The Mala

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I lived in a family that was Mongolian and my Mongolian stepmother in Howell, New Jersey was very religious and at the same time, extremely superstitious. Every Mongolian household in Howell – and there were a couple of hundred of us – would have a Buddhist shrine room or shrine area in their homes. That means they would have a room dedicated to the Buddha where they would have shelves there, they would have images, pictures, tsa tsas, paintings, thangkas and statues of the Buddha and that’s where they would keep their blessed items, their rosaries and all that.

Just like every other Mongolian house, our house had a shrine room and the shrine room was right next to my bedroom. That shrine room was basically used for when the monks came over to do chanting and prayer occasionally. So, the shrine room was pretty much off limits to me because my mother felt that the shrine room was very sacred and that people shouldn’t just go in and out and touch it or move this and that around and defile it. That was how she used to think.

So, our shrine room had a Medicine Buddha statue on top and it was very beautiful. It was made of clay, fully painted and was about 16 inches. It was brought from the ‘old country’ where they emigrated from. There was also a Green Tara framed photo, there was a Tsongkhapa photo, there was a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, there was also a Green Tara tsa tsa and a 4-armed Avalokiteshvara tsa tsa in a ghau (container box) along with our malas and offerings would be made in the front.

So, I wasn’t really allowed to go in there all the time because I was a kid and my mother was afraid that I would touch this and that and defile the place. But I used to sneak in there anyway and just hang out and look at the Buddhas and offer incense because I liked the room very much. I felt very connected. She had around five malas or rosaries which are Buddhist prayer beads. A mala has 108 beads that are used for doing mantras. So, we had five in our family. We had one red one that, I don’t really know what it was made from. It’s red, shiny and it’s beautiful and I like that one. Then, there was a bigger wooden one, a sandalwood one, and another wooden one and there was a big plastic one.

 This is the exact street I was playing in the rain and found the mala. The white house on the right is my family home where I grew up in New Jersey.

This is the exact street I was playing in the rain and found the mala. The white house on the right is my family home where I grew up in New Jersey.

And so, whenever we go to the temple, everybody would take their own mala. So, my mother would grab the mala tray from the altar and we pick the mala we want to use on that day. My father would always grab the big plastic one that was brown in colour because his hands were big and my mother would grab the little red one and if I could grab the red one myself, I would grab it myself because it was shiny and I liked it.

But I wasn’t allowed to touch those malas on non-temple days. So, on days we are not going to the temple to do prayers, I am not allowed to touch the malas. It’s a no-no because it’s sacrilegious, my mom said. I didn’t really know what that meant but that’s what she said.

I would always be in my room doing Manjushri mantras and prayers or Avalokiteshvara mantras and prayers but I didn’t have a mala. But my mother would not let me use the one in the prayer room because she felt that we shouldn’t be using that unless we are in the temple. That’s her thinking so and it was like that when I was very young.

Sometimes, it would rain outside and my mother would allow me to go outside in the rain to play. I liked to play in the rain. I liked to walk in the rain and sometimes, huge puddles or ‘mini-rivers’ would form from the rain on the sides of the road, washing the rain down the road. I liked watching the gushing of the water.

I often played on our street or ride bikes with friends. We lived on 233 West 3rd Street in Howell. I remember once, I was just playing in the rain on our street and I had an umbrella and I had my feet in the water and my mother was screaming in the window for me to come in because she heard the thunder. But I was playing and I saw something really unusual. The road was tarred black and it was kind of rough back then. There were places that were not even so water and mini puddles would gather. I saw a little area in the road right in front of my house that a little tiny puddle of water had gathered in. It was very tiny and shallow. In the puddle was a dark brown mala and it had a white string, and I walked up to it and I looked at it. I was like, “I can’t believe this!” I looked up and down the street to see if there was anybody around who might have dropped it. There was nobody around! I knew I hadn’t seen this mala the day before or the day before that because I played on the street every single day with my friends. It was just that day I was playing alone because it was raining and the little puddle was very shallow, like a quarter of an inch. The water around it was stained with a little bit of dark brown reddish water because the mala was losing some color due being soaked in rainwater.

