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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  1. Sharon Ong on Oct 18, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    A rather short post but has a whole lot of profound Dharma in it.

    1) Karma like a boomerang will come right back at us, be it good or bad.
    2) We ALWAYS have a choice. And we can always choose the right one.
    3) Death meditation is a great antidote for our stubborn habits.
    4) We should take refuge and have faith in Lama Tsongkhapa as his practice will help transform our minds and change for the better.

    Thank you for this beneficial post, Rinpoche.

  2. Jill Yam on Jul 23, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Nothing in this world is permanent. What you are today may not be what you are tomorrow. Therefore we must not cling on to anything as it will lead to disappointment when all is gone. Then we’ll be upset and be unhappy. This is what we put ourselves into.
    We always have a choice. It is up to us to choose whether we want to be happy or unhappy. And karma is unavoidable. But if we do more dharma we may be able to accumulate merits to purify our negative karma.

    This means we do have a choice in whatever we want to do. It’s up to us.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the above teaching.

    Jill Yam

  3. Jason on Jul 4, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Life can be very fragile .We don’t know what will happen to us tomorrow. Everything is impermanent and we shouldn’t self grasping on any things which can trigger our emotion.Beside that, karma theory must be apply to our daily life in order for us to do more good things with good motivation.Practice dharma and benefits others is the only way out .
    Thanks Rinpoche confer teachings to us and we can practice it in our daily life.

    With folded hands
    Jason

  4. samfoonheei on Jul 3, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Thanks for the meaningful teachings….i will always remember it.
    Yes we always have a choice.it is up to us to choose what we want and which where to go……what is right and what is wrong…NOTHING is permanent.
    Thanks Rinpoche

  5. chris chong on May 7, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Dear Rinpoche ,

    The message that I learnt from this short post is that nothing is permanent while karma is all pervasive and unavoidable. We always have a choice to make the right choice.

    I always heard from my friends, ” I dont have a choice but to … “. In my opinion, we always have a choice. It depends on how willing are we to left go of our ego, attachments, and comfort zone. We keep giving ourselves reasons and excuses to feed our ego and desire which will grow bigger and bigger. We will only suffer and become a bitter person.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  6. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 11, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Not having enough time is what I find most of us always complain about, and that applies to myself too of course. One of the things we can never fight against is time, it exists yet has no beginning nor end.

    As I’m growing older, I am starting to realise how impermanent and fragile life is but people do not seem to realise the fact until when it’s too late. Therefore having a Guru or dharma is very potent, the Guru teaches the dharma and helps us to get on track with our individual spiritual paths so that we can be liberated from samsara.

  7. Pastor Moh Mei on Nov 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    “The time is always right to do what is right.” ~ Martin Luther King.

    This is so true. When we can recognize that it is always the right time we will stop procrastinating and start to make immediate and instant decisions. Both good karma and bad karma will catch us. Both good times and bad times will end. It doesn’t mean we simply go with the flow of time because within the realm of samsara the law of impermanence does not allow for us to remain in the same state.

    Good karma will exhaust, so will bad karma. The present will become the past, the future will become the present. We will inevitably create more karma. So the choice is yours whether to create good karma or bad karma. It is always the right time to make the right choice.

  8. Li Kheng on Nov 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I remember very clearly this statement from the Harry Potter movie that goes something like this: A man is not defined from what or where he comes from but by the choices he makes. There is so much wisdom around us, it is our choice as to whether we want to listen, reflect and apply.

  9. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 17, 2015 at 5:14 am

    We can ascend to the highest peaks of existence, and the next moment we could descend into the deepest darkest oceans of the world. Nothing remains constant, we could be strong one moment and weak the next due to ripening causes and conditions, when causes and conditions are no longer there, our strength can just fade just like that.

  10. Shelly Tai on Jun 11, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us again and again, that is very true karma will come back to us everything we have now is impermanent nothing is permanent down to our own life so do what is right now is important do not give up the practice continue to improve our mind because we will not know when death come to us.

