Be Happy

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Each time I sit down to write and assemble my thoughts together, I will await the important moment when my precious Guru opens up my mind with a ray of blessings. Then my scattered thoughts and ideas which are all over the place will, like pieces of jigsaw puzzle, come together and fall into place. Then will come the exciting part, when I feverishly ‘pen’ my thoughts as they chase one another.

I thank my most compassionate Guru for your infinite kindness in giving me this very rare and treasured opportunity to write reviews on the Gems of Dharma, which are mainly the mind-shaping teachings of Tsem Rinpoche, transcribed into books. I thank kind Dharma friends, like Beatrix Ooi, for your invaluable help in getting my article uploaded as a blogpost, with pictures and all.

 

A Review of “Be Happy” by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Being Happy is a win-win situation. We must strive to be happy.

In “Be Happy”, Tsem Rinpoche shows us that happiness is a state of mind and we can achieve it, but only after we have determined the causes of why we are unhappy in the first place. He takes us on a journey where he shows us where our mind is coming from when we encounter unhappiness , how we react negatively from our negatively habituated mind , and then he shows how we can retrain our mind to get out of this negative state into a state of peace and quiet, into a state of happiness. Throughout this book, we feel that he is at the heart of each situation and experience and not outside looking in. “Be Happy” carries a strong message from Tsem Rinpoche which will appeal to people everywhere who feel trapped by everyday problems, difficult situations and relationships. The message is “I have been down this road before; I know what it is like to suffer and to feel trapped in the suffering. But look at me: I was able to free my mind by understanding where my suffering really came from and by taking positive uplifting steps to remove it by eradicating its causes. In the end, by applying the Dharma, I won over suffering and not let it win over me and control me”.

 

The Part of “Be Happy” That Touched Me Deeply.

“I must have made prayers in my previous lives to be in that situation”

The part of “Be Happy” that touched me deeply is the part where Tsem Rinpoche says that he was born into such a difficult situation(to experience incredibly great suffering, particularly from his mother, Dana) because “I must have made prayers in my previous lives to be in that situation . I am not the best person but I did grow up wanting to benefit others”.

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“I believe I did prayers to be born into that situation. My whole life, people asked me, “You’re a Rinpoche, why did you have to suffer like that?” I was thinking, “Yeah, why?” I was thinking to myself. “Why?” I kept thinking for years, why? I realised why. I must have prayed to be in that situation”.

“I did grow up knowing about mental pain. I did grow up knowing the scars of war. I did grow up knowing about people who are hurt. I did grow up knowing that we should forgive people like that. I did grow up knowing they suffer more than I do, and that they deserve our compassion and love, not pity. That we should not add on to their pain anymore and by saying sorry, they have one less enemy from our side. By saying sorry to my mother, I was accepting my situation and when you accept a situation, and a very sad one, you transform.”

In Lord Buddha’s time, when he taught the Four Noble Truths about suffering –the truth of suffering, the truth of the causes or origins of suffering, the truth of the cessation of suffering and the truth of the way out of suffering– people’s minds instantly shifted, they attained realisations and even achieved liberation from suffering and samsara(our cyclic existence of suffering), there and then.

In this twenty-first century, where our minds are mired in strong delusions of attachment and craving, hatred and anger stemming from ego and self-cherishing, the consequence is a painful reality that we are confronted with every day – a reality of anxiety, loneliness, intolerance, depression, low self-esteem, mental anguish and holding on to hate and anger and a lot of hurting and retaliation. Out of the depths of our misery and caught in the “poor me” syndrome, will we listen to a spiritual teacher, who expounds to us the Four Noble Truth? No. Not really. We may even turn around and ask him: “What do you know of pain and suffering? How can you talk about letting go of what causes suffering so that I can be happy, when you don’t even know how much I am suffering, when you don’t understand the nature of my suffering?”

Thus in order to truly benefit the people of this age, in order to help free us from our suffering, a most compassionate being has sought to be reborn in a suffering situation, to be in an environment to experience, or have people close to him experience, the realities of the suffering of this age, so that he can truly identify and empathise with people and teach the dharma of how to eradicate the causes of suffering and how to be happy. People will listen because he has walked down their road of pain and suffering before, and emerged a winner by overcoming the causes of the suffering that they are currently experiencing.
He becomes our source of inspiration. He makes us want to walk the hard road of mind transformation, like him, and gain our mind of peace and quiet – a happy mind.

Later, in “Be Happy”, Tsem Rinpoche again says that for some people, they actually prayed to be born in difficult situations which will train their mind and accelerate their spiritual progress. Those who were born in very difficult situations and grow up to be great and highly respected people, despite a difficult childhood, become an inspiration to millions of people.

 

Training the Mind For Happiness.

The mind has habituated itself, unwittingly, over a long period of time, to be unhappy. So now, in order to achieve happiness, we need to take a hard look at why and how we have been making ourselves unhappy until this unhappiness has become so deeply habituated in us. After identifying and determining the reasons why we are unhappy, we can then apply Tsem Rinpoche’s methods of training the mind , in “Be Happy”, to dismantle and shed our unhappiness and replace it with happiness. These methods are described to us in this book, with the force of firm conviction, as Tsem Rinpoche has applied them on himself with great positive effect.

The following are the Five Points I learned from “Be Happy” about how I can make myself happy.

