I Can’t Do What Attained Beings Do….

Oct 3, 2015 | Views: 1,270
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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear Everyone,

Your questions are valid and well thought out..I am glad you are contemplating. Ghantapa the ‘monk’ had a consort but that doesn’t mean I can have a consort. Guru Rinpoche would scold spirits and regional power beings, it doesn’t mean I have the power to do so without them retaliating back to me with harm. Tilopa asked his disciple Naropa to squeeze the breast of a bride getting married, but that doesn’t mean I can ask my students to do that. Ral Lotsawa used Yamantaka’s practice to kill an ‘enemy’ and sent his mind to pure land..it doesn’t mean I can go and kill. HH 13th Dalai Lama asked Serkong Dorje Chang to give his monk vows back to practice with a dakini while at a tantric monastery due to unmistaken visions, but 14th Dalai Lama told me to be a good monk.

Enlightened and attained beings can perform many actions that look contradictory but it does not mean I can do what they do AT MY CURRENT LEVEL.

If an enlightened being beat me, it would purify so much of my karma, but if I did the same, I would just cause them pain. HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche used to beat old monks and purify their sickness and extend their lives in Gaden-He was famous for that…

At our level of having not realized emptiness, we have to practice double hard, hold our vows double better and avoid all types of harm especially during the Kali Yuga. When an attained being like Shakyamuni eats meat, it benefits the animals tremendously. Because the flesh of the animal is consumed by Buddha whose actions in any way, shape or form can only benefit short and long term. But when I eat meat, I don’t benefit the animal at all.

I cannot look at holy Guru Rinpoche and say well he has two primary consorts, so I am going to copy him. When Guru Rinpoche unites with a consort it benefits all sentient beings, if I unite with a consort, I would just break my vows.

So do not think we are at the level as they are. We should follow the conventional examples they show and at our level not the unconventional. Safer for us… For us not eating meat is to help us generate more compassion and discipline and we have so much variety of food now..

This is not Tibet. This is the new world order where Buddhism represents pure compassion so eating meat just does not fit the image anymore. If we want Dharma to grow, it is a small sacrifice to ‘fit’ the image as much as we can for conventional purposes. No harm there. No harm not eating meat as an outward practice of developing the inner wish of not harming any mother sentient being.

Gaden, Sera and Drepung have all stopped serving meat completely as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recommended that so kindly to us. Times change, views change, practice changes, methods change. So we cannot quote something from the old to justify our own current attachments in this case perhaps towards meat.

Not eating meat is helpful to promote Buddhism and its ideals as the world views it in this manner. What happens if we do not eat meat? Nothing for most people.. So for the sake of many would be practitioners refraining from meat benefits them, us and the animals.

If I can have the attainments to allow me to eat meat without karmic retribution, then I must show the others signs of attained beings….for example have a still mind that never gets angry, direct perception of emptiness/sunyata, controlling my rebirths perfectly (Like HH Dalai Lama, Trijang Rinpoche, Pabongka Rinpoche, etc) can control my winds/channels/drops, have abiding bodhicitta, perfect memory and the lower attainments such as walking super fast, making healing pills, flying, clairvoyance, controlling fire/water/elements, healing diseases of others, controlling the weather, controlling nasty spirits/elementals, etc etc. I mean why show my attainments by eating meat?

When we are highly, extremely attained, eating meat, ‘breaking’ vows, taking up consorts, etc etc would not incur negative karma since our mind has attained emptiness and not returning to samsara,and hence our actions have no contaminated motivation both subtle and gross and until then, we have to be careful of any actions we do. This is my thoughts. I do not mean to offend or hurt, but I sincerely feel it is more compassionate to not eat meat in the 21st century and for 21st Century Buddhism/Buddhists. What good karma do we gain from eating meat? How does it benefit animals if we murder them and then eat them. Go on the youtube and see how they are butchered. There are hundreds of videos. It is a real lesson and a real dharma practice to wish to not be a part of it. I wish my prayers that all animals will not be hurt and tortured as well as all six realms beings always. Om Mani Peme Hung…

Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jan 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I like that Rinpoche emphasises “at my current level” because it indicates that our level is temporary and it won’t last forever, but it also implies that how long we spend at our current level is up to us (that is, our progress is within our control).

    It is interesting that people would try to excuse meat-eating and other kinds of behaviour by saying that such and such mahasiddha or lama does it. As Rinpoche points out, there is a vast difference between them engaging in such behaviours and when we engage in such behaviours.

    Our motivation is not the same. Our attainments are not the same. They have freedom from karma, whereas we do not. They have control of their winds, whereas we do not. The fact we try to justify all the things we want to do, while the enlightened beings do not even bring it up because to them it’s a non-issue, reflects that we still have not given up our attachments to these things.

    Since we have not given up our attachments to these things, we are most definitely not at the same level as them. Since we are not at the same level as them, how can we think to perform the same actions and expect the same consequences?

    Another way of thinking about it is, if we can do the same things as them, it means we are just as qualified as them. But…if we are qualified like them, then why do we suffer constantly from dissatisfaction? And if we are qualified like them, why do we need to do the same as them? Why do we HAVE to eat meat, since there’s no attachment to the meat?

    The attachment to meat-eating and what Rinpoche mentioned in the post about gross and subtle, reminds me of a talk Rinpoche gave recently in the middle of our Sengdongma retreat (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIJkURjBmbg).

    As practitioners who are nowhere near the level of the attained masters we use to excuse our behaviours, we need to master control over our five aggregates because they feed our desires and attachments. The more we feed our attachments, it doesn’t mean they become satiated. The more we feed them, the more we actually reinforce ourselves to want more and more of it, like drinking salt water when we are thirsty doesn’t remove the thirst. We search for it, look for ways to accumulate it, and then protect it when we have acquired it. This preoccupation overwhelms us such that we become controlled by our gross mind.

    So when we distance ourselves from something that feeds our attachments, eventually we stop to miss and desire it (because you can’t miss something you don’t have). That is why the commitments and vows of the sutric and lower tantra stages are focused on cutting off input to the five aggregates. When this happens and we stop feeding our attachments, the noise surrounding our gross mind is eliminated. Having gained greater clarity, the qualities of our subtle mind can then emerge.