  11. Li Kheng on Jun 11, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Humility is good guideline for us on the choices we make. When we treat everyone with respect and decency regardless of their status, background and nett worth, we are creating the cause for us to receive similar treatment in the future. That’s karma.

    I had acted arrogantly with a lady when I was doing business in Shanghai. Some time later, perhaps even a few years…this lady became successful and I needed a favor from her. It was not only embarrassing but I also lost a business opportunity. I learnt my lesson.

    I hope this post by Rinpoche will bring valuable lessons to the readers so that they do not have to personally be “bitten” by their karma from making the wrong choice.

  12. Vinnie Tan on Jun 10, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    It is true to what Rinpoche has written. We have a choice for everything. There are no situations that force us to behave in certain way. It is always a choice that we make. To be successful or not is a choice. Not something that is given to us.

    A circular example will be when we choose to be someone that is good or even successful, we work towards that goal with hard work. Only when we want and know that we want to do it, we will be able to do so. Even though we may need to make great efforts for it, we will still work towards that.

    Through that, it shows that we are able to do the same for spirituality as well. It is only a choice if we want or not. If we do so, we will be able to improve ourselves. Thus, there is no actual reason for us to not be able to change ourselves. The only reason that we are not able to do so will only be because we are unwilling to change and also step out of our comfort zones.

    We need to always make choices that will be able to improve ourselves, not choices that will cause us to degenerate. With will power and consistency, it is definite that we will be able to make that impact and change within ourselves that will shine.

  13. Edward Ooi on Jun 10, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I totally agree with what Rinpoche has written. What do you think will happen if we made the wrong move? For an example: You hurt a kid you dislike thinking that he is small, weak and he will never be able to beat you but one day, the kid you bullied will grow up to be strong while you grow older and weaker. And what happens then? The kid might hurt you back and you will get injured badly like bone fracture or maybe even death because your body cannot take the damages anymore. Do you think it is worth it? I don’t think so. Another example: What if you act the exact opposite of everything I wrote on the above? You treat and care for the kid nicely, the kid then grows up to be a wonderful person and he will also do the same to you. DO you think that is a lot worth it? So it is always better to make the choice where nobody will get hurt and everyone will be happy in the end of the day.

    The conclusion is: If you want people treat you nicely, you have to start treating other people nicely first. Most people will find it suspicious at first because of your sudden change thinking that you might want something from them but slowly other people will realize that you are actually being sincere then people start treating you back the same way.

  14. Alice Tay on Jun 6, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Fully aware of “Nothing is permanent”. Whatever we are having now, it does not mean will be the same for tomorrow. We all have the choice to choose for everything.

    Many people would say it is good to be strong in terms of wealth, status and etc etc. But at the end of the day, we will face the same ~death. Nothing we can keep except our mind. Therefore, we should follow the advice from our guru and Tsongkhapa’s teaching as clearly described in Lam Rim by Pabongka Rinpoche. With that, we will see the change of our mind before it is too late.

    Thank you Rinpoche keep reminding us ~ NOTHING is permanent. We should CHOOSE the right way for ourselves not only this life but future life.

  15. Phng Keng Hwa on Jun 3, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you once again for another short and meaningful teaching. Karma is something that I always think of constantly. Unfortunately, I still make very bad mistakes. However, I can say with confidence that I am improving as a person. All because I was exposed and came in touch with teachings like these when I was younger.

    For that, I am extremely grateful towards you for making Kechara and the teachings exist, as well as my grandmother, Datuk May Phng, for introducing me to Kechara. 🙂

    Your humble student,
    Keng Hwa.

  16. Stella Cheang on Jun 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    It is clear that we all have a choice. It is what we choose. When dealing with people, between “right” and “wrong”, choose kindness. When undecided in decisions, choose the one that benefits everyone.

    It sounds simpler in words than by action. But I’ll do my best.

