Everything can be repaired

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Be respectful to our gurus daily. Ask for their blessings in our prayers daily. Show our appreciation to our gurus by transforming our minds to be better and better. This is the best offering to our loving gurus who took time to love us, teach us and share their knowledge with us. Keep our bond with our guru clean and honest by being clean and honest always. 在日常生活中,我们应该时刻恭敬我们的上师。我们在进行每日依轨和持诵祈愿文时祈求上师加持我们。我们应当通过心识的转化来展现我们对上师的无比感恩。这是对花了时间来爱我们,教导我们,与我们分享他们的知识的挚爱上师们最好的供养。我们应该与我们的上师们保持清净三昧也和师徒关系。

Breaking samaya to the guru is very serious setback for our spiritual practice, for the growth of our mind and in general our overall peace. As the days pass by it will seem like nothing is happening, but we will see our attachments grow, anger grows and our distance to the dharma grows. We will be happy to engage in deeds that have no ultimate meaning and justify it and feel comfortable. We will fall back to the ways of how we were before meeting the dharma and feel comfortable. We will scourge our teachers and practice and start engaging in more actions that accumulate negative karma. Karma exists independent of our belief in it. We start enjoying what is negative and all that we hold sacred is not seen as sacred because the negative karma grows stronger.

Being rude to the guru, speaking impolitely, showing unpleasant demeanor, challenging our guru with bad intent, ignoring our guru, tricking our guru, using our guru for financial or emotional gain, using all types of excuses to avoid and then finally breaking off are really going off track as spoken by the Pandit Ashvagosha in Gurupancasika text. As the guru has given you initiation, oral transmissions, countless hours of teachings, love, care and even financial help, we should remember this and regret our negative actions and have loyalty and be grateful. Being grateful is a human quality worth cultivating. No one in this world will be able to give you both secular and spiritual benefit but only the guru. Besides the guru, only some secular benefits will be derived but the question is will it be really beneficial? We can complain to friends or peers or family how we ‘suffered’ and of course they will agree because they do not know what you have done nor understand the full situation of what you have done or your laziness to practice. Getting support of the ignorant is like getting a blind person to agree a painting is beautiful with stunning colors. You can get their full support and company, but in the end, they will see your nature and mind and abandon you too. Support from people ignorant of what you have done will backfire in the future. Doing purification is highly important. If we have damaged the samaya (relationship) with our guru, we should first and foremost confess and stop the damaging actions. Then we should not hide our actions to look good and have face in front of our guru and other dharma students and friends. Why would you choose face over your guru and dharma and your attainments. Face vs attainments? Should there even be a versus? We should then engage in prostration retreats, long Vajrasattva retreats till we receive correct dreams indicating purification. Samaya Vajra pujas and practice is very important. After completing these 500k each, then one should take the empowerment of Yamantaka if possible and go into a long and distant (silent) retreat and take a vow of silence. Do not ask for financial support for any of these from anyone to cut one’s grasping. Yamantaka can purify the karmas that are so heavy they seem like they cannot be purified according to H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. It is important. Always keep our promises to our gurus at all costs. Because the advice given to us is for our benefit although we cannot see it now immediately.

We should restore our tantric commitments, purify them, confess them and be silent and do strong and serious Yamantaka practice. Perhaps we were allowed Yamantaka practice because our gurus knew we would break commitments and we would need it later. The guru works in mysterious ways.

If not able to get Yamantaka then we should do the practice of 35 Confessional Buddhas at least one million, Vajrasattva one million and Samaya Vajra one million. We should take a vow of silence from negative talks. Which means for the rest of our lives we never utter one negative word about others or any situation and only allowed to speak in positive manners. This trains our mind to be stable and calm. When our speech is rampantly negative, then it feeds the anger and delusions in our mind. We take vows to control certain negative actions to stop feeding the anger and delusions in our mind. Vows are not imprisonment but designed to stop feeding our delusions, anger and negativity. Also it is more pleasant to be around people who don’t lie and speak negatively always.

The amount of damage when we break our samaya with our loving guru is like burning thousands of collections of Kangyur texts and destroying the Bodhgaya stupa. Without the guru, there is no Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. We should serve, honor and propitiate the Guru always in mind by transformation and in body by humility. We should seek the blessings of our guru in our prayers daily as Naropa served Tilopa and Milarepa served Marpa and ‘Headless’ sisters served Krysnacarya.