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1. Being Happy is About Seeing the Good in Every Person or Situation

Being able to see the good in every person or situation is the result of training the mind to remove a main cause of our unhappiness, and that is wrong perceptions or wrong projections.

We train the mind to focus on the good qualities and not on the faults of another person or situation. We train the mind to discard our deeply habituated way of looking at people and situations from a negative perspective or from negative projections.

The following is an example from Tsem Rinpoche’s own life and experience. In this situation, it was his Guru Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen who taught him to look at his mother from a positive perspective:

When Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen told Tsem Rinpoche to apologise to his mother for hurting her and for running away from home, Rinpoche was at first bewildered. He wondered why he should apologise to his mother. It was not his fault. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen said he had to do it because he needed to advance in his practice. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen then explained, “Because you don’t look at the negative things your mother did – you have to look at the positive. You’re here. Someone fed you. Someone gave you a house (to stay). You‘re here in our centre, that’s the result of your mother’s kindness. You call her and you say you’re sorry for the things you said to her and for the things you thought about her.”

Tsem Rinpoche told his teacher that her mother was not going to take his call. But Geshe-la just said, “Never mind, you call her and if she doesn’t pick up, you tried. So, at least when you pray, when you do your sadhana, it comes from your heart, then it’s real.”

Tsem Rinpoche apologised because his Guru had said he should do so. It was difficult for him. There was all the pain he had suffered from his mother’s abuse. There was all the pain he had suffered in running away, because she did not want him to practice the Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche had a lot of reasons to be angry with his mother. However, later he says,”I realised at that time, at seventeen years old, that if I did not apologise to my mother, I would hold on to it. If I held on to the anger, how could I do my sadhanas and retreats? How could I go to India to be a monk? A monk is supposed to be kind. So I did it and have no regrets”.

It is important to train the mind to focus especially on the good qualities of one’s Guru. Our Guru has sacrificed a great deal – giving up his family, his friends, his freedom, his pursuit of personal happiness – and sat through thousands of hours of Dharma teachings, and taken on the vows so that he could bring us the Dharma teachings and be our Spiritual Guide.

When we can train our mind to look at our Guru’s qualities, it becomes easier to also train it to focus on the good qualities of others. This is because our Guru is a beacon of kindness and compassion and only goodness and virtues flow from him.

 

2. Being Happy is About Changing Perceptions

Our unhappiness comes from our wrong perceptions of other people and other people’s wrong perception of us. so we need to change our perceptions from negative to positive.

  1. Our unhappiness comes from our wrong perceptions of other people and from other people’s wrong perception of us. As these wrong or negative perceptions of others have been deeply habituated in us, we have to train our minds to let go of them and replace them with correct or positive perceptions. Then our reactions to these difficult situations will be positive and this in turn will invite positive reactions from others, as their perceptions of us will also have changed from negative to positive.Here is an example of how we react negatively from a wrong perception:

    A wrong perception arises when someone, in your opinion, makes a negative remark about your dress. She meant it as a suggestion or advice. But you instantly see it as a negative remark, that is designed to put you down. You become very hurt and even angry, because your mind has been habituated to view this type of remark as negative. In the past, you had been made out to be a fashion disaster, as people had been repeatedly making remarks about your poor dress sense, which you saw as criticism. Therefore, in the past, you had always reacted with hurt and danger too. Your wrong perception of others will in turn trigger their wrong perception of you. When you react negatively toward them, they perceive you to be a hostile and aggressive person, especially if you retaliate in anger. Therefore, when you react negatively, as you have been habituated to do in the past, you will lose friends and opportunities and cause loved ones to become estranged from you.

    Our habituated wrong perception arose from narrow-mindedness, which Tsem Rinpoche says is due to lack of exposure, study and mostly due to lack of the application of Dharma. Correcting our perception will lead us to face ourselves and not run away or hide, and we will transform and move in the direction of happiness.

  2. Correcting wrong perceptions of one’s Guru who is our spiritual guide and who will lead us to ultimate Freedom and Happiness.

    When we project our habituated negative perceptions and expectations on to our Guru, they will become severe obstacles for us in our spiritual path, and will block our chances of gaining attainments and of progressing.Great Masters of this age will employ unconventional methods to teach us and train our minds to let go of wrong perceptions. For instance, teachers who are monks, know that their lay students usually have very fixed (wrong) perceptions and projections about how they should speak and what they should wear. If these teacher do not follow conventions, then their students will immediately criticise them and see them as misbehaving, because of their wrong perceptions. The teachers will still risk their censure because they want their students to let go of their wrong perceptions and move to a higher level.When Tsem Rinpoche did not shave off his hair, and when he wore lay clothes for a period of time in the past, he was severely criticised. They said he was sneaky because he had worn robes in the monastery and now outside the monastery, he was wearing lay clothes. There was even a rumour that he had disrobed! Yet, this was all done with the approval of his Gurus because of special circumstances then! By criticising him from their wrong perceptions, they were actually putting down Tsem Rinpoche’s Gurus, all of whom were highly realised masters!

 

3. Stop the Blame, Face Yourself, Be Happy!

Being Unhappy and Running Away

Every time we encounter a difficult situation and we cannot cope with it, it seems alright to run away from it. When we examine the reason behind our running away from the situation and our inability to cope with it, we will usually be able to trace it back to some ‘cause’ in our past.