So, I picked up the mala and I looked at it. You know, it had a 108 beads or so and a ‘head’ on it. It had a white string and I just couldn’t believe my luck! I couldn’t believe that in the middle of the street in Howell, New Jersey, I would find a mala – rosary. I was really happy and I wiped it down and a part of me was really happy but a small part of me was thinking, “Oh! I wonder who it belongs to and I wondered if somebody would claim it back.”

I remember I took the mala, cleaned it up and dried it. Then I hid it in my drawer so my mother wouldn’t see it. In next few days, I showed it to one Mongolian lady down the street who also was quite religious. Her name is Carmen and I was wondering if it belonged to her and she had lost it as she would walk up and down the same street sometimes. She said no. It didn’t belonged to her. So I was thinking I am scot-free. It is mine and I can keep it now. So, I used that mala and I kept that in my drawer for Manjushri mantras and I was doing that. It was really weird because I was doing my practice and when I needed a mala and I literally found one! Where in Howell, New Jersey you know, back in the 70s are you going to find a mala just on the street. But I found it in the middle of the street in the rain and I took it and used it. When I looked back in hindsight, I guess I had a real strong affinity to do Dharma practice because when I needed it, a mala appeared literally in the rain on the street for me to use.

Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. Piero Scalella on Mar 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Good morning. I wanted to know the use of the Tibetan mala and the relative esoteric significance to the fingers and hands used. Thank you

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Mar 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Piero Scalella,
      Welcome to tsemrinpoche.com. For those who practice father tantras, they will use the right hand. Using the left hand is permissible, but usually they use more on the right hand. Right represents father tantras, which is based on method. Left represents wisdom, which relates to the mother tantras. So if one does the mother tantra practices like Vajrayogini, Heruka or Kalachakra, then they will concentrate on the left hand.

      As for the fingers, the index finger is used to gain peaceful abilities, peaceful forms of powers and clairvoyance. For the purpose of increase, such as to increase wealth, knowledge, harmony or prosperity, with those deities you will use the second finger. If you wish to engage in controlling activities, such as controlling weather, spirits, exorcisms, then you use the third finger. For wrathful methods, you use the last finger.

      This is general information, but if you have a teacher who has given you a practice, it is best to consult your teacher on this. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has a Youtube video explaining about the above info, as well as more about the use of a Tibetan mala here:

      All about ROSARIES (mala)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srI1vH6bGXg

      You can also read the transcript/text here on the blog:

      All About Rosaries
      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/all-about-rosaries.html

      I hope the above info answered your questions. Feel free to drop by again if you have more questions.

  2. Lin Mun on Mar 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful story. I believe miracles happened because we believe in Buddha and Protector. We may not be able to see or understand how it happens but I believe with the blessing of Buddha, it will happen. Importantly we have the right motivation and towards the benefit of others.

  3. Khushaboo on Jan 29, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Nice story…

  4. Pema Thinley on Jan 16, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful and auspicious story. This clearly shows us that we need to have faith and just keep on holding the vows and have strong affinity to practice dharma, no matter what. We will always be helped by the buddhas and protectors if we are true to our guru and practice.

    _()_

  5. Joy Kam on Dec 31, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is such a beautiful story! When Rinpoche told us the other day in the room. I could visualise or imagine cos I have a vivid imagination, that a dakini came down and placed it there for young Rinpoche! Then when Rinpoche said it was like a Mahasiddha who threw his mala, and then a dakini retrieved it and told him to continue his practice… everything sort of clicked! Because that Mahasiddha who is Virupa is one of Rinpoche’s previous lives! Wow how it is all so mysteriously and beautifully connected simply amazes me!

    Sometimes in this cold, materialistic world, we easily forget and lose ourselves from the beauty of the magical, mystical, spiritual realm of divine sacred energies which we are connected to and is a part of. Sometimes we forget that miracles and spiritual beings and powers do exist and it is such stories or experiences, that we get a glimpse of this existence, and with that enhances of faith to keep at it… to keep on working hard on our practice. To keep on battling our inner maras so that we, I do not become the outer mara who ends up tormenting others and myself further.

