An Exhumation of Ancestral Graves

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Datuk May)

Being of Chinese descent, the very thought of exhuming an ancestral grave causes great concern and superstitious fear of impending misfortune and inauspiciousness.

The inevitability of having to exhume ancestral graves occurred twice before for me but somehow I was not that affected as someone else was going to take care of it. I observed the procedure but was not emotionally connected.

The first instance was handled by my late mother-in-law. That occasion was the exhumation of the family’s ancestral graves as decreed by the governmental authorities in Singapore, who no longer permitted burial in order to save land for the living. All future post-funeral rites were to be by cremation. My late mother-in-law did extensive preparations for this exhumation with many offerings and prayers by Taoist priests during and before the event.

The second instance was the exhumation of my great-grandmother and grandparents’ graves. This needed to be done as the male descendants had migrated abroad and there was no possibility of them taking care of the graves.

The above incidences were choices made without options. In order to avert any adverse results and consequences for the living descendants of the family, a lot of work was put in to ensure that the exhumations were done in the best manner known.

However, the most recent case of exhuming my parents-in-law’s graves gave me great concern and worry. It was not mandatory for the graves to be exhumed as they were buried on private property. The reason it was done was due to the passing of time and the changing needs of the land owner.

The story of this grave began in 1984 when my father-in-law passed away. He was explicit in his instructions in not wanting to be cremated and being a Singaporean, it was a tall order. Luckily, one of his children owned an orchard in Malaysia and made a promise to have him buried on this plot of land.

Many arrangements were made for his body to be transported to Malaysia, and the whole entourage of family members and mourners were flown in from Singapore to witness the burial. Six months later, my mother-in-law too passed on and, as she was in Malaysia when she died, she was buried alongside her husband.

Fast forward to late 2016 – we were told that his son, the owner of the orchard, wanted to have the graves exhumed. As the owner, it was his right and there was no way to argue with him.

Personally, I was very affected by the information and greatly saddened, as I had been very fond of my parents-in-law. So much effort was put in 32 years ago to have my father-in-law’s final wish granted, and now it seemed that the situation would be overturned and his grave disturbed.

Having witnessed previous instances of how much had to be done to prevent any “taboo” results arising from the exhumation of graves, I desperately wanted to ensure that the exhumation was done properly so as to appease the deceased.

I knew the solution lay with my Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, but it was most inappropriate for me to disturb my Guru as during that period, His sentient son, Mumu, was very ill and had subsequently passed away. My Guru and Kechara were in mourning.

Being extremely desperate, I sought Beng Kooi’s assistance to request for Rinpoche’s assistance feeling within me a great sense of selfishness, to be so inappropriate in my request. Yet, my faith told me that Rinpoche was the best person to help with the situation, and this propelled me to make my request.

Rinpoche, who is kindest person I have ever known, gave the following instructions:

Before the exhumation begins:

  1. Do a Lama Chopa with tsok dedicated to your father-in-law.
  2. Do sangsol (smoke offering ritual) then serkym (golden drink offering)
  3. Ask the local spirits and guardians not to be disturbed by the digging and exhumation.
  4. Douse the grave with blessed water (made from Protector rice)
  5. The person-in-charge should talk to your father-in-law and say:

    We are here to relocate you because we are selling the land. We are not here to disturb you. Please don’t be disturbed by the digging.

  6. Offer food that your father-in-law likes together with incense and candles. Light the incense and candles before the exhumation begins.

This is good enough for the exhumation.

Do the same for the relocation.

  1. This time say:

    This is your new home. We are sorry for the disturbance.

  2. Offer food and drink that your father-in-law likes, and light candles and incense.
  3. Do Lama Chopa with tsok, sangsol and serkym and dedicate the merits to him.
  4. Pour blessed water over the new grave or columbarium.

With the above instructions, I discussed with Kechara’s Head Pastor, Pastor Yek Yee and immediately Pastor Chia and Pastor Tat Ming along with the puja team were ready to help.

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Dedicated Kechara pastors conducting the necessary prayers at the gravesite

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Altar setup at the grave site

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My family and I paying our respects at the gravesite

Rinpoche’s advice and instructions were thoroughly carried out and auspicious signs occurred as we performed the puja and rituals at the gravesite.

Upon completion of the puja preparations, there was a very slight drizzle and thereafter, the sun was shining with a slight breeze through the orchard.

After completion of the ritual and puja, a light shower occurred and stopped after about 10 minutes. The sun shone again.

At the columbarium, a light shower also occurred after we completed our prayers.

