Jiddu Krishnamurti- The Freedom Fighter

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“If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

“If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem”
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

The Beginning

Jiddu Krishnamurti (“Krishnamurti”) was born in Madanapalle, a small town in Madras Presidency, British India on 11 May 1895 to a Hindu-Brahmin family. His father, Jiddu Narayaniah, was employed as an official at British Colonial administration. When he was young, he contracted malaria, which had rendered him weak and sickly for many years. His unfortunate health condition made him a soft target for mistreatments from people around him, including his father and teachers, who thought of him as a frail and intellectually challenged boy. His mother, Sanjeevamma, was his only source of comfort during the difficult period. However, that too was taken away from him when he was 10 years old when his mother departed from this world.

In 1907, his father retired from his post in British Colonial administration, after which he found a new employment as a clerk at Theosophical Society headquarter in Adyar in 1909. The new occupation had given him and his family a new home in a small cottage located just outside the Society’s compound. This decision would later be proven to be important in Krishnamurti’s life.

 

Recognition

In 1909, a life-changing event occurred in the young Krishnamurti’s life. As he was playing on the Society’s beach on the side of Adyar river, the great and clairvoyant leader of the Society, Charles Webster Leadbeater, had taken a great interest in him. Leadbeater recognized that Krishnamurti possessed “the most wonderful aura he had ever seen, without a particle of selfishness in it.” His discovery had led him to believe that in his later life, Krishnamurti would become a great spiritual leader and orator. Most importantly, Leadbeater predicted that he would be the “vehicle for the Lord Maitreya,” an advanced spiritual entity who appears on Earth as the World Teacher to guide the evolution of humankind.

Krishnamurti in 1911

Krishnamurti in 1911

Krishnamurti and Charles Leadbeater

Krishnamurti and Charles Leadbeater

After the discovery, Krishnamurti enjoyed the protection of the Society. He was educated, groomed and polished to fulfill what was believed to be his destiny. This unknown young man had become the center of attention in the Society. However, he had also caused a great stir within the organization as some people were not convinced by his validity as the vessel of Lord Maitreya. Those who disagreed broke off from the Society and created a new allegiance called the Anthroposophical Society in 1913, headed by Rudolf Steiner, the former General Secretary of the German/ Austrian division of the Theosophical Society.

Throughout the early years of his involvement in Theosophical Society, Krishnamurti was very subservient to the rules and orders of the leaders. For the first time, he believed that his life was meant for something great. Krishnamurti and his younger brother, Nityananda (“Nitya”) were privately tutored at the Theosophical compound in Madras and later overseas.

Krishnamurti and Nitya in Europe in the early 1920s

Krishnamurti and Nitya in Europe in the early 1920s

During this period, he had come to think of the second President of The Theosophical Society, Annie Besant, as his surrogate mother. However, his father, Jiddu Narayaniyah, who had initially agreed to transfer the guardianship of his sons to Annie Besant, tried to annul the agreement due to the realization of his sons’ potential fame and fortune. Ms. Besant fought Jiddu Narayaniah in court and finally won the custody of Krishnamurti and Nitya in 1912.

Annie Besant and Krishnamurti

Annie Besant and Krishnamurti

The Theosophical Society established the Order of the Star in the East (“OSE”) in 1911 to prepare the world for the expected appearance of the World Teacher and named Krishnamurti as its head. The membership of the organization was open to everyone who believed in “the Coming of the World Teacher.” Such formation had erupted great controversy amongst the inner working of Theosophical Society, Hindu circles and the Indian Press.

Since OSE formation, Krishnamurti had truly become the vehicle for the Theosophical Society. Leadbeater and his associates imposed rigorous exercise and sports, as well as various educational subjects to prepare him for the big role. In addition, the team gave Krishnamurti in depth teachings in Theosophical and religions, yoga, meditation, and proper hygiene in accordance with British society and culture. Leadbeater took on the role of the spiritual teacher for Krishnamurti. They had a high expectation for him to become a well-rounded World Teacher.

When he reached adolescence, he became rebellious and tired of the constant effort of the Society to create the perfect image of the World Teacher. Within his inner circle, he occasionally voiced his doubt about his destiny. However, he continued to be compliant by giving speeches and writings in accordance with the work of the Order to prepare for the Coming of the World Teacher. As he gave more talks, he became more proficient in sending the Theosophical messages across to his audience. His popularity grew and opened up the access to wealthy benefactors to support his mission.

