提婆达多与责怪他人…… (Devadatta)

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有些人,当他们想向你索取某些东西而不得逞时,就会变得愤怒。他们从来不曾付出努力来争取自己所要的东西。他们只想要直接从你身上取得那些东西,或干脆让你帮他们完成那些工作。当他们开口向你提出要求,却未能得偿所愿时,他们立刻就反目成仇。他们会离开你,制造分裂,尝试唆使他人也背叛你。他们实际上是在生气自己,却不愿意责怪自己,所以就选择了责怪你。他们不习惯接受谴责,也不习惯承担责任。这一切都不在他们的心里,所以根本也不知从何做起。这一切来自于他们自小就培养出来的强烈习性,只要一发脾气,就会得到相应的“报偿”。然而,这种做法在小时候也许凑效,但在成年人的世界里却完全行不通,因为成年人往往跟拥有不同价值观,且负责任的人们共事。凡事都必须靠自己去争取。

他们也许会不停地对你大声叫嚷和怒吼。有趣的是,由于他们擅长扭曲事实,让自己看来像是受害者,所以最初往往还能赢得人们的同情;然而,当人们终于看清他们的真面目,知道他们的所作所为和了解他们的动机时,人们会问:“情况真是如此恶劣吗?”“究竟什么情况才会如此恶劣?”“他们到底想从中得到些什么?”在这个过程中,他们多次失去了那些陪伴在他们身边多年的人的尊重。你总不能长期处于不高兴和责怪他人的状态,却要别人一直都认同你。愤怒是一种选择。对这些人而言,最简单也最有效的解决方法就是道歉,即使在提婆达多的时代也是如此。他们应为自己的缺乏努力而道歉,他们应该面对自己的不安和恐惧,并重新为自己争取所要的一切。无论你是为了得到声誉、爱、关怀、金钱、慈悲、目的或成就等,即便你一辈子对着自己所认为的敌人叫嚷或怒吼,都不能让你得到你所要的。除了自己,没有人能够摧毁你的生命。秘诀就是重新回头,弥补错误,跟那些能帮助你的人共事,或靠自身的努力去争取自己想要的。换句话说,如果提婆达多有心要统领僧团,他应该让自己变得有价值,然后再向佛陀提出请求,而不是让自己继续懒惰、狡猾和一事无成下去。若他选择继续那么做,他就应该静悄悄地离开佛陀,并意识到自己已经失去了机会,而不是在佛陀和僧团之间制造分裂,以掩护自己受创的自尊和被揭发的过错。这一切都是自己造成的。

这些人往往怪罪你毁了他们的生活,还投诉他们为此发了许多噩梦。他们生气你深深地“伤害”了他们,这相当好笑。既然他们拥有金钱、教育、健康、机会和种种能够保障他们的保护垫,那就去闯出一番成就吧!!停止责怪那个无法满足你所需的地方,自己到别的地方去成就那一切。道理很简单,如果你拥有这一切条件,那就放眼你将来的成就。在我们的一生中,每个人都在等着看我们能成就些什么,即使我们的良知也不例外。当你问这些人为何感到受伤时,你会惊讶于你所听到的。因为让他们感到受伤的,都是一些微不足道的事,而且几乎都取决于他们的内心。然而,他们却要你为此负责任,要你向他们跪拜,说他们是对的。就算他们是对的,他们还是必须为自己想成就的一切努力。

工作、努力、勇于发言、结交朋友、拥有内涵和价值等是让我们成功的条件。然而,如果你不认同他们的愤怒,他们就会变得疏远,甚至立刻跟你断交。他们攻击你,说你不了解他们的痛苦。事实上,他们是在为自己的强烈愤怒作出种种辩解,却知道你已经看穿了他们逻辑上的漏洞和缺点。他们也许会躲起来,或找寻各种途径伺机报复,或两者皆是,有者可能会从此一蹶不振。不幸的是,这么做并不能让他们达到自己的目标。他们越早意识到这些是越好的,但前提是他们必须还有目标,也知道该如何达致目标。

就提婆达多而言,他本应独立去完成所该做的事,但他并没那么做。他应该放下自尊,回到佛陀身边。他至少知道这是一个可能让他改变,也能获得支持的地方。化自负为愤怒,是提婆达多本身的问题,而不是因为佛陀直接说穿他而导致的。提婆达多本性不坏,他只不过是懒得改变自己的方式,许多人都是如此。然而大家所没意识到的是,我们的方式并不凑效,改变远比持续不变来得更容易。我肯定,以佛陀的慈悲,祂必然愿意再度接受提婆达多,然而,祂也许只是想给予他一些密集训练,好让他可以改变。选择不回头,使得提婆达多堕落到一个再也无法回头的境地。事实上,提婆达多的朋友们应该协助他返回佛陀身边。

 

 

那些十分成功的人,知道他们必须为达到目标去做些什么,而不会为此感到愤怒。他们会生气自己,并寻求解决方案。关键是他们会做些积极的事来达到自己的目标,他们会有所行动。那些自小就不曾靠自己的努力取得成就的人,往往喜欢责怪他人,也倾向于责怪他人。就像一个被宠坏的孩子,只要一遇到不顺心的事,他们就会在父母前大哭和耍脾气。他们习惯在耍了脾气之后,就有人前来为他们解决问题,或让他们无需努力就可以任意挥霍。然而,作为一个不再在父母庇护下生活的成年人,我们必须了解这个世界是另一回事。若我们不想学习,我们就回到避风港。那些避风港可以是我们的男朋友、女朋友、伴侣、生活方式,甚至是父母。

像这样的人时常都会责怪他人,仅此而已。他们什么都不做,只会责怪他人,并让大家都觉得有愧于他们。当然,这可能是他人的错,他们无需负全责,但你必须知道,你依然必须跨出去,付出大量努力来取得自己想要的。既然那是他人的错,无所谓,那你现在就独立完成它,不依靠任何人的支持。独立去完成,证明自己的实力。若你无法,或不愿证明这一切,那就保持沉默。你已经失去了机会。若你的自我保护机制启动了,那就放下自尊,回到你离开的地方。每个人在自己的一生中都有属于自己的机会,只看你愿不愿意去做。若你能够做些什么,并取得成就,抱怨就是好的。不然,谁会喜欢重复听一只破唱片呢?无论你是多么“对”,破唱片终归还是破唱片。

在这个视频中,你看到提婆达多在佛陀座下已有几十年。即使经过了几十年,他依然未有改变,依然想不劳而获地取得尊敬和权力。他想拥有掌管僧人的权力,想统领他们,却不以正确的方式来获得这一切。他要佛陀直接把权力赐予他。从佛陀的话中,很显然地,佛陀并不想将权力移交给“一团唾沫”,言下之意就是提婆达多还没有改变。他只是做着表面的行动,却不曾改变。佛陀当然能看透这一切,也了解提婆达多强烈的自尊和错误的动机。佛陀本可以温和地拒绝他,但佛陀在过去几十年来必然已经温和地规劝了他,但这对提婆达多并没有帮助。由于时日无多,佛陀只好采取直接的方式。我们不知道提婆达多在过去究竟制造了多少问题,也不知道在提出统领僧团的请求之前,他究竟还有多少事情是尚未完成的。

