YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE…make the right one.

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You may be bigger, stronger, and more faster now….but there’s this thing called karma and impermanence.

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All situations will end one day. Nothing is permanent. Hence you may be strong and powerful today, but at a later date it might be the reversed. Never take refuge in power or having the ability to take advantage, hurt or damage another. Situations may change, but karma is unfailing and constantly recording and waiting for the right chance to STRIKE back at you. Karma will always strike back at you. Karma explains so much for example the disparity in the world. Also the disparity in your own inner world…your mind.

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You always have a choice…you always can pick the right choice. As Dr Martin Luther King says, “The time is always right to do what is right.”

When you find your habits hard to change, then do extensive death meditation continuously on a long stable basis as it describes in the Lam Rim by Pabongka Rinpoche. Then you WILL see a change in your mind. It will come. Meanwhile take confidence, focus, concentrate, make offerings and pray deeply to Tsongkapa……to make the circumstances fruition.

Tsem Rinpoche

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17 Responses to YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE…make the right one.

  1. Thomas Canada on Apr 4, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Thank you for the Inspiration
    Self Motivating and Self Generating
    Alone most of the time
    Sometimes lacks the lustre of your Altars
    The Altar of Inspiring and Motivational Words!
    Across Time and Space
    The Dharma like Tara
    Is Lightening Fast
    For Those of Us
    Lost In Samsara
    Showing The Light
    Guiding Us Safely to Blissful Shores!
    I’ll keep in Mind
    What you’ve said.

