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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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”.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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. 🙂

  20. 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

  21. 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.

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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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  • sonny tan
    Wednesday, Jun 1. 2016 09:46 AM
    sonny tan on Jun 1, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Todd, it is very disrespectful for you to come here to criticize, belittle and says unfounded things about His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. Although this is a public domain but still it belongs to Tsem Rinpoche. You are coming here to his house and start say nasty things,make snide remarks, belittling him etc..
    How about looking at a different scenario that I go to your house and says all those nasty things about you, complain, criticize, finger pointing and starts running you down, you wouldn’t like it, would you? Similarly since you are here please accord some courtesy to the host of this domain.
    The truth of the matter is that makes you think you are more qualified to comment against those erudite present and past masters of Tibetan Buddhism? It is for us to believe and for you to find out but looking at your comments needless to mention here your knowledge is pretty shallow as compared to these masters.
    I would urge you if you are keen to learn about the truth is to spend more years doing intensive research in Tibet or somewhere else that could provide you with respectable and in depth knowledge otherwise you are not making any sense in your remarks here.
    Those people who responded to your inquisitiveness here on who, where and how they practice Dorje Shudgen is pretty polite and very accommodating. In other domains you would have been blocked as your intention is not noble.
  • Pastor Adeline
    Wednesday, Jun 1. 2016 01:26 AM
    Another interesting and educational article I have learned a lot from. Thank you, Pastor Shin!

    I first came across Toyol when I was helping out at a family’s friend’s canteen business. The Toyol was kept in a small glass bottle and I was told a bone of a dead foetus was in there. I remember the owner and his family used to offer incense and milk few times a day. The family had it for the business.

    I remember when I first learned about it, I thought very naturally that this was not a good thing to do. It is rather unacceptable to hurt a spirit in this way. Being reborn as a spirit is itself undesirable and bitter. A spirit suffers from many conditions which differ due to negative actions did previously. Imagine one has a huge amount of negative karmas to be dealt with and continue to generate more. There is no end to it.

    I urge everyone to not engage with spirit for any reasons. Nothing is free and it is not worth the while to do anything that might cost our life. Persistence, hard work, care, positive thinking if we want stable and guilt free results.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/toyols-the-child-spirits.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 11:37 PM
    I have been once being an assistant in Teacher Stella’s class and I noticed that Teacher Stella is a caring, passionate and patience teacher. She is creative and enthusiasm made every kid interested and pays attention to her teaching. As I saw, Teacher Stella loves the kids very much and I think the kids love her too.

    Thank you Teacher Stella for all your effort and commitment to teach dharma for this youngest group of Kechara Sunday Dharma School (KSDS). It is not an easy task, but you have done it very well with your pure motivation just to impart dharma to them. We are fortunate to have a volunteer teacher like you. Please keep it and let KSDS growing with much flourish.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/volunteer-as-pre-school-dharma-teacher.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 11:16 PM
    Such an interesting post, Beatrix. There are so many interesting facts that never crossed my mind and I am glad you share them with us. I always remember that goldfish have a short memory few seconds, that’s why they can live in a small glass tank amusing themselves with the views which always seems new and interesting for them. I mean few seconds of memory means things are always new to them. Hence, we always use “a goldfish memory” on someone who had bad memory, hehe! Thank you kindly for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/amazing-things-you-didnt-know-about-them.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 11:13 PM
    Stella is one of the many caring, committed and patience teachers at the Kechara Sunday Dharma School (KSDS). She always challenges her limits and ready to learn and excel. It is definitely not easy to take on a role to teach the youngest group of KSDS, yet she finds ways to succeed. She is versatile and takes her own initiatives to help in many areas in addition to the teaching role. She is an asset, to say the least.

