Enjoying Music is negative?

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Rinpoche,

I have a question about one of the precept vows I found on your website. The eight one: to refrain from “Wearing jewellery, cosmetics or perfume, enjoying music or TV” I do not fully understand why this things have to be refrained from. especially since I have been playing guitar since I was a little boy, the refraining from enjoying music doesn’t seem to me like something I would want to do. It doesn’t seem like something like enjoying music would create negative karma.
Please explain to vow to me -From Mark

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Dear Mark,

All humans have a perception of things. That perception may not be the reality of an object. The object itself has no real reality. the object cannot fulfill or not fulfill our perceptions. It all comes from our side and our side alone. But our perceptions of it and how we react to it may have adverse effects or positive.

Some people may see money as:

1. A way to benefit the sick
2. To buy status
3. To have security
4. To Take care of parents/family
5. To travel
6. To have a good life
7. Etc, etc, etc..

So because of the different views towards money, what money actually is, is empty… But our perception of money and what it can do will make us perhaps:

1. Work hard
2. Be sneaky
3. Steal
4. Start a business
5. Study harder
6. lie
7. Beg
8. Etc, etc, etc.

With the vows, some of the vows apply more to one individual than to another.

Everyone has their own hang ups, perceptions and upbringing. So when we take the vows, it is not playing music is negative, but our attachment to it is. So if the vows says you can’t play music and you get upset, that is the point of the vow…LOL. Why do you get upset? Because you can’t have what you think makes YOU happy? Why is it if you don’t have music you are unhappy? Why does that disturb you? Why is that ‘upsetting’. These questions are for contemplations to understand the workings of the mind better. When you understand your mind better, you can overcome wrong perceptions and all the problems we make arising from it….

So the vows are not suppose to stop you from enjoying what you like or labelling it negative..It is more the perception of what you like. The vows help you to step back and see the reality of your attachments, likes, dislikes, activities and where they bring you….

I hope this helps.

And keep the music playing please…

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. Alice Tay on May 1, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Actually, I’m like a lay man who only know that we should follow the vows in order to refrain us from doing negative activities. I didn’t know the benefit of taking vows in deep meaning.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing which made me clear with the meaningful of taking vows. By taking vows, it actually helps us to contemplate why are we still get attachment in something and finally help us to overcome our wrong perceptions on everything.

  2. Hee TS on Nov 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    感谢仁波切的言教,提醒我们应往内心思考,想要的未必是须要的,应以戒为前提。

  3. Pee Bee Chong on Nov 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the explanation. Thank you Marks for the question. It helps us to contemplate, to step back and see the reality of our attachments.

  4. Edwin Tan on Jul 2, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the wonderful explanation.

    It is really what we perceives that gives rise to our attachments. When I first made a vow to Rinpoche to stop drinking, I was worried and skeptical of how I will end up. Will I be unhappy? Will I lose my friends? Will I be upset and craved for alcohol?

    The commitment to my guru is what kept me going, and I must admit…even without drinking or socialising… I am not missing anything much. Alcohol do not make me a better person or a happy person. Without it, I am still functioning.

    Thank you for the wonderful article, I will know better how to explain to my friends in future on refraining from certain things or attachments is just how we perceive that attachment.

  5. keng on Apr 7, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    This was a response from Ivonice Powell (Exeter, England): 7 pr 2014

    That was an excellent explanation of the point of taking vows, it caused me to sit back and evaluate my own attachments to the things that i perceive as making me “happy” ( is music ) and why was it i myself felt aggrieved at the prospect of one day having to give up that which i thought was making me happy, i have pondered this before on numerous occassions, but the clarity with which you spelt it out was an inspiration for me, thank you Rimpoche

  6. AdelineTan on Mar 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    It was a good question asked by Mark and a very clear explanation from Rinpoche in reply to that question and i believed the same will apply to ‘wearing jewelleries, cosmatic and perfume’. Thank you for sharing.