In the past, we might have had a doting mother, who had rescued us from all the difficult situations. So now, even though the situation has changed, and there is no mother to rescue us, we still continue to expect people around us to ‘rescue’ us, by giving us the solution. We still remain, in our perception, the little boy or girl who had always been rescued. We remain helpless, and do nothing. We then become bewildered when the person with us in the situation doesn’t rescue us, because in our mind, we are still the same person, who used to be rescued. On the other hand, the person with us has the perception that we are lazy, selfish and unmotivated and a loser because of our negative reaction!

What is even worse is when we actually know that the situation is different and that we now cannot get what we want. However, we are so habituated in our “helpless, poor me” state of mind that we will not do anything about it.

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Stop the Blame!

At the ordinary psychological level, we will probably be able to trace the source of our unhappiness and our running away to our mother, who, in the past, had time and again rescued us. Then we will be directed to shift the blame to our mother. But this will not help us in the long run. We will not heal. So we should stop the blaming.

However, when we move to a higher level to determine the truth of the situation (that is, when we apply Buddhist psychology), we will see it as the truth of people having lived their lives, as they grew up, based on ‘wrong’ experiences and wrong perceptions . The ‘wrong’ experience is that they had always been rescued in the past by a doting mother. The wrong perception is that in every situation they encounter now there will always be a person like their mother to rescue them. The reality is that, now, the situation and the people they encounter in the situation are different. So, when they continue to have such wrong perceptions, not only do they suffer, they make other people around them suffer as well.

Therefore, when we apply the psychology of this higher level, we will let go of our wrong perceptions and expectations and correct our perceptions. When we correct our perceptions, our reactions will be positive and will lead to positive reactions from others.

If you train yourself not to blame , even if someone else is at fault, you do not blame, then when you come across someone who is right, you will train yourself not to blame. Sometimes, when someone is right and you are in the habit of blaming, you will end up hurting them.
Face yourself!

From a psychological perspective, as long as we keep silent about our faults and continue to hold them within us or hide them, and not acknowledge and confess them, the faults within us will fester inside us like a cancerous growth, while we continue to run away from difficult situations.

From a psychological perspective, we need to open up and face ourselves. When we open up and talk about what we did wrong, we are actually facing ourselves and thus coming to terms with ourselves. We will acknowledge and confess to someone – a teacher, a close friend, parents – that we are wrong, which itself is therapeutic, because we are not hiding anymore. As our habituated wrong perceptions and faults have been ‘exposed’, they will no longer fester within us as they would have been if we had still kept them hidden within us.

On a spiritual level, if we can face ourselves, we will not push the blame on others. We will not run away when we encounter a difficult situation. We will begin to take responsibility for ourselves. We will not end up losers.

Face Yourself and Stop Blaming Others

Being habituated in blaming others and not facing yourself can even be a reason for people turning into criminals. Even serial killers blame people in the past for their criminal behaviour! In hypnotherapy, they trace the source of their ‘psychological’ problem to an uncle or neighbour who had ‘touched’ them!

 

4. Being Happy is About Letting Go! We Let Go Because We Realise it’s Karma!

Letting Go of Anger

Tsem Rinpoche had learned to hold on to anger because he had grown up with a lot of anger in his life. When he was a child, he had watched his mother go coldly silent for days and weeks because she was angry with him. She just ignored him. It was very scary for Rinpoche to live in a house with someone, like her, with so much anger and so much silence. His mother lived for many years holding anger in her heart. So Tsem Rinpoche learned from his mother that when he was angry with someone, he should ignore that person, not talk to them, not look at them and wait for that person to go to him first and apologise. He was repeating exactly what his mother had done.

For years, he ignored and avoided people he was angry with, sometimes for as long as six months. He kept blaming his mother for this and would tell others it was her fault. He would tell them that she had trained him to hold on to anger. This showed that he was far from being healed.

Only after he learnt Dharma with his teacher, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, did he move on to the next level, and that was to recognise that he himself had created the karma to be born in this kind of environment and to experience this kind of experience. Only then did he begin to heal.

He later came to understand why his Guru had made him apologise to his mother. ”I realised at that time, at seventeen years old, that if I did not apologise to my mother, I would hold on to it. If I held on to the anger, how could I do my sadhanas and retreats? How could I go to India to be a monk? A monk is supposed to be kind. So I did it and have no regrets”.

Only, when we let go of our anger with others, can our Dharma practice, retreats and Dharma work be meaningful and lead us to gain results. Only when we let go, by letting go of all wrong perceptions and projections and by recognising that we had created the cause for our difficulties and suffering, can we transform.

Unfortunately, for Tsem Rinpoche’s mother ( who had grown up with so much anger from a horrifying girlhood spent in a war zone and in a concentration camp) that anger stayed with her until her death. She went to her death holding all that anger in her. How sad.

When we still hold on to anger, and ignore those we are angry with, we will make many enemies. We will bring our spiritual energy down. We will become depressed, we will be left alone to ourselves and no one will respect us. No one will come near us.

The next time someone hurts you or disappoints you, let go. Letting go is recognising that we created the karma for it to happen. We let go as we have experienced the karma. By letting go, we will avoid creating more negative karma or causes for future suffering.

 

5. Being Happy is About Taking Responsibilities

Buddhist psychology – Knowing that we had created the karma to be born in a certain situation that has brought much unhappiness, we accept the situation and take responsibility. We let go of blaming others.