Homage to my one guru who is the synthesis of all teachings of the Buddha presented to me. I scatter flower garlands on the feet of my guru and offer him my spiritual practice. I offer my life to my guru that no harm comes to him but it befalls me instead. May I in this and all lives never be separated from the sublime path of bodhicitta, renunciation and correct view of sunyata. I will never choose wrong advice, friends, peers, money, fame, name, wrong view, ego, hatred and laziness over my most kind guru who has tolerated me for so long. I choose my guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha always. I offer my crown to the feet of my guru always. May all beings with broken samaya, anger and wrong view gain peace, practice and purification. Don’t waste time ever contemplating how to repair damage with my guru, or should I or shouldn’t I. We should never procrastinate because everyday is a day wasted. Never think how embarrassing this would be because the very fact you are deciding to choose face over guru/spirituality tells you that you should conquer the need for face already. Overcome the need to look good as it does not benefit but distances you from more good things and your guru. In general it’s more beneficial to have good relationships with everyone. One should not cheat, lie, take advantage, throw tantrums from being discovered by anyone from one’s negative deeds. It is a more peaceful life when we don’t damage others and therefore we don’t have to deal with pain we have done to others and hide or pretend nothing has happened. Be honest and real with everyone. Nice speech and shiny words and seductive talk will work for a while but our actions cannot be hidden forever.

I remain steadfast to my guru and not my anger, delusions and ego. I remain loyal to my guru always and a ‘show’ of that is my practice of mind transformation as taught by Geshe Langri Tangpa daily. I will always be humble and make offerings to my guru as Dromtonpa to his guru Atisha. I offer my service to my guru always tirelessly because the works of my guru reaches many to benefit them who cannot find a physical guru. In this way I will progress higher in my practices and then I pray my guru will bless me to ascend in the rainbow body to Kechara Paradise where I will continue my practice till enlightenment and then return to benefit and not rest in the bliss of nirvana.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

犯三昧耶戒对我们的修行、心灵的成长和整体的平和来说是一个非常严重的挫折。当犯三昧耶戒时, 随着日子一天天过去,似乎像什么也没发生过,但我们会看到我们的执著、愤怒、及和佛法的距离日益增长。我们将很乐意地进行不具有终极意义的事情,对进行这些事情进行辩解,并感到自在。我们将回落到未接触佛法前的我们,并感到自在。我们会评击我们的上师和法门,并开始参与积累更多恶业的行为。无论我们相信与否,因果报应独立于我们对它的信念。我们开始享受造恶业,我们之前视为神圣的, 现在已经不被视为神圣,因为我们的恶业变得更加强大。

对上师无理、说话不客气、呈现出令人不快的言行举止、含不良意图地挑战我们的上师、无视我们的大师、欺骗我们的大师、利用我们上师来得到财务或情感上的利益、使用各种借口避免,最后如马鸣菩萨所著的【事师五十颂】文本里提到的一样与上师决裂。由于上师给你灌顶、口传、无数个小时的教导、爱、关怀、甚至经济上的帮助,我们应该记住这一点,对我们的负面行为感到惭愧,对上师忠诚和感激。感恩是一个值得培养的素质。没有人在这个世界上就能够为你同时带来的世俗和灵修上的利益,只有你的上师。除了上师,我们可以从他人得到一些世俗的利益,但问题是,终究是不是真的有益?我们可以向朋友、同伴或家人抱怨我们的 ‘遭遇’,当然他们会同意,因为他们不知道你做了什么,也不明白你做了什么或者对你懒于修行的情况没有完全的了解。获得无知人们的支持就像是得到一个盲人同意一幅图画的色彩多惊艳美丽一样。你可以得到他们的大力支持和陪伴,但最终,他们会看到你的本性和心识而离开你。得到不了解自己过去所作所为的人们的支持,这将会在未来适得其反。净化恶业的法门是非常重要的。如果我们破坏了与上师的三昧耶(关系),我们首先应该忏悔,并停止破坏性的行动。接着我们不应该隐藏我们的行动,或想要在上师和其他佛法弟子和朋友们的面前保持面子。为什么我们会选择面子而不是上师、佛法和成就呢。拿面子和成就相比?真的该有如此的对吗?我们接着应该进行大礼拜闭关,金刚萨垛闭关,直到我们得到预示我们净化成功的梦。三昧耶金刚的法会和法门的修行也是非常重要。完成这些礼拜和修行50万遍后,我们应该接受大威德金刚法门的灌顶,如果有能力的话,进入一个漫长而遥远(静音)的闭关,并采取禁语。不要寻求任何财务上的任何支助,从而削减我们的执著。根据至尊宋仁波切所开示,大威德金刚能净化看起来无法被净化的沉重恶业。这是非常重要的。我们应该不惜一切代价地保持我们对上师们的承诺。因为上师给我们的劝告是为了我们的利益,虽然我们不是能马上了解。

