Can you endure this?

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Take a moment to read this. It won’t take much of your time. After reading, visualize yourself in that space laying there daily and enduring the slow suffocation and slaughter.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


I remember touching one of the sows in those crates. She was red and big with fourteen piglets tussling off to the side. She flinched. I could feel a strange sense of horror deep inside me, but I pushed it down. I rested my hand on her back and, for one brief moment, she leaned into it and then jerked away, as if burned. She could not understand my sudden interest in touching her with gentleness, no pig in the pork industry does. Anyone who can explain the rightness of a cage has never been in one, never felt the sides of it pushing and denying access to the natural world. They have not felt the frustration of nothingness, of being restricted, of being in a barren, empty world. When her instinct drives her to make a nest for her babies, she cannot. When her preference would be to nurse her piglets in a deep bed of leaves, she cannot. When she wants to run away from the humans who abuse her, she cannot. When she wants to burrow in straw with her sister and brother, she cannot. And when she is desperate to save her piglets, when they are taken forcibly from her at 2-3 weeks of age, when the wrongness of that separation is evident in her tense muscles and strange cries, she can do nothing to stop it. Everything done to her is an attempt at removing her from instinct and desire and what she wants and needs. We know what happens to her piglets. They too will be stripped of their dignity and of their pigness. Then they will be killed and eaten by a species who does not need meat to survive. She will spend years in that cage, repeatedly artificially inseminated, repeatedly denied access to a nest and the outdoor world, repeatedly abused and repeatedly stripped of her babies. I don’t need meat to survive. You don’t either. Pigs need to be allowed to express all that makes them them. And they cannot do that on a farm or in a place that sees them as roasters and production units. Since there are so many alternatives to pork, there isn’t any reason not to start choosing a compassionate diet now. Do it today, for the millions of sows denied true motherhood and the hundred million piglets turned into pork. We must honor who they are by not reducing them to what our palates desire. Marji Beach – Animal Place Sanctuary.

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  1. Pee Bee Chong on Dec 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. I feel sad to see this. I cannot image if I were the pigs, live in a cage with no freedom and waiting for my day to come. Human are cruel and selfish. They only think about themselves. Therefore we should start become vegetarian or reduce taking meat to save these animals. Thank you

  2. Vinnie Tan on Oct 29, 2014 at 6:47 am

    It is just so sad that these pigs do not even have the space to stretch themselves. The picture is just such a heart breaking site that all slaughter houses are trying to hide from the eyes of the consumers. The sows are just being used for their bodies to give birth to more pigs and to also feed the piglets. They constantly have to go through so much pain with regards to the kind of mental torture that they have to endure each time when their piglets are being separated from them. They can cry, but non from the slaughter house would care. I just cannot imagine the kind of mental and physical trauma that the pigs have to go through everyday, It is just so sad to see them this way.

    It is just heart breaking to see that the pigs do not even know what is a caring touch that is being laid on their bodies. For them to be reacting in fear as though they were being beaten.

    If only human beings can stop consuming meat products, then only these pigs and other animals do not have top endure so much pain in slaughter houses and the farms. It is only then they can be free to roam around like they should be.

  3. Hee TS on Oct 11, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    感谢仁波切的分享,這里帶出人类對於吃肉的深层省思的讯息。無有情衆生愿意被殺,吃其肉。囘想如自身親感此難,將和其恐惧痛苦。别为了满足食慾而造業了!

  4. Edwin Tan on Sep 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    We are all living beings on this planet…yet just because we are more intelligent, we feel that we own them, their lives belong to us.

    In the past, cave man period, eating meat was probably for survival, in this day and age where we are more exposed to varieties, we can make smart choices to go veteran and harm less to animals.

    We do not understand their language, but the pains and sufferings are the same.

    Do visualise how the meat end up on our plates before we sink our teeth into them.

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    What these animals endure is hell on earth. If we do not wish to be victimised like this we also should not do it to others.

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 12, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    We are one breath away from going to the lower realms that is how easy we can go to the net rebirth. IN Yonten Shigyurma our lives have been describes as a water bubble. Thats what stops us from going to our next rebirth. The root cause for being an animal is ignorance. It does not pay to be ignorant about the reality that we are in.

