Experiencing versus perception?

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On June 2nd 2014, Tsem Rinpoche, in kindly responding to a question posed by a student gave a very important teaching. For me, it is one of those very crucial key teachings for a number of reasons, amongst which are:

1. It provides tremendously valuable insight into the mind of the Buddha – how a Buddha ‘thinks’ versus how we think that returns us to samsara’s trap lifetime after lifetime.

2. It is in fact the Lamrim, an easy to understand and apply manual that charts the way for us to realign our thought process or at least begin to, to take us down the right path towards enlightenment. This is important because we can do all the external exercises and rituals and prayers we like but if we do not adjust or rewire or thoughts which have become instinctive, we may not achieve our potential in dharma. For instance the decision to run faster and to fight the fatigue and keep going may be futile if in fact we are actually running in the wrong direction. This is a road map to enlightenment;

3. It is one of those very precious teachings that provides a visual platform and triggers us to step away from our usual helpless and completely involved mind and instead allows us to become ‘observers’ of how we create the kind of karma that defeats us. How we reinforce the karma that keeps us in samsara;

4. It provides an opportunity to see how just by the way we go about our normal and habituated routine that are not seemingly harmful, we do ourselves no favours but the opposite;

5. It is the treasured teachings of our Guru. And it explains the kindness of a Guru who retrains from celebrating joyous experiences and events and in all compassion, refrains from pandering to all our samsaric complains and grievances.

The question that the student asked Rinpoche was as follows:

“Rinpoche,

Is the state of enlightenment also an experience albeit a prolonged one? Or is the phenomenon of ‘experience’ altogether absent in that state? Does an enlightened being feel as human beings feel, but with perfect understanding of that feeling? Or are feelings absent”?

Below, I have transcribed Rinpoche’s answer and Teaching with some minor edition. I hope many will benefit from this Teaching as I have.(From Mr. Martin Chow)

 


Audio teaching by Tsem Rinpoche

Martin’s Question about Enlightenment

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Teaching by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche On ‘The Enlightened Mind Versus Our Samsaric Mind’

1. Enlightened beings do not ‘experience’ per se. They do not see something and like it and feel attached and from attachment create grasping and…from grasping create different mental states of aversion or liking and then engaging in the act and then become stuck in the act and then be overwhelmed by the act and then be overwhelmed by the habituations of the act and then further be caught up in the act and create karmas and then do it over and over again.

So therefore an enlightened being does not experience positive or negative from a deluded mind. When we experience things from a deluded mind, we actually experience…and experience can be positive or negative [but regardless of positive or negative]…grasping comes. For a negative experience a grasping to eliminate and the actions that follow and the karma that follows and the repeat of that action and the habituations and all the tumultuous states of mind that follows that action comes and then we are stuck and we are in a kind of quicksand. When we see something that we like and we grasp, the same thing happens except we desire it. So enlightened beings definitely do not experience or grasp. They perceive. When they perceive, it is without attachment because the deluded mind which it arises from, the ‘I” consciousness, the ‘I’ grasping is not present.

2. [Rinpoche made some comments on the question… and then proceeded in Rinpoche’s elucidation]. Therefore an enlightened being is a permanent state – it’s not a state to achieve, it’s not a state to grasp, it’s not a state to be grasped, it’s not a state to be looked for. It’s a state within us.

So it’s not a matter of achieving it, it’s a state of finding it for the lack of a better word. It’s a matter of finding that enlightened state – so when we find that enlightened state…to be in that enlightened state we must eliminate the space that occupies it which is grasping on to a non-existing ‘I’. [A grasping for] hatred, desire, fears, attachments, delusions, sensory perceptions, sensory grasping – all that arise from a non-existing ‘I’ because for example, if we were to remove someone’s eyes, ears, nose [and so on] we will nullify their nervous system. They do not have their 5 sensory perceptions – they cannot taste, touch, see, hear [and smell]…so therefore when someone is without the 5 senses, they can still perceive.

So sensory perceptions are also something that arises from a non-existing ‘I’. How? Because the non-existing ‘I’ has the existence of the ‘I’ that denotes grasping and that grasping manifest in the 5 sensory perceptions of ‘I want this’, ‘I smell this’, ‘I hear this’, ‘I touch this’, ‘I desire this’, ‘I want this’…So when we have that grasping, we re-habituate ourselves.