    Thank You Rinpoche for this timely reminder.

    Humbly with folded palms,
    Stella

  17. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Jun 2, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Impermanence has always pushed me harder to stay on course in Dharma practice and do what is supposed to do before I miss out the opportunity. From my understanding, we do have choice not to pick up any negativity in our mind that derails us from our spiritual path that can lead us to higher attainments and self liberation from outer and inner suffering. Remembering death is the start of every Dharma practice to ensure our motivation is pure and able to benefit others. Thank you Rinpoche for giving us advice continuously and motivate us to do better in Dharma.

  18. Lum Kok Luen on Jun 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Knowing that nothing is permanent, we grow old day by day, month by month and year by year.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this short and concise reminder. It really reminds us to be very mindful and always strive to create causes of happiness, lessen suffering for all sentient beings.

    This is certainly the right path to action upon.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  19. Pastor Han Nee on May 31, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Knowing that nothing is permanent, knowing that our bodies grow old and our faculties grow weaker, with each passing day, month and year, we should always act mindfully.Knowing karma,we should choose to create causes for happiness and avoid creating causes for misery and suffering.
    The dharma teaches us how to do this.

    Yet from the Lamrim, we are told how we often let our lives go by swiftly in a whirl of distractions:
    “Perhaps twenty years of being unaware of practice,
    Perhaps twenty years of “Going to , going to” practice;
    Perhaps another ten years of “Never did, never did” practice;
    That’s the story of an empty and wasted human life”.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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. 🙂

  24. 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

  25. 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.

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

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

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  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 10:05 PM
    Thank you Dato’ Colin for sharing your journey in dharma and your method in applying dharma in a corporate world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/meeting-kyabje-yongyal-rinpoche-in-new-york.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 07:04 PM
    Very informative blog post that remind us.
    As human consume fish ,prawns and so forth from the sea laced with harmful chemical, toxins build up that lead to health problems in long term.Sad to know environment is so bad when some people do not care much about it.Sooner or later our oceans will be filled with rubbish,plastic if we are not doing enough to protect the environment.The plastic accounts for 15 per cent of the chick’s body weight…that is shocking.
    I do hope more people are aware of the truth behind the crisis destroying our seas.
    Thank you Rinpoche its a good sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-plastic-destroys-our-seas.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 06:11 PM
    It is both motivating and enriching to read sharing by successful individual who applied Dharma in their life. Thank you Dato’ Colin for this sharing. This shows us that when we applied Buddha Dharma, we will be able to achieve more in life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 04:00 PM
    This is the first time I read about Hecate in details. She is the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy, and sorcery. Yet people worship her. She was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family. I find this juxtaposition very interesting on two level. How people will readily submit themselves to a powerful being bestowed with supernatural powers.

    On the other hand, Hecate, who is associated with dark powers are being worshipped as a protective goddess could mean she uses her power for doing good that benefits people. This goes to show that some who possesses dark power like witchcraft, necromancy and sorcery are not necessary bad and will not necessary harm. It all depends on their motivation.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this insightful article on Hecate.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/hecate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:58 PM
    Malaysia is so rich in its cultural identity, and the Dragon festival is one of them been celebrated in a way whereby different races too join in.It is wonderful to know,the origins of the Dragon Boat Festival and the story behind.It has now turned to a team-focused sport.which promotes discipline, racial harmony, physical fitness and mental toughness
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these very informative and interesting post.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-dragon-boat-festival-a-fusion-of-traditional-and-modern-culture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:29 PM
    After reading these blog i learned something new.The word Chaplain.
    I have not come across of it before.
    Thanks Beatrix Ooi for sharing ..an interesting blog of how this young man served as a Buddhist Chaplains in the US Arm. There is only one Buddhist chapel in the United States military. In recent years there has been a growing number of Buddhists in the US military, hence the work of Buddhist chaplains are growing too. A great way to spread Dharma to more people in the military.
    Thank you again Beatrix Ooi
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-chaplains-in-the-us-army.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Dec 4. 2016 05:07 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article on Dayak Festival and its community and cultures. It is very interesting to learn about the other races cultures. We in Malaysia are so fortunate that we are expose to so many differences and yet live harmoniously.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/gawai-dayak-the-celebration-of-bountiful-harvest.html
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 05:22 PM
    Wow ! 恭喜Justin与香积厨对社会的付出 !法喜 !

