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).


    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 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.


Question asked by EG

That’s what I thought, too. You probably meant to type “1986.” Here’s the source:

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.

Question asked by Petunia

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?

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    When a person hesitates, you know they are giving it a thought although it won’t really happen.

    The person they consistently avoid, you can tell they have a some mental barrier against that person or what that person represents. You can see how strong their aversion is towards something hence giving you a clue to the way their mind operates.

    If they pick quickly and do not really care that shows an easy mind that is not so attached to what the choices represents.

    The same questions do not work for everyone. The questions may be similar but different choices involved.

    I invented it myself and it has worked quite well.


Question asked by Rita

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!

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    If you ‘cannot’ ‘give up’ something, make sure the process in which you ‘acquire’ it does not harm anyone involved.

    Choosing one person or no strings attached is up to the individual but always protect yourself and others.

    If you were to be only involved with ppl who practice tantra, then you would not be going to the dharma centres for the right reasons. I think anyone with or without tantra beliefs is fine.

Question asked by Terry

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?

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Terry,

    What deep questions:

    1. Re UFO’s, bigfoot, etc…i just listen to the simple ppl who are eye witnesses who do not want anything and they just share what they saw. What is there not to believe?

    2. In regards to Dharma, it is so hard to explain. I just believed since I was very young. No one had to convince me nor cajole me. It came from deep within and from another part of my mind I can’t explain. It will be different for anyone. The process of belief is so different for everyone. It is hard to pinpoint one single formula and method. I am sorry for that. You have to find your way, but a good start is consistency in your dharma studies…TR

Question asked by Bertram

Rinpoche, do you ever regret not having gone to university? Or not having studied for the geshe degree? I know you are attracted to the life of a yogi or hermit. Which path do you think offers the best kind of spiritual education?

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Bertram,

    I do wish I went to a University, but not that deep of regrets that I didn’t. I was very set as a child not wanting to go to University.

    I did not go for the geshe degree but it does not mean I have not studied. There’s were many things I noticed in the Geshe system I did not want to be involved with. There were a few Geshes that inspired me and many that did not. In regards to the degree, that does not matter to me so much. Teachers such as Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa, etc never went for their Geshe degree.

    The path for the spiritual education is so different for everyone. Some have very ‘little’ education and go so far. Some have so much and disrobe. And then there are the few who have great spiritual education and get very far also. It is different. We have to find the one that is right for us and not be swayed by the names and awards involved. After all, it is for our spiritual growth.

Question asked by Greg

Dear Rinpoche, you introduced yourself to David Lai as “Kai” (according to his book). I suppose this was the name you used while modeling. How did you choose it? Did you use a surname too, or just “Kai”?

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Greg,

    Interesting question…thanks.

    Yes, this was the name I used when I modelled.

    I had few students go online and search for interesting names. I wanted something ethnic and different and short and easy…so one of my students found Kai online which means Ocean in Hawaiian. I liked it very much..It was easier introducing myself to the various ppl who I went for casting call as Kai then TSEM TULKU RINPOCHE….lol.

Question asked by Zhengdao

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!

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Zhengdao,

    1. You can use a thangka or statue or both. Either is fine.
    2. A traditional Gelug altar is Tsongkapa in the centre, Shakyamuni on the left (as we look at the altar) and Tara is on the right. In front you can put pictures of your teachers as you like as they are all the same in your meditations.

    3. Or if you prefer, you can just put one single statue such as Tsongkapa or Shakyamuni to represent all the Buddhas.

    Don’t be so worried, you will not go wrong…..


Question asked by Anne Huang

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.

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Anne,

    When I speak, I speak from my heart and if it comes out eloquent and ppl wish to follow that is their choice. If what I say makes sense to them, then it is not up to anyone to say what they can and connot do as that is conversion also. I do not speak to convert, but I speak to share. So either I don’t speak at all, or when I speak, I don’t speak well? I cannot control their minds. Sorry if this upsets you so much.


Question asked by Izabella Tamara Tan

Hi Rinpoche,
My mother is a vegetarian and Buddhist, but I am not. Because I cannot decide. How does an 11 year old find her own choices that would be right for her? Thank you and Happy Chinese New Year.