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  8. June Tang(KH JB) on Feb 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    This is so sad to see animals being slaughtered everyday ,they don’t deserve to be killed !!! There is so much other things to eat without meat .Become vegetarian is the best way to save animals life !Start NOW !!!

  9. maria on Feb 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Your words are so powerful , that it has jolted me to realize I must re-commit to being vegetarian ( I was for 15 years)
    I ate meat again to please a boyfriend, so lost 13 years being a meat eater again.I noticed a change in my mind and body through eating meat again. It made me aggressive and I got off my spiritual path , which was very painful , my health deteriorated and I felt out of tune with myself and life. I think eating meat harms us on many levels as well as closing our hearts to the cruelty animals suffer daily in countless numbers. Thank you for your teaching of empathy for the pigs and cows and sheep and lambs and hens and all other animals who deserve happiness of living their lives naturally and peacefully. You got to me .Bless you.

  10. Peter Tysdal on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Thank you for posting this paragraph. It’s true that we don’t need to eat meat to survive. Many Buddhists say that if you don’t kill an animal you still eat meat that someone else killed. To me this is letting someone else take all the bad karma so that we can selfishly enjoy eating meat that was produced from an act of extreme cruelty. All my blessings to Tsem Tulku, all my blessings to mother sow.

  11. Jutika lam on Feb 6, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Though I know how badly abused and tortured animals in the farms and slaughter houses are I never expected it to be this terrible.

    I just can’t believe that mother pigs are not even allowed to raise there own kids while they are being bred and sold to slaughter houses.

    This problem just keeps getting worse and I think that the primary reason is because though everyday a few people stop eating meat, more people eat more meat.

    I really hope that people will be more aware of this and stop eating meat.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    Love
    Jutika

  12. wansan on Feb 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I cannot endure seeing these animals suffering because of those who crave for their meat. Many do not know what these animals had to go through. The pain they feel every single day, the suffering of not being able to feed and care for their babies.. all these happened behind close doors and they end up being killed, cut and sliced nicely in the plates for us who crave so much for their meat. We should really take time to think and consider where and how do all these meat come from. Think twice of that piece of meat in front of you before putting it inside your mouth.

  13. Edern Tan on Feb 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I couldn’t believe what I was reading a moment ago…
    I went to sear chance if there were such things and to my horror it was real and happens to every slaughter house and a typical slaughter house kills up to 1100 pigs very hour… OMB we,like the article said, does not need meat to survive. I hope this article will be read by all humans and we will all covert to vegetarians. Giving all the animals freedom.

  14. Sharon Ong on Feb 3, 2014 at 10:51 am

    As a former ham lover, I am as guilty for all these cruelty. Hence, I am going green to try to stop any further harmful actions.

  15. Jace Chong on Feb 2, 2014 at 12:20 am

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    肉骨茶, 烧肉, 叉烧, 猪肉粉等很美味, 但看了猪只如何受一生的苦来满足我们一刹那的食欲真的非常不值得。

    我认为大家都是地球的居民, 没有谁比谁更优越, 每个生物都有自由生活的权力。人类太自私自利了, 不止掌控这些动物的性命并残杀它们。

    我相信每个举动都有因果业障, 我们一天不停止对肉类的需求, 宰杀动物的悲歌永远唱不完。宰杀者因杀业投身为被宰杀的动物, 被宰杀的动物因嗔恨变成宰杀者, 这样的轮回众生何时才能解脱?

  16. Riyaj on Feb 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Namaste , I like to vote for video entitled KP02 – Tara .I would like to ask is Prince Siddhartha ( Lord Buddha ) was Indian Prince as you have mentioned in this video KMP10 – Enlightenment Series ? I am asking this question not as Nepali but as earnest seeker of truth .Thanku

  17. LT Loo on Jan 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    It just strikes me as I read this article that we are no better than her.The cage is Smasara that we choose to reborn into. It filthy and uncomfortable that we took as pleasure. When the Guru touch us gently with Dharma, we cringe and be skeptic. The piglets are things that we thought we own and attached to, which I’m very sure will be parted with us when the time and conditions come….