    And to think it can all start from cutting out meat. Seriously, if cutting out meat is such a problem and we go to such lengths to preserve our ability to eat meat, we really have to consider what about our psyche holds meat-eating to be so precious…something is really, really wrong!

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  2. Vinnie Tan on Oct 22, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    It is very true that we are no where near a attained being.

    When we consume meat, the only “benefit” is that we are feeding our desire. When we feed our desires, there is nothing gained out of it. It will only drag us further into samsara, and also for us to collect that negative karma from killing. When we eat meat, we are killing although we do not physically do the act, but when we eat meat, we encourage the trade.

    As human beings, we constantly compare with others. Since they are able to do it, we can do it as well. However, what we have never taught about before is that, what they do behind, how the mind is, the lifestyle, behaviour, etc. It is sad to say that we always only see the surface level then cover.

    Even with saying this, I still do the same thing. I compare, but whenever I do so, I try to think on a deeper level. From there, I start to rejoice for those people, and work towards what they are.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with all of us here. It is indeed timely and much needed.

  3. Stella on Oct 12, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    As a normal being, I do not have the abilities nor attainments to be bring about benefits when conducting negative actions. Therefore it is best that we stick to conventional tried and proven methods to minimize our negative action /karma. Case in point is going vegetarian. Eating meat is not helping us in anyway because we are either directly or indirectly “killing” the animal. ON the other hand, the animals suffer greatly as a result of mass animal farming because of our insatiable taste bud & desire. Hence, the sheer action of eating meat cause harm to both us as well as the animal. To really practice compassion and be a good Buddhist practitioner, there is nothing to lose by going vegetarian.

    Thank you Rinpoche for pointing this out to us.

    Always humbly yours,
    Stella

  4. Sock Wan on Oct 9, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Yes, we are different from a highly attained person, so we cannot possibly be doing what he/she is doing. Their action has a higher intention, the selfless intention to bring benefits to all sentient beings which we do not have since we have no attainment at all. What Rinpoche says is true, what do we have to lose for not eating meat? Besides, vegetarian diet is scientifically proven to be healthier.

    As a practitioner, we do not eat meat because we want to develop compassion, it is also to train our mind to not attach to food. Attachment is what brings us back to samsara again and again. If you cannot stop eating meat immediately, then start from a vegetarian meal a day, gradually to 2-3 days a week, eventually a full vegetarian.

    As a practitioner do we want to control our mind, our attachment or let our attachment controls us?

  5. shelly tai on Oct 8, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    We are a normal being who still control by our karma is very true why we have to trade our attachment over our enlightenment which will lead us to ultimate happiness , so a lot of us rather taking the chance of not wanting to change our lifestyle and cannot see the suffering of others being who are innocent , I ‘m very glad that because of Rinpoche I have at least realise that we need to be kind to others especially the animals so being a vegetarian is the best choice at least everyday I know I can do something to help these poor animals. Thank you Rinpoche for all these precious teaching.

  6. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Oct 7, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for showing us the way and leading us out from samsara by compassionately encouraging everyone not to eat meat. No living beings including animals wish to be killed brutally as part food supply chain to feed on others. Furthermore, all the farm animals which I have seen on social media news , live under the poor conditions that cause a lot of suffering to the animals. These animals will be ended by being captured and killed without any pain killer or anesthesia. We should not cause the animals to suffer for us and we do not have to pick up this bad karma that can brings us to the lower realms.

    Our human life is short and let us therefore accumulate more good virtues and merits by saving lives of others through eating meatless or vegetarian food. May all living beings be free of pain and sufferings.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  7. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 6, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for this teaching, which makes us re- think certain standard responses to why people still eat meat – like if the Buddha can eat meat, why can’t I?

    Yes, the answer is straightforward and logical. Buddhas, being attained, eat meat for compassionate reasons. Hence it is to compassion that we go to find the answer to why we should not eat meat, especially in these modern times, when there is no excuse, like the non-availability of vegetables and greens, to prevent any person from not eating meat.

    Compassion should make us rise above craving for meat, and satisfying our taste-buds. Compassion should instantly make us see that we are eating an animal, who had been tortured to death. We should think of the suffering and pain and the violence.

    The basic principle of equality of all beings makes Buddhism the most humane religion. All beings have the Buddha nature and hence killing an animal(like killing a human being) is killing a being with a potential to attain ultimate peace and happiness.

  8. Uncle Eddie on Oct 5, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    What is good enough for my Guru is definitely more than good enough for me, as far as not eating meat is concerned. This is to generate more compassion and good discipline. Even Gaden, Sera and Drepung have all stopped serving meat completely at His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama’s kind recommendation. Yes, a diet in vegetables, with meat replaced by vitamin supplements, blood-pressure and high-colestral reducing tablets will enhance the goal for optimising good metabolic health in humans, as advised by my hoepital doctors. It is also medically said that the abstinance of eating meat could help to off-set the harmful effects of eating the wrong kind of fat! Apart from being spiritually compassionate to all animals, not eating meat has since, not only help in my spiritual practice of Buddhism conscientiously, but also benefitted myself with a clear bill of health free of obscured contemination. All my old suffering of sicknesses of high-blood pressure, gout, obesity(overweight) have disappeared! As said, a truly compassionate attitude is not just an emotional response, but a firmed commitment founded on reason. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  9. Alice Tay on Oct 3, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    曾经有很多人问我:“嘿!听说有一些喇嘛是可以吃肉和结婚。不是说出家人要四大皆空,为什么还会有欲念要吃肉和结婚?” 我当时答的非常简单那就是~我不清楚为什么他们可以这么做,但必定是有原因的。

    感谢仁波切这篇博文可以让我的答案比较圆满了:
    1. 选择不吃肉的原因
    最主要是不要伤害动物。平时我们在诵经或是做法会时,都会做回向给所有一切众生。那么如果,我们可以选择不吃肉,动物就不会因为我们的吃欲而受伤害或被砍杀。再说,我们其实也有很多其他的选择。除此,我们都相信转世轮回,这些动物都可能是我们前几世的父母或亲人。今天他们因我一时的吃欲而惨死,那么来世他们转世回来吃我,何苦呢!?
    还是选择不吃肉吧!久而久之,这会启动我们的慈悲心,然后选择持戒,再接着是持续的修持与依止上师的教诲而达到一定的成就。

    2. 选择有明妃
    一些高僧或大成就者都有自己的明妃,这并不代表我们要随这样的做法。我们这些普通人,连最基础的佛法知识还搞不清楚,怎可以跟高僧大德相提并论呢?当我们一天还没完全了解空性,我们都必须要继续持修,持戒,避免做出任何有伤害他人 (或是动物),还有累积功德消除障碍。如果我们跟随着要有明妃,那岂不是破戒了?那还需要谈什么证悟呀!?