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Izabella,

    I do not think you need to rush into anything right now. What is important is to find the right path for you. If you observe your mother and she is a good person or doing her best to become better, then perhaps the Buddhist teachings was beneficial for her and therefore something to respect. And maybe something good for you also. It is powerful when a child does prayers or migtseyma for a parent. It benefits the parents alot. Good luck.

Question asked by Lorrie

Are you considered a “monastery tulku” (gwra tshang sprul sku) or a “small tulku” (sprul sku chung ga)?

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    I am a Dratsang Tulku (Monastery Tulku).

Question asked by Blaine

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.

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Blaine,
    When I say one should not criticize others gurus, that is a general statement to help us watch our speech. To avoid hurting the sentiments of other centres/traditions and students.

    Very often in the last 30 years I have come across ppl in one centre criticizing another lama or centre when they know nothing about the other lama/centre. My advice is for that. To not criticize other lamas/centres and traditions.

    As for disputes involving lamas and lay people, I withhold comments as each case is individual and I have no right to comment. Furthermore I do not know the circumstances involved.

Question asked by Adolf H.

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:

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Thank you for your feedback. I am not here to condemn any religious practices but to bring attention to the sufferings and cruelty toward animals. I am glad we are in the same thought that animals should not be made to suffer. Thanks.

Question asked by Lee Quinn

Why isn’t Kechara a member of the Vajrayana Buddhist Council of Malaysia (VBCM)? Do you find it objectionable for some reason?

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    We have registered with the Govt of Malaysia (ROS). We have their approval and permissions. We are proud to be in Malaysia and to be under the Malaysian Government that is democratic, respects all religions and allows their practice.
    In Malaysia, the highest law of the land for Dharma centres is the Malaysian Govt. To respect the Malaysian Govt we only abide by their governance.

Question asked by Yvonne Law

Rinpoche, since Valentine’s Day is coming up—and recognizing that such things are behind you, as a monk—would you please tell us about your first date, and/or your first love? (No fair naming your mother, guru, or pop-star idol. Romance!) xoxoxox

  1. Response by tsemtulku

    I can’t recall anymore….sorry.

Question asked by Craig Milford

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!


  1. Response by tsemtulku

    Dear Craig,

    To make a long story short, yet complete, these are the deities that Lord Tsongkapa practiced Himself.

    Tsongkapa practiced many deities, but he kept Yamantaka surpreme of his practices along with Heruka, and Guhyasamaja and recommended it to his followers.

    Vajra Yogini was kept as his most secret practice. It was so secret, that no one knew He was practicing till after His parinirvana.

    Also during the degenerate age (now) Kyabje Dechen Nyingpo or Pabongka Dorje Chang recommended highly we practice Vajra Yogini. The practice is shorter than the Yamantaka, Heruka, etc but complete. The visualizations are simpler, shorter and less but just as effective. Vajra Yogini is highly recommended.