  7. andre giroux on Mar 22, 2014 at 4:45 am

    This was an excellent question and I love your answer Rinpoche.
    Thank you to both.

    I enjoy music very much too. 🙂

    Andre

  8. Pastor Han Nee on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for making me see how my attachment to things like music or food is what makes me unhappy, when I don’t have them or not enough of them. Music or food in themselves do not cause my happiness or unhappiness.Thus liking music is not negative.It’s my negative perception.

    Vows actually help us. They make us step back and see our attachments for what they really are.

    Hence, we can enjoy music. We should just not get attached to it. Then it will not make us unhappy, when we don’t have it or don’t have enough of it.

  9. HelenaC on Mar 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Very very clear explanation Rinpoche, Thank you for sharing. I understand more now and can explain to my friends hehehe 🙂

  10. Shelly tai on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this clear explanation . I used to think holding a vows is very difficult because vows restrict us from doing things that we think is good to us, after knowing the Dharma I have fully understand that the vows is to free us from all the unhappiness that we experience by holding on the vows every single day tit can lead us to ultimate happiness .

  11. Edward ooi on Mar 19, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I’m too attached to music. But I’m not the type that won’t feel right if I don’t listen to it. My type is like I just kept on singing and singing and singing. Even when I get bored with the song, my mouth will just automatically start singing. At least I’m not obsessed with music until that kind of stage. Thank You Rinpoche for sharing.

  12. Sean Wang on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Rinpoche, this is a wonderful answer for such an interesting question. Some people claim that the rules of Buddhism are very imposing but in actuality it is more tailored towards some individuals more than others.

  13. henry ooi on Mar 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Rinpoche’s dharma teachings are always so clear and made easy to understand. This teaching would not been possible if not for the questions asked by Mark. Thank you to all the Marks out there will be asking more questions so more people like me can benefit from Rinpoche’s answers and teachings.

  14. Ruby Khong on Mar 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    For those who have taken Boddhisattva vows, this downfall is about wasting time due to strong attachment to sense pleasures. Wasting time is bad in a worldly sense, but when we have taken the Bodhisattva vows, then it is really the wrong thing to do because the time spent could have been used more beneficially for the sake of other sentient beings.

  15. wansan on Mar 18, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this post. We are all so blessed to be able to get the answers directly from Rinpoche. I guess I’m like most of the others who once was confused why the vows ask us to refrain from wearing jewellery, cosmetics or perfume, enjoying music or TV… Like Mark said in the question, it does not bring any negative karma (as how we understood it), why can’t we do that?
    With Rinpoche’s clear and simple explanation using money as an example. I now have a clear idea of the meaning of the vow. The vow is not to imprison us but in fact to liberate us from all of our attachments towards many things that we thought we aren’t attached to.
    Just like how Rinpoche said, “the vows help you to step back and see the reality of your attachments, likes, dislikes, activities and where they bring you…” We all should really step back and reflect upon our inner self and see with our own eyes of everything inside us.

  16. beatrix ooi on Mar 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I’ve always have the same question as Mark did, because my aunty once told me that singing is not good, not even humming, especially when we are in holy places. I’ve been very confused because I did not see why can’t we enjoy music but now I finally understood. There’s nothing bad about it but its the attachment, its how we are attached to music/ entertainments.

  17. benji on Mar 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Ah, i have gained much insight here! i agree with David – we must have an understanding. We need to put things “in place”, like what Uncle Eddie mentioned. It is so important that we depend on the wisdom and compassion of the guru, so that we do not mess up things with our egocentrically generated erroneous views! Thank you very much, Rinpoche. Thank you Mark, and all you great people for the wonderful sharing! 🙂

  18. Choongs on Mar 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I remember having the same question as well when I first encountered the eight precepts. I thought to myself, duh?, if Buddhism is like that then it is probably not something for me. No thank you.