  18. Beatrix Ooi on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    It’s quite a sad and interesting feedback from Marji Beach, at least he was one of the many who had feelings. Animals are living beings as well, I find that sslaughtering/ abusing animals are very cruel. Only cold blooded and sick people can live under this kind of condition

  19. Wai Kee on Jan 27, 2014 at 12:24 am

    The key message is really we do not need meat for our diet to SURVIVE, its merely to satisfy our CRAVING. I cannot even bring myself to imagine to be in that situation, just like the fear of facing death during death meditation. So what’s the difference between what the pigs have to endure as compared to death. No difference – sad – please stop animal cruelty.

  20. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 25, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    All big and red, with 14 piglets around her, it must have been sheer pain and torture for her inside the cage. So used to pain, even a gentle touch scares her and she flinches from it.

    It’s always the same old adage. Why do to others what we don’t want to have done to us? Would we like it if we were put in a cage? Then what makes it different, just because it’s a pig? Even a pig has a desire for comfort and ease.

    Those who are going to eat the flesh of this sow,you may be shutting your eyes to it all. But it won’t go away. If the mother and young piglets are killed for food, shouldn’t whoever eat their flesh be equally guilty of killing?

  21. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Jan 25, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Om Mane Peme Hum…

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing, the picture above really touch our head to make us contemplate more…

    May we start less meat eater then heading to be Vegetarian as soon possible…

  22. Wei Theng on Jan 24, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    It is sad to see this. When I imagine I am one of them… Eat, sleep,, sh** give birth, die in the cage, it’s really frightening!
    This article not just reminds me to be vegetarian, but also push me to do more Dharma work while I still have the chance because I will never know when I maybe one of the sows….
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching!

  23. Leu Chong Hin on Jan 24, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Human are using them as a tool to generate the wealth and ignore the physical body suffering that bring it to them. Hardly said then we are not part of root cause unless we are full vegetarian. We should respect each life being on this planet. All life are equally and they have their right to stay on as what human doing. Treat animals as part of our food consumption are totally wrong perception. we should change it.
    I feel shame of myself because until today not yet pledge to be full vegetarian. I should take their suffering as my so that I have no more accuses no be a vegetarian.
    Thanks for Rinpoches sharing.

  24. Andrew James Boon on Jan 23, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    And all this suffering for our own selfish want to satisfy our palate. It is not even a case of eating to survive anymore, we eat to merely fill a craving and not our stomachs…

    What has humankind evolved into? I could not be in a lift for too long let alone a cage that barely fits my body… and lets not even mention the conditions around the cage.

    As long as I am alive, I will be vegetarian and I will not take another life or be the cause for another living being to die to be the food on my table!

  25. Uncle Eddie on Jan 23, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Can anyone imagine this! Fourteen sows kept tightly in a cage with hardly any space to move, or even to breathe. Except for these poor sows, none have felt the deep frustrations of nothingness, of being restricted, of being barren, of being in an empty world, which in the end they be cruelly killed off to be eaten. In this episode, millions of sows are denied true motherhood, and hundred million of piglets are turned into roasted pork to be eaten. Let us have this situation in reversal, and form a mental image that Earth was invaded by “carnivorous aliens” that consider humans as delicious food. Thousands of human beings were captured, and being hoarded and tightly packed into pens like the above mentioned “poor sows”. Every single day tens of thousands are to be skinned alive, have their throats slit, their bodies disemembered, packaged and graded seperately for sale. Babies of few months old taken away, fried crisply and served as a delicacy (similarly to suckling pig or fried chickens). This is what humans are doing to the animals everyday, but yet, we do not see or realise anything is wrong with it, as we are on the upper hand and the winning side of things! Like the great Albert Schweitzer said, “Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages”. And also as the saying goes, “Do unto others as you others to do unto you.”
    n

  26. Jun Zhen on Jan 23, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Very touching indeed. It evokes almost the same sort of feeling when watching “Earthings”, but with the above, it is from a slightly different angle, yet makes you feel more of the same. If you are a mother yourself, you will almost be able to relate, like myself.

    Pain is the same, no matter you are a human, or an innocent animal like the pig. A mother’s love is true and deep. So, why inflict onto others when you do not wish to feel that excruciating pain which you are not even sure if you can endure yourself?

