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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  • Pastor Jay Jae
    (Monday, Sep 1. 2014 06:20 PM)
    Being passionate for the Dharma and also serving His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche full time, PastorLoh Seng Piow is one of the eyewitness to many of the incidences which we don’t see when we meet Rinpoche. Pastor Seng Piow on his personal accord has compiled all these stories and made it available in visual comic form for everyone to see. On one hand, this has increased the faith in many on Rinpoche and on the other, this shows how devoted Pastor Seng Piow is in serving H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

    See the comics here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-7.html

    Pastor Seng Piow now is a residet pastor in the Tsem Foundation in USA. If you have any problems on your spiritual path, he’s a good person to see:
    Tsem Rinpoche Foundation is located at:
    Unit #5 Soledad Plaza
    20655 Soledad Canyon Road
    Santa Clarita,
    California 91351, USA
    For further information about Tsem Rinpoche Foundation, Inc., please contact foundation@tsemrinpoche.com.
  • bengkooi
    (Monday, Sep 1. 2014 05:19 PM)
    The next Saturday Blog Chat Topics have been announced! Study up and prepare yourself: (1) H.H. Trijang Rinpoche’s biography (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-kyabje-trijang-dorje-chang.html) and tantra teachings (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/various-aspects-of-tantra-by-his-holiness-kyabje-trijang-rinpoche.html) See you on Saturday!
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Aug 30. 2014 02:05 PM)
    Next Saturday (6 Sept 2014) 11am Malaysia time, we’ll be learning about Trijang Rinpoche, our erudite lineage master! Here’s some read up to prepare yourself http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-kyabje-trijang-dorje-chang.html; http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/various-aspects-of-tantra-by-his-holiness-kyabje-trijang-rinpoche.html. Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Aug 30. 2014 12:38 PM)
    Dear Everyone, I was very happy to observe blog chat. Excellent questions, excellent answers and excellent participation. Joy had good questions prepared. Joy will be in charge of the next ten BLOG CHAT SHARINGS. She will announce and inform people (reminders) on social media. Every week I will give Joy the subject she should research on and come up with the questions and be prepared for the answers too. Next week will be on His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche bio and you can all study up here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4340 and also his teaching on: Various Aspects of Tantra- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4621 So next week Blog Sharing will be on Trijang Rinpoche’s life and his teachings on tantra. This will everyone to learn and understand dharma more. Study up! Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 02:26 PM)
    Incredible Tsongkapa Retreat In Kechara:

    There are 24 persons who have just started a holy Tsongakapa retreat in Kechara. More and more people are engaging in Tsongkapa retreats, meditations, mantras, prayers and practice as they can feel the practice. Pastor PastorYek Yee kindly updated me on the retreat and Pastor Lanse conducted a Drukchoma (Kalarupa puja) for the success of the retreatants. I sincerely rejoice.
    It is wonderful to find the dharma. Then investigate and learn the dharma. Then adopt the dharma. Then adapt the dharma into our body, speech and mind and that is called practice. With practice we become familiar and it definitely becomes easier. To support our transformation (practice), retreats are necessary to increase merits to back up the transformations. Buddha Tsongkapa retreat is one of the best ways to collect merit, purify karma and help us to connect to our divinity. Help us to expunge old negative thinking and let go of pain and adopt new and wisdom filled ways of observing the happenings around us. A new way to observe that does not cause pain. As Tsongkapa is a Buddha, His practice will confer great blessings.

    Reciting his potent mantra (migtseyma) daily and consistently, making offerings to Tsongkapa and doing His meditations over time is excellent. I am very happy to hear there are 24 persons engaged in a short and blessed Tsongkapa retreat now in Kechara. Excellent news. Thank you for sharing. Tsem Rinpoche…
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 02:04 PM)
    I love this poem His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche wrote for his root guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. It never fail to bring tears to my eye. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/a-poem-to-my-teacher.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 02:01 PM)
    When we have one or two persons who brave releasing samsara and become ordained and become monks or nuns, then it will inspire others. When the sangha behave according to dharma, it will inspire many other people to take ordination also. Tsem Rinpoche

    Today another Kecharian has shaved the head and preparing for ordination as a full sangha.