    Then about six months ago, I tweeted Rinpoche asking Rinpoche a similar question and his reply to me was to study Buddhism and engage in deep practices and that music and Buddhism go well together!

    So I was like, fantastic! This is more like it. What a breath of fresh air! Maybe I still can play guitar, sing eighties songs badly according to my daughter who loves songs from the eighties for some reason, and get inspired listening to John Lennon and the like.

    Fast-forward 6 months later, today, after taking Rinpoche’s advice to study Buddhism, my music room has turned into a chapel and my guitars and amp sit idly waiting for a “revival”. To be continued…

  19. Liaw Yung May on Aug 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,

    I do really agree that we should take a step back to contemplate on our likes, dislikes, attachments etc, etc.

    It is really undeniable that we strive hard to earn money. Being a 17 year old student who has just started to gain some insight into the Dharma, I always hear people around me telling me to get a good job and earn a lot of money so that you won’t be looked down by others, and at the same time you can help your own family members to support their financial needs.

    With these threads of sayings and opinions from other people, I feel so torn in between. My urge to earn money and own a luxurious home in the future is so strong. I always feel, that with money, I could satisfy myself. Yes, not until I came across Rinpoche’s post on ‘Something’s Wrong,’ where Rinpoche explained a profound extract from Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo in detail. I suddenly felt everything Rinpoche just said was entirely applied in my life, especially the fact that Rinpoche mentioned on ‘When you’re having dilemma in choosing what you want to do and what you should do’….I find it so meaningful to me, and I thank Rinpoche for giving me some sort of comfort that having the dilemma is a good sign.

    However, I would like to propose a question. I have this friend that I feel very annoyed with. It’s not because she’s a bad person, it’s just that she is quite clingy and actually gets jealous when I talk to my other classmates. She would tease me and say all sorts of ridiculous things to me like, ‘So you have a NEW best friend now…’ or even sulk the whole day.

    The worst part of everything is, THERE WAS NO END TO IT! It happened when I started secondary school in 2009, but the problem hasn’t escalated to that extent of her getting possessive yet. It has proceeded until now, year 2013, where I had become her best friend.

    My question will come soon after explaining this incident. There was one year that I tried to get rid of her from my life. It was secondary four, where things had quite a change. I started to ignore her completely, such as not responding to what she says, or not even greet her. Sooner or later, we started to become distant and further apart, and I thought I was happier without her because I was with another friend who was more jovial and cheerful.

    All of my judgements and assumptions backfired me, as I felt much guiltier and lonelier than before. That new friend whom I recently befriended distracted me from pursuing my studies. So, I mustered up all my courage to face that friend of mine again.

    After gaining more knowledge on the Dharma, I realised all of my meetings with her are a result from karma connection, and with that, I feel really guilty for all my actions. The lamrim says that even an insult, or any sin that you think is small, could eventually hurt you more than you could ever imagine. (That is how I understood it)

    So, what should I do now? I want to really repent, but I don’t know how. I feel still annoyed at her because of her clingy nature, but I ignoring her and not treating her well would demerit me and refrain me from gaining full enlightenment.

    I want to be liberated from all these agony. Please help me, Rinpoche.

    Thank you.

  20. Paris on Feb 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I really like these teachings on the fact that it’s never the object that is intrinsically good or bad, but how we let it distract our minds or how it deepens our inner samsaras.

    I thought it quite apt to share this teaching that we just received from Rinpoche yesterday (13Feb), where he gave another explanation about something similar. He talked about clothes in this instance, that it is never the clothes that are the issue but when we want to wear nice things, we have to ask ourselves why it is that we spend so much time and money on what we put on? Is it just to make us more attractive, and therefore increase desire in others for us? In this case, wearing nice clothes and being preoccupied with obtaining nice clothes because a cause for creating even greater samsara for ourselves. We eventually create the cause for desire to increase within ourselves too, to a point that we become just like animals, preening our feathers, putting on different colors or grooming ourselves just to attract a mate.