    It is teachers like her that keep the KSDS growing and continue to bring dharma to the younger generations.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/volunteer-as-pre-school-dharma-teacher.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 10:36 PM
    This is an interesting article that opened my mind and the willingness in accepting new ideas previously unknown of. Personally, I believe in aura and CHI that are essential in making the Chinese and alternative treatments effective. The Chinese medicine has been in existence for more than 5000 years, a time before x-rays, scanners etc. and it has been treating illnesses successfully for as long as it has been available. The basic principle of Chinese medication is that the body is like a small universe and every organ, liquid, vein etc. are interrelated. The flow of CHI is also part of it. If the CHI can’t flow smoothly, that is when sickness occurs. I think this is very logical.

    I am happy that this Kirlian Photography and Aura Healing are now accepted in many fields to help people in dealing with their emotional and physical problems. These methods are closer to the nature of our mind and body and when apply, should improve our situations pairing with modern technologies.

    Thank you, Joy, for this interesting and useful read.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/kirlian-photography-aura-healing-science-or-myth.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 10:36 PM
    Thank you, Vinnie, for this informative piece on Zozo and the Qujia board. When I was between 11-13, it was something “in” to explore the spirit world with coin, pen etc. I was too afraid to play with the 碟仙. Somehow the 碟仙 sounded more powerful than the coin or pen spirit. Talk about being ignorant :p

    In the Buddhist cosmology, spirit, demon etc. are part of the six realms of existence, they have same negative emotions like us – anger, desire, greed, jealousy etc., some of them are very mean and harmful which we do not want to connect with. Connecting with a spirit normally resulted in harm for us and our loved ones. They have clairvoyance so they can easily manipulate us by fueling our negative thoughts they are too familiar with. There are good spirits, but I don’t think we want to risk it.

    Our curiosity of the unknown world should be pacified by learning useful and correct knowledge that will help us in understanding what is around us. Our curiosity shouldn’t be lead to harm.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/zozo-the-ouija-board-demon.html
  • wooishen
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 09:50 PM
    Thank for sharing this amazing buddhist history …

    I looking and searching for this true history for quiet some times…

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-buddhist-kingdoms-of-indonesia.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 08:59 PM
    This is a very interesting article and thanks for sharing Beatrix. Never knew of so many capabilities that the animals have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/amazing-things-you-didnt-know-about-them.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 07:56 PM
    Thank you Stella for sharing your experience. I am very happy for you that you have overcome your reluctance to teach young children. To me it is a great breakthrough.

    You have proven that perseverance brings positive result. Your action surely inspire me and others to work harder for dharma.

    In addition, I would also like to thank all the KSDS teachers for working so hard to bring dharma to children.

    Most importantly thank you Rinpoche for building Kechara so we are able to practice and learn dharma here.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/volunteer-as-pre-school-dharma-teacher.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 03:56 PM
    First of all, this is really an important article that Dorje Shugden practitioners of trying times should read and understand. It provides the background on Dharma Protector, the ranks of Dharma Protector, as well as their relationship with the secular State governance.

    Secondly, and more importantly, this article draws parallel between Nechung and Dorje Shugden, which allow us to realize how lucky we are through the blessing of our Lama to be able to rely on enlightened Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden.

    I would like to share the few points that stood out to me:

    1. Dharma Protector’s role is to protect the Buddha’s teachings and its religious institutions against adversaries, to preserve the integrity of its teachings. It will also provide conducive circumstances and methods for practitioners to overcome inner enemies, negative emotions and outer difficulties.

    2. In our belief, Dharmapala are divided into 2 groups: a) supramundane protectors; who are usually emanations of enlightened beings and are beyond the six-realms of existence, naturally they are higher ranking than those of mundane nature. And, b) mundane protectors; who are resides within the six-realms of existence.

    3. Supramundane protector can appear in 2 forms: a) supramundane form such as Kalarupa, Palden Lhamo, Mahakala, and b) those who manifest in mundane forms like Setrap, Kache Marpo and Dorje Shugden.

    4. Pehar Gyalpo was originally from ancient Persia, he was bound by an oath to protect Tibetan Buddhism by Guru Rinpoche together with various other spirits. Pehar Gyalpo was installed as the guardian of the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, Samye monastery.