重点是,温和地规劝与否并不是问题。温和地规劝对提婆达多并没有好处,因为他很显然并未加以实践,反而还悄悄密谋其他的负面计划和打算。他未来也许还会继续制造各种大小伤害。也许佛陀必须采取行动阻止他进一步对僧团造成长久性的伤害。是的,佛陀当然能看透这一切,祂以直接的方式对待提婆达多,必然有祂的理由。毕竟,如果佛陀过去一直都在利惠众生,祂现在怎么会突然伤害提婆达多呢?根据祂既往的做法看来,这一点都不合理。总会有一些人,当他们隐藏的动机不被满足时,他们就开始责怪他人。不会感恩的人一直都存在。在跟随了佛陀几十年,接受了无数教诲和恩惠之后,提婆达多只因为一个原因就背叛佛陀,这种行为是正确的吗?他怎么会忘记佛陀所给予他的一切恩惠,而只记得这个小“问题”呢?能在佛陀座下几十年,意味着过程中必然经历了好一些好事,提婆达多也必然接受了许多好处,不然他不可能待那么久。这一点都不合理。

他诋毁佛陀只为了那一个理由。他那样做,究竟伤害了多少人?提婆达多能不能有那么一次不为自己,而是为了他人着想呢?佛陀是数万僧人的统领,我们也知道佛陀拥有大慈悲及善巧;而且基于佛陀所展示出来的成果,我们甚至可以不必对佛陀的方法有所质疑——细阅108卷佛陀亲自口述的教法《甘珠尔》,并看看佛陀所教授的那些对治我们八万四千种妄想的方法——这显然并非来自凡人的心思。如果我们开始质疑佛陀的用意,那么我们甚至就是在质疑佛陀证悟的境界,以及我们所能达到的成就。若说佛陀是不具有成就的,那绝不可能。根据那些跟随佛陀教诲的数万人的传记、作为、事迹、著作及弟子来做判断,若说他们并没有达到证悟也是不可能的。 若说舍利佛、目犍连、央掘摩罗、阿难尊者、龙树菩萨、寂天菩萨、清辨、坦提巴尊者、莲花生大士、那洛巴、帝洛巴、阿底峡尊者、月称论师、无著大师、宗喀巴大师、月官居士、法称、金洲大师、克主杰、班禅索南扎巴、比瓦巴、温萨巴、章嘉若贝多杰、顶果钦哲仁波切、赤江仁波切、帕绷喀仁波切及我们自己的上师们没有成就或不是证悟者(在某些情况下),这有可能吗?那么我们岂不是每一次都要质疑每一位上师对每一名弟子的用意、行动、方向及成就了吗?嘿,那会耗上挺长的时间,你还有修行的时间吗?

然而,难道这意味着每一位上师都不是凡人,也不会犯错吗?当然不是。平凡的上师会犯下一般的错误。就像我们挚爱的父母、兄弟姐妹、伴侣、儿女及朋友都会犯错一样。那又如何?每一次当他们犯错,难道我们彻底地跟他们反目成仇吗?如果你都跟那些犯错的亲人反目,那你就不会有任何亲人,伴侣也会因此离开你。为什么我们在抱怨自己的伴侣、朋友及父母无数次后,依然没跟他们反目呢?因为我们需要他们?需要利用他们?对生命中的其他人亦是同理。为什么教导我们最无上教诲的上师,会跟那些我们觉得对自己有恩情的人有所不同呢?为什么我们能更轻易地放弃我们的上师呢?那我们该如何对待那些一般的过失呢?跟任何一个修行人无异,我们担起跟上师坦言的责任,我们恭敬地,慈爱地跟上师坦言。我们对上师展示友爱及感恩的心,恭敬地提出另一些意见。我们展示爱、耐心、关怀并向上师做解释,并非跟上师反目、制造分裂或伤害。我们甚至可以向其他弟子寻求意见。如果大多数弟子认为我们平凡的上师是对的,那么我们就该退一步,仔细地想一想。或许他们是对,或许是错的,但我们的方式是无益的。毕竟,如果大多数人持有那样的观点,那或许是大多数人在此时此刻比我们还能将事情看得透彻些。否则为何要投票表决呢?这其中的意义在于,若上师理应是充满爱及待人关爱的,弟子也应是充满爱、待人关爱的。我们总不能永远借“弟子”的身份,单向地期待接受或得到更多的东西。投我以桃,报之以李的美德在任何一种关系中都重要。弟子必须向上师展示关爱、关怀、慷慨、成就、进步及忍耐。这是双赢的局面。

 

 

向我们曾经反面的那个人祈求关怀、爱及第二次机会,放下自负,反正自负从来都不曾是我们的“朋友”……

即便是两千多年前佛陀与提婆达多的故事,时至今日依然能让我们从中受惠,一些情景更是跟我们的生活有相像之处。透过这个故事,佛陀穿越时空给予了我们教诲。

提婆达多不但没有深思佛陀的话并当下做出转变,谦卑地接受其上师(佛陀)对他说的话,反而变得暴怒起来。这是因为深植于提婆达多心中的自我受伤了。他变得十分愤怒。他因无法得到统领僧人所附带的权势及声望,而迁怒于佛陀。他并不在乎佛陀所肩负的负担,他在乎的是得到权势或达到一些具恶意的目的。要率领僧团,你必须是个表率,你必须谦卑、博学及仁慈。提婆达多很明显地都不具备这一切。他以佛陀年事已高作为借口,企图夺取统领僧团之权,但他根本不在乎佛陀。他要权势,当佛陀不让他得到权势及声望之后,提婆达多就将几十年以来佛陀所给予他的其他恩惠全都抛诸脑后。此时此刻只有佛陀对他做的“坏事”要紧。这是他所专注的事。突然之间,佛陀从未对他仁慈过!为了达到目标,佛陀对他的好,他全都遗忘了。在他的托辞中,佛陀是如此的恶劣不堪。他尝试在僧团之间制造分裂。为了掩饰自己别有用心的动机,他诋毁了佛陀,他指责佛陀过分放逸。放逸?祂已经成佛了!!佛陀怎么会放逸呢?如果佛陀是放逸的,那为何佛陀会身处僧团中,又能领导僧团呢?僧人的唯一目标是修行成佛;如果佛陀是放逸的,那祂怎会是僧团的一员呢?更别说要统领僧团了。一些耳根软且不忠的僧人相信提婆达多的话,并选择离开佛陀;然而后来在经游说后选择回头。你能想象吗?那些僧人是被游说回来的。仿佛佛陀是如此的恶劣不堪,他们需要被游说才愿意回头。耳根软的人很“有趣”,不是吗?