    Alternatively are we dressing up and putting on expensive branded clothes so that we can make ourselves look “higher”, wealthier, more important and thereby get respect? If so, then the act of dressing up becomes a means for putting others down and bringing ourselves up. If we do this enough, then we eventually create the karma for ourselves to be put down in the future, to be in lowly places where other people will exert their authority over us.

    Interesting, isn’t it? That the same piece of clothing can bring so many different results to us, based purely on WHY we are putting on that top or buttoning up that dress. Ultimately though, there is nothing intrinsically bad in clothes (or anything for that matter!) – it’s what we do with it, the results it brings to us and how much it increases virtue or suffering for ourselves and others.

  21. Sharon Saw on Jan 15, 2013 at 3:12 am

    this was an interesting post and i also enjoyed reading people’s comments. It is a simple premise yet has many depths to the answer. On the superficial level, the vow appears to restrict our ‘enjoyment’ yet as Rinpoche has elucidated, it is not our enjoyment of the music that is the problem but our attachment to that enjoyment. And that is the main problem of all our attachments – that we cling on to the attachment which is actually a mirage. It is inherently empty of existence yet we think it is solid and concrete and permanent and will bring permanent happiness. It is the same with everything else which we think brings us happiness – from a delicious meal (which is even faster to see as impermanent since we consume it!) to material objects, like a favourite outfit or accessory. Our attachments to all these create our suffering when we lose them. Once we realise that our attachments are the issue, we can reprogram ourselves to not place so much emphasis on these external factors. Easier said than done but we have to start somewhere.

  22. Albert Ratchaga on Jan 15, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Why listening to music is creating negative karma, it is not because the music itself is bad, but because it enhance our attachment, our past. Many times when we listen to music, physically we are listening to the music, but the fact is we are actually listening to our past, our memory.

    When we keep holding on our past, there is no way for us to let go. when we can’t let go, how can we gain attainment? activity that not helping us to gain attainment, that will be negative karma, because it will make us dwell more into the samsara.

  23. abby f on Jan 15, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for your kind answer! Vow is not to restrict us to do anything, but it is more to examine what our reaction is towards a particular vow. Like Rinpoche describe above, when we don’t get something then we get upset, that’s it. We should examine ourselves, why we get upset for it? How we should avoid getting upset? what really makes us upset?

    And when we can control our mind or not to attach or dependent on something else, then we are free and nothing can control our moods. Vow is not something to tell us what to do or why not to do, but vow tells us how we should control our mind and how we should see all our emotions. By controlling our mind, we get ‘freedom’ at some level.

  24. Julia Tan on Jul 10, 2012 at 1:16 am

    The answer is very clear and straight forward. The reason of taking vow is for us to let go of something such as.. not listening to the music, being vegetarian etc. Is to cut off our attachment. at the same time we also learn how to check and control our mind. It’s a way to change our perception and transform. Hence when we are holding our vows, it’s very good if we could do a mind check every night before we go to bed.

    Thank you Rinpoche

  25. Judy Lam on Jul 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I find that we have different attachments at different stages of our lives. Therefore we need not focus so much on one thing and neglect the other, because there will come a time where you don’t even know you will miss the things that you spent so much time (and sometimes money) indulging in before. I respect people who hold their vows well, and if we don’t, we need to do a self-check and identify our attachments.

  26. David Lai on Jun 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I think when we practice the Dharma, we must have an understanding of why we are refraining from the certain things mentioned in the vows. Without this understanding and contemplation over its meaning and purpose, it will be a meaningless robotic pursuit.

    I think a lot of practitioners are guilty of this including myself and so we do not create the merits necessary for real transformation to happen. When there’s no transformation, not only we don’t grow, when situations arise that creates doubts in our mind, we get swayed by our doubts. Hence, study, contemplation and meditation must go hand-in-hand.I don’t mean to give such a Dharma talk but when I see this post, I see the danger of knowing and not applying what we know.