Buddhist psychology: If you are a failure and a loser, don’t blame your mother, brothers and sisters They were the environmental causes, which is the temporary cause. The real cause is your karma to be born into that situation.

Taking Responsibility and Healing Anger

After recognising the workings of karma that created the source of his suffering, Tsem Rinpoche took responsibility and said “sorry” to his mother. He realised that it was not her fault that he was born into a difficult situation. He was sorry for thinking that she was to blame for his unhappiness and suffering. In fact, he had created a lot of suffering for her shouting back at her when he ran away. His running away must have hurt her quite a lot. Being unwell, she was not responsible and not to be blamed for her actions. His saying sorry to her was a Buddhist way of healing. By taking responsibility he gave himself a chance to heal his anger.

Stop blaming others because they are environmental causes. The real cause is the karma that you created to be born into a difficult situation.

Taking Responsibility Whether You are Born Into a Wealthy or Poor Family.

People who are born into a wealthy family, and do not take responsibility, will live frivolously and waste the wealth by having a good time. They will not make an effort or push themselves to realise their full potential. They will end up being losers, and waste their lives away.

People, who are born into an environment of poverty or adversity, but who take responsibility by taking charge of their lives, have often transcended their adversity to become great successful people.

So, for some, the positive experience of being born into a wealthy family can turn into negative karma, when they do not take responsibility and become losers. For others who are born into a situation of poverty and suffering, it becomes good karma, when they take responsibility and turn their lives around and become great or successful people.

Taking Responsibility and Transforming Ourselves.

When we take responsibility, we will transform ourselves by letting go of grudges, anger, expectations, projections, ignorance. Don’t expect others to transform. We transform because we have the Dharma and our Spiritual Guide.

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The Benefits of Reading “Be Happy”

For me, reading “Be Happy” took me on a personal journey into myself and my past. I found a parallel situation to Tsem Rinpoche’s experience with his mother. Only mine took on a different form. My childhood was traumatic because of an identity crises. “Be Happy” showed me that I cannot blame my parent who precipitated the crisis. I take responsibility because I had created the cause to experience this situation of great pain. It was coming into Kechara and meeting my Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, and listening to his teachings that caused me to start seeing this traumatic past as what it is. My healing began there and then. Reading “Be Happy” is a happy reminder that I was saved by the Dharma and my Guru from spiralling into depression and living a lonely and unhappy life.

“Be Happy” is a must read book for every one of us, as we all wish to live our daily lives peacefully, being able to cope well with whatever difficult situations that arise. This book will benefit everyone if we realise that to be happy and to be able to cope with difficult situations with a calm and peaceful mind, we need to train our minds to develop certain qualities. The benefits will come if we put our mind to it and develop these qualities and propensities for happiness in our minds.

  1. Train our minds to be happy by focusing only on the good qualities. If we apply this principle of focusing on only the good qualities to every person or situation we encounter daily, we will definitely reap the benefit of getting along very well with everyone, and being calm and peaceful, no matter what situation arises.
  2. Train our minds to let go of wrong perceptions about people and situations in our daily life. The benefit is we will react positively from a correct perception, and we will thus have the benefit of people around us being friendly and respectful towards us. We will not suffer disappointments or become hurt from wrong perceptions and wrong expectations.
  3. Let go of anger by correcting wrong perceptions, and by seeing that our anger creates hostility towards us and causes others to stay away from us, no matter how good-looking or pleasant we are in other ways. Ultimately, we let go because we recognise that we had created the cause for the situation that is the source of our anger, to arise. The benefit is that we will not push people away, and those people we had pushed away in the past, will return to us.
  4. Stop complaining and blaming others – face ourselves and acknowledge our faults and how we had acted wrongly. The benefit is we will not run away from every difficult situation and we will not hide our faults, which otherwise will fester inside us and create psychosomatic problems for us. We will transform and become nicer people and people will be more friendly and helpful towards us.
  5. The Law of Cause and Effect is not a law created by Lord Buddha. It is a natural law that governs every sentient being. Lord Buddha discovered this Law on the night of His Enlightenment, together with discovering that reincarnation exists, and that each of us has had countless past lives. Buddhist Psychology revolves around accepting this Law as an ineluctable Truth. Hence, the most liberating step to take, for the mind that has been habituated in unhappiness, is to accept the Law of Cause and Effect and to accept that we are born into an unhappy situation because we had created the cause for it. With this acceptance, we let go of all the hurts and the pain seemingly inflicted on us by others, and we move on with our lives, taking responsibility. We will transform ourselves for happiness and reap all the benefits of a positive and peaceful mind.

We all want to be happy. There is no short cut to developing a happy state of mind. As Tsem Rinpoche shows us here so clearly and convincingly, by using his own life and experiences, we have to train our mind in the way he has prescribed for us here. That happy mind that we achieve will be a wish-fulfilling jewel, yielding optimum benefit to others and ourselves.

When we have the Dharma and our Spiritual Guide to help train our minds toward happiness, what are we waiting for? Life is short. Karma does not wait for any man or woman.

READ “BE HAPPY”, TRAIN OUR MINDS FOR HAPPINESS AND BE HAPPY!