Krishnamurti and OSE

Krishnamurti and OSE

 

The Spiritual Awakening

In 1922, Krishnamurti and Nitya traveled together to California where they stayed at a cottage in Ojai Valley. Nitya had previously contracted Tuberculosis, and they hoped that the change in climate and air would be good for Nitya’s health. Seeing how much Krishnamurti liked the property, the Order set up a trust to buy the cottage and the surrounding properties for him This cottage would later become his private residence.

During his stay in Ojai Valley, Krishnamurti had undergone a profound spiritual awakening, a psychological transformation and a physical reconditioning. This experience started after a-three-week meditation to connect with Lord Maitreya. The meditation was filled with great physical discomfort and pain especially on his neck, this condition lasted from 17 to 20 August 1922 at its peak, leaving him almost unconscious while still realizing what was happening around him. On 19 August 1922, as he fell nearly unconscious, he had a vision of him being anything and anywhere, and there was no limitation for him. He was one with anything and everything. On the following day, he felt very weak and started to hallucinate, until the leader asked him to meditate on Lord Maitreya. As he was meditating, he could feel that his spirit was leaving his body and was accompanied by Lord Maitreya the entire time. He found profound peace and calmness. He felt that the Lord had always been beside him and protecting him the entire time. The experience assured him to not be afraid of pain and suffering because he had been freed by the supreme being. At that time he knew that he was never alone. This whole experience was later known as “the process.”

He later recalled the experience as written in a book by Mary Lutyens, Krishnamurti: The Years of Awakening :
“The Presence of the mighty Beings was with me for some time and then They were gone. I was supremely happy, for I had seen… I have seen the Light. I have touched compassion, which heals all sorrow and suffering; it is not for myself, but for the world… The fountain of Truth has been revealed to me and the darkness has been dispersed. Love in all its glory has intoxicated my heart… I am God-intoxicated!”

The news about his awakening reached Leadbeater and the other Theosophists. They were surprised by this development and became more assured that Krishnamurti had finally fulfilled the prophecy and become “the vehicle.” Prominent Theosophists tried to take credit for this development that “the Coming of the World Teacher” was indeed happening. Krishnamurti’s personal development had become the marketing pawn for the Society.

Krishnamurti was practicing and promoting meditation until his death

Krishnamurti was practicing and promoting meditation until his death

Meanwhile as his spiritual awakening news reached its peak in 1925, Krishnamurti experienced the most tragic loss of his life. He lost his beloved younger brother and his best friend, Nitya, to the complications of Influenza and Tuberculosis on 13 November 1925. He did not expect this to happen because the leaders of the Society had promised him that Nitya would not be allowed to die since he was a crucial aspect in Krishnamurti’s destiny to become the World Teacher. This shook his core belief on the Society and most importantly, his true destiny.

 

The Freedom Warrior

After the death of his brother, without the knowledge of the Society, Krishnamurti had started to develop his own individuality. Over the following years he had had given talks and writings that were outside the teachings of the Society. Finally, he openly rejected Leadbeater’s and Besant’s decision to continue OSE, and on 3 August 1929 he dissolved the Order during their annual Star Camp at Ommen, Netherlands. He gave a profound reason as to why he decided to exit the Theosophical Society.

“I maintain that truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path… This is no magnificent deed, because I do not want followers, and I mean this. The moment you follow someone you cease to follow truth. I am not concerned whether you pay attention to what I say or not. I want to do a certain thing in the world, and I am going to do it with unwavering concentration. I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free. I desire to free him from all cages, from all fears, and not to found religions, new sects, nor to establish new theories and new philosophies.”

Desikacharya and Rosalind Rajagopal when they were still married

Desikacharya and Rosalind Rajagopal when they were still married

Krishnamurti did the honorable thing by resigning from the various trusts and other organizations that were affiliated with the OSE, including the Theosophical Society. He returned the money and properties donated to the Order, including a castle in Netherlands and 5,000 acres (20 km2) of land, to their donors.

