Are You Secular Or Spiritual?

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Sometimes I read online people who criticize Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and other great beings and then on another breath they are all spiritual and talking about initiations and practices the Dalai Lama is giving… and the teachings and transmissions, and how holy, fortunate and lucky they are to get these teachings. Great, so if the teachings are so holy, practice and be holy. On the other breath, they are saying how negative, bad and harmful Geshe Kelsang Gyatso or another lama is, and I think we are getting secular and spiritual mixed up here. If we have joined Geshe Kelsang and we have felt that we have been wronged by him or his organization and there is something to be done about it, do something about it. And if we are psychologically damaged from it then go and get professional help, if that is really the case. But to go online constantly bickering and complaining and talk and bad-mouth Geshe Kelsang and his group will not change Geshe Kelsang or the group or change any of the situation and definitely won’t help yourself.  That is secular. Geshe Kelsang being the spiritual teacher of hundreds of centres and thousands of students around the world is bound to attract all types of ‘interesting’ characters with various motives and agendas. So I am not surprised when people criticize an erudite master like him or leave him. With the ratio of thousands of students, of course there will be a higher ratio of people who might find fault and criticize. All famous people experience this. In Gaden I have seen a few monks criticize their teachers to the shock of everyone. Most do not and dare not understand the tantric codes and refuge vows. Because Gaden is such a huge place and thousands of monks, you are bound to have unhappy people, some dropouts or people who will blame the lama or Gaden for their failings. Many people cannot look within and have to blame. Yes sometimes the blame is justified, but look, the bottom line is this, writing about it incessantly and talking to others who are not qualified to counsel you constantly gets you nowhere. Revenge tactics only increase your hatred and invite more and more negative energy to your doorstep. All actions have results in one way or another.

On a spiritual level, if Geshe Kelsang was your teacher and you see faults and negative things and you criticize him and you say negative things about him all the time and suddenly you find His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to be your new guru or somebody else to be your new guru, no matter how much you follow that new guru, the negative thoughts you have on your old guru will prevent realizations from arising in the teachings you receive from the new guru. Why? Because in Ashvagosha’s teachings on guru devotion, Fifty Verses Of Guru Devotion, it says very clearly  if we have negative thoughts, wrong thoughts and show disrespect or lost faith in our teacher, without purifying that karma and purifying that relationship, and we go to another teacher, no matter how much we practice, study and meditate we will gain no attainments. Whether the previous teacher was wrong or right is not the issue. The issue is to let go, the issue is to forgive the situation and make amends. Don’t speak ill.

Powerful attainments follow from (doing what) your guru (likes).” This has been said by (the Buddha) Vajradhara himself. Knowing this, try to please your guru fully with all the actions (of your body, speech and mind)
Ashvagosha, 50 Verses of Guru Devotion

Sometimes we really don’t have karma with a certain lama and we have to leave. But leaving doesn’t mean having to criticize them in order to justify our leaving or to make our leaving right. The West has a very strong culture of exposing the wrong, and talking about the wrong openly and helping other people to prevent the wrong by talking about it. That’s all good and well. But that’s secular again.  So are we following the secular side or are we following the spiritual side? The spiritual side of the coin is if we say negative things about our lama, and constantly talk negative things about the lama and his organization and what our lama is doing; then whatever new lama we go to and the teachings we get, we will gain no attainments according to the great pandit Ashvagosha.

In the tantric teachings, it says the same thing by Vajradhara. So no matter how erudite our new lama is and how great our new lama is, as long as we have negative views of our previous lama and keep speaking negative things about our previous lama that we have left or abandoned, we will gain no realizations from the new lama. That is according to tantra by Vajradhara. This is on the spiritual side.

On the secular side, if we talk about what a certain lama has done to us and certain organization has done to us… very simple, go get help if what you claim is true and so disturbing. Speaking about it and having a few people talk about it back and forth is not going to help us at all.  Who is interested? Why so obsessed? At the same time, if they have really done us some harm, talk with the law, talk with the authorities, get it straightened out and get compensation. But if you are not willing, unable, or cannot do that, then maybe there is something fundamentally wrong with what you are doing and your approach. So therefore I think it’s very important that we have to pick a secular side or we have to pick a spiritual side. We don’t flip back and forth at our convenience. To praise our new lama from here to high water and immediately in the same breath criticize our previous lamas will not serve us or anyone in anyway. It will only serve to make keep breaking our refuge precepts.

 

You will never see signs like this at the White House, Buckingham Palace, etc. but only in Tibetan settlements.

 

If there is no ban, why are the Dalai Lama’s people telling Dorje Shugden followers not to contact him at all?

 

If His Holiness was the secular leader, why are his people turning away their own citizens from him? As the secular leader, he should meet all freely and fairly to discuss and address their secular concerns, regardless of the differences in their faith and beliefs.

 

~ Pastor Jean Ai

 

If we pick the secular side to explain why we dislike a certain lama and his organization and we ramble about it on and on; then go all the way with the secular side. If we are going with the spiritual side, then go all the way with the spiritual side.  We don’t use the secular side to justify our ramblings against a lama and then use the spiritual side to uplift our new lama, what you are doing with them, your faith, practice and new-found spirituality. Because then we are just using secular and spiritual back and forth, for our own convenience. I find that quite contradictory and quite damaging to one’s spiritual practice. So I thinks that’s very very important to understand and learn.

Are there lamas who abuse their positions… what they have done? Perhaps there are, but if that is really the case, then seek compensation through the law and stop talking about it incessantly over and over because it doesn’t make us a better person, it just makes us look obsessed, petty and… in fact, makes us look not all that well up there. That’s my thinking. I could be wrong. But my point is simple. Are you going to view your relationship with your teacher through a secular eye or spiritual eye. If secular, you are disqualified from practicing tantra. If spiritual you are disqualified from secular methods to disparage any lama.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Milarepa’s story is a good example for all students to learn more about the importance of Guru- Disciple relationship
密勒日巴的故事是所有弟子学习关于师徒关系重要性的最佳典范。 

 

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你选俗世之道,还是佛法之道?

有时候当我读到网络上的人抨击格西格桑嘉措和其他大师时,语毕他们即刻充满灵修气息,热烈讨论嘉瓦仁波切给予的灌顶、修持、教诲和口传。能获得这些教诲是如何的殊胜,他们又是如何的幸运。

很好,如果那些教诲是如此之殊胜,那就实修那些教诲,成为一个神圣的人。然而,这些人一转头就开始说格西格桑嘉措或另一位上师是如何的负面、 恶劣和具伤害性。我想,这样的做法显然是将俗世和佛法修行混为一谈了。

如果我们投到格西格桑门下后觉得被他或他的团体误导了,该必须挺身而出的话,就采取一些行动吧!

如果我们的心理确实受创了,那就去寻求专业帮助。在网络上无休止地争吵和投诉、恶意攻击格西格桑和他的团体,都将无法改变格西格桑或其团体,更不会改变任何现况,而且很肯定地,这么做也帮不到你自己。

这是俗世之道。格西格桑作为全世界几百个道场和几千个弟子的精神导师,他难免会吸引各式各样、怀着各种企图和议程的“有趣”之人。因此,如果有人抨击一个像是他这样博学的大师,或是离他而去,我并不会感到惊讶。以几千个弟子的比率而言,存心找过失和抨击的比率也相对提高。所有著名的人都会经历这样的情况。

在甘丹寺,我见过一些僧人批评他们的上师而让大家震惊不已。多数人并不理解,也不敢去了解密法戒条和皈依戒律。

由于甘丹寺规模非常大,寺内僧人有上千位,当中肯定会有不高兴的人,也肯定会有人中途退出,或者把自己的失败归咎到甘丹寺或上师身上。

很多人无法自我反省,唯有把责任归咎到别人身上。是的,对别人的责难有时候是合理的,然而,你看,最关键的是你无休止地书写,以及跟不具备条件开解你的人进行讨论,对你根本毫无帮助。

复仇的手段只会增加你的怨恨,且会把更多的负能量招引过来。我们的所作所为不管怎样都会自有其果报。

从佛法修行层面而言,如果格西格桑曾是你的上师,你看到了其过失和负面的东西而无时无刻去批评他、说他的不是;转眼间你突然视至尊嘉瓦仁波切或另一位上师为你的新上师,不管你如何追随这位新上师,你内心对前一位上师的负面想法,将对你在新上师所授予你的教诲中得到了悟形成障碍。为何如此?