    Thanks for sharing, my dear Guru. Going meatless.
    Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu

  27. Pastor Martin on Jan 22, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Considering that pigs are intelligent beings that are sensitive to emotions, it is nothing but pure torture to be confined to such punishing conditions, repeatedly impregnated, have your off-springs forcibly taken away from you very much against your maternal instincts and eventually mercilessly slaughtered. Any one of these agonizing conditions that man inflict on these animals is sufficient on its own to “break” a human being and yet we human beings brutalize these life forms without flinching. Pictures such as the above and plenty more attest to how lowly human beings have fallen in terms of our humanity and our understanding of how all lives and all beings are connected. We cannot partake directly or even indirectly in such wickedness and not expect to create the causes to feel the same.

    What good can come out of eating flesh that is really the final product of the mutilation of a life after we have inflicted every pain and misery imaginable on it. How can being involved in any way in this chain of pain be good?

  28. Alice Tay on Jan 22, 2014 at 12:10 am

    众佛与菩萨都拥有一个共同点,那就是菩提心。。。

    当我们拥有了菩提心,我们就会希望渡化一切众生,一起登上菩提道/佛道。。。

    一切众生包括了天人道,阿修罗,人道,畜生道,地狱道以及饿鬼道,简称为六道。。。文章所提到的猪只,真好是属于畜生道。虽然它们的思想有限,不想我们人类那么复杂,但毕竟它们也是有生命,有感官,也会有痛苦的一面。。。

    除此之外,在归依五戒里,其中一戒也是最重要的一戒那就是“不杀生”。。。

    所谓,冤冤相报何时了??这一世,你杀了它和吃它的肉。下一世,你可能堕入畜生道时,相反的有可能被它杀和
    吃你的肉,何苦呢??

    还是尽早修持菩提心,得到解脱。。。

  29. Julien Roth on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    This is too much. Rinpoche had explained this very well. These animals who are stuck in these cages all their lives have never had any kindness whatsoever. So when someone does treat them well they are scared. This story really touched me and inspired me to take my vegetarianism more seriously. Thank you.

  30. So Kin Hoe on Jan 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    If we consciously ignore the suffering of animals, we are no different with the most wanted criminals in the world. It shows how selfish of being humans when we let the animals to endure all the pains and suffering while we enjoy their meat after they have lived for so long in the undesired condition before they are brutally killed without any pain killer. Are we aware that we can become animals in next lives because of our own karma?

  31. Shelly tai on Jan 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    This is so inhuman I really feel for these animals! If anyone who reading this please stop eating them we do not need their meat to survive we can eat green that will produce less suffering for all theses animals. Thank you Rinpiche for sharing this blog with us.

  32. Han on Jan 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

    动物都有活着的权利,动物和人一样,渴望活着,同样爱护自身的孩子,我们人类凭什么将他们当食物?
    感谢仁波切的分享!

  33. Patsy on Jan 21, 2014 at 7:31 am

    No living being would like to live in a small constraint space. Due to human greed and appetite, animals suffered so much to please our palate.

    Please reconsider the next time you order your meal. Be Vegetarian. Once the demand stops, the supply will die off eventually.

  34. Carmen K on Jan 21, 2014 at 3:12 am

    For once, think and put yourself in the situation of the animal that you see right before your eyes. Their tears tug at your heart, Their cries instinctively creates a lump at the base of your throat, most of all…their suffering makes you reconsider whether you are really that cruel and cold-hearted to be able to put an animal through this mad ordeal all to satisfy your tastebuds.

    After all that, Can you really slice open the throat of the cows, dump the chicken in hot water, roast a piglet alive..knowing very well the pain that they have to endure for you. Have some consciousness, have a heart and go vegetarian. You do not need meat.

  35. Lucy Yap on Jan 21, 2014 at 1:00 am

    It is heartbreaking to see pictures of animals being abused,tortured and killed!This sadly happens too often and it’s true that more people have the power to help and don’t just educate about the different breeds.Ways to help out would make a difference.
    Just because they are animals doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings and can be treated cruelly.More people need to change their views, and realized that animals need our help and love.