  27. Andrew James Boon on Jun 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    This made me think certainly on how our mind works. When we are “forbidden” to do something we feel brings no harm and even in some instances gives us “pleasure”, we feel it to be a trap because we base the vow on “giving” up on something we like or want to do.

    However based on what I understood from Rinpoche’s explanation, it is not giving up on that very thing per se… it is looking deeper into our physche and coming to the realization it is the attachment to these things that we are actually giving up and not the thing or act itself. Because the thing or act itself is entirely dependent on our perception and attachment to it.

    e.g. In the simple example of playing the guitar, if it gives us so much pleasure to the point whereby it causes us displeasure when told we cannot play the guitar anymore is THE very attachment we need to rid off. It is NOT the playing of the guitar or the music in itself that is bad, it is the fact that we use the playing of guitar or the music as an attachment – giving us a false sense of pleasure.

    If playing the guitar or music gives us so call temporal pleasure and we realise it merely as that, “giving” it up should not matter in the least because, we know it is precisely that… a temporal pleasure which does not control us.

    Hence, for me, the lesson is that we are ultimately in control of our feeling of pleasures or displeasures and not the elements around us… and with that in mind we can have everything or lose everything it should not effect how we feel and we have some state of equilibrium. That to me would be the ultimate non-attachment.

  28. tenzin llhamo on Jun 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    It is so true. It is our perception of the things that we have hence the attachment that we currently have. When I first heard about the 8 precepts, I was like… I think I better do it when I am ready. But that readiness is still not here yet. At least now I am ready. I am learning everyday not be attached to many things because I was so attached to many things last time.Rinpoche’s reply is always precise, straight to the point and easy to understand. Thank you for such the meaningful question Mark and also Rinpoche for the explanation.

  29. skyong on Nov 20, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I noticed that whenever I am unhappy or down I listen to music. Other times when I am okay I don’t listen to music. Does this mean music is used as a distraction for my mind? The mind is seeking a place of relief from unhappiness? In music certain chords bring the feeling of lightness and high energy, while certain chords bring the feeling of heaviness and low energy. A not so attached mind is a peaceful and happy mind. External circumstances don’t bring the mind down or unhappy. So it doesn’t need that much music for self absorption?

  30. Uncle Eddie on Jun 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Yes every human being has perceptions of things, it is the mind that exerts the greatest influence on us. Fromthe core of our being we simply desire contentment. Contentment is the happiness in doing things that we like without limit. Contentment however big or small is always dictated by the mind. Of course it would be wise to establish a limitation of balance to whatever we do, but how many willbe able to achieve such a controllable habit. Hence, we have to devise an effective means to control our innermost mind to obiediently adhere to such a control. As practicioners of Buddhist faith, we believe vows are the most effective means to subdue our minds. Like our Guru said, vows are not to stop us from enjoying what we are doing, but purely to help us to step back to see the reality of our attachments, to overcome our wrong perceptions and impose a “balance of limitation”. Vows, therefore are in place to be used as push-buttons to check, examine and reflect our ourselves. Thank you, Rinpoche, once again for your valuable and wonderful teachings.

  31. Siong Woan on Jun 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the explanation, it really made me think and contemplate on all my attachments.. it’s time to step back and look inward..

    Thank you again.

    With folded hands
    Siong Woan

  32. Jessica Yap on Jun 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the blog post. I like how elaborate and direct the answers are. Rinpoche is always so skillful in answering questions. We are so blessed to be able to ask questions and have them answered by Rinpoche! Thank you Rinpoche. 🙂

  33. Steve Tobias on Jun 5, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Rinpoche’s response is very eloquently put and true.

    If Mark is reading then I’d like to point out for him that it is typical (for people like us at least) to just take the first five precepts (no killing, lying, stealing, sexual misconduct, drinking), except on special Buddhist holidays, therefore it is not “required” to refrain from eating after noon, not listening to music, and so forth, so no reason to be worried in the first place.