  10. Edwin Tan on Oct 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank u for the article.

    Rinpoche is too humble to say that Rinpoche cannot perform actions as attained beings did. Rinpoche has on many occasions performed many miracles for us to witness.

    I agree with Rinpoche that we should not be too attached to meat. 2 years back, i have committed to taking less meat and it did not drain my energy or made me weak as opposed to what many said. Further, i attended a seminar and it is said that meat contains urid acid; and that urid acid is mainly piss and poop (pardon the language) of the dead animal we are eating. Hence if we enjoy the meat, we are actually enjoying the piss and poop of the dead flesh we are eating.

    Apart from the bad living conditions of the animals that are served on our plates, the method of killing them are brutal.

    Less meat is definitely the way to go.

    Thank u Rinpoche

  11. sandra on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Yes, because of Rinpoche’s compassionate pleas all over social media to stop meating eat, i stopped eating meat 5 years ago. I am glad I did because most animals have such a sad life anyway, why bring them more trauma by inflicting untimely deaths on their bodies? They are just like us with wish to be happy, not hungry, have love and care and shelter, I am sure. They don’t deserve to be eaten. It is a little funny that we would eat another living being to curve our hunger – we must be very very super ignorant. May i never hurt another being by eating them ever again.

  12. Loh Ann Leong on Jul 25, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Thank you Rinpoche, for your profound teaching. Your every words make sense and easy readable at current generations. With this, I shall having myself to reduce and stop meat consumptions and pursue Dharma practice as it is never goes wrong.

  13. Daniel Simons on May 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

  14. Daniel Simons on May 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Just a thought, when in considering the approach of Jesus, it is especially interesting to note that at the last supper he broke bread and said “this is my body…eat it in rememberance of me.”
    He also said that this drink is my blood. Is blood the drink, though? He did not take blood and say, “this is wine.” Are we able to take animal products and say that this is pure? Much less offer them to others as ourselves? Do you ever see people offering wine, beer, etc. as substitutes for animal byproducts and making toasts? Do we consider ourselves equal to animals…can we offer our own bodies in rememberance of them? Do animals do that for us? Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Eat meat only if you are going to be eaten. And then offer yourself. It is difficult to offer meat and also eat. Don’t eat meat.

  15. Daniel Simons on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    We should follow the conventional examples they show . Safer for us… For us not eating meat is to help us generate more compassion and discipline and we have so much variety of food now..

    Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

    (Well…I was thinking Rinpoche, not to intrude, that I was being vegetarian in a hospital until I read something from Yogi Chen that says you should be able to bring beings back to life. I went outside and caught an insect between my fingers. When I came back inside I looked at it closely then with some amount of faith and devotion tossed it into the air…it started to fly. Also, people sometimes say I need to take medication even though I have been told it is bad for me. *However, in the hospital I was last in, I pretended to smoke cigarettes while hiding the fact that actually I was being prescribed a form of medical marijuana after telling my story to a Buddhist naturopath. I have even encouraged the practice which has been cited in certain places to be beneficial in small quantaties for Buddhists. I believe in this, yet I have to pretend that I am doing it and also prove that I can. I have also spent a lot of time explaining the harmful effects of medication and how they effect our perception, supposing that we have no ability to see phenomena that other more “normal” beings cannot see. In this way, I try to advocate the Buddhist view which adheres to pure purelands, mandalas, and the Buddhist miracles that cannot be seen by the normal senses and that are based on the concept that the material brain is the only actual substantial reality, rather than the brain being a predisposition that is connected to the mind and that ultimately is viewed as coming from the mind, just like everything in the universe which is connnected with karma. I have personally at the beginning of the year tried to reconcile my personal views with the compassionate aim of vegetarianism. For this reason I am always trying to find a way to remember my vow not to eat meat and that this is also true with the mind altering chemicals that are introduced primarily in restrictive setttings, offering a magical cure. I have taken Setrap as my principal Dharma Protector and even though I still receive injections at the hospital no longer take medications. I feel that there are similar compassionate causes for vegetariansm and not taking medication or drugs. There is a teaching in Buddhism that says when you eat meat you sever the continuity of Dharmakaya. That is terrible to the Buddha. We all have the potential to change from one thing to the next, I guess we have something that is, when properly examined, true goodness. This is what I think of when I consider Buddha nature. When you eat meat you are actually cutting the Buddha nature of another being…it cannot combine with an impure mind though. A Buddha can eat meat because there are no defilements. A Buddha can also take medications, from my experience though, it will not mean that he has a mental illness disorder. It is possible to dissolve medications into light. The idea is that we are made of light, as His Holiness says, “it is a great mistake to think we are not made of light.” The problem with drugs made from the polluted minds of materialist scientists that do not have a connection to religion or the Buddha’s thought is that it will make you think like a Nihilist, or at best, that things truly exist and that you can actually have absolute phonomena that will give you some sort of worldly benefit. I personally take the vow to not eat meat with the knowledge that all sentient beings have been my mothers, and that trying to sever the Dharmakaya even unintentionally is similar to taking life even if you have not done it yourself. It adversely effects the karmic body I believe, which is something to be purified. I pray that in the future we may be reborn in the highest purland after this retribution body is over, having received many impurities that could have otherwise caused us irrevocable sufferings. With great strength I pray that no one must suffer needlessly and that all places where vaccines are given, where medicines are given, and so on, are done with the blessing of Buddha so that all the people will be protected. I encourage everyone who is considering getting an injection of medications or vaccines as we say, to wear a protective amulet. May goodness prevail. The option is always there. That is all I will say. When I tried eating meat on my own though it was a terrible failure. I have tried some other things with wisdom that have turned out in my favor. They sometimes seem miraculous. Oftentimes I often end up regretting what I have done though nonetheless and feel like I cannot live my life the way it was before. The point here, Rinpoche, I believe, is to keep your commitments and vows even if you do mess up thinking that you can do something you can’t. And especially to have the conviction to suffer any of the retributions that may come willingly for the sake of others. If you end up doing out of the world things and then feel like a normal person it does not benefit the Buddha’s way and is not inspiring to others. You can either choose to not benefit the Buddha’s Way or you can choose to not do out of the world things. It is inspiring to hear of someone who understands the limitations of the sentient beings of this age. I have tried very hard to make my life practical in the Buddha’s way, relying on scriptures, Buddha’s teaching, and the methods for tangibly attaining some sort of progress in this life.)