  36. Wah Ying on Jan 20, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    作者用简单的词句写出了母猪的无力感和无奈,那是年年月月日日时时刻刻的沮丧。我无法想像自己活在这样的无力感之下,这样完全连行动自由、生产自由、喂养孩子的自由,其实连呼吸一口新鲜空气的自由都被剥夺的情况下生存下来。更不堪的是,她一直一直繁衍她的孩子,再眼睁睁把孩子送上砧板,被宰杀成为别人的食物。

    如果我们没有能力给别人带来快乐,至少不要给别人带来痛苦。只要我们愿意,我都做得到。

  37. Grace Leu on Jan 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    This is really sad that animals were treated cruelty. Nobody wants to stay in a narrow space and forcing by all kinds of mean actions. The message needs to be passed down ” please stop eating meat” ! P

  38. AdelineTan on Jan 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    It is very very sad to see animals being slaughtered everyday just to satisfy the taste buds of some mankind. All animals have the right to live and be happy like what we all want. Stop eating meat now and go on a compassionate diet, go vegetarian, when there is no meat demand in consumer markets, no slaughtering of animals is needed. Stop the killings and cruelty to these poor helpless animals. Thank you for creating the awareness of the sufferings of the animals that they have to endure.

  39. Calvin Kam on Jan 20, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I can’t breath! I can’t move! I can’t feed my lovely child! I am waiting to be kill! I going to see my son get killed one by one! I am forever separated with my love one…why the world so cruel….
    Sometimes this is not just happened to the animals world, it happened to every sentient being in the samsara. To stop the karma cycle, we should try our best to be vegetarian. This is not easy, but I will keep it on, rather than waiting for more karma.

  40. Edward ooi on Jan 20, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I cannot endure especially when people torture animals. The animals never do anything to harm us except maybe the fierce animals such as crocodile and etc. Most animals have more loyalty than us. Why do we kill animals? What is the purpose and what do we gain eventually? I guess the answer is NOTHING. Whoever reads this please stop killing or torture animals, and if you don’t do this kind of things then help animals by promoting vegetarianism. Thank you

  41. tenzinkhenchen on Jan 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    This is so sad. I wish animals didn’t have to be killed for the selfish needs of human beings. This is very alarming. People need to know about it.

  42. Lucas Roth on Jan 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    wow, i HATE animal cruelty and slaughter, they don’t deserve to be killed and treated this way. Animals have lives too so humans do not have to kill and eat them, so every single time you look at that juicy piece of meat, think of the bloody corpse it came from.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 05:04 PM
    Thank you so much for the sharing, Pastor Patsy. Reading this sharing reaffirms that Rinpoche’s teaching transcend time and space. What Rinpoche taught 20 years ago, he teaches us today. Rinpoche’s teaching is monumental to us, of the pervasiveness of Buddha’s Dharma that is the truth and wisdom in the purest form. He is the Bodhisattva who practices infallible Buddha’s way of compassion, wisdom and renunciation. Rinpoche infuses dharma knowledge onto everyone and showers people who he comes across with loving kindness and generosity tirelessly, since 1995! We are really so lucky to have Rinpoche here to continue turn the wheel of Dharma.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/how-dharma-changed-my-life.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 11:14 AM
    Wonderful post ..from from TheBuddhism.Net a good sharing.
    I like these ( Every good action must be done with a good, pure motive; so when we give, pure motive means our generosity should be pure generosity, without hoping for any return or reward for what we do. )
    well said.
    Good reminder……
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/generosity
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 10:58 AM
    Wonderful teachings on attitude when receiving offerings.I learned some important points here.Always dedicate the merits to the one who give or when someone does something nice for us.When we makes an offering, the recipient should rejoice in the person’s generosity. Its a good teachings and a reminder for us.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai for sharing the teachings on the attitude when receiving offerings.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/attitude-when-receiving-offerings.html
  • Jason
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 03:45 AM
    Very sacred Guan Yin images. Mostly Chinese temples in Southeast Asia did worship Guan Yin.This meant Guan Yin already penetrated as a most popular deity. Most of Guan Yin statue appeared in female forms yet origin is male forms. Anyway, Guan Yin can manifest whatever forms to help all sentient beings.

    I really like thousand arm Guan Yin. She look very fascinated and magnificent. This can’t be expressed by words but I just got the strong feelings when I saw Thousand arms Guan Yin.

    Thank you Rinpoche shared the Guan Yin article. This is very informative articles.It really gain extra knowledge on Guan Yin after read this article.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/guan-yin-day.html?nomobile
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 12:38 AM
    We should have compassionate thought as all of these dangerous animals deserve our respect. Human beings do not have a privileged to take other beings’ lives and it is better to lose one’s own life than to kill another being.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila for sharing this meaningful article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 11:41 PM
    Most of the time we will only say how dangerous and cruel the animals nature in killing or hurting human but we never thought that human kill them hundreds or thousand more times just so we can satisfy our taste bud and enjoyment.