因为马鸣菩萨在依止上师教诲的《上师五十颂》里明确说明,如果我们对上师持有负面想法、错误的想法、表现不敬或失去信心,只要一天未净除此业,以及补救此段师徒关系,即便我们转投师其他上师,再如何努力修法、学习和禅修,也都将无法取得任何成就。

前一位上师的对与错并不是重点,重点是放下、宽恕和作出修补。不要在背后说上师坏话。

马鸣菩萨在《上师五十颂》里阐明:“金刚如来亲此说,成就跟随阿闍黎;此明全物一切事,圆满欢喜咕噜师。”

有时候,我们跟某些上师确实无缘,所以唯有离开。然而离开并不表示你需要去批评这些上师,来证明本身的离开是无误的,或者证明自己的离开是合理的。西方文化里非常强调揭恶,大张挞伐,并且透过大肆公开讨论,以免其他人重倒覆辙。这做法很好,但是那是俗世的做法。

因此,我们要跟随俗世或佛法修行的做法?佛法修行的做法是:如果我们恶言中伤自己的上师,无休止地恶意抨击上师、他的团体和所进行的法业,那么不管我们师从哪一位新上师、被赐予哪些教诲,根据伟大班智达马鸣菩萨的说法——我们都不会获得任何成就。

在密续教诲里,金刚总持也是如此说。因此,不管我们的新上师如何渊识博学,如何伟大,只要我们对前一位上师仍存有负面看法,继续恶言中伤前一位上师,我们就无法从新的上师那里获得任何领悟。这是金刚总持所授之密续教诲。这是佛法修行的角度。

从俗世的角度而言,如果要告诉人们某位上师和某个团体对我们做了些什么不好的事……非常简单,如果你提出的控诉是确凿、让你深受困扰,那你该去寻找援助。老是讨论它,跟几个人在那说了又说,是完全无法帮到你的。有谁有兴趣听?为何要如此无法自拔?

与此同时,如果他们已经对我们造成伤害,那就请采取法律途径解决,告诉相关单位或执法单位,把事情纠正过来,让自己获得补偿。

如果你不愿意、不能或无法这么做,那么或许你正在进行或所采取的方法存在一些根本性的错误。因此,我认为很重要的是,我们要在俗世和佛法修行的做法上作出抉择。我们不可以基于自己的方便而在俗世和佛法修行的两种做法中间徘徊不定。上一分钟极力赞美新上师,下一分钟则批评我们的前上师——这么左完全不会给我们或其他人带来任何好处。它只会导致我们继续抵触本身的皈依戒。

如果我们选择了俗世方法来说明我们为何不喜欢某些上师和他的团体并且无休止地对他们谩骂的话,那你就由始至终都选择俗世的方式来处理;如果你选择的是佛法修行的方法,那就由始贯彻至终。我们不该利用俗世的手段来合理化本身对一位上师的谩骂;与此同时又利用佛法修行的方法来抬高自己的新上师,跟新上师一起做什么,你的信念、修持和重新找回的灵性。

如此一来,我们只是以方便自己为基础,在世俗和佛法修行两种做法中徘徊不定。我认为这相当矛盾,对个人的修行也颇具破坏性。因此,我认为从中了解和学习是非常重要的。

世界上是否存在滥用本身地位的上师?他们又做了些什么?或许有这样的上师,不过若真如此,你就该透过法律途径去寻求补偿,并且停止继续无止尽地谈论了一回又一回,因为这样做并没有让我们变成更好的人,反而让我们看起来像是失心疯、小气和……事实上,它并没有让我们好看。这是我个人的看法,我或许是错的,但我要表达的很简单:你是否要从俗世的眼光还是佛法修行的眼光看待本身与上师的关系。如果你用俗世的眼光,你就失去了修持密续的资格;如果从佛法修行的眼光来看,你就没有资格用俗世的方法来毁谤任何一位上师。

詹杜固仁波切
 

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Tsem Rinpoche has worked very hard and patiently over the years to provide good and accurate knowledge about Dorje Shugden. These truths are not new at all but have been overshadowed by malicious anti-Shugden propaganda over the last 2 decades. It is a welcome change to see this comment by Suzy on Rinpoche’s YouTube channel in which she expressed her realization of the Protector’s goodness. This is truly beautiful-(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s)

    Suzy

  2. TekLee on Dec 5, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. Guru is the one who lead us to enlightenment. Yes, agree that whether the Guru is suitable for us or not also depends on our karma. But criticizing our Guru or a high Lama will definitely lead us to bad karma. No matter that particular Guru is suitable to us or not, Guru did no harm to us, and he benefits us. We should not criticize anyone who gave us benefit before. That’s being ungrateful. Besides, those people who keep criticizing their previous Guru instantly, they keep themselves in the three poisons. For example, if we don’t fully let go our ex-girl friend and move on, how do we fully love our new girl friend? 🙂 It’s just my two cents. Hopefully those who criticizes, will understand this one day, and stop the criticizing, some even defaming. It really makes them look ugly. _/\_

  3. Jason on Nov 16, 2016 at 4:17 am

    50 verses of Guru Devotion must be abided in order for us to gain attainments in our spiritual journey. Guru always can foresight our weaknesses and he try to apply “medicine” to it. Of course this will be a short term sufferings.

    Whether people practice Dharma or not , Guru still care them and willing to help them to alleviation sufferings in secular world. Why ?Because Guru is compassionate.

    Come back to Dorje Shugden case, how can Dalai Lama follower keep attack Dorje Shugden practitioners by harsh words and action and on the other hands uplift Dalai Lama. This is really not Buddhism want. Buddhism is facilitated love, compassion,tolerance,humility and forgiveness.

    This article really inspired me to have Guru Devotion to Guru and this will lead to clean Samaya which is utmost part for attainment.

    Thanks Guru.

    Jason

  4. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article with us and shows us the correct way of practising the pure Dharma. It is very sad to see or hear people or other Buddhist practitioners criticizing or putting down the spiritual teachers, especially Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and other highly enlightened Lamas, with baseless negative comments. Whether the negative comment refers to a person or an object, the negative impact will only be reflected on the person who makes the comment according to the law of cause and effect.

    For example, if one goes online and starts attacking on a spiritual teacher just to put down or humiliate that particular spiritual teacher in order to justify one’s spiritual teacher is greater or on the better side compared to other spiritual teachers, then this is not a pure Dharma practice in the aspect of spirituality. Since we are living in a world where one’s country laws and regulations are being enforced, every one of us has the freedom to lodge the legal report to the authority with evidence and facts if one has identified the wrongful doing carried out by other party. No one should back stab, making false accusation or creating confusion against any spiritual teacher as this is not helpful to anyone at all.

    I am truly fortunate to be able to learn the pure Dharma teachings from H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche through the unbroken lineage beginning from Buddha Shakyamuni since 2600 years ago.

    May all Dharma teachers live long with stable health and continue spread the Dharma to the 10 directions until samsara is emptied.