    Messages from His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche on blog chat
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 02:00 PM)
    For SIM CHIN YEE – Thank you for sharing! Please also take part in the contest and win yourself a Manjushri! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/win-a-manjushri-statue.html
  • SIM CHIN YEE
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 01:21 PM)
    Hi,

    Am really cannot imagine this is still happening in Australia, “Cage Egg System” has already been banned in many countries. I will share this in FB, share it to my friends.I am sure there must be a more systematic way than this “Cage Egg System”.
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 08:59 PM)
    I get thanks and appreciations very often from people all around the world for our blog here. 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. We get now between 100,000 to 120,000 views per month now on the 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 this blog. I got two messages today. One from Penang and one from Italy thanking me for the blog and how much they learn from this blog and how much they appreciate it. It makes all the hard work worth it. Wonderful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Jay Jae
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 04:38 PM)
    RARE and precious pictures of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang. Without Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, we won’t be blessed with such a mighty Guru such as HE Tsem Rinpoche today. Brace yourselves and be showered with the rain of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Aug 26. 2014 06:21 PM)
    Dear friends, I just posted this on our LINEAGE lamas and how we should cultivate our attitude toward our lamas for successful practice: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52656 Tsem Rinpoche
    yesterday. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?nggpu=http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/photo_140825140522_0.jpg (copied from Photo on the Go at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com)
  • tsemtulku
    (Tuesday, Aug 26. 2014 07:54 AM)
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography has been posted here finally. Pastors David, Niral, Jean Ai and Seng Piow worked for long hours into the wee hours of the morning to get it done. I have been wanting to compile one from various sources for the longest time and add the beautiful pictures, but I hadn’t gotten around to it. I asked the four Pastors to do so last night and they were here till 6AM completing it. Then I added the finishing touches and finally finished around 8AM. It’s important to read the biography to understand this great master and why he has affected me and thousands so deeply and the lineage I belong to. To understand a teacher is to understand their guru. To understand a lineage is through the biographies of the great masters of the lineage. It is a blessing to read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782 Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Niral Patel
    (Tuesday, Aug 26. 2014 07:25 AM)
    Easy and Effective – The practice of Tsongkhapa. Go to the link to read a beautiful prayer invoking the blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa, one of my favorite prayers!
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tsongkhapa/easy-and-effective.html
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Aug 25. 2014 11:36 PM)
    We spent around 5 hours blogging about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782)—- For further interesting posts and pictures on Zong Rinpoche, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/…/cate…/kyabje-zong-rinpoche

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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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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
2 hours ago
This is so perfect! Really direct wisdom and to the point. Tsem Rinpoche
2 days ago
Interesting deduction. TR
2 days ago
When we need to support, we should not remain quiet or indifferent. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 days ago
This is so true. It's hard but it applies. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 days ago
I get thanks and appreciations very often from people all around the world for my blog (www.tsemrinpoche.com). 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
6 days ago
We spent around 5 hours blogging about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche's biography. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782)---- For further interesting posts and pictures on Zong Rinpoche, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/.../cate.../kyabje-zong-rinpoche
1 week 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 
1 week ago
Dear friends, I just posted this on our LINEAGE lamas and how we should cultivate our attitude toward our lamas for successful practice: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52656 Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Tsem Rinpoche: The most BEAUTIFUL Dharma wallpaper downloads in both English and Chinese language here for FREE: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=7052 and many free high resolution Buddha picture downloads here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52713
1 week 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: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=19322
1 week ago
This is important to read, see and contemplate. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
What is on your altar? Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52604
2 weeks 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.
2 weeks 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.
2 weeks ago
Read this book by John Blofeld over 30 years ago. Now getting another copy of it to re-read. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks 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: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52496
2 weeks ago
The Shwedagon Great stupa in Myanmar, it holds the hairs of Buddha Shakyamuni. Very holy and worthy of a visit. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Great words of wisdom from Bruce Lee. Must read. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks 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 
2 weeks 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.
2 weeks ago
Wonderful plants to have in the room. 
2 weeks 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
2 weeks ago
Beautiful outdoor large Lord Buddha in Bhutan.
3 weeks 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
3 weeks ago
Kalarupa thangka sent to me by Pastor JJ. Thank you so much.
3 weeks ago
This is wonderful. Full of thought and deep. Please read and share. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is one of my MOST favorite science fiction movies of all time. It's a little B-rated, but I find it super cool still. LOL. Do watch and leave a comment and let me know what you think: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=34750
4 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was said to be a fully attained great lama. He was one of the greatest teachers of his time. He has achieved one-ness with his Yidam Heruka Chakrasamvara. There was many indications of this. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
My bigfoot area in my room with books and statues..
1 month ago
Great Buddha Tsongkapa.
1 month 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
1 month ago
If everyone can realize this would eliminate so many problems.
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago
There is a devil there is no doubt, but is he trying to get into us or trying to get out? ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
These fresh tomatoes just plucked from our garden here in our USA Ladrang. Tomatoes are some of my favorite foods. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month 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 months 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 months 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
2 months ago
A sketch by a eye witness in California-1987
2 months ago
Existing is not true existence but mere labelling because the causes removed, we are empty.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months 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 
2 months 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
2 months ago
This is profound and the secrets to our success or failure. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months 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
2 months ago
Vegetables harvested from our garden in our USA residence today...nice. TR
2 months 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
2 months ago
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Videos On The Go