从佛陀的时代开始到现在,任何一个佛教中心都必然有一些爱制造分裂的人。他们不会大声叫嚷,无礼或作出明显的分裂行为。他们往往声称自己喜欢平静的环境,但事实上他们的心却一点儿也不平静,因为与其直接待人以善和公开坦白,他们会东说一句、西说一句,却从不在大型聚会或会议中表明自己的看法。他们往往在咖啡座上,面带微笑、温和地说出具分裂意味的话,有时还伴有礼物(我曾经多次在讲述我上师/领导坏话的人身上经历这一些)。小心!他们在你心中制造的骚动,除了带给你短暂的不快乐之外,什么都不留下,这跟他们讲这些话时的平和态度是大相径庭的。这些人很容易被看穿。他们很少在会议上发表强烈的意见,甚至会因为害怕被他人看穿而时常保持沉默。他们很少提高声量,因为他们很少对任何事情拥有热情。从他们在生活中没有达致什么大成就,就足以证明这一切。

如果他们能够独立完成什么,为什么他们至今都不这么做呢?提高声量本身并不是善德,但我喜欢一个直接大声说话的人多于看来沉默却在背后进行耳语的人。这些人时常会把人拖到一旁“说话”。他们从来不会直接说出他们想对你灌输的内容,而往往以提问的方式,“协助你思考”,以进一步达到他们分裂的目的。他们会协助你得到他们想要的结论。事实上,他们时常不快乐,且拥有许多怀疑,这是他们制造分裂所带来的业报。他们应该马上改过自新。他们有时会利用他人为他们说话,因为他们不想在别人面前扮坏人,也不想丢脸。为什么?因为那完全不关乎你,也不关乎那是否对你有利,而只是跟他们的面子有关。他们的面子比组织、会员和你的福利来得重要许多。你充其量只不过是协助他们达到目的的一个途径。我相信我们都曾经遇过不少类似这样的人。我们该如何应付他们呢?答案是,就像我们应对其他人一样。我们一样给予他们耐心、爱、关怀和礼物。若过了一段时间,这依然不凑效,而他们甚至还开始进行伤害,那么你就可以直接对他们施加千磅重的慈悲,因为婉转的方式并不会带给他们任何好处。

 

 

提婆达多在指责佛陀放逸,并企图以此分裂僧团不果后,就决定将佛陀杀死。这时候的他,变得更为专注和愤怒。他将自己的痛苦都怪罪于佛陀。他认为这就能为自己的愤怒作出辩解。他告诉自己和他的支持者说,他之所以得不到权力和名声,都是佛陀的错。无论佛陀对提婆达多做了什么,或没做什么,都不足以让提婆达多贬毁他的声誉,虽然提婆达多最后并没达到他的目的。他甚至还企图杀害佛陀。这简直令人难以置信。如果我们不支持提婆达多,以及那些我们生命中的提婆达多,他们就不会拥有力量去做一些具伤害性和荒谬的事情。他们需要支持,因为拥有许多人的支持就能掩盖他们真正的动机。提婆达多只需要来到佛陀跟前,道歉、放下自尊和改过自新,这就行了。我的意思是,针对我们的恶劣行为,我们的父母究竟有多少次,有时甚至还是在众目睽睽之下谴责了我们?我们对此的回应,不是背叛他们,就是意识到他们这么做是为我们好,了解到这不过是他们的其中一种方法。我的是意思是,我们该对父母作出让步,并认真思考他们对我们的恩惠。

事实上,我们的上师是对我们更好的那个人,因为他指引我们找到停止一切痛苦的途径,而我们还可以将这一切跟每一个待我们好的人分享。这是多么美好的生活方式。我们必须很有耐心地学习和实践,才能把佛法的美好方法带给许多人。最棒的是,实践佛法让我们击败了真正的敌人(自利的自我)。把佛法带给其他人,使我们成为一个极佳的传输工具。若我们能接受父母出于良好的动机责骂我们,为什么就不能接受上师的责备呢?上师部分性地取代了父母,但他的动机却是建立在一个更宏大和更普世的基础上。上师会责骂人吗?当然。我也曾经被责骂,却从不背叛上师。上师为什么要责骂你呢?通过责骂,一个具有成就的上师能协助减轻一个人的业障。至于一般的上师,他们责骂你却是基于对你的爱和关怀,不希望你重复犯上危险的习惯。他们以这种方式来表示对你的担忧。我敢肯定,在付诸责骂的方式之前,上师必然曾经多次温和地对我们说话。

提婆达多尝试派16名弓箭手前往杀害佛陀。他的愤怒是如此强烈。然而,佛陀对着弓箭手讲述佛法,使得他们放弃了自己的意图。提婆达多后来还尝试推下巨石,甚至尝试叫醉象踩压佛陀。然而,当这头被提婆达多灌醉而变得愤怒大象来到佛陀跟前时,它立刻就平静了下来。提婆达多的业障深重。他犯了无间罪,中间不会经历任何转世,在死亡之后,直接就投生阿鼻(无止尽)地狱。

五无间罪为:

杀父、杀母、杀阿罗汉、出佛身血(伤害)、破和合僧。

没有僧团,佛法就无法留存。佛法无法留存,许多人就无法遇见佛法,而依然活在痛苦当中。可见,一切无法遇见佛法的痛苦众生都该归咎于那个制造僧团分裂的人。同样的,若你在今日的佛教中心制造分裂,将导致信徒们分离或遭遣散。佛法如果能够留存,将能够利惠许多人,但由于你,他们失去了得到佛法的机会。那些人原本在遇到佛法后所会减轻的一切痛苦,将会降临在制造分裂者身上。业报会回到制造分裂者身上,他们将时常怀疑,无法平静,容易忘记所学的一切;他们的负面想法多于正面想法,而负面行为将更容易招惹负面业力,导致他们无法取得成就,最后他们将跟自己所执着的对象分离,而变得孤独。他们也将会产生自残心理。由于制造分裂的目的是导致人们分开,所以他们也将会面临离别的命运。行为跟结果是相似的。

 

 

 根据《法句经》,提婆达多最终坠入阿鼻地狱。一些记载有指,提婆达多在被大地吞噬前,曾忏悔并礼赞佛陀乃最圆满的皈依对象。即便如此,他依然无法从自己的业力中逃脱,仍需堕入阿鼻地狱。无人能从业力中逃脱,因此,不要欢喜做恶行。不要陶醉或不断持续地行恶。停止行恶。道歉,表示深切的忏悔,再把所犯下的过失扭转过来。我们每个人都值得拥有第二次机会。当我们尚有其他路可以走的时候,为何要为自己制造一个活生生的阿鼻地狱呢?