    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  5. Anne Ong on Nov 10, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting topic. Guru Devotion is most important.How can we criticise a high lama? The lama only wants the best for us and our future lives. Why praise your Guru when you take him as your Guru and talk bad about him when you leave him? They are very insincere. I would still agree with this…”Buddhism is not a buffet. One lama, one centre, one lineage, one practice.TSEM RINPOCHE” _/\_

  6. Pastor Chia on Nov 10, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Tibetan Buddhism are unit in the way to pass down lineage of Buddha dharma from the guru to his disciple.When i was first take refuge, i have no idea of refuge and guru devotion. I think simply have faith with the guru and three jewel is enough without changing any from our side, just seek protection from the guru and jewel.

    I have the great fortune to met my lama, take refuge under him and received many teaching and counselling in secular matter and spiritual side. All the advice and teaching i received is from the kindness from the lama to help my spiritual to grow. Even scolding from the lama is from his care and love to help me to cut down my ego and selfishness. I guess most of the people understand this point. But when your lama come down hard on you,how you react and respond to your guru from your body, speech and mind reflect your devotion toward your guru. Your guru will use secular and spiritual tactic to help you train our mind until you have selfless and thing cannot disturb your mind. No matter how your guru is wrong in the secular way,his concern is always right in the spiritual side.

  7. Julia Tan on Nov 10, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Very sad to read about this. Unfortunately this is the fact. They go online and media to criticise such a holy Guru Geshe Kalsang Gyatso. Of course Geshe la is not the only Guru that’s being criticised but many more included my Guru H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. When you read about what they wrote on social media crtisizing their Gurus and lamas rudely, after that their next post were phrasing the new Guru and talking about how spiritual they are. But then what’s your point of meeting a Guru? Why is everybody stay with this Guru but you leave? It’s time to look into yourself. If you are here for spirituality then behave like one. Not happy or this is not what you want, leave sincerely. If you are not for spirituality then stop pretending like one.

    You may not appreciate or agree with this Guru that Guru, it’s ok but be nice and respectful. They are monks that studied 20-30 years and gave up everything just to teach dharma in their whole life, what have you done in your life? Hence, learn to be nice and stop putting the Dharma down. Ashamed to call yourself a Buddhist.

  8. Khoo Hou Haw on Nov 10, 2016 at 8:41 am

    It is hypocritic to use the name of dharma or spirituality to express one’s anger. It is an act to put down dharma. When they criticized their guru or others guru on social media platforms using dharma and spirituality as an excuse, it confused people around the world of the nature of dharma. Aren’t people who seek dharma and spirituality seeking the way of peace, tolerance and compassion? Why would people who engage in spiritual practise showed so much anger and some more it is instruction from their spiritual leader to be angry about the others who have different believe then them. It seems like their spiritual leader or guru is approved of their way to be rude and angry with the others and it is right to do so as a spiritual practitioner. Then it shows to others there is no difference berween a secular person and a spiritual practitioner. Appearantly people will feel that engaging in spiritual practise is nothing because all these practitioners do not find peace and compassion in their practise with their guru.

  9. June Kang on Nov 10, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Secular or spiritual is all come from our selfishness and our ego. When thing is not our way, we start to attack people using the name of “spiritual”. The worst thing is a spiritual person can attack a high lama who benefited many sentient being.

    I totally agreed that we resolve the problem with 100% secular or 100% spiritual, it cannot be mix because it will confuse peoples for their spiritual grow and peoples going no way also. For those who attack high lama like Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, peoples may stop learning and practicing Dharma, as such you create a heavy negative Karma.

    Seeing your guru as a Buddha is the root of the path to enlightenment, the root of everything, the root of all success.

  10. Pastor Antoinette on Nov 10, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Secular and spiritual should not be mixed. If we hold on to whatever our ego and our attachments tell us, we are not spiritual. So if we want it or not we have to face it.

    Guru Devotion is most important.
    How can we criticise a high lama? The lama only wants the best for us and our future lifes.

    Those who speak ill about a lama should stop and do something to purify their karma and not create more negative karma. No benefit can ever come from critizising a lama.

  11. Pastor Henry Ooi on Nov 10, 2016 at 6:24 am

    The KFR team read and discussed this article together with some visiting guests. One of the guests recounted a geshela once said:
    Secular is equal to being concern of living for the present life.
    Spiritual is equal to being concern of the next life.

    When people say they are spiritual and they claim to be students of a high lama with a big title but they act secularly as mentioned by Rinpoche, I guess they are secular and not spiritual.

  12. Yau Mun on Nov 10, 2016 at 2:04 am

    I do not know much about Tibetan Buddhism. A true dharma practitioner will not talk bad about others. In dharma, we learn about compassion and kindness.

    I agreed with Rinpoche, if we found something wrong do something about it and not by bad mouth or condemn about others.

    Human being have been giving wisdom, we should use it wisely and not on negativity. Secular and spiritual can never be mix or there is no in between. I do want to wall the spiritual path.

  13. nicholas on Nov 10, 2016 at 12:39 am

    This post really give a logical explanation between secular and spiritual. As mentioned in the article we often mix both for the convenient of our interest. But one think for sure we can mix spiritual and secular as both will give different result.

    I totally agree that if we are seeking for spiritual we should give all out for spiritual reason. Surrender ourself for what we have learn and belief the Guru can help us. If we being selective that shows that we are better than our Guru and why we seek for a Guru at the first place than? The key here is our mind. If we keep hoping to look for a new Guru and bad mouth our previous Guru or holding negative thought of previous Guru what make us think we will not have the same thought of the new Guru? The problem is not the Guru but us.

    What I learn today from a discussion being secular is only an act for one to believe in this single life time and that doesn’t mean it will bring fruitful benefit but spiritual is for current and many future lifetime. What will be our take? obviously the spiritual path that will bring long term benefits.

  14. Andrea Lai on Nov 9, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.It gives me a clear picture of people with secular manner will never stop criticizing,bashing,humiliating others due to religious differences.While on spiritual side, there are only peace maker who show compassion and kindness to them.

    With folded palms,
    Andrea

  15. Eric kksiow on Nov 9, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    It’s a good distinction. Religious spirituality is usually associated with a long tradition and certain stories. Secular spirituality is basically this: It does not deny God or the transcendent, but it doesn’t mix God or the transcendent with stories that one needs to believe. Of course, you can have spirituality within a religion. You can have religion with spirituality, and you can have religion without spirituality – which also happens quite often. Religion without spirituality is just ideology, such as certain belief structures in the collective mind that one identifies with, and that’s not helpful. And then at other times, religion may still have its stories and rituals, and even beliefs, but they are no longer so dense that the light of consciousness cannot shine through. Religion can be an open door into the realm of the transcendent, or religion can be a closed door, depending on how it’s used. Then comes something relatively new, which I suppose is secular spirituality. We can call it that. Although he represents ancient religious traditions, the Dalai Lama seems to be moving in that direction. There’s no need to give up your religion as a result of this teaching, but you can deepen it

  16. pammie yap on Nov 9, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    It’s actually quite disturbing to read this post.
    It’s confusing to read about people who say that they are spiritual but then they ‘attack’ the sangha and other practitioners online that are rude and uncalled for.

    Whatever we practice, we shouldn’t say bad things nor condemn other people. That is not what Buddhism taught us. Instead we should be non bias and understand based on facts and reasons, not blind faith.

    Like what Rinpoche said, I truly agree. If there is a problem, then solve it the right way and not by using abusive speech. If the person feels that is wrong, then report it to the relevant authorities or get help one way or the other. Why hold onto grudges and make yourself unhappy? Practice what is taught and not act how you think you should react just like it is stated in 50 Stanzas.

    • Mingwen on Nov 10, 2016 at 1:26 am

      Indeed, if we want to solve a problem, we must use the right and proper solution.