3. So when we have that grasping, it re-habituates ourselves over and over until a point where we cannot hear, see , perceive, understand or listen to anyone or anything – dharma, a monk, a teacher, a friend, wisdom – we cannot hear or perceive anyone teaching us otherwise. In fact we are so caught up with our delusions, we are so caught up in our grasping, we are so caught up in the self-perceived ‘I’ and all that arise from it which is grasping, sensory perceptions, attachments, anger, hatred…we are so caught up in it that if we were told anything else we will see that person or that doctrine as an enemy.

We will see that as someone who disrupts, disturbs and destroys our ‘peace of mind’ – our false peace of mind. Therefore we will [have the urge] to escape from the dharma, the truth…we will wish to escape that truth, that meaning, that realization, that understanding and the institution, the people, the doctrine and anything that has to do with it because it threatens our false peace of mind. Why? Because that peace of mind we have is being enraptured, caught up in our habituations, caught up in our sensory perceptions, caught up in our grasping, caught up in our ‘good’ or ‘bad’, caught up in our prejudices…and all that arise from the self-grasping ‘I’. So when we do that lifetime after lifetime, it becomes very difficult to escape. Hence the blind turtle coming up once after a hundred years and having a ring slip through it, is a very good analogy of our samsaric situation. And once we get the dharma we have a chance to become better, we should never let it go and go back to it.

4. Hence the analogy of the blind turtle coming up and having a ring slip through its neck is the rarity of us hearing the dharma, the teachings, having the truth – remember that dharma is manifested as the truth not in the sense that Buddhist dharma is the ultimate truth but that the Buddha taught the ultimate truth. So in His Teachings, you have the ultimate truth.

There is a possibility that there are other teachings, other masters and other manifestations of the truth that may come under different labels, different people, different ideas, different types of outer appearances, different dimensions, and different planets. It is possible. But right now we have the Buddha manifesting as the Buddha and the Buddha speaking the universal truth. Again, I would like to reiterate – this truth of the self-grasping mind, the non-existing ‘I’ that creates a self-grasping mind that blinds us, is not something the Buddha made up, something that is indigenous of the Buddha’s perception. It is something that exists and because a Buddha became a Buddha, by the process of eliminating it he or she [Buddha] is able to perceive it, and to expound it and share with us.

Therefore when we come across such a rare doctrine we should do everything we can to fight all the heavy torrential current of the river, to go up-river rather than down-river, to understand, practice and put it into our minds. Because this chance is absolutely rare and will not come again easily due to the explanations that have been given.

SARVA MANGALAM AND ALL ASUPICIOUSNESS TO YOU
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 27, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    What would it feel to see things without grasping or aversion to it, and see it with eyes of compassion for all sentient beings? I would think thats what a Buddha perceives.

  2. Pema Thinley on Apr 27, 2016 at 1:24 am

    _()_ Thank you for this wonderful piece Rinpoche, it is mind transforming. I never come across such direct discription and the logic behind how and what the enlightened beings perceive and how we normal beings experience.
    Thank you _()_

  3. Shelly tai on Apr 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching it really well explain how our habituation brought us so much of suffering in life, but unfortunately a lot of us that already meet the teaching and study the holy teaching still can’t transform or some even avoid the teaching completely like what Pastor David said in order for us to trasform we need vast amount of merits.

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 21, 2016 at 2:25 am

    The enlightened beings mind, are not encumbered by grasping, hence they work fast to liberate sentient beings.

  5. Pastor Han Nee on Apr 18, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very meaningful and profound teaching.

    From a deluded mind, we experience things positively or negatively by grasping at the non- existing “I” and this grasping at the non- existing “I” manifests in the 5 sensory perceptions of ‘I want this’, ‘I smell this’, ‘I hear this’, ‘I touch this’, ‘I desire this’, ‘I want this’ OR ‘I see it’, ‘I smell it’, ‘I dislike it’, ‘I must get rid of it’.

    When the experience is ‘negative’, we react with aversion and a grasping to eliminate and this is followed by negative actions which create negative karma and negative habituations, which reinforce the grasping.