    .recite the 8 Verses of thought Transformation clearly. Think and verbally say you will abandon meat from now on and then with a strong resolve recite Shantideva’s Dedication prayer to seal your vow. Your vow was taken in front of the Three Jewels hence it has power. It is different than just not eating meat without a vow…although beneficial. Everyday you hold the vow you reap the benefits of not eating meat and indirectly not having animals killed for you. Then recite one mala of the mantra you prefer and end your session. You can re-affirm this anytime again and again.

    If you consciously take a vow, then everyday you hold the vow, you generate merits toward eliminating the causes for that particular attachment. The merits goes direct towards the elimination of the particular attachment you are countering by taking the vows. The vows have power as they are taken in front of Enlightened beings. Anything done towards a Enlightened Being has great power, potential and effects.

    For all the meat you have eaten in the past, to purify the karma, do the opposite henceforth…which is to create tremendous awareness tirelessly and patiently to others NOT TO EAT MEAT.

    …endlessly work for animals in reversal to all the years you ate meat ignorantly as I have. Work for animals rights, but never do any activities that break the law…stay within the law.

    Purpose is to release sentient beings from suffering, in this case animals.

    And the reason is their sufferings has moved you to another level of compassion. You are planting the seeds of compassion and wishing not to harm others in any way for this life and future lives. The prevention of their suffering is WORTH YOU TO GIVE UP YOUR ATTACHMENT TO TASTE AND PLEASURE OF EATING MEAT. The pain of animals is nothing compared to your pain of grasping for bloody slaughtered meat that you should no longer have anymore… Anyone eating meat, creates the karmic causes to reincarnate as a animal to be eaten many times over…the cycle is vicious. Break the cycle….now…

    On my hands and knees, I Tsem Rinpoche, with folded hands and tears streaming down my cheeks, BEG YOU TO NOT EAT MEAT EVER AGAIN….thank you. Thank you very much….take the vow and hold it…or just stop eating even without the vow…

    Tsem Rinpoche

  16. Kate Pierro on Mar 17, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Rimpoche,

    Thank you for a well thought-out post. I agree with you that, in this day and age, all Buddhist would do well to eschew the eating of meat. We know enough about good nutrition that vegetarianism is a viable option, and certainly in America, nutritious vegetable food is widely available.

    I try to be vegetarian, but I find that every so often, my body tells me I need to eat meat. Not just want to, *need to*: I grow weak, I am more susceptible to illness, etc. My own guru, Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche has told me (and other students) that *it is best to eat the diet one grew up eating.* For me, that is an omnivorous diet that includes meat. I try to limit the amount of it I eat to the minimal necessary, and to say prayers and mantras for the benefit of the animals I eat, but I do still find I need to eat meat sometimes.

  17. tsemtulku on Mar 17, 2011 at 3:23 am

    In everything we do, there is positive and negative effects due to the nature of our existence. It is 100% correct you don’t eat meat. HH the Dalai Lama, the highest authority within Tibetan Buddhism recommends we do not eat meat, so that is all we need to remember. Buddha said, we should not lie, or get attached to drinking, singing, dancing, intimacies,entertainments and that we should spend our energies to become enlightened. Are we doing all die and not just the meat part?? People tend to pick what is convenient from the Buddha’s teachings to suit themselves. If we are going to follow Buddha’s teachings or quote, we may ask are you following everything Buddha says? If you are not, then rejoice when others follow the best they can and as much as they can. Since it is the right path for 21st century Buddhists to follow the no meat path, let’s do it. We have so much variety of food. Let’s eat the no meat diet and get on with our practice and basically compassionately go passed the criticisms. It is very simple, do not kill. So hence animals will not die in front of you to eat them…There is no good karma in eating meat..full stop, but definitely there is good karma refraining from eat. Many of the tantras when engaged in the practice prohibit meat as taught by Vajradhara. Many rituals we do in the great Monasteries prohibit meat so the rituals are more effective…..Many who are not monks or not living in the monasteries would never understand that. Reading from books, net or from dharma centres would never be the same as in the monastery. Again, eating meat does not gather good merits for our spiritual practice, avoiding does. Listen to some of wonderful Tenzin Palmo’s views on not eating meat. She is the great yogini who meditated for the longest time in the mountains.TR

  18. Anila on Mar 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    There is a difference between what an attained being can do and what an ordinary being can do. When Rinpoche tells us the story about how Tilopa instructed his student Naropa to grab the breast of the bride. Tilopa has a motivation and a reason followed by a teaching. We as ordinary beings may not understand what Tilopa is trying to teach Naropa as we have no attainments. Whether a person is really attained or not is not for us to judge. Highly attained beings can come in camoulage to test a persons level of practice. The teacher who is attained is always very humble and doesn’t boast of his knowledge and also very compassionate are the ones that we may guess are attained.