With such auspicious signs, I knew without any doubt that my late parents-in-law were at peace with the prayers and rituals performed. My mind is at peace too.

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Conducting prayers at the columbarium

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Pastor Chia carrying out the rituals as prescribed by my Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

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Altar setup at the columbarium

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My family and I participating in prayers at the columbarium

What impacted me the most throughout the whole situation was Rinpoche’s loving kindness to my family and I. Although in deep mourning over the loss of Mumu, Rinpoche gave his time to help me out of my dire emotional state of fear and acute desperation to overcome my superstition of ancestral grave exhumation.

The blessings from Rinpoche and our Protector Dorje Shugden resulted in the rituals performed by the puja team led by Pastor Chia and Pastor Tat Ming being very effective to achieve the peace and calm necessary for this exhumation. The auspicious signs that occurred throughout the day was evidence of such blessings.

I am deeply grateful and appreciative for my Guru’s and Kechara’s assistance to help me through this situation. Kecharians are indeed blessed to be in the space of Rinpoche and Kechara House, a privilege we must never overlook and take for granted.

 

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  1. Lim Han Nee on Jul 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for this article that shows clearly that many Malaysian Chinese are firmly entrenched in their minds with the belief that certain rituals must be carefully carried out in conjunction with certain actions, in conformity with all the taboos. This is important as complying with taboos would mean that there would be no negative and dire consequences on others. The exhumation of an ancestral grave , if not properly done , may heap direct consequences on the family of the deceased and their descendants.

    It was most compassionate of Rinpoche to advise the prayers and rituals to be carried out.

    My sister, brother and I had our father’s 6o year old grave exhumed on the Qing Ming day of 2010. The taboos were complied with in accordance to the advice of an elderly Buddhist nun, an old family friend. The whole ceremony and all the rituals were carried out without our presence. All three of us were told to go to the crematorium the following day to collect the bones of our father for the cremation and later to collect my father’s ashes.

    For me, the most poignant experience I have ever had was the long 5-6 hour journey to Singapore, with my father’s urn next to me. My feelings were feelings of great exhilaration, for my father’s urn was going to be placed next to my mother’s in the Nirvana Columbarium,in Singapore, thus reuniting two souls that had been apart for over 60 years!

    For me, it was a most poignant reconciliation with my dad. I chanted Medicine Buddha, Quan Yin and Dorje Shugden mantras, and requested fervently for my father to be guided to good human rebirths and to be protected by my Guru, the Protector ,the Buddhas, the Three Jewels , all the way to Enlightenment. I felt very strongly the presence of my Guru, Protector Dorje Shugden, and the Buddha deities, blessing my dad. When we arrived at the Columbarium and my father’s urn was placed next to my mum’s , the most auspicious sign happily manifested. It started to rain and then it poured!

  2. June Kang on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing this. An Exhumation of Ancestral Graves is always very uncomfortable for Chinese. Chinese thinking is Graves feng shui can affect generations. Therefore to Chinese An Exhumantion of Ancestral graves may either bring good or bad to the generations and people try to avoid it. However Chinese also believe that if you do it right, it would not bringing bad but more good to the generation.

    We are lucky that we have our guru around to guide us the correct way and have no worry to do this. This is the kindness of the guru who always cares about us and peoples. Thank you Rinpoche.

  3. Mingwen on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche for guiding Datuk May and all of your students, with only one motivation which is to hug us all into Dharma. Regardless of timing, even at your low points of life, when Mumu was ill and passed away, he was your companion since you moved into Malaysia and he is who assist you to build Dharmain his own helpful way.

    Thank you for being with us and share Dharma with us, Tsem Rinpoche. May you live long and continue to spread Dharma.

  4. Pastor Chia on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Dear Datuk May,
    Thank your to sharing this article. I am glad you have rinpoche and Dorje Shugden guardian. Finding suitable place for your ancestral after exhumation grave and let them rest in peace. I am feel happy you find peace in your mind and make such arrangement with your family together.

    This is my first experince to perform the ritual for exhumantion for ancestral grave. I can see the importance and urgency to perform right ritual for this ceremony. I am glad rinpoche have gave this intruction to make peace with the being stay around that area and informing ancestral first before exhumation with respect. After remove ancestral grave, Datuk May family with puja team perform another lama chopa puja at the columbarium to bless the new place for Datuk May ancestral.

    With rinpoche guardian, we are lucky learn up this knowleage how to exhumation of ancestral graves according buddhism way.