    Also in my own experience I was VERY into music and still am. However in the past few years I found myself refraining from listening to music until around 6 pm, as it made my mind distracted, more prone towards suffering, moving from one object to another, etc. So it was a personal choice not a vow in this instance.

    Here is one of my favorite “poems” from The Wheel of Sharp Weapons which Rinpoche told me to read:

    “(112) When musicians are playing a beautiful melody,
    Should we examine the sound they are making
    We would see that it does not exist by itself.
    But when we’re not making our formal analysis,
    Still there’s a beautiful tune to be heard,
    Which is merely a label on notes and on players
    That’s why lovely music can lighten sad hearts.

    (113) When we closely examine effects and their causes,
    We see that they both lack inherent existence:
    They can’t stand alone, either whole or apart,
    Yet there seem to exist independently rising
    And falling events, which, in fact, are conditioned
    By various forces, components and parts.
    It is this very level on which we experience
    Birth and our death and whatever life brings.
    So please, in this world of appearances only,
    Let’s always be sure what we do is of virtue
    And shun all those acts that would cause us great pain.”

  34. Sandy on Jun 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I really enjoyed reading your response to such a fantastic question. I was asked the same question by a friend of mine when she asked me about the kind of vows monks take. I couldn’t give an insightful answer as yours (I had no clear understanding myself at the time), but I could understand why people see these things as an endeavour to limit enjoyment and restrict having fun.

    In fact, I’ve just this morning read a chapter in the book “god Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” where the author suggests that ALL religion relies on encouraging servitude among its followers and they most effectively do this by discouraging everything that is natural to humans and encouraging what is not (e.g. sex is evil, obedience and surrender to the masters is wonderful).

    However, as you clearly point out, listening to music isn’t bad within itself, nor (I presume) is sex or even consuming alcohol. Thanks to your explanation, I think I understand it a little better now. We rely on these kinds of things to the point of distraction where our minds constantly focus on the external pleasures and attachments, rather than focusing inwards in order to achieve a better understanding of ourselves.

    Even if the author of the book would claim you brainwash your students, or that any teacher aspires to the same aim, it’s easily disproved. If having lots of sex, listening constantly to music and getting drunk brought happiness, then – quite simply – why don’t these things bring happiness? In enjoying material things in abundance is the way to true lasting happiness, the majority of the word would be in blissful states. But it’s not.

    The ideal, it would seem, would be to establish a balance, but a lot of people are unable to do this (myself included, needless to say). If one could listen to music but not be so attached to it or rely upon it for one’s happiness, or if one could drink or have sex in a way that these things don’t end up “owning” you, there wouldn’t be so much of a problem, if we could simply take or leave these things as they are.

    But desire is insatiable. And all the while, in the futile attempt to satisfy our desires, we seem to be pulled further and further from gaining an understanding of our true selves and perhaps this is why these vows are in place – to allow us to hit the pause button for a time, stop, and reflect on who we really are?

    Thank you again for your response to Mark’s great question, Rinpoche – it’s always a pleasure to find new areas of contemplation.

    Kind regards,
    Sandy

    • Margaretlee on Jun 5, 2011 at 12:05 am

      Hi Sandy, I am very much in agreement in what you have just shared here. And perhaps the very reason why many do not want to engage in a spiritual path, or take up a faith is because of all the mis-conception that religions poison everything. Big words like renounciation could very easily scare most people away.

      It is great that these questions are raised by Mark and Tsem Rinpoche gave such a clear and thought provoking answer.

      I particularly like when you relate this to taking vows or why the vows are in place to help practitioners, like a pause button, allowing us to stop and reflect on ourselves.

      We all need many pause buttons….