  19. Andrew Chiam on Mar 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche.

  20. tsemtulku on Mar 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    In the tantras such as Tara, White Tara, Vajrapani, Manjushri, Saraswati, Tsongkapa, Dukkar, Avalokitesvara, Oserchenma, Maitreya, etc, it is highly recommended you do not eat meat/eggs when you engage in their sadhanas, practice, retreats. When you do Tara Pujas (Drolchok), you are suppose to avoid meat or you shouldn’t engage in the pujas. In the Monastery, countless times we have to do Tara puja or engage monks to do for us, they have to avoid meat before coming..it was strict. If you are doing Naga pujas, you have to avoid meat and it is a must. There are many types of beneficial naga pujas such as Lutor, Lusang, etc that you avoid meat totally. There’s a very powerful Naga vase (Lubum), which my guru made and I have one for years now, and it is specifically for generating wealth for dharma activities. If you keep this vase, make proper offerings, then with the motivation of dharma, your financial resources will increase to fund the dharma works. 10 years ago, when I was literally down to a few dollars and struggled financially very badly, I called my Guru for divination, he said to get a Naga vase and then with some time it will be ok. He taught me how to make offerings and what to offer and not offer and one big no-no is meat. He said avoid meat…or in my thinking no wealth…LOL. Well I didn’t offer meat, after that yearly I can see growth in Kechara.So no meat in this case was worth it for growth to benefit others.

  21. tsemtulku on Mar 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Make it simple, if you have to eat vegetables/grains/fruits, grow it yourself. And that follows the same for meat, if u savour flesh so much, then raise and kill the animal yourself. Don’t indirectly let other ppl collect the karma for you so you can eat or don’t eat at all…join the formless realms or go to the god realms…

  22. tsemtulku on Mar 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    It seems eating vegetables and eating animals are both bad, in that case cut one out completely. Why do both. Our karmic ripening makes us take rebirth always in situations that we cannot avoid all situational karma as a natural by product. But we have a choice to make it less. No matter what we do or how we exist at our ordinary levels, we will accummulate negative karma. So we have to choose conscioiusly to lessen them. His Holiness Dalai Lama, many Tulkus/Geshes/monks in Gaden tells us go vegetarian. The beautiful Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the sacred Nun Rev Chen Yen of Taiwan (http://tw.tzuchi.org/en/index.php? ) with hundreds of centres around the world and the whole accomplished Mahayana Buddhism of China forbids meat.The current Karmapa banned all meats in the Monasteries. Before it was meat and vegetables/rice. Now no more meat. The trend is no meat.

    I may have people object, but that is ok, as a Buddhist teacher for the rest of my life I will advocate a no meat diet, produce books, blog posts, works and inspirational examples toward Vegetarianism. If that lifestyle offends/angers others or they feel their spirituality is being put down because of that, I do apologize. But that is not my intent, but it is their perceptions speaking or their perceptions of my motivation for speaking about no meat..If it really upsets them, then they don’t have to visit my posts, my writings and my ideas…LOL…simple as that… In this day and age, when you say things ppl like, then they praise you as a great person, great Rinpoche, great teacher, if you say something slightly off, no matter how they ‘liked’ you in the past, it changes. It’s reflective of the times and dynamics of this day and age. As my guru says, if you practice/teach dharma these days, you become a white crow. LOL..

  23. THL on Mar 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Dear Friends,

    I was just thinking and it ties in with some other things I was wondering. In the West, we don’t have the equivalent of a living, human Guru figure.

    The concept of a supremely attained, holy person possessed of omniscience, miraculous abilities, transcendent knowledge, etc. just doesn’t exist in traditional Western culture and, loosely speaking, might be reserved for the figure of Jesus alone. This is the only example I can think of.

    So a Western person might encounter a dilemma. How to relate to a Guru figure? Because, in the West, the idea of meeting Jesus, the closest thing we have to a Guru figure, in a teaching or empowerment, is something that will most likely never cross the mind of most people because Jesus is conceived as residing in heaven, incorporeal, physically inaccessible, and not available for direct perception and interaction in the way that a Guru can be.

    You can’t face Jesus across the room and ask him questions. Not unless you want to have an encounter with mental health professionals, in any case!

    So, the question is, how are Western people to conceive of the teacher?

    • joey wong on Mar 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Hi THL,

      A teacher in actuality someone whom you can learn from, and who is patient enough to guide you through spiritual matters. To me at least, he does not need to have superpowers or miraculous abilities, but someone who will never ever give up on his students no matter how many times the students fall or disapoint, and who teaches sincerely from the heart in wanting to benefit his students and compassion for not just his students, but everyone else as well, and thus for that to happen he or she would have all the knowledge required. All these can be easily observed by the student, either from afar or by going and checking out the potential teacher. A teacher may or may not have miraculous powers, transcendent wisdom etc, but how would that help you in the long term, or in reality?

      The western equivalent would be the combination of a psychologist, mentor, counselor, teacher and a friend/family member who cares deeply. Your teacher is not God, he’s a teacher. Buddha’s not a God, he’s a teacher. A Teacher is someone that has the ability to tell you “hey, if you’re unhappy and feeling empty, you need not feel that way. there are methods for you to feel better and be a better you, and im going to teach them to you”. That is what the Buddha is, and a Buddhist teacher is (they’re the same by the way). So once you’ve accepted someone like that…you should go all the way and be loyal to this person….as you can only have one mentor that you follow closely and not have several, and not question this person at every turn to disprove or test…but because you want to learn.

      Anyway, the criteria for choosing a teacher is not as you have said: supremely attained, holy person possessed of omniscience, miraculous abilities, transcendent knowledge, etc…but:

      8. (A Guru should be) stable (in his actions), cultivated (in his speech), wise, patient and honest. He should neither conceal his shortcomings, nor pretend to possess qualities he lacks. He should be an expert in the meanings (of tantra) and in its ritual procedures (of medicine and turning back obstacles). Also he should have loving compassion and a complete knowledge of the scriptures.

      9. He should have full experience in both ten fields, skill in the drawing of mandalas, full knowledge of how to explain the tantras, supreme faith and his senses fully under control.

      (According to the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion)

      Everything else is, frankly irrelevant.

      It dosent matter if a “teacher” has the ability to fart rainbows, but who gives up on his students easily, or who dodges questions…I would never take that person as a teacher no matter how holy or how much rainbows he or she can fart.