  5. Pastor Albert on Jul 12, 2017 at 2:44 am

    I understand that fear of exhuming our ancestral grave, before joining Kechara, I too always believe that having good feng shui at our ancestral grave will bring benefit to their family members and if we did anything to the grave that affected the feng shui, it will bring bad luck and all our family members will be in dire situation. Rinpoche’s instruction is not about us being affected or not, but it is all about not affecting the deceased and the spirits around, Rinpoche don’t want them to be disturbed. Do lama Chopa to dedicate to your father in law, at the same time, how many unseen ‘beings’ are being blessed as well at that place. Bless the grave with Protector Rice blessed water, indirectly your father in law has made connection with Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche’s instruction is always so kind and it does benefit so many people and beings at the same time.

    I couldn’t agree more than what Datuk May said about Rinpoche, while reading your story, it reminded me that a many years back, a family member of Rinpoche’s student passed away, and that day, Rinpoche was not feeling well, but still, Rinpoche did prayer and he even ask his student to put the phone at the deceased’s ear so that he can hear the prayer. Rinpoche’s compassion is just beyond limit, no matter what type of difficult situation he is in, no matter how sad he is, he will never stop helping people whenever there is the need.

    Thank you Datuk May for the sharing and thank you Rinpoche for always caring for us so much.

  6. Tek Lee on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing this article. It is great that there are auspicious signs occurred when puja was carried out at the grave site. It shows that your parents in-law are happy with the arrangement. Rinpoche’s love to us is without boundary and time limitation, it doesn’t matter whether that was Mumu’s critical moment, Rinpoche still spare his time to help Datuk in this situation. And, we are so blessed to have experience Pastors like Pastor Chia and Pastor Tat Ming to carry out the Puja.
    My father and all my uncles did an exhumation of our ancestor grave in China three years ago. It’s ashamed that because of work, I couldn’t follow them to China. I saw from picture, some prayers carried out, in a Taoism way, and what the hassle was, they exhumed from one land to another land, which is high up the hill. A lot of walking. I wished I was there to witness the whole process.

  7. Justin Cheah on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Dear Datuk May,

    Thank you for sharing this with us. It is indeed interesting especially for me who previously is not believer in superstition. There are too many accounts and real life experience that led me believing into existence of other beings in this universe that we need to respect and make peace with. I am glad that all turned out very well for you and your family and of course I think it is not possible had not for Rinpoche’s boundless kindness and blessing. Makes me wonder what should I do with my body when my time is up.

  8. Pastor Antoinette on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:16 am

    I rejoice for the good fortune and karma of this family to be guided by holy monks so that their ancesters will be helped and can be in a good place. In the West, many people do not believe in reincarnation and the six realms. Fortunately nowadays, we have access to much more information through the internet and we can research and read more related to Dharma and listen to YouTube videos with Dharma teachings.

    But we are most fortunate when we listen do the Dharma and be close to our Guru who teaches us patiently and compassionally. This is such a precious opportunity as our Guru has walked the path before us, has studied the Dharma most of his life and previous lifes, and can guide us towards enlightenment.

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing how Buddhism and our Guru has helped your family in a way that nobody else could help us. I rejoice for the Pastors and Puja Team who are guided by H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to help others tirelessly.

  9. Andrea Lai on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:11 am

    In the olden days, people preferred to be buried on ground other than cremated because they wanted to be respected by their generations. It’s understandable when come to exhuming grave, it’s definite a fear of peace disturbance towards the decease moreover is our own ancestral.

    Being Chinese we are very prone to all these superstitious and taboos when in grave yards. To me, this is a very unfamiliar case I read on. I’m really grateful to Datuk May unselfishly share out the procedure of exhumation, guided by H.E Tsem Rinpoche and with the help from pastors and puja team. Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for sharing this interesting article.

  10. nicholas on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing this. A lot of time we may not really know what to do when we encountered this situation. Pretty much when we face such scenario we will be worry and want everything to be done in a right way for the benefit of the deceased and as well as those living. I’m glad that everything went turn out well for you and your family.

    You are right that our Guru is always very kind to us and under any circumstances he always there to guide us and care for us. Our Guru blessing is always important for our spiritual practice and attainment. Of course this has to couple with our samaya and always follow our Guru’s guidance or instruction all the way in order to see good result.

    Kechara also very fortunate to have learned Pastors that able to help us in many ways from Education to Puja, from new born to deceased. Their services really cover a wide range that able to help us at any point of time.