我们应该补缺、净化、忏除所犯的密教律依,保持沉默,认真及积极地进行大威德金刚的修行。也许我们被允许修持大威德金刚的法门,也是因为我们的上师们知道我们将犯戒,并在未来会需要这个法门。上师往往以玄妙的方式操作。

如果不能够得到大威德金刚的持修,那么我们应该进行三十五佛忏悔法门至少100万遍,金刚萨垛一百万遍,三昧耶金刚一百万遍。我们应该采取禁语及恶口。这意味着为我们接下来的生活中,我们的谈吐中不会有对他人或情况讲任何负面的恶语,只能说好话。这将训练我们心识的稳定和平安宁。我们极度负面的谈吐将使我们心中的愤怒和颠倒妄想的增长。我们持戒,以控制某些消极行动,以及停止我们心中的愤怒和颠倒妄想的增长。戒律不是禁锢,但旨在停止我们颠倒妄想、愤怒和消极。此外,当我们在不撒谎和不以负面谈吐交流的人们周围时,通常会更愉快。

破坏与上师的三昧耶就像是燃烧数千本珍藏的甘珠尔文或破坏菩提伽耶佛塔一样。如果没有上师,就没有佛、法、僧。我们应该在心里伺服、敬崇、祈请上师加持,并以心识的转化和具体的谦卑来表现。我们应该每天祈请我们的上师加持,就如那洛巴依止帝洛巴,以及密勒日巴依止玛尔巴和无头姐妹依止其上师Krysnacarya一样 。

顶礼我的上师— 佛陀所有教诲的合成所化现。我撒花环在我上师的脚上,并供养他我所有的修行。我一我的生命供养于我的上师,愿对他的任何伤害降临我。愿我从此以后不会脱离菩提心、出离心和空性正见。我永远不会违背我善良及容忍了我这么久的上师而选择错误的劝告、朋友、同事、金钱、名誉、声誉、错误的观点、自我、仇恨、和懒惰。我始终选择我的上师、佛、法、僧。恒常稽首顶礼至尊大恩师足前。愿犯三昧耶戒、愤怒和拥有邪见的众生获得安宁、修行和净化。不要浪费时间不断地盘算着该如何补缺与上师的三昧耶,或者应该或不应该,我们永远不应该拖延,因为每天都是在蹉跎岁月。千万不要觉得多么地尴尬,因为当你决定选择面子而不是上师或修行时,这明确地告诉你,你应该征服需要面子这回事。克服面子和保持声誉的需要,因为它不仅不能让你受益,也使你和对你有益的一切和上师的距离越来越远。在一般情况,与大家建立良好的关系比面子更重要。人们不应该欺骗、说谎、利用、以及被揭发后的消极行为。我们不伤害他人, 从而不需要面对对他人造成的伤害疼痛,也无须隐藏或假装什么都没发生过,这种生活更为宁静。我们应该诚实和以真实的一面面对他人。甜言蜜语、美丽的话语和诱人的谈吐在过了一段时间后将会被人发现。

我对我上师的依止坚定,而不是我的愤怒、颠倒妄想和自我。我忠于我的上师, 而这展现于我日常生活中实践格西朗日塘巴尊者所教导的心识转变。我将永远谦虚,并献供于我的上师, 犹如种敦巴依止他的上师阿底峡。我将我的殷勤不知疲倦地献给我的上师, 因为我的上师的佛法事业将利益众生,特别是对于未能遇到上师的人们。这样一来,我的修行会继续精进,我也祈愿我的上师会加持我以虹光成就往生克切拉天堂,在那而我会继续我的修行,直到证悟,然后归来利益众生。

詹杜固仁波切

 