  2. keng tan on Apr 5, 2010 at 6:47 am

    I remembered this story I read a few year’s ago:
    Once upon a time a haggard old man lay
    Exhausted by the road in a wilderness.
    A haughty youth appeared
    And this is the conversation that followed.
    ‘Old Man, sitting, walking or working
    You are unlike anyone I have seen.
    What is it that so afflicts you?’
    To this the old man replied,
    ‘O youth, who flies in the pride
    Of having strong flesh and blood,
    Listen to me, for many years ago
    I was even stronger than you.
    ‘In running I could outrun a horse,
    And when I wanted to trap
    I caught even the wild yak of the north.
    I was as light on my feet
    As the birds of the air,
    And my face as handsome as that of a god.
    ‘I wore magnificent clothing,
    Adorned myself with jewels,
    Ate the finest delicacies
    And rode the most swift of horses.
    ‘There was no sport I did not play
    No pleasure I did not know.
    I gave not a single thought to death
    Or the advent of old age.
    The noise of the friends
    And relatives who surround me
    Constantly held my attention
    And turned my face from everything else.
    ‘But the stealthy suffering of age
    Slowly pressed in upon me.
    At first I did not notice it,
    And when I did it was too late.
    Now when I look in the mirror
    I am repelled by what I see.
    ‘When one receives tantric initiation
    The initiation waters first touch one’s head
    And then descend through the body.
    Death comes in a similar fashion:
    The crown of ones head turn white
    And then the symptoms descend.
    ‘My hair is white as a seashell.
    I did not wash out the color.
    The Lord of Death has spat on me
    And the frost of his spittle covers my head.
    ‘The many lines and wrinkles on my face
    Are not folds in the baby fat of youth.
    They are time measurements sketched
    By the hand of the Keeper of Time.
    ‘This constant squinting of my eyes
    Is not caused by smoke.
    My powers of vision have diminished
    And I must squint in order to see.
    ‘When I lean forward like this
    And cup my ear in order to listen,
    It is not that I expect you to
    Whisper me a secret message.
    But to all sounds seem remote
    And I must strain in order to hear.
    ‘Droplets fall unexpectedly from my nose.
    This is the ice of my youth
    Being melted by the sun of old age,
    Not pearls falling from a necklace.
    ‘My teeth have fallen out.
    This is not part of a cycle
    Heralding the growth of new teeth;
    The meals of this life have been eaten,
    And the cutlery therefore put away.
    ‘I do not continually drool because
    I want o anoint the earth with water.
    Rather, all that I once enjoyed
    Now only disgusts me,
    And my spittle drops of its own accord.
    ‘My unclear conversation
    Is not a dialect learned
    In some cold, foreign land.
    Once I indulged in meaningless talk without end,
    And my tongue is now worn out.
    ‘This ugly face that you see
    Is not a monkey’s mask that I wear.
    It is just that my mask of youth-
    Mine only on loan for a short while-
    Has now been taken back, and
    Only the ugly bones of death remain.
    ‘This constant wobbling of my head
    Is not a sign of my disapproval.
    The lord of Death has struck me with his club
    And ever since then my brain is unsteady.
    ‘This manner of walking that you see,
    My eyes cast down at the road,
    Is not in order to find
    A needle that has been lost.
    The jewels of my youth have fallen to earth,
    And I walk in a daze,
    Barely able to remember my own name.
    ‘The way I rise on all four limbs
    Is not a playful imitation of an animal’s ways.
    My legs will no longer support me,
    So I must use both arms and legs to move.
    ‘The way I drop down when I sit is not
    Intended as a display of bad manners.
    The threads of my happiness have been broken
    And the cords of my youth have been cut.
    Hence I can no longer move with grace.
    ‘When I walk I stagger,
    Not as a way to show off
    And pretend I am a big man,
    But because the burden of age
    Rides heavily upon me
    And I cannot walk properly.
    ‘This constant shaking of my hands
    Is not because I itch for jewels.
    The eye of death is upon me, waiting
    To steal life’s gem from my hands
    And I tremble in apprehension.
    ‘The restricted diet that I follow
    Is not so fixed because I am a miser.
    My digestive powers have diminished and I fear to die of overeating.
    ‘The light clothing that I wear
    Is not planned for a fancy dress party.
    My physical strength has so diminished
    That even clothing is a burden to me.
    ‘The way I breath so heavily
    Is not because I am reciting prayers
    For the benefit of other.
    It is a sign that soon the breath
    Of my life will melt into the sky.
    ‘My extraordinary manner of behavior
    Is not an inspired artistic expression;
    I am held by the demon Death
    And I have no power to move as I wish.
    ‘I continually forget what I am doing
    Not in order to demonstrate
    That I have no respect for endeavor,
    But because my brain is worn out, and
    My memory and intelligence have grown dim.
    ‘There is no need to laugh at me,
    For all receive their share of old age.
    Within the span of a few years, the first
    Messengers of death will come to you too.
    ‘My words have not yet impressed you,
    But soon this same condition will befall you.
    These days’ people do not live for long,
    And you have no guarantee
    To see as many years as have I.
    Even if you reach me in years,
    There is no assurance that you will have
    Even the powers of body speech and mind
    Demonstrated by this feeble man before you.’
    The youth was repelled
    And Cried out in disgust:
    ‘O miserable creature
    Despised by men and harassed by dogs
    Your body is ugly and spent
    I would rather choose to die now than
    To remain alive in your condition.’
    The old man smiled.
    ‘You want to be young forever
    And you do not wish to become old.
    You say you prefer death to old age,
    But when the time of your death draws near
    You will discover that it is not so easy
    To face death willingly and with confidence.