    Human are in fact more cruel and terrible as we will use and abuse animals without caring if animals will suffer or not.

    Therefore creating awareness to love, care and not kill animals should be instilled since young. When we have a loving and caring society, we can sure help reduce unnecessary killing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 05:13 PM
    Amazing to know what Dorje Shugden Wangze can help us.,control and exert positive influence our own minds. I am glad to understand and learned some new knowledge from this wonderful post.Wangze is an emanation of Manjushri and will only assist us if our motivation is genuine.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these teachings and the wonderful dedication for those who practice Dorje Shugden as Wangze or any other Dorje Shugden emanation.
    May Rinpoche be blessed with good health always.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 02:59 PM
    Thank you so much, Rinpoche, for sharing this post that shows us great work by the team, who worked behind the scene tirelessly, representing the good name of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to help Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende get medical checkup. The thoughtfulness and level of details carried out by the team was exemplary. The team also demonstrated meticulous and excellence work not only in taking care of Khensur Rinpoche and his attendants for eight days, but also in sharing the good works by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche in Malaysia and USA. This is a good example for us to learn up in serving others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 11:19 AM
    Wonderful and interesting post.Its good to know more about Mount Wutai.The history, Tibetan influence and so forth really interesting to read….i do enjoyed reading and learned more.
    Mount Wutai is considered to be one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites for Buddhists around the world.Its now a tourist attraction and listed as UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Thank you Valentina for sharing this lovely post.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mount-wutai-the-earthly-abode-of-lord-manjushri.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 10:05 PM
    Thank you Dato’ Colin for sharing your journey in dharma and your method in applying dharma in a corporate world.

    I always think that it is difficult to practise dharma in corporate as everyone only have the same mindset that is to gain more profit at the fastest pace and therefore lots of greed and selfishness. But you have showed us that as long as we are perseverance and hold our principal and dharma strongly, we can apply it no matter which segment we are, be it corporate or not.

    Most importantly, is to set the right mindset and hold on to dharma principles. Continue to strive no matter how many challenges we have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 09:54 PM
    Thank you Pastor Patsy for sharing your dharma journey. It is a great encouragement for many as you show that determination will surely bring result.

    It is important to practise dharma and to always focus out. When we keep practising this our mind will slowly transform to benefit others instead of feeding ourselves with all the greed, anger and selfishness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/how-dharma-changed-my-life.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 01:13 PM
    So happy to see the YAK – Millennials of Kechara – were learning to become an entrepreneur, be proactive and independent with good motivations. These practical experience will lay the foundation for leadership qualities, lateral thinking as well as a creative and innovative mindset. I wish to see more success for our Kechara YAK and looking forward to their upcoming activities! Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/yak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 10:22 PM
    Good sharing and informative blogs of Kuan Yin temples in Malaysia.
    Origins of Kuan Yin been explained too. I do not know so much about it till i read these post…i only knew Kuan Yin as Goddess of Mercy.When i was young i used to follow my mother to temple to pray without knowing much..just as one one of a deity.On Guan Yin’s birthday, devotees observe a vegetarian diet in remembrance of her compassion and kindness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/guan-yin-day.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 09:16 PM
    This is very auspicious that 2 great masters meet together and talk about dharma works for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    I am humble to see our precious guru to pay respect and prostrate to his friend, H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche , who is a very learned scholar, master of tantra, always focused his time on teaching hundreds of students in Sera and in in-depth personal practice. This is a good example for us to follow and practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing attached with the beautiful photos.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/meeting-kyabje-yongyal-rinpoche-in-new-york.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 07:04 PM
    Very informative blog post that remind us.
    As human consume fish ,prawns and so forth from the sea laced with harmful chemical, toxins build up that lead to health problems in long term.Sad to know environment is so bad when some people do not care much about it.Sooner or later our oceans will be filled with rubbish,plastic if we are not doing enough to protect the environment.The plastic accounts for 15 per cent of the chick’s body weight…that is shocking.
    I do hope more people are aware of the truth behind the crisis destroying our seas.
    Thank you Rinpoche its a good sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-plastic-destroys-our-seas.html

