Attitude

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Dear friends,

Interesting thoughts I found on Facebook I would like to share here. Do take a pleasant read and contemplate what is being said. Think deeply and let it change something within us.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

The Buddhist Attitude to Animal Life

If we believe that animals were created by someone for men, it would follow that men were also created for animals since s…ome animals do eat human flesh.

Animals are said to be conscious only of the present. They live with no concern for the past or future. Likewise, little children seem to have no notion of the future. They also live in the present until their faculties of memory and imagination are developed.

Men possesses the faculty of reasoning. The gap between man and animal widens only to the extent that man develops his reasoning faculty and acts accordingly. Buddhists accept that animals not only possesses instinctive power but also, to a lesser degree, thinking power.

In some respects, animals are superior to men. Dogs have a keener sense of hearing; insects have a keener sense of smell; hawks are speedier; eagles can see a greater distance. Undoubtedly, men are wiser; but men have so much to learn from the ants and bees. Much of the animal is still in us. But we also have much more: we have the potential of spiritual development.

Buddhism cannot accept that animals were created by someone for men; if animals were created for men then it could follow that men were also created for animals since there are some animals which eat human flesh.

Buddhists are encouraged to love all living beings and not to restrict their love only to human beings. They should practise loving kindness towards every living being. The Buddha’s advice is that is not right for us to take away the life of any living being since every living being has a right to exist. Animals also have fear and pain as do human beings. It is wrong to take away their lives. We should not misuse our intelligence and strength to destroy animals even though they may sometimes be a nuisance to us. Animals need our sympathy. Destroying them is not the only method to get rid of them. Every living being is contributing something to maintain this world. It is unfair for us to deprive their living rights.

In his Handbook of reason, D. Runes says:

‘We can hardly speak of morals in relation to creatures we systematically devour, mostly singed but sometimes raw. There are men and women who practise horse love, dog love, cat love. But these very same people would take a deer or a calf by its neck, slit its throat, drink the blood straight away or in a pudding, and bite off the flesh. And who is to say that a horse they cherish is nobler than a deer they feed on? Indeed, there are people who eat cats, dogs and horses but would use a cow only as a work animal.’

Some cry over a little bird or goldfish that expired; others travel long distances to catch fish on a nasty hook for food or mere pleasure or shooting birds for fun. Some go into deep jungle for hunting animals as a game while others spend a lot to keep the same animals at home as their pets.

Some keep frogs to foretell the weather; others cut off their legs and fry them. Some tenderly tend birds in gilded cages; others serve them for breakfast. It is all quite confusing. One thought stands out in a world where man clubs man for gain or sheer gore, there is hardly time to ponder over his morals in relation to animals.

Every religion advises us to love our fellow humans. Some even teach us to love them more if they belong to the same religion. But Buddhism is supreme in that it teaches us to show equal care and compassion for each and every creature in the universe. The destruction of any creature represents a disturbance of the Universal Order.

The Buddha was very clear in His teachings against any form of cruelty to any living being. One day the Buddha saw a man preparing to make a animal sacrifice. On being asked why he was going to kill innocent animals, the man replied that it was because it would please the gods. The Buddha then offered Himself as the sacrifice, saying that if the life of an animal would please the gods then the life of a human being, more valuable, would please the gods even more.

Man’s cruelty towards animals is another expression of his uncontrolled greed. Today we destroy animals and deprive them of their natural rights so that we can expend our environments for our convenience. But we are already beginning to pay the price for this selfish and cruel act. Our environment is threatened and if we do not take stern measures for the survival of other creatures, our own existence on this earth may not be guaranteed. It is true that the existence of certain creatures is a threat to human existence. But we never consider that human are the greatest threat to every living being on this earth and in the air whereas the existence of other creatures is a threat only to certain living beings.

Since every creature contributes something for the maintenance of the planet and atmosphere, destroying them is not the solution to overcome our disturbances. We should take other measures to maintain the balance of nature.

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  1. Vivian Ong on Apr 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. As a Buddhist practitioner, it is best for us to be vegetarian or vegan. Although it is a bit hard for someone to be completely switching from eating meat to eating only vegetable, we can also do it slowly and eventually we will give up eating meat.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  2. Yeo Kwai Gin (Kuantan) on Oct 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    看了这编文章後, 非常的赞成仁波切的说法 !

    任何动物和人类一样, 都会痛,会有感觉,投身于被宠爱的动物还好,但是投身于被宰杀的动物, 那是多么的心痛 ! 有一句话说得非常的赞成, 就是对任何的动物或宠物, 就是 [ 如果不爱它们, 不要紧, 但至少不要伤害它们 ] ! 它们也一样有妈妈, 有感情,有感觉,只是人类看不明白,听不明白它们的语言而已!