    Thank you Rinpoche for such a mystical sacred sharing, I love stories like this as it connects us with the enlightened beings and realms.

  6. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Dec 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the beautiful story about the mala found in New Jersey. I understand during Rinpoche’s younger time, Rinpoche needed a mala the most in order to practice Dharma, recite prayers and mantras every day. A mala is like a vehicle helping us to reach to a destination required and if Buddhist practitioners are without the mala, we will be heading to no where and difficult for us to sustain the Dharma practice smoothly. Buddha and Protector can help us to fulfill our Dharma aspirations and wishes if we do our part to work hard consistently and diligently in our Dharma practice.

    May the story of mala shared by Rinpoche will become the inspiration to many people for treasuring and appreciating the Dharma teachings receive from their respective spiritual guides.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  7. Julia Tan on Dec 30, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this very unique story. While i was reading it, a beam of light shine through the cloud in the sky direct on this dark brown mala on the street came into my mind. I believe it was sent due to Rinpoche’s wish, cause, merits and karma to have this male to pray. Is this called miracle? To many YES.

    But as a Buddhist, we know that miracles does not happen if we do not have the karma or merits to have it. Karma come from causes that we created in our lives. We may seems to have nothing in your life or things that we want to do seems impossible to achieve, but with our effort that we have done, created the causes to manifest. But we may have doubt and ask when will i see the miracle? Hang on to there, it is just right in front of us.

    Happy New Year to all, may we all go all the way to create lots of causes for our wishes in our lives to come true. May Dorje Shugden our Dharma protector lineage spread to every conner of the world. May He connect us to others and He will help whoever have seen or heard of His name.

  8. Jace Chong on Dec 30, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting real story!

    The strong inclination of young Rinpoche wanted to own a mala came true and the mala really appeared out of the blue. I always believe good things will come when we have good thoughts.

    I remember Rinpoche gave me a beautiful pearl mala 7 years ago. I like the mala so much, it’s a meaningful first gift that I received from Rinpoche together with a book about Dalai Lama. Unfortunately, my car window was crashed by a robber and he stole everything including my beautiful mala, that’s the lost thing that sadden me the most because it’s priceless to receive things from Rinpoche, it’s so precious.

    But when I think about it, I was wrong because the most precious thing that Rinpoche gives me is not the pearl mala, but Dharma, which no one can steal from me. Dharma is a lifetime wisdom that changes my life and others’ life. From then I let go that I have lost a mala but learn a lesson to understand what is real preciousness.

    I have a few pearl malas after that and given to some monks when I was visiting some monasteries. My friend Kien Wong know my pearl mala story and made one nice pearl mala that resembles the one I lost. The mala is still with me after so many years and I always remember Rinpoche’s kindness to teach me a lesson through this way.

    Thank you.

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  9. graceleong on Dec 30, 2016 at 12:28 am

    As always Rinpoche will choose to take the most unassuming approach in all the miracles and auspicious events that takes place in Rinpoche’s life.
    Rinpoche will always choose to be humble and potray most of the miracles as a coincidence. However, its too unusual to categorise them as mere coincidences.
    At every juncture of Rinpoche’s life, from birth until today clearly defines Rinpoche is one with the Buddha Dharma. There is no other reason for Rinpoche’s existence in this life except to teach and share the Dharma to benefit as many beings as possible. This life’s mission is only possible because Rinpoche has created the causes in past lives to have the merits to continue to do so in this life, and likely in all future lives too.
    This is a great teaching for us to realise that miracles can happen for us if we create the causes for them to manifest; create the causes with sincerity, wisdom and deep faith in the Buddha Dharma and all the neccessary conditions will appear to serve our pure motivations.

  10. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    This is a lovely story that shows us how, if we are close to the Dharma, as Rinpoche has always been even from a very young age, whatever we need for our practice will come to us somehow. When Rinpoche needed a mala badly,to recite his mantras, it just appeared! Howell, New Jersey, in the 70s, was the most unlikely place to find a mala,in a puddle of water in the rain. Yet Rinpoche found it under this most extraordinary of circumstances.