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  1. Jacinta Goh on Jan 24, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It is always fortunate for us as Rinpoche has mentioned ways to mend the broken samaya. However, it is also very unfortunate for us (especially me) to even realized if one has broken samaya? When our Body, Speech and Mind were not aligned at the point of keeping promises, such as promising to do certain things with a simple nod and yet forgetting it the very next day, will this leads to disaster? Hence, from what I can gather from this article is, it is always good to do purification whenever we can such as doing Vajrasattva especially before we sleep. Also apply the four opponent powers. Besides, do not be too proud that we are being initiated into a practice such as Yamantaka. It might be as a counter for future vow transgressing foreseen by a Guru/Lama. Anyway, better be initiated than not though (lol).

    Thank you Rinpoche for this advice.

  2. Julia Tan on Dec 28, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. This is a very serious practice. Guru samaya come above everything if we serious about our spiritual path. With a fully enlightened mind like Rinpoche, holding pure guru samaya is just so natural. Rinpoche set the best example for us to follow.

    In order to achieve good samaya with our guru we must first have a state of mind of being grateful to our guru. Our guru has done so much for us. Rinpoche’s care, love, nurture, everything that we are having now, doing now and the blessings that out guru to our families, our problems, we should have at least some sense of gratefulness to some one who cared for us so dearly. We got to always remember our guru’s kindness. Hence i believe purification practices is very important in our daily sadhana.

    Whoever had read about this article, I am sure in our mind thinking of how could one repair the broken samaya like millions of . Good thing never come easy in our lives, same as holding our samaya pure with our guru. As long as we let go of our ego, still have the chance to serve our guru, to be near him, seek for our guru’s blessings everyday to transform our mind, with effort we can become better and ultimately become so natural in our lives just like how Rinpoche hold his samaya towards his gurus.

  3. Mingwen on Dec 28, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Life is short. Hence, there is no reason for us to hold onto secular goals if we finally meet Buddhism and a genuine guru who is willinh to teach and transform us tirelessly.

    Everyday, continuously, we collect negative karmas and there is extremely little good deeds that we do that it can never overtake the fast and furious negative ones. By this reason, we could gradually be separated from the Guru,Buddha & Dharma, and we ll go back into where we climb up from. I don’t think there is any good reason to go back into the secular world, because what I see is money, sex, ego, anger, selfishness, end of story

    It would be difficult at times for us to follow the guru’s instructions because we have so used to the lifestyle and mdes that we have been trained in the secular world. However, if we do not give up and we stand firm, nothing is impossible and we will be grateful when we see the results.

  4. Pastor Albert on Dec 28, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Breaking samaya with our guru is extremely dangerous, it lead us to further degeneration without warning and the worse thing is we won’t realized because it just happened so naturally and we will automatically fine tune our mind into enjoying the samsaric activities again.

    Guru devotion is very important, because our guru is the source to our enlightenment, without a guru, enlightenment is not possible, hence it is very important to keep our samaya very clean with our guru.

    Many people always blame their guru for not helping them when they are facing difficulties, but problem is when they keep breaking their samaya with the guru, they created the barrier to stop the guru / Protector for reaching them, not because he doesn’t want to help, but it is their karma created to go through the suffering.

    That’s why we have to keep our samaya clean no matter what happened.

  5. Pastor Chia on Dec 28, 2016 at 6:39 am

    In life,finding the right guru guiding us in spiritual practice until achieving enlightenment. Is very important always have good samaya with guru for the growth of our mind and in general our overall peace.

    To repaired broken samaya,we can engage purification practice like Vajrasattva , 35 confession Buddha daily.For tantric practitioner will be good engage in Yamantaka practice for restore our tantric commitments, purify them, confess them and be silent and do strong and serious Yamantaka practice. Perhaps we were allowed Yamantaka practice because our gurus knew we would break commitments and we would need it later. The guru works in mysterious ways.

    Thank you rinpoche sharing this article to show way for those who breaking their samaya with the guru. Everything is possible , if we believed our guru and trust our guru to lead us for the better path. May i never separated from the guru this life and future until achieve enlightenment.

  6. Pastor Antoinette on Dec 28, 2016 at 5:36 am

    The most precious thing is not gold or diamonds but what is most precious is to hear the Dharma, to be guided towards a better life and towards enlightenment. So many people in Samsara wake up every day to work or school, but how we use the day, the opportunities and challenges we meet, depends on the Dharma we have received and we apply.