    ‘If one never harms the gentle,
    Always guards one’s precepts
    And follows the threefold application
    Of study, concentration and meditation,
    Perhaps it would be easy to die happily.
    ‘But my mind did not for a moment
    Give thought to spiritual values.
    Even though my body is grown old,
    I now cherish every day as an opportunity
    To train in the principles of Dharma,
    And I do not wish to die so soon.’
    When the old man had spoken thus
    The attitude of the youth was transformed.
    ‘Yes, aged one, it is true.
    What I have seen with my eyes
    And what I have heard with my ears
    Indeed confirm what you have said.
    Your words have moved me deeply.
    The sufferings of age are indeed great.
    You are old and have gained much experience,
    So tell me truly, is there no method
    By which one can overcome this terror?’
    The old man smiled once more.
    ‘Yes, there are such methods,
    And these are not particularly difficult.
    Everything that is born must die
    And not many live even to old age.
    To live and not to die would require
    The fabulous elixir of immortality,
    And that seems rather difficult to acquire.
    ‘All great beings of the past have died:
    Buddha’s, bodhisattvas, saints and kings alike.
    The righteous as well as the evil,
    All must one-day face death.
    How can you be any different?
    ‘However, if one practices the spiritual path
    The mind abides in joy, regardless of ones age.
    Then when death falls one is like a child
    Gleefully returning to his home.
    Even Buddha did not speak of
    A more profound method than this.
    ‘This is my innermost advice to you;
    It is from my heart, not just my mouth:
    Your fate is in your own hands
    And you must follow your deeper instincts.’
    To this the youth replied,
    ‘Indeed, you are correct. But before
    Devoting myself to the intensive practice,
    There are matters I should clear up,
    Such as the needs of my family,
    As well as my house and property.
    When these have been accomplished
    I shall return and speak with you again.’
    The old man grunted,
    ‘Your attitude is empty of reason.
    Previously I also lived with the thought
    To engage in practice soon.
    Work is like a man’s beard:
    No matter how much you cut it,
    The cutting never ends;
    The beard just grows out stronger.
    For me, years passed like this
    But the work never reached an end.
    Procrastination is merely self-deception.
    ‘If your idea is to procrastinate forever
    You will have no hope of spiritual accomplishment
    And our conversation has been in vain.
    You should just return to your home
    And leave this old man to meditate in peace.’
    The youth cried out in shock,
    ‘Old man, do not be so harsh with me.
    It would be insane of me to simply
    Abandon everything I have undertaken!’
    To this the old man replied,
    ‘Yes, you can say this to me.
    But the Lord of Death who dwells in the south
    Does not consider the state of ones plans.
    You should speak with him.
    When he comes to call on you,
    He will not ask if you are young or old,
    High or low, rich or poor, ready or not.
    ‘All are forced to go alone,
    Leaving behind their unfinished works.
    The thread of life suddenly is broken
    Like a rope snapping under a heavy load.
    ‘There is no time for plan making.
    To die without spiritual knowledge
    Is to die in pathetic helplessness.
    At that time one’s attitude will change
    Toward the importance of ephemeral works.
    ‘Would it not be more useful
    To change the mind now
    While time for training remains?
    But useful advice is rare in this world
    And those who follow it even rarer.’
    At this the youth was overcome with emotion
    And prostrated to the old man, saying,
    ‘Not the highest guru on the most ornate throne
    Nor any of the greatest scholars or yogis
    Has ever been given me a more profound teaching.
    Old man, you are a true spiritual friend
    And I will follow your advice.
    Please speak to me further on this matter.’
    The old man answered,
    ‘I have lived on this earth for many years
    And thus have seen much of life.
    Nothing is more difficult to understand
    Than the principles of the spiritual path,
    The way producing higher being, liberation
    And omniscient enlightenment.
    ‘It is not easy to cultivate an experience
    Of the truth taught by the enlightened ones
    And even more difficult to do so in old age.
    Youth is the time to learn and
    To become familiar with the teachings.
    Then as one grows old with the passing years,
    It is easy to dwell within practice.
    ‘If one really understands
    Even a single point of the teachings,
    All activities are accordingly benefited.
    There is no need to intellectualize;
    When spiritual experience has been generated,
    All actions of body, speech and mind
    Take on a spiritual perspective.
    ‘The root of practice is to rely
    Correctly upon a spiritual master,
    And to guard one’s teachings
    As carefully as one does one’s eye’s.
    ‘Turn your back on worldly works
    And engage in study, contemplation and meditation
    Upon all the beneficial essence teachings
    Of Buddha, and of Lama Tsongkhapa, his regent in Tibet.
    ‘By applying oneself in this way
    While establishing as a background
    The methods for collecting merit
    And purifying the mind of negative traits,
    Illumination falls into one’s very hand.
    Then, my son, you will know joy
    And all your aspirations will be fulfilled.’
    The conversation proceeded in this way
    And the two became spiritual friends.
    They dwell together in the forest
    Free from the eight worldly concerns,
    Fully absorbed in the practice of meditation.
    Thus is complete my story of the old man
    And the youth, who met in the forest one day,
    And the record of the conversation that ensued.
    I have written it out to inspire
    Myself and others in the practice of Dharma.
    I, the author Konchok Tenpai Dronme,
    Am not particularly experienced in life
    But I thought that if for posterity’s sake
    This conversation were to be written down,
    Some benefits may arise in the hearts of mankind.