    文章里说道 : Man’s cruelty towards animals is another expression of his uncontrolled greed. 我是非常赞成这说法, 就是现在的人类欲望和贪念不断的增加,造成人类严重杀害无辜, 无情的得到他们所要得到的。

    希望人类可以对动物拥有一个爱心和怜悯之心, 好好的爱护它们 !

    持素~~也是其中一个最好的方法爱护动物 !

    以下是持素的好处, 请继续游览 :
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vegetarianism-a-diet-of-loving-kindness.html

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

  3. Pee Bee Chong on Dec 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Human is the cruelest creature on the planet. We are selfish and greedy. We destroy animals and deprive them of their natural rights so that we can expend our environments for our convenience. I was one of them. Thank you Rinpoche for all the posts. They helps me to realize that animals have the right to live and they can feel pain as well. I think I have started to appreciate them and have more care and love for them. Thank you for the sharing.

  4. Edward Ooi on Sep 1, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I don’t agree that animals are made for humans to consume nor sacrificing animals will please the gods and praying to gods is not the correct thing to do too. Because gods are not enlightened beings so they will get angry when people break their promises but enlightened beings won’t. They no longer have any feelings anymore. All they want to do and will do is to help all beings to become enlighten too. But they will grant the things that people asks for based on their merits to receive and what will they do once their dreams have been granted. I don’t care what anyone thinks of me, I just want to say that I believe that no animal should be killed, slaughtered or sacrificed. We should just let them live by their own. Start loving and taking care of animals instead of taking advantages on them.

  5. Beatrix Ooi on Jun 12, 2014 at 5:24 am

    I definitely do agree that our attitude is very important, it defines us and eventually contributes to actions performed by us. I also believe that every living being exists for a reason, they help to balance our nature.

  6. Wah Ying on Oct 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    We do hear and speak many arguments about the way we treat animals, however, this sentence “Man’s cruelty towards animals is another expression of his uncontrolled greed”, speaks well about the act behind.

    Not to ill treat or love creatures that cannot speak or say thank you is really a good measurement to our kindness or “level”.

    I appreciate also the line saying: “…In some respects, animals are superior to men. Dogs have a keener sense of hearing; insects have a keener sense of smell; hawks are speedier; eagles can see a greater distance…’. It reminds me, as human we are not superior at all sense.

  7. David Lai on Aug 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Yes, the Buddha expounded this in one of his key teachings and more than that, every single greedy or selfish action we perpetrate on weak animals would return to us in equal or bigger repercussions. In fact, we are truly fortunate if it does return within this lifetime because many of the actions will only return to us in future lifetimes or worse still, we would take rebirth as one of these animals that is destined to perpetuate more negative karma by being an animal that kills to eat or one that suffers a whole lifetime in fear of pain and utter sufferings. The Lamrim covers this and definitely one of the methods to avoid such a fate would be to avoid harming animals in any way or form.

  8. Eric Lee KHJB on Aug 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    其实,根据佛的教义,众生平等,不能因为说:人是万物之零,所以就能为所欲为。学佛的目的,就是希望自己能够变成更好的人,能修身养性,让自己的态度能变得更好,所以说把自己的态度调整成和佛一样的境界,自然也就能活的自在了。

  9. Low KHJB on Aug 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you for the sharing Rinpoche. The person who wrote this ,have give some deep thoughts and analysis into human behaviors in reality.
    We claim to be the most developed beings on earth with the gift of intellect and consciousness.But our mind is often clouded by wrong views which derived from selfishness and uncontrolled pleasure of for the senses.
    If the true Buddhist,actually practice the Dharma that was thought by the Buddha. Then we should respect the cycle of existence.Compassion should be our way of life.Mutual respect between human and the animal realm would bring harmony to our existence.

  10. henry ooi on Aug 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Even in this century there are still many people who go animal hunting just for pleasure, a term that is labeled as sport. In this so called sport hundreds of thousands of animals had been tracked, hunted and killed.
    Then there are animals who were and still are hunted for their skin and pelts just so humans can feel the softness of their fur on our body.
    And the list goes on…..until demands are stopped then the killing will too.

  11. So Kin Hoe on Aug 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Human race has already ventured into most of the animals living quarters. We should rebuild the animals living areas to maintain the equilibrium of our world. Animals rights must be equally on the same level with human or higher and they should deserve more rights than human. Respect animals rights is also a form of teaching to our own inner self. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing a valuable teaching on this blog.

