Being one with your yidam

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There are awakened forces out there who we call Buddhas that are fully free of ignorance and all that comes as part and parcel of ignorance. Who are in touch with themselves and see directly all phenomena as they really are. Hence nothing in existence is unseen to them. Who have eliminated all kleshas/delusions/illusions. Who are free from the fetters of all karma and its results. These Buddhas show us our potential and our Buddha nature and give us paths to lead to this awakening. We need to let go of fear, wrong view, and wrong projections due to lack of knowledge. With study, knowledge and application, our fears do dissipate. Once we do this, engage and accept the lineal blessings of an initiation and go head on fully with a practice of a Yidam-Buddha and we can become fully awakened.

The Buddha has shown us how in the tantric set of teachings He taught that this can be accomplished. To surrender everything is to gain something higher and more. So in the end our loss is perceived only. For in reality to lose everything is just the fear and avoidance of eventually losing it in the end anyways. All is lost in the end. Having to lose everything in the end, means we actually had nothing. Having something has to denote some sort of permanence. When it is not permanent, how can we actually ‘have’ something? We don’t.  So holding on makes no sense.

Take on a practice, make no excuses and practice all the way. Become one with yourself, your inner Buddha relying on the outer Yidam-Buddha at first and then become awakened. With that light of awakening, rest not in the bliss and freedom of Nirvana but go out and benefit others. All Yogis and Yoginis of the past have done this and all of us can follow the same direction without fear or doubt. Just go all the way here and now and be consistent!

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. Fong on Apr 8, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    This reminds me of the oft quoted story of the Buddha when asked about what he had gained by his meditations and he replied that he gained nothing but lost Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear of Old, Age and Death instead.

    “To surrender everything is to gain something higher and more. So in the end our loss is perceived only.” – holds so true to the Buddha’s quote.

    So, we do need to study and gain knowledge to apply, engage and accept the lineal blessings of an initiation and go head on fully with a practice of a Yidam-Buddha and we can become fully awakened.

    So, we do have to be one with ourselves so that we can let go and get in touch with our inner selves and be consistent with whatsoever practice that have been given to us by our Guru.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

  2. Hee TS on Dec 30, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    感谢仁波切的淺短卻甚深层的教言,我将时时刻刻緊记,一切都是無常,無自性,唯一的邏輯思考要做的就是放下一切妄念,一路走下去。

  3. Low KHJB on Nov 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for your constant reminder to us with regards to our precious human life and our true purpose in life if we truly seek the Dharma.
    Our ignorance and attachment had occupied most of our time . Our clouded mind tend to set aside what we need to do in order to gain mind transformation .
    All the tools had been so generously laid in front of us.Be still we choose to procrastinate as if tomorrow never comes.
    We must stay vigilant to tame our mind in order for us to practice mindfulness and not regret it the future when the end draws near.

    What is express here, serve as a reminder to myself ,as I need to awake the latent buddha trap within myself in order to gain mind transformation .Hopefully with the wisdom gain from the process to help others in the future…..

  4. Grace Leu ( KHJB) on Nov 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche ‘ s sharing . It was the truth we own nothing , what we have now is temporary.we need to understand when death come,nothing we can bring along except own karma . We need to follow our spiritual guide undoubtedly to guide us to find our inner Buddha .Very profound losing actually is gaining high attainments .

  5. Lum Kok Luen on Nov 6, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you very much for this profound teaching. To gain awakening, as you have put it, is for us to drop all our attachments and practice our Yidam-Buddha relationship.

    For me it is easier said than done, but at least I believe that since I’ve come to Kechara Dharma center, I have began my journey on this path and appreciate that with my faith, I pray and may the Buddhas bless all of us to go further.

    Thank you.
    Lum Kok Luen

  6. sockwan on Nov 6, 2014 at 9:39 am

    This is a short teaching, but very profound.Our sufferings come from the fear of losing something, or they come from the desire to having something. What we do not understand is that everything we claim to having will be gone anyway, either they are worn off, die, stolen or because we die.

    When we understand it, we will gradually reduce the sufferings we create for ourselves. In order to understand it, we need to appy what we learn in Dharma in our daily life. So far, found the best place to learn an the ground for us to apply Dharma is to go to a Dharma centre.