  3. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Apr 5, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Dear Keng Tan,
    What a great post!! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Tsem Tulku

  4. Yee Ling on Apr 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche Thank you for your message. It is truly a wake up call. Life really is fleeting. May I always be mindful of the laws of karma and live according to the Dharma. May I learn to be of benefit to all sentient beings. You are my inspiration

  5. Shirley Tan on Jul 6, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Choices we make
    Day to day
    Without much care or realization
    Of what it leaves behind
    A trail of destruction
    Of the Body, Mind and Spirit
    Of the Self
    And onto others
    Choices we make
    To serve a mind
    That cherishes self
    Above all else
    Sparing nothing
    In its path
    Regrets will greet us
    When death comes to meet us
    All will be too late and lost
    Due to the choices we make
    Without care
    Without thought
    Without love
    Only pain remains
    Horrors will grip
    Our next birth
    For we will land
    In realms beyond our control
    From beginning to end
    Everything stems
    From the choices we make
    Choose to be your own saviour or your failure.

  6. Anila on Aug 19, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Rinpoche has a choice when he was young. Both choices are also good. One to stay in LA and be a model or an actor work and make money to help the Monastery. The other choice to be a monk in Gaden India and teach to benefit sentient beings. By being a model or actor his career will end one day with aging. As a Sangha you will benefit more people by teaching Dharma and fund raising through the students and also help them through Dharma to transform and purify their bad karma instead of increasing them. Most importantly a good Sangha like Tsem Rinpoche will be very beneficial to people like what he is doing today aspiring to reach his goal to build KWPC to benefit a lot of people.

  7. ngeowchin on Oct 4, 2010 at 9:46 am

    We always have a choice but the problem is we want both choices ! In the Lamrim there is the story of the learned monk who wishes to attain nirvana and also keep his mistress !
    The Chinese have a similar saying for such a situation-wishing to step on two boats at one time. I see it more like having one leg on one boat and the other leg on another. The sum effect is that we have to struggle with the push and pull of indecision and going no where.

  8. martin on Oct 5, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Often we do not see that we indeed have choices. And when we do, often, we do not have the wisdom to make the “right” choices. The samsaric world is such that we make serious and terrible choices daily without even knowing it, and we carry on as if we are all going to be ok. Karma which grabs everyone is so difficult to grasp in return. It is therefore crucial to always be mindful of a passage in the above post:

    ” The root of practice is to rely
    Correctly upon a spiritual master,
    And to guard one’s teachings
    As carefully as one does one’s eyes…”

    What an absoulte waste if we do not. In the end when death comes knocking, can we say, we never met the Dharma, or we never had the opportunity to gain wisdom of the Lamrin. Can we say we didn’t have the good fortune to meet a compassionate Guru to learn from and rely on?

    Thank you Rinpoche, not only for the post, but for always being here to teach us and care for us.

  9. Sharon Saw on Oct 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I love this post. We always have a choice, but more often than not, we choose badly – based on the three poisons of Anger, Attachment and Ignorance and the 8 worldly concerns – to want praise and avoid criticism, to want material things and avoid material loss, to want a good reputation and avoid a bad reputation and to want pleasure and avoid pain. I know that every suffering I have comes from these.

    I remember Rinpoche saying that if we truly realised karma and what it means, we would not live the lives we are living today. We would live very differently – based on the true teachings of Dharma. Thank you Rinpoche for consistently and compassionately guiding your errant flock and never giving up on helping us make the right choices.

  10. Uncle Eddie on Dec 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    It is said that a choice is the root of a goal. It must be made with understanding, knowledge, awareness and wisdom. Instead of just believing in something, people should use their mind to try to discover their own true nature. Belief based on understanding is fine, once you realised or are clear about something, belief follows through automatically. Faith alone never stops problems, especially, if your faith is based on a misconception. It can easily be destroyed by what others say. It is therefore to be conscious in your everyday life. As long as you follow the path of right understanding and right action to the best of your ability, the result will be immediate, and simultaneous with actions. The human brain must be balanced with a good heart, so said the Dalai Lama. As long as we act in the right presence of mind with as much of understanding as we possibly can, we certainly can achieve everlasting peace in no time at all and thus making the right choice.

  11. mima on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Thank you always Rinpoche for your guidance on the path of right action!

  12. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Yes there is such a thing called ‘impermanence’ we may not always be strong and they will always not be so weak. Do unto others as how you want it done for you.

  13. edward ooi on Dec 22, 2012 at 4:57 am

    I agree with Tsem Rinpoche. We do have the choice to make our own decision. Karma will always follow you like your shadow and you can never escape it unless you reach enlightenment. So please always choose the right path never choose the wrong ones or karma will hit back to you. Thank you for reading

  14. abby f on Dec 30, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Impermanence teaches me my happy will gone at the next moment, all the pleasures I have at this moment will gone tomorrow and the good things I own now will fade away one day. All these remind me all the time. And I always forget about all the sadness I have at this moment will gone too at the next day or moment, all the bad things I’m encounter will just fade away very soon.