  12. Grace Leu (KHJB) on Aug 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Buddha really show in action how he treat all the creature in universe is equal. He willing to sacrifice himself to save the animal . i agree that sometime man treat animals cruely when man want to get the things from animals.we have to take other measures to maintain the balance.

  13. Lim (KH JB) on Aug 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for this sharing…

    According Buddhist teaching, every sentient being maybe is countless past life mothers so we should see them equally…

    So we should generate more and more compassion to them to treat them equally…

  14. Cliff on Aug 4, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I really like the deeper thought in this topic, we all have some what of an animalistic behaviour in ourselves, where sometimes “instincts” kick in. But only difference is we have the capability and brain power to make that compassion decision to not kill another living being. It is a fact that some deadly animals have displayed compassionate acts that is abnormal to their behaviour. We can’t be the ones who think we are more superior than other living beings, we should see all living beings as equal. We feel pain, suffering, discomfort and fear, but animals do too. They breed younglings just as we do, they survive just like we do, only difference is we have a higher level of brain power and thinking capabilities to make a much more conscious decision in life. It is true human beings is the world’s biggest disease to the environment, everyday destruction caused by man kind deteriorates the land, water and animals. Our constant search for development only expands our destructive force throughout the environment, eventually we’d all destroy our homes. We need to change our attitudes to treat all living beings as equal. I have took the step of becoming a vegetarian and hopefully eventually be a vegan, but right now I still commit the act of swatting a fly or spraying a cockroach. I still need to change my attitude in that respect. Thank you for sharing this very interesting read Rinpoche. I have shared it on my facebook and hope people would be aware of their own actions and learn to be more compassionate towards animals.

  15. Andrew Boon on Aug 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Humans are selfish pure and simple. Or at least the pressures of society “makes us” into a selfish creature. The “rat-race”, the “keeping up with the Joneses” are some of the idioms that highlights this negative nature that surfaces when we humans compete. There is healthy competition but then there is the need and want to just win at ALL COST!

    Therein lies the problem. We humans fail to see beyond ourselves and the fragility of of our own lives. We take and take and take just for ourselves not thinking of others or to the worse extent, ourselves!

    Why is global warming rampant and already a part of our daily lives whereby weather is unpredictable and violent. We brought it upon ourselves. Yes WE! Why because if we did nothing to try to stop it, we are a part of it. We cannot be on the fence and say I did not do this. We have all contributed and are continuing to contribute, so what needs to change is our attitude, our attitude towards others and our “self”.

    Can can change this attitude in an instant and if together we change, so will everything around us!

  16. tenzin llhamo on Aug 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I really like what what was said above. It is very true! No one has the right to take the life of another being especially those who only want to fill their stomach with corpses. How can one think that the animals are put there for us to kill and eat? I like the way that he put it into words, It was logical and easy to relate to. We should all coexist with each other and not deprive them their rights to live!

    And the best part was this one ‘There are men and women who practise horse love, dog love, cat love. But these very same people would take a deer or a calf by its neck, slit its throat, drink the blood straight away or in a pudding, and bite off the flesh. And who is to say that a horse they cherish is nobler than a deer they feed on? Indeed, there are people who eat cats, dogs and horses but would use a cow only as a work animal.’ I seriously dont understand too..

  17. graceleong on Jul 31, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    It started in the ancient times that the cow was thought to be more advantageous to be kept alive then to be killed for food.
    The cow was possibly revered because people relied heavily on it for dairy products and for tilling the fields, and on cow dung as a source of fuel and fertilizer. Thus, the cow’s status as a ‘caretaker’. Hence the animal do have a role to play in this world. Each animal in its own way.
    But clearly that has all changed today. Possibly due to greed more then any other reasons. This greed has certainly extended further then just cows or animals. It has extended to ALL OF NATURE. And we are starting to experience the destruction we have created by NOT respecting the nature and the lives of others.
    Hence,learning and re-learning the Buddhist’s attitude on animals and nature will be a great way to reduce the destructions and to ensure we have a better future life for all sentient beings.

  18. Yasmin on Jul 31, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    We have to much pride to think that we are equal towards other creatures. Like Rinpoche said, we have some qualities that other creatures don’t have and they have other qualities which we don’t have. Why do we treat some animals this way? and why do we treat some other animals that way? This I guess has all to do with the way we think, it’s I think like a habit? Sometimes I think that we have very weird answers to the actions we do.

  19. Choongs on Jul 31, 2013 at 12:05 am

    EVERYONE, PLEASE TAKE IT FURTHER

    The main issue here is about humans taking life.