  7. Pee Bee Chong on Nov 5, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the profound teaching. To surrender everything is to gain something higher and more. We know about this but still fear to let go everyone. We must study dharma to improve our dharma knowledge, apply the practices and the fear will dissipate.

    With that light of awakening, rest not in the bliss and freedom of Nirvana but go out and benefit other.

    All Yogis and Yoginis of the past have done this and all of us can follow the same direction without fear or doubt.

    We just need to go all the ways and be consistent.

  8. Joy on Dec 27, 2012 at 2:44 am

    “To surrender everything is to gain something higher and more. So in the end our loss is perceived only. For in reality to lose everything is just the fear and avoidance of eventually losing it in the end anyways. All is lost in the end. Having to lose everything in the end, means we actually had nothing. Having something has to denote some sort of permanence. When it is not permanent, how can we actually ‘have’ something? We don’t. So holding on makes no sense.”

    This paragraph says it all. It is most profound and probably easier to understand than to actually realising it and putting it in to our deluded reality. But when we do actually realise this, the feeling would be most uplifting. That I know from personally experiences of losing someone or something I love. If I never met the Dharma it would probably be extra hard to actually move on when some tragic situation happens. This then fills on up with much depression and anger inside which eats you up inside.

    After meeting the Dharma, this type of knowledge actually becomes an experience that you realise which makes you, for me personally, move on easier and accept the situation much better. Hence we can observe the world we live in today, we see the rise in depression as they tend to accumulate all the things that are impermanent and chase after a happiness they perceive would be lasting yet when they face with a loss, all things tend to crush down.

    To connect with ones own true Buddha/awakened nature to me would be to totally be free of such wrong perceptions and to realise that because all things are impermanent, hence you tend to appreciate all things as they are with the realisation that it is not permanent so we tend to let go easier, faster and love without attachments (probably the hardest thing to do). But when we can surrender fully to this teaching, we find instead of losing we actually gain freedom from samsara’s cycle and everything just becomes lighter.

  9. mitra on Dec 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very profound teaching which is actually directed at us to pave the way for higher teachings and practice.

  10. Albert Ratchaga on Nov 21, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Everything in this world is so uncertain, so temporary, when we though that our belonging bring us happiness, the next minute, we went into deep depression due to losing it. Then we tend to ask ourselves, where is happiness, what I want to achieve in life.

    We often couldn’t figure out what we want, why are we here, what is the purpose of life, and there is a lot of why? what? how? etc, etc. All these question mark is due to the lack of knowledge, when the answer is right in front of us, we deny it, we close up for new things, and we went back to the same situation again and again.

    We must be opened to receive new changes, we must realize things are impermanent, we must know the causes of our suffering, by having this realization, we will be able to find our inner peace, because we don’t cling onto things that bring us temporary happiness and long term depression.

    Buddha’s teaching is not to learn just for fun or FYI kinda thingy, but it is for us to apply into our daily life and eventually it will lead us to find our inner Buddha.

  11. Wah Ying on Oct 26, 2012 at 12:38 am

    This is a constant reminder as David mentioned. We own nothing, everything are borrowed – our body …it’s like a hotel, check in today and have to check out anytime.

    And I have one question on “become one with yourself” which I am not able to figure out:

    When Rinpoche says “become one with yourself”, does it means we never become one with ourself, we live a separate life as another person/self, and this self is not the real self inside?

  12. Han on Oct 24, 2012 at 2:31 am

    BE CONSISTENT IS THE KEY, especially in a practice. A practice that that helps us to let go of fear, wrong view, and wrong projections.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this amazing post! Short and profound!

  13. Irene Lim on Oct 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you for your advice Rinpoche. It is most consistent with Lord Buddha’s teaching. We do not lose anything but gain liberation if we go all the way and do not look back. We have just to rely on you, you are our hope Rinpoche.

  14. Henry Ooi on Oct 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Short yet a profound teaching. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  15. AdelineTan on Oct 14, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Dear Rinpoche, what struct me most in this post is “To surrender everything is to gain something higher and more.Having to lose everything in the end means we actually had nothing. When it is not permanent, how can we actually ‘have’ something? So holding on makes no sense.It’s true.Buddhas show us our potential and our Buddha nature and give us paths to lead to this awakening. So we must practice all the way. Thank you for this profound teaching.

