Ani Ngawang Pema – 45 years solitary retreat

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Yesterday, I was sent a short video clip by one of my students, Sharon Saw. The video was of a beautiful nun who stayed in solitary meditation for 45 years!!

When she was younger, she was sought after by many suitors because of her beauty. She was known as the most beautiful girl in the Khumbu region (northeast of Nepal). Sons from many rich and famous families would seek her marriage… There was one particular wealthy merchant who had the power to demand for her marriage. Instead of jumping at the chance to live a potential life of wealth and luxuries, she instead escaped that life through hole of a cliff-side latrine! She then ran to a monastery to practice Dharma. Imagine, with no way to escape she went through a hole in the ground filled with urine and excrement…

Being in solitary retreat for 45 years, she became a legend in the region. Every traveler towards Mount Everest would go pay homage at her hut… receive blessings, recite prayers, circumambulate her small hut etc. But they would never see her.

No one had seen her, no one had ever had the chance to interview or take photographs of her till the filming of National Geography’s documentary called “Light at the Edge of the World”.

The beautiful nun’s name is Ani Ngawang Pema. She was a student of His Holiness Trulshik Rinpoche. On 19th November 2012, she entered tugdam (controlled death of a highly realized being) after a long illness… and after she entered tugdam, Trulshik Rinpoche instructed for her body not to be touched for 7 days. Only her personal attendant and another monk were allowed into her retreat house during this period. After that, the public were allowed to enter to pay their last respects.

This holy nun did what I wanted to do my whole life which is to enter retreat. I was not given permission by my teachers to do so. I have asked many times but was not given permission. I would love to enter retreat. As a young boy in New Jersey, I use to seek places in nature to meditate. I like forests near lakes. I would go often to meditate in parks near lakes or just on my bed at home. I liked the mountains. I have always wanted to live in the mountains to enter retreat. I feel a draw or a calling to go to the mountains as if this is my real home, where I belong. 

Seeing this blessed video brought tremendous tears to my eyes as she has not wasted her life and I wished so much to follow her example. She has blessed me and given me so much inspiration to do the same. To do the same would be my wish.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

Ani Ngawang Pema seen for the first time in 45 years

Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Light-at-the-Edge-of-the-World-45-year-solitary-retreat.flv

 

See this short video of her. It’s wonderfully blessed!

 

 


 

 

Light at the Edge of the World – Full Documentary

http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Light-at-the-Edge-of-the-World.flv

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Beautiful nun… Ani Ngawang Pema

 

 

Ani in her small hut…

 

 

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  1. Alice Tay on Jan 5, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    This is amazing and inspiring to stay in solitary meditation for 45 years!!

    We should be grateful that if we have the chance to do retreat. As per Rinpoche’s teachings, do retreat on our ego. Through the retreat, we can see our mind, observe our mind and eventually transform our mind. This is important because it is very beneficial and help us to live away from ignorance.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this nice sharing.

  2. Lin Mun on Jan 5, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the story of Ani Ngawang Pema. It is really amazing to have a 45 years solitary retreat. She did it purely to practise dharma and reciting mantra to benefit others. So compassionate. Doing her very best to relieve the suffering of others.

  3. Chris Chong on Mar 8, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the story of Ani Ngawang Pema and the documentary video.

    Being in 45 years of solitary retreat is no joke. From the video, I understand that she does only Avalokiteshvara’s mantra and sincerely pray for the liberation of all sentient being’s suffering. She told the interviewer that she keep it simple in her practice and remain in the Buddha’s mind, Buddha’s nature.

    Her advice is very profound. There are many practices in Buddhism that we can do but the most important thing is to tap into our buddha nature. Even with one simple mantra, we can acheive results like Ani Ngawang Pema’s.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  4. Vinnie Tan on Dec 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    While reading the story of Ani Ngawang Pema makes me remember the incredible stories of Nangsa Obum, Karma Wangpo, and Shungsep Jetsun (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/3-yoginis.html), especially so for the story of Nangsa Obum.

