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Small town boy who crisscrossed the big, big world in a mental wander.

Trained in classical guitar, math, science and as an economist, retired as an investment banker.

Hit by a thunderbolt in the form of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and his sublime audio, video and written teachings.

Now starting a new journey with Dharma in mind.
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Dorje Shugden in Nyingma Pemayangtse Monastery, Sikkim

Jun 11, 2018
Dorje Shugden in Nyingma Pemayangtse Monastery, Sikkim

One of the earliest modern academic references to Dorje Shugden can be found in Professor L. Austine Waddell’s description of Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim...

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A Tibetan Solution Uncovered in Modern Diplomacy

May 12, 2018
A Tibetan Solution Uncovered in Modern Diplomacy

In his latest article, investigative author Dr Andrea Galli sees an opportunity for a practical solution towards the Dalai Lama returning to his homeland – through de-escalating tensions with China on many fronts...

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Posted in Current Affairs & News, Dorje Shugden | 21 Comments »

Nepal and China: Two Old Civilisations Embrace

Mar 17, 2018
Nepal and China: Two Old Civilisations Embrace

As described by Jayadeva Ranade in a recent article “China rises in Nepal, eyes Lumbini”, a flurry of financial and other assistance has been pouring into Nepal...

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Empress Xiaozhuang Wen: Kangxi’s Mongolian Grandmother

Jul 8, 2017
Empress Xiaozhuang Wen: Kangxi’s Mongolian Grandmother

I’ve always been curious about how famous individuals, good or nasty or neither, are “made”. Hence when I encountered the biographies of Emperor Kangxi’s grandmother, Empress Xiaozhuang Wen, also honored as “Mother of the Qing Dynasty” by later generations, I thought to share it with readers of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s blog. Empress...

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Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei (1642 – 1708)

May 31, 2017
Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei (1642 – 1708)

In 1642, a reincarnation of one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciples was born the son of a very poor herdsman in Mongolia. Gifted and recognized as a “khuvilgaan” or tulku at the young age of three, Luvsanperenlei would breeze through his local monastic education and later moved to Lhasa, Tibet to attend Drepung Monastery where...

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Tsem Rinpoche’s Torghut Ancestry | 詹杜固仁波切的土尔扈特血统

May 15, 2017
Tsem Rinpoche’s Torghut Ancestry | 詹杜固仁波切的土尔扈特血统

(译文请往下阅读) Who are the Kalmyks? Prior to the 15th Century and a long time ago, there were many west Mongolian tribes who referred to themselves by their respective tribal names. Spread throughout this region are countless archeological sites with petroglyphs, cave paintings, standing stone monuments and ancient forts that date back as far as 10,000 years. By the 15th Century, four major West Mongolian tribes had formed an alliance, adopting “Dörben Oirat” as their collective name. However, this alliance subsequently dissolved and the...

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Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace!

Apr 5, 2017
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace!

The Origins of Wedding Vows In Western civilisations, Christian marriages are generally understood and recognised as occurring at a wedding, where the bride and groom profess to each other what are called “Wedding Vows”. Wedding vows in the form of “To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for...

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The Kechara Forest Retreat is a unique holistic retreat centre focused on the total wellness of body, mind and spirit. This is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration in a natural forest environment. At Kechara Forest Retreat, we are committed to give back to society through instilling the next generation with universal positive values such as kindness and compassion.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 11:32 AM
    The Third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso, was born to a rich family. At the age of three, Sonam Dakpa Gyaltsen, the ruler of Tibet, and Panchen Sonam Dakpa recognized Sonam Gyatso as the reincarnation of Gedun Gyatso. He was escorted to Drepung monastery in a great procession and was enthroned. He founded many monasteries in Mongolia, Eastern Tibet Sonam Gyatso became the abbot of Drepung monastery and the abbot of Sera monastery. He was bestowed by the Mongolian ruler as The third Dalai Lama. He travelled extensively throughout Mongolia, performing miracles and teaching, spreading the Dharma till his death.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this short biography of the third Dalai Lama.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-third-dalai-lama-sonam-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 11:30 AM
    Gendun Gyatso the Second Dalai Lama was born to in a noble family. His father was a well-known yogic practitioner. Gendun Gyatso was a special child ,at the age of four he could remembered his past lives and told his parents he wished to live in the Tashilhunpo monastery. He could even told his parents, his birth name and his father was Lobsang Drakpa, which was Tsongkapa’s ordination name. .At age of eleven he was recognized as the reincarnation of Gendun Drupa, the first Dalai Lama, and was enthroned at Tashi Lhunpo monastery. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this biography of the second Dalai Lama.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-second-dalai-lama-gendun-gyatso.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 06:38 AM
    In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 10:52 PM
    It is a really huge place. Can’t imagine that all items are gift to others. Rinpoche has showed us that when we give, we create the cause to receive offering as well. This is the nature of karma. Be generous and compassion to all. Thank you Rinpoche for your care and love to everyone.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/whats-in-rinpoches-warehouse-%e4%bb%81%e6%b3%a2%e5%88%87%e7%9a%84%e4%bb%93%e5%ba%93%e6%9c%89%e4%bb%80%e4%b9%88%ef%bc%9f.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 12:36 PM
    Interesting biography of Gendun Drub who was identified as an emanation of bodhisattva of compassion. He was born the son of a nomadic farmers and there’s a legend about his birth where a large black raven protect him from intruders, crows and wild vultures. The black raven an emanation of Mahakala was told . He lived the life of a shepherd until the age of seven showing early inclination for a religious life. He was sent to the monastery and studied under many great famous scholars and was a student of the Je Tsongkhapa . He was posthumously given the title of First Dalai lama. He remained the abbot of Tashilhunpo Monastery until his death.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-first-dalai-lama-gendun-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 12:36 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this short biography of Pakpa Lodro Gyeltsen. Amazing… Pakpa Lodro Gyeltsen has a very good memory as he can mastered eight volumes of works that he taught and has given oral texts commentary. He would recite the mantras of Avalokitesvara and Manjushri thousands of times each day. He did serve as a teacher to numerous abbots of Gelug monasteries in Lhasa too. Inspiring post of a great master.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pakpa-lodro-gyeltsen.html
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 01:22 AM
    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing such a beautiful Buddha image and prayer. There are many stories about practitioners who have very strong faith in what they practice and ultimately, they gain attainments from that single practice. The nun was very kind to write this prayer and give us the opportunity to practice so we can be benefited from it as well. Her result proved that prayer and mantra are powerful, but we must have faith.