  11. Esther Goh on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing your story. Chinese do have a lot of superstitions and beliefs. To the older generation exhumation of graves is considered taboo in Chinese custom. But with the guidance and blessings of our kind Guru, Tsem Rinpoche everything went well and smooth as witnessed by the auspicious signs. I feel so blessed to be connected to our kind Guru and Kechara.

  12. Eric kksiow on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    When young i was brought up by Taoism background, we should do : Depending on the hour, usually in the early morning, a priest e.g. Taoist priest conducts a simple ritual of prayers and offerings. The exhumation date is pikced according to the Chinese horoscopes of the deceased and family. When digging starts, the family membrs who were present, MUST turn away when the first grain of dirt is unearthed. Chinese custom considers it unlucky to look when an ancestor’s grave is dug up and etc…

    After reading this article, that’s make me more clear of An Exhumation of Ancestral Graves in Buddhism way. Thank You Datuk Amy for sharing to all of us.

    • Eric kksiow on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      When young i was brought up by Taoism background, we should do : Depending on the hour, usually in the early morning, a priest e.g. Taoist priest conducts a simple ritual of prayers and offerings. The exhumation date is pikced according to the Chinese horoscopes of the deceased and family. When digging starts, the family membrs who were present, MUST turn away when the first grain of dirt is unearthed. Chinese custom considers it unlucky to look when an ancestor’s grave is dug up and etc…

      After reading this article, that’s make me more clear of An Exhumation of Ancestral Graves in Buddhism way. Thank You Datuk May for sharing to all of us.

  13. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I’m glad that all turned out well and your mind is settled and at peace, dear Datuk May. Yes, Rinpoche’s compassion is boundless with no boundary, be it for humans or animals and the remaining realms of existence.

    I’m very fortunate to have met His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, founder of Kechara, who out of great compassion accepted me as one of His students. I am doing my best in learning and practicing the dharma, that will greatly help to purify my mountains of negative karma, and collecting merits through dharma work. Rinpoche always says to learn and practice dharma, and to do dharma work without giving up. Thank you very much, my dear Rinpoche.

    As the eldest among my siblings, I made the decision to have my late father’s remains cremated, and the ashes strewn in the sea off the island of Penang. Then followed the same for my grandfather, grandmother, mother and my aunt.

    When my time comes, I wish it to be the same, and my family is informed long time ago. I personally find this method to be cleaner and less hassle. No need grave cleaning during ‘cheng beng.’ Once the dead is gone, those living need to go on with their life. I’m not saying burial is not good, just my preference. Different cultures have their belief system and traditions, and I respect that.

  14. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    To exhume a body from its grave is a very serious matter indeed, and not something easily accomplished with benefits to all parties. The parents in law being exhumed had some merit to have prayers from Kechara, Dorje Shugden done for him, that to me is another silver lining, and inadvertently due to Datuk May’s kindness she managed to link her parents in law to His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche as well. Thank you for sharing something so private with all of us. With a very kind guru many seemingly negative situation can be turned on its head.

  15. pammie yap on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Dear Datuk May, am glad to know that everything went well and smooth during and after the exhumation. Rinpoche is indeed very kind to have given you those precious instructions so that everything will be done accordingly. Especially when there were auspicious signs. Although Rinpoche was sad because of Mumu’s passing, He still managed to give advice. This shows how kind and compassionate Rinpoche is, always helping and benefitting others no matter when, where or how.

    As a Chinese and from a young age, there are so many superstitions, especially with my mum and her family. The younger generations, just follow what what they say or do although sometimes it may sound illogical.
    My relatives decided to exhume their parents’ graves after they found that the ‘feng shui’ was not going very well in the family after quite some time. They were shocked to find that their hair/fingernails were still growing and body yet to rot. They were cremated after the exhumation but sad to say, I did not see any difference in their ‘luck’ after that.

  16. Anne Ong on Jul 11, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for this very good write up on how to exhume ancestral graves. It’s very informative, espcially for people like us who doesn’t know what to do. We are very fortunate to have such a kind and caring Guru who can give us all the guidance. And also with the helpful and wonderful Pastors in Kechara._/\_

  17. Edwin Tan on Jul 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing your personal life story with us.

    Being Chinese, it is indeed a dreadful and superstitious feeling to handle anything related to exhuming graves or relocating the burial site.

    It was definitely auspicious and peace of mind to follow what our Guru advised. Rinpoche is forever so compassionate and keeps us students as his priority over himself, despite his sadness and ill-health.

    I am glad all went well for the process Datuk May.

    May good luck and Guru’s blessings always be with you.