    Ani-la’s story is similar in the sense that she was being forced to get married with a rich merchant as well just like Nangsa, but Ani-la is very lucky to be able to have escaped from the marriage to practice what she likes which is dharma. It is really incredible as even at an older age when the video is being filmed, she is still very sharp and full of energy unlike the elders that do not practice the dharma.

    Just by watching and looking at her pictures, it really brings tears to my eyes. The kind of energy that she gives off is just amazing. It is really true that from retreats one is able to find that inner self that brings us peace and happiness.

    To be afraid of the loneliness is just a form of our negative karma that is arising. As through retreats, the sense of peace that we are able to get is way more then what our samsaric want of company can give us. Personally when I did my retreats, there was no urge of wanting to be talking to people. It is like when being quiet and left alone, it feels even better as there are no worries of creating negative karma while doing the retreats as well.

    Here are some of the tips that we can make use when we do retreats: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/5-practical-tips-for-a-spiritual-retreat.html

  5. Denise Kuek on Feb 7, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this story. This made me think about what is the meaning of life. When I thought about how can this beautiful nun did this? How can she bear the loneliness? Then suddenly I found out that probably the ordinary people feel the loneliness as we have attachment and expectation, that is why we are lonely, when we let go everything, that is no fear and loneliness, but so sad to say that is not easy to let go especially nowadays people have so many commitments but since I know attachment is not gonna make me happy, I try and I learn to let go.

  6. Urgen Sherpa on Dec 3, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Ani Ngawang Pema stayed in Solitary Meditation for 50 years. She passed away at the age of 82 (I guess).
    At the time of her death, she stayed in Thukdam for eight days.
    Thank you.

    Urgen Sherpa

  7. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 13, 2014 at 3:22 am

    If any human had a quality that is of value and distinguishes them from others, not many people will run away from such an ‘easy’ life. But this Ani sure did that, which in a way quite similar to what Shakyamuni did to leave his comfortable home, palace and comforts. Her renunciation is very powerful.

  8. Karen Gan on Sep 10, 2014 at 11:35 am

    不以美貌为傲;不被世俗价值观牵绊;45年的闭关禅修,Ani Ngawang 的勇气和毅力让她找到了心灵上的快乐与宁静,也得到了怔悟。她将一生奉献给佛法并利益众生,是值得很多人去学习的榜样。

  9. Ai Nin on Sep 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

    一些地方激烈戰争,有些遭嚴重疾病威脅,帶耒极度伤害痛䒷。有些地方充滿法喜,
    ,Ani Ngawang Pema选擇放弃短暂的快乐.争取闭关坐禪修。
    混在种种的杂事、杂念、搖晃、混乱、恐犋中或相反的清澈的思绪、內心的寜靜、周遭的清静。
    (为什庅是45年? 不是4.5年) 也把祈愿回向众生。
    谢谢仁诐切这篇贴文。

  10. Michael on Sep 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Dear Venerable Rinpoche, pls enlighten me why your teacher discouraged you to enter retreat? In fact, the nun could still meet people after so many years in solitude. She can teach better by good example. Your exposure to many years of mundane life can allow your to teach much profound Dhamma teaching.
    I had attended a 10 day retreat at the age of 30 but I reached the state of calm that I could not sensed my breath and body on the fourth day. A decision came to me whether I should renounce or go back to assist others like my mum or friends to reach this stage of bliss. Once I am back to daily life, there is so much duties and it is difficult to help myself, not to mention others because I may have the blessing to have a glimpse of the path but I am not walking it. Now I am 44. Life is shortening….

  11. Pee Bee Chong on Sep 3, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. I admire for Ani Ggwang Perma for her consistency, compassion and imprint that she was able to retreat in an isolated hut for 45 years to dedicate her prayers to free all sentient being from inner and outer suffering.