      For instance, it’s common for us to possess high intensity of hate toward criminals etc., snatch thieves,rapist and more. When the public got them first before the police officers, individuals who committed the crimes would most probably beaten up seriously by the public. It’s wrong or right? By law, it’s wrong and we should not harm them and hand them to the police officers. However, most of us may think that the offenders deserve more punishments than just being jailed and corporal punishments by the authorized sector because our angers are not released yet.

      Back to the question, it’s wrong or right to corporal punish a law offenders privately? Who have the rights to give the sentence? Does it mean that when an individual did something wrong
      , he or she should accept and deserve whatever from us and his/her human rights is then declined on the spot?

      What I wish to indicate here is that even one really did something wrong we should follow the decision and certain rules and regulations which are preset by the authorized sectors. Needless to mention when it comes to the gurus and high lamas, especially ours own gurus. Every individual is unique, their way of communication, background and experiences are all different and one of a kind. Therefore, it’s true that..

      ‘Sometimes we really don’t have karma with a certain lama and we have to leave.’ – Tsem Rinpoche

      The Chinese used to say ‘合则聚,不合则离’ it’s mean that when it’s matchable it will match automatically when it’s not it will somehow be apart.

      We live as human beings as the greatest animal for with high intelligent, able to think and filled with full of emotions. We should able to think logically and be considerate about another being’s feelings before we act and harm.

  17. Albert on Nov 9, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    There are always complainers, they simply just complain about everything for them to feel good. They are not here to become a better person, they are not here to do something constructive, but instead, wherever they go, they only create more harm and damage to the place and people. These people will always want things to go their way, they want to be the controller and not be controlled by others.

    We hold our own responsibilities, before we choose a guru, we observe, we check, and we try out, so once we decided to follow a guru, it is the choice we made, so since we are the one who made the choices, why blame others? Why criticize others? Why defame / harm others to hide our failure? If we really cannot get along with our guru, or our Dharma brothers, and sisters, or anyone in that Dharma centers, then just walk away and look for a Dharma centers we “think” we are suitable to can stay along well. Don’t create schism or division between the lama and his students.

    When we do this, we are just telling people out there of what we are doing, we tell people that Spiritual is to harm, defame, abuse, complain, so on and so on, then who will still want to enter into their spiritual practice? When we do this, we are pushing people away from Dharma, how heavy the karma we are collecting? This totally defeat the purpose why we come into a Dharma centers.

    Milarepa story is really inspiring, he dropped, he’s been “tortured”, he suffered a lot, but due to his guru devotion, he stayed and follow through his guru’s instruction, finally he gained attainment. More about Milarepa can be found here

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHOsTA7PDT0

  18. Vivian Ong on Nov 9, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article. I totally agree what was said in this article. It do make sense if contemplate deeply. Why praise your Guru when you take him as your Guru and talk bad about him when you leave him? In spiritual side, there will be negative karma accumulated. On a secular side, I call it hypocrite.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  19. Lum Kok Luen on Nov 8, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for this “wake up” call for some of us who get caught up through picking on spiritual side and secular side just to suit and justify their actions.

    Through the 50 Stanzas, we know very well the consequences of not having Guru devotion. For all of us who call ourselves Buddhists and having recited the 50 stanzas and still behave secularly, then the only consequence is only collection of negative karma upon themselves.

    I would like to express my utmost gratitude to Your Emminence for all these wonderful teachings to ignorant people like me. May you have long life, stable health and continue to turn the Dharma Wheel.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  20. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 8, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    In the “Fifty Stanzas of Guru Devotion” by Ashvagosha, we are told to look carefully for a qualified Guru and , once you have found him,” should you then despise him from your heart, you will reap continual sufferings as if you had disparaged all the Buddhas”.

    Leaving your Guru may be because, for some reason or another, it had appeared justifiable for you to do so. Maybe you did not have the karma to be with him. However, having left him, to go and bad-mouth that guru brings very negative karmic consequences on yourself, as the above lines from” Fifty Stanzas ” show. Seeing faults in your Guru, and criticising him after leaving him , does not bring you any spiritual benefit at all, even though you follow your new Guru all the way. You will not gain any spiritual attainments. Worst of all, you heap on yourself all the heavy negative conseqeunces of having disparaged your previous Guru.

    Stanza 14 of “50 Stanzas of Guru Devotion”

    “Whatever fearful hells have been taught , such as Avici, the Hell of Uninterrupted Pain, it is clearly explained that those who disparage their teachers will have to remain there (a very long time). ”

    Having a spiritual Guide is a purely spiritual matter. Hence, to introduce secular methods of handling a matter which is spiritual, to confuse the spiritual and the secular, adds up to nothing but serious negative outcomes . On top of it, what does it gain you to bad mouth your teacher? You may gain the attention of some like-minded people, but only for a short while. Who will be patient enough to continue listening to you go on and on. Honestly, if really they have done you some harm, seek legal action. Seek out a therapist, if your mind has been damaged.

    Otherwise, for your own peace of mind, just let go and not keep blaming and blaming and hurling insults against Gurus like Tsem Rinpoche? How come some people see him negatively, when there are so many other students and people who see him as his blog (with its current 8.5 over million views) show him to be – a most compassionate being who only cares to benefit all by spreading the Dharma?

  21. Stella Cheang on Nov 8, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for putting this plainly; no matter how we look at it, criticizing our previous lama and destroying the samaya with our Guru can never be a good thing. One may have found a new Guru but from a spiritual level, one will not achieve attainments with the new Gru once the samaya with previous Guru is ruined. And from a secular level, it just goes to show what a bickering character one is. It is best to practice Buddha Dharma, seek to mend the broken samaya and part in good terms.

  22. Echeah on Nov 8, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the timely reminder as we see this happening right before our eyes. Mixing the secular with the spiritual and going back and forth to suit our convenience shows very clearly we’re neither here nor there. That means we’re making up our own religion. Then we have no right to say that we’re so and so’s disciple or follower because the Guru whom we profess to follow did not teach that and in fact we bring disrepute to the Guru whom we seem to rally behind.

    But there is one common rule of basic decency that runs through both the spiritual and the secular. That is we take responsibility for our own decision and not blame someone else for the decision we made if we think it turned out to be wrong.

    So we chose to follow a particular Guru, nobody dragged us into it. Or we chose to work at a particular co., again nobody forced us to work there. Or we got into a relationship with our eyes open, we were not kidnapped. Then we have a change of heart or we want out for whatever reason. The decent way to do it is to part on a good note. Why turn around and blame the Guru or company or ex- for making our own “bad decision”?

    What is worse than lacking in basic human decency is when we have not even been a student of the Guru, or never worked in the company or don’t even know someone personally and then we bad mouth them, abuse and slander them, try to harm them physically and otherwise.

  23. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

    __________________________________

    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  24. Ng Jesvin on Sep 11, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    Before we choose a dharma center or a guru to follow, we have to do more study and research on the dharma center and the background of the guru. Once we rely upon the guru we have to follow the guru instruction and commit into our practice seriously.

    However, there will be some political players inside a dharma center who can cause people to walk away from the center. As a practitioner, I am learning to adapt to the situation, practicing to ease my judgmental view on some people and learning to accept. If I couldn’t comply with the people who brought difficulty to me I will choose to walk away with no more anger and disappointment.

    Finally, I would like to thank Rinpoche for making dharma so easily for us to access and also I would like to thank Kechara for organizing a Lamrin class for all of us.

    Humbly with love and with hand folded,
    Ng Jesvin

  25. Carmen Koo on Jul 23, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Once we have our minds set on choosing our guru, then we should go all the way with our studies and practice with that one guru because upon taking refuge vows, a bond is created that your guru will lead you all the way to enlightenment. Therefore, you had the affinity to meet that particular guru in the current lifetime that you are in! And when one criticises their teacher or ex-guru, then it shows what kind of person they are, because they made the choice also in the beginning to accept his/her guru based on the benefits they received through the Dharma during the beginning stages of observing the guru.