    This story also highlights a point that we should not miss.That is – what is “culturally wrong” is not necessary wrong. Rinpoche’s mother was a highly superstitious woman and many of her beliefs were merely superstition. A mala is a blessed holy item for us to use and bless further when we recite mantras and blow on them.

    Holy beings’ malas are very precious because they have been blessed many times over by this holy being. Even a bead from their frequently used malas is a powerful source of blessing and healing. Hence, for Rinpoche’s mother to forbid Rinpoche from using a mala on non-temple days means that Rinpoche had been greatly deprived of the blessings from using malas.

    Alls well that ends well though. Rinpoche found a mala!

  11. nicholas on Dec 29, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this meaningful article.

    Rinpoche has always been incline towards spiritual. Rinpoche experienced may sound miracle by how Rinpoche found the Mala but for me it’s the good cause that Rinpoche created that causes the result for Rinpoche spiritual practice.

    How the old time culture practices Buddhism doesn’t stop Rinpoche practices in fact with Rinpoche pure motivation a conducive condition manifest for Rinpoche.

    What I learn from this post is that if we have created the cause for good thing the good result for it will manifest as long as we don’t give up and continue to move on.

  12. Martin C on Dec 29, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I do not believe in mere coincidences as that would imply that things happen at random and are not in fact ‘çaused’. This is especially so when it comes to Tsem Rinpoche and the Dharma.

    It is too simplistic merely to say that Rinpoche found the mala by ‘luck’. As Louis Pasteur said so aptly, “Luck favors the prepared mind” and we see in Rinpoche’s biography that Rinpoche came into this world prepared to live a life completely in the Dharma. And in that preparedness, Rinpoche drew the Dharma and high lamas to him.

    Is it all a coincidence was born into natural parents that are so close to the Dharma? Rinpoche’s father was an ex-monk who was close to His Holiness the Dalai Lama who would end up ordaining Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s mother was a student of Guru Deva Rinpoche who would play such a vital role in Rinpoche’s life.[http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-recollection-of-h-e-guru-deva-rinpoche.html]

    Rinpoche just so happened to live a few streets away from a Dharma centre where such an incredibly high Dharma King, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin was [http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-first-guru-in-new-jersey.html], many miles away from the monasteries in India. Kensur Lobsang Tharchin was a devoted student of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Was it a coincidence that the dots would soon join to reconnect Rinpoche with his root Guru, Zong Rinpoche [http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/kyabje-zong-rinpoche-cuts-my-hair.html] and that Rinpoche would so early on meet a student of Trijang Rinpoche with whom Rinpoche was extremely close to in Rinpoche’s previous life?

    And such ‘coincidences’ would continue in Rinpoche’s life from meeting Kyabe Ling Rinpoche to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to His Holiness the Dalai Lama visiting Howell and was a mere 10 minutes away from where Rinpoche was at [http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/requesting-ordination-in-1987.html] And let’s not forget how Rinpoche ‘accidentally’ met Gangchen Rinpoche in Nepal who would send Rinpoche on a path to resume Rinpoche previous life’s work.[http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/invocation-to-namkar-barzin.html]

    What are the odds that a small boy who was so displaced and faced resistance to his love for the Dharma would have all there great Masters go to him instead?

    It is not coincidence or luck but the force of karma that hurls us along a path and along the way, a very kind Protector seizing every kernel of karmic opportunity to create conducive conditions for us to return to the Dharma and to practice.

    Every aspect of Rinpoche’s life, even now and especially now is the expression of tremendous merits that accrues to an enlightened mind. It cannot be helped and avoided.

  13. Angel SH Ooi on Dec 29, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing Your wonderful life story about mala. 🙏

    For my knowledge and I understand that mala is a holy item and after using for many years of prayers and mantras, it will become very powerful for protection. And I noticed that mala is also been used in others religions too.