    感恩仁波切的付出与教导, 让在马来西亚的街头露宿者和一班家境贫困的人们在艰辛的时候得到帮助。詹杜固仁波切创立的克切拉香积厨对社会的付出是值得赞扬, 香积厨不但发放食物给街头露宿者,还提供流动医院主要在最快的时间让受伤的露宿者得到治疗, 还有FoodBank专提供食物与支援给各地需要帮忙如天灾带来的食物缺乏, 还有Imbi路的香积厨中心,提供给街头露宿者全免费的食物和饮品,免费沐浴和清洗衣服,还帮忙他们寻找工作等等。让他们体谅到社会另外拥有一班人还在关心着他们。
    愿街头露宿者得到更舒适的生活, 实现他们目标前进,社会繁荣,那么每一个人都可以安居立业,不用再在街头露宿了 !

    欲了解更多克切拉香积厨,或想参与活动,请继续游览 :
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    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 04:42 PM
    Congratulation to Justin as well as KSK team. A well deserved recognition. You have selflessly working for those in need. Our society need more people to help those living on the street.

    May you and KSK team continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:53 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:49 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html

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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
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I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
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This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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  • December 6, 2016 00:34
    Sipra asked: Dear Pastors, For past 5 month or so I have been suffering from fear and anxiety. It has become difficult to live my daily life. I am mother of young child. Please help me.
    pastor answered: Dear Sipra, I'm sorry to read that you are going through this fear and anxiety, and i can understand that it has been effecting your daily life. You should seek professional help as this fear and anxiety can worsen if you don't get help and can deteriorate fast. Coupled with this, but by no means an alternative, you can engage in the daily practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, which you can find here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden Lama Tsongkhapa's practice is very well-known to calm the mind from depression, fear and anxiety so will be very beneficial for your situation. When engaging in the practice, please concentrate and focus on the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden's practice on the other hand is very good for alleviating any obstacles we may be facing in life. Therefore, this may have to overcome the obstacles in life that are causing the fear and anxiety or even remove obstacles for professional help to be even more effective, so you can overcome your situation. The cause of this situation may be deeply rooted, therefore i would like to advise you to do both methods, find professional help and engage in the daily practice. Coupled together they have a better chance of solving your situation, than by themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 3, 2016 23:25
    Fluxor asked: I am in a relationship with someone. I want to leave her, so i can give more time for social work and considering monastic life and being ordained in the future. I want to break up and do it gently, but I know she will be very mad and angry with me. Is it okay to leave her without notice? I will make a letter and arrange time to talk few days later when she is more stable emotionally. I think, it will be calmer way. Or should I talk to her first before I leave? I know this way she can be very mad and might do some abusive acts right away. But people say I need to respect her with talking to her first. I'm confused. I want to do it in a gentle and loving way that I don't want to bring her more suffering. Warmest metta, Fluxor
    pastor answered: Dear Fluxor, This is something that is a very difficult thing to do. If you have thought about this carefully and thoroughly, then you should do what feels right. However we must remember that the other person in the relationship may be reliant on you in some way. That being said, we can also hurt another person if we are not open and truthful about the situation. Instead we should go about the situation in the best possible manner to minimise harm and also to not create negative karma in the process, which is all too common when breaking up with someone, and this leads to more suffering in the future. You know the person who you are in a relationship with the best, however the method which you have mentioned may not be the most appropriate course of action. Rather than doing this, you should sit down with your partner and talk about the situation in calmer manner. This is the better approach, if you want to do this. You do need to respect her as a person with her own feelings, and in order to do the right thing in this situation, you should do so face to face and calmly. Following the method that you described may cause even more pain. If you do it calmly, respecting and honouring her as someone who has their own feelings, you are doing your best given the situation. Please remember that you don’t have to take monastic ordination in order to practice the Buddhist path. In fact within Kechara, Tsem Rinpoche has even started the tradition of lay pastors, who are lay people that have dedicated their lives to the practice of Dharma and the service of others. If you change your mind for any reason, Rinpoche has given a very good teaching on transforming a relationship to make it successful. You can find the video teaching here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/ingredients-for-a-successful-relationship.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 2, 2016 09:44