    Not only have I read criticisms towards Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, I witness the same being thrown at my teacher, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. Some of these people who criticise my teacher,

    1. Are not even students of my teacher

    2. Don’t even know my teacher

    3. Falsely accuse my teacher

    4. Call him names.

    5. Disregards the Dharma works that my teacher has been doing and upholding all his life.

    Before these people criticise the lama, they should observe what have they done in their lives that has benefitted the tens of thousands across the globe, like these teachers have?

    Secular, or spiritual, they both arise from the same minds. The karma from one, doesn’t outweigh the karma from the other. So whether we are doing negative, secularly or spiritually, they both drag us down further.

  26. Sock Wan on Jul 21, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    A real spiritual teacher does not operate with a secular motivation, ie to harm you or to take advantage from you. A real spiritual teacher is here to help us develop our good qualities, sometimes due to our karmas, the method engage by the spiritual teacher in achieving the goal is quite unconventional and we may not comprehend. For example, Tilopa once asked Naropa to get curry for him which resulted in Naropa stealing the curry. This is seen unacceptable in secular sense but in spiritual sense, it has helped Naropa develop very strong Guru Devotion and very stable mind, eventually he received very precious teachings from the guru and became enlightened.

    Therefore, when we see a person as a spiritual teacher, we should not critcise or make negative comments on him/her using the secular standards simply because the teacher does not operate in secular way. By making negative comments on the spiritual teacher because he/she does not fit into our secular projection will create many negative karmas. As a results, we will not progress and will be moving further away from liberation.

    We must be clear of the difference between spiritual and secular if we want to engage in spiritual practice and see positive transformation in ourselves.

  27. Wylfred Ng on Jul 20, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    我非常赞同仁波切所说的。 很多人在修行路上不知道最重要的就是对上师的依止心, 而且还犯下毁谤上师的错误。

    文中的例子就是格西格桑嘉措的弟子在离开格西格桑嘉措的中心后就大肆在网上抨击格西格桑嘉措, 不过转过头来就大力赞扬达赖尊者。
    身为佛教徒, 我们就需要以佛教徒的角度来对待每件事情, 包括我们如何对待各位上师。
    我们皈依上师不是因为上师的知名度, 无论我们皈依的上师是谁, 我们都要视师为佛。 在很多经典如上师五十颂或事师九心, 所有的内容都是关于我们该如何侍奉上师, 而且通过修习上师依止心我们才可以在灵修上得到成就。

    一日为师, 一生为师, 如果我们要换上师, 我们必须得到上师的允许。 如果没有上师的允许而转投其他上师的门下, 无论我们如何修行都不会有成就。
    最广为人知的例子就是大成就者米勒日吧。 当时米勒日吧在玛尔巴门下受训的时候他就因为无法忍受玛尔巴德严峻修行而向师母求救。 师母因为不忍而冒用玛尔巴的名叫米勒日吧去向玛尔巴的一位得意门徒修行。 虽然米勒日吧精进修行, 他还是无法得到成就, 玛尔巴的弟子也从而得知米勒日吧并没有得到玛尔巴的准许来向他学习。

    在历史、或佛典都告诉了我们上师依止心的重要性。 所以请停止毁谤自己的上师。

    谢谢

  28. William Chua on Jul 20, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Talking bad about a guru or a sangha member is very bad karma. When we join a Dharma centre, our main purpose is to learn the Dharma and be a better person. If we find that then Dharma centre is not suitable for us, then we can choose to leave. This is not the case of flipping minds. When a person leaves the Dharma centre, why do you need to criticise or slander the centre or the guru?

    If we are there to learn Dharma, then we should persevere and take the teachings. The guru will know what is the best method to break our ego and push our buttons so that we can attain some realisations. Each person is different, and each method is different. If we cannot take the training, is it the teacher’s fault or is it our problem? It is something we need to ponder on.

    Choosing to leave a Dharma centre and talk bad about it does not make your a better person, in fact it makes you fuel your ego even more. Because you have to win and cannot lose face or accept the fact that you have failed. The problem then lies in you and only you can deal with it. If you start blaming, then the very intention of joining a Dharma centre is foiled. You have to examine your intention again.

  29. Karen on Jul 20, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    When you decided to join the Dharma centre or follow a guru, first, ask yourself what’s your motivation and intention in doing so? If it’s pure secular, i.e to get more contacts, business opportunities, friends, relationship etc, then it’s wrong in the first place because Dharma centre is not for secular gain. So when you entered a Dharma organisation with secular motivation and due to some reasons you left the organisation, then do it professionally and secularly, like what suggested in the article. Go the legal way if it’s necessary. In secular world, termination of service in a company voluntary or involuntary, either way we have to go through proper procedures and if the party finds he or she is being treated unfairly, file a claim from the Industrial Court of any other legal path to seek compensation for your loss.

    On a spiritual level, when we decided to join a Dharma centre, there must be something in us that we’re struggling in life and needed spiritual help. There must be certain degree of surrenders in Dharma before we made the decision. We want a change in life and knowing Dharma could help but we don’t want to put effort in it. So when the spiritual teacher is doing his job to help us, spiritually, we resist the teacher because we don’t like the hard work. When we “failed” in what we supposed to achieve in Dharma centre, we ran away and we started to find a scapegoat to blame, and hence we saw so many small talks, gossips, defamation, false accusations on social media nowadays polluting others mind, it not only has created negative repercussions, on secular level, potential employers definitely will not hire those who bad mouth and spread rumours after one has left a company. So, this kind of unethical acts failed both ways, spiritually and secularly.

    Here’s a wonderful post written by one of Tsem Rinpoche’s students on his views on when a Lama is attacked:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/why-hide-and-attack-a-monk.html

  30. jerry_sito on Jul 20, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    感谢仁波切的教诲,

    上师是我们成就的根本,我们应该好好地依止我们的上师,如文章说提到的,如果您真的与这位上师没有缘分的话,那么我们必须依据佛法的方法来解决,比如好好请示这位上师说您要离开他而跟从另一位上师,倘若得到了允许,那么就“放下”心中的障碍,好好地跟从另一位上师吧。

    既然选择了学习佛法,那么应该把佛法运用在生活当中,怎么可以上一个还在佛堂里念诵经文,听闻开示,离开佛堂后就完全忘记了所吸收的佛法,而继续用世俗的方式来处理与面对生活呢?

    在这遍文章中,还有提到的部分是,许多人来到了学习佛法,即使甘丹寺那么多的僧伽众,都会发生有人放弃或埋怨的情况,这是很正常的,就是因为这样我们才需要更加好好学习佛法,来排除内心的障碍,学习方下与宽容,而且不要因为这个寺院有人离开,就完全主观地认为这寺院有问题,而产生了误解与偏见,只是天地下的每一所寺院都发生着一样的事情,人来人往的,而重要的是你用一个怎样的角度来看待这一切的“无常”

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  31. Yin ping on Jun 14, 2016 at 2:12 am

    If we are just using secular and spiritual back and forth for our own convenience, it only brings harm and damage among people. This is definitely a big NO NO in spiritual practise.

  32. Lin Mun on May 24, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing thing article. I agree that a lot of people mixed up secular and spiritual for each convenience.

    Should a person choose a spiritual path then he or she should act in accordance to it. The ban and segregation in Tibet to those people who practice Dorje Shugden is not right. Every human has religious freedom and choice of practice. Dorje Shugden practitioners will continue their practice because it is given by their Guru. In Tibetan Buddhism it is very important not to break the samaya with Guru. So for those who do not agree with it then it is fine but they cannot harm the Shugden practitioners and even critised or discriminate them. I hope the ban on Shugden will be lifted soon and stop the sufferings of the practitioners.