  18. Jason on Jul 6, 2017 at 12:38 am

    My uncle also plan to do exhumation on my grandparents grave in Teluk Intan but this plan was rejected by some relatives. This kind of things not easy to handle and if not well manage,it might bring bad luck to descendants. Some say all these are superstitious fear. No matter we believe it or not, we must follow Rinpoche’s adviced rituals and prayers to appease sentient beings which we can see with our bare eyes.
    This is very interesting article.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Datuk May to share this.

    Jason

  19. Joy Kam on Jul 5, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing this personal story. It is definitely an eye opener and I have never heard of such rights or know how to begin with. This story and Rinpoche’s loving advice and instruction on how to do the exhumation to you will help others in such situations.

    It is nice to know that you had very good auspicious signs after the prayers. Again this shows how our Guru cares for someone beyond himself and what he himself is going through. Rinpoche’s love and care for others is truly no ordinary and what a Bodhisattva does. We are definitely so fortunate to have such a precious Guru.

    Again thank you for sharing this information which I had no clue about until now. And next time if we ever heard of people wanting to exhumation their ancestral graves, we can point them to this blog post 🙂

  20. Samfoonheei on Jul 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    There is a number of superstitious fear and inauspiciousness of exhuming an ancestral grave.When i was young i heard a lot taboos of do and
    don’nt but do not understand about it.Both of my parents had their grave exhumed but i was not around at that time.
    Well ,good to know more of these exhuming of ancestral grave through Datuk May’s experiences. What should be done and so on with Kechara Puja’s help.
    Datuk may’s was so fortunate to have the guidance of Rinpoche to do the whole procedure done smoothly without hesitate.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for sharing these wonderful post.

  21. Vivian Ong on Jul 2, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing your story about your parents-in-law grave exhumation. The older generations indeed do not like grave exhumation as they believe it will bring bad luck. But in Datuk May’s case, Datuk May was guided by our dearest Guru, Tsem Rinpoche on what to do before, during and after the exhumation of the grave. We are all very blessed to have our Guru to guide us so that we do not make the deceased and unseen beings unhappy.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  22. Sock Wan on Jul 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Datuk May,
    Thank you for sharing with us your experience. It is good to know Kechara Pastors are capable of conducting the rituals for exhumation of ancestral graves. As our country develop more everyday, the need for this will also increase. It is true that a lot of things we have to consider and do correctly when exhumating our ancestor’s graves as Chinese will not want to damage the ‘feng shui’ by accident and cause misfortune to the descendants. The appearance of the auspicious signs show that the ritual performed by our pastors with the blessings from Rinpoche is really effective.

  23. Sharon Ong on Jun 30, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing this personal account on one of the most taboo subjects in Malaysia – exhumation. Having no personal experience in this, I can only imagine Datuk’s emotional anguish and the dilemma of having to forward such request to our beloved Guru at one of Rinpoche’s saddest moments, the passing of his beloved Mumu.

    Datuk’s account has clearly shown how our beloved selfless Rinpoche, in his infinite compassion, has set aside personal feelings to offer your family guidance and support at such a crucial moment. Am glad to read that all went well with the exhumation and relocation. I believe that anything done according to Rinpoche’s guidance and blessings will go well.

  24. Fong on Jun 30, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you, Datuk May for always sharing your private moments and advice from Rinpoche such that we may all learn from it and be comforted. It takes a great person like you to recognize, acknowledge and be grateful for Rinpoche’s advice, setting an example for us all to aspire to.

    May you always be blessed and protect by the Three Jewels.

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    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 12:50 PM
    Many human beings, including ourselves, are selfish and only care for ourselves. Especially when it comes to situations that are challenging or pose a threat to our comfort zone. In situations like this, something/someone will have to make way, the one with the least priority is in the inevitable receiving end, most of the time. In this case, the poor pets took the blunt. In some other cases, it could be the ailing parents/old folks/someone.