      From the 50 Verses:
      7. A disciple with sense should not accept as his Guru someone who lacks compassion or who is angersome, vicious or arrogant, possessive, undisciplined or boasts of his knowledge.

      I hope i have answered your question, even though i am not western but i am quite familiar with western culture, and i have little experience so i can help to explain.

      • THL on Mar 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

        Dear Joey,

        Thank you very much for this explanation, it really makes sense.

        It’s just that these great Teachers are so amazing and helpful and we don’t really have models for that in the West so sometimes you can be left scratching your head and going, “Wow” and not really knowing or understanding what they are. I’m not sure how to articulate this.

        Your explanation is very helpful, thank you.

        Best wishes,

        THL

  24. Josh Akers on Mar 16, 2011 at 6:29 am

    This kind of open dialogue is so valuable for regular people to understand. A lot of these things seem to go without mentioning or people might think they will be thought of as odd to ask Tsem Rinpoche about consorts and such…

    I am glad that Rinpoche blogged this and hopefully it should save him from answering the same question 200 more times in the future…

  25. John C on Mar 16, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I have been vegetarian for a while now but i often wonder how attached i should be to being veg, e.g. if i have a meal with family who still eat meat, though now much reduced also :-), is it ok to eat food that has been cooked in the same dish?
    Recently i miss-read a label on some food i bought for lunch, by the time i realised it i was miles out in the countryside (i work mobile on different sites every day) and i thought that by the time i had returned home it would likely have spoiled, so i decided after thinking for a while that wasting it was worse then eating it, (the poor animal then died for nothing), but i don’t know?
    One of the wholesalers i buy from have a free drinks machine, but i noticed lately that the veg soup now has a warning label saying its not suitable for vegetarians! How does unknowingly eating meat affect us?

    I am too attached to being correct all the time having grown up in a critical environment, but these are the sorts of things i wonder about. I aim to live by the spirit of being vegetarian, but its tricky for someone at my level to know which is correct when these sorts of questions arise.

    Namaste,

    Jon

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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 09:47 PM
    I like seeing Dorje Shugden painting in fauvistic style. The colors are so strong and outstanding. Very nice. Appreacite Rinpoche for sharing Dorje Shugden paintings of various styles. No matter what the form is, it will bring lots of blessing to those who sees the painting.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/fauvistic-dorje-shugden.html
  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 06:34 PM
    Ms Gerbrick was very patient and compassionate by spending her time to listen to Rinpoche said to her. Ms Gerbrick never criticized about Rinpoche’s parents and avoid to give negative effect to Rinpoche. Instead, Ms Gerbrick advised Rinpoche that when people say negative things to him, it is not about him, but it’s about them. This message implied that Ms Gerbrick knew to be sympathic and considerate to others.

    I personally think that in order to be a responsible teacher, one must selflessly devote oneself and always think of how to benefit the students and constantly seek solutions to remove barriers that children face. Ms Gerbrick was one of them as mentioned.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful story of Ms Gerbrick. May she has a good rebirth and return in perfect human form to learn dharma at a young age. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/ms-elaine-gerbrick-was-my-favourite-teacher.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 12:50 PM
    Many human beings, including ourselves, are selfish and only care for ourselves. Especially when it comes to situations that are challenging or pose a threat to our comfort zone. In situations like this, something/someone will have to make way, the one with the least priority is in the inevitable receiving end, most of the time. In this case, the poor pets took the blunt. In some other cases, it could be the ailing parents/old folks/someone.

    It is our selfish mind that causes the selfish act and results in harm, pain and suffering on others. When we learn and practice Dharma, we can follow Guru’s teaching to help us tame this selfishness by always thinking for others, put ourselves in the shoes of others. In this way, no way will be left behind, ever.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dont-leave-them-behind.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 08:01 AM
    Walter Evans-Wentz was an American anthropologist and writer who was a pioneer in the study of Tibetan Buddhism,He has since introduction and translated a number of Tibetan Buddhism to the Western world. Evans-Wentz is best known for four texts translated from the Tibetan, Amazingly he travelled across India and Sri Lanka covering important religious sites to study the history, customs and religious traditions of the country, and also collected a large number of important Pali manuscripts. It was then later donated to Stanford University. He has even worked as a translator with Alexandra David-Néel and so forth producing ,forewording a few interesting books before his passing.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/walter-evans-wentz-american-pioneer-scholar-on-tibetan-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 08:00 AM
    Very interesting article……gave me a clear defination and understanding of God and religion.I agree with Bishop John Spong….if we all have qualities of love, compassion. caring ,tolerance, generosity, kindness and a sense of empathy to benefits others, God or Buddha will be within us. I can understand much better of the insight.
    I admired Bishop John Spong for his courage to speak up and explained to others about what he thought .Do hope more people will open their minds and judge for themselves the truth of it based on logic thinking and teachings. I am glad ,i am on the right path.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bishop-john-spong-on-religion-and-god-very-interesting.html#
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Sep 23. 2017 10:58 PM
    Rabindranath Tagore is an extraordinary individual. He expounds humanity through the many arts, literature, drama, songs, education and etc. I believe it is his sensitive and sentimental nature that gives rise to his many creative writings and artwork. However, he is also determined in his approach, as we can see how he ensures that his drama get executed to the dot, and this approach in politics.

    Rabindranath Tagore is well respected around the world. It can be seen by him being a Nobel award winner, and having monument, bust, street names and marking of him in Moscow, Prague London, Berlin and the birth place of Shakespeare. He is the only non-European who is without contemperory when it comes to art and culture during that era.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/rabindranath-tagore-a-beacon-for-humanity.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Sep 23. 2017 06:47 PM
    To me, the single largest contradiction found in many religions and their implementation (by men) is the way how one’s action and the consequences are governed and judged by a someone. This someone has the power to grant love, good fortune, take away all the sins and also punish anyone who has committed bad deeds; all in ONE lifetime.

    It presents a huge unanswerable question, especially for people who met with huge misfortune, and for people who suffered from birth, who are born poor, born sick or handicapped, etc. Are they the abandoned and forgotten children and thus have to go through this single ONE lifetime with great pain and anguish?