    It’s wonderful to know that since young Rinpoche is always attracted by all Dharma items.
    Pastor Henry n I were extremely blessed to have one of Rinpoche’s mala beans with us. And I will always treasure and keep it very close to me until end of my life. Thank You Rinpoche. 🙏🙏🙏❤

  14. Justin Cheah on Dec 29, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Thank you for sharing this very nice story to us Rinpoche. I echo what both Pastor Antoinette and Pastor Adeline said, Rinpoche’showing affinity with Dharma is very strong that whatever Rinpoche needed in order to benefit others, Rinpoche’s wish will just come true. This is a result of all practices and not everyone will be experiencing this. I am very confident that this was made to happen for what Rinpoche had wished for.

  15. Pastor Adeline on Dec 28, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    This story is very nice to read and it brought out the following points to me:
    1. When we have a good intention, good things will happen.
    2. Good things happen to us daily. We just need to pay more attention. Also, it happens when we least expected it.
    3. Our good wishes do come true when we pray.
    4. Miracle is logical as it follows the law of karma. If we do not have the cause for a result, it will not happen to us.
    5. Most labelled Buddhist do not understand the teaching of the Buddha. Buddhism to them is doing prayer on a certain day and having an altar with Buddhas’ images. This part of the culture is beautiful but it doesn’t bring any change in our mindstream that is very necessary for real good things to come. Being able to be connected with the Three Jewels is very precious and we should not waste the opportunity to apply the teachings and become better.

  16. Pastor Antoinette on Dec 28, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    This is such a beautiful story. Rinpoche has a very good connection to the Buddhas so that when he needed a mala for his daily practice, the mala was just lying in front of his house, where he always used to play.
    The same with Rinpoche’s teacher and the Dharma center. All that Rinpoche needed was close to Rinpoche’s home. Rejoice!

    May we create the causes to be always close to Rinpoche and the Dharma in our future lifes.

    Thank you for sharing with us.

  17. Fong on Sep 4, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    From finding a mala in a time of need, one should also think that the Buddhas will come to our time of need, should we keep our faith. Through thick and thin, in moments of faith and in moments of doubts, one has to keep at our sadhanas and propitiating the Buddhas. If one wants the dharma enough, the Protectors and Buddhas will clear the way for us, just as the mala was there for Rinpoche in the hour of need to show the way.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this. It is a touching and timeless story.

  18. Sofi on Jun 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    What a magically heartwarming story of Rinpoche finding a mala in the puddle at the time when Rinpoche needed it for his mantra recitation. Rinpoche’s affinity with the Buddhas is so strong that miracles happen to fulfil Rinpoche’s needs for practise. Even then, I am sure that the Protector Dorje Shugden had been close Rinpoche keeping a watchful eye to assist when needed. This goes to show that when we commit ourselves to the Dharma, we need not worry for lacking anything as the Protector will be there for us. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful story with us.

  19. Jason on Dec 20, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing .Nowadays we should invite Mala to create a cause for future use.we should invite more Mala for others to ensure that they can use for recite mantra.this is one of the way to collect merits.mala can make us focus on mantra and right way to practice dharma action.

  20. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 20, 2015 at 12:42 am

    What a nice story that Rinpoche shares with us. In the Lamrim, it is mentioned that for dharma practitioners who practice in the high mountains, dumplings will roll up to their door step to me it shows the power of Buddha dedication so that no member of his Sangha will ever starve to death.

  21. Mingwen on Oct 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, your precious story is amazing. It make me pays extra concentration while I’m going anywhere or walking around, maybe there are some precious malas/tools out there waiting for the right person to pick up and practice dharma. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Alice Tay on Sep 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    After reading this post, I have some thoughts here:

    1. If compared to previous ancient time, nowadays most of the children are very fortunate as their parents are more educated and affordability to provide the necessities to the children. But the different is the children hands now most likely is holding I Pad or Iphone or Notepad or etc and not the mala.

    2. Parents are the best example and very close to the children. If all the parents like Rinpoche’s parents have their own Buddhist shrine room, always go to temple for prayers and keep the blessed items and rosaries nicely, I believe that the children will follow their parents to do this kind of good dharma actions.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and it reminds me that I need to take very good care for my mala as it is really important especially when we want to recite a thousand or million mantras.