    Tashi asked: Dear pastors, What are the mantras and sacred syllables of the 12 Tenma Goddesses? I'm trying to find one to the bodhisattva Dorje Yudronma and goddess Tahsi Tseringma. Who is Shiptak Gyene exactly and what is his mantra and purpose? Is simply putting "Namo" and then the name of the Buddha or bodhisattva work? Also, is there a mantra for pimples or near sightedness?
    pastor answered: Dear Tashi, As Dorje Yudronma and Tashi Tseringma are not enlightened protectors but worldly deities who have been subdued to protect the Dharma, their mantras and practices are not free available to all practitioners, according to the Gelug tradition (I am unsure if they are available freely in other traditions). Usually, to engage in these practices one must have first received empowerment into a yidam or meditational deity practice, after which one can request the spiritual teacher to teach the practice. The functions of these protectors are also embodied in other protectors who are enlightened, and whose practices are readily available. As embodiments of enlightened beings, they can also help along the spiritual path to enlightenment rather than just providing material needs and removing obstacles. These include the various emanations of Dorje Shugden, for example Shize Dorje Shugden who is excellent for pacifying diseases and lengthening one’s life, just like Tashi Tseringma and the Long Life Sisters. However as an emanation of Manjushri, Shize can also grant beneficial imprints and help to overcome the inner obstacles of negative emotions and habituations that we all face in life. Shiptak Gyene is a protector specific to the Gelugpa tradition. He was a layman who lived in Lhasa during the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. Whenever Lama Tsongkhapa would travel to Lhasa, Shiptak Gyene would be there, ready to serve Lama Tsongkhapa as best as he could and receive teachings on the Dharma. He was very devoted to Lama Tsongkhapa and arose a protector to help those with material needs if they are sincere pracitioners of the Dharma. As such, he holds a bowl of jewels to represent that he can aid pracitioners in this regard. You can see a picture of Shiptak Gyene here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/deitypics/highres/Shiptak_Gyene.jpg. The word ‘namo’ means ‘I prostrate’, hence when you add the word before the name of a Buddha or bodhisattva, it basically means that you are prostrating to that being. While this has tremendous effect, as you are verbalising the prostration towards an enlightened being and therefore generating some merit, it does not have the same effect as a mantra. This is because a mantra itself in the essence of that particular being, in the form of sound. If you repeat that mantra over and over again, you bring the energies associated with that particular enlightened being into your life. For example if you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, you bring healing energies into your life. But if you only add ‘namo’ to the beginning of their name, you are simply making prostration. It would be much more beneficial to recite the proper mantra for the particular enlightenment being you are propitiating. As for pimples, I have not come across a specific mantra for this in my own practice. However two very good mantras that you could recite are Black Manjushri or Hayagriva. These two deities are very well known for curing skin diseases of all types, and therefore may help in the situation. You can find out more about Black Manjushri practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/a-black-manjushri-sadhana-self-healing-meditation-and-exercises.html. The Hayagriva (a wrathful emanation of Chenresig) mantra is recited as: HRI PEMA DATRI HAYAGRIVA HULU HULU HUNG PHET. For nearsightedness, you can engage in the practice of Migchey Chrenrezig, which is an excellent practice for those with eye problems. You can find it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/blessing-eye-problems.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • November 30, 2016 18:56
