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.
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.
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?
Could you please explain the psychological principles behind your famous “pick” game? For example, how does one construct a dilemma capable of revealing the answerer’s personality and character? (Or do the same questions work for everyone?) Are there books on this method, or did you invent it yourself?
Rinpoche, for those of us who are not ready to give up sex, is it better to have a boyfriend or girlfriend (in which the people are attached to one another), or to give up attachment in favor of a “friends with benefits” or “no strings” relationship? Also, I read somewhere that it goes against tantric vows to have sex with anybody who doesn’t believe in tantra. Is that true? Thank you, and Happy Valentines Day!
Dear Rinpoche, is believing in Buddhism (reincarnation, karma, enlightenment, etc.) like believing in Bigfoot or UFO’s? Sometimes it seems like there’s no way to really know the truth. I mean, philosophically, any of this stuff can be argued either way. Some people claim to be authorities, but they disagree about practically everything. If we try to figure out the answers for ourselves, we might search forever without getting anywhere. But you got somewhere, Rinpoche. How did you decide what to believe, and who to trust?
After watching your DVD, “Buddhism Begins at Home,” I am still unclear on certain aspects of the arrangement of a home altar. I understand that the main votive elements are a Buddha statue in the center, and a scripture and stupa on either side. Are there any guidelines as to which Buddhas are more appropriately used as this central image, and which are better represented in some other way, e.g. as thangkas? Also, how should photographs of the Dalai Lama and one’s teachers be positioned in relation to the other votive elements? Thank you very much!
Dear Rinpoche, you and the Dalai Lama both say you don’t want to convert people. And yet, practically all of your followers (and many of his) are, in fact, converts—from Christianity, the Chinese folk religion, and/or Chinese Buddhism. If your followers are committed to follow your advice, and your advice is to remain within their original religions, then why don’t more of them go back? And for that matter, why does Kechara actively recruit people who are not from a traditional Tibetan, Mongolian, or Himalayan Buddhist background?
By the way, if you’re wondering how many unanswered questions you have left, by my count there are 35: 2 on page four (by Devon and Maxwell), 2 on page three (Audrey and possibly Jonis), 20 on page two (all), and 11 on page one (be sure not to overlook Doreen Teoh and “i” at the bottom). Note that the addition of this question (and all subsequent ones) will shift the page numbers slightly.
In “Gurus for Hire…” you warn against criticizing other people’s gurus. Does this mean that in disputes involving lamas and laypeople, we ought never to side with the laypeople? That seems unfair—as if being a lama (or having a lama on one’s side) should exempt one from what would otherwise be fair criticism. Moreover, it denies Buddhism the capacity for ethical self-examination that has invigorated other religions.
As your fellow vegetarian, I was delighted to learn of your animal-cruelty video (no. 12 on your list) condemning Judaism’s kashrut (kosher) rules of animal slaughter. I’ve been fighting their perfidy for years. Have you seen my film on the same subject? Feel free to display it on your website, next to yours:
In an interview with Lati Rinpoche (link below), the interviewer observed that “amongst many Gelugpa centres around the world today, there is a trend to practice only the Solitary Yamantaka and the Vajrayogini of the Naropa Tradition or more commonly called the Naro Kachod.” I did not know this, and it makes me wonder: why these two deities in particular? How did this happen? (I do not mean to criticize—on the contrary, I am attracted to these same deities.) Rinpoche, could you please explain this? Thank you!
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With deep respects and love and gratitude. Your blog saved my practice. Due to the information and dharma articles in your blog I have become stronger and now the fund raiser and President of my Dharma centre. It's hard to fundraise but after speaking up and changing myself so people will have a good view of Buddhism, I am hitting more success. Fear was my enemy just like you taught (Thank you so much). I wanted to take a break from the center not that I was doing that much, but I realize I don't want to waste time and blame others anymore. Just get the work done. My mother 'taught' us to blame and I've been doing that my whole life. It didn't work for my mom and it is not working for me. Thank you for your truthful and direct teachings always. You are a rare gem that no one should lose. Your students are incredible lucky to be with you. We meet our teacher perhaps once every two years for three weeks when he travels to the US. Please continue your blogging. I am a ardent fan of your blog and share with many friends. I read and re-read your articles often. Thank you for all your work. Thank you and your team. Lynda
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