    When the experience is ‘positive’, we grasp with attachment – we see something that we like and we grasp with desire for it. From grasping with attachment or desire, we engage in negative actions and then become habituated in the actions and create negative karma and reinforce the grasping.

    We re-habituate ourselves with grasping at these delusions of attachment or aversion over and over “until a point where we cannot hear, see , perceive, understand or listen to anyone or anything – dharma, a monk, a teacher, a friend, wisdom “. We will experience tremendous suffering and will spiral downward all the way.

    On the other hand, Enlightened Beings do not ‘experience’. They perceive without attachment because the deluded mind, with its grasping at the non-existing ‘I” is not present. An Enlightened Being does not experience positive or negative as the Enlightened Mind is free of any trace of delusions,

    Thus in order to remove our delusions and free ourselves from our grasping at the non-existing “I”, we have to study, contemplate and apply the rare and precious Dharma , Lord Buddha’s teachings and our Spiritual Guide’s lineage teachings , to our mindstream and transform.

  6. Vinnie Tan on Apr 15, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Through the article it has made me see clearer how our deluded minds with that perceived “I” we have for everything that we do cause us to be fixated on the things that we do. It is because of the projections that we are doing and acting in certain manner to fit into the mould that we have for ourselves. Thus, when we are free from that “I” that ego that we have and project, we will never approach any situation we face we the desire of “what we can get back from it”.

    For enlightened beings, since they act without ego, their actions are free from the thought/intention to benefit themselves, but only for the thought/intention to benefit others. The factor of “I” will no longer be there to benefit themselves to create karma for them to be further dwell in samsara.

    Thus, when we act based on the experience that we previously have, we constantly reinforce the thought in us that it is alright for us to act in accordance to the perceived I that we have, and we reaffirm the negative emotions that we have. Each time when we act in accordance to the “I”, we are telling ourselves that it is fine for that strong projection that we have, and that what our deluded minds believe in is correct. This is very dangerous as over time, without correcting and changing that projection and perception of ours, we will only be more upset and bitter. This is because we only believe in ourselves, thus, we will act and behave in a way that is constantly decided by the factors around us. When that happens, we are a walking time bomb ready to explode and have melt downs because of that.

    Hence, we should not be riding on that emotional rollercoaster that our deluded minds show us, but to learn and know that “I” is not permanent and we should stop viewing things in a way that everything needs and must revolve around us.

  7. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 15, 2016 at 7:04 am

    This article has made me understand how our perceptions can be so deceptive to lure us into the state of mind where we are trapped and getting very fixated with our projections. Most of the downfalls in life are created by our wrong projections, we have been repeating the same habit, the same pattern, the same thinking ever since the beginning of time or rather ever since the beginning of life. Yes it is hard to get rid of the ‘habit’, but with determination and devotion, it is definitely possible for us to transform.

    It is very important for us to practise dharma now, especially in this modern era where everything is a mara or distraction towards our spiritual practise. Having a teacher is indeed very important, just studying the Buddha’s teachings is not enough. I’m not saying that the Buddha’s teachings are not effective but having s mentor/ teacher to guide us through the whole ‘course’ is always easier than us studying by ourselves isn’t it? It is always said that to find a dharma teacher is like looking for a needle in the middle of the ocean. It may sound very exaggerating but sadly it’s the truth. Due to the insufficient of our merits, makes it very hard to find a dharma teacher who teacher you the path. Therefore, it is very important to have gratitude and treasure the guru.

  8. Pastor Shin on Apr 15, 2016 at 6:47 am

    One who is in harmony with emptiness
    is in harmony with all things.
    ~ Nagarjuna, Treatise on the Middle Way

    The reason we remain in this cyclic existence of Samsara is due to our delusions that we continue to engage in contaminated actions. Rinpoche has explained it very clearly that “grasping create different mental states of aversion or liking, and then engaging in the act and then become stuck in the act, and then be overwhelmed by the act, and then be overwhelmed by the habituations of the act, and then further be caught up in the act and create karmas, and then do it over and over again.”

    Self-grasping is the source of all our problems, and the good news is that there is a way to remove it. Freedom from suffering comes when we realise that we ourselves, as well as all things, are empty in that we/things do not inherently exist.