    Angela Yo asked: These past few months, I can't stop myself thinking about being ordained to be a nun. I don't know where to begin. I don't know if it suits me or not. But I really want to make this lifetime meaningful. Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Angela Yo, I rejoice to read that are thinking about become ordained as a nun. This is a very good aspiration to have and follows the example of the holy Buddha Shakyamuni. He showed us the way to make our life meaningful by becoming a Buddha to benefit others. If you have not already done so, you should join a Dharma centre and find a guru. By following the advice of a qualified guru, you can train yourself to hold the ordination vows in the future. Here at Kechara, those who have the aspiration to become members of the holy sangha, first become a Pastor, which is in between a lay practitioner and an ordained monk or nun. This way, we can train ourselves to understand and live by the vows before become ordained. As ordination is very special and holy, it is better that we are prepared before we take the vows. This way we can make the most use of holding the sacred vows on our spiritual journey to enlightenment. As you engage along this path, first you should study and understand the most basic of vows, which are the refuge vows. All other vows, whether ordination, bodhisattva or tantric vows are based on the refuge vows, and the keeping of these vows are the root cause of gaining enlightenment. In fact, all other vows are extensions of these vows. Therefore it is very important that we have a firm basis for our practice by understanding and living by these vows properly. As you progress on your practice, you can learn the teachings such as the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, the Lam Rim and the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. All these teachings will aid you on the path to become an ordained nun in the future. If this is truly your wish, then during your daily practices you should make strong aspirational prayers that you are able to fulfil this. At the same time you should create the causes for this to occur. The way to do this is by supporting the sangha, you can do this by making any form of dana offering to them, from food, clothing, material assistance or anything else that they would need your help with. While doing this, you should generate the strong aspiration that you can become a member of the sangha. As the sangha are one of the Three Jewels, any offerings that you make to them, especially in terms of your time and effort, will generate a lot of merit because they are holding the holy vows. I hope this helps, and I make the prayer that your auspicious aspiration is fulfilled, that you make your life meaningful by holding the vows of an ordained nun. Thank you.
  • November 28, 2016 12:32
    Demian asked: Dear pastors, Just recently, I have read about concentrations and that has gotten me worried. If one worships a depiction of Saraswati without any concentrations of the depiction, does that mean that I've been praying to an empty shell? If so, does praying to Saraswati's depictions that are online work or not? Or could a simple visualization work without praying to a statue or thangka, but to a visualized form? Would the visualization in Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö's praise to Saraswati be alright along with the mantra? Or does the visualization have to use this website's prayer and mantra to Saraswati? Do the 8 offerings have to be real or can they visualized instead? For the 8th offering of music, does there have to be a bell, or can a drum, flute, violin, or even vocal replace that? What are the views of the mantra "Nam Myoho Renge Khyo"?
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your question. Concentration during one’s daily prayers is an important factor. Within Buddhism, we believe that there are three ways in which a person interacts with the world, these are the body, speech and mind. In order to receive the full benefit of the practice you engage in, you should ensure that all three of these are used. For the body, this is by sitting down to engage in your daily practice without getting distracted. The best posture for this is the meditation position known as the seven-point Vairochana position, this is described in detail in the text Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. For your speech, you engage in reciting the prayers and the mantra recitation. And for the mind, you concentrate in the various visualisations associated with the practice you are engaging in. Even though you have been praying without the use of concentration, it has still been effective since Saraswati is an enlightened being. She has full compassion, and will definitely bestow her energies and love to those who invoke upon her with a pure heart and good motivation. However, if you do concentrate on both your visualisation and the mantra recitation, the practice will be more effective and you will see a heightened improvement in your life. In regards to the visualisation of Saraswati according to the praise by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, this actually belongs to the practice of another lineage, therefore I cannot comment on its validity, as I don’t belong to the lineage to have studied its origins and how it differs from the praise presented here on Rinpoche’s blog. That being said, each lineage has its own version of the visualisation of deities, and this in