He continued to persevere in his mission to free and revolutionize people’s life through the realization of inner self until the day he passed away. From 1930 until 1944, he went on speaking tours under Star Publishing Trust (“SPT”) with his friend and close associate, Desikacharya Rajagopal and Rajagopal’s wife at that time, Rosalind Williams. During this period, he stayed in Ojai with Rajagopal and Williams, in the house called Arya Vihara (i.e. righteousness in Sanskrit). The marriage of Rajagopal and Williams was not a happy one, and over time they became physically estranged.

Rosalind Williams, the love of Krishnamurti’s life and the former wife of Rajagopal

Rosalind Williams, the love of Krishnamurti’s life and the former wife of Rajagopal

Later, Rajagopal and Williams divorced, after which Krishnamurti and Williams developed a discreet relationship that lasted for 25 years. His love affair with Williams turned sour when Krishnamurti was involved in the legal proceedings against her former husband, Rajagopal, to recover donated properties, funds, publication rights of Krishnamurti’s works including manuscripts and personal correspondences that were kept by Rajagopal. This legal battle continued until shortly after his death.

Since then, for nearly sixty years until his death on 17 February 1986, he traveled the world and gave talks to large audiences to promote the freedom of the mind from inner burdens of fear, anger, hurt and sorrow by enhancing consciousness. He was very outspoken on the subject of independence. He believed, human beings are responsible for attaining freedom for themselves, instead of using external factors such as religions, sects or political affiliations to define them. According to Krishnamurti, being affiliated with an organized entity will only hinder the growth of the mind, if not completely taking away the mind’s true destiny to be free. He believed that people can only be free if the initiation and effort came from themselves. He applied his principle in his actions. He liked to present himself as an independent speaker instead of being a part of organization. This mind revolution is the only way for human beings to eradicate sufferings in this world.

Krishnamurti gave a talk to a large audience

Krishnamurti gave a talk to a large audience

In addition to mind revolution, he had a profound interest in nature and education. He promoted ideas for his audiences to care for themselves and the nature. His commitment to promote these ideas was shown through his extensive work in the form of numerous books, speech recordings and countless quotes. He and his associates also had built several schools to promote his holistic educational philosophy. One of the famous schools was Brockwood Park School, an international educational center in the United Kingdom.

Brockwood Park School in session

Brockwood Park School in session

He delivered his “farewell” talk in India on 4 January 1986 in Madras, prior to his death. Krishnamurti died of pancreatic cancer on 17 February 1986 at the age of 90. Not wanting to let his teachings be misused by individuals or organizations, he made a strong statement that he did not want anybody to pose as an interpreter of the teachings or to represent his teachings.

Krishnamurti’s strong commitment to promote sound consciousness and independence materialized in the form of publications of more than 75 books, 700 audio cassettes and 1,200 video cassettes. Many of the books written on Krishnamurti were originated from his talks during his lifetime, such as “Freedom from the Known”, “The Book of Life: Daily Meditations with Krishnamurti”, “The First and Last Freedom”, “The Awakening of Intelligence”, “Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti”, “Think on These Things”, and many other publication that further reinstated his belief.

Krishnamurti’s popular books

Krishnamurti’s popular books

Krishnamurti’s popular books

Krishnamurti’s popular books

Krishnamurti’s popular books

Krishnamurti’s popular books

Krishnamurti’s popular books

Krishnamurti’s popular books

Since he first started to realize about the power of his mind through meditation in 1922, he had become one of the greatest supporters of meditation. As he wrote in the book titled “Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti”:

“One has to know what it is to be alone, what it is to meditate, what it is to die; and the implications of solitude, of meditation, of death, can be known only by seeking them out. These implications cannot be taught, they must be learned.”

He put much emphasis on meditation because only through meditative state our mind can be still, and thus the path to clarity could be built. When our mind is clear, we can start seeing our problems from divine perspective that is independent from the races, religions, sects and organizations we may associate ourselves with. We can finally think as ourselves, human beings who had been given the ability to think independently. That very concept was the main fuel in Krishnamurti’s life.