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  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    5 days 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    2 weeks ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
    Description
    3 weeks 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
    4 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
    4 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
    6 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
    6 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.
    6 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
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    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
    10 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
    10 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    11 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    12 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!
    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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    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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White Tara puja led by Tat Ming and assisted by Pee Bee at Kechara House gompa dedicated to our beloved Guru,H.E Tsem Rinpoche long life and for all beings to continue to enlighten through His teachings and may the Dharma flourished throughout the world. Lucy Yap
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I should eliminate the suffering of others because it is suffering, just like my own suffering. I should take care of others, just because I am also a sentient being. (Dalai Lama)_PB
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Letting other people win doesn't mean you lose, it just means you are spiritually matured. ~~ Tsem Rinpoche ~~_PB
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Kechara Penang Study Group completed White Tara Puja on 2nd Sept'14 for dedication of Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's long life - Soon Huat
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Kechara Penang Study Group completed White Tara Puja on 2nd
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We can make the MEDICINE BUDDHA HILL a reality and a place for healing externally as well as internally_PB
2 hours ago
Whatever you do that's not dharma is disloyal, it always abandons you.~ Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
4 hours ago
Radiating energy from within illuminates everything around u. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
4 hours ago
~Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training~ (Composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa ~1357-1419 ) http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsongkhapa-prayers.html #27 Having become, through the medium of this poem, the powerful and eloquent speech of Divine Manjushri, speaking directly with the harmonious and melodious voice of the transcendent Wisdom Deity, may I and all my relations and companions, from small insects to tenth-level bodhisattvas, attain the blessings of primordial Buddha nature: infinite bliss, infinite fulfillment, infinite perfection, and universal conscious enlightenment. From: June Tang (Khjb)
4 hours ago
~Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training~ (Composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa ~1357-1419 ) http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsongkhapa-prayers.html #26 May the bliss of the mystical fusion of transcendent wisdom with tender compassion fall like sweet summer rain from dark blue clouds, the motivation of goodness, skillfully and gracefully opened by lightening flashes of selfless awareness. May conscious beings in every realm and condition enjoy their glorious existence as the dynamic play of Lord Buddha’s four modes of manifestation: transparent, universal, heavenly, and earthly. From: June Tang (Khjb)
4 hours ago
~Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training~ (Composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa ~1357-1419 ) http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsongkhapa-prayers.html #25 Some authors tie complex knots of philosophical terms, while others rave incoherently like mad persons. In the most beautiful hermitage, the snow mountains of Tibet, this poet, known as Ever-Expanding Mind of Goodness, has attempted to write with richness and lucidity. From: June Tang (Khjb)
4 hours ago
And you must understand that the key to a successful practice is to never lose your determination.~H.H.Dalai Lama_Hee TS
8 hours ago
@LimHanNee: When we can feel their pain n fear n empathize, we will generate true compassion n want to show we care.~H.E.Tsem Rinpoche _Hee TS
8 hours ago
Have compassion for all being ,rick and poor alike; each has their suffering .Same suffer too much ,others too little .~Buddha _Hee TS
11 hours ago
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