    Soon after I realize this, I think that life is FUN and we should always remember how impermanence works. The FUN part about life is we are actually in control. We can determine our mood and mind. And we are actually the creator for the things that we encounter. By being kind to others, our life would be easier because we have an opened heart. By being generous, our life would be much simple and we don’t create unwanted sufferings for ourselves. Even when I’m no longer stronger or faster, I’m still the person I feel comfortable with. :)

  15. beatrix ooi on May 27, 2013 at 12:27 am

    I totally agree with this, we always have to make choices, but what matters is, is it a good choice or a bad one? We always choose the choice we think is ‘good’ to us, but deep down inside we know that it’s not right, ours minds are just not that strong or in another word: selfish, to not to think about the consequences. We should think about the others when we make our decisions, think twice, make sure the choices we make will not inconvenient the people around us, especially our parents and friends..
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  16. Vinnie Tan on Jul 28, 2013 at 2:19 am

    This is very true. We all have choices that we have to make daily, no matter big or small. It is something that we will not be able to escape from. Do we want to make that choice that would benefit us and not the rest of the community or if we want to choose something that will be good for the rest of the community it is all our choice and ours only.

    There is no one in the world that can make the choice for us. It is true that they can advice us, but the ultimate decision lies with us.

    Hence, we should make decisions thinking about what would the decision affect in the long run instead of what is going to happen now.

  17. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Oct 23, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Choice in hand
    Privilege we thinks
    Getting back at other is in mind
    forgetting that the law of cause and effect
    Silly us still grasping onto the privilege we presumed
    Not realizing it’s never a privilege but suffering.
    We acted out of our perspective
    Never justifying what this “privilege” truly is
    Suffering arises when “privilege” seemed gone
    Grumpy and angry why is it turned out the opposite way.
    Silly us has forgotten and never realized that
    It’s never a privilege at first place but is just an impermanent
    Karmic wind blows.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing what is hiding behind these choices we have. Namtse!

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  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Aug 30. 2014 12:38 PM)
    Dear Everyone, I was very happy to observe blog chat. Excellent questions, excellent answers and excellent participation. Joy had good questions prepared. Joy will be in charge of the next ten BLOG CHAT SHARINGS. She will announce and inform people (reminders) on social media. Every week I will give Joy the subject she should research on and come up with the questions and be prepared for the answers too. Next week will be on His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche bio and you can all study up here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4340 and also his teaching on: Various Aspects of Tantra- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4621 So next week Blog Sharing will be on Trijang Rinpoche’s life and his teachings on tantra. This will everyone to learn and understand dharma more. Study up! Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 02:26 PM)
    Incredible Tsongkapa Retreat In Kechara:

    There are 24 persons who have just started a holy Tsongakapa retreat in Kechara. More and more people are engaging in Tsongkapa retreats, meditations, mantras, prayers and practice as they can feel the practice. Pastor PastorYek Yee kindly updated me on the retreat and Pastor Lanse conducted a Drukchoma (Kalarupa puja) for the success of the retreatants. I sincerely rejoice.
    It is wonderful to find the dharma. Then investigate and learn the dharma. Then adopt the dharma. Then adapt the dharma into our body, speech and mind and that is called practice. With practice we become familiar and it definitely becomes easier. To support our transformation (practice), retreats are necessary to increase merits to back up the transformations. Buddha Tsongkapa retreat is one of the best ways to collect merit, purify karma and help us to connect to our divinity. Help us to expunge old negative thinking and let go of pain and adopt new and wisdom filled ways of observing the happenings around us. A new way to observe that does not cause pain. As Tsongkapa is a Buddha, His practice will confer great blessings.

    Reciting his potent mantra (migtseyma) daily and consistently, making offerings to Tsongkapa and doing His meditations over time is excellent. I am very happy to hear there are 24 persons engaged in a short and blessed Tsongkapa retreat now in Kechara. Excellent news. Thank you for sharing. Tsem Rinpoche…
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 02:04 PM)
    I love this poem His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche wrote for his root guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. It never fail to bring tears to my eye. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/a-poem-to-my-teacher.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 02:01 PM)
    When we have one or two persons who brave releasing samsara and become ordained and become monks or nuns, then it will inspire others. When the sangha behave according to dharma, it will inspire many other people to take ordination also. Tsem Rinpoche

    Today another Kecharian has shaved the head and preparing for ordination as a full sangha.