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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
3 months ago
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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  • December 9, 2016 02:09
    Harold Musetescu asked: Is there a practice text for the Dharmapala "Methar"?
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  • December 6, 2016 00:34
    Sipra asked: Dear Pastors, For past 5 month or so I have been suffering from fear and anxiety. It has become difficult to live my daily life. I am mother of young child. Please help me.
    pastor answered: Dear Sipra, I'm sorry to read that you are going through this fear and anxiety, and i can understand that it has been effecting your daily life. You should seek professional help as this fear and anxiety can worsen if you don't get help and can deteriorate fast. Coupled with this, but by no means an alternative, you can engage in the daily practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, which you can find here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden Lama Tsongkhapa's practice is very well-known to calm the mind from depression, fear and anxiety so will be very beneficial for your situation. When engaging in the practice, please concentrate and focus on the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden's practice on the other hand is very good for alleviating any obstacles we may be facing in life. Therefore, this may have to overcome the obstacles in life that are causing the fear and anxiety or even remove obstacles for professional help to be even more effective, so you can overcome your situation. The cause of this situation may be deeply rooted, therefore i would like to advise you to do both methods, find professional help and engage in the daily practice. Coupled together they have a better chance of solving your situation, than by themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 3, 2016 23:25
    Fluxor asked: I am in a relationship with someone. I want to leave her, so i can give more time for social work and considering monastic life and being ordained in the future. I want to break up and do it gently, but I know she will be very mad and angry with me. Is it okay to leave her without notice? I will make a letter and arrange time to talk few days later when she is more stable emotionally. I think, it will be calmer way. Or should I talk to her first before I leave? I know this way she can be very mad and might do some abusive acts right away. But people say I need to respect her with talking to her first. I'm confused. I want to do it in a gentle and loving way that I don't want to bring her more suffering. Warmest metta, Fluxor
    pastor answered: Dear Fluxor, This is something that is a very difficult thing to do. If you have thought about this carefully and thoroughly, then you should do what feels right. However we must remember that the other person in the relationship may be reliant on you in some way. That being said, we can also hurt another person if we are not open and truthful about the situation. Instead we should go about the situation in the best possible manner to minimise harm and also to not create negative karma in the process, which is all too common when breaking up with someone, and this leads to more suffering in the future. You know the person who you are in a relationship with the best, however the method which you have mentioned may not be the most appropriate course of action. Rather than doing this, you should sit down with your partner and talk about the situation in calmer manner. This is the better approach, if you want to do this. You do need to respect her as a person with her own feelings, and in order to do the right thing in this situation, you should do so face to face and calmly. Following the method that you described may cause even more pain. If you do it calmly, respecting and honouring her as someone who has their own feelings, you are doing your best given the situation. Please remember that you don’t have to take monastic ordination in order to practice the Buddhist path. In fact within Kechara, Tsem Rinpoche has even started the tradition of lay pastors, who are lay people that have dedicated their lives to the practice of Dharma and the service of others. If you change your mind for any reason, Rinpoche has given a very good teaching on transforming a relationship to make it successful. You can find the video teaching here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/ingredients-for-a-successful-relationship.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 2, 2016 09:44
    Tashi asked: Dear pastors, What are the mantras and sacred syllables of the 12 Tenma Goddesses? I'm trying to find one to the bodhisattva Dorje Yudronma and goddess Tahsi Tseringma. Who is Shiptak Gyene exactly and what is his mantra and purpose? Is simply putting "Namo" and then the name of the Buddha or bodhisattva work? Also, is there a mantra for pimples or near sightedness?