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  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 12:30 AM)
    The Four Immeasurables Love, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity SEM CHEN TAM CHE DAY WA DANG DAY WAY GYU DANG DEN PAR GYUR CHIG
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  • vincent tan
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 06:24 PM)
    God Is my Father My Father in Heaven, how sweet it is to know that You are my Father and that I am your Child! Especially when the skies of my souls are cloudy and my cross weighs more heavily, I feel the need to repeat to You: Father, I believe in Your love for me! Yes, I believe that You are a Father to me at every moment of my life, and that I am Your child! I believe that You love me with an infinite love! I believe that You are watching over me night and day and that not a hair falls from my head without your permission! I believe that, in Your infinite Wisdom, You know better than I what is good for me. I believe that, in Your infinite power, You can bring good even out of evil. I believe that, in Your infinite goodness, You make everything to the advantage of those who love You; even under the hands of those who strike me I kiss Your hand which heals! I believe, but increase in me faith, hope and love! Teach me always to see You love as my guide in every event of my life. Teach me to surrender myself to You like a baby in its mother’s arms. Father, You know everything. You see everything, you know me better than I know myself; You can do everything, and You love me! My Father, since it is Your wish that we should always turn to You, I come with confidence to ask You, together with Jesus and Mary….(here request the favor that you desire). For this intention, and uniting myself to their Most Sacred Hearts, I offer You all my prayers, my sacrifices and mortification’s, all my actions, and greater faithfulness to my duties. Give me the light, the grace and the power of the Holy Spirit! Strengthen me in this Spirit, that I may never lose Him, never sadden Him and never allow Him to become weaker in me. My Father, I ask this in the name of Jesus, Your Son! And You, Jesus, open Your Heart and place in it my own, and, together with Mary’s, offer it to our divine Father! Obtain for me the grace that I need! Divine Father, call all men to Yourself. Let all the world proclaim Your fatherly goodness and You divine mercy! Be a tender Father to me and protect me wherever I am, like the apple of Your eye. Make me always a worthy son/daughter; have mercy on me! Divine Father, sweet hope of our souls, may You be known, honored and loved by all men! Divine Father, infinite goodness poured out on all peoples, may You be known, honored and loved by all men! Divine Father, beneficent dew of humanity, may You be known, honored and loved by all men! ~~ by Mother Eugenia
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    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 06:20 PM)
    For the expanding grandeur of Creation,
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    not by our words but by our deeds. we give thanks this day – o. eugene pickett
  • vincent tan
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 12:18 AM)
    Today I purpose to live My life will shine
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    Bound in true dreams
    Manifested promises
    Chase my forward motion
    A covered path before me
    The fruits of my hoping
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    The works of my faith
    Smiles of overflowing
    Inspire my giving
    Abundance of joy as rain
    The fruits of my living michael john faciane
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    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 12:11 AM)
    May I be protector for those without one,
    A guide for all travellers on the way;
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    For all who wish to cross (the water). May I be an island for those who seek one
    And a lamp for those desiring light,
    May I be a bed for all who wish to rest
    And a slave for all who want a slave. May I be a wishing jewel, a magic vase,
    Powerful mantras and great medicine,
    May I become a wish‐fulfilling tree
    And a cow of plenty for the world. Just like space
    And the great elements such as earth,
    May I always support the life
    Of all the boundless creatures. And until they pass away from pain
    May I also be the source of life
    For all the realms of varied beings
    That reach unto the ends of space. a guide to the bodhisattva’s way of life – shantideva
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    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 12:31 AM)
    Eight Verses of Training The Mind (By Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa 1054 – 1123) With the determination to accomplish
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    Who surpass even a wish-granting jewel
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    I will firmly face and avert it. I will learn to cherish all beings of bad nature
    And those pressed by strong sins and sufferings
    As if I had found a precious
    Treasure very difficult to find When others out of jealousy treat me badly
    With abuse, slander, and so on,
    May I suffer the defeat
    And offer the victory to them When one whom I have benefited with great hope
    Unreasonably hurts me very badly,
    I will learn to view that person
    As an excellent spiritual guide. In short, I will learn to offer to everyone without exception
    All help and happiness directly and indirectly
    And respectfully take upon myself
    All harm and suffering of my mothers. I will learn to keep all these practices
    Undefiled by the stains of the eight worldly conceptions
    And by the understanding of all phenomena as like illusions
    Be released from the bondage of attachment.
    [no sender]
  • vincent tan
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 11:08 PM)
    Let the rain come and wash away
    the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds
    held and nurtured over generations.
    Let the rain wash away the memory
    of the hurt, the neglect.
    Then let the sun come out and
