Body of a courtesan in nine stages

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I found this to be interesting. Obviously people have had attachments to the body which causes us to take up actions that bind us for a lifetime pulling us away sometimes from higher spiritual attainments. We think we can do something for a while, but it just leads us deeper and deeper till we are stuck. The Buddhist practice of meditating on the body decomposing is not something to be morbid or fantasy or something that is whimsical. The decomposition of our body will happen one day. So when we fast forward and meditate on this eventual truth, it helps us to bring our lives into true perspectives immediately. A courtesan is a thing of beauty, refinement, art and pleasures. To meditate on a courtesan’s ‘truth’ body of eventuality is powerful to bring the eventuality home. The irony of this thing of extreme beauty ‘designed’ for sensory pleasure having the ability to decay into something putrid, horrid and unrecognizable is a reality of all our bodies. In fact everything in existence’s nature is this truth which is decay, decomposition and it’s final. So this makes it an object ‘perfect’ for meditation. Of course this can be substituted for anything we have attachments for. The female body is no worse than the male’s. But previous patriarchal societies tend to focus the female as more an object of pleasure be it right or wrong.

Actually if we think about it carefully, we have 9 actual obvious orifices on our bodies besides the thousands of pores. The substances that come out of these orifices are putrid, smelly, toxic, dirty and filled with germs. Whether it is ear wax, snots, eye mucus, saliva, urine, feces or just sweat from all of our pores, these are dirty and not clean in nature. If our body is left to its ‘natural’ state unmanaged, only impurities are produced from it. Why are we attracted to these foul discharges? Why are we attracted to the foul body that produces these discharges is the point of this illustration. This goes for male and female. So when a person meditates on these qualities of the body, it is to create a distance and space by using the truth of the nature of the body to focus on more higher purposes of the body than just eating, copulating, sleeping, dressing, indulgences of the senses. We get lost on the daily maintenance and pleasuring of the body. Our lives are spent in this way and just passes us by quickly. As a result of realizing this true nature of the body, one sees the body as an actual and perfect vehicle to pursue one’s spiritual aspirations and gain spiritual results that is related to the temporary body but not a permanent component of the body. The body is therefore used as a vehicle to house the mind to gain spiritual attainments. One’s pursuits and aims become spiritual and not maintenance based for the body. With all the maintenance we give the body, in the end it just abandons us and dies and decomposes. No amount of maintenance can prevent this truth.  This meditation results in a person not being overly attached to the body and uses it for a higher purpose that goes beyond self indulgences.

The amount of work in exercise, medication, food, sustenance, sleep, cleaning, hygiene necessary to the body’s intact and well-being  is already daily and time consuming. Never ending in fact.  Why add to that? We end up spending all of our time to just maintaining the body and in the end we just discard it like we leave a hotel room. So the purpose of this meditation is to focus on the transitory nature of our bodies, and all the work we put into maintaining and pleasuring will end up just in a pile of bloating decomposition makes us think how we can spend our time better. We should use our temporary body for something more and better. Something that is useful in this life for ourselves, those around us and our future lives. We should maintain our bodies, keep it healthy and clean but for the express purpose of spiritual gains and not simply for the sake of maintenance and pleasure. We don’t over focus and get caught up with cleaning, fixing, decorating a hotel room which we are just borrowing. Why waste so much time on something temporary?

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Body of a courtesan in nine stages: A 19th century study of decomposition

BY STRANGEREMAINS on JUNE 24, 2014 


Painting, handscroll. Body of a courtesan in nine stages of decomposition. Ink and colour on silk. Image credit: The British Museum

 

“Body of a Courtesan in Nine Stages” was painted on handscroll by Japanese artist Kobayashi Eitaku in the 1870’s. It’s not unusual for artists to study corpses and body parts because of their need to learn about the human form, and because of the historical connection between the science of anatomy and artistic illustration. What makes this style unique is that it’s part of a Japanese artistic tradition devoted specifically to the study of human postmortem changes that stretches back hundreds of years.