    When we have a teacher who gives us the Dharma we are very, very fortunate. To learn Dharma from a teacher is so precious because we all have experienced an advice from our parents, friends, at school and we know there is a huge difference. The Guru can see how our habituations hinder our progress not only in this life but for many lifes, until enlightenment. The Guru will help us to overcome our faults and attachments so that we can improve our mind, let go of our negative emotions and become of benefit to others.

    Our Guru even gives up the means to repair our broken promises so that we can overcome challenges and let go of habituations that hurt us long term. Our Guru always aims for the maximum benefit so that we will be safe in the future.

    Thank you Rinpoche for always caring deeply for us. May we always improve and do what our Guru has kindly given to us and repair anything that we did not fulfil.

    Humbly,
    Pastor Antoinette

  7. June Kang on Dec 28, 2016 at 2:11 am

    《金剛續》中說:「今生能成就開悟的根本因,都是全靠守護三昧耶戒。」對於密乘行者而言,一點點都不能失壞的就是密乘的三昧耶戒。

    根据文章的逻辑,修行者如对上師俱足信心,且守護三昧耶戒清淨,我们無論修什麼法都很容易得到成就, 因为上师的佛法事业都是利益众生和成就佛道。所以说,如果我们犯三昧耶戒,很明显就是我们只是为自己,这对我们的修行是无帮助的,我认为每个人每天多少都有犯三昧耶戒, 所以净化恶业的法门是非常重要的,每天都必须修。

  8. Eric kksiow on Dec 28, 2016 at 12:42 am

    First of all, i would like to Thanks to KFR team who discuss in this topic, it’s make me remind of ( Gurus for Hire, Enlightenment for Sale – http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gurus-for-hire-enlightenment-for-sale.html ).

    Unlearn & Relearn again :
    It’s bring me back to my memory for many years back ago ( 2010 – 2011 i think ), i spent 3 days to read this book ( Gurus for Hire, Enlightenment for Sale ), how’s important we must have a good Samaya with our Guru, never ever break a promise to our guru and etc…

    Appreciate that so much..!! Thank You

  9. Andrea Lai on Dec 28, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing this article and it means a lot to me. To me, everything like completely new.I have studied the importance Guru Devotion.
    A Guru job is to teach and guide his student to the right path of enlightenment. A Guru will like a family members to us who tirelessly advice,guide,teach and giving us love without expectation for return of favor.
    Humbly with folded palms,
    Andrea

  10. pammie yap on Dec 27, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for the wonderful truth on Guru Devotion.
    Nothing is more important than choosing the Guru over samsaric matters which will only bring more pain and unhappiness. My guru, only taught me to be a better person and ask my mind transformation. This transformation does not cost me a dime, but my time and devotion to my practice.

    We should never ill treat our Guru in any way, as it is very bad especially if we want to pursue higher attainments and the worst, drive our Guru away from us. Our Guru, only want to benefit us in order for us to excel in our spiritual path, so why do we ill treat our precious Guru?

    May we always have the fortune to serve Rinpoche in all lives and never be separated till Enlightenment.

  11. nicholas on Dec 27, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Good samaya is very important in our spiritual practice. What we learn is from our Guru kindness and compassion and the blessing from the lineage that he has learned and gain that pass down to us. Once we break our samaya it’s just like burning a bridge that connect us to our Guru and as well as the blessing from the practices.

    How we treat our Guru should be from the trust and gratefulness. We should repair what we have broken and continue our spiritual journey. Action is louder than speech so we should repair our broken samaya as describe in the above article and not just being sorry.

    The best give to our Guru is our mind transformation that will benefit many people.

  12. Lin Mun on Jul 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching on Guru Devotion. It is very important to learn the reason for maintaining a good and strong samaya with our Guru. Guru is the person who will always love and care for us with all his heart. Guru is a person who love us like a parent and will guide us to the path of enlightenment.

    Therefore abandoning their teaching (breaking samaya) will bring a lot of obstacles to our spiritual growth. Should we broke our samaya, be humble, quickly apologise and make amendments. The best gift which we can offer to our Guru is to transform our mind to be better.

  13. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    A very important teaching, if we ever are in a position that we have wronged our teacher. The first topic of the Lamrim before the actual Lamrim topics is the topic on Guru Devotion, hence being devoted correctly to a spiritual teacher is the essence of our progress.