当我们被嗔怒所操控,而我们也没设法制止它时,我们眼见的一切都将会是扭曲的。扭曲是因为我们眼见的一切并不是全然的真相,我们却误以为那是真相。对提婆达多而言,当佛陀无法苟同他的欲求时,即便是圆满的佛陀也变了一介凡夫,成了他尝试诋毁、杀害的对象。他的嗔怒导致佛陀变成他眼中的敌人,而这根本就与事实背道而驰。同理,当我们听到自己想听的,得到自己想要的,在这一种情况下我们能向文殊菩萨顶礼,并相信自己的上师就是文殊菩萨的化身。然而,当上师告诉我们一些与自己根深蒂固的执着相违反的事实时,不管上师是不是文殊菩萨,我们都会诋毁他。既然文殊菩萨是一位我们能顶礼的圆满对象,而这么做也能为我们累积许多功德,那么当我们诋毁祂时,得到的结果是不是也同等的负面呢?我们将累积许多恶业。你看,这许多年来我们相信并宣告天下,我们的上师是某一位菩萨的化身,他是如何的伟大,即使是上师的上师也如此说;然而,当我们不悦于自己“被对待”的方式或被告知的方式时,我们的上师就是错误的,他不再非凡或圣洁。我们的嗔怒“正式”解除了他的圣洁性。我们的嗔怒成为我们最圣洁的祈愿对象。对于一位成熟和寻求真正的途径来改善自己的人来说,他不应该介意自己是以什么方式来被告知真相。有许多方式可以揭露真相。你要聆听真相,却不该被你被告知方式所困扰。并不是所有的一切都是不费吹灰之力得到的。我们仅因为自己欲求不被满足和被告知了真相,就费尽全力做一些有损自己修行路的事,来发泄心中的嗔怒。我们的上师或文殊菩萨并不会因为他告知你(不想知道的)真相,而变得不再圣洁或不值得你去尊敬;事实上,你更应该尊敬他,因为他敢于告诉你真相。这才是真正的朋友。或许,此时的你不喜欢被告知真相,或许你不喜欢他告诉你真相的方式。无论如何,他已经告诉了你真相,你就必须尽己所能去面对它;因为总有一天,你还是要面对你的圣洁上师所告知你的真相。总有一天,你依然必须面对那个真相,只希望这一天不会来得太迟,不要等到你让自我把最后的机会都吞噬了的那一天。


 一位僧人一直都是圣洁和伟大的,直到他开始教导你真正的佛法。~詹杜固仁波切


观看这演讲是非常强有力的,它给予我许多值得深思的东西。我学会了一些东西,也很高兴自己学会了一些。我能将提婆达多的事件跟许多我过去亲见的事件串联起来。痛苦最终是会令我们更坚强的。逃避真相只会使我们变得更脆弱。干嘛去怪罪别人,我们原本就处于娑婆世界,有谁曾许诺你转世回来将是幸福美好的?我推荐你至少聆听我摘录的10分钟演讲内容。如果时间允许,不妨观赏完整视频,这是一场非常有趣的演讲。我在此附上关于提婆达多的摘录片段,也附上完整的演讲内容。

洛佩兹(Lopez)教授的确是一位了不起的演讲者,他成功吸引我们的注意力。我感谢他这次的演讲,但愿他健康长寿,继续弘法利生。

 

詹杜固仁波切

 

简短摘录10分钟视频(必看)

 

或在我们的伺服器上观赏:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/devadatta.flv

 

  

 完整演讲视频

 

Donald S. Lopez, Jr是密歇根大学阿瑟·林克的杰出佛教及西藏研究教授。他毕业于弗吉尼亚大学,并于1982年考取了宗教学博士学位。离开明德学院之后,他于1989年加入了密歇根大学。他曾经参与超过20本佛教书籍的撰写和编辑工作。

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  1. Yeo Kwai Gin on Jun 23, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    感谢仁波切和罗胜彪讲法师分享这编文章。

    习气~在我们每个人都有,有好,有坏,可是每个人大多数都不会发觉自己拥有自己的习气,就像以上所提到的,习气不好的人,就如一直都执着心重的人,就会拥有强烈的自私心,执着‘我’的心很重,遇到事情不是他想象之内,就会大发雷霆,矛头一直向着别人责备。上师时常要我们学习佛法,明白其精髓,让我们心识转化,把佛法运用和实践在我们的日常生活里,放下自我,时常为别人着想,遇见难题就如何把它消化,乐意去接受,这就是佛法。

    遇见一位关心我们和愿意全心全力的用尽不同管道和方法把佛法传播个我们的上师是一个非常难得的事,仁波切用尽方法把佛法带给我们,让我们在最快的时间证得更高的成就。但是,身为弟子的我们,已经拥有一位具格上师教导我们,拥有佛堂修行,网络的发达学习佛法,拥有那么完善的学习管道,错过了真的是可惜和遗憾。愿大家一定要珍惜这机缘和缘分,人身难得,拥有完善的人身,而且有机会学习佛法,就如海底捞针,请珍惜!

    愿上师健康,长寿,常转法论,吉祥如意!

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

  2. Ck siah on Oct 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    其实我们每个人都似有提婆达多的性格,只是成份少或多罢了。何尝不是我们每天都在修佛但“我執” 性格还是存在。大家都懂得佛理和禅修,但性格的淨化轉变还是要有很高的修行。所谓“讲很容易,要达到很艰难” 所以也不要怪修佛子弟还存有贪嗔痴习性,反正大家都是一起来修佛。
    所以上师的教诲和开示,我们要牢牢记住在心,这样我们的心识才会逐渐的淨化和转变而
    达到修佛的境界。

  3. Chon Kong on Jul 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    忙碌的生活,现实又冷漠的社会,会把你推向无助的一角。心灵建设不足,往往会把嗔怒的这一把火燃烧起来。心存歪念的话,你就会成为另一个提婆达多!心存正念,把我执放下,别人的批评转化为动力,并存感激之心,是我目前所要做的功课。因为别人没有必要花时间去批评或者责怪你,如果不是因为他关心你,在意你。改变生活态度,凡是从积极面思考,把嗔怒的火苗转为学习的动力。谢谢上师的教诲。

  4. Cherry Xue on Jun 25, 2013 at 4:18 am

    我对佛法了解不多,但是却对它很感兴趣。因为,当我在阅读佛教书籍时,所能吸收的东西,往往比我看其他书本来得丰富。所以,我十分相信,因果这么一回事;尤其是之前不明白的事情跑来找你,你认为我会给你多少的支持?

    同样的,当我看到提婆达多的故事时,我把它当作一个很重要的借镜。修习佛法,最后自己变得比现在的自己更好,那肯定将上将的话再三省思且思考过!我不认识提婆达多这个人,但是我认识的人,肯定要忍得寂寞。另外,还要懂得多多分享,这话怎么说呢?!今天你说 。。。?