    To even know about this, and how this will possibly work, we must have met a compassionate teacher who taught us (through any media: books/ online/ in person), and that because the Buddha has taught dependent arising. It is important that we who called ourselves Buddhists to have faith – not blind faith or praying to the Buddha as a saviour; but rather, to study his teachings, and examine the teachings to understand and apply them.

    Here is one teaching from Rinpoche which we should not miss: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/53605.html

  9. MartinC on Apr 15, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Over the years, Rinpoche has given countless profound and impactful teachings and this is just one of them.

    When I first heard this teaching a couple of years ago, it hit me very hard. I realised that unlike enlightened beings who do not view phenomena from the perspective of ‘experience’ we do the complete opposite. We view everything and act based on our experiences which can only occur if there is an ego (‘I’). And so every time we do this, we habituate that we takes us deeper into samsara and away from liberation.

    I guess it is easy to see how chronic our habituation is. Take the 5 senses for example. We cannot see, hear, smell, taste or touch anything without forming immediate or almost concurrent decisions as to whether we like or dislike what the senses picked up. We cannot see or hear anything without automatically imputing feelings into it.

    Our senses such as the eyes/sight is supposed to be mere windows that convey in totality the image that we see without forming judgement (based on ‘experience’). It is supposed to be like the lens of a camera that records everything. The lens of a camera does not behave in such a way that when it sees something it doesn’t ‘like’ it shuts down or refuse to work. That would make it faulty but in fact that is how our senses are being used – NOT to take in all information but to make ego-centric judgements.

    There is more than one lesson or conclusion to this precious teaching and I feel strongly that it applies at all levels of Dharma understanding. To begin with, we all need to be vigilant and be aware that our very ‘awareness’ is tainted to begin with.

  10. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Apr 15, 2016 at 6:21 am

    What I understood is that enlightened beings do not experience, but they observe and then react accordingly. Meaning, they are not caught up in the actual phenomena but can objectively observe it, understand its causes and the results, and then act in such a manner that is free from any kind of projections of value we impose upon the phenomena, and that is egoless – that is, free from any kind of desire to benefit themselves.

    Since they act from egolessness, there is no reason why they would act in a manner that harms you because they never approach any situation with a perspective of self-interest or self-gain.

    So when people advise us to “experience” an emotion (for example, anger), this is contrary to how an enlightened being acts. Such people are in actuality telling us to reinforce our negative habituations because instead of dealing with the root problem which caused the anger, they are actually telling us it’s okay to get angry. All we have to do (according to them) is to experience it then let it go.

    But why does the anger even need to arise in the first place, in order for us to HAVE anger to experience, when there are methods to stop the anger (or whatever afflictive emotion we are playing out)?

    Each time we experience the anger, our subconscious learns it’s OKAY to get angry because the way to deal with it is to just experience it and let it go. Over time however, being okay with experiencing anger leads to an uncontrolled mind that is always angry, because our subconscious automatically excuses it as being an ‘experience’.

    Why we experience all of these afflictive emotions, as Rinpoche says, is due to our self-grasping mind and sense of ‘I’. “I was not fulfilled”, “I was not successful”, “I was hurt”, “I was cheated” – when we do this, we leave our emotions at the mercy of external phenomena because we relate to everything that’s impermanent and in flux from the basis of our self.

    So definitely our feelings, moods and minds will be volatile and go up and down because how can a permanent happiness arise when our sense of ‘I’ is not permanent, AND the phenomena we are relating to with our ‘I’ is not permanent either? Proof our sense of ‘I’ is not permanent is how we view ourselves now is very differently to how we viewed ourselves when we were 5 years old. So when we cut our sense of ‘I’, all of our tumultuous feelings disappear because we stop viewing and dealing with all impermanent phenomena from the basis of our impermenant self.

    I think ‘experience’ is important as it adds to our knowledge, and that we should experience things without grasping so that we can learn from such experiences. It is however, when we experience something with grasping, that it becomes counterproductive to our spiritual path for the reasons described above.