 

About the Book

Author: H.E Tsem Rinpoche
Publisher: Kechara Media and Publications
Paperback: 160 pages
ISBN: 978 967 5365 75 1
Product dimensions: 12.5cm (H) x 10.7cm (W) x 0.8cm (D)
Weight: 82g

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About Pastor Lim Han Nee

A teacher for 30 years, it is no surprise that Pastor Lim Han Nee's life long passion was reading philosophical books to quench her thirst for knowledge. Upon meeting her Spiritual Guide H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, she was amazed by the brilliance of the Dharma, and began to immerse herself in Buddhist Philosophy through countless of hours listening and studying the Dharma.
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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 11, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Many teachers and masters can help us awaken to the fact that, most of the time we are chasing our tails. We are chasing for this or that, which is supposedly going to make us happy. trying to satisfy a ‘inner hunger’ with material things or worldly achievements will not keep us satiated.

    We obviously need to learn from a someone who is more enlightened and mature on the spiritual than ourselves. From past experiences and looking at how people live, it should be very obvious that by focusing on our own happiness, gets us no where. But applying Buddha’s doctrine that talks about interdependence, and that the happiness of one, or the alleviation of suffering from one person, can affect everyone else’s happiness is key to becoming happier and points to happiness that is less fleeting and more stable in its nature.

  2. sonny tan on Aug 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee and Rinpoche on the importance of being happy, it never occurred to me that Rinpoche would ask to be reborn in a situation whereby he would experience pain, disharmony, anger, disillusion particularly in his early childhood.
    It must be very devastating for him to pass through life with an entire emotional discontentment about who he was hanging over his shoulders. Rinpoche must be pretty bewildered to have found out that he was actually adopted by the American family. With all these happening to him yet he has never lost faith in Buddhism speak volumes of his inner strength, faith and strong devotion particularly after having met his root guru.
    Rinpoche has gone through pretty much all the agonies of family life that many of us may not have been privilege to experience and had sail through those tormenting stormy years. We are very privileged to be recipients and most importantly he has accepted many as students under his wings to further propagate authentic Tibetan Buddhism here.
    Whatever we have learned from Rinpoche is not out of a fantasy story book but a true to life experiences of his journey. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us your life’s journey and most importantly impart to us your profound knowledge on Tibetan tantric Buddhism. Your presence here in Malaysia would definitely leave a legacy behind and your imprints would encourage many Malaysian to embrace Tibetan Buddhism.

  3. Colin Tan on Aug 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Whenever we are in difficult situations, what we tend to do are either get angry & blame others, or we runaway from it, hide it if we are at fault. As it’s much easier to blame & complain than to face our own vulnerability & fear. Tsem Rinpoche says we created the cause of situations. If we hold the right perception, we no longer see ourselves as the victim in miserable situations. It’s so true that we are blindfolded by our own perceptions which caused lots of misunderstanding & conflicts in relationships. When we stop having the “poor me” victim mentality and realize we created the cause of all situations, we have no reason to get angry at others or hold grudge against them. We can then accept the reality no matter how difficult it is and be at peace with it. We will feel happy.

    Sometimes we run away from difficult situations or hide our mistakes because it’s painful for us to face the dark side of our personality, our feeling of not good enough. We fear that others might look down on us, dislike us or even attack our weaknesses when we admit we are at fault. That’s the reason we would rather hide our mistakes & weaknesses than to expose or confess to others. It’s one of our self-defense mechanisms. If we understand that we are imperfect & there are imperfections in life, and we’re able to accept life as it is and see its beauty, we will stop running away and live a happier life. We eventually realize that no one is actually at fault and each of us just lives out our karma in this life. If everyone takes full responsibilities of our lives & embrace who we are wholeheartedly, we will transform & be truly free and happy.

  4. Sock Wan on Jul 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for writing this book review, even without reading the book, I am able to benefit from the review.

    Whatever we feel is a state of mind, how we perceive and how we react. To take the responsibility of whatever is happening to us without putting the blame on the environmental factor enable us to take control of our emotions.

    We feel unhappy because someone disappoints us, does not meet our expectation. In this case, we let environmental factor controls how we feel. However, if we take away the expectation, we take the responsibility that things are going the ‘wrong way’ because we have created the Karma for it to happen, we will be able to accept the consequence happily even though it is not what we expected. This way, we are taking control of our emotion, our state of mind. Our emotion will be more stable because regardless of what is happening out of our control will not affect us at all.

    I guess to start to become happy, we have to learn to take the responsibility, stop blaming others for our failure or unhappiness. Taking responsibility is to take control of our happiness.

  5. Carmen Koo on Jul 16, 2016 at 3:49 am

    A small, compact book that is greatly profound and illuminated by precious sharing of Rinpoche’s personal experiences, and commentary on teachings of mind transformation.

    Our greatest displeasure and suffering comes from our own mind. Being happy or unhappy is a choice, we have to make, and if we make a choice to want to be happy, we have to switch our minds from the current state of unhappiness, (or temporal happiness and unhappiness, that switches back and forth), to a state of happiness

    The 5 steps to happiness elucidated above is very clear, and all involves re-tuning our state of mind.

    1. Being Happy is About Seeing the Good in Every Person or Situation
    – No one is perfect, and neither are we. The fact that we can recognise a flaw in someone somehow shows that we have that flaw too. So, look on the bright side, and appreciate the situation or person for the many other good that they are, not the few flaws that originated in your mind due to your perception.

    2. Being Happy is About Changing Perceptions
    – Our perceptions becomes assumptions, which leads to our minds getting wired up. We have perceptions because of expectations. When we kill that, our perceptions change, because, there is nothing to feed the perception or projection that originated in our mind.