  5. June Kang on Jun 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    读完之后,我何尝不是”不是这样的”,愤怒,指责,抱怨他人。故事里的情景是跟我们的生活太相像。提婆达多是提醒我们内心本质。

    “提婆达多本性不坏,他只不过是懒得改变自己的方式,许多人都是如此。然而大家所没意识到的是,我们的方式并不凑效,改变远比持续不变来得更容易。”这句话敲醒我,是时候改变,改变自己或许很难很辛苦,但我相信“改变远比持续不变来得更容易过“。

    再看看,上师的责备,很多时候有难受,其实难受是因为不肯接受自己是这样的,更何况上师责备我们时, 他到底得什么利益,可想而知的是他人会更不喜欢他,那上师不如不责备, 让人人都喜欢他,这是不可能的,上师是来指引我们找到停止一切痛苦的途径,他的责骂是协助减轻我们个人的业障,也是基于对我们的爱和关怀,希望我们更快脱离痛苦。

    最后,我想说学佛一定要信因果,所以要认真地去修习佛法,要听聆仁波切的每个开示,提婆达多最终坠入阿鼻地狱,我想再不认真,我们也可能然坠入阿鼻地狱。

  6. Eric Lee KHJB on Jun 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    情绪,永远是人活在世界上一辈子的功课。因为,人一切的的行为与反应,都是情绪的一种反射,而且都是无法自我控制的。一切唯心造,这是佛经上经常可以看到的一句话,由此可见情绪修炼,确实是我们修行的精髓。
    愤怒,常常让我们行为失常,我们可以因为生气,而做出一些失去理智的事,当做出一些错事时,我们也往往为了面子问题而不承认自己的过失,所以就会把责任推给别人而来合理化自己,这一做法会让人为了圆第一个谎言而制造出更多的谎言来掩饰自己,到最后因为自己忘了之前所做过的一切而让人识破自己的阴谋。
    既然,我们已经知道愤怒所带来严重的后果,我们更应该坦诚的面对自己的错误,勇敢的纠正过来,时时注意自己的情绪,观察自己的所作所为,不要等到跌入情绪的陷阱,搞到到伤人又伤己的时候,才来后悔,恐怕那时候就为时已晚了。
    转化,是修行的最终目的,不管我们现在是怎样的人,只要依据上师与佛法为蓝图,最后一定能快乐的生活。

  7. karen gan on Jun 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    提婆达多跟随了佛陀这么长时间,不但没有依止及感恩佛陀对他的教诲而精益求精,却因为想要夺权而蒙蔽了良心,一而再再而三的伤害佛陀,虽有忏悔,但难逃业力,最终坠入阿鼻地狱。 隐藏在人们心中的那些如影随形,甚至觉得是理所当然的恶习,若不纠正过来,会让人们对自己和他人造成莫大的伤害。 一旦做错了事,应该虚心道歉和改正。 忠言逆耳,我们应该感恩上师用尽心思改正我们那些可怕的恶习。 有缘听闻佛法,学习佛法,我们应该要精进。遇到一位这么好的上师,就如再生父母,我们要珍惜,上师更是教导我们远离娑婆世界痛苦根源的导师,我们更要依止。

  8. Alan Chan khjb on Jun 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    After read through the story of Devattada , it really inspire me . Sometime we are really in comfortable zone , we think we are right but never admit we are wrong , keep blaming other to let ourselve felt better ,it is because of our EGO push us to worst situation . We need to admit our fault and soul searching then we can move another level.

    We are fortunate we have Tsem Rinpoche guiding us , just like buddha guide the monk’s , Rinpoche will lead us to release of suffering via buddha teaching . If Rinpoche scording us it because he dont want us to repeat same mistake . Just like our parents .

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing

  9. Leonard Chia on Jun 22, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Did this ever cross one mind after reading the above article :- see, even Devadatta whom was so close to the Buddha can made so much of mistakes out from his ego, how about me …. I am just an ordinary human being,in this 21st century world…..so it is normal for me to make mistakes too !!! and I should be forgiven for all me mistakes made 🙂 How nice, if this argument could be true. What is this Ego thing? Do we need to spend any money or find a teacher to acquire this skill? A skill of self defend, may I put it. Why must one give in to Ego instead of the teaching of Dharma? Is it something is not right, in one’s learning curve since day one?

  10. Frederick Law on Jun 22, 2013 at 3:19 am

    What Rinpoche share about Devadatta is such a knowledgeable article, it speaks clearly of our human mind, motive, ego and desire. For Devadatta as Monk who is a follower of Lord Buddha for decade practicing under him, and being shower with love, care and kindness, yet because of selfish desire and wrong motivation, he create schism among the Sangha to vent his anger at Buddha for not achieving what he wants.

    Doing Dharma work or being involve in a Dharma centre is such a meritorious activity, but if one comes to Dharma with wrong motivation just like Devadatta, it is such a hindrance to the growth of Dharma, as when the person motive is not achieve, he or she vents his anger at the Dharma centre, Dhara brother and sister, and even at Guru, besides creating Schism which not only will cause misunderstanding among the public, but worst of all, creating Negative Karma unknowingly for such act.

    I believe what Rinpoche shares not only apply in Dharma work, but it also applies in our daily life, in family and in work, what ever we do in Dharma it apply greatly into our life.

    Thank You Rinpoche for this Wonderful Article. it helps me to understand how ones mind and motive with wrong motivation can create such anger.

    Sincerely,

    Frederick Law

  11. Sasha sunsun on Jun 22, 2013 at 1:25 am

    佛认为,人类的种种苦难(如烦恼、争斗等)主要来源于自身的贪欲心、怒心和愚痴心,贪欲是对名声、财物等自己所爱好的东西没有满足的一种精神作用;怒是对不合自己意思的憎恨,从而使自己身心不得安宁的一种精神作用;愚痴是指愚昧无知、不明事理的一种精神作用。使得人类相互间争夺不已、仇恨不已,以至永远不知道解脱苦难的真正道路在哪里。佛陀教导我们要息灭贪嗔痴”,就是要人们通过戒定慧的自我修养,去除贪欲心、怒心和愚痴心,净化自己的心灵。而在具体实践上。
    对于正在学习佛法的当儿,各位大德同修当然都非常清楚这些道理。然而让我觉得忧心的是在芸芸众生中,还有着许许多多沉沦,泥足深陷而不自拔的众生。
    我们无需向远的说去,就在自己身边的亲人朋友也常常陶醉在泥陷中,而且屡劝不听。
    所以我感恩,因为这一世的我可以学习佛法,感恩我的上师。。。大家共勉之。

  12. Elsie Toy on Jun 22, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Dear Rinpoche , Thank you very much for the teaching. Here l learn Devadtta is so hungry for power and has a big eg and find No to hard to swallow. Manyppl arclike that.the find that they lose face. So they become very defensive to the extend that they w ant to prove that the decision made was wrong. Buddha is so right and not hand Over to Devadatta. if the responsibilities are not hand over means you arc not good enough. Because of his big ego and vengence He goes to Aciiii hell. He has himself to blame. Last time l take rejection badly but not to the extend of taking revenge. But now lwould say l am not good enough there arc more capable ppl. most important is l dont wwant to go to hell especially Aiihli Hell.

    Thank you very much for the teachings .