  11. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Apr 15, 2016 at 6:12 am

    A very profound topic explained in such lucidity by Rinpoche. All Buddhists strive to attain Buddhahood, but what is Buddhahood? A man sitting on a lotus peacefully with halo shining from the back of his head? Rinpoche explains very clearly how a Buddha would “behave and act”: a Buddha would perceive everything for sure, but NOTHING that he perceived would affect his mind, either positively nor negatively, thus Rinpoche in the very beginning said a Buddha does not “experience” per se, because to “experience” means you will react either positively or negatively to a situation, but Buddha abides in a permanent state of mind that reacts neither way, hence the ultimate calm-abiding and true equanimity can arise and sustain in a person who has achieved the state of a Buddha’s mind.

  12. Joy on Apr 15, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching on the non-existing “I” which is based on our own false projection which we create. We really are the culprits behind all our pain and suffering because we’re so attached to our “experience”. By being so attached we relive our pain over and over again and reinforces that pain until we become crazy or basically not able to get out of it. Now it is clear why there is so many people now a days who are suffering from depression.

    How many of us are just so caught up with our delusions, so caught up in our grasping, so caught up in the self-perceived ‘I’ and all that arise from it which is grasping, sensory perceptions, attachments, anger, hatred. We’re all so caught up in it that if we were told anything else we will see that person or that doctrine as the “enemy”. And when people point it out to help us correct the mistake, or have a different point of view, we get disturbs and ‘peace of mind’ is disrupted is a clear indication that our false sense of self – the ego is tremendously huge. When we know this then we can learn to let go more. Hence this is the difference between enlightened beings who perceives while we experiences.

    This is why Rinpoche always tries to break our hang up, our quirks until we are no longer hung up over it and from there can operate better without attachments, without false emotions, without anger and frustration. This is why I suppose Buddhist teachings can help people get out of depression and help them fins some form of peace and happiness with themselves and with this affects the people around them also. So when I apply this teaching with myself, I learn to let go even more and stop abiding in the pain which I experience from my past.

    Thank you Rinpoche… this is a profound teaching which many can benefit directly and instantly from.

  13. Pastor Adeline on Apr 15, 2016 at 5:30 am

    If I may say so humbly, this is a brilliant, concise and profound teaching of the Dependent Origination (12-links of Dependent Arising, Pali: PaticcaSamuppada, Sanskrit: Pratityasamutpada) and No-self. It is mind blowing and thought provoking to say the least.

    The cessation of the non existence “I” (both consciousness and phenomena) is a limitless space that has always been in existence yet temporary filled with selfmade thoughts a deluded mind grasp strongly. Due to ignorance, volitional formations come and the list goes on to becoming, birth, ageing and death – an endless cycle that trap us in the cyclic of existence continuously.

    A deluded mind is like clean air being polluted by haze. As long as pollution continues, we are caught in haze, experiencing it with like and dislike. Until we realised clean air has always been there, we continue to pollute.

    A Buddha’s mind is like a limitless space with clean air, no pollution, no actions, just be. It is vast, clear, stable and neutral, anything can come and go into this space without affecting this space in any way. This is the ultimate truth that the Buddha taught. The ultimate truth can be manifested in different ways, to be taught and presented in different ways. Hence Buddha dharma (ultimate truth) is dharma, but dharma is not necessary the Buddha dharma.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such thorough and deep teaching in such a direct and simple to understand way.

  14. kb thapa on Apr 15, 2016 at 1:32 am

    I really enjoy the fun of putting something out and people liking it or hating it or talking about it, but vacuous attention. In this article Rinpoche has explained one of the fundamental differences between a samsaric life. grasping mind re-habituates ourselves not to hear good things there for must not attach..

  15. Li Kheng on Apr 14, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you for conveying this profound teaching of Rinpoche about something that we do daily: experiencing and perceiving. Like Rinpoche said in another teaching about highly attained and enlightened being who take on the Sambogakaya form, they go through the same mundane processes like we do. The distinction is that while we get all entangled by our attachment to the sensory pleasures we experience, the minds of this highly evolved beings do not get effected by it.