  33. Shane Jayasuriya on May 1, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This degenerating age many minds are hard to change.. your teaching is very valuable, I am glad that I meet you two years ago online .. I learn lots of dharma from your website and from dharma talks.. its difficult to practice dharma when conflicts are there.. hope all will be over soon.
    Thank you

  34. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 8, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    I hope Tibetan leadership will stop contradicting itself and discriminating based on faith, for the benefit of Tibetan people.

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  35. Wei on Jul 2, 2015 at 1:41 am

    It is never ok to gossip and slander someone behind their backs just because what they are doing do not fit accordingly with our perceptions. Yes we all have our perceptions and do not agree with many things but even in secular life, to talk badly about people to our friends or anything of that nature will reflect badly on us more than anything else.

    Yet if that is bad then how can slandering attained lamas be even conceivable? Well it is usually done out of hate and an unclear mind because a clear one would approach it in a different manner. It is very bad karma to defame lamas just because their methods do not fit our perceptions because some people will get turned off because they too have manipulated perceptions. Being the cause of someone not entering the Dharma path to practice and relieve others of suffering is a lot of karma because it snowballs significantly. It is always the better person who goes about a problem in a humble and quieter manner rather than being loud and boisterous to gain the wrong kind of attention.

  36. Robert Thomas on Jun 29, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I rejoice greatly in your activities and kindness, may you live for a very long time and all your wishes be swiftly fulfilled. I thought readers may be interested to learn that much of what is written on line but ‘ex’ students of Geshe Kelsang, is now l known to have been a fabrication of just s small handful of people. This article and part 2 off this article give some dad b but important information pertaining to that subject.

    http://www.arebuddhistsracist.com/manipulating_the_media.html

    I will also take to heart your questions and consider carefully your advice. My determination is too rely on Dharma always, with Buddha’s blessings and Sangha’s help (through the kindness of my precious teacher)

  37. Anita Krelle (Skewes) on Apr 23, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I prostrate to you Tsem Rinpoche. You are so wise:) Thankyou for teaching us the correct paths xxoo

  38. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 22, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Secular only creates more and more karma for us to stay in samsara, but spiritual is the real antidote for us to our endless sufferings. So if we act secularly and spiritually we will be stuck we cannot move at all. At best we remain stagnant. We need to make the right choice of where we want to head to.

  39. tsemtulku on Feb 13, 2015 at 2:32 am

    It’s amazing, sometimes when you make a spiritual choice, some people can criticize and segregate you for it. As if your choice must be approved by them. If they don’t approve they have some mandate to tell you that you are wrong and also can be rude for your choice of faith. If you don’t pray to what they pray to, then your ‘god’ is a demon or something. How archaic. LOL. I find that amazing. LOL again. How can you come to my space, face and life and tell me my religion is wrong? I didn’t hurt anyone with my faith and I don’t intend to. Whatever others of my same faith are or are not doing is not me. So don’t bundle me up into the same package. I am me and they are them. Besides, I am more than my religion. There are many aspects of who I am. So don’t just look at my spiritual choice and summarize me. You don’t know me. And you don’t have to know me. Also I owe nothing to you. I don’t need your approval for my spirituality. I would love to be your friend but let’s not let our spiritual choice ever get in the way. Be modern, be today and accept who I am as I don’t hurt anyone. 🙂 So look at all parts of who I am but the bottom line is my spirituality is my choice, do not ever presume to comment, disparage, judge or even think anything about it. I eat what I want. I dress as I like. Live where I want. Befriend who I wish. Write what I like on my social media space and pray to whatever I feel is working for me. Full stop! 🙂 Thanks for letting me live my life as your opinion of it is not needed, requested or solicited and I say this with deepest respects to you.. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

  40. abby foo on Feb 7, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Comment I like and inspires me from Tsem Rinpoche.

    For me, I have received teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama and I still have to respect him as one of my lamas. It might be different for some of you who have not. But my approach must be respectful. Even if I didn’t have teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama, would still approach him in a respectful manner. The advice against Dorje Shugden practice by His Holiness is hurting many people in fact millions. It’s creating discord, segregation and pain. Everything the Dalai Lama teaches is about compassion, tolerance and reconciliation and the Shugden practitioners deserve that too. I therefore, respectfully prostrating to the ground would ask H.H. the Dalai Lama to please send his ministers to talk to the leaders of the Shugden group and resolve this issue. I say all this with deepest respects. As a part Tibetan, I also wish His Holiness the best. Long live the Dalai lama.

    Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

  41. tsemtulku on Jan 31, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Dear everyone, His Holiness Dalai Lama says to kick out monks from the monasteries who do not listen. I was so surprised at this short speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS6hq5HJNik

  42. Alice Tay on Jan 30, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    感谢上师,尊贵的詹杜固仁波切,在这篇博文里,用心的表达与同时也让我们思考,到底我们应该选择俗世之道,还是佛法之道来看待事物?

    我们打从娘胎出生到现在,没有一个人可以避免用世俗的思考来衡量与决定每个行动。很自然的,大多数的人,从小到大都会先考虑自己的事情,然后才想到别人甚至于忘记他人的存在。因为有了我执之心,我们往往会只看到别人的弱点,然后加以批评他人。

    一直到我们遇到佛法,接触佛法,了解佛法,然后好好的运用佛法智慧与慢慢的放下世俗的层面来面对所有的事情。当我们真正了解佛法时,以前很喜欢批评人不管是敬爱的上师或是其他普通人,不再重蹈覆辙。

    我们要从俗世和佛法修行的做法上作出抉择,其实不容易的。因为我们太长时间在这娑婆世界里活动,难免会受到三毒的诱惑。

    无论如何,我们必须要感恩,因为我们虽然出生在马来西亚,但却如此的幸运可以从尊贵的上师学习佛法,而且还是拥有纯净的传承。坦白说,如果不是上师的慈悲,我想今天的我,肯定会继续用强烈的世俗层面来对待身边所有的事与物。

    《上师五十颂》就好像现今社会的其中一部必须遵守的《法典》,里面包涵了如何依止上师的教诲。其中有说明~如果我们对上师持有负面的想法、不尊敬或对上师失去信心,而且还没净化和改善我和上师的关系时,即便我们找到了另一位上师,无论我们多么努力修持与学习,我们也将不会取得任何成就。

    我想,还是管理好我们的信念。如果我们可以始一而终跟着一位有资格的上师,反而这样会让我们得到更多与更快达到目的。

  43. Uncle Eddie on Jan 29, 2015 at 11:39 am

    The moment we entered into Kechara to practice Buddhism, we are already being prepared for spirituality. Many of us may not have realised that at the outset of any attempt to embrace Buddhism, we were required to take vows; (Refuge vows for example) that give us directions an guidelines to follow. Then the collection of merits by four preliminary practices give actual’fuel’ to power our practice into transformation of our habits. Subsequently, followed by purification practices to clear our path for removal of obstructions and obstacles if any for us to complete the practices. These are said to be very importance steps for our holy spiritual practices as taught by our compassionate Guru, whose precious kindness, love and compassion seem matchless! Through his golden lips and kind heart, he gave us Dharma as taught by every buddha of the past, present or future. May all be auspicious for our holy venerable Guru to remain in this land immutable like a Vajra! Om Mani Padme Hung.