    fill the sky with rainbows.
    Let the warmth of the sun heal us
    wherever we are broken.
    Let it burn away the fog so that
    we can see each other clearly.
    So that we can see beyond labels,
    beyond accents, gender or skin color.
    Let the warmth and brightness
    of the sun melt our selfishness.
    So that we can share the joys and
    feel the sorrows of our neighbors.
    And let the light of the sun
    be so strong that we will see all
    people as our neighbors.
    Let the earth, nourished by rain,
    bring forth flowers
    to surround us with beauty.
    And let the mountains teach our hearts
    to reach upward to heaven. Amen. a prayer for the world – rabbi harold kushner
  • vincent tan
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 06:27 PM)
    Great God, who has told us
    “Vengeance is mine,”
    save us from ourselves,
    save us from the vengeance in our hearts
    and the acid in our souls. Save us from our desire to hurt as we have been hurt,
    to punish as we have been punished,
    to terrorize as we have been terrorized. Give us the strength it takes
    to listen rather than to judge,
    to trust rather than to fear,
    to try again and again
    to make peace even when peace eludes us. We ask, O God, for the grace
    to be our best selves.
    We ask for the vision
    to be builders of the human community
    rather than its destroyers.
    We ask for the humility as a people
    to understand the fears and hopes of other peoples. We ask for the love it takes
    to bequeath to the children of the world to come
    more than the failures of our own making.
    We ask for the heart it takes
    to care for all the peoples
    of Afghanistan and Iraq, of Palestine and Israel
    as well as for ourselves. Give us the depth of soul, O God,
    to constrain our might,
    to resist the temptations of power
    to refuse to attack the attackable,
    to understand
    that vengeance begets violence,
    and to bring peace–not war–wherever we go. For You, O God, have been merciful to us.
    For You, O God, have been patient with us.
    For You, O God, have been gracious to us. And so may we be merciful
    and patient
    and gracious
    and trusting
    with these others whom you also love. This we ask through Jesus,
    the one without vengeance in his heart.
    This we ask forever and ever. Amen prayer for world peace – sister joan chittister – benedictine sisters of erie
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 09:08 AM)
    For vincent tan – Yonten Shigyurma – The Foundation of All Realisations Well-realising that the root of the path,
    the foundation for every realisation,
    is to properly rely on my kind Guru,
    bless me to do so with great effort and devotion. Knowing that this life of freedom, found but once,
    is difficult to gain and greatly meaningful
    bless me to develop the continual wish
    all day and night to take its essence. Mindful of death, this life disintegrates
    as swiftly as a bubble in turbulent water
    and after death my good and bad
    karma follows me like my shadow. Having gained firm certainty of this,
    bless me to be ever conscientious
    to abandon even the slightest harm
    and practice every possible virtue. Enjoying deceptive samsaric pleasure
    brings no contentment and is the door to all suffering.
    aware of its drawbacks, bless me to develop
    a strong wish for the bliss of liberation. With mindfulness, introspection, and great care
    induced by that pure aspiration
    bless me to make my essential practice
    the Pratimoksha, root of Buddha’s teachings. Just as I’ve fallen in this sea of suffering
    so have all beings, my kind mothers;
    seeing this, bless me to train in Bodhicitta,
    taking up the burden of liberating them. And yet, just wishing this, without practicing
    the three ethics, Enlightenment cannot be attained.
    knowing this well, please bless me to intensively
    strive to train in the Bodhisattva vows. Properly analysing the correct object
    and pacifying distraction to mistaken objects
    bless me to swiftly realise the path
    which unifies quiescence and special insight. When I’m a pure vessel, trained in common paths,
    bless me to enter with perfect ease
    the sacred gateway of fortunate ones,
    the supreme of vehicles, Vajrayana. Then, foundation for the two attainments
    is keeping the pure vows and commitments.
    having found unfeigned conviction in this
    bless me to guard them with my life. Having precisely understood the essentials
    of the two stages, heart of the tantras,
    bless me to strive without break in four sessions
    to practice Yoga as taught by holy Masters. May the spiritual guides who reveal this excellent path
    and the friends who practice it all live long.
    Please grant blessings that outer and inner
    hindrances all be fully pacified. In all lives may I never be parted
    from perfect Masters and enjoy the glory of Dharma.
    Perfecting realisations of the paths and stages,
    may I swiftly gain the state of Vajradhara. this is the Prayer of the Great Saint Great Buddha Lama Tsongkhapa!
    [no sender]
  • vincent tan
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 01:49 AM)
    Those are the words of the Living Christ
  • vincent tan
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 01:49 AM)
    I am always with you,
    even when you are not able to feel me in your heart.
    I love you always,
    I surround you with my protecting love,
    even when you occasionally forget me.
    I listen to your problems,
    if you are sincere and receptive, I give you solutions.
    I hear your prayers and answer those which are in the best interest
    of everyone in your life including, but not limited to, you. I am the light and the thoughts in your mind,
    I am the sight in your eyes,
    I am the life in your body,
    I am the feelings you feel in your heart.
    I am always at work in your life for your greater good,
    although you may not always believe this;
    hopefully, your faith in me will grow constant.
    you must realize:
    “my will is whatever is happening in the present moment”.
    within this moment you must think and act
    with integrity, humility and courage,
    you must trust in me,