    pastor answered: Dear Tashi, As Dorje Yudronma and Tashi Tseringma are not enlightened protectors but worldly deities who have been subdued to protect the Dharma, their mantras and practices are not free available to all practitioners, according to the Gelug tradition (I am unsure if they are available freely in other traditions). Usually, to engage in these practices one must have first received empowerment into a yidam or meditational deity practice, after which one can request the spiritual teacher to teach the practice. The functions of these protectors are also embodied in other protectors who are enlightened, and whose practices are readily available. As embodiments of enlightened beings, they can also help along the spiritual path to enlightenment rather than just providing material needs and removing obstacles. These include the various emanations of Dorje Shugden, for example Shize Dorje Shugden who is excellent for pacifying diseases and lengthening one’s life, just like Tashi Tseringma and the Long Life Sisters. However as an emanation of Manjushri, Shize can also grant beneficial imprints and help to overcome the inner obstacles of negative emotions and habituations that we all face in life. Shiptak Gyene is a protector specific to the Gelugpa tradition. He was a layman who lived in Lhasa during the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. Whenever Lama Tsongkhapa would travel to Lhasa, Shiptak Gyene would be there, ready to serve Lama Tsongkhapa as best as he could and receive teachings on the Dharma. He was very devoted to Lama Tsongkhapa and arose a protector to help those with material needs if they are sincere pracitioners of the Dharma. As such, he holds a bowl of jewels to represent that he can aid pracitioners in this regard. You can see a picture of Shiptak Gyene here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/deitypics/highres/Shiptak_Gyene.jpg. The word ‘namo’ means ‘I prostrate’, hence when you add the word before the name of a Buddha or bodhisattva, it basically means that you are prostrating to that being. While this has tremendous effect, as you are verbalising the prostration towards an enlightened being and therefore generating some merit, it does not have the same effect as a mantra. This is because a mantra itself in the essence of that particular being, in the form of sound. If you repeat that mantra over and over again, you bring the energies associated with that particular enlightened being into your life. For example if you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, you bring healing energies into your life. But if you only add ‘namo’ to the beginning of their name, you are simply making prostration. It would be much more beneficial to recite the proper mantra for the particular enlightenment being you are propitiating. As for pimples, I have not come across a specific mantra for this in my own practice. However two very good mantras that you could recite are Black Manjushri or Hayagriva. These two deities are very well known for curing skin diseases of all types, and therefore may help in the situation. You can find out more about Black Manjushri practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/a-black-manjushri-sadhana-self-healing-meditation-and-exercises.html. The Hayagriva (a wrathful emanation of Chenresig) mantra is recited as: HRI PEMA DATRI HAYAGRIVA HULU HULU HUNG PHET. For nearsightedness, you can engage in the practice of Migchey Chrenrezig, which is an excellent practice for those with eye problems. You can find it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/blessing-eye-problems.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • November 30, 2016 18:56
    Angela Yo asked: These past few months, I can't stop myself thinking about being ordained to be a nun. I don't know where to begin. I don't know if it suits me or not. But I really want to make this lifetime meaningful. Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Angela Yo, I rejoice to read that are thinking about become ordained as a nun. This is a very good aspiration to have and follows the example of the holy Buddha Shakyamuni. He showed us the way to make our life meaningful by becoming a Buddha to benefit others. If you have not already done so, you should join a Dharma centre and find a guru. By following the advice of a qualified guru, you can train yourself to hold the ordination vows in the future. Here at Kechara, those who have the aspiration to become members of the holy sangha, first become a Pastor, which is in between a lay practitioner and an ordained monk or nun. This way, we can train ourselves to understand and live by the vows before become ordained. As ordination is very special and holy, it is better that we are prepared before we take the vows. This way we can make the most use of holding the sacred vows on our spiritual journey to enlightenment. As you engage along this path, first you should study and understand the most basic of vows, which are the refuge vows. All other vows, whether ordination, bodhisattva or tantric vows are based on the refuge vows, and the keeping of these vows are the root cause of gaining enlightenment. In fact, all other vows are extensions of these vows. Therefore it is very important that we have a firm basis for our practice by understanding and living by these vows properly. As you progress on your practice, you can learn the teachings such as the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, the Lam Rim and the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. All these teachings will aid you on the path to become an ordained nun in the future. If this is truly your wish, then during your daily practices you should make strong aspirational prayers that you are able to fulfil this. At the same time you should create the causes for this to occur. The way to do this is by supporting the sangha, you can do this by making any form of dana offering to them, from food, clothing, material assistance or anything else that they would need your help with. While doing this, you should generate the strong aspiration that you can become a member of the sangha. As the sangha are one of the Three Jewels, any offerings that you make to them, especially in terms of your time and effort, will generate a lot of merit because they are holding the holy vows. I hope this helps, and I make the prayer that your auspicious aspiration is fulfilled, that you make your life meaningful by holding the vows of an ordained nun. Thank you.
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