    It is our selfish mind that causes the selfish act and results in harm, pain and suffering on others. When we learn and practice Dharma, we can follow Guru’s teaching to help us tame this selfishness by always thinking for others, put ourselves in the shoes of others. In this way, no way will be left behind, ever.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dont-leave-them-behind.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 08:01 AM
    Walter Evans-Wentz was an American anthropologist and writer who was a pioneer in the study of Tibetan Buddhism,He has since introduction and translated a number of Tibetan Buddhism to the Western world. Evans-Wentz is best known for four texts translated from the Tibetan, Amazingly he travelled across India and Sri Lanka covering important religious sites to study the history, customs and religious traditions of the country, and also collected a large number of important Pali manuscripts. It was then later donated to Stanford University. He has even worked as a translator with Alexandra David-Néel and so forth producing ,forewording a few interesting books before his passing.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/walter-evans-wentz-american-pioneer-scholar-on-tibetan-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 08:00 AM
    Very interesting article……gave me a clear defination and understanding of God and religion.I agree with Bishop John Spong….if we all have qualities of love, compassion. caring ,tolerance, generosity, kindness and a sense of empathy to benefits others, God or Buddha will be within us. I can understand much better of the insight.
    I admired Bishop John Spong for his courage to speak up and explained to others about what he thought .Do hope more people will open their minds and judge for themselves the truth of it based on logic thinking and teachings. I am glad ,i am on the right path.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bishop-john-spong-on-religion-and-god-very-interesting.html#
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Sep 23. 2017 10:58 PM
    Rabindranath Tagore is an extraordinary individual. He expounds humanity through the many arts, literature, drama, songs, education and etc. I believe it is his sensitive and sentimental nature that gives rise to his many creative writings and artwork. However, he is also determined in his approach, as we can see how he ensures that his drama get executed to the dot, and this approach in politics.

    Rabindranath Tagore is well respected around the world. It can be seen by him being a Nobel award winner, and having monument, bust, street names and marking of him in Moscow, Prague London, Berlin and the birth place of Shakespeare. He is the only non-European who is without contemperory when it comes to art and culture during that era.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/rabindranath-tagore-a-beacon-for-humanity.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Sep 23. 2017 06:47 PM
    To me, the single largest contradiction found in many religions and their implementation (by men) is the way how one’s action and the consequences are governed and judged by a someone. This someone has the power to grant love, good fortune, take away all the sins and also punish anyone who has committed bad deeds; all in ONE lifetime.

    It presents a huge unanswerable question, especially for people who met with huge misfortune, and for people who suffered from birth, who are born poor, born sick or handicapped, etc. Are they the abandoned and forgotten children and thus have to go through this single ONE lifetime with great pain and anguish?

    It is, thereby, easier to reconcile the disparity in life when we understand the Law of Cause and Effect. When we do a particular action, we should expect a certain result. Even though we cannot determine the time frame of which the outcome will arrive, we can rest assured that it will. As the Law of Cause and Effect works in parallel with reincarnation, we can expect the result to continue or take place in the next life, or thereon.

    Therefore, we can explain the disparity of birth. And in a big way, Law of Cause and Effect encourages everyone to take responsibility for their own action, because no one, not even the special someone, can remove our sins for us. The only person who can right our wrong and is ourselves.

    Law of Cause and Effect and Reincarnation are essential teachings in Buddhism, which attracted me to this religion, as they provide me with good, solid answers to many of my questions about life.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bishop-john-spong-on-religion-and-god-very-interesting.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Sep 23. 2017 05:06 PM
    Wow Rinpoche is really talented and creative to be able to draw in 10 minutes time. Besides nice drawing, I like the caption in it. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoche-draws-cartoons.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 22. 2017 12:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us.Rinpoche always advice us to go on pilgrimage to Holy places with concentrated powerful energy to collect merits. plant dharma seeds and be blessed The best pilgrimage place is where our Guru is and we can transform our mind following his advices and instructions sincerely. That is Kechara Forest Retreat which is near us in Malaysia.
    Beautiful memes in different languages to share with us.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .From these memes and the photo taken more than 30 years ago tell us a thousand word how much love and Guru devotion Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s faith, respect and trust in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche wll never change.
    Non matter what happen we should not abandon our Guru. Go all the way to learn ,practice Dharma from our Guru Rinpoche is an inspiration for us .
    Thanks again with folded hands

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/short-sharing-about-kyabje-zong-rinpoche.html
  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 10:16 PM
    Dorje Shugden practice is discouraged since the 5th Dalai Lama until recent decades HH the 14TH Dalai Lama. Nevertheless, this practice is common, support and continues to spread far and wide in many countries including Tibet, India, China as well as the Western. Herewith the 2 interesting articles that support Mr Glenn H. Mullin’s view on the attempt to discourage Dorje Shugden practice is not very successful instead it become famous and well known by everyone.

    1. 10 Holy Dorje Shugden Statues around the World:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/10-holy-dorje-shugden-statues-in-the-world.html
    Build Buddha statue with the bigger size bring much beneficial to all sentient beings.
    The largest Dorje Shugden statue, 24 feet tall, commissioned by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and currently housed in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Pahang. In mid 2015, the statue was consecrated by Dorje Shugden in trace through the famed Panglung Oracle.