    5. Dorje Dragden is Pehar’s main minister, and through him Pehar began to communicate with the Tibetan government and its subjects through a medium who became known as the Nechung Oracle.

    6. Nechung Oracle is the State Oracles to the Tibetan government. Since the 16th century, State Oracles like Nechung have served as advisors to the Dalai Lamas and provided counsel on important decisions, especially those that concerned national security or religious expansion.

    7. Nechung Oracle has a track record of inaccurate predictions and there is a general belief that the trances by the Nechung Oracle are not really of Pehar Gyalpo or that Pehar Gyalpo’s pronouncements cannot be relied upon.

    8. René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz in his book Oracles and Demons of Tibet gave a clear indication that Pehar Gyalpo, through his many centuries of serving HHDL, he will achieve full enlightenment no longer stand as the chief of worldly Dharma Protectors. When he step downDorje Shugden will then take over his role, rising to be the next great protector of our time and the ‘chief Dharmapala of Tibet’ which means that he will be the most prominent Buddhist protector of the Tibetan Buddhist lineages.

    As such, all thies feud that was created for Dorje Shugden is really unnecessary. We should take a step back and realize that Dorje Shugden has become extremely popular the world over despite the controversy. As the Dalai Lama bans Dorje Shugden, he is still being worshipped in centers worldwide and especially growing in China. It could be true that Nechung and Dorje Shugden are working hand-in-hand for the sole purpose to protect the Dharma, especially the special teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for bringing this important piece of teaching to us in an organized and easy to understand manner.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 03:05 PM
    This is a truly amazing deck of fun facts about animals. I enjoy reading it very much as well as learning a great deal about animals that I never knew before. For example:
    1. Sharks cannot develop cancer – wow! I hope this is NOT the reason why people love shark fins.
    2. Oyster can change gender – what an ability!
    3. Octopuses have 9 brains – I wish we can too, then we can multitask better.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this article. It is very entertaining.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/amazing-things-you-didnt-know-about-them.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 02:56 PM
    This is truly a good beginning for a new chapter for animals. I rejoice that New Zealand is the first country in the world to recognize that animal, like us, human, are worthy of respect. By passing amendment on New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Bill, now New Zealander officially recognize all animals as sentient beings; i.e. have feelings in the same way that we, human, do. New Zealand had also passed bill on making it illegal for animal cruelty & abuse, animal research & testing, as well as all form of hunting and capture of wild animals.

    Congrats to New Zealander! You have brought humane and compassion to a new level in human history.

    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing this meaningful news to us. I hope more countries will follow New Zealand’s footstep, especially countries like China, South Korea, Vietnam, Spain who condone animal cruelties just to satisfy the human enjoyment or taste bud.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/new-zealand-officially-recognizes-all-animals-as-sentient-beings.html
  • sonny tan
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 10:28 AM
    sonny tan on May 31, 2016 at 10:27 am
    Thank you Pastor Antoinette, your article on rats, mice is indeed very intriguing and absorbing. I remembered way back that some people uses cages to trap the rats and when captured they pour hot water over the rats. It is actually a very inhuman and very cruel way of disposing these rats. Your article illustrate some very good preventive method which hopefully can be adopted so that less killing can be seen and karma not created. I have on many occassion disallowed it whenever I come across such methods being used by my own household people. I would volunteer to take this cage with the rats in it and release it somewhere faraway. By doing so it will also prevent them from creating unnecessary karma for themselves.
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Tuesday, May 31. 2016 01:11 AM
    Yeo Kwai Gin on May 30, 2016 at 10:11 pm
    财王金泽乃是多杰雄登的“增长”相,全身黄色,骑宝马。
    诚心恳求金泽,我们就能够祈请增长力量来到我们生活中,例如财富、寿命以及所有善德。
    克切拉禅修林的财王庙,现在已经开始有来自马来西亚各州的游客和新加坡的游客到来参观和祈福。修行上的人,诚心念诵心咒和祈愿文,有效地为他们解除生活上的障碍,累积资粮,让他们在修行的道路上更加精进与顺利。
    感谢詹杜固仁波切把财王带给我们,让每一个人都可以得到祂的加持与庇护。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/gyenze-chapel-chinese.html

