when I shared dharma with some people. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I like this one. I just found it. Wonderful and simple for those who have to seek either one. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama in Yong He Gong temple in front of the beautiful Tsongakpa main altar in Beijing, China.
2 months ago
Another must read and must have book. I ordered it last week and it arrived today. So very much looking forward to reading/studying it. Dharma knowledge is something that should not remain stagnant. We must improve and apply upon it always. Applying it is the secret. I have so much more to learn. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always. Mahatma Gandhi
2 months ago
Look at my cheeky and cute Mumu boy!! The camera loves him! I love him. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
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  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    2 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.
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    5 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
    5 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.
    5 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
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    6 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
    9 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
    9 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    10 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    11 months 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!
    1 years 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
    1 years ago
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    Answer to Jo
    1 years 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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    Very touching video...Buddha said it was very important to visit the four holy places associated with Him before our deaths. Remembering this, I had instructed Paul to take this senior group to Bodhgaya and make sure they are able to plant imprints. When this life of 'fun', money, parties and socials are over, we cannot leave empty handed. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    Our two rescued tortoises who live at Tsem Ladrang happily and will be transferred to Kechara Forest Retreat where they will have much more space to roam and run. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    Aki is the old African Grey that was abandoned by his owner. Because he is old, no one wanted him. Well we wanted him and we took him and in and love him. He is in a big aviary and he likes his cage. We leave his cage open at all times so he can go in and out as he likes. His cage is his security blanket. Cute. He gets nice food and sunshine daily and also we play monks chanting for him to be blessed. We love you Aki. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    Meal time for all the cute mumus!
    2 yearss ago
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    Dear james, very nice video of Kechara outlet and the activity led by Kien. You must always make more videos. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This little birdie was at a pet shop. He has maimed leg, permanent damage to his wing and cannot fly and also one eye blind. I don't think anyone would want the poor thing, so I adopted him and keep him safe, fed and with lots of fresh air. He's also in a large aviary so he can be with other birds and not be alone. He is alert, active, and has a good appetite. I like him very much and will make sure he is safe, happy and has a good life. I name him Lucky. Lucky will always be safe now. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago

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Love is idealism with cultural influences, compassion is a natural state of mind (Tseam Tulku Rinpoche)_PB
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Be grateful to those who have hurt or harmed you._Hee TS
1 hour ago
遇事不要急躁。不要急於 下結論,尤其生氣時不要做決斷,要學 會換位思考,大事化小、小事化了,把 複雜的事情盡量簡單處理,千萬不要把 簡單的事情複雜化。_Hee TS
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沒有愛的生活就象一片荒 漠,贈人玫瑰,手有余香,要「學會愛別 人其實就是愛自己」,讓愛如同午後陽光 溫暖每個人的心房。_Hee TS
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Manjunatha Tsongkhapa in the sacred Jokhang Temple or Central Cathedral in Lhasa.
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Volunteers who came to help in our kitchen today. Justin@ KSK
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Pelden Hlamo appears in Roerich's painting of the Himalayas.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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The complete refuge tree according to the Gelug School of Buddhism-Exquisite.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Dharma protectors can appear to us if we focus on bodhicitta.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Buddha's teaching is easy because it relates to our natural state of mind.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Gifts are an expression of generosity, appreciation and care (Tsem Tulku Rinpoche)_PB
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Dharma is essential (Tsem Tulku Rinpoche)_PB
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We may encounter defeat, but we must not be defeated_PB
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The best way to look at oneself is Meditation ._Hee TS
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To find our path,we have to pay more attention to the moment.It is the only time we have in which to live, grow,feel,change and even die._Hee TS
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