“Body of a Courtesan in Nine Stages” is an example of kusozu, the illustration of a decomposing corpse, that was popular in Japanese art from about the 13th to 19th centuries. Kusozu was inspired by Buddhist beliefs that urged followers to meditate on the temporary nature of life and the physical world by contemplating postmortem changes. The below panels illustrate nine stages of death that include: (1) dying; (2) newly deceased or fresh; (3) skin discoloration and bloat during early decomposition; (4) leakage of blood in early decomposition; (5) skin slippage, marbling, and leakage of purge fluid during early decomposition; (6) caving of abdominal cavity and exposure of internal organs during advanced decomposition; (7) animal scavenging during advanced decomposition; (8) skeletonization; and (9) extreme decomposition.

Though the painting maybe religious and/or scientific in nature, according to the British Museum it also has erotic themes. Because the subject matter is a courtesan, the curator notes for this piece at the British Museum say that this handscroll also falls into the genre of erotic art, or shunga. The word shunga means picture of spring in Japanese. The word “spring” is a common synonym for sex.

Below are all 9 panels. All images come from The British Museum.

 


 


 


 


 




 

 

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  1. TekLee on Sep 5, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the wonderful artile. Realising that we should not attach to our body so much, it is because in the end, it will decompose and back to the nature. However, we need to remain healthy so that we can use this body to conribute more in Dharma, it is because we are very fortunate to be born in human form this life, with complete body and wisdom to think and make decision. Thus, we should use this body to do more Dharma.
    Thank you again Rinpoche for the article.

    Best regards,
    TekLee

  2. Carmen Koo on Sep 5, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this article, and a stark reminder to something that we take for granted. We treasure our bodies tremendously, we fit it in the best clothes, the best jewellery, the most expensive bags and shoes, we take it to travel the world, and give it the best foods (sometimes at the expense of the lives of other animals!), but yet, everything that comes out from our body is putrid – from sweat, to blood, to mucus, phlegm, wax, faeces etc, no matter how much resources we spend on our bodies. We spend so much money, time, energy and effort, to take care of our body, which is decaying to something that would be indistinguishable from one another eventually. From the moment we are born, we are closer to death. When we are able to realise that, it wakes us up to ‘using’ our bodies for a bigger purpose – to help and benefit others more than ourselves through our actions, deeds, thoughts, speech. Most of us are given a golden opportunity with our body’s faculties fully intact, our senses, and a precious life, so what do we do with it? We can spend our whole lives acquiring and obtaining, and beautifying the body which will result in not much, or we can maintain our bodies, as we need to, but use it to collect merit, like an offering to the Buddhas, by doing Dharma, or even beneficial works for others. Our choice makes the difference and our realisation of our eventual decaying body propels us to that.

    Carmen

  3. justin cheah on Sep 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this teaching. What strike me the most is that it is very rare that we take rebirth as a human form in our samsara cycle. It is precious for us to seize this rare chance of collecting merits and continuing my spiritual practice because after death, my karma follows me like my shadow and i will not have any control to it.

    Whatever we did to our body during the life time will have no value and will not help us in our karma (in fact it will only create more negative karma for us because of over indulgence on our body). Our body will just rot away and all the effort and money we invested on this ‘vehicle’ this life will not matter anymore. What matters is that what we did with our body form to benefit others, as a vehicle to collect merits and develop our spiritual paths.

    As the chance of taking rebirth as a human is rare, we must make use of this chance to develop our spiritual path and not to waste this opportunity. Thank you Rinpoche for keep reminding us about this, showing us the reality and serve us this beautifully honest wake up call.

  4. Carsden on Sep 5, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    隨著時代的變遷,人在短暫的年華裡,把大部分精力都投注在外在而非內在,結果演變成人心的空蕩。追求美麗的事物是正常的,但絕不應過度。如今,『華而不實』已成普遍,理所當然,而沒有人察覺其實身體正在出賣自己。當你“裝飾”她,她給你外在的美麗,但身體裏頭卻悄悄地腐蝕,包括身理與心理。

    仁波切利用『飯店』來比喻人類的身體,真是恰當,將謹記於心。

    Thank you Rinpoche!