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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?
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Spectacular outdoor Tsongkapa in Mongolia
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BEAUTIFUL Tara statue! Magnificent
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Vajradharma. In Vajra Yogini's tantra, we always visualize our root teacher in this form. We should see him in his divine form. 
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These are the tantric implements that a Tantrika must carry with them everywhere they go as part of their commitment
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Myself walking with my teacher the then abbot fo Gaden Shartse Monastery. H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe and I was leaving the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse and walking through the debate courtyard.
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Emperor Kangxi's official state seal
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Such a beautiful Yamantaka Statue
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Grand looking painting of the Gelug Savant His Holiness Chankgya Rolpai Dorje
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My shrine in Los Angeles back in 2014. I just came across this picture from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/look-what-i-found.html
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Very unique art work of Dorje Shugden
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Beautiful 7ft Tara arrives today. See the beautiful picture and video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okk8P3WIWFo
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35 Confessional Buddhas
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Please do not hate us
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Beautiful statue [image: Inline image 1]
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Such a stunning White Tara!
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Neerja's mother accepting the highest award in India on behalf of her daughter. Her daughter's bravery saved 300 people. Her strength, compassion and presence of mind during great tragedy earned Neerja a deep place in our hearts forever. Tsem Rinpoche
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Goddes supreme, with a wave of your right hand the 84,000 demonic interfering beings are repelled. With the powerful umbrella you hold in your left grants supreme protection upon your devotees. Although beautiful to behold you are fully attained and beyond samsara and a perfect refuge. Grant us protection, love and wisdom with your sacred mantra powerful Dukkar Goddess. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
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A good meme by Pastor Seng Piow!
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Gaden Jangtse Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Chojor together with Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
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May 31, 1990, the day Tsem Rinpoche was enthroned formally in Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Panglung Oracle in trance back in 1925
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More lamas/Tibetans are speaking up. This has nothing to do with Dorje Shugden ban although it helps the Dorje Shugden cause because there is more unrest and disharmony from many sectors within Tibetans showing the world so many are unhappy with the leadership.-Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche's strong letter to the Dalai Lama regarding giving religious freedom within the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism is a MUST READ- and he is applauded as courageous for writing this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
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The beautiful truth
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Manjushri notes
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Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
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The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
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How death is so near, yet I cherish my ego more than my guru, more than his instructions and my protector. They are the only ones significant at death for me and yet I still think I have time. Tsem Rinpoche 
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Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
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Because of the ban against Dorje Shugden followers started in 1996, 700 monks had to cut from Sera Mey Monastery and start this new monastery. This new Serpom Monastery located in South India still suffers tremendous hatred and prejudice, but the brave monks continue their practice and lineage.
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Vietnamese monk who self immolated hoping to bring change in his country. He sacrificed his life and sat still during the immense pain of his body burning.
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Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
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Such a wondrous place to be with such a view that heals the soul. Why live in a city where it is unnatural and polluted. Everyday in the city is a day away from where we belong. We belong among the greens, forest, mountains and clean air. We belong in such a place and doing our retreats, sadhanas and mantras to find the ultimate place of belonging and peace....the ultimate place is within us with a developed spiritual mind. Hard to achieve among distractions in the city. 