  23. Joy Kam on Sep 1, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing this amazing magical story Rinpoche. I am certain that the Buddhas or Dharma protector must have manifested the mala there for Rinpoche.
    I remembered when I first started learning how to do mantras, I was wishing to get a mala and not long after I received a very nice mala from FJ, and Rinpoche blessed it for me when I saw Rinpoche is Singapore. It is one of the most precious and treasured things I have in my life right now so I can imagine when Rinpoche found this mala just laying there in the puddle waiting for Rinpoche to claim it. It certainly was meant to be.

  24. Josh Akers on Jun 29, 2015 at 6:41 am

    I love that story very much… You must feel so happy to be able to send people malas right when they need them like you once did for me and my practice… Sponsoring Dharma is one of the best things you can do at any level (besides practice). Thank you for sharing Them Rinpoche! I fold my hands to you.

  25. LOW KHJB on Jun 28, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for your sharing on your first mala.What you said on affinity through sincere practice and wishes on dharma did happened to me once , before I met up with Kechara in the past.

    During one difficult period in my career,I did turn to taking up refuge in dharma that I did not do so in the past. At that time I did manage to get some dharma text from a Thai temple located at jalan Gasing.Amongst those text that I obtained was a book explaining the different buddhist deities and the significance of certain mantras and sutras.

    There was a few times that,when I have a deep wish to attain a certain sutra as it was mention the merits that it would bring upon reading it.I did manage to find it the following visit.Those item are normally donated out and placed in a corner for others to invite for free.

    I did remember that there was a time ,I was to return home for good and was not coming back to this temple for an unknown period.On the last visit there I manage to find a copy of Shurangama mantra that I was finding for quite sometime. It was going to rain at that time.But I did manage to run back to my car through a path in center with the least rain without shade.I took it as a good sign as my luck as changing for the better.

    I suppose my luck did change for the better as I did find a better job and most of all .It was through this job assignment I manage to meet up with Kechara…That is affinity with Dharma.

  26. Kevin W on Jun 17, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Wow…very interesting story.

    What are the chances of finding a mala in the states in the ’70s too?
    It’s like striking a lottery a million to 1 chance.

    All these must’ve been due to Rinpoche’s merits past lives.

    All obstacles to practice the dharma simply dissappears and things simply manifest for Rinpoche.

    How auspicious..

  27. Jacinta Goh on Jun 17, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Perhaps Rinpoche was under the watchful eyes of the Buddhas and Protectors. It’s an indication that if we are sincere, we will be cared for physically and financially. We will have the necessary resources to practice.

  28. Gabriela on Jun 16, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Last year one day for some reason I had a strong feeling that I would find a mala at a thrift store. I went to one I frequent every so often on my lunch break. I walked straight to the jewelry case and what do you know I found a mala. So weird how my mind told me to go and look for it and found one that day. After that I been keeping my eye out when I go to a thrift store and I havent seen any. I dont recall ever seeing one even before that. I guess it was meant for me lol. But your story is more amazing of course how it appeared in a puddle of rain. 😀

  29. Cynthia Lee on Jun 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I agree, Rinpoche! When a practitioner is truly sincere in their practice … materials, resources and help is able to “magically” appear in various forms to assist them. Perhaps, it’s also the help from dharma protectors 🙂

    I have a story about my first ever mala also. (Not that I have any infinity or even met dharma back then). It was back in my teens when I visited a temple like a tourist, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple which dates back to 1906 located at the end of Petaling Street. I was walking around and when I was nearby a relatively tall Kuan Yin statue, a monk from the temple took the only mala which was hanging around the neck of the Kuan Yin statue and gave it to me. I thought it was so holy because thousands of people come to pray in this temple and Kuan Yin. So I was really happy about it. I still have this simple bone mala till this day.

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  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    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.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    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
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    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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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
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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
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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
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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.
1 month 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
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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
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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
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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
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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