    3. Stop the Blame, Face Yourself, Be Happy!
    – We can’t keep blaming others, because one day, someone will sniff us out for being the downer. Having to hide causes more unhappiness, because we spend so much time hiding and justifying for our unhappiness or failure or whatever it is, that we don’t spent time re-tuning and working on our minds. We are in constant fear because we hide from reality. When we let go of self-centricity, peace and calm takes over our minds.

    4. Being Happy is About Letting Go! We Let Go Because We Realise it’s Karma!
    – It takes 2 hands to clap in every situation. If we keep holding on to unhappy memories, grudges, negative events and feelings, of course our minds will be clouded by the same negative feelings. Letting go is key to embracing situations that were against us, and turning it around, because everything that we face and experience originated from a source, that was done by ourselves!

    5. Being Happy is About Taking Responsibilities
    – Success brings a feeling of happiness. And taking responsibility leads to success.

    Thank you for this detailed, mind opening review, that helped me to understand so much more. It was very well written.

    Carmen

  6. Wylfred Ng on Jul 13, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    谢谢仁波切的书以及林汉妮讲法师的读后感。

    林汉妮讲法师以非常易明的方式写出读后感, 让我可以很简单明白这本书。

    第一就是要专注在他人的优点, 而不是放大其他人的缺点, 那么我们会比较开心。 当然每个人也有优缺点, 我们自己也会希望别人会注意我们的优点多过缺点。

    第二个我明白的就是如果我们要快乐, 我们就需要破除我们对于事情的既定印象。 我自己的经验就是比如我是开灯可以睡得着, 那么我也必须接受其他人开灯睡不着觉, 因为任何事情都可以有不同的方式进行, 不只是可以通过我们的既定印象进行。

    第三就是要面对自己的过错。 仁波切以自己的例子来让大家了解这个点。 仁波切虽然不愿, 不过他还是像他的母亲道歉, 让他把这件事情放下。 放下了, 执着就没有了。

    这就是我对于这篇文章的了解。

    谢谢

  7. William Chua on Jul 13, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    We should always look at the positive side of the situation or people because just like a coin, there are two sides. It is because we do not look hard enough and take the easy way out of our habit of looking at the negative. We take the easy way out is because we are conditioned this way throughout our life. Therefore, it became our habit. We are being automatic to react negatively first in any situation like blaming other people of our failures.

    We should not run away from our problem but to face up with it so that we can deal with it. After we deal with the problem, the problem will go away. Do not always expect people to come rescue s. That is the easy way out and we will never learn. We will only learn the lesson when we go through it. Coming to terms with ourselves and accepting ourselves for who we are will then change out perception on things. It could be the same thing or situation, but because we have gone through it, we will react in a positive manner instead of negative.

    Take responsibility and turn the situation around so that we will not suffer as much. It is all within our control and this book does open up the mind to accept ourselves in any situation and turn it around so that we can be happy. It takes practice, but the time to start is now.

  8. Karen on Jul 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Personally i like this book very much, it’s handy yet compact, full with wisdom in such a tiny book! The essence of the teaching here is to let go of anything that hold us back from being happy. It’s always easier said than done. Sometimes when we encounter something over and over again that provoke our anger and hatred and caused much sufferings, as a Dharma practitioner, have we ever dare to ask ourselves, did we apply Dharma in our daily lives? Why would our live full of misery/unhappiness/anger or whatsoever that always makes us unsatisfied with our life?

    Sometimes I don’t even know some of my qualities that are so deep-rooted that caused myself and others suffer. Through Rinpoche’s kindness and of course the fellow Dharma brothers and sisters, I realised my weaknesses. First it was hard to take in, second i have to force myself to face myself, third i accept, change and move on. Never hold any grasps on others who kindly pointed out your weaknesses out of care. I always believe they did that because they care about you.

    I find that when we open up ourselves and face ourselves, acknowledge and confess to our mistakes, it’s a kind of therapy. We all know running away from a problem is coward, but often we can persuade ourselves it’s fine to be coward once in a while or we tend to turn things around to suit ourselves. The more we hide, the more we have to cover, it’s tiring and a lot of effort has to be put into it. It would be easier when we just be genuine, real and honest, even though when we fail, we do not run or hide but have guts to own up our failure and stand up again. I guess this is one of the ingredients of being happy.

  9. Carsden on Jul 13, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    越多的執念與執著,造就越多的不快樂。人們都在追求實質物體所給予的短暫“快樂”,恍恍惚惚盲目的過了一生,赫然回首的那一天才發現浪費了多少的時間在虛無的事物上,然後就這樣終其一生。看淡一切不過於追求什麼,那快樂卻是永久常在的。

    另外文中提到關於我們總是習慣投射我們個人的想法與觀念於別人身上,以至於當別人無法達到我們所“預期”或“期望”的,那不良情緒的產生也是必然的。這種惡性循環,如果一直不去糾正,只一味的活在自己的世界,我們的社會將不存在和平與良善。改變對別人所產生的錯誤投射,把它變成正面的投射,從而散發正能量,這世界絕對會更美好。

  10. jerry_sito on Jul 13, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    感谢HanNee 讲法师的分享,

    在这个E时代里,我们时常会莫名地感到失落与突然间会不开心,突然就会感到郁郁闷闷,即使人们是生存在这个繁华的都市,或是宁静的乡村里,都避免不了思绪的涟漪,起起落落,从出生到一生的尽头,没有止境。

    人们总是尝试透过不同的方式,寻找“快乐”,然而大部分的人选择在灯红酒绿花花世界中不断地里穿梭着,在情感中游离希望能够赶走寂寞的痛苦而得到“快乐”,只是谁能在这娑婆世界得到永恒的快乐呢?