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This is the five foot Arya Avalokitesvara statue I have offered Gaden Shartse Monastery many years ago. It still graces the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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Painting of 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro- Did you know that 7 of the great throneholders of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism practiced Dorje Shugden and even composed extensive prayers to him? Take a look here and see what you can learn: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=98227
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This is a good motto to work by within a team.
2 months ago
Beautiful painting of Pandit Naropa
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Beautiful painting of Lord Buddha's miraculous birth.
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Beautiful image of Tara.
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This is a good read. Evocative and memory filled: http://www.davidlai.me/2015/04/20/memory-of-the-vw-van/
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Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche
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It was nice to meet them.
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Good friends came to visit me. I was happy to see them as they have brave hearts and pure samaya. Tsem Rinpoche
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Lef to right: Cousin Tsagan, dad, Aunt Meda, mom, sister Lidshma, cousin Liz, Aunt Elena, friend from France and Susie in Green dress. People whom I am fond of from the distant past..
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Some friends went on a spiritual pilgrimage to Nepal recently and when they returned they gifted me with these wonderful books on Yeti/Bigfoot which I don't have. Wow! I like to thank Ms. Yee Lee, Mr. Swee Keong, Ms. Phoebe Yong, Mr. CK Siah & Ms. Wei Theng for their generosity and indulging me in my bigfoot hobby. Tsem Rinpoche
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The famous 5th Panglung Oracle
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Mysterious print of Pelden Hlamo the Goddess protector
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This is a thangka of Cittamani Tara where her body mandala appears clearly. This image was circulated back in Thubten Dhargye Ling when HH Zong Rinpoche taught her sacred practice which was a pure vision of Thapu Dorje Chang. Thapu Dorje Chang received this practice in a pure vision. He was the guru of Pabongka Rinpoche.
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  • June 1, 2016 02:19
    Adiyadorj asked: Himy name is adiyadorj i currently living in los angeles city and i just got a baby boby on may 19 few days ago and my wife wanted to give em the name siddhi which we did but i asked from my indian friend she said its a girl name Is there any advice from you Thank you
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  • May 30, 2016 00:06
    Thorim asked: Is there a pratice to deal with social anxiety/ "bad" inhibition? Yet it is really hard for me to enjoy party and people with this anxiety that arise when I'm in public, it also make it difficult to help people with compassion in public, for example if a person fall and that there is a lot of people around, I have a really big "freeze" because of the social anxiety. Thanks
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  • May 29, 2016 05:01
    Lukas asked: What would happen if such a thing like everyone is nice and passionated about his "opponent" would become "reality" on this earth? Obviously theoretically lol My narcistic mind forces me to put reality and opponent in quotes duality you know. I'm a wise human being so (*word removed by admin*) reflected hah PS: I like you but seem a bit crazy try some of my western medicine my doctor is very patient about my neuroses and anger managment attempts...
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  • May 28, 2016 04:05
    Bradley asked: On page 43 of the Diamond Path. It states DS's emenations are endowed with the 27 enlightened activities, may I ask what are the 27?
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your question. The verse you are referring to is the first verse of the Praise to Dorje Shugden:
    “Though gone to the state of the Sugatas countless aeons ago, In order to benefit the teachings and migrators, as whatever tames beings, Your hundreds of emanations are endowed with the 27 enlightened activities; Praise to the pervading lord, mighty Dorje Shugden.”
    These twenty-seven enlightened activities are enumerated in the last verses of Chapter Eight of the Abhisamayalankara taught by Maitreya to Arya Asanga. It is commonly called the Ornament of Clear Realisation in English. This text is of great importance to most Tibetan Buddhist lineages and in the Lam Rim Chenmo, or Great Stages on the Path to Enlightenment, Lama Tsongkhapa actually states that it is the root text of the Lam Rim tradition as founded by Jowo Dipamkara Atisha. This text is still one the five great texts studied by monks in the Geshe programme throughout Gelug monasteries. A thorough explanation of these twenty-seven points is a topic of intense philosophical study, however I have listed them below:
    1. The enlightened being performs deeds that appease beings in the Six Realms (God Realm, Demi-god Realm, Human Realm, Animal Realm, Hungry Ghost Realm and Hell Realm).