  13. Wylfred on Jun 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    在第一次正式来到佛教中心,到今天的半年中, 都有参加很多中心的大小活动。 其实如果说心里没有一点点怀疑或不满的想法是骗人的。 不过我永远都相信佛法的存在, 所以当心里面有不好的想法的时候都会压抑那个想法, 然后告诉自己:“我一定是自己不够好,才会有那样的想法”。 其实我很庆幸我在这段期间都没有离开过中心,让我自己可以不断的进步。 还有,这个blog有时也可以给到我答案,不只是师父的开示而已, 任何一个佛友的留言都有可能会让我们看到自己的弱点,让我们提醒自己要不断的改善自己,让我们的修行更精进。
    最后, 我想衷心的感谢师父和菩萨,让我在心存怀疑的时候都会无意间给我答案, 让我可以更有信心的走下去。
    Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayuh Punya Jana Putrim Kuruye Soha

    • abby f on Jun 25, 2013 at 12:31 am

      对。别说佛法的教诲了,就连一般的警世语录也有说:看人不顺眼是我们自己的修养不够。

      佛陀三番四次遭受提婆达多的诋毁、杀害,但佛陀不曾对他起过任何嗔心。佛陀不会有任何一位敌人,因为他选择原谅,他选择放下怨恨。

      同理,我们有敌人的原因是我们选择不放下不原谅。但当我们爱的人伤害我们,到了最后我们还是把特权让出个他们,我们选择放下并原谅了他们。其实,伤害就是伤害,怎么会因人而异?会因人而异也不过是我们让自己沉醉在自捏造的谎言中。

      因为是爱人,所以能原谅;因为是讨厌的人,所以不能被原谅。事实上,生命中哪来有那么多的敌人?怎么会有那么多敌人?有也是因为我们自己选择怨恨对方,对方才成了敌人啊!

      这个敌人是我们创造出来的角色,延伸出来的只是内心的斗争和挣扎——若你时常都在想着要如何向这位敌人报复,如何防止这个敌人伤害自己,你就已经筋疲力尽了。“敌人”尚未出招,我们就先受苦了。受苦受害的终究还是自己。

      像佛陀那样,他选择原谅和放下,心中自然没有敌人。没有敌人,心就平静多了不是吗?共勉之!

  14. Cynthia Ng on Jun 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    感谢仁波切的分享提婆达多责怪他人的故事,这个分享告诫我们很多时候是我们不愿意接受真相,不愿意听取真诚的告诫,不愿意面对真正内在的自己。因为从小的成长环境足以影响日后的未来,它可以造就成才,也可以变成事事责怪他人的懦弱者。久而久之他们就会为了掩饰自己的懦弱而制造很多的谎言掩饰自己自大的一面。

    这样的负面习惯也会渐渐的影响他们的工作,人与人之间的关系,我个人觉得一生人的快乐与否就取决于願不愿意去聆听以及接收内在的自己。我们要把珍贵的佛法传达给他人,我们就应该要以身做则, 把佛法实践在身上,那么才不会辜负上师背负利益以及普渡众生的使命,把佛陀教法传播下去。

    提婆达多的愤怒,把他送入无间地狱,那是多么的可怕,平时的我们认为发怒是纯粹一种自然反映,是发泄压力的一种,久而久之就变成了愤怒,这一种愤怒会催使我们造就恶念与邪见,慢慢的这一种负面的想法蒙蔽了我们的思维,把上师的教诲远远抛在后头。

    喜欢挑拨离间的人无处不再,他们缺乏内在的安全感所以会不知觉的制造人与人之间的不和谐,批评他人的短处来提升自己的地位。有时候还会压制他人所能发挥的才能,处处刁难。我们应该要更有容忍心,慈悲心的面对这样的人。我们应该要协助他们恢复人性的真善美,把上师的教诲融入和发挥的淋漓精致,那么才能把佛陀的2500年教诲利益众生。

    真诚的道歉可以缓解一切的问题,绝对不可以对上师沾有任何的便宜想法,不可以利用上师的慈悲心,宽容心来达到我们的目的,这样会让我们制造远离上师的恶缘。批评上师的人大有人在,这些人永远都是为了自己的利益去修行,他们不会相信因果循环,因为他们觉得看不到,摸不到,还没有感受到受苦的感觉,所以他们只有相信目前所经历的。殊不知已经慢慢的堕如不可救的深渊里,多么的可悲,提婆达多就是真实写照。

    一定要坚信上师,对上师要有坚定的信念,只有上师看透我们的本性,从中用软硬兼施的方法激发我们内在的潜能去改进我们的习性,从而迈向证悟的道路。不要认为因果是虚拟的,目前没有真正感受到并不代表我们能够摆脱的了。

  15. jerry_sito on Jun 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    在我们修行的道路上,在我们学习佛法的道路上,在我们为佛法服务已累积功德的道路上
    ,我由衷地感激我们的尊贵的詹杜固仁波切 ~ 因为师父不断地给予我们开示 ,苦口婆心的不断地慈悲地,提醒着我们这些在修行道路上赶路的人呀~

    或许我们有的人会说,提婆达多的种种反面的教材一定不会发生在我们自己身上的,我们是如此的热爱师父,我们是如此虔诚的念诵我们的法本,我们总是为佛法奉献着。。。等等

    然而当往往遇到一些时候,我们的心还是会懒散的,这芸芸娑婆世界里有着那么多的诱惑,谁又能保证自己有那么一天不会因为一些很突发的人与事发生,而生生的触动了在连我们自己都不知道自己心底最脆弱与恐惧懦弱的那一个按钮呢?除了佛菩萨,牵带着七情六欲的我们谁能真真保证呢?

    师父慈悲呀,师父现在是在种下一个强大的佛法开示的种子在我们的心中,将来如果我们在修行的道路上,总会因缘业果下,会给我们遇见像提婆达多的人,或我们自己被触动了那个按钮而被愤怒与感觉被受伤而变成提婆达多时,(1)如果是遇见提婆达多出现我们可以提醒他师父的这一个佛法开示(2)倘若不幸的自己变成了提婆达多,要记得师父已经给了我们的这一个苦口婆心与充满着师父的爱的佛法种子,现在是时候让它发芽了,想想师父因为慈悲不想身为弟子的我们犯了无间罪,中间不会经历任何转世,在死亡之后,直接就投生阿鼻(无止尽)地狱而一再的提醒着并为我们结下这种子

    我想我们都不愿意变成提婆达多吧,那么不要再摸棱两可了,要加快脚步在佛法的修行上,只是念法本只是出席法会只是在心中对师父充满敬意与爱 ,够吗?