    It is, thereby, easier to reconcile the disparity in life when we understand the Law of Cause and Effect. When we do a particular action, we should expect a certain result. Even though we cannot determine the time frame of which the outcome will arrive, we can rest assured that it will. As the Law of Cause and Effect works in parallel with reincarnation, we can expect the result to continue or take place in the next life, or thereon.

    Therefore, we can explain the disparity of birth. And in a big way, Law of Cause and Effect encourages everyone to take responsibility for their own action, because no one, not even the special someone, can remove our sins for us. The only person who can right our wrong and is ourselves.

    Law of Cause and Effect and Reincarnation are essential teachings in Buddhism, which attracted me to this religion, as they provide me with good, solid answers to many of my questions about life.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bishop-john-spong-on-religion-and-god-very-interesting.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Sep 23. 2017 05:06 PM
    Wow Rinpoche is really talented and creative to be able to draw in 10 minutes time. Besides nice drawing, I like the caption in it. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoche-draws-cartoons.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 22. 2017 12:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us.Rinpoche always advice us to go on pilgrimage to Holy places with concentrated powerful energy to collect merits. plant dharma seeds and be blessed The best pilgrimage place is where our Guru is and we can transform our mind following his advices and instructions sincerely. That is Kechara Forest Retreat which is near us in Malaysia.
    Beautiful memes in different languages to share with us.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .From these memes and the photo taken more than 30 years ago tell us a thousand word how much love and Guru devotion Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s faith, respect and trust in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche wll never change.
    Non matter what happen we should not abandon our Guru. Go all the way to learn ,practice Dharma from our Guru Rinpoche is an inspiration for us .
    Thanks again with folded hands

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/short-sharing-about-kyabje-zong-rinpoche.html
  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 10:16 PM
    Dorje Shugden practice is discouraged since the 5th Dalai Lama until recent decades HH the 14TH Dalai Lama. Nevertheless, this practice is common, support and continues to spread far and wide in many countries including Tibet, India, China as well as the Western. Herewith the 2 interesting articles that support Mr Glenn H. Mullin’s view on the attempt to discourage Dorje Shugden practice is not very successful instead it become famous and well known by everyone.

    1. 10 Holy Dorje Shugden Statues around the World:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/10-holy-dorje-shugden-statues-in-the-world.html
    Build Buddha statue with the bigger size bring much beneficial to all sentient beings.
    The largest Dorje Shugden statue, 24 feet tall, commissioned by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and currently housed in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Pahang. In mid 2015, the statue was consecrated by Dorje Shugden in trace through the famed Panglung Oracle.

    2. They were not wrong
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/they-were-not-wrong.html
    Many great teachers, masters, yogis, geshes, mahasiddhas, lineage holders of various schools of Buddhism (especially Sakya lineage) that practiced or was affiliated closely to Dorje Shugden. Some of the senior monks who have been practicing Dorje Shugden for over 70 years and have no intention of giving up their practice of this protector. Besides, many great masters eg HH Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, H.E. Gangchen Rinpoche and many others would also have thousands of students (both lay and ordained) in Tibet and all over the world rely on Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting writings by Mr Glenn H. Mullin.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/glenn-mullin-on-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 11:24 AM
    It is mind-boggling to read the extraction starting from page 208 of the book by Mr. Glenn Mullin. There are a few points from here that arouse my curiosity to read the book in full.

    One of it is why the Nyingmapa shamans failed to exorcise and pacify the spirit of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, but the Gelugpa shaman monks succeeded in pacifying and transforming him (his spirit) into Dorje Shugden.

    Another noteworthy point would be that Dorje Shugden practice caught on and became widely practiced by many monasteries, DESPITE the discouragement by the 5th Dalai Lama. This is very telling of the position of Dalai Lama as a spiritual leader.

    Based on Mr. Glen Mullin’s research, the popularity of Dorje Shugden’s practice grew over time, in particular during late 1800 when four Dalai Lamas died young. I find it highly unusual to link this uncommonly short lifespan of Dalai Lamas to the growing popularity of Dorje Shugden’s practice. Bearing in mind that even aristocratic families developed the strong faith in DS practice during this period.

    As we gain glimpses into the feud between Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen / Dorje Shugden and the Dalai Lamas, it becomes apparent that the validity, effectiveness, and propitiation of a Protector’s practice does not depend on Dalai Lama’s endorsement.

    Dorje Shugden’s practice is prevalent among both monasteries as well as laities, particularly the aristocratic families. From here, we can deduce that Dorje Shugden’s practice, is efficient and works in both spiritual and secular terms. Otherwise, why would monasteries and aristocratic families propitiate the practice?

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this insightful sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/glenn-mullin-on-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 06:56 AM
    First time coming across this Ganapati deity, we are fortunate and able to practice in our daily lives. All because of Rinpoche we got the apportunity to practice it.
    Well said beautiful daily prayer to Ganapati, which I intend to print it out.
    In life as we goes along the path, there are many obstacles and challenges we got to go through but when we are in Dharma we will somehow manage with it. It’s a wonderful to learn these beneficial and powerful Ganapati practice with our Guru blessing .
    Thank you Rinpoche for compiling these beautiful and powerful prayers for us especially for those who need help to overcome obstacles with authorities and so forth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-practice-to-overcome-obstacles-for-work-with-officialdom.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 06:55 AM
    I do have regrets over the times but ever since I let go all ,I felt much lighter, happier,
    been able to concentrate on things which will benefit others. Learned from mistakes, experience and regrets , to move on to the next chapter in life. .I keep reminding myself not to repeat and never regrets for what the actions or things done ,trying to improve and learn something new along the path. I always like to read beautiful and meaningful quotes to remind myself. Since joining Kechara,I have learned more knowledge ,understands better in life and to thank our Guru for what I have learned and still learning (Life’s true gift lies in your freedom to design it beautifully. With each rise of the sun, you get to chase the opportunity to fill your days with meaning—to live your life the way you choose)…quoted
    Thank you Dauk May for sharing these beautiful teachings with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/regrets.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 06:53 AM
    Its heart breaking after looking through those pictures of pets ,poorly managed by their owners or maybe they thought it will be safe or left them to die in the terrible powerful hurricanes. The pet dogs were left helpless and the owner just saves themselves not realising or forgotten about their pets. Dogs been chained ,kept in their cage or left alone helpless unattended.
    I am glad many people voiced up these issues as pets are human too, pets deserved much better treatment, care ,love and hugs. The owner should have think of a better way instead leaving their pet dogs to suffer. At least free them gave them a chance or put in a higher ground. Leaving them behind in bad times is bad enough then in the first place should not taken the pets in.
    It’s a wonderful news that the authorities concerned are doing more to help those suffering dogs and taking stern actions against those irresponsible owner.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these post and had it shared with my friends