    2. Bringing sentient beings to the Dharma using four ways: generosity, using good speech, training them according to their level of intelligence and in stages, and by practicing what they teach.
    3. Having the understanding of what defilements are and the methods of purifying them.
    4. The true character of their activities for the benefit of all sentient beings, which is from the basis of realising that all sentient beings do not exist inherently.
    5. The practice of the Six Perfections: generosity, morality, patience, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom.
    6. Teaching the virtuous path to Buddhahood, which is the abandonment of the 10 non-virtues: killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, divisive speech, harsh words, idle talk, covetousness, ill-will and wrong view.
    7. The practice of insight into the emptiness of all phenomena.
    8. The non-dual nature of all phenomena.
    9. The understanding that all dharmas as being merely conventional symbols.
    10. The insight into the absence of a basis in all dharmas.
    11. The maturing of living beings along their spiritual path through skilful means.
    12. The path of a Bodhisattva.
    13. The systematic effort to block all inclinations to make realistic assumptions.
    14. The attainment of enlightenment.
    15. A residence in various Buddha-fields.
    16. Displaying the form of a being who is to take only one more rebirth, thereby ensuring the attainment of enlightenment.
    17. Working tireless for the benefit of all sentient beings in cyclic existence.
    18. The virtuous acts which consist in looking after all beings.
    19. The limbs of enlightenment.
    20. The condition in which the fruits of his actions are never lost, diminish or extinguished.
    21. The vision of true reality, knowing all phenomena of experience.
    22. The forsaking of all perverted views.
    23. The cognition which allows the understanding of the method which allows him to forsake the perverted views assuming the absence of all entities.
    24. The state of complete purity.
    25. The ability to have various forms to engage in various activities, which results from his pure condition.
    26. The comprehension of the non-distinction between conditioned and unconditioned phenomena.
    27. Nirvana – full and complete enlightenment.
    When listing them out completely, it can get somewhat overwhelming to understand how this relates to us as practitioners. In order to make them more relatable, they have been categorised into three parts, which make us understand them better:
    1. Activities through which the Buddhas bring beings to the Dharma.
    2. Activities through which the Buddhas help sentient beings to practice the Dharma.
    3. Activities through which the Buddhas help sentient beings to achieve enlightenment.
    In essence, all the emanations of Dorje Shugden display the above twenty-seven activities. In brief these bring people to the Dharma, help beings practice the Dharma and ultimately help beings gain full and complete enlightenment themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 27, 2016 02:34
    T asked: Is there a teaching to deal with insomnia and fatigue?
    pastor answered: Dear T, Both insomnia and fatigue can be caused by a worried or stressed mind, if not from physical exhaustion. In this case, one needs to calm the mind and relax the body in order to ease insomnia and fatigue. There are many techniques that can help with this. I’ll mention two here. The first is mental quiescence meditation or single pointed concentration meditation. Even with this there are many methods you can use, but to make it simple, you can use the breath as your focus. This is known as breathing meditation. To practice this, sit in a quiet place either cross legged or in a chair if you prefer. And simply become aware of your breathing, concentrating on the space between your upper lip and your nose. Gently become aware of breathing in and out. If any thought comes into your mind, do not get carried away with the thought, but simply bring your focus back to your breathing and let the thought disappear by itself. There are other more advanced methods once you are familiar with breathing meditation, which can be found in texts such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Pabongka Rinpoche (Day 21), which concentrates on a visualised image of Buddha Shakyamuni instead of the breath. But one things to remember is that meditation can be difficult for people, so it is better to start with short sessions, not longer than 5-10 minutes at first. Gradually over time you will be able to increase this time frame. The key to meditation is to consistently engage in it every day. This shouldn’t be difficult because it is only 5-10 minutes long. The second is to engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, concentrating on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra. This is an extremely beneficial practice as it invokes upon the energies and blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa, and helps to significantly calm the mind, even if we are not consciously aware how troubled our mind is. Concentrating on the mantra recitation also acts as focus for single pointed concentration as well. You can watch a commentary to this practice by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. If you are interested in this practice, there is a box set which can help you start the practice available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english and a written commentary available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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