    提婆达多何尝不是也在伟大的佛陀旁做着与我们现在无差的佛法修行多年吗?那么为什么在触动按钮的那一刻还是被愤怒与怨恨蒙蔽了一切?如果你也一样质疑是佛陀没有好好教导他,那么好,现在我告诉你,师父已经有在这里教导过我们了,所以我们谁都不许说师父没教导我们而宠使了我们变成了提婆达多 hehe呵呵

    我相信佛陀跟师父一样,是会不断的给予我们温柔的提醒,苦口婆心的劝着我们,然而倘若我们不想变成或希望任何人变成提婆达多,大家应该可以开始在生活上,在中心里开始实践着我们所学习到的佛法并与人分享,开始抽多一点时间当志工,帮助一切有需要的人,那么我们的功课就是在我们实践的过程里,好好的思考与观察,你会发现,我们不能保证我们不会变提婆达多,但我能说我们一定会遇到提婆达多,将佛法实践出来并付与行动是要让我们早点看到这一个事实,而不要再迷路了

    因为在这个过程中我们是能领悟的更多的,首先我们不希望有人变成提婆达多,那么我们就是在学习出离心,因为我们不想自己与别人重复的变成提婆达多(一切贪嗔痴的苦)希望远离这苦难

    然后我们遇到了提婆达多我们会因此而学习发菩提心,想要帮助他(等于想帮助所有人与众生离开苦的心)

    然后学习性空正见,因为在我们有了出离心有了菩提心,那么我们就会认真的学习辨别真伪,了解因果,寻找让一切执着与自我远离与救度的智慧。。。。。

    感激师父慈悲开示,祈愿师父长住在世,常转法轮,身体健康,佛法宏远一一顺利完成

  16. Calvin on Jun 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    我个人觉得“嗔怒”是我们每个凡人的习气,当我们的尊严和所求不被满足时就会生气,然后找个目标来发泄不满,往往这些人都是自私与不负责任的人,因为他们的出发点是基于自己的利益。但当“所谓的嗔怒”发生在证悟者身上时,却并不是表面所看到的情况那样,因为他们是出于菩提心,他们知道普通的方法已经不足于让这些自私的人知错,认错和改错。

    谢谢仁波切的教导,让我更加了解提婆达多的嗔怒多么可怕!这扁文章让我们看清身边的提婆达多,最重要是不要成为另一个提婆达多。

  17. LI SING YII 李欣怡 on Jun 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    提婆达多的心理狀態,其實是大多數人的狀態,這是一種「 我執」。他跟隨佛陀這麼多年,「自認」已通過一切考驗,應該是時候獲得「獎賞」,但事實是,有些事情往往是一廂情願。自我認同,自我感覺良好,只是一個狹隘的想法。但在旁人,或是佛陀眼中,卻能清晰洞悉這一切。
    每個人都喜獲得讚美與認同,不被認同與受到批評,是內心最抗拒的聲音,就算接觸多年佛法,獲得甚深的佛法知識,但是,內心的轉化過程,與「擁有」多少佛法知識,是兩回事。內心轉化需要多少的努力,多少的決心?答案是:終其一生都得努力轉化。
    心正,一切都正。心邪,確實是個大問題。但我相信,心邪應該可以獲得「後天」的補救。就像上師所說的,「因果」是可以獲得補救的,它不是宿命論...這句話深植在腦海裡。每天聽聞佛法,跟隨上師多年,亦步亦趨,必躬必敬,卻沒好好挖掘內心的邪惡,加以淨化轉變,是提婆达多,也是大多數人,無法做好的一項基本功課。

    • Lanse on Jun 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      “每天聽聞佛法,跟隨上師多年,亦步亦趨,必躬必敬,卻沒好好挖掘內心的邪惡,加以淨化轉變,是提婆达多,也是大多數人,無法做好的一項基本功課。”

      我喜欢你的这段话。学佛这件事在许多人眼里或观念里,也许只是去上佛法班,参加法会,或每天念经、做供养;对有机会待在上师身边的人,有者看起来虽然很听话,凡事毕恭毕敬,但如果他/她只是选择性那么做,只对上师一人如此,对佛法同修和圈子外面的人又另一套嘴脸,那也不等于是真正的转化,因为这些举止显示出他的分别心依然很重。从另一个角度看来,这其实跟世俗世界中见高攀、见低踩,虽然程度不同,其本质却是没有两样的。

      一切表面的形式都是比较容易的,而内在的转化却需要时间和决心来培养。上师给予我们的佛法知识,是理论基础,所以上师的话一定要听,佛法班一定要上,但要将这些精髓烙在心里,却需要经过了解和不断地冥想,而要让这些内心的觉悟转化为习惯,就要不断地加以实践。

      提婆达多的故事,让我觉得他过去几十年,应该就只是在形式上当个僧人,每天进行法事,却没对佛陀的话加以思考和沉淀,当然更不用说是发自内心地去实践了。这种做法在表面上,虽然暂时能够蒙骗某一些人,然而,在真正的关键时期,却完全无所遁形。他在被佛陀“侮辱”后,自尊严重受损,马上就撕下老脸,背叛了佛陀。如果他平日真的有做功课,认真听从佛陀的教诲,并加以实践,遇到这种情况,他一定不会马上“变脸”。毕竟,学佛主要目的之一,就是放下我执,而他的“变脸”,完全就是我执的表现,所以这就足以证明他这些年在修行上根本没有精进。

      佛法修行并不是表面功夫,也不是一项表演。如果我们真的相信因果业力,那我们就应该知道,我们所做的每一件事,无论是世俗还是佛法活动,到最后,并不是为了讨好任何人,也不是为了讨好自己或让自己面子上好看。我们真正必须面对的,只有自己的业力,也就是因果。

      有因就有果。平日勤予练功,关键时刻自然就会发挥出来,骗不了任何人。平时转化内心,一心向善,在最恶劣的情况下,自然也不会做出害人的事。

      佛法所要达到的,就是这种真正而彻底的转化,因为在我们死亡的时候,就只有这些习性会随着我们的细微心识投生下一世。

      “挖掘內心的邪惡,加以淨化轉變”固然是一项基本功课,却也是每一个学佛者毕生的功课。因为它虽然基本,却也是最难的。难就难在,这是一项必须持之以恒地实践才能取得进展的功课。

  18. Wai Kee on Jun 21, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I remember I have seen a great video teaching by Rinpoche talking about EGO. Rinpoche said that ego is when you keep thinking about ME, ME, ME and that is often the cause of unhappiness because when you are self-centered, you put yourself high and above anything else including your feeling. So you start to do irrational things not only to gain physical or material comfort, but psychological too, including respect. Many times, we do not gain respect, we earn the respect and unfortunately people tend to forget that respect is established through persistent work. Blaming others is really the easy way out and respects you gain through this route do not last. Some people do not blame, but instead they avoid facing the problem because they ‘think’ their ego is hurt. Ego can do so much harm and it does not help in any way to solve problem hence we have so many unhappy people out there. I need to constantly remind myself of this too. Thanks Rinpoche for the story of Devadatta, Pastor Yek Yee for highlighting the blog post during the dharma class and the team behind who made great effort in translating this into Mandarin.

  19. Phoebe Yong on Jun 21, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Right after finished reading this post, I found that this is happened around us everyday. Whenever the things do not turn out as per expected or being rejected by someone, we are get upset, frustrated, angry and emotional distress. Some of us will be take it positively and will learn from mistakes. However, most of us will take it negatively and blame the others who had disappointed or rejected us. We will always find excuses to deny it and do not admit that we are wrong. Sometime we are too ambitious and will just thinking on ourselves. Like if we do this task and what we will get as a return. We are doing things for specific purpose and not really from our sincere heart. We have to be aware and always remind ourselves that what we are now is due to what we want it to be and not others causing it.

    I am appreciated that we have a compassion, kind and great guru who willingly to always guide us at anytime with all sort of different ways. We have to change our ego attitude to humble attitude in order to follow the guru teaching with open heart. Without changing ourselves, we will not able to improve and move further.