    and surrender your will to mine through acceptance.
    if you continue to demonstrate acceptance,
    integrity, humility, courage and trust,
    you will discover the secret of opening your heart to my love.
    the greater your faith in me
    the more I am able fill your heart with my love. it is I, who grants you the serenity to accept
    the things you cannot change,
    the courage to change the things you can
    and the wisdom to know the difference.
    eventually you will realize the samplings of love
    I bestow on you through others
    are purposefully designed to draw you closer to me.
    it is only I, who loves you unconditionally,
    I am an ever-flowing fountain of love, peace and joy,
    I will never disappoint you; I will always be with you.
    I mete out to you the exact amount of pain you cause others,
    because I want you to be compassionate.
    I want you to be able to give love and equally as important,
    I want you to be able to receive love.
    how else will you learn to love me?
    how will you learn to accept my love?
    the moment you realize the error of your ways,
    the moment you sincerely regret the pain you cause others,
    I forgive you; I nourish you with my tender mercies.
    remember, I never stop loving you for you are my precious child.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 12:52 AM)
    Here are all the news links related to Kechara’s Pray for MH370 event at Kechara Forest Retreat on Sunday 13 Apr 2014. Kechara Forest Retreat was mentioned in all the posts for organizing the prayer for MH370. Few major paper like SinChew, ChinaPress, GuangMing & The Star have more coverage on the event. URL for the event on different media: 1) Times of 2) 3) ut Sandiego 4) Financial express 5) The Malaysian Insiders 6) The Guardian 7) 8TV 8pm Mandarin News 《续为MH370祈福 为机上人员家属送上关怀》
    8) United Daily 联合日报在线 9) The Rakyat Post 10) China Press中国报 11) Sin Chew Daily星洲日报 12) Guang Ming Daily光明日报 13) Kwong Wah Jit Poh光华日报 14) The Star 15) Nanyang Siang Pau南洋商报 16) MSN News 17) Negara Kita Enjoy reading!
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 12:19 AM)
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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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We should treat animals very well. They have feelings just like us and do not deserve any sufferings just like us. They can be our best friends. Tsem Rinpoche
22 minutes ago
I wish more Buddhas are painted more realistically like this. Who did this? Tsem Rinpoche
36 minutes ago
There is a lama under the canopy at the temple entrance giving teachings and look at all the monks in the snow receiving teachings. When you want dharma bad enough, nothing can stop you. Tsem Rinpoche
36 minutes ago
I like this inviting scenery at the Nunnery of Tsogyal Latso area in Tibet. Beautiful small temple, holy stupa, trees, green, bright and look at the mountains surrounding. Not barren or dry. Perfect place to live, practice, age, retreat, meditation and pass away. Tsem Rinpoche
1 hour ago
We have 13 Buddhist Pastors in Kechara. Four were newly ordained last night. After the ordination it rained for 15 minutes I am told while the sun continued to shine brightly in the area. One Pastor is in the USA right now so not pictured. Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy is so alert, cute and intelligent. I can never get tired of loving him. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
I had commissioned this Thirteen Deity Yamantaka thangka. With Lord Tsongkapa above centre representing all lineage masters. Manjushri to the left and H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to the right. Sacred, beautiful and pure wisdom embodied in this thangka. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
This tastes really good!!! Easy to make. Some frozen items you have to heat up, take out of microwave, stir and put back in to continue cooking for a few mins more. This one you just put on for 5 mins and eat. But it tastes REALLY good and tastes home cooked too. Nice surprise. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
When can I find a location, house and environment like this? This is the kind of place I would like to spend the rest of my life in. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Jill Yam and also Mr. Hee always conducts wonderful pujas for those who come to Kechara House and request. I am very happy about that. The pujas offer tremendous results and therefore benefits for many. Our puja requests are growing very much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Even animals can show great compassion and sense when another needs it. Be kind to animals and be vegetarian. Collect less negative karma by not eating meat. Be kind always. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Portraits of People Living on a Dollar a Day- You absolutely must see the stunning photos and background. See here:
2 weeks ago
This mechanism was recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck in 1901. Its complexity and purpose was not understood for another hundred years. Dated to around 200 BC, it is identified to be an analog computer used to calculate the astronomical position of the stars and planets. Its juxtaposition among other ancient artifacts is akin to finding a jet airplane inside King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The device, whose inner workings are far more complex than a Swiss watch, is capable of accurately measuring the movement of the sun, the moon (and all its phases), eclipse cycles and the position of the planets. Who could have built this?~
2 weeks ago
Prince Palta is my maternal grandfather. Princess Nirjidma is my aunt. She has two sons. The sons are my cousins. Wonder if they are alive or not? Where are they? Any offsprings? Interesting to find out. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Never be angry at your guru, Hold a grudge against your guru. Never seek revenge against your guru. Never talk badly about your guru to cover your mistakes. Don't abandon your guru or ignore  your guru because he loved you for you as no one else  did and dared to love your potential too. Never hold your anger for long against your guru. Your guru was only doing his 'job' by teaching you, showing you better, explaining the dharma to you and was very brave to do so for you as no one else would dare do so. No one would dare take that job. No one else dared to love you and give you more. ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Nothing would make me MORE HAPPIER than to retire in this environment. I hope this manifest soon. By the karma of myself and the people I have hopes in will help it to manifest. I love this so much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