    Same to Rinpoche, we would like to thank you Rinpoche for your compassion, kindness and the hardship that you have to endure to pursue and teach Dharma in order to benefit all sentient beings. May Rinpoche healthy, happy, long life and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma.

  12. Hee TS on Sep 3, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    感谢仁波切的分享,真的佩服 Ani Ngawang Pema 的勇气及决心, 進入闭关長達45年,幾乎一世人的时间,尤如進入终生監禁般。她为了造福人群,一心求法,望却自身的五官享樂,可是菩提心的化现 .

  13. Soon Huat (Penang) on Sep 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing such inspiring story of Ani Ngawang Pema who had been doing solitary retreat for 45 years. It is definitely not easy, we can not even perform meditation for 15 min to calm down our monkey mind.

    The thing we care most in the world is our body and beauty. Ani Ngawang Pema was willing to give up her beauty, her going to be wealthy life and maybe “happy” marriage for 45 years retreat. She even escaped through the toughest route, going through a hole in the ground filled with urine and excrement on the cliff-side latrine. Again, it showed her strong determination of pursuing Dharma teaching which we need to learn from her.

    We need to stay strong in learning Dharma teaching from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and put it into practice in our daily life. There is no reason at all why we can not learn or practice Dharma in conducive environment like Kechara Forest Retreat. Thank You Rinpoche

  14. patriciasnodgrass on Sep 3, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Ohhh how I wish I could have known her. I wish I could have sat at her feet and learned from her. She is my hero. Has anyone tried to find her tulku? Has there been any attempt to write a larger biography? I wish I could do that. I wish I could write about her. She was so wonderful. The world needs to know more about her.

  15. Daisy Sun on Sep 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for the short and beautiful clip. Unbelievable that it broughts me to tears halfway reading a few of the paragraph.
    I admired the nun’s devoted mind to practice dharma most in her life to benefit all the sentient being. I wish to escape like her too when the rightly time, permission granted from guru, and opportunity have arrived to enter retreat. We shall not look back or too far ahead. I shall practice dharma at this very moment to beat my ownself enemy and helping people surrounding me. 🙂 _/|\_

  16. Kiran k.c. on Sep 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    This is my business address.

    After viewing this documentary I am more & more confirme my own Guru & all the Holibeings no difference then living Buddha they are all one. I humblely thank you Rinpoche shareing these all precious documetary’s & other artical. By the power of the three jewels & the all the holi beings bleesing may i achieved the inlightment for the sake of aal sentaince beings well being.

  17. Wong Suet Moi on Sep 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    After reading the above, how much I hope to have such merits and wisdom to understand and do like her. Maybe not exactly but at least short retreat. We are just full with delusion and unable to sit still even for a short period. This is really a inspiring real life story. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this story with us.

  18. Pastor Adeline on Sep 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I remember watching the Light at the Edge of the World long time ago. It amazes me then how one person can dedicate her life by staying in solitary retreat. Now that I’ve watched it again, I long for what Anila did and know this is the best way to spend one’s life. Being in solitary retreat for sure is not the way to run away from responsibilities, work etc. Imagine you have no distractions from outside and have no place to go when you’re bored or distracted by your thoughts. You’re all alone looking within, “forced” to deal with your demons from within. Imagine that! I feel very blessed and blissful to have watched it again and to remind myself of the purpose of my life! Thank you Rinpoche!

  19. Oya on Aug 7, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Dear H.E.Tsem Rinpoche, May all your wishes come true. We are the fortunate to receive your bountiful and vastly beneficial teachings while you are among us in the world. Thank you from my bottomless heart for all that you do,
    with hands folded i offer my care, love and deep gratitude,
    Oya

  20. patriciasnodgrass on Feb 18, 2014 at 6:18 am

    I learned about her a couple of years ago when I was surfing youtube about Tibetan Buddhist nuns. I have been in awe of her ever since. I wish I could have known her. I wish I could have been her student. I would have joyfully sat at her feet and practiced with her. I am still so in awe of her. She was a living Tara quietly practicing for the benefit of all beings. She is such an amazing example to me. I wish I could write her full biography. Her Dharma journey must be told in order to benefit all beings.If I cannot write it, I pray someone does, soon. Her story must be told.