    在尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切的这一本书里《要快乐》,HanNee 讲法是在上面详细解释了其中部分,与重要的五个点

    1. 看见别人的好 2. 思维的改变 3. 停止埋怨与认清自己 4. 拿起责任 5. 方下

    如果你在这繁华都市中,想要寻找一份内心的平静,倘若你已经用过各种不同的方式寻找快乐,你可以尝试阅读仁波切在这本书的教诲,为什么那五个点可以给予我们快乐。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  11. Yeo Kwai Gin on Jun 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Anger are one of the poison for our emotion. When we always thinking about”me, me , me”, the arrow are always pointed to others and blamed for the mistake. If someone did not fulfill their needs, so anger arise. Also, stop blaming to others, and try to stand in other side to think yhe problem their facing, find the win win solution to solved it . The important are just like Rinpoche mention, the solution are simple and direct, ” Adjust Their Selfishness” . 😊😊😊

  12. shelly tai on Jun 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for book review. I think everyone in this world wants to be happy no one wants to be depress, but the problems is most of us do not understand the true happiness is not come from outside not external like if a wealthy person they will more happy than the poor man in actual fact the happiness is come from inside what we call it a inner peace like want Rinpoche said our perception towards anything that happen to us so is about ourselves nothing to do with the external factors, thats why when difficult situation arises we like to blame others, therefore the only way to uproot this problem is the holy dharma and of cause we our guru to deliver the Dharma to us.

  13. Fong on Jun 2, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you, Pastor Han Nee, for sharing this very interesting book and your journey in and outside the book. The title’ “Be Happy” seems very simple but it is indeed very profound.

    It needs us to first look inside ourselves, find our boundaries or limits as they call it. Only when we recognize the walls, that we can start to chip away at it. Most of us can’t even see the wall. All we know is that there is something there. Being blind, we can try to work at it but will be doing all the wrong things or actions and in the process gets frustrated and make the situation worse.

    Thank you for breaking down the teachings to share with us the details and steps to take for us to help ourselves as Rinpoche intended.

    I look at the situation as if my daughter would like to go out but don’t know how to take the public transport. She knows she needs to get from point A to point B and that transport is required. But if she takes the wrong bus, she’ll end up far from her intended destination. So she must first find out what bus goes where and what are the times they pass a certain bus stop. Similarly, I may want to be happy, but I first have to know the causes and from there the steps to remedy my situation.

    Again, here the Guru is very important. Without the Guru, we may still be able to find our way, but it will take a lot more very hard work in a roundabout way. and, for some, wallowing in Samsara is more comfortable. For that I am grateful to Rinpoche for being compassionate enough o help lost, ignorant people like me.

  14. Boon on May 30, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee.

    To achieve happiness is to me to live a simple, non-seeking, non-dwelling life. Cut down the layers of wants and needs, the anger, the hatred, then the bag we carry will naturally becomes lighter.

  15. Stella Cheang on May 26, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Everyone wants to be happy. I have never come across anyone who does not want to be happy. Being happy is a state of mind free of negative emotions. Hence it is very disturbing to read the bitter, vengeful and malicious comments by haters who come to His Eminence’s blog, Fanpage or Facebook. They hurl merciless insult to a high lama; i.e. His Eminence as well as Shugden practitioners just to be seen as pro-HHDL. Seriously, how could being the follower of a world renowned lama be so provocative and barbaric? And how these negative poisons e.g. ignorance, anger and hatred would help them on their spiritual path?

    I am very grateful and extremely lucky to have met with His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, who tirelessly instill in us impeccable good Dharma practice. He taught us to return hatred and anger with love and kindness. He taught us how to be happy. He taught us Buddha Dharma from pure lineage in a simplistic and humorous manner. He showed us how to cultivate compassion and focus out. Most importantly, He walked the talk.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this sharing.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

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  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 09:29 PM
    Rejoice for the Kechara team members for being able to receive the gift from Rinpoche. It is also how much Guru love and care for his students well being. We can repay Guru’s kindness by doing more dharma work and transform ourselves to be better so we can benefit others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/chinese-new-year-shopping.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 06:05 PM
    So much pain and torturing inflicted on the poor animals to satisfy our demand for eggs. I hope this article creates the awareness for all of us to rethink our diet and find alternatives to replace eggs. Getting free range eggs or “kampung” eggs is a slightly better idea as long as we are assured that the farm that produces these eggs provide the free range / “kampung” condition for the chicken. The best idea is to omit egg from our diet completely. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-chicken-and-egg-situation.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 05:06 PM
    The importance of Fasting Buddha is to remind us that there will be much difficulties in the process to enlightenment and we must overcome them before we can finally achieve success. Fortitude and diligence are the accessories to overcoming the difficulties. It took Buddha six years of hardship and extreme fasting to gain realization on the “Middle Way”, what more for clowns like us? Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
  • Joy
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 07:15 AM
    ***The Blessings of the Guru***

    Guru devotion and clean samaya with one’s Guru are commonly recognised and emphasised as the foundation of Dharma study and practice in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. From the legendary Padmasambhava of the Nyingma lineage to the revered mahasiddhas Milarepa and Naropa of the Kagyu tradition, to the great Pabongka Rinpoche of the Gelugpa lineage of practitioners; Guru devotion is undisputedly the common and fundamental element for any Dharma realisation, attainment and ultimately Enlightenment… more>> http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-blessings-of-the-guru
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    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has selected & kindly made these beautiful high quality sacred images available for all to have. Enjoy, be blessed & share this with others.