    2. They were not wrong
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/they-were-not-wrong.html
    Many great teachers, masters, yogis, geshes, mahasiddhas, lineage holders of various schools of Buddhism (especially Sakya lineage) that practiced or was affiliated closely to Dorje Shugden. Some of the senior monks who have been practicing Dorje Shugden for over 70 years and have no intention of giving up their practice of this protector. Besides, many great masters eg HH Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, H.E. Gangchen Rinpoche and many others would also have thousands of students (both lay and ordained) in Tibet and all over the world rely on Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting writings by Mr Glenn H. Mullin.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/glenn-mullin-on-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 11:24 AM
    It is mind-boggling to read the extraction starting from page 208 of the book by Mr. Glenn Mullin. There are a few points from here that arouse my curiosity to read the book in full.

    One of it is why the Nyingmapa shamans failed to exorcise and pacify the spirit of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, but the Gelugpa shaman monks succeeded in pacifying and transforming him (his spirit) into Dorje Shugden.

    Another noteworthy point would be that Dorje Shugden practice caught on and became widely practiced by many monasteries, DESPITE the discouragement by the 5th Dalai Lama. This is very telling of the position of Dalai Lama as a spiritual leader.

    Based on Mr. Glen Mullin’s research, the popularity of Dorje Shugden’s practice grew over time, in particular during late 1800 when four Dalai Lamas died young. I find it highly unusual to link this uncommonly short lifespan of Dalai Lamas to the growing popularity of Dorje Shugden’s practice. Bearing in mind that even aristocratic families developed the strong faith in DS practice during this period.

    As we gain glimpses into the feud between Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen / Dorje Shugden and the Dalai Lamas, it becomes apparent that the validity, effectiveness, and propitiation of a Protector’s practice does not depend on Dalai Lama’s endorsement.

    Dorje Shugden’s practice is prevalent among both monasteries as well as laities, particularly the aristocratic families. From here, we can deduce that Dorje Shugden’s practice, is efficient and works in both spiritual and secular terms. Otherwise, why would monasteries and aristocratic families propitiate the practice?

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this insightful sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/glenn-mullin-on-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 06:56 AM
    First time coming across this Ganapati deity, we are fortunate and able to practice in our daily lives. All because of Rinpoche we got the apportunity to practice it.
    Well said beautiful daily prayer to Ganapati, which I intend to print it out.
    In life as we goes along the path, there are many obstacles and challenges we got to go through but when we are in Dharma we will somehow manage with it. It’s a wonderful to learn these beneficial and powerful Ganapati practice with our Guru blessing .
    Thank you Rinpoche for compiling these beautiful and powerful prayers for us especially for those who need help to overcome obstacles with authorities and so forth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-practice-to-overcome-obstacles-for-work-with-officialdom.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 06:55 AM
    I do have regrets over the times but ever since I let go all ,I felt much lighter, happier,
    been able to concentrate on things which will benefit others. Learned from mistakes, experience and regrets , to move on to the next chapter in life. .I keep reminding myself not to repeat and never regrets for what the actions or things done ,trying to improve and learn something new along the path. I always like to read beautiful and meaningful quotes to remind myself. Since joining Kechara,I have learned more knowledge ,understands better in life and to thank our Guru for what I have learned and still learning (Life’s true gift lies in your freedom to design it beautifully. With each rise of the sun, you get to chase the opportunity to fill your days with meaning—to live your life the way you choose)…quoted
    Thank you Dauk May for sharing these beautiful teachings with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/regrets.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 06:53 AM
    Its heart breaking after looking through those pictures of pets ,poorly managed by their owners or maybe they thought it will be safe or left them to die in the terrible powerful hurricanes. The pet dogs were left helpless and the owner just saves themselves not realising or forgotten about their pets. Dogs been chained ,kept in their cage or left alone helpless unattended.
    I am glad many people voiced up these issues as pets are human too, pets deserved much better treatment, care ,love and hugs. The owner should have think of a better way instead leaving their pet dogs to suffer. At least free them gave them a chance or put in a higher ground. Leaving them behind in bad times is bad enough then in the first place should not taken the pets in.
    It’s a wonderful news that the authorities concerned are doing more to help those suffering dogs and taking stern actions against those irresponsible owner.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these post and had it shared with my friends