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  17. li kheng on Oct 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching. The point that left a strong impression is that “having to lose everything in the end, means we actually had nothing”. It makes so much sense! With this thought, I will work to let go of both my tangible and intangible possessions that will lead to freedom.

  18. Paris on Oct 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    “For in reality to lose everything is just the fear and avoidance of eventually losing it in the end anyways.”

    I love this and it reminds me of a teaching Rinpoche once gave on how nothing actually belongs to us. We come into the world with nothing and we leave with nothing. Everything is sort of on loan to us, and we become attached to something that never really belonged to us in the first place. It’s like becoming attached to a house that you rent, knowing that the tenancy agreement will come to an end and you’ll have to return it anyway.

    The most difficult part of this, I think, is understanding that this extends to our bodies too – even our bodies are “on loan” and will have to be returned to the earth. I find this easy to understand on an intellectual level, but hard to internalise for real. Rinpoche has explained that if we did realise this, we’d change everything we do. So many of our problems arise from us believing that we are permanent and lasting, and not wanting to “lose” this life and body.

    • Paris on Jan 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Have just revisited this post and as always, the teachings bounce out at me in a slightly different way whenever I read it again after a while. This time, this stuck out for me: “To surrender everything is to gain something higher and more.” I fear loss quite a lot but I am starting to see how the more we cling to something, the harder the loss is when it eventually happens and the more painful it becomes. Sometimes, even if there is no reason to fear the loss of something, we live so much in the fear that we somehow, subconsciously end up creating the causes for that exact loss to happen.

      I thought of this a while ago – that we can only really have and enjoy something if we are truly 100% okay about NOT having it. (thinking and realising though, I know are two very different things). What a funny paradox and one that’s quite difficult to get to for as long as we hold on to something with a certain idea of how it should be. This is, I suppose, the very reason why the people who often have the least are the happiest, and the ones who have so much live in such constant fear, anxiety, suspicion, hunger and sadness.

  19. Datuk May on Oct 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Every time I read or hear the wonderful teachings from Rinpoche, practising Dharma to benefit self and others seem so logical and simple, but yet I keep falling and slipping from the teachings and create great unhappiness for myself.

    I trust so much that the negativities that I have accumulated for so long will arise and haunt me and make me fall and slip, but with perseverance I will continue to practise and depend on Rinpoche’s teachings until I make it.

    Need so much to rid myself from my supreme ignorance.

  20. patsy on Oct 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    We need to realize that whatever we have, we will leave them at the time of death. Even we have to leave our body behind. Realizing this we will be able to practice non attachment when we are still alive and let go of the fear of losing.

    We are very fortunate to have Rinpoche here with us to constantly remind and imparts profound teachings to us. What we need to do is to apply Rinpoche’s teachings into our lives, be consistent in our practice and never give up or give excuses and go all the way.

  21. James Long on Oct 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I met people who said they do not want to be tied up with any Dharma centre, or any religion, they believe in themselves, as long as they doing good, everything will be fine, which is actually nothing wrong about it.

    But from what I see is that they are still not happy and has many worries and doubts in themselves. After so many years of their way/version of practicing still bring not much happiness, why not try the method which people had gone through and proved with satisfied result? Besides, how many more years we can spend on searching the path ourselves, what happen if we found out that the way we have been doing is not leading us to the result we want? This is also provided that we are constantly 24, 7 non stop trying and searching too.

    We are lucky to have practices and Dharma online for us, just right in front of us!

  22. Lim Han Nee on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very profound teaching which is actually directed at us to pave the way for higher teachings and practice. Yes, we need to renounce our fears of losing things which are impermanent, and which we will lose in the end anyway. And this includes our body, and all the things we cling too in this life. When death comes, we have to abandon all.

    Why wait to realize all this when it will be too late? If we can just let go and surrender NOW all our fears,our delusions and our projections , and proceed, with this mind of total renunciation, to embrace the lineage blessings of an initiation and a yidam practice, then by relying on this outer Buddha/Yidam,we become one with our Yidam and realize our inner Buddha nature and become full awakened and enlightened , to benefit all beings.

