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. Vivian Ong on Apr 9, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article of this poor pig. I guess everyone who has been eating pork all this while and all their life would never on a single thought will think of the suffering the pigs have to go through every single day. For a person who is meat-eater, you don’t need to turn vegetarian overnight but slowly change the diet by eating more vegetables and eventually cut off from eating meat. By doing this, we are reducing our karma for killing.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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  9. 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 !!!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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

  18. 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….

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. 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…

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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?

  29. 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。。。

  30. 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.

  31. 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?

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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。

  38. 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

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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

  42. 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.

  43. 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
    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
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 07:16 PM
    Thank you Grace for this interesting articles about hair. There are just so much info which we do not know previously. Most of the time we may neglect the details, thinking as long as we clean our hair everyday it is sufficient. But there are so many things we need to know for example types of hair, scalp condition, our environment and our physical condition which may affect our hair. Great tips.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.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,
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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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
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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.
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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
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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
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
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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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