  21. Jean Ai on Jan 15, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Every day I think of her and every day, I wish so much I could go away into such a retreat. I’m just so moved by her courage to leave behind everything people say she SHOULD want, and instead move so strongly towards something everyone says she SHOULDN’T go for because it’s a waste of time…and ultimately, just through the results of her practice, she proved that her decision was the correct one. Just look at her face…how can anyone say that her 45 years were a waste of time? So she doesn’t have material wealth or success that the whole world can judge her by. But for those people who DO have wealth and success, are they as happy and content as she is?

    May I be her one day, sooner rather than later, and may there be many more Ani Ngawang Pema’s in this world.

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  23. adelinewoon on Jan 8, 2013 at 3:04 am

    This is so inspiring to dedicate one’s life solely for others! In Tibet and the Himalayan Region, there are many Yogin and Yoginis who spent most their life in retreats. Some were asked to return to attend to sentient beings’ needs, some went into clear light. As much as I admire their practice, knowing how beneficial it is to be in retreat and wanting to do so myself, on behalf of all sentient beings, I humbly request Rinpoche to remain and continue to turn the wheel of dharma for all sentient beings!

  24. Henry Ooi on Jan 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Ani Ngawang Pema, a unique being who must have, in her previous lives, practiced the dharma and realized the preciousness of having a human life. She did not let her life go to waste but fueled by her previous imprints she continued her practice at an early age. Very inspiring.

  25. KYC on Jan 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Ani Ngawang Pema recited only the mani mantra during her long retreat. This is the case of someone who has dedicated her life for others. Although she lived alone, her prayers and mantras were dedicated to humanity. Her story is inspiring and I hope I will also be able to go on solitary retreat one day.

  26. philyong on Dec 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    This short video is very inspiring in the sense that we can see in this day and time there are still people who treasure the value of spirituality. Although Ani Ngawang Pema had good looks in her younger years, she did not use it for personal gains but instead chose to go into retreat to pray for the benefit of mankind.

    Hopefully this video will inspire more people to treasure the Dharma especially in this time and day where it is rare. The benefits of being in Dharma definitely outweighs living this life indulging in ourselves.

  27. abby f on Dec 31, 2012 at 2:41 am

    She is different because of her choice to cut down the three poisons within herself, and we are so ordinary because we don’t want to improve ourselves for the benefits of others. We remained ourselves to wait for help, and we use excuses to tell the whole world we can;t do this or that. Therefore we don’t have to learn and cut down the three poisons that keep us suffer and taking rebirth endlessly.

    Ani Ngawang Pema is such a beautiful and brave lady. She is beautiful because she has a heart to benefit others. She is brave because her choice is not for herself, the choice is for others. Thank you for sharing Sharon and Rinpoche!

  28. Jean Ai on Dec 30, 2012 at 6:08 am

    She is so so different to the old people who surround us. Have you ever seen a senior sangha member who has dementia? No, because Manjushri keeps their mind sharp. Have you ever seen a sangha member complain about their illnesses? No, because Chenrezig teaches them to be patient and tolerate sufferings for the sake of others.

    I’m very jealous of her (in a good way!). I don’t know how anyone can say that wearing robes is a prison. Clearly being ordained and holding her vows is the reason why so much energy, wit and light emanates from her. It’s so VERY different to the old people we usually see who are still preoccupied with the things that they focused on for the last five to six decades.

  29. Paris on Dec 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    It is incredible to know that there are still such devoted practitioners today. This isn’t merely a story from a long-ago Tibet, but one that has happened only just a few years ago. And even more heartwarming to know that there are many, many more like her still.