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  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:41 AM
    ***The Advantages of Propitiating Dorje Shugden: Part 1***

    According to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened Buddha who appears in the form of a worldly god so that beings in this era can access his blessings quicker and more powerfully.

    Dorje Shugden is also known as the Protector of our time because, apart from guiding Buddhist practitioners on their path to Enlightenment, he also attends to our daily challenges and obstacles. Dorje Shugden does this not because he is a fulfiller of samsaric wishes but because in his omniscience, Dorje Shugden recognises that the human mind becomes distracted from Dharma practice by mundane problems. Hence alleviating our worries and fulfilling our wishes is just a means by which Dorje Shugden helps practitioners achieve the higher objective, i.e. a flourishing Dharma practice.

    The problems that people of our time encounter are common everywhere we go and they include:

    1) Financial problems
    2) Illnesses and diseases
    3) Natural disasters and epidemics
    4) Stres and depression
    5) Violent crimes and wars
    6) Loss of purpose and direction

    How Dorje Shugden Helps…
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-advantages-of-propitiating-dorje-shugden-part-1
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:38 AM
    ***The Advantages of Propitiating Dorje Shugden: Part 2***

    The Dharma Protector’s role is to ensure that practitioners have uninhibited access to the teachings, the clarity to understand the principles and meanings, and suitable conditions to apply what they have learned. And so, for the practitioner, the Dharma Protector functions to avert inner and outer obstacles the practitioner may encounter, and where necessary, provide conditions and resources for the practitioner’s Dharma journey to be smooth and unobstructed.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-advantages-of-propitiating-dorje-shugden-part-2
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:36 AM
    Take a little bit of Dorje Shugden knowledge with you wherever you go. Download these teachings in the language that suits you best. English, Chinese, Tibetan, or even Italian, Nepali, Korean and Mongolian – we have it all here, for you, for free.

    >>> Dorje Shugden Images & More <<<
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/category/media/downloads

  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 08:31 PM
    Mumu is so cute on the treadmill. Rinpoche is very creative in getting Mumu to exercise. When we want the best for our pet, we will think out of the box to help. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the knowledge and video.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/mumu-on-the-treadmill.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 07:42 PM
    Scary to know what exactly happened to Angel during her waking from sleep.Watched the video, wondering its sleep paralysis or the unseen beings pressing on her. This weird phenomenon as explained by Rinpoche is that she was karmically connected with the unseen beings.I do believe the unseen beings do exists after all, I am glad Angel is back to her own self , its over now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/till-i-see-blood.html#comment-736240
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 07:40 PM
    Sleep paralysis whether is science or paranormal.From what i read and hear to me its more paranormal as i do believe in unseen beings do exist after all. Sleep paralysis is more likely to be caused by paranormal distinct existence. I have not experience one before but at least i know now what i can do if it happen to me after reading this post.There are many other methods to protect ourselves just in case,like reciting our powerful mantra of Dorje Shugden( OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA ) .
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html#comment-736360
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 05:06 PM
    Interesting read from Tsemrinpoche.com

    Energy Channels
    This vital life force or chi, is composed of two kinds of forces, yin and yang, and flows along a sophisticated network of energy pathways, or highways, circuiting the body. Over 2000 years ago ancient cultures knew of the existence of these energy channels. They were called ‘sen’ in Thailand, ‘nadis’ in India, ‘meridians’, ‘channels’ or ‘vessels’ in China and Japan, and ‘channels’ in Tibet. In India, where many eastern healing arts developed, there were said to be 72,000 nadis or energy pathways. Disease is believed to be a blockage in the energy flow of these channels. A range of healing traditions, including acupuncture, acupressure, massage and yoga, are founded on the principle of the existence of energy channels or pathways, known as meridians, or nadis, running around the body in an expansive network.

    read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/science-finally-proves-meridians-exist.html
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 03:33 PM
    (REPLY FOR BEN)
    For Pastor Shin – Are pujas more effective than prayers?