  44. tsemtulku on Jan 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Dorje Shugden followers in the millions will not abandon their practice. So it would be good if leaders of the Dorje Shugden practicing community met with the Tibetan leadership to work out something that will be a win-win situation for both sides. His Holiness Dalai Lama wants to meet the Chinese current leaders to resolve the Tibet issue. Why not meet the Shugden followers to resolve this issue too? Why forgive one ‘enemy’ and ignore another?~Tsem Rinpoche (Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431)

  45. Miri on Jan 28, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Word.

  46. Miriam Pia on Jan 25, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Thanks for posting this. I re-read it today. For some reason this issue is complicated or difficult. I had not heard of it this way before. The method of teaching in the religious context I am used to is very different. It is also good, but sometimes there are ways that you describe issues that I feel bring me clarity about some aspect of an issue. So, thanks.
    PS Glad you recovered from a mistake I made a few weeks ago.

  47. Adeline Tan on Jan 24, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    For me, this blog is to teach us not to criticize any Masters or lineage be respectful to other people’s practices, be loyal to your own guru and go all the way without any doubt. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  48. Vinnie Tan on Jan 24, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this valuable teaching to all of us here.

    It is indeed that we may think that it is correct for us to boycott and ask others to boycott, but by doing things like that to the teacher that has taught us the Dharma and also given us that link towards Dharma is not correct.

    Many may not think that is this wrong as they may feel that they are just voicing out their unhappiness, but in truth, they are creating schisms that are unnecessary. By creating the schisms for the students of our teachers and them, we are actually creating that negative karma that we may not see it.

    Hence, there is always no reason for creating of schism because as time goes by, people would only be able to see who you truly are.

  49. jp on Jan 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the clear explanation of how our mind works. It makes so much sense.

    People who have negative comments of their own teachers and other teachers are too caught up with themselves about being right. It doesn’t get them anywhere be it secular nor spiritual.

    If they were mistreated by their teacher or organization and they are so unhappy about it, they should go to the law. Really, what is the point of complaining to the same people incessantly??? Doesn’t get them anywhere. Makes their complaints sound like crying over spilled milk.

    For those who choose spirituality, then they should study the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion as suggested by Rinpoche to have a better understanding of what practising guru devotion entails. Otherwise, all their efforts in the name of spirituality will not go far.

    Regards,
    JP

  50. Choi Sheem on Jan 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for highlighting the fact that a student who have left his teacher to go to another teacher would not get any realization on the practice given by the new teacher. The saddest part is when the person who have left would criticize the teacher who have kindly taught him. Instead of going to the social media to blog about his previous teacher, he should really solve his grievances with the proper authorities or to let go of his displeasure which caused him to leave.
    I would choose the spiritual way, so I must always be mindful of my speech to not speak bad of any teacher and to follow faithfully what have been taught to me by my teacher.

  51. Julia Tan on Jan 22, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. I will put this question in my heart and ask myself again and again to remind myself what is my main reason of joining the Dharma. we are secular! That is the whole reason of we come to Dharma center to practice Dharma so that we can be spiritual. When we are serious with our spiritual path we look for a guru. The reason we need a guru because we need someone who is expert in spiritual path to lead us to enlightenment. Along the way the guru will give us many assignments to break our perceptions, our negative thoughts and our bad habits. If a guru do not do that then why we need a guru for? It’s not easy if we do not trust our guru all the way. Our problem is we always like to judge and blame when we face problem or loose face. We just cannot swallow our ego. Even with our guru we cannot. Then we started to criticize, we drama about small small things taht we are not happy with, create disharmony among Dharma brothers and sisters. We went on and on to cover up our faults which we are actually wrong, we actually cannot get things done, we are actually made a huge mistake etc etc etc. But look, who doesn’t have mistakes? Say sorry sincerely and move on with regret and remorse. Why can’t we choose to improve and repair our guru samaya instead of creating more and more bad karma for myself? We should really think about it..

  52. Guillermo Soelter Mora on Jan 21, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I have practised the New Kadampa Tradition, Gueshe Kelsang’s teachings & they are very precise & quite addapted to the West way of exposing things, rather than a too Tibetan or Asian manner. When I went to the first lecture of the Mexican director I stopped from hating my terrible neighbor. I felt the blessings of the different Buddhas, particularly after the Green Tara retreats. It worked for me very perfectly. I had epiphanies & spiritual experiences, very particularly from Green Tara. We got our old friend Sandra McEntire become a Nun & the Culture Institute teacher a monk (although he dropped the rope later). But, our nun says she is tired at 71 years of age &
    like would like to rest instead of teaching (she speaks unperfected Spanish) & myself after practicing maybe 10 years I am finnally retaking my Buddhist practices, although I do do Kuan Yin mantras very often. This Mazatlan, Mexico has bad Karma for spiritual centers & creating the energy to have a stronghold of spirituality is hard. But I consider myself a man with character & will keep up my spiritual practices.

  53. Edwin Tan on Jan 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, for the article.

    It is so timely now that many people are on social media talking bad about certain high lamas. It is so true that if we are spiritual, we will and should know that bad mouthing our Guru or high lamas is detrimental. If we are truly spiritual, we will watch our behaviour and respect all lamas.

    If our Gurus or high Lamas are wrong, we can always seek them for clarification to understand. Maybe it is what WE think that is wrong, and not our Gurus who are wrong. In fact, asking to seek clarifications will open our minds more.

    Milarepa’s story and the 50 verses of Guru Devotion already teaches us that we must respect our teachers. Even if we think they are wrong [if we feel we are much more clever than our own teachers], we should never bad mouth them.

    Thank you for this thought-provoking article, Rinpoche.

    With much respect 🙂

  54. Li Kim on Jan 18, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Indeed there is much back mouthing in this world we live in. I see it as a part of life and realise that change towards such attacks is within myself. However, it really bothers me when the seemed holy ones are two-faced. After reading this article and also seeing what some people are bad mouthing on social media against Lamas like Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, it makes me most irritated. When secular methods and intention is adopted under the facade of religion/spirituality, the one word which sums up secular mixing with spiritual is hypocrisy.

    Rinpoche has many times taught us if we pray for hours in a temple, then go out and swear at the next person who cuts us off in traffic, then all the prayers will lose it meaning. Why bother praying at all is what I think.

    I thank Rinpoche for the teaching in this article and it makes me understand why even in spiritual conditions there is never absolute peace BUT I strongly believe in my lineage and what Rinpoche has taught me and it has never mixed nor confused with politics/secular. I am most grateful as there is enough hypocrisy and confusion in the world.

  55. Judy Chen on Jan 18, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    If we want to pursue a serious spiritual journey, we should not start comparing. We are so blessed to have an attained Lama, as our Guru.
    The 50 Verses of Guru Devotion is the guiding path for us. I believe respecting the Guru and his Dharma teachings is in actuality respecting Buddha.

    Thank you, Rinpoche

  56. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 17, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very enlightening article on being Spiritual as opposed to being Secular, especially in relations to the sacred Guru-Disciple relationship.

    It makes re-examine me how we mistakenly view our Spiritual Guide as just someone whom we think will guide us on our spiritual path according to our distorted projections and expectations. When our projections and expectations are not met, we start to find fault and blame and criticize him.This is how we treat any person in our secular world.

    Unfortunately, we fail to realize that when we have accepted a Guru and entered a Guru-Disciple relationship with him, we are signing on to embark on a journey of gaining enlightenment or ultimate peace. This requires us to abide by the spiritual rules as laid out in the Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion. The rules are pure spirituality . Being spiritual means we abide by the rules and principles of Guru Devotion, so that we will gain out Enlihgtenment. Breaking the rules, such as disparaging one’s Guru, creates the karmic cause of not being able to realize any attainments whatsoever, even though we seek out the most renowned Master and receive teachings from him.

    We cannot mix the secular with the spiritual. If we want to be secular, then we don’t embark on a Guru-Disciple relationship at all.We don’t aspire for tantric practice which will lead us to enlightenment more swiftly, which is what we need in this degenerate age.