    I find her story all the more fascinating for the fact that she ran away from the very thing that so many of us are so desperately looking for – wealth, status, marriage. And she ran into the things we fear so much – quietness, being alone, living barely. So why is it that she looks so much more radiant, so much more alive and beautiful than we ever do? It is amazing to me to think that someone could dedicate so much of their lives purely for others, and to achieve real happiness, peace, quietness in the process – all the very things that we spend our whole lives looking for, but in all the wrong places. Anila shows us the power of a total devotion to the world, to looking beyond ourselves and how, in being alone, she has achieved so much more for the world that the rest of us trying constantly to find company and love.

  30. Sharon on Dec 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Such an inspiration! Her devotion in her practice is truly exemplary.

  31. David Lai on Dec 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Wow! What an inspirational Anila! She must be quite attained by now and I am very inspired by her tenacity and single-pointed interest in the Dharma. I wish to be like her and I know I have a long way to go.

    What’s amazing is that she lived in our time of tremendous distractions and yet she lives with such devotion and renunciation like the great Mahasiddhas of old. Her very existence proofs of the power of Buddha’s teachings. I am really and truly amazed. I am pretty sure that Rinpoche’s previous lives were great practitioners like that and have gained great realization. Hence, in this life is out to teach, benefit and display his attainments from previous lives.

  32. Davin on Dec 25, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for the inspiring story of Ani Nagwang Pema who devotes her whole life to her believes. This holy nun leave everyhing behind even she had chance to live a potential life of wealth and luxurie but she had choosen and put herself all the way for Dharma. She went into solitary retreat for 45 years, it is extraordinary and inspiring.

  33. Lim Han Nee on Dec 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Ani Ngawang Pema amazes me by her ability to renounce all the pleasures and pursuits of samsara, which were literally at her feet. She recognized their illusory nature as well as the trap they pose for one who wishes only to attain real and ultimate peace and happiness.

    It was her great compassion for all mother beings that propelled her to go into a 45 year retreat to pray for the welfare of all mother beings. Rinpoche is equally compassionate and, given his way, he would have gone into a similar solitary retreat. We need to work hard to follow all of his instructions and transform our minds, so that Kechara Forest Retreat and KWPC will arise and benefit innumerable mother beings.Only in this way can we repay Rinpoche’s kindness and allow his great love and compassion for us and all mother beings to be realized through these two institutions.

  34. Sofi on Dec 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Its such a joy to read about people like Ani Ngawang Pema, who so willing give up potential luxurious life to enter into retreat or life as a sangha. In giving up samsaric pursuit, they are actually giving up sufferings and moving closer towards attainments on the path to enlightenment. May I have the merits to have the opportunity to enter into retreat, even a very short one, in this lifetime.
    This post also saddens me as Rinpoche’s deep yearning to enter into retreat has to be put aside so as to continue benefitting us with his teachings and guidance. Imagine ourselves being denied/non fulfillment of our deepest wishes and only then will we begin to understand the depths of Rinpoche’s kindness and compassion in remaining with us.
    Saying thank you, sorry or even feeling sad are just nice emptiness. We should work hard to fulfilling his visions so as to create the cause for Rinpoche to stay and not waste his incredible gift to us. To not take positive action means giving up on ourselves (that’s what I remind myself).

  35. Judy on Dec 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I admire Ani Ngawang’s courage and determination for going into a retreat for 45 years. That seems like a life sentence for most of us. I applaud her Ani Ngawang for her compassion and dedication of her life to benefit sentient beings.

  36. Uncle Eddie on Dec 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Like Ani Ggawang Perma, solitary retreat is said to remain one of the most poignant practice experiences. To go on retreat is to abandon our usual routine and enter into a world of simplicity, focused meditation practice and inspired contemplation. While solitary retreats are recommended for those truly seeking realization, even those just entering the path will find retreat practice valuable. It was said that Siddartha Gautama become enlightened only after he left his teachers and ascetic companions and went out on his own. Once Lord Buddha had disciples, he often sent them into the forest to meditate by themselves. It was also said that there’s a healthy list of Legendary Buddhist masters, both past (Asanga, Budhidharma and Milerapa) and present (Mahagosananda and venerable Shengyen) who had their ultimate realisations, while meditating in seclusion. Ani Ngawang Perma is a not only a legend but also a real inspiration to many the world over, for her faith and feat!!!