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dont-leave-them-behind.html
  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 01:50 AM
    Rejoice!
    This is wonderful to see the team, who has followed Rinpoche’s advice very well to work out and organized the weekly Bigfoot Flea Market in Bentong, Pahang. Now, it has blossomed into a Bigfoot store at its own shop lot building. Furthermore, its Facebook has been created and updated the latest posts at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bigfoot%E3%81%AEstorage-%E9%87%8E%E4%BA%BA%E3%81%AE%E5%82%A8%E5%AD%98%E5%B1%8B/129014147685241?ref=br_rs

    This is one of the creative ideas and skillful means from Rinpoche in spreading the dharma to many others. Now, another interesting and it was my first time to see these Bigfoot cookies. These cookies are rewarded to the customers in return for their loyalty.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigfoot-cookies-and-kechara.html

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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
See what Linus has to say to Charlie Brown: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
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Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
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The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
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Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
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我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
A separate Tibetan state? 

Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state?
In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
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A separate Tibetan state? Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state? In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
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When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
This is Mahakala of the Tent (Gonpo Kur) and this particular sacred and very alive image is in Sakya temple in Tibet. It is so beautiful, ferocious and at the same time frightening. He frightens our self absorbed ego into submission to dharma.-Tsem Rinpoche
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This is Mahakala of the Tent (Gonpo Kur) and this particular sacred and very alive image is in Sakya temple in Tibet. It is so beautiful, ferocious and at the same time frightening. He frightens our self absorbed ego into submission to dharma.-Tsem Rinpoche
Please find out more who is Shamgo Dorje Putri and her two sisters. They wear a particularly distinctive single large flower in their hair and very powerful. This promises to be a very interesting read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=94304
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Please find out more who is Shamgo Dorje Putri and her two sisters. They wear a particularly distinctive single large flower in their hair and very powerful. This promises to be a very interesting read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=94304
He was known by one of his names which was Guru Deva Rinpoche and I had the blessings to meet him quite a few times. He was guru of both my mother and father. Guru Deva Rinpoche was a high Mongolian lama and lived over 100 years old. He was one of the kindest persons I have ever met and he was very well known to be an emanation of Gyenze. He joked alot and was extremely devoted to his teacher. We had many private conversations with him and he made an indelible mark in my mind and in my heart. I think of him often. Tsem Rinpoche
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He was known by one of his names which was Guru Deva Rinpoche and I had the blessings to meet him quite a few times. He was guru of both my mother and father. Guru Deva Rinpoche was a high Mongolian lama and lived over 100 years old. He was one of the kindest persons I have ever met and he was very well known to be an emanation of Gyenze. He joked alot and was extremely devoted to his teacher. We had many private conversations with him and he made an indelible mark in my mind and in my heart. I think of him often. Tsem Rinpoche
I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha\'s omniscience.  Tsem Rinpoche)
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I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha's omniscience. Tsem Rinpoche)
One of the nicest Taras I\'ve seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it\'s very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
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One of the nicest Taras I've seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it's very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende\'s collection. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende's collection. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I\'ve never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it\'s the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it\'s beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I've never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it's the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it's beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I\'ve had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I've had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
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Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche\'s room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche's room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
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Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche\'s cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche's cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov\'s brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
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Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov's brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
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When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
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Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
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Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
Think about this...
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Think about this...
Our frustrations have meaning when it\'s for others and a greater cause.
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Our frustrations have meaning when it's for others and a greater cause.
It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
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It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
Contemplate this please...
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Contemplate this please...
Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
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Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it\'s most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
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It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it's most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. 

Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. 

This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
2 months ago
A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
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For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
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Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
Real spirituality is kindness.
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Real spirituality is kindness.
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Nice Jelly Cakes sponsored by KSDS student's parent, Alice Wong and friend, Datin Nicol. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Nice Jelly Cakes sponsored by KSDS student's parent, Alice Wong and friend, Datin Nicol. Alice Tay, KSDS
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All the volunteer are ready & waited for the guests arrival. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Louise, one of the volunteers, helped an elderly board the bus at the end of Mid Autumn Festival Charity Event. Stella Cheang
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KSDS students spent almost a day to set up the decoration & various arrangement for the Mid Autumn charity dinner. Lin Mun KSDS
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The senior citizens enjoyed themselves during the Mid Autumn dinner in Kechara Oasis. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Jayce and Asyley setting up the slides show for the Mid Autumn event. Lin Mun KSDS
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Snacks prepared by Kechara Oasis. Thank you Guat Hee for your cares. Lin Mun KSDS
Benjamin and Ivan helping to set the stage for the Mid Autumn Festival event in Kechara Oasis. Lin Mun KSDS
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Benjamin and Ivan helping to set the stage for the Mid Autumn Festival event in Kechara Oasis. Lin Mun KSDS
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The design team is busy decorating the stage for the KSDS Mid Autumn Festival Charity Dinner. Lin Mun KSDS
Beautiful jelly cake prepared by Alice Wong and Datin Nicol Chu for the Mid Autumn Festival Charity Dinner. Lin Mun KSDS
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Beautiful jelly cake prepared by Alice Wong and Datin Nicol Chu for the Mid Autumn Festival Charity Dinner. Lin Mun KSDS
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Thank you Kechara Oasis and Kechara Blooms for supporting KSDS Mid autumn celebration 2017 - From KSDS Jayce Goh
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