    Do let Rinpoche know at the comments section which images you downloaded as Rinpoche would feel very happy knowing it has benefited you 😀
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  • Pastor Shin
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 05:48 AM
    Do you believe in the paranormal? Watch this as a family is terrorized by a malicious presence that wreaks havoc on the well-being of their animals. An unidentified creature is frightening them in their barn.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-haunted-terror-at-maple-dale-farm.html
  • Pastor Shin
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 05:46 AM
    Do you know about the one-god theory ? This theory was not the domain of established modern religions but were already existent in pre-modern or pagan religions. This video shows how the one god theory is not the exclusive rights of anyone but in fact was a gradual process taken from Pagan religions.

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-one-god-theory-comes-from-greek-mythology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 03:58 AM
    Extremely well written, excellently performed and superb plot of a film. I came across the film by accident and decided to watch because it’s Bette Davis and the end really touched me so deeply. So very deeply. So very meaningful. In the end, you have to be truthful to those who love you and you really can love them back. You must watch the whole thing to understand the touching and powerful ending: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr5I6NlueVw&feature=youtu.be
  • Pastor Shin
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 03:13 AM
    Sharing with you a wonderful story about a Yogi Rinpoche.

    After he became a Geshe, Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche went into retreat in a cave on Lhumbo Tse, a high mountain near Lhasa. Throughout the duration of his retreat, he carried only one text – the Lamrim Chenmo, his robes and was accompanied by only a monk-attendant.

    While Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche was looking for a cave on this high mountain, rocks kept on coming down near him as if thrown from above. He followed the stones and after some time, came upon a cave. The stones were dropping on that cave.

    When he entered the cave, he found a skeleton sitting in the meditation posture. Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche then sat down and offered a mandala. Upon completion of the mandala offering, the skeleton collapsed. Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche took it as an auspicious sign and decided to practise in that cave.

    Read more about His Eminence Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/lamas/his-eminence-trehor-kyorpen-rinpoche
  • Pastor Shin
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 03:12 AM
    Vegetarianism in Buddhism

    The Lankavatara Sutra, written in the fourth or fifth Century CE strongly advocates abstinence in relation to the consumption of meat. Scriptures such as the Mahayana Jataka tales indicate that meat-consumption is undesirable and karmically unwholesome. So, Mahayana practitioners are strictly forbidden from consuming meat. They are also forbidden from consuming aromatic plants that stimulate the senses such as onions and garlic.

    Read more here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/vegetarianism-in-buddhism
  • pastor
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 11:37 PM
    Dear Elizabeth,

    Rinpoche was very happy to receive your kind offer and hanged it immediately in His resting/work area. Rinpoche also had us placed an incense burner underneath to make incense offering to Lord Vajrayogini daily, and said the iconography is correct and it is a stunning piece.

    Rinpoche was told that you were gifted a Vajrayogini pendant 4 years ago, October 2013, during your visit to Kechara Forest Retreat. I remember Rick and you were captivated by Rinpoche’s Vajrayogini replica http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/my-bodhgaya-vajrayogini.html that was displayed in Wisdom Hall during the tour so you must have very strong affinity with Her.

    Rinpoche always tell us that very few people can actually make or draw Lord Vajrayogini image and He was very glad that you are one of them. Thank you again for your wonderful offering and setting an example of patience, good efforts and consistency.

    With best wishes,
    Pastor Adeline

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/shimmering-vajrayogini-from-ms-wahyu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 09:41 PM
    Thank you for sharing and explanations on wealth vase.. They are powerful in attracting energies of wealth.and effective because of the way they are made by monks from the monasteries.
    Recently i have invited home a small wealth vase, my very first on Yangdup Wealth Puja Day 2017. Its very beautiful and auspicious wealth vase i just love and treasure it. Hoping that it will help me to increase my inner and outer wealth spiritually and materially.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-wealth-vases.html
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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 07:35 PM
    Rejoice for Chen for being able to serve Rinpoche and the ladrang’s team. It is great effort from Chen to make sure that Rinpoche is well taken care of. His act also inspire us to practise Guru Devotion and do all the work given without complain and doing it well.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/chens-care-and-help.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
2 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
2 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
2 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
2 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
3 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
3 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
3 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
3 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
3 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
3 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
4 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
4 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
5 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
5 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
5 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
5 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
5 months ago
This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
5 months ago
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
5 months ago
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
5 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
6 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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    You will Never be Ready
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    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR
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    His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Propitiating Protectors & Oracles
    This was on FB and I came across it. His Holiness said in Tibetan institutions there is a lot of propitiating protector/oracles and this is not what Buddhism is about. So they are putting Nechung/Tema oracles within the video to say what is he talking about when he does it himself. This is confusing is the message to his people. TR
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    See what is your fortune today!
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