  5. KarenC on Sep 5, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I remembered Rinpoche spoke about how we are so attached to our body using the examples of the substances that come out of the 9 orifices. Imagine we have an empty pail in front of us, and slowly we put in the smelly, toxic and dirty substances i.e urine, saliva, feces and sweat produced by our body, and now the pail is full.

    Then we carry this pile of substances everywhere with us, to travel, work, bedroom, restaurants, clubs etc. It may sound gruesome to some, however Rinpoche said before it’s exactly how we spent so much time maintaining our body on daily basis. We go for facial, hair salon, plastic surgery just to look good. Then we go travel/eat/play/work and make sure we fulfil our desire and be happy about it.

    When one is overly-obsessed by the beauty of our body, the above analogy is a great reminder for us to refrain from wasting time/effort/money on unnecessary indulgence/desire/attachment that is contrary to the core teaching of Buddhism.

  6. Sock Wan on Sep 5, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    We will age, this is a natural process. We cannot stop the aging process, our body, our appearance do not stay the same, spending so much time and effort to hold on to something impermanent is a waste. It is better to cultivate our mind, our good qualities because these are something we bring along with us when we die. Our lives are short, it is better to spend the limited time cultivating a positive mind and attitude than to find ways to maintain the look or the body that eventually will betray us.

  7. Vivian Ong on Sep 5, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the informative article. This article teaches us not to be attached so much with our body and also with the worldly things. This is because one day this body will degenerate and won’t last. We will die and we will leave this body. So, might as well we use this body to do something good and meritorious that we can bring to our future lives. Thank you _/\_

    Regards,
    Vivian

  8. jerry_sito on Sep 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    感谢仁波切的教诲与开示,

    人生,我们需要注重我们的仪容与身体,那是因为我们必须互相尊重与出于礼貌,但是我们却不能这样却物极必反,如果过了头,那么就会变成是一份执着,而这份执着将只会带来“痛苦”…..

    每一个人,无论您是什么样的身份地位,也无论你在生前多么的美丽与俊俏,即使我今天是一位贵妇抑或是一位妓女,当死亡来临的那一个,其实大家所面对的过程,其实是一样与没有分别的,每一个人都必须经历生老病死的过程,我们听的多,我非常感兴趣的读到这篇贴子关于死亡后所面对的整个过程其实大家都是一样的…

    即使今生我们因着不同的因果而受生不同的身份地位,我们也因着不同的因果而对与不同的人事物“执着”而沉沦与痛苦,其实到生命结束的那一刻,大家是一样的,我们善待彼此吧….

    谢谢
    Jerry

  9. Su Ming on Sep 5, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    The depiction by this artist of the courtesan is very interesting. Is true that our body once we are born will just continue to degenerate as we age. And that cannot be stopped even if we have all the money in the world to do any from of surgery. It will just degenerate until we die.

    We see this all around, from our own parents to ourselves that nothing we can do to stop death or aging. Therefore, Rinpoche often teaches us to contemplate on death, not because we are morbid but because by accepting death, we will let go of our attachments, the very reasons that brought us down in this life.

    “Age gracefully” is not how you look, but what you are doing and have done that makes a person beautiful and that cannot be erase with age.

  10. Wylfred Ng on Sep 5, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享

    仁波切也曾经多次在不同场合给予关于我们身体本质的法教。

    我们身体就是我们最大的“叛徒”。 无论我们如何照顾、保清洁我们的身体或外表, 我们还是一样会变老、皮肤失去光泽、皱纹细纹等等都会出现在我们脸上。 姑且不说这些长期的老化现象, 就算是我们今天早上已经洗澡, 把身体洗刷一番, 出门之前还喷香水, 一天结束过后我们的身体还是一样会肮脏, 发出臭味。 这就是我们身体的本质, 所有排出我们身体的汗、尿等等都是肮脏的。

    所以我们应该好好利用我们有限的身体利益别人, 修行佛法。 我们的身体总有一天会坏, 唯有我们所做的功德会随着我们死后决定我们的下一世。

    谢谢

  11. William Chua on Sep 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    It is true that there is a lot of work needed to maintain our body and all it does is to deteriorate as the days goes by. If we do not take care of it, then it will degenerate faster. So, all that we do and spend in taking care of our body, to beautify it will end up in a decomposed pile when we die. Hence, we will need to meditate on death so that we will not be so attached to our body that we lose focus on what is important.