  14. Chris Chong on Dec 9, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article to remind us of how important for us to maintain a clean and close samaya with our Gurus. From our Gurus, attainment comes. From our Guru, dharma knowledge comes. From our Guru, we have hope to escape from this samsara pit. We need to appreciate all the love and care given to us and the best way to repay our Guru’s kindness is mind transformation. No expensive gifts can top the gift of mind transformation.

    Chris

  15. Fong on Oct 2, 2015 at 9:49 am

    The remedy for repairing broken samaya is so very daunting, so in the first place I would not consciously do it. But, being human and fallible, and being ignorant and dense, sometimes, I don’t even know if I have broken my samaya with my Guru. How then do I ensure that the samaya is kept clean?

  16. Sarah yap on Sep 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Rinpochela, thank you so much for giving us, all Dharma students the antidote to repair our samaya with our Guru.

    I have read the blog post a few times but some questions arose in my mind although the article is written very perfectly. Please forgive this student who’s not very bright.

    1) A student to do 500k vajrasattva, prostrations and Samaya Vajra each. After which to do Yamantaka practice if possible. If not, then one is to do 1 million 35 confessional Buddha, Vajrasattva and Samaya Vajra each.
    A) I may be wrong, but is it acceptable to assume the 35 confessional Buddha practice is prostration practice as well?
    B) if one is not able to do Yamantaka practice because they have no initiation, the 1 million count is on top of the initial 500k, or just an additional 500k to make 1 million?

    2) I have heard that Samaya Vajra practice needs special permission to practice. If this is the case, do we practice only with Rinpoche permission through request, or is there a version where we can practice without special requirements?

    Much apologies for having so much question.

    • Pastor David Lai on Sep 28, 2015 at 2:01 am

      Dear Sarah,
      With regards to your queries…

      1A) The 35 confessional Buddha practice can be done in conjunction with prostrations…meaning, at each line that says…. “To the Tathagata xxxx, I prostrate”, we can also physically prostrate as well. However, prostration retreat can be done towards any Buddha. It doesn’t have to be the 35 confessionals although that is high recommended.
      1B) No, that would be sneaky if one is sincere about purifying broken samaya. It would be best to do 1 million on top of the 500k retreats.

      2) It would be best to get at least an oral transmission (lung) for the samayavajra mantra. Eitherwise, just reciting the mantra on one’s own is alright as well because one can easily get the mantra online. I have not heard of a samayavajra initiation though.

  17. Lum Kok Luen on Sep 26, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I am truly and forever grateful to my Guru who have so compassionately shown without any agenda to lead ignorant people like me out of samsara.
    Name Guru Beh
    Name Buddha Ya
    Name Dharma Ya
    Name Sangya Ya

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  18. Datuk May on Sep 25, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Namo Guru Beh, Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmay, Namo Sangkaya! The importance of our Guru is without any doubts or considerations. It is the only truth to the eradication of our ignorance.

    It is with great gratitude and appreciation that I have the merits to have a Guru with me all the time.

    It is also in my commitment to practise well and be a better person day by day as a show of gratitude to my Guru, the 25th Tsem Rinpoche.

    It is not possible with all our ignorance to even begin to comprehend the Holy Dharma in totality and it is from the kindness of my Guru that I can at least learn to practise the way best prescribed by my Guru for me.

    Often even though not in actions, but thoughts that we have broken our samaya with our Guru and it is indeed comforting to know that our broken samaya can be repaired and our negative karma purified from our Guru’s love and kindness.

    I am forever grateful to my Root Guru.

  19. andrew on Sep 24, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    how fortunate are we
    should we prostrate
    up and down every street
    or should we think wisely
    and do what is required
    to bring about change
    that will follow the
    principles of the turning
    of the wheel of dharma
    which is reaching its second term
    of eight turnings
    have fun be happy
    tweet only what is appropriate to the third turning of the wheel
    it may include Tshonkappa and every dalai lama from bon
    it may include fiereworks
    lets hope the turning of the wheel of humanity
    that understands the future of us is
    totally reliant on you ,

  20. Paul Yap on Sep 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Death and sickness can happen to us anytime, anywhere. Making more money the samsara way will only bring more miserable and miserliness. Getting more angry will not bring us to enlightenment. Only by Thinking the Kindness of the teacher will bring us nearer to Dharma. Given all the hardship and endurance the teacher has gone thru for us will make us humble and put us to shame. Should always think of the motivation of learning Dharma, help one self and people around us. We should always apologies for the mistake we made repairing the samaya. Don’t wait and don’t hide, cos we cant cheat our own karma.