  37. Low ksjc on Dec 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.A truly inspiring story of a person who devotes her whole life to her believes,which is the realization of true compassion through her daily practice during her 45 years of solitary retreat.She is truly an enlighten person.

  38. grace (KHJB) on Dec 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Anila looks gentle,kind and humble..imaging to pursue her spiritual path, she have to escape through a hole in the ground filled with urine and excrement…I m really respect Anila

  39. Joy on Dec 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    From just finished reading the three inspiring yoginis stories to this one on Ani in a retreat, solitary for 45 years! Amazing indeed. If I was not in Buddhism and did not know Rinpoche, I would probably never have come across such stories or come to know about real retreats or the existence of such discipline, commitment and devotion towards the Dharma. These yoginis are a proof that attainments can be achieved and that leading a life in Dharma is not about losing freedom but gaining TRUE FREEDOM from the delusions of samsara. The beauty of it all is that they do this fro the benefit of all sentient beings. May we be able to also have such merits and fortune to one day soon be able to go in to retreats like Ani Ngawang Pema and gain realisations. And that is exactly why Rinpoche wishes and what KFR is eventually for. With Rinpoche’s guidance and blessings may we achieve this.

  40. wei theng on Dec 16, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring story of Ani. 45 years in retreat is a very very long period. Ani gives up all worldly pursue and go all the way with retreat for spiritual pursue is truly inspiring.
    I have so much more to learn from her!

  41. Clifford on Dec 16, 2012 at 12:24 am

    What a beautiful lady! She seems so energetic and alert you can tell her mind is sharp. She seems like a very kind and compassionate lady, and its very beautiful of her to dedicate her prayers to all sentient beings. Its amazing to be in solitary retreat for 45 years. Most of complain, whine and give excuse to avoid spending a small amount of time to do our prayers. I will continue to do my daily prayers as Rinpoche has instructed.

    Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  42. Pastor Chia on Dec 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Another incredible Dharma participation spending 45 years on her life to do solitary meditation. After watching Ani Ngawang Pema interview video clip. It reading dong on my mind what was rinpoche has advice us don’t caught up our worldly affair and focusing more in our mind transformation.

    Asking ourselves can we ready give up our position, wealth,name and stopping our endless delusion coming through our mind everyday. Can we spend 5 or 10 minute everyday to calm our mind through meditation. We had wasting too much time repeating all the worldly affair in our entire life. Watching this video is like the wake up call what we should focus and why we need Kechara Forest Retreat center to to up.

  43. AdelineTan on Dec 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Holy Ani Ngawang Pema was very brave,her story is so touching and inspiring. She has certainly made the right choice not bowing to riches and power and instead ran to a monastery to practice Dharma.Rich and famous are just temporary worldly pleasures,you can’t take it with you when you die, whereas Ven Ani Ngawang Pema has spent 45 years in solitary meditation retreats and achieved realization, enter into clear light and eternal bliss.

  44. Tdorji on Dec 15, 2012 at 3:32 am

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Matthieu-Ricard/108631702495366. That is Matthieu a brilliant scientist, writer, photoghapher and above all a devot monk, who was talking to Ani.

  45. Milly on Dec 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Ani Ngawang Pema’s decision to take the spiritual path rather than the samsaric one teaches us what real happiness is. She is a living Bodhisattva and 45 years in solitary retreat is something many of us cannot do. An’s life reminds me of Shakyamuni Buddha who had everything but gave up all for Dharma. Despite her age, Ani’s mind was alert and she spoke very clearly and confidently. Its a feeling of “lightness” in her mind and speech.