    There are two ways we take away life – the obvious by way of MURDER and the subtle by an INDIRECT route.

    Besides the food we eat (think meat and seafood) or the flies that we swat, the second most obvious murder we can commit is by using animal skin and fur.

    The next most obvious is by using animal oils and fats. Do you know that McDonald’s used to deep fry their french fries in beef fat? Tallow they call it. Only when the issue about saturated fats came to light did they switch to vegetable oils.

    Which comes to one of the most serious ways that we assist in murder. How? Vegetable oils. Every square meter of forest that gets replaced by oil palm displaces and kills hundreds of life. Some scientist catalog six hundred lives in one square meter of forest. Lesser for soybean plantations for soybean oil but still INDIRECT MURDER.

    Then there is also a long list of products which use vegetable oil derivatives – plastics, soap, shampoo, margarine, perfumes, chocolate drinks and snacks, cookies, etc. The list is long. So please, if you do not want to commit MASS MURDER, check the ingredients list and also avoid deep fried foods. Steamed, baked, poached, grilled, or best raw is GOOD.

    The last way to avoid MURDER is to be frugal. Use one and only one ballpoint pen. You will be amazed at how long it lasts. Recycle, be a minimalist (less is more), and live like the Scandinavians. Sorry, no more eight course dinners. Salad, rojak, ulam, kapi, or sandwich will do. 🙂

  20. Sharon Saw on Jul 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    The relationship between humans and animals has been a complicated one since the beginning of time. As the blog says – humans are actually not very talented when compared to a lot of animals. We are physically weaker than many animals, and our strength is in our ability to think, with our greatest good fortune being the propensity for spiritual growth. Yet how many of us take the opportunity to develop ourselves spiritually, regardless of religion.

    “But we never consider that human are the greatest threat to every living being on this earth and in the air whereas the existence of other creatures is a threat only to certain living beings.” Is very sad but true.

    When we learn about spirituality, especially the Dharma, we will learn to respect and care for all sentient beings and stop the vicious cycle of destruction which in the end, is actually the destruction of ourselves.

  21. AdelineTan on Jul 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I like this picture of a young boy playing violin serenading the birds in the woods instead of shooting them down liked what the hunters did.
    Buddhism teaches us to show equal care and compassion to each and every living being in this planet, buddhists are encouraged to practise loving kindness towards every living being,Buddha’s advice is that it is not right for us to take away the life of any living being, they have the right to exist. They also have the potential of attaining enlightenment because all living beings have buddha’s nature too.

  22. Patsy on Jul 30, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Humans think they are more superior than animals but the way humans behaved is worse than animals. Due to greed and attachment, humans caused much sufferings to the animals whom we think are less superior thus it is alright to harm them for our own selfish needs.

    Animals have feelings and emotions, they have their family and loved ones. Treat them with respect and with compassion. All we need is to change our choice of food and many lives will be saved.

  23. Uncle Eddie on Jul 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    It is believed that animals are created for human beings – But, it also follows that humans were also created for animals too! Both for each others flesh. Buddhists are encouraged to love all living beings as per Buddha’s advice – not right to take away life of any living beings, which has the right to exist. Man’s today cruelty, “Due to uncontrolled greed” to expand man’s environment for convenience. We destroyed animals and deprived them of their natural rights – “But”, if we do not take such stern-measures, it is said that our threatened environment on this earth may not be guaranteed; so is our human’s existence on Earth. Nevertheless, each and every living being must contribute something on a “live and let live basis” for the planet earth and its atmosphere. The balance of nature should be made just as suitable and comfortable for all beings, including animals. If so much of violence is produced by the killing of animals, it will come back to us. As the sayings go,”Violence breeds violence. As the Nation sows, so shall it reap.” This is believed to be a reaction of nature, if you do not wish to call it Karma, for the immensed cruelty produced by humankind. It is one of those things we need to consider seriously if we feel to have the serious need to improve the World of Today!

  24. beatrix ooi on Jul 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    This is so true, I couldn’t help but agree more. It spreads out the awareness of animal cruelty very strongly. Animals aren’t created to serve/please us and we do not have the rights to take away their lives. They are living beings just like us, they have feelings too. I believe that there is Karma, if we keep hurting them, Karma will get back to us one day.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  25. Sean Wang on Jul 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I find this post very interesting. The only reason that prevented us from destroying our forest resources were initially the wildlife kept there. Now, humans would jsut deforest regardless of life. The world will continually worsen from that stage.

    We must be compassionate towards every life form.