Throughout his lifetime, Krishnamurti was against joining organized groups such as religions, political parties and sects. He was famous for saying: “When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”

In his other book, titled “The Book of Life” he stated that “The very first thing to do, if I may suggest it, is to find out why you are thinking in a certain way, and why you are feeling in a certain manner. Don’t try to alter it, don’t try to analyze your thoughts and your emotions; but become conscious of why you are thinking in a particular groove and from what motive you act… It will be real only when you are intensely aware at the moment of the functioning of your thought and emotion; then you will see their extraordinary subtlety, their fine delicacy… Then, as a flower blossoms forth of a morning, so intelligence happens, is there, functioning, creating comprehension.”

He wants people to realize that they may not have reached their full potential, but it is within their reach at their own effort and time. His words and books have touched many people and helped them to reach their full potential. Krishnamurti will forever be remembered as a man who dared to let go of his messiah status in order to dedicate his life to free people’s mind. That in itself is a definition of a warrior.

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Valencia is a liberal person who highly values equality and freedom in all aspects of life. She believes that all confusion, conflicts and dilemma we experience on a day-to-day basis can be solved through inner reflection, a thought that has brought her to explore the philosophies of Buddhism. New to spirituality, Valencia finds herself deeply interested in the fields of inner development and meditation, which she reads extensively during her time away from family and work.
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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 15, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    It seems to me that Krishnamurti, proposed a philosophy of self reliance, to be our own very light as guidance for our own lives. I suppose his non reliance on organized faiths and belief systems is his prerogative and suggests one should investigate and check for oneself. And his teaching encompasses meditation, and when one does meditation one can see the reality for oneself, and more faith can arise from that. Real unshakeable faith in whatever we have conviction.

    • Wan Wai Meng on Oct 15, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you Valencia, for bringing to light this article to us. It also seems that one of my heroes Bruce Lee relied on the thoughts of Krishnamurti. ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NMq414HTPA

      Thank you for the work and effort.

  2. Stella Cheang on Jul 4, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    A very interesting article about J. Krishnamutri, who is the prophesized vehicle of Lord Maitreya, interpreted at that time as the advanced spiritual entity who appeared on Earth as the World Teacher to guide the evolution of humankind. Krishnamurtri’s ideology promoted human beings to be responsibled for attaining freedom for themselves, instead of using external factors such as religions, sects or political affiliations to define them. Personally, I find this ideology rather radical. In my limited understanding, without a Guru (a religion guidance), it is difficult to achieve “awakening” based on our level of spiritual intellectual. It is the function of the Guru and the religion community to provide the support and guidance to ensure the spiritual awakening is on the correct path. Self-awakening may work, but not for everyone.

    J. Krishnamutri offered practical advice on dealing with emotions. In his book titled “The Book of Life”, quote here: “The very first thing to do, if I may suggest it, is to find out why you are thinking in a certain way, and why you are feeling in a certain manner. Don’t try to alter it, don’t try to analyze your thoughts and your emotions; but become conscious of why you are thinking in a particular groove and from what motive you act… It will be real only when you are intensely aware at the moment of the functioning of your thought and emotion; then you will see their extraordinary subtlety, their fine delicacy… Then, as a flower blossoms forth of a morning, so intelligence happens, is there, functioning, creating comprehension.” Going along with Krishnamutri’s line of thoughts, we should let the emotion arise, feel it, observe it, develop a sense of understanding of the cause of the feelings, then wisdom will arise to tackle the core of the matter.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Valencia for sharing with us article on thinkers like J. Krishnamutri, who gives us radical perspective of spiritual awakening, realization and to a certain extent, attainment.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  3. Pastor Han Nee on Jun 11, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I admire Krishnamurti for his all-consuming passion to set man’s minds free of all cages and all fears. For nearly 60 years, he travelled the world to convince people about how to free their minds from “inner burdens of fear anger, hurt and sorrow”. Nonetheless, I disagree with him that any religion being an organised institution will “only hinder the growth of the mind”. As Tsem Rinpoche says, a religion, like Buddhism, gives us “a road map” to guide us on a path that runs through what is totally unchartered territory for us. We also need a guide on this path – someone who has experience. Religion only becomes a cage when it is full of dogma and kindness is not at the heart of it.

  4. JP on Jun 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    This is my first time reading about Krishnamurti. The first time I heard about him is from H.E. Tsem Rinpoche who spoke about schools based on Krishnamurti’s teachings. Thereafter I met a young lady from Kathmandu who studied in one of Krishnamurti’s schools.