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dont-leave-them-behind.html
  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 01:50 AM
    Rejoice!
    This is wonderful to see the team, who has followed Rinpoche’s advice very well to work out and organized the weekly Bigfoot Flea Market in Bentong, Pahang. Now, it has blossomed into a Bigfoot store at its own shop lot building. Furthermore, its Facebook has been created and updated the latest posts at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bigfoot%E3%81%AEstorage-%E9%87%8E%E4%BA%BA%E3%81%AE%E5%82%A8%E5%AD%98%E5%B1%8B/129014147685241?ref=br_rs

    This is one of the creative ideas and skillful means from Rinpoche in spreading the dharma to many others. Now, another interesting and it was my first time to see these Bigfoot cookies. These cookies are rewarded to the customers in return for their loyalty.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigfoot-cookies-and-kechara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 20. 2017 03:20 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a powerful Protector ,hence no matters what type of art piece of Dorje Shugden is he will always remind as our Protector. With these beautiful fauvistic bold distortion of form and the use of strong, pure color made look more divine and powerful. .When we has faith and trust on Dorje shugden miracles do happen,will protects us at all times day and night from danger and harm, grants our wishes , helps us develop our skills, wisdom and great compassion. Also removes all our obstacles to succeed in life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful form of Dorje Sguden with us. I do love this form. May more and more people get to know of Dorje Shugden practice and the benefits of it. The short prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Rinpoche is meaningful , powerful and easy to understand.
    Thanks again with folded hands

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/fauvistic-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 20. 2017 03:19 PM
    Having Bigfoot cookies for all people at the flea market is a wonderful idea and a way to attract more people to the flea market . From there they get to know more about Kechara Forest Retreat as well..I have been to flea market before i could see alot of interesting items on sales.
    Big foot indeed has attracted more people closer to Dharma too .Most of the Bentong folks know about Bigfoot and Kechara related.
    The Bigfoot cookies looks cute and i am sure it tastes yummy . The Tsem Ladrang staff did a wonderful job baking such a delicious cookies. I do hope can get to taste it in my next trip to Bentong.
    Thank You Rinpoche for having the idea of setting the Bigfoot Flea Market and now have cookies too. Rinpoche will always use ways to bring Dharma close to everyone

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigfoot-cookies-and-kechara-%E9%87%8E%E4%BA%BA%EF%BC%8C%E5%B0%8F%E7%94%9C%E9%A5%BC%E5%92%8C%E5%85%8B%E5%88%87%E6%8B%89.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
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A separate Tibetan state? Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state? In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
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This is Mahakala of the Tent (Gonpo Kur) and this particular sacred and very alive image is in Sakya temple in Tibet. It is so beautiful, ferocious and at the same time frightening. He frightens our self absorbed ego into submission to dharma.-Tsem Rinpoche
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He was known by one of his names which was Guru Deva Rinpoche and I had the blessings to meet him quite a few times. He was guru of both my mother and father. Guru Deva Rinpoche was a high Mongolian lama and lived over 100 years old. He was one of the kindest persons I have ever met and he was very well known to be an emanation of Gyenze. He joked alot and was extremely devoted to his teacher. We had many private conversations with him and he made an indelible mark in my mind and in my heart. I think of him often. Tsem Rinpoche
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He was known by one of his names which was Guru Deva Rinpoche and I had the blessings to meet him quite a few times. He was guru of both my mother and father. Guru Deva Rinpoche was a high Mongolian lama and lived over 100 years old. He was one of the kindest persons I have ever met and he was very well known to be an emanation of Gyenze. He joked alot and was extremely devoted to his teacher. We had many private conversations with him and he made an indelible mark in my mind and in my heart. I think of him often. Tsem Rinpoche
I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha\'s omniscience.  Tsem Rinpoche)
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I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha's omniscience. Tsem Rinpoche)
One of the nicest Taras I\'ve seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it\'s very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
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One of the nicest Taras I've seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it's very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
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(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende\'s collection. Tsem Rinpoche
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You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende's collection. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I\'ve never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it\'s the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it\'s beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I've never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it's the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it's beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I\'ve had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I've had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
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Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche\'s room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche's room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
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Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche\'s cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche's cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov\'s brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
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Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov's brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
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When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
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Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
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Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
Think about this...
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Think about this...
Our frustrations have meaning when it\'s for others and a greater cause.
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Our frustrations have meaning when it's for others and a greater cause.
It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
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It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
Contemplate this please...
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Contemplate this please...
Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
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Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it\'s most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
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It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it's most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. 

Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. 

This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
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For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
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Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
Real spirituality is kindness.
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Real spirituality is kindness.
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