I Can’t Do What Attained Beings Do….

Oct 3, 2015 | Views: 1,251
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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
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html

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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
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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.
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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
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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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
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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
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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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Pastor Gim Lee assisted by Kechara Puja Team, conducted a Dorje Shugden puja and blessings at a premise. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Pastor Gim Lee assisted by Kechara Puja Team, conducted a Dorje Shugden puja and blessings at a premise. Lucy Yap
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
3 days ago
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
3 days ago
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
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Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
3 days ago
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
3 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap!  PHNee
4 days ago
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap! PHNee
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
4 days ago
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
4 days ago
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
4 days ago
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha )  was extensively covered. -  Yew Seng
4 days ago
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha ) was extensively covered. - Yew Seng
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
4 days ago
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH  Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
6 days ago
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
6 days ago
Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
6 days ago
Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
7 days ago
Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
7 days ago
Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
7 days ago
Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
7 days ago
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
7 days ago
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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