inherently linked to the particular praise. Therefore if you were to recite one particular praise or practice, you should keep the visualisation to the one that corresponds with it. The 8 offerings can be placed on the altar as physical offerings, but should also be visualised. The reason why we place the actually offerings on the altar is to make a physical offering with our body, as well as a reminder that we make these offerings during our visualisations. If you are not able to make the physical offerings on your altar for whatever reason, this is ok. However you should try your best to have these offerings since it is a way for you to generate merit. The last offering of sound, is usually represented by the conch shell but can be anything that resembles sound, such as any instrument. For example, I know people who represent sound with a miniature flute or even a miniature guitar on their altars. In regards to the Nam Myoho Renge Khyo mantra, this is central to all forms of Nichiren Buddhism, which developed in Japan but is now practiced all over the world. It is said this mantra embodies the entire Lotus Sutra, which in itself explains what enlightenment is and the path to reach enlightenment, following Nichiren’s particular practice. Therefore this mantra is all encompassing, and central to the Nichiren tradition. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Mr. Cheah offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dharma Protectors and all the Buddhas in Kechara Ipoh chapel today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
3 days ago
Mr. Cheah offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dharma Protectors and all the Buddhas in Kechara Ipoh chapel today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kit Ping was offering 8 bowls of water on the altar before the start of our short Mother Tara retreat in Kechara Ipoh chapel today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
3 days ago
Kit Ping was offering 8 bowls of water on the altar before the start of our short Mother Tara retreat in Kechara Ipoh chapel today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a short Mother Tara retreat in Kechara Ipoh chapel today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
3 days ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a short Mother Tara retreat in Kechara Ipoh chapel today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche gave a powerful teaching on the importance to create merits for our spiritual practice and for our life! Join the Dorje Shugden Puja every first Friday of the month!
4 days ago
H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche gave a powerful teaching on the importance to create merits for our spiritual practice and for our life! Join the Dorje Shugden Puja every first Friday of the month!
We were blessed to have H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche attending the Dorje Shugden Puja last Friday. Holy and melodious chanting and ritual instruments filled Wisdom Hall.
4 days ago
We were blessed to have H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche attending the Dorje Shugden Puja last Friday. Holy and melodious chanting and ritual instruments filled Wisdom Hall.
Memorable Dorje Shugden Puja in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat, December 2016
4 days ago
Memorable Dorje Shugden Puja in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat, December 2016
Thank you Jia Seng for cleaning Wisdom Hall! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 days ago
Thank you Jia Seng for cleaning Wisdom Hall! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Cleaning Wisdom Hall ceiling! Thank you Kent Kok! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 days ago
Cleaning Wisdom Hall ceiling! Thank you Kent Kok! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Enjoyed listen to the KSDS students sang Migtsema mantra. Alice Tay, KSDS
5 days ago
Enjoyed listen to the KSDS students sang Migtsema mantra. Alice Tay, KSDS
Learn to do the cleaning with the team together. Alice Tay, KSDS
5 days ago
Learn to do the cleaning with the team together. Alice Tay, KSDS
2016 WOAH Camp~Discover Your Power. Please join and register now. Date:17/12-18/12. Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat. If interested, please contact Lin Mun 017 2042722, Victor 019 2732312, Alice 019 6686248. KSDS, Alice Tay
5 days ago
2016 WOAH Camp~Discover Your Power. Please join and register now. Date:17/12-18/12. Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat. If interested, please contact Lin Mun 017 2042722, Victor 019 2732312, Alice 019 6686248. KSDS, Alice Tay
Wonderful moment for Pastor Henry in distributing the free gift to the children during Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar. Alice Tay, KSDS.
5 days ago
Wonderful moment for Pastor Henry in distributing the free gift to the children during Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar. Alice Tay, KSDS.
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