  26. Jace Chong on Jul 29, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    It’s very well said that we should treat every living beings equally. I still remember and thanks to Rinpoche for giving me a DVD called “Earthlings”. The movies is talking about every living beings on this earth is earthling, there’s no different of what kind of species of living beings.

    The movie also shows that how human thought they are the something more than other earthlings and did (and still doing) horrible things to other earthlings. This is totally wrong and how can human claim ourselves we can do such thing just because we are “stronger” and “smarter”?

    I like the story mentioned in the post about Buddha asked the man to offer him instead to the God to please the God. A real God never need to be pleased by hurting lives.

    I don’t think we only can survive by hurting others, we can live harmoniously with everything as we are all earthlings, and yes, every beings contributes something for the maintenance of the planet, in a way that you can see, and cannot see.

    Please do not harm animals. It’s just a choice of food.

  27. Doreen Teoh on Jul 29, 2013 at 10:15 am

    This comes down to the self-centric attitude that the humans beings have, coming from ignorance. Just because the animals are a different outlook being from us, we have regarded the animals less superior. It is not only the animals that we treat differently, it goes the same with our own kind, where there is a always a differential of races, religion which is created by us…it is labelling. It is the equanimity thought that we have not realize. We are the same, and interconnected with all beings. From the Lamrim text, we could be the next animal that is being tortured, kill and eaten.

  28. Julien Roth on Jul 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    This is so true and send such a strong message. I think that humans in the past did not destroy the forest as fast as they could was because there was animals in the forest. But now people don’t care and they have giant killing machines to do the job. Thank you for sharing this with us Rinpoche.

  29. shelly tai on Jul 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Shelly tai on 28 July 2013 at 9pm
    As a human being we should not take advantage of the weak one like animals because animals also like us they will feel pain and fear like us. We as a human also do not want pain why want to give pain to others especially animals who are not strong as human. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this blog pist with us.

  30. lucy yap on Jul 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    We must have a new spirit of compassion for any form of life that is weak,helpless or hurt.Since animals are considered to be travelling towards Enlightenment just like man is,neither are they to be harmed,discouraged or hampered in their progress.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post.

  31. Lafayette on Jul 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

    It amazes me that I always had, naturally, quite the same consideration for them, without in this incarnation, being a buddhist from birth, and coming to know my first Lama with more than 40 years of age. I’m very radical in this point. I refuse even to consider that animals are members of a lower realm, than the human realm. I don’t care for proofs of this. All life explodes in front of me as sacred, animal life, plant life, subtle life. Its dangerous, I can/could loose days and nights enslaved by them, attending their needs, caring for their sorrows – even things they don’t have and that I imagine or project they do / not standing for a minute, their suffering. Now I live with many dogs, but have project to have chickens, goats, horses, cows – again. Saw on TV that theres a trend in America do criminalize this behaviour as animal hoarders. People in most american states are allowed only certain amount of dogs, in Miami 4 dogs. Saw people on TV shows shown as hoarders because they had two horses, some cats, dogs, ducks and lived in a ranch. I refuse the label animal hoarder.
    Today I live only with dogs, but i’m getting ready for goats, possibly also a horse, soon. My soul so to speak, always communicated with that life and all life, everyday I learn a bit more about them, and about me, just by living together and observing one another. This takes time, a horse lives 25 years, i wont see many generations of them anymore. The same for a tree to grow big.
    So like reincarnation, no one had to tell me anything about it for me to know, I always had this
    innate understanding, this most clear and definite understanding of its truth. Now I’m dreaming that before this incarnation, (I was born 12/12/1959) I could have been a tibetan Lama, that died under the strife between China and Tibet since 1950 – because also had (in my youth) an innate terrible fear ‘of communism’. How to know? One day i’ll know, or i’ll re-member.

  32. Jane on Jul 27, 2013 at 9:34 am

    In a recent video you mentioned that it is out of respect for the animals that you have killed to eat, that you give your body back to the animals by cutting up your dead and now useless flesh and cook it and feed it back to the animals. I am confused. Are you not doing an injustice to the Buddhist principles by doing this then?

  33. sweekeong on Jul 27, 2013 at 9:08 am

    This is very true. The only reasons why humans didn’t plunder the forest resources as fast as he could is because there are wild animals. Now he has man-made killer weapons put to merciless use to destroy any living beings. Therefore we can see that the natural forest environment are being destroyed so much faster than the old days. We can feel the climate is changing for the worst now.

    Humans are more precious than other beings. Is it therefore we are allowed to take away other lives? Buddha is logically when he said that since sacrificing animals would please the gods therefore sacrificing himself will even please the gods even more.

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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.
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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