  46. Jace Chong on Dec 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and Anila Nagwang Pema for spending life for others by showing the actual action.

    I think Ani must have strong imprint about Dharma in her past lives, she is so determined for Dharma practice even she had so much chance to live a “better” life in worldly definition.

    I also like the the conclusion made in the video, “Finding serenity through the Dharma is the experimental proof to validate the Buddhist Science to the mind, just as a falling apple prove to us the existence of gravity.”

    Meditation and retreat surely has its function for us the achieve inner peace which leads to outer peace. May Kechara Forest Retreat manifest swiftly for more people to have a place to achieve inner peace. _/\_

  47. Janice Kwok on Dec 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    To give up a life of promise of comfort and riches for a solitary retreat is extraordinary, given the harsh and difficult conditions for livelihood in Northern Nepal. Even more is her firm dedication and commitment to benefit sentient beings. Despite her confinement and age, it shows she is v alert and v humble. Ani’s example shows clearly what the mind can enable us to accept if we are clear and firm in our thoughts. The documentary is a delight to listen and learn from.

  48. patsy on Dec 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Ani Ngawang Pema chose to escape the trappings of life and its illusion. Rinpoche has told us many times that everything is an illusion. While “imprisoned” in our illusions we create more illusions which is why we worked so hard for nothing and ending up
    with nothing even though we thought we have “everything”. Ani Ngawang Pema chose to break free from this illusion and it is amazing how she escaped through a hole in a latrine filled with urine and excrement.

    Outer beauty does not last; our illusions are causing us more sufferings. Ani Ngawang Pema knew this even at a very young age and that is why she chose to escape.

  49. Girlie Ooi on Dec 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Many people would not readily agree to go on retreat but here we have Ani who went into solitary retreat for 45 years – that is almost a lifetime for some people.

    The video / pictures may depict her as small and frail but her mind is still alert.

  50. Albert Ratchaga on Dec 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    When we are blinded by the monetary religion, we can’t see the real happiness, but Ani Ngawang Pema did not, she escape from her future luxury life to be, he went through a hole where people would not, she give up everything for her Dharma practice, to do retreat… 45 years of retreat to many people might be difficult, but that for her is like heaven, because she knows the real value..

    Outer beauty is just temporary, it is not permanent, when we chase after outer enjoyment, it will bring us tremendous sufferness, Anila saw this in the begining, that is why she knows what action to take for her to gain real happiness.

  51. sweekeong on Dec 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    It is unbelievable but she showed us that it is possible a retreat to last for 45 years. She is a very beautiful lady, very animated for her age. Her mind is active and alert even though she has been retreat for so long. Staying at one place for extended length requires patience and perseverance. We won’t be able to sit still for even short period if we’re asked, what more for years.

  52. James Long on Dec 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    一些人会觉得修行太执着会入迷。可是我们不也是这样的生活吗?为了孩子,我们工作赚钱,为了赚钱,我们用一生的时间去努力追求。最后得到的是房子,车子,可是里面是否有爱,亲情,却不得而知。
    同样的努力,同样的毅力,Anila 选择了闭关。最后得到的是心灵的证悟和真正的快乐。
    真正的快乐是长久的。

    有人觉得喝酒就是快乐,那么喝越多就就应该越快乐,可是为什么当我们喝了很多很多的酒后,反而觉得恶心不舒服?

    有人觉得有孩子就是快乐,那么有越多的孩子应该很快乐,可是为什么有了一两个孩子就开始觉得麻烦,觉得有压力?可见这些不是真正的快乐。

    你快乐的定义是什么?

  53. Rita van der Wijden on Dec 14, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I loved the short video and at this moment I can’t open the complete documentary. I will come back later to try it again.
    My wish for you is that one day you are permitted to do your retreat and you can do so. But for now your are very important for so many of us and a great teacher and can’t be missed in that position.
    You are so full of compassion and reaching out to so many all over the world. You do what you have to do now and thank you for that. with love, rita

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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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!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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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
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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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