  23. mima on Oct 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    thank you so much for this transmission Rinpoche

  24. June Kang on Oct 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Reading this, the word “consistent” keep appear in my mind. I realized that I read and I understand and I forget again. I realized this is to do with what we think of Commitment, we always think commitment is we lose our “freedom”, or being “trapped”. In actual fact we are ignorant. We are actually under the illusion of we are free. That is why in my mind I feel that enlightenment is very far from me and is not easy to be there. Thank you Rinpoche for this article which help me to realize that there can be no ‘maintenance’ of enlightenment without consistent practice.

  25. shelly tai on Oct 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Shelly tai on 3rd otc at 629pm
    Dear Rinpoche thanks for the advice i will not let go my pratice no matter how difficult the situation because everything we have now is not permanent why hold on to it and all these thing we have now is not the ultimate peace and happiness we want.

  26. David Lai on Oct 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for your constant reminder of who we are and what we can be. We are indeed fortunate that Rinpoche distils the ancient wisdom of Tantra into understandable bite size chunks. This is all very practical and all we have to do is reconsider our priorities in life. Its funny as I am writing this, its more like I am telling myself and not Rinpoche. Such reflections are important more for ourselves than for the audience.

  27. Uncle Eddie on Oct 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    As said by Rinpoche, being one with the Yidam, we need to let go of fear, wrong view and wrong projections due to lack of knowledge. With study, knowledge and application, our fears do dissipate. Once we do this, engage and accept the Lineage Blessings of an initiation and go head on fully with the practice of a Yidam-Buddha and we can become fully awakened, as proven by the Buddha. All yoginis and yogis of the past have done this and all of us can follow the same direction without fear or doubt. Thank you Rinpoche, as always, for showing us the best of ways!

  28. KH Ng on Oct 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I take your advise to heart with renewed confidence and vigor. Everything is impermanent. The only logically think to do is let go and go all the way.

  29. tfreon on Oct 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This article come just in time to dismiss my negative illusion and wrong views.
    Fears, attachments, wrong views, illusions , fault hopes is making my mind becoming more unclear, sinking and even drowning. Thus its’ leads to giving up, pausing; all because of my ego excuses.

    This article’s key words
    1) To surrender everything is to gain something higher and more.
    2) When it is not permanent, how can we actually ‘have’ something? We don’t.
    3) Take on a practice, make no excuses and practice all the way.
    4) your inner Buddha relying on the outer Yidam-Buddha at first and then become awakened.

    I am sharing this precious articles to my friends. Thank you Rinpoche .

    With love and folded hand

    • mima on Oct 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      thank you for your comment Freon very useful!

  30. Roy Martinez on Oct 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Rinpoche… you are indeed kukkaripa incarnated! I too hope one day to be a yogin like them too

  31. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

    We don’t own even our bodies actually, if we don’t even own our bodies what can we bring to our future lives that can actually benefit us, just our mind. So we do need to spend some time to train our minds and not just think of indulging in our worldly pleasures or senses.

  32. Sean Pang on Oct 3, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Many thanks for the reminder and also for the links, especially the one on the stories of the 84 Mahasiddhas, very interesting and inspiring read.

    Understanding the need to let go and accepting the importance of letting go are so much easier than the actual act of letting go.

    Must we all experience a life-crisis in order to realise what we must do?

    Sean

  33. James Long on Oct 3, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Many people I met said they would like very much to find their own inner peace or inner self and let their voices within their heart to lead to a better life. They prefer not to “attach” with any centre, and religion, and practice but just follow their heart…

    But many of them are still not happy and some have quite bad temper, it is quite clear that they are not satisfied with their life but due to maybe their laziness and face, they refuse to follow any religion or teacher or Guru. If we can just sit their get all the questions answered, then why we still go to school and study and select the subject we wanted to study in University and follow what the professor said. I think deep down inside many people know they have many things to work on and they do not want to get involve in any centre and Guru so that they will not get confronted or asked to improve themselves. Changing oneself need to be brave too.

    If we do not have the answer to a happier life, why not follow the path of the people who found it?

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  • 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
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.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?
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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 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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
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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