A very important poem to understand:
2 weeks ago
Billy Meier took the best pics of UFOs. I watched a documentary about him with Seng Piow and we were both stunned how good the documentary is. It's alittle older but relevant. When you watch, you must please pay full attention as they have accents, but understandable. Listen closely to the technical information when his material goes through tests for authenticity:
2 weeks ago
Nobody should put beautiful grandma to sleep ever and nobody should put that lovely dog or any animals to sleep. No animals should be harmed, butchered or caged. We are humans and supposedly more intelligent. So let's act like it by being kind to those animals that are 'lesser' than us and our intelligence. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This is exactly what Buddha taught. What Tsongkapa explained. What H.H. Trijang Rinpoche embodied and what H.H. Zong Rinpoche shared with me.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
NEW POST-And some partners just drag each other down anyways because it’s convenient to be with that person. It’s not love but just using each other. I’ve seen that clearly in a few cases. People can hide with their partners and avoid real efforts because they are in denial, but denial or not, it will catch up. I am deeply sorry to say things like that too. But it’s true..please read on:
2 weeks ago
Do you know about Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho? If you don't you should find out now!! It is totally necessary to find out and share with others:
2 weeks ago
It's fortunate for the student to meet a caring and real teacher in this day and age. It is also very fortunate for the teacher to meet a caring and genuine student. It benefits the dharma and many beings when a genuine teacher and genuine student meet and work together to benefit others. Very powerful and good combination.-See what I mean please:
2 weeks ago
The evil ways of some completely amaze me every single day.. They better take a deep breath when they close their eyes for the last time, because it's not going to be pretty. This is how this little sweetheart was dumped on the street.-From Harbored Souls Rescue (FB)
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, a special letter for Frederick but it might benefit everyone out there who are really seeking inner change and spirituality. I invite you to read as I just posted now:
2 weeks ago
Click on photo to enlarge and see what this six year old has to share with the world. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
My dad rescued her from an abandoned store front two years ago. They watch TV like this together! -Via Reddit (facebook)
2 weeks ago
My shrine here in the USA. Do you like it? Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, as you know part of my ancestry is Mongolian (Kalmyk). The Kalmyk Republic is one of the republics in Russia. And Kalmyk Republic is the only European republic that is Buddhist and they are Mongols in ancestry. They are proud people. I found a video that is very good. It showcases all the dances of the various Russian Republics. Very beautiful and rich Russian heritage. At 27:59 of the video you will see the Kalymk performers doing the Mongol-Kalmyk dance. I use to dance in a Kalymk dance troupe as a kid, but I couldn't dance like this! I was amazed how beautiful it was done and talented the Kalmyk dancer are as well as the other republics. I want to share with you. Please see: -Thank you- Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
The Medicine Buddha is the composition of the buddhas. This means that when we practice the seven-limb prayer and make offerings with the seven limbs, we receive the same merit as we would if we had made offerings to all the Buddhas. Similarly, when we recite the mantra of Medicine Buddha, we collect unbelievable merit just as when we offer the seven-limb practice to Medicine Buddha. Be the cause for many to come to receive the healing of the Medicine Buddha and seal tremendous merits for yourself and your family in this life and the other lives to come.~Martin Get involved:
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, Came across this which is short and gives hope. Do see: Always trying my best to expose you to all types of knowledge, information and inspirations, Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I love country roads. I wish this one lead to a secluded wooden retreat house where I lived away and far from the trappings of samsara and it's endless deceptions. Those who agree or participate in the deceptions will not only invite depression and disillusionment, but perhaps eventually be 'crippled' by it and trapped for long spells of 'time'. TR
3 weeks ago
What a nice comment by Antonio Rocco Romeo left on my facebook comments. I like people who have gratitude and show it. Not just say it but show it because they are the people who will get far and be less self-introverted creating less unhappiness in their minds. Happiness comes from having gratitude. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
March 29, 2014-Went to a Native American Indian store yesterday to find stones to make offerings to the Buddhas. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
In horror of death, I took to the mountains— Again and again I meditated on the uncertainty of the hour of death, Capturing the fortress of the deathless unending nature of mind. Now all fear of death is over and done. ~ MILAREPA
4 weeks ago