    I noticed that the way she thinks is very different from an average person. She spoke like she was groomed to be the First Lady of a nation. Her views were broad and far sighted. She is more impressed with a person’s altruism than his wealth. This is one of the results of Krishnamurti’s schools. Simply refreshing and astonishing for a lady in her 20s.

    All sages spoke about the truth and our salvation. Krishnamurti leaving the Order, returning all properties given to him via the Order and breaking down all sociological labels were teachings of renunciation and equanimity. His promotion of meditation is a method of confronting the ego and unleashing the Buddha nature in us.

    Below is link of his schools’ website.

    http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/worldwide-information/schools.php

  5. Choong on Jun 2, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you Valencia, I really enjoyed and appreciate this article.

    I understand that freedom comes from the mind and is free from labels, traditions, religions, sects, divisions, segregations, you vs. I, etc. Freedom is unencumbered.

    I did watch a video of Krishnamurti during his last days at home with his extended family. He came across to me as arrogant but now I know he was just being adamant about his views.

  6. Fong on May 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I have to admit that I have never read about Krishnamurti before this. What i gather from this article is that what he teaches and expounds sounds very similar to Buddhism.
    – that there is suffering
    – that these suffering of the mind from inner burdens of fear, anger, hurt and sorrow
    – that one has to depend on one’s own initiative and effort to want to be free of Samsara.
    – that one can be be free when “One has to know what it is to be alone, what it is to meditate, what it is to die; and the implications of solitude, of meditation, of death, can be known only by seeking them out. These implications cannot be taught, they must be learned.”

    These reminds me of all Rinpoche’s teachings exhorting us make the effort to get out of our comfort zone to do Dharma, to do the preliminaries, to meditate, to be the light.

    Like Krishnamurti, Rinpoche only wanted to impart the Dharma, for us to realize our full potential, to realize our inner Buddha, to get out of Samsara – to be free.

    Great compassionate beings are real freedom fighters – only wanting to free us of suffering.

  7. Love on May 26, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Maitreya’s consciousness is one that represents a Planetary Buddha and Cosmic Christ to Humanity. Maitreya lived as Krishna, one of the great avatars of Hinduism, who brought forth the Bhagavad-Gita, one of the most profound teachings ever gifted to Earth. The Mahabarata is one of the holiest books of India. It contains the Bhagavad Gita which, again, is the story of Krishna. In this book Vishnu, who is part of the trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu of Eastern religion, foretells of a future age of moral decline which he called the Kali Yuga. He is known as the “Coming Buddha,” and the “Great Initiator.” Jesus also called Lord Maitreya “Father” – since He was both Teacher and Guru, and symbolized God the Father (The Mighty I AM Presence). Also known as “Lord Divine”. The Name “Maitreya” means “Lord of Love” or “Infinite Compassion”. He served as the initiator of Jesus the Christ in which he helped to manifest the God Flame through his physical form. He is the Christ reincarnated.

    Maietryea

    • Joy Kam on May 29, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Dear Love,
      Very interesting comment you made that He is Christ reincarnated. May I know from which source are you quoting from and where did you get this information, do share. Perhaps Maitreya is Christ because at the end of the day Bodhisattvas can manifest in many different forms and even spontaneously at different times to benefit beings. So I suppose I would not be surprise Maitreya is as you say. However would be good to know based on what source 🙂 Thank you!

  8. Ragesh on May 26, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Being an Indian raised in Canada, I’ve embraced Buddhism. Prior to being a Buddhist I have read much on Krishnamurti.
    I find his thoughts penetrating, deep and applicable but at the same time abstract. Enlightenment is within us, but we need someone enlightened to show us the way. Not everyone can have ‘sudden enlightenment’ such as Krishnamurti was purported to have. Knowledge is contained within the learned. The learned usually congregate in temples, organizations and organized institutions as well on their own where knowledge is passed down over the centuries. I think there needs to be a balance of institutions that preserve the knowledge and also knowledge preserved within individuals who are not part of an institution. It should be up to the individual and what they like. His bad experience within the Theosophical society should not set the tone for all organized religions or institutions. For example if we all get rid of schools, universities and places of learning and everyone just learns ‘on their own’, some can most cannot. We need that organized place where knowledge is contained to learn.