    https://www.facebook.com/TsemTulkuRinpoche/photos/a.10150226829158785/10155808993073785/?type=3&theater
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 01:17 AM
    While we are still alive, we should be preparing for our death. Accumulate good karmas and merits which we can bring with us to our next life. Good food, good car, big house, nice handbags are things we enjoy now but cannot bring with us when we die.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/photo_180811135916_0.jpg
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 01:12 AM
    How often do we do something virtuous? When we are free, we like to go shopping, meeting up with friends, eating, drinking, doing sports or traveling. All these activities don’t bring us long-term benefits, the benefits we enjoy after we are dead.

    For Malaysians, due to Tsem Rinpoche’s kindness, we are very fortunate to have a holy and beautiful Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) in Bentong to let us accumulate merit and purify our negative Karma. These people gathered in KFR to do something virtuous together, how wonderful!

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/kfr-updates/tblogpics-m9cqihn5l2.jpg
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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 10:03 PM


    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the info and benefit of the above plants. My office used to have plants but no enough as suggested by the article. With this knowledge I hope more will get at least some small plants to put on the working table. We need fresh air and more greens in the office to keep the environment fresh.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/making-air-fresh-in-your-house.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 11:33 AM
    Padampa Sangye was an Indian yogi and spiritual master from southern India. He was well known for bringing Indian Buddhist teachings to China and Tibet and has travelling extensively his whole life throughout in India, Tibet, and China. He is counted as a lineage guru by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism , well known teacher and many prominent figures came to receive teachings from him. Wow …he was at Wutaisan too meditating ,teaching and in retreat until his death. He is well remembered for his support of women practitioners. That’s great.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great master.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/padampa-sanggye.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 11:32 AM
    Interesting article …..Professor Reginald Ray shares about the importance and impact rituals mainly for westerners or non believer or non Buddhist. For many Westerners , they tend to view unseen beings as superstition . I do believe of that unseen beings do exist. They are always around us and we should keep in mind that as long as we do not disturb them , respect them they will do no harm in return. Ritual is a way of communicating with beings who really are out there . In Tibetan Buddhism, ritual is used in relation both to the seen and the unseen worlds. Buddhism is a path of mind transformation., meditation, visualization and so forth.
    Professor Reginald Ray explained a very deep insight of Tibet Buddhism , the traditional Tibetans and Western cultures.
    Well I have still lot more to learn from this post and I will read again to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this sums up the core concepts of Tibetan Buddhism.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/on-the-importance-of-relating-to-unseen-beings.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 01:17 AM
    Malaysia is a multi-racial, multi-religion and multi-cultural country. However, everyone here lives in harmony and respects each other’s differences. All of us celebrate the festivals together.
    There are many festivals of different cultures being celebrated in Malaysia. For examples, the Indian festival Thaipusam, Chinese New Year, Muslim Hari Raya, to name a few.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/top-ten-events-and-festivals-to-visit-in-malaysia.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 01:15 AM
    The more we are developed and advanced, the more we are exposed to harmful elements. For examples, the radiation from the technology devices, dust, carbon monoxide, chemicals found in the household products, etc. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of these harmful elements naturally without using chemicals. Plants like English Ivy, Bamboo Palm, Ficus and many more are good to purify our living environment. Some of then can be put indoor, some are planted outdoor. These plants are ideal to green up our environment and at the same time serve as a purifier.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/10-houseplants-that-can-purify-the-air-in-your-house.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 01:12 AM
    This is a great news! New Zealand has officially made it illegal to use animals in research and testing, people who are involved in animal cruelty cases will be prosecuted. This new law is passed on the basis that animals can experience positive and negative emotions too. Even though animals can’t talk but they can feel the pain, they have fear in them too.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/new-zealand-officially-recognizes-all-animals-as-sentient-beings.html
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Today Melaka team distributed surplus food to the needy 35 families home in Kampung Bukit Rambai and thank you to all volunteers who helped today! 今天馬六甲克切拉香積廚派送35家貧窮家戶比如蔬菜、水果、面包等等,感謝團隊的付出。我們希望更多的人可以行善,做好事。我們不分宗教不分宗族. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Today Melaka team distributed surplus food to the needy 35 families home in Kampung Bukit Rambai and thank you to all volunteers who helped today! 今天馬六甲克切拉香積廚派送35家貧窮家戶比如蔬菜、水果、面包等等,感謝團隊的付出。我們希望更多的人可以行善,做好事。我們不分宗教不分宗族. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you to staffs from Motorola Solutions for helping to deliver basic groceries to some needy families. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you to staffs from Motorola Solutions for helping to deliver basic groceries to some needy families. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: www.tsemrinpoche.com
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We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
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They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
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Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
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So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:)  Lin Mun KSDS
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He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:) Lin Mun KSDS
Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace explaining to children the method to make chef hat. Lin Mun KSDS
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