  21. Joe Chang on Sep 21, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful advice on maintaining a good relationship with our guru and also on how to purify our negative karma. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  22. Pastor David Lai on Sep 21, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I understand where Rinpoche is coming from and I am glad that this topic is explained in detail and with so much care. High Lamas, Geshes and many monks the world over have countless disciples and many do not necessarily see eye-to-eye with their lamas unfortunately. Many do not see their lamas with devotion although a lot of care, love and teachings have been poured into them by their lamas. This article is a perfect guide and reminder to check our behaviour and the way in which we regard our Gurus so as to progress along the spiritual path. What stands out for me is that there is still a spiritual solution for those with broken samaya as well. It shows that the Buddha is always compassionate and always ready to help us purify and overcome our broken samaya. It is a must read for all seeking a spiritual especially if we are pursuing a Tantric path.

  23. Li Kim on Sep 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post. The Guru’s role is indeed very important if one is to take a sincere and serious spiritual path. When I first learnt of Guru Devotion and reading the 50 Stanzas of Guru Devotion, I was kind of perplexed. It was only reading it several times that I realised the Buddha statues cannot speak and teach me. Even prayers cannot teach me as I am reciting like a one-way traffic “conversation”. It is the Guru who compassionately returns in human form to continue turning the Wheel of Dharma for beings like me. The Guru is especially key in today’s times when we are so distracted and “contaminated”. Plus, what is asked in Guru Devotion also shapes how we should act as human beings to one another. If we can uphold our samaya with our Guru, we indeed uphold a higher level of humanity which can be applied to every relationship we have as people. And yes I do believe that everything CAN be repaired because the Guru is compassionate but we must want to repair if not it will be an insincere exercise. I wish Rinpoche well.

  24. Stella on Sep 21, 2015 at 9:47 am

    It is so true that everything in this world, both the benefits from secular and spiritual spheres come from our Guru. Therefore it is important to have a clean and unbroken samaya with our Guru. Yet all the Guru is asking for is mind transformation. How fortunate we are.

    Thank You Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    with folded palms, humbly,
    Stella

  25. Lum Kok Luen on Sep 21, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you very much for this teaching and reminder for us. Your kindness is so far reaching and I’m truly humbled.
    May all of us be ever mindful of this advise and may no one ever break the samaya with their Guru.

    Much love and care,
    Lum Kok Luen

  26. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 21, 2015 at 9:42 am

    As a Vajrayana practitioner it is crucial and very important for me to keep clean samaya with my gurus. No matter how difficult the self induced obstacles that arised from ripening karma due to demerits created from my negative thoughts and deeds, I should listen to my fellow practitioners and seek my gurus’ advice for practices to negate the negative karma. For it is my gurus who feed me with knowledge and methods for me to practice on my spiritual journey. If I procrastinate longer, hoping for my gurus to beg me, or I do not want to, then I am saying to myself I am abandoning my spiritual path, and my gurus.

    This article is very helpful as a reminder for people like me who choose Vajrayana Buddhism as the spiritual path to happiness and complete liberation.

    Thank you so much, my beloved guru, Your Eminence Tsem Rinpoche.

    With folded hands,
    Pastor Henry

    • Pastor Henry Ooi on Dec 27, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      It was good to read again this article and discussed it with the KFR team. The new comers to the team were able to hear from the rest of us and also had their questions answered

  27. Casteven Lim (KHJB) on Sep 21, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for sharing with us again how important of Guru Samaya in our practice and also the solutions for us to do to repair the Guru Samaya.

    “No one in this world will be able to give you both secular and spiritual benefit but only the guru. ”

    We are very fortunate to meet our beloved Guru, HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche; a living Buddha in our life. I confess to Rinpoche lotus feet, i will do the purificationpractice as Rinpoche recommend to have a better Guru Samaya so i can be a better person.

    Your sincerely,
    Casteven

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
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    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • 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

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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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.
 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
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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.
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
4 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.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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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
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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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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