    The fact that we have a human body is the most fortunate thing we could have this life because it allows us to study and practice Dharma to gain enlightenment. It is the most conducive of the six realms. And we will not know when we will have this opportunity again.

  12. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 15, 2015 at 2:10 am

    This is an interesting way to meditate on death. As how Rinpoche explained it, the body of a courtesan is defined as an object of sense pleasure, and by seeing how a courtesan’s body decaying, it acts to help us to see what are the truly essential things we need to do.

  13. Sock Wan on Sep 3, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Asian culture is greatly influenced by Buddhism. This art piece clearly depicted no matter how beautiful we are, we will die one day. We cannot escape the process of decomposition which our beautiful face and body will rot and smell, eventually what remains is a pile of white bones.

    Realising it, it is important to prepare for our death while less obsessed in making ourselves look beautiful all the time.

    Buddhism in Japan used to be very popular and widely practised. It is a pity that not many young people in Japan are practising Buddhism now.

  14. Joy Kam on Aug 21, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this enlightening post on IMPERMANENCE and a great reminder of what we are made off. To remind us that we should be less attached, not just our temporary shell (our body and beauty), but to also the desires of the senses.

    The artist have beautifully illustrated this singular powerful truth of our state and by using the courtesan as the object representing “desire” is very clever. A courtesan is trained from young to be an artist of pleasure in all aspects of art and intellect, she is admired, desired, and sort after by many. However she is merely an illusion, moulded to enhance attachments. Truth is even something as beautiful as a courtesan will one day wither, die, decompose, smell, rot and be eaten my maggots.

    The illustration of the process of how she decays highlights the ultimate truth of our human body. This meditation helps us not only to appreciate life, it also helps us cut our desires and attachments and on top of that remind us how we should use it… that is with purpose and not of the samsaric kind. To be wise and not be fooled by the courtesan (samsara), for it is all but a temporary illusion. Samsara uses and plays with our desires to latch us on to creating more negative karma, more vicious cycle to be stuck in samsara.

    The courtesan reminds us of our immortality so we can choose the right path to take. The only path where we can rely on, the one true path that is permanent – the Dharma.

  15. Beatrix Ooi on Jul 8, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Some people may find the illustrations slightly gruesome, I must say that I was pretty shocked when I first saw these pictures. It’s normal to feel disgusted or shocked but I think that we also need to realise that this is the nature of our bodies, what comes out from our bodies are either smelly or dirty. We all will have to come to this point when we are dead, what’s important is that all the things we did when we were alive was not a waste of time.

    This is just my personal views and I am not judging anyone, I am really sorry if it disturbs your mind. People party, drink and have all the fun they want, they definitely have the rights to do all these. But if we were to think about it carefully, are these activities beneficial? What’s important is that does it benefit us and others? When we go out have fun and drink all we want, we make our parents and friends worry, this is definitely not benefiting them nor us.

    So why spend our whole life doing all these when we can actually use our time to help others instead? When we have done something beneficial, we will realise that the happiness we get from benefiting others very rewarding and encouraging, it inspires us and others to do more and benefit more people. I think that this is what happiness is all about, it is not something we feel great about for a moment and then nothing happens.

    We may not be able to do much for now, but if we start off with doing small things or making tiny little changes, we create the cause for us to do more in the future and more people will be inspired to do the same. Do you know why? Because they see the positive transformation in us, and IT IS inspiring. 🙂

  16. Julia Tan on Jul 3, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the paintings. Having a human body is so rare and so precious because this body enable us to have the desire to liberate ourselves from samsara and attain Buddhahood. Unfortunately, we misused our body for more samsaric activities such as making money, enjoying the body, cheating others, killing each other and etc instead of using it to practice Dharma. We turned it into a vehicle that create more negative karma and we forgot about impermanence. We wasted the beautiful body that we received due to our effort and practice that we have done, the positive and merits that we accumulated from our pass lives.