  57. Pee Bee Chong on Jan 17, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the wonderful teaching. The article reminds me of the 50 verses of Guru devotion.

    If we are serious in our spiritual journey, go all the way without flipping back and forth with the secular side at our conveniences because if we have negative thoughts, wrong thoughts and show disrespect or lost faith in our teacher, without purifying that karma and purifying that relationship, and we go to another teacher, no matter how much we practice, study and meditate we will gain no attainments.

    Thank you Rinpoche

  58. Irene Lim on Jan 17, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching. All the questions raised were relevant and set me into contemplation so necessary for the development of a perfect guru-disciple relationship that will benefit us spiritually.

  59. Ron Wong on Jan 17, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Mixing spiritual & secular principles in our practice will not benefit anybody. When we use secular way to support or justify our reasons with issue in our practice, we are feeding the 3 poisons in our deluded mind & create the caused for us to continue doing that again & again. Eventually this negative habituation will increase as time pass & we collect more demerits which will hinder our progress & gain no results. At the same time, we also create schism, disharmony & cause others to lose faith in their beliefs & practices. This negative karma will caused us not to be able to meet with the dharma or the right guru & continue suffering lives after lives. When we practice spirituality it is not about the 1 hour that we spent doing our prayers, attending dharma class or feeding the poor, it is about applying the teachings into our actions in the others 23 hours all the way. Spirituality is to transform us into a better person, kinder, more caring, tolerance & responsible. Therefore, to criticise one lama & praise the other contradict the principles of spirituality, it will not benefit anyone but is more damaging to our practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious teaching & reminder.

  60. Stella on Jan 17, 2015 at 10:59 am

    In condemning another lama, his teaching or lineage and instigating the other students or followers to abandon their lama create very bad karma for both the instigator as well as the people who actually listened and left their lama. A true dharma practitioner who follow Buddha’s teaching through proper lineage will not have condemned another lineage, because by doing so, it is akin to condemning Buddha’s teaching and therefore their own practice as well.

    Some may argue that it is alright to expose if there is something wrong with the lineage, so that others will not follow the wrong footstep. It can be a very dangerous view because a worldly person is unlikely to have the correct view to judge the path taught by any lineage. If a person is judging based on his worldly knowledge, it is therefore a secular view. Hence, the person are likely to be mistaken and could even be having a wrong view, which is one of the ten non-virtuous acts we need to curb.

    Also, people from the secular side of things are known to be jealous and criticize people who are more successful. Sometimes they will go down to a very low level to damage successful people in a most disrespectful manner, without doing research thoroughly and understand the issue properly first.

    Thank You, Rinpoche, for the wonderful teaching.

  61. Frederick Law on Jan 17, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for this wonderful teaching why we should not mix Secular with Spiritual. Being in Secular world we have been cultivated with the mentality to criticize, complain and voice our dissatisfaction to the things we do not accept and like. This further reinforce us to make judgement and out of Ego we criticize others when things doesn’t fit our expectation or even wrong to our perception. We are repeating it day after day, years after years, and the angers build up.

    Without proper understanding the spiritual commitment to Guru Devotion and practice of Dharma, which is to rid our self-cherishing mind, and Ego and wrong view, we will still continue carrying the Secular mentality with us, when situation arise, we criticize, disparage our Guru, Dharma Centre, and even other Lineages or practice. Most of the time it is due to self-cherishing we do not want to let go of our Ego to fully accept the Spiritual commitment, then we we take side, view the Guru, practice or other Guru is wrong because it doesn’t fit our perception, or have wrong view.

    To becoming a Student to a spiritual teacher, we must submit ourself, and never allow perception and ego to blind us if we truly seeking spirituality, bring Secular mentality into Spirituality not only create schism in Dharma, but also contaminating the pure lineage and teaching of the Buddha. Even so, if we are devoted practitioner, we should apply the Spiritual method into our secular, not to criticize, complain and even bad mouthing our employer, that is true Spirituality.

  62. May Ong on Jan 16, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Genuine practice of any dharma teachings doesn’t encourage extremism, right wing or left wing like in politics. Any sort of opposing wrong views will create conflict, criticism and unhappiness. That is not dharma practice is about. If we follow the spiritual middle way, we will not criticize others who took opposing views. We should show mutual respect instead. Unless those who criticized had other agenda on their mind. For me, I choose to follow the spiritual middle way and my Guru’s advice.

  63. May Ong on Jan 16, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Genuine practice of any dharma teachings doesn’t encourage extremism, right wing or left wing like in politics. Any sort of opposing wrong views will create conflict, criticism and unhappiness. That is not dharma practice is about. If we follow the spiritual middle way, we will not criticize others who took opposing views. We should show mutual respect instead. Unless those who criticized had other agenda on their mind.

    For me, I choose to follow the spiritual middle way and my Guru’s advice.

  64. Wylfred Ng on Jan 16, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you Rinpoche for the great sharing.
    In year 2013, i received a copy of 50 Verses of Guru Devotion with commentary from Rinpoche during my social media retreat.

    This is one of the important book that changed my perception on spiritual practice. That is why i would not criticize other spiritual teacher.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the book and the post.
    May everyone understand the Guru-disciple relationship and gain attainment in spiritual practice.

    Thank you

  65. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Jan 16, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for the beautiful article that can help me open my mind widely. From my personal view, we will not gain anything whether in our secular works or spiritual path when we bad mouth, criticize ect; hence most of us are not qualified to judge.

    We can make our own choice to choose, we must respect to others towards a harmony and peace environment. Just like us, as a resident in Malaysia, we still make friends with others religion peoples. The “Respect” bring us to be friends always and no conflicts.

    As Rinpoche mention above, “Milarepa’s story is a good example for all students to learn more about the importance of Guru- Disciple relationship” ; as we follow a Guru, we should behave according to the Fifty Verses Of Guru Devotion by using our limited life time to practice Dharma rather than wasted our time to bad mouth, criticize, disturbing others ect.

    Your sincerely,
    Casteven Lim (KH JB)

  66. Dense Kuek on Jan 16, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing. When someone do not have the karma with certain lama, what they can do is to ask for the permission to leave, and the person should leave with having respect for the lama and really let go their ego. People always like to criticize especially to the people did not treat them in the way they expected, why they criticism? I guess they actually want to revenge, they want people to hate/dislike the one they hate/dislike too..this is a very secular behave, by doing this, it increase their bad karma and no matter what teacher they follow, they can not gain attainment as the hatred or whatever negative feeling to their previous teacher is always in the mind and it block them from gaining attainment

  67. Li Kheng on Jan 15, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you Rinpoche for posing this question for us to reflect and decide what we want to do. For me and i believe anyone who wish to learn and practice the Dharma, the choice is evident: spiritual. Why? Because we already lived on the “secular side” all our lives…and if we are still searching and looking, then it is obvious that the secular angle does not work. Meaning, it has not brought us to what we are pursuing, whatever that may be…peace, happiness, contentment, success etc.

    If we enter the spiritual journey to apply and reinforce our secular ways and habits, we should really question our motivation. It really does not make sense to “contaminate” the spiritual world with secularity….unless there is hidden agenda…and this agenda must be one that is harmful since it has to be hidden.

    People who try to bring down leaders or successful individuals and groups are not new or uncommon. And it is sad that most of them do it because they are themselves unsuccessful or went through experiences that cause them to be destructive. For such people, i do empathize because they are truly throwing away this precious chance to meet the dharma. They are throwing away this chance because, instead of learning and practicing new ways to re-habituate themselves, they are re-creating the same problems they had in their secular world. Therefore, as said in the post, it does not matter who is the new master one follows or how many new masters one may change, the end result will be the same because one applies the same attitude and wrong view.

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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
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    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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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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!
2 months ago
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
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
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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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