    There are good organizations and bad organizations. There are good people and bad people in organizations but I don’t think exclusively labeling organized religious institutions as not necessary is extreme. After all it seems Krishnamurti had much drama in his life and the people surrounding him created problems even without him having a organized temple. He was in love with Williams which makes you realize he is not enlightened but just wise as he has not risen above the needs of the flesh.

    All in all a good write up and I enjoyed stumbling across this post here. It’s my first time visiting this blog and I will return.
    Photo: Maitreya Buddha

    I assume this is the Maitreya Buddha mentioned in the post?

    maitreya2

    • Valencia Suhendra on May 27, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Hi all,

      Thank you for the comments. I would like to add that Krisnamurthi’s personal experience becoming World Teacher led him to believe that the truth is inside each and every one of us. To him, why look somewhere else if the answer is inside our own mind. However, It is nearly impossible for human beings to be detached from outside influences. After all, human beings are social creatures and we have innate desire to belong to something. But I agree with Krisnamurthi. Sometimes we have to resolve our own conflicts without outside interruption. Religions exist to guide us spiritually, but eventually we have to make our own paths.

      Cheers,

      Valencia

    • Pastor David Lai on Jun 7, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      Hi Ragesh,
      I like what you have just said about organized religion and how it helps those struggling on the spiritual path. It is true, when there is correct knowledge from those who have some experience traversing the path, it may prove to be most valuable to the intrepid beginner. This is because someone has attained the goal and is able to describe the path for others to follow.

      As Rinpoche once said that organized religion provides a step-by-step guide towards a spiritual goal. In the Buddhist sense, it is full enlightenment. It may differ from religion to religion. Anyway, I believe that although Krishnamurti was mostly anti-established religion, there may be some merit to it because most people follow religion blindly and without much internalising of its meaning and practice. Hence, I believe that Kirshnamurti attempts to find true spirituality without dogma.

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    Good news finally Selangor becaome the first state free from stray dogs. With the support of the royalties and the Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) organised the campaign to make
    the state free of stray dogs and create the awareness of compassionate love towards stray animals.They are working work towards a radical change,thats a worderful news.
    Well ,do hope more states will follow Selangor to replace the inhumane way of dealing with stray animals too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful news.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 05:29 PM
    These iconographically correct Buddha images set in precious gemstones are one of its kind and unique in every sense of the word. And the designs are versatile to suit any apparels and occasions, redefining the Buddhist sense of fashion in a big way. Thank you, Rinpoche and Louise for this sharing. I hope the pendants will bring protections to the wearer and connections to the Buddha to those who admire it by sight.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 03:29 PM
    Very inspiring true story of a monk…Master Xuyun after going through many hardships and illness to pursue what he wanted to be. What he did was amazing travelling in harsh conditions to so many places just to preach chinese buddhism from one country to another. Master Xuyun has spent his entired life devoted to the Dharma,During the war many monasteries and holy sites was destroyed but somehow Master Xuyun managed to restore once again.Because of him ,those monasteries and holy sites were till today. He was a household name at that time and have inspired many modern spiritual seeker to strive along the path towards enlightenment.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline Woon for such an interesting and inspiring article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html#tabs-7
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 11:47 AM
    It is ironic that Dalai Lama would have given a remarks to discourage country such as Germany to accept refugees and that refugees should return to homeland and to build the country. I think this is really a callous statement to be mentioned. Dalai Lama being the Tibetan Buddhist leader should portray compassion and extending help to those in need. All these refugees are running away for their life because their own country is not safe to stay anymore. Just like what Tibetan has encountered in the late 1950s.

    This kind of contrary statement is also very obvious in the Dorje Shugden ban. Dorje Shugden have been practised by many high lamas since 400 years ago and also by Dalai Lama’s Guru but it is ban by Tibetan leadership.

    Dalai Lama is a high lama and is believed to be the emanation of Chenrezig. Although his statements were contrary sometimes but I believe he would have the reason that we may not understand yet. Hopefully all the issues would be resolve in peace.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-europe.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chef-turned-hero.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein

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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.
yesterday
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.
4 days 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
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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.
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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
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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