    Messages from His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche on blog chat
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 02:00 PM)
    For SIM CHIN YEE – Thank you for sharing! Please also take part in the contest and win yourself a Manjushri! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/win-a-manjushri-statue.html
  • SIM CHIN YEE
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 01:21 PM)
    Hi,

    Am really cannot imagine this is still happening in Australia, “Cage Egg System” has already been banned in many countries. I will share this in FB, share it to my friends.I am sure there must be a more systematic way than this “Cage Egg System”.
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 08:59 PM)
    I get thanks and appreciations very often from people all around the world for our blog here. Majority of the people I do not have the pleasure to know who they are. Yet they write in always. They read and leave comments. We get now between 100,000 to 120,000 views per month now on the blog I am told and it is consistent ever month. I am AMAZED, HUMBLED AND HAPPY. I am glad so many around the world learn and benefit from this blog. I got two messages today. One from Penang and one from Italy thanking me for the blog and how much they learn from this blog and how much they appreciate it. It makes all the hard work worth it. Wonderful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Jay Jae
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 04:38 PM)
    RARE and precious pictures of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang. Without Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, we won’t be blessed with such a mighty Guru such as HE Tsem Rinpoche today. Brace yourselves and be showered with the rain of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Aug 26. 2014 06:21 PM)
    Dear friends, I just posted this on our LINEAGE lamas and how we should cultivate our attitude toward our lamas for successful practice: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52656 Tsem Rinpoche
    yesterday. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?nggpu=http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/photo_140825140522_0.jpg (copied from Photo on the Go at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com)
  • tsemtulku
    (Tuesday, Aug 26. 2014 07:54 AM)
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography has been posted here finally. Pastors David, Niral, Jean Ai and Seng Piow worked for long hours into the wee hours of the morning to get it done. I have been wanting to compile one from various sources for the longest time and add the beautiful pictures, but I hadn’t gotten around to it. I asked the four Pastors to do so last night and they were here till 6AM completing it. Then I added the finishing touches and finally finished around 8AM. It’s important to read the biography to understand this great master and why he has affected me and thousands so deeply and the lineage I belong to. To understand a teacher is to understand their guru. To understand a lineage is through the biographies of the great masters of the lineage. It is a blessing to read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782 Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Niral Patel
    (Tuesday, Aug 26. 2014 07:25 AM)
    Easy and Effective – The practice of Tsongkhapa. Go to the link to read a beautiful prayer invoking the blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa, one of my favorite prayers!
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tsongkhapa/easy-and-effective.html
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Aug 25. 2014 11:36 PM)
    We spent around 5 hours blogging about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782)—- For further interesting posts and pictures on Zong Rinpoche, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/…/cate…/kyabje-zong-rinpoche