This is what my 1972 blue Volkswagon beetle looked like when I had it in the 80's.  This is the exact color too. I drove it all over Los Angeles. It didn't have alot of power but it got me around. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo: "However dark our minds may be, however hard our hearts may be, this is not our true nature... enlightenment is when we finally come into our true humanity." ... pic Korea Nov 2013 ( We must keep practicing and applying the dharma strongly to bring our real nature out. Don't let temporary emotions and dark feelings let us give up our dharma practice or works. Don't listen to people who have done very little for us or what they did for us heralds only more sufferings. Listen to the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche )
4 weeks ago
This can be applicable to some experiences in our past? So we just let go, forgive and offer our prayers. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My shrine in my room where I work. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Nicholas arranged alot of flowers at my request in front of the house so it's more colorful and natural. Nice offerings. He has been working at it. Nicholas is hardworking, straightforward and easy to work with. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Joy has been with me for many years and very talented. She really has painted hundreds of Buddha images within Kechara. I asked her to join me in USA to help do some work and she was on the plane within 48 hours after her spiritual retreat in another part of the US. Joy is here in the USA to help our Tsem Rinpoche Foundation. She went for a two week retreat and then joined me. Welcome. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Mountains may crumble, the oceans may dry up, but the Buddha cannot lie.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Nothing is more precious than having a guru that loves you and teaches you. It is through his divine teachings you find yourself and become someone who brings light, life, joy and bliss to all those you meet. You make your life beautiful due to the beauty your guru shows you have in you. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We have five dharma store outlets (Kechara Paradise) and these are the wonderful sales persons who work our stores and always has a bright smile on their faces. They are good people and I am happy to have them. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
When we trust our guru, things don't become better or easier, but our goal becomes clear and we head towards a direction that leads to something supreme for ourselves. Nothing from my guru to me has ever been easy or simple or without much obstacles, but I will not quit. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
People who truly love animals have the special mind to love without agenda and without rewards. Su Ming is one of those rare souls that love, care and help you without any personal agenda. She is warm, intelligent, sharp and a GREAT FRIEND TO HAVE. She is what defines friendship. You will find it hard to find another like her. People are blessed to have her in their lives and I mean every word of this. Treasure her friendship alway and never lose it because hard to find again. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Kecharians in a strange time and place.....Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Was casually walking around Venice Beach today and suddenly a Marvin called out "Rinpoche!" I never met this gentle person, but he has been following me on my youtubes and blog and recognized me. It was nice to meet up with him and say hello. And say hello to his dog Scooby too! It touched me that he said my teachings online and blog helped him and changed his life. Thank you Marvin! Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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  • 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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.
    2 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
    2 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
    6 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
    6 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    7 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    7 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
    10 months ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    10 months 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.
    11 months 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.
    1 years ago
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    Organic vegetables at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years 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
    1 years ago
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    Mumus go bye bye!!!
    1 years 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.
    1 years 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
    1 years 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
    1 years 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
    1 years ago
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    Meal time for all the cute mumus!
    1 years 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
    1 years ago
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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
    1 years ago
  • Setrap's mantra
    Setrap's mantra
    2 yearss ago
  • Rinpoche does Baby Jane!
    Rinpoche does Baby Jane!
    2 yearss ago
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    Dear all, This is Paris interviewing my sister Lidshma. She mentions when I was very young the monks would have me sit with them to do the Buddhist services which was highly irregular in New Jersey. They didn't have lay people even children sit with them to do the services. So she mentions this was very unusual in a good way. My sister Lidshma here mentions my mother (Dana) would always catch me in the night in my room in the dark sitting on my bed meditating and doing mantras. I did that always and had to avoid being caught by my mother. I did it nightly. So I did it secretly and without her catching me. If she did catch me, then there would be big drama and problems depending on the mood my mom was in. My practicing dharma/meditating/praying/mantras was not allowed at all by my parents. They were fiercely against it always. My sister remembers this here. My sister lives in Texas, USA. And our bio group had gone to USA to interview my family for my bio book. This is a snippet. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    Dear TR:

Aiyo so cute. I am in KD now going through some design work with Karen and Mrs.Chua is teaching Pat, Kumar, Yen Ping, Louise and Jeff English.

May they be able to learn up fast and assist Rinpoche's work!


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~It’s not between you and the recipient~ Always be generous and kind no matter what responses you get back. It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
My dinner: 'Mee Siam' (vermicelli stir fried with tamarind, topped with shredded eggs, spring onions, chopped shallots and red chillies, lime for tangy taste, and chilly paste). LOL! I luv my food spicy! Cooked by Levi. And a bowl of soup with green vegs, Chinese cabbage, mushrooms, white carrots, red dates, nuts in vegetarian stock. All vegetarian. :) Cooked by Pam and Karen. Life's good in Kechara forest retreat!!! Pastor Henry
11 hours ago
Practice ONLY when you get a raise? We should start spiritual practices, not tomorrow, not the day after, not when you have more time, not when you get a raise, not when you retire, not when you have more free time, that day will never come. That is simple, lazy procrastination. We should start these practices today.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
12 hours ago
~Hardship Pushes Us to the Top (Korea)~ Everyone can succeed… everyone can succeed. Mr Sung-Bong Choi will. Everyone should not feel down or expect the world to owe you something. In fact sometimes we owe the world or the people around us something. Don’t wait, don’t make excuses… in this world… results are the loudest explanations and the most convincing… Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
12 hours ago
-- Chef turned HERO-- Krishnan gives with so much love, care and affection. You can see he is happy and you can see he is doing something that comes from deep within his soul. What a beautiful person. What a example to let me know that compassion exists. I thank Krishnan for inspiring me beyond what I can type here. He is certainly one of my heroes…~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
12 hours ago
--Asian of the Year: The Selfless Vegetable Seller-- Do take a look at the article written about Ms Chen Shu Chu on Reader’s Digest. I have also added a video about her story… does her life inspire you?~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
12 hours ago
With another client, Mr Lee, off the street after we referred his case to Anjung Singgah. Justin@KSK
17 hours ago
Uncle Leang off the streets! Makeover before settling into Ti Ratana Shelter Home! Justin@KSK
17 hours ago
Four Points Sheraton sponsored food for the marginalized community in KSK Penang. Justin
17 hours ago
Stone carved Vajrayogini(15") in Kechara Paradise, love her so much. ~Felix KP
22 hours ago
-- Prove them wrong -- It’s amazing how some people have never met me or know who I am, but based on a few things they read here & there & rumours, they have formulated a new personality for me & all the things I’ve never done they passionately speak about… I find it funny and entertaining now. I guess we can’t spend our lives fighting rumours… we just have to work hard & then rumours get proven wrong on it’s own as a by product. No point explaining repeatedly. Just do our work & show results!! ~ Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
--- A Thought… --- While thinking earlier, I came to some more understanding. However other people act towards me or anyone, should not affect me much as it was never between them and me but between me and karma. What I need to watch out for is my mind and the reactions. When I am unhappy then the 1st chapter of Lam Rim should be applied strongly… Otherwise there’s nothing much to be attached to how others react… it’s all temporal and it doesn’t last at all. Why waste the time to evaluate, just treat everyone as best as I can irregardless. ~ Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
--- Losing Face --- To be a leader, an example, or a good person we have to always give the credit to others SINCERELY who work with us. Because they make us who we are. Without them we are nothing..~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
--Many Doors-- Looking for a non-existent door when you can enter from anywhere is the source of our barriers.~ Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)


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