    Thank you very much to Rinpoche for shaing this post.

  20. Kent Kok on Jun 21, 2013 at 1:27 am

    很多时候,人总会被名利慾望所控制,得不到的时候,便开始埋怨人,责怪他人没有给予自己协助,并且往往对自己最亲近的人尤甚。再者,如果身边的人都没有给予适当的支持或帮助的话,失败了;就变成了全都是因为他们才造成今天这个结局,却没有想过,是不是自己不够努力,不够用心或没有好好地策划等等。

    为了让自己的面子不受损,别人往往成了我们失败的绊脚石,所以都是他们造成我今天这样的下场。。。

    事实上是否真的如此呢?

    我想会思考的人,总有天可以看穿这样的事实。

    不懂得报恩,反而恩将仇报的人,是第一号危险人物;尽量不靠近他们,直到你认为可以抵挡他们的“软陷阱”为止!

  21. Pastor Yek Yee on Jun 21, 2013 at 12:28 am

    我看了提婆达多的故事之后,心里的第一个感觉是,如果我再不认真地去修习佛法,听聆仁波切的每个开示的教诲,我想相信自己也会变成 提婆达多,学而不去实践。慈悲为怀的上师,会无私地付出他们的所有,但是身为弟子的能够吸收多少,则看个人的造化了。如果,我们拥有一个完美无瑕的上师,却不好好向上师学习,却反而想加害自己的上师;从结恶业的角度来看,那是非常可怕的一种举动。这种有意识地伤害自己上师的举动,罪业如杀父般重。凡是谁犯了此罪直接被贬到地狱去,完全没有情面可谈。

    第二,故事中提到提婆达多推了一块大儿石想要砸死佛陀,谁知只伤了佛陀了的脚趾,并且流血。那有人就提一个疑问为什么成道了的佛陀,还会有受伤害的业力?我个人认为,因为佛陀早已看透提婆达多的造业 结果,因此特意制造自己受伤的状态,以期盼提婆达多能够生起些许怜悯之心,而为他所造的恶业抵消去。谁知道,提婆达多并不理解佛陀的一片善心,反而变本加厉地 谋诡计去伤害佛陀,这种如此无悔改的心,实在令人看不过去。当然,在有些书籍的记载中有道,佛陀之所以会受伤,其实是由于他前世曾为了谋取家产而杀死自己 兄弟的残余后果。这点本人不太能够接受,而且也没有太多有所根据的记载。。。

    第三,在我个人看来,提婆达多已经跟随佛陀将近半辈子,为什么还忍心杀害自己最亲近的上师呢?以我的经验来看,佛陀早已知道他的为人,可是为了能够帮助他,佛陀甘冒生命危险而让提婆达多在自己身边,对我而言,佛陀的慈悲心之大,仿如大海般。反 观没有良知的提婆达多却一点都不领情,并且再三地伤害佛陀。

    第四,对上师的依止心真的非常、非常的重要!我想如果当年的提婆达多有一份对上师的依止心,那恐怕就不会做出各种逆道而行的举动。

    另外,假如他真的将大半辈子所学习到的教诲,加以实践的话,肯定也就不会做出中伤僧伽团和以上种种不好的举动。所以,从这故事也让我常常提醒自己,修行是面对自己的道路,它必须坦诚和需要付出努力,这里并没有白吃的午餐,所有的收穫都要付出好多的努力才可完成。若果,我们没有付出努力,却想尝到成功的果实,那似乎是不可能的事实。

    最后,若我们没有努力付出,所以得不到那成功的果实,也不可以埋怨或责备他人,因为一切的问题和烦恼根源,都是自己造成的,怨不得他人!!!

  22. yeo (Ktn) on Jun 21, 2013 at 12:23 am

    一般上的人,如果发生不如意的事,矛头一定会指向不肯帮助他,不认同他的意见,不站在他那边的人,因为每个人都会觉得自己的看法和做法肯定是对的。而且,如果他们真的知道他们自己错了,为了【面子和尊严】问题,可能导致他们一直的错下去。
    一样米养百样人,但大多数的人会记得某某人伤害过他,而忘记了某某人对他的好,因为伤害过会痛但他的痛也未必是某某人给的,只是因为从小给宠坏而所有的责任和错处都指向别人。
    每个慈悲的上师和老师,都会用不同的方式来教导不同性格的学生,以达到最好的效果,让他们出人头地,就好像佛陀用尽方法来教导他的弟子和提婆达多,但如果弟子不改变他们的错处和坏的习气,没人可以帮得到他们的呀!有些还责怪和不满上师和老师的教导,真的是用心良苦啊!

  23. Anna Tan on Jun 20, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    仔细想想,在某种层次上我们何尝不是”提婆达多”? 当我们处于平静的环境里时, 每个人都可以是如此的和善,处处为他人着想,简直可以媲美圣人了。然而在睡眠不足,付出了没有得到认同,赞美,反之还要处处遭受责怪的状况下,我们就逐渐化身为“提婆达多”了。尤其是当上师尝试粉碎我们根深蒂固的自我时,很多的心魔就开始浮现。有时侯甚至会用质疑的眼光看待上师。

    这篇博文里说得非常贴切,无论是佛陀,历代大师以及我们的上师都拥有慈悲为怀的本质,他们又怎么会伤害我们呢?上师的严厉指责其实是出自于无限量的慈爱才能不顾自己在我们心目中的形象地位是否遭到动摇,用尽各种方式只求我们能转化。正如文中所提到的,有时侯用包容,温和的态度只会让我们安于现状,不愿意再作出任何改变,所以上师只好用比较激烈和震撼性较强的方式给我们一个大大的一击。

    一般上在这一击之后也是最痛苦,也是最难熬的时刻,因为这时候心里的任何想法都会赤裸裸的展现在眼前,就如阻塞了多年的沟渠,又脏又臭……忙着找种种借口掩饰推卸责任等等的念头也会一起来凑热闹。这个时候逃避看来是最好最快最方便的出路,但是,我们已经因为生生世世的逃避一直在轮徊里转圈圈了。再看看现在每天的生活随着顺缘逆缘,起起落落,开心失落,开心失落真的有好点吗?

    改变自己,鞭策自己转化或许很难很辛苦,但是用指责他人,逃避面对自己最丑陋的一面,不愿意成长,不承担责任只会让我们原地踏步。唯有降服于外在的上师,才能引导我们遇见内在的上师。

  24. Suet Moi on Jun 20, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Most of us will always think we are always right. No matter what we will not like to admit we could be wrong sometimes. Sometimes we could have wrong view, made the wrong decision, wrong argument. Just because we are ego, we will not want to admit we have done wrong. Subsequently we will get stuck. Sometimes even worst we will get angry and put the blame on others. We will try to find fault on others in order to make ourselves feel better. We will only able to move to next level if we can accept the facts that this is our fault. I think is very important we check, we contemplate, we justify, we accept, we modify, we change, we improve, we move on. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

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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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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
3 weeks ago
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.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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
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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
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • 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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