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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This is so perfect! Really direct wisdom and to the point. Tsem Rinpoche
2 days ago
Interesting deduction. TR
2 days ago
When we need to support, we should not remain quiet or indifferent. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
This is so true. It's hard but it applies. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
I get thanks and appreciations very often from people all around the world for my blog (www.tsemrinpoche.com). Majority of the people I do not have the pleasure to know who they are. Yet they write in always. They read and leave comments on the blog also. We get now between 100,000 to 120,000 views per month now on my blog I am told and it is consistent ever month. I am AMAZED, HUMBLED AND HAPPY. I am glad so many around the world learn and benefit from my humble blog. I received two messages today. One from Penang (North Malaysia) and one from Italy thanking me for the blog and how much they learn from my blog and how much they appreciate it. It makes all the hard work worth it. Wonderful. Thank you everyone for the learning and feedback. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
5 days ago
We spent around 5 hours blogging about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche's biography. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782)---- For further interesting posts and pictures on Zong Rinpoche, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/.../cate.../kyabje-zong-rinpoche
1 week ago
His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche with his two disciples H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Perfect triad of blessings. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Dear friends, I just posted this on our LINEAGE lamas and how we should cultivate our attitude toward our lamas for successful practice: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52656 Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Tsem Rinpoche: The most BEAUTIFUL Dharma wallpaper downloads in both English and Chinese language here for FREE: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=7052 and many free high resolution Buddha picture downloads here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52713
1 week ago
Wonderful! Today I went out briefly from my retreat and I found a BEAUTIFUL holy Dalai Lama pendant in a store. Am not going out much these days at all. It's nice to have His Holiness close to my heart. I wore the pendant immediately. When I was a child, people had similar ones and I always wanted one. Many of the Kalmyk people would wear it. Now I have one of my own. I really like it. Tsem Rinpoche.. Myself requesting H.H. Dalai Lama to bestow on me ordination: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=19322
1 week ago
This is important to read, see and contemplate. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
What is on your altar? Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52604
1 week ago
My little 4 inch Bigfoot figurine arrived today also. I sure like seeing this fellow around. Makes me feel like he belongs around my environment.
1 week ago
A beautiful Lord Manjushri arrived and He is in standing form. Absolutely beautiful. only around 8 inches in height and very graceful. I really treasure all forms of Manjushri and He is gracing my working table where I can see him very clearly. I offer incense to Him throughout the day as I do my work. I like to have incense and offerings throughout the day as much as possible. In fact 24 hours a day.
1 week ago
Read this book by John Blofeld over 30 years ago. Now getting another copy of it to re-read. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
An EXCITING contest going on now! It starts today August 21, 2014-September 4, 2014. Anyone from anywhere around the world may join in!!! You have a chance to win a fabulous Manjushri statue and some wonderful great books. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52496
2 weeks ago
The Shwedagon Great stupa in Myanmar, it holds the hairs of Buddha Shakyamuni. Very holy and worthy of a visit. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Great words of wisdom from Bruce Lee. Must read. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
This is corn that is grown on our Kechara Forest Retreat land in Malaysia,. Fantastic!!!!! Julia said it's very juicy and sweet! Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Locked up her whole life. Never sees sunshine, grass, dirt, or the sky. She is forced to lay eggs constantly and daily. She does so until she's dead, then they send her to be eaten. She has no feathers and can barely stand due to no space and sunlight. She is locked in this tiny space always.
2 weeks ago
Wonderful plants to have in the room. 
2 weeks ago
Amazing Rescue: Last week in Goalpara, India, train passengers spotted this baby elephant struggling in a muddy ditch and had the conductor stop the train, so they could keep the elephant company and feed it local vegetation until a rescue team arrived!-from FB
2 weeks ago
Beautiful outdoor large Lord Buddha in Bhutan.
3 weeks ago
The discovery of this giant Sonoran Desert Toad yesterday outside the Chiricahua Desert Museum the locals are sure this toad is responsible for the loss of their pets This toad weighed in at 57 pounds, that was after it dispensed about 2 gallons of urine during its capture. the largest native toad in North American does not typically get any larger than about 1.5 pounds length of 7.5 inches this is a new world record. -from FB
3 weeks ago
Kalarupa thangka sent to me by Pastor JJ. Thank you so much.
3 weeks ago
This is wonderful. Full of thought and deep. Please read and share. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is one of my MOST favorite science fiction movies of all time. It's a little B-rated, but I find it super cool still. LOL. Do watch and leave a comment and let me know what you think: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=34750
4 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was said to be a fully attained great lama. He was one of the greatest teachers of his time. He has achieved one-ness with his Yidam Heruka Chakrasamvara. There was many indications of this. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
My bigfoot area in my room with books and statues..
1 month ago
Great Buddha Tsongkapa.
1 month ago
There are more Buddhist Priests, Ministers and Pastors now. This is a wonderful trend. Do see what a great job Rev Christina Yanko is doing in Canada: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52129
1 month ago
If everyone can realize this would eliminate so many problems.
1 month ago
This is one of the best Avalokitesvara thangkas I have ever seen. I rarely see an Avalokitesvara that draws me or I really like. I am very particular about thangka paintings. But this one is really done by a super skilled artist. The eyes are perfect and the gaze is the correct angle of calm/contemplativeness. The lips, nose and proportions are stunning. The coloring and feel is regality and serenity with great compassion. He feels alive. I would love to get a copy of this very much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Look at this massive thangka of the Lord of Wisdom Manjushri in Tibet. The bigger the thangka it is believed, the more blessed the area will be. See all the people congregated around it to pay homage and make offerings. Amazing. May you all be blessed by this too and be connected to Manjushri. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
There is a devil there is no doubt, but is he trying to get into us or trying to get out? ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
These fresh tomatoes just plucked from our garden here in our USA Ladrang. Tomatoes are some of my favorite foods. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We had some very special guests come to volunteer at Kechara? Guess who they were? And they turned out to be very humble in their works that night. Please see the love and care: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51852
2 months ago
This is so true. When teach dharma to some and ask them to change or explain why, they reject and become unhappy and speak ill. 
2 months ago
If my endurance of so much suffering these past years have benefitted you and took some away from you, then it was not in vain and I am content and I would take more.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
A sketch by a eye witness in California-1987
2 months ago
Existing is not true existence but mere labelling because the causes removed, we are empty.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
People from different parts of the world who have no prior obvious connections can connect to do dharma together. This is wonderful because what we did in the past together can manifest in the present again to continue where we left off. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
ELEPHANT WEEPS AFTER RESCUE: A 50-year-old elephant that had spent much of his life shackled in chains, wept when he was finally freed from captivity. "Raju" had tears streaming down his face, as wildlife rescuers released him. SHARE this amazing story. -Details of Raju's rescue: http://kiro.tv/AmazingElephantStory
2 months ago
This is profound and the secrets to our success or failure. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Are you the sign of the pig? Do you want to know more about yourself? It would be interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=23608
2 months ago
Vegetables harvested from our garden in our USA residence today...nice. TR
2 months ago
See who are in these nice pictures and how they are connected to me please....I just posted the Gratitude series #2...do take a look: See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51490
2 months ago
Powerful!!
2 months ago
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  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
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  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
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  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
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  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
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  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    4 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    6 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    6 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    6 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    11 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    1 years ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
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    This is a wonderful video for Moh Mei because she is sleeping in the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT CONTAINERS all alone...ehehehhehe...this is a new friend to keep her company....tsem rinpoche
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    SP's mom said that she is from Penang. This is her first trip to bodhgaya, and she truly finds bodhgaya is very holy and spiritual.
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    Very touching video...Buddha said it was very important to visit the four holy places associated with Him before our deaths. Remembering this, I had instructed Paul to take this senior group to Bodhgaya and make sure they are able to plant imprints. When this life of 'fun', money, parties and socials are over, we cannot leave empty handed. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    Our two rescued tortoises who live at Tsem Ladrang happily and will be transferred to Kechara Forest Retreat where they will have much more space to roam and run. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago

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The Buddhas are not powerful because you put them on a grand altar. They're powerful because you've taken their teachings as personal advise to make a change in you life and then, a great change in the world - PJJ
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~Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training~ (Composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa ~1357-1419 ) http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsongkhapa-prayers.html #24 This surprising poem condenses into a few verses the profound and extensive teachings of my lineage. I have composed these melodic lines, like heavenly wish-fulfilling gems, to benefit the minds of all beloved beings. Those with strong capacity for meditation in action will deepen their insight into the nature of Reality by following these words into the heart of Buddha. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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~Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training~ (Composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa ~1357-1419 ) http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsongkhapa-prayers.html #23 Gazing back over these exuberant verses, I perceive an abundant banquet of poetry, easy to assimilate and to understand clearly. Entirely in accord with the teaching of the sutras and with the deep realization of awakened sages, these words are full of subtle nourishment. To contemplate their various levels of meaning is not only to taste the nectar of wisdom but is to walk the sublime path of compassion. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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~Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training~ (Composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa ~1357-1419 ) http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsongkhapa-prayers.html #22 Once identified with this luminous way of life, you will experience every moment as soaked in bliss, tasting the delight of compassionate responses to even the most negative actions of other beings. I have composed this poem of rapturous affection further to strengthen the diamond-sharp conviction of those already faithful to the path of wisdom. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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~Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training~ (Composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa ~1357-1419 ) http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsongkhapa-prayers.html #21 Cast far away from all precious humanity these lethal doses, these ominous shadows, by cultivating instinctive admiratsion and love for those who practice the way of selflessness. Adore such bodhisattvas for their irreversible vow to remain intimate with the struggle of living beings as beacons of love and as the light of panoramic vision. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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~Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training~ (Composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa ~1357-1419 ) http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsongkhapa-prayers.html #20 So sensitive an ecology is the interdependence of all, that the slightest attention and assistance to others creates moral elevation for ourselves and humanity, while the slightest indifference or neglect toward others creates moral harm for ourselves and our civilization. The faintest spark of ill will toward other beings can burst forth into a terrible forest fire, consuming vast expanses of sympathetic joy. Even the faintest negative reaction or malicious wish opens wide channels throughout our entire being for life-destroying poisons of negation and life-obscuring shadows of self-cherishing. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Little Hei Wei Phoebe's cute son, delighted to bring home beautiful 12" Green Tara, mom and dad invited from Kechara House gompa souvenir shop. Lucy Yap
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Today set up for Madam Mah, may you have a swift good rebirth! Pastor Yek Yee
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Registration and briefing prior to 3D2N Lama Tsongkhapa retreat from 29th Aug to 31 Aug 2014 at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia_PB
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