  17. Edwin Tan on Jun 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    The art work is so beautifully drawn.

    What is amazing is that what Rinpoche teaches on impermanence and non-attachment to our bodies because it is temporary.. is also being illustrated hundreds of years ago in the 19th century.

    Whether it is in Malaysia, Sinagpore, India, Tibet or Japan, the essence of Dharma teachings are same.

    How true it is to depict our body as hotel rooms, and we are only “using” or “borrowing” it temporary to achieve higher and better useful means for ourselves and others in this lifetime and future.

    The 9 stages of the drawings are indeed mind opening.

  18. Datuk May on Jun 23, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    What an impact on my mind about the excretion from our major orifices and the thousands of pores are substances that are most unclean and contaminated.
    Yet in our ignorance we hold onto the body which will age and create issues for us if we hold on to it.

    The illustrations from these paintings are so profound that it makes us silly to even be bothered to be attached to our physical form of the body. It will fail us, unlike the care of our mind which well nurtured will bring great benefit to us.

    We take nothing with us when our body fails and decay on death but only our Karma and the mind.

    Protect not the physical form but the mind and karma.

  19. Vinnie Tan on Jun 23, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Our body is indeed just a temporary vehicle that we reside in for this lifetime. It constantly betrays us despite the constant care and love that we shower it with. Betraying us through illnesses, and other things that it does that will consume our time just to maintain and make it pleasant.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us these illustrations. It very obviously shows us what happens after death. No matter how much effort we put into making it look good or even caring for it, the body still betrays us. There is nothing that we are able to do when that happens.

    Through the illustrations it shows us very clearly why we should not constantly be so hung over about making it look good. We should be focusing on the things that will benefit us in the long run and not something that is so temporary that changes and betrays us constantly.

    The illustrations have made it even clearer to me that we came with nothing and will definitely leave with nothing. What will happen to us is that the body decomposes and then we will be back to ashes that will only go to the ground. People forgetting who we are as time passes.

  20. Pastor David Lai on Jun 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Incredible teaching on the impermanence of our bodies. The incredible thing is that we know this intellectually but our attachment to the pleasures of the senses blinds us. We don’t realize the futility of many of our actions of just pleasuring this body and using it to create more negative karma. Such rare art forms goes against mainstream culture of only seeking pleasure. Thank you rinpoche for an incredible experience of reminding ourselves of our mortality before it is too late.

  21. Kevin W on Jun 17, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for reminding that

    everything is ephemereal and is simply vibrating at a level which we see & perceived as real

    but there’s actually nothing there, but energy.

    Just Emptiness.

    With folded hands.

  22. sandra on Jun 16, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    How deceiving and how sad but how liberating. Thank you Rinpoche.

  23. Stella on Jun 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing the Kusozu by Japanese artist Kobayashi Eitaku. The images of a decomposing body is a vivid interpretation of impermanence. I agree with Sharon that this is a very good reminder to ourselves that our body is nothing but an empty shell after our death. We should make good use of it now before it is too late.

    With folded palms, sincerely and humbly,
    Stella

  24. Loh Ann Leong (Penang) on Jun 16, 2015 at 4:34 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. This had reminds me how impermanence of our body are which eventually will leave and decomposed at its will.

  25. Steve Setera on Jun 16, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Tashi Delek, Tulku

    this is a wonderful reminder of this bag of bones we work so hard to make look good. When i lived in Malaysia i had attended Ven Mahinda’s contemplation of the body meditations… powerful.

  26. Sharon Ong on Jun 16, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The graphic images are a good reminder of how our bodies are just an empty shell after we die. It is a good note to myself to use this temporary vessel meaningfully to the best of my abilities in this short time that I have left.

    With folded hands, thank you for this post.

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    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
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    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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This is a good one to read
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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