    Pujas are more comprehensive as they involve rituals and prayers. In other words, prayers are part of a puja. Each puja is done based on scriptural texts and methods passed down by the lineage masters, which invokes the blessings of Buddhas/ meditational deities. Apart from recitation of mantras and meditation, ritual cakes (tormas) and other offerings are also done for pujas.

    You can read more about pujas here:

    – Powerful Pujas
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-power-of-prayers.html

    – What are pujas about… do take a good read…
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/what-are-pujas-about-do-take-a-good-read.html

    You may also want to read about “Dorje Shugden’s Puja and Its Benefits”, which explains the components of a puja, as well as the benefits.
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/dorje-shugdens-puja-and-its-benefits

    I hope the above info will help in answering your question.
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:24 PM
    Fully enlightened beings can manifest in whatever form they so choose in order to benefit sentient beings. Buddhas can manifest in the form of a Lama, a spiritual friend and even in the form of sound, which are called mantras. In essence mantras are the holy energies of the Buddhas in the form of sound. Reciting mantras of the Buddhas, meditational deities (Yidams) and Dharma Protectors therefore invokes their blessings to bring about a beneficial impact in our lives.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugdens-mantra
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:37 PM
    Very touching……. i do enjoyed watching those videos.
    So courage of John Byrne the homeless man to jump into the ice cold water to safe his pet rabbit.What he did was indeed incredible .His love and compassion for his pet rabbit and dog is an example,inspiration to us .
    Even though he is homeless yet he care and love his pet rabbit and dog so much giving food by begging.
    The man Gary Kearney who threw the pet rabbit was sentenced to four months detention.It show that the law do not tolerate cruelty to animals. A lesson to learn from here is to love.care and compassion to all sentient beings whatever happen to them.Never abused them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and i have shared with my friends too.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/the-rabbit-in-the-river.html
  • Joy Kam
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:12 AM
    **The Three Bodies of a Buddha**

    The primary manifestation of a fully enlightened being is called the Dharmakaya. “Dharma” means phenomenon, while “kaya” means body. Therefore, Dharmakaya refers to the primordial or true nature of phenomena which is beyond conceptual and dualistic thought. This manifestation is essentially the mind of a fully enlightened being, beyond appearance and sensory perception. This mind knows no limits or boundaries… more: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-three-bodies-of-a-buddha
  • Joy Kam
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:10 AM
    ***Yangdup Wealth Puja 2017*** blog post is out.

    Find out why is the Yangdup Puja performed? How does wealth play a role in Buddhism? Isn’t Buddhism about letting go of one’s worldly attachments? Check out the fabulous pictures and videos here >>> http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/yangdup-wealth-puja-2017.html
  • Ben
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:56 AM
    For Pastor Shin – Are pujas more effective than prayers?
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  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:29 AM
    By understanding Dorje Shugden’s enlightened nature, we realise that relying on him cannot lead us anywhere except for Enlightenment. Reciting any praise of Dorje Shugden on a daily basis reminds us of his attainments, and the type of being we are propitiating. It also serves as a reminder of the qualities we can attain as a result of relying on him, that his practice will help us to attain common and uncommon siddhis.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/praise-of-dorje-shugdens-origins
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:28 AM
    Incense has been used as a traditional substance for offering since the birth of Buddhism. The first recorded instance of incense being used occurs in the story of Magadha Sangmo, whose impact can be seen across the ancient Buddhist world. The daughter of Suddatta, a layman and the Buddha’s primary patron, she herself was an ardent student of Buddha Shakyamuni. After marrying, she longed to see her Guru, the Buddha and offer dana. Climbing to the roof of her in-law’s house, she offered incense and a verse of invocation. The omniscient Buddha heard her prayers and arrived with his entire entourage, descending from the sky on a lion to fulfil her request.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/incense-offering-prayers-to-dorje-shugden

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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
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

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

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
5 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
5 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
6 months ago
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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