    From this, I learn that it is really not about ridding of and avoiding events and phenomena but rather reflecting on our relationship, response and our view of them so that we are not controlled by them. One simple example is my observation of Rinpoche. Rinpoche can get very sick whether it is a high fever and migraine or the chronic pain from Rinpoche’s fractured tailbone but when someone needs Rinpoche’s help, support and care, Rinpoche would be there for others and not show the slightest sign of discomfort. On the other hand, when unattained minds experience something as mild as fatigue from lack of sleep (anything below 8 hours is considered by some a sleep deprivation…I am not kidding!), they get into bad moods and are overwhelmed by their experience and emotion that they are not able to function properly.

    Another point Rinpoche brought up (we are so caught up the self-perceived ‘I’ and all that arise from it which is grasping, sensory perceptions, attachments, anger, hatred…we are so caught up in it that if we were told anything else we will see that person or that doctrine as an enemy.) cause me to see the irony in our pursuits. We dedicate time, energy and resources to please our senses. However, this pleasure only leads to our attachment to them that eventually makes us deaf, blind….literally senseless.

    Clear teachings like this shared is very empowering because to reveals the lies in our daily actions and thoughts and beliefs.

    Thank you again for sharing this teaching with the public.

  16. Pastor Niral Patel on Apr 14, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I really like how H.E. Tsem Rinpoche differentiates between a samsaric being’s experiencing vs an enlightened being’s perception. Though subtle, this is very profound. For myself, I realise that I experience, even though I believe that I may be perceiving. Even when I do perceive something, which I believe I am doing objectively, if I really examine my thought process, I become aware that there are feelings of like or dislike involved. These stem from attachment and aversion, which is based on the self. This is in stark contrast to the perception of a Buddha, who ‘seeks things as they are’ rather than based on our own projections, which come about from self-grasping.

    Another very interesting point that was mentioned was about disturbing our ‘peace of mind’, this peace of mind comes from and is based on attachments and self-grasping nature and therefore is not a continuous and lasting peace of mind. That only comes about when you are in the state of enlightenment. This to me is why the Dharma and Dharma practice is so powerful, it literally shakes the foundations of your reality to transform your mind and make you a better person. But since we are so used to living within samsara, when our peace of mind is challenged, we need to fight against this habituation which is very strong. This is what is described as an ‘inner battle.

    In this short explanation Rinpoche has explained one of the fundamental differences between a samsaric beings vs. and enlightened being, if you read between the lines a little then you will understand that it also shows us the path to practice and the results…which is Buddhahood. This teaching is precious to say the least. Thanks to Rinpoche who taught this, the student who asked, and Martin for posting it up for us.

  17. Pastor David Lai on Apr 14, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Just to understand the futility and mindless cycle of grasping and aversion of an ordinary deluded mind requires merits. Many people may intellectually think that it is not right but few have the will to break out of this cycle.

    I observe this in many people who come to Kechara and more so with friends outside of Kechara. Fortunately, within Kechara and the Dharma, there are plenty of teachings by Rinpoche and also opportunities to collect spiritual merits which are like keys to open the endless locks within our minds to be free of this vicious cycle.

    I think everything begins within us and how much we know, which on its own is not enough as well. It is how we apply the teachings that will unlock our minds to be free from gasping and aversion. At our level, we may not be totally free but the application of the teachings helps us one step at a time. Better to begin this journey of unravelling ourselves than to defer it to another time, where opportunities and the right frame of mind may not be there again.

  18. Valentina Suhendra on Apr 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for the article: Experiencing versus Perception. I learned a lot on it. I realized that my perceptions that give rise to the feeling of likes and dislikes came from my own deluded mind. At first I thought they come from a set of values that was developed when I grew up. Certain things raised a feeling of disgust and annoyance within myself, but other things raised the feeling of happiness and excitement.

    I realized that we cannot control the happenings around us, but we can control how we react towards the event instead of reinforcing our habituation of feeling or reacting a certain way.

    Valentina

  19. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Apr 14, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Thank you for this sharing. Indeed we are most lucky to have our spiritual guide who teaches us tirelessly so that we don’t take the wrong direction but improve and move on towards Bodhicitta and enlightenment.

    To experience or to perceive makes the difference. Experiencing will lead us to create karma by liking or disliking and reinforces the I, me and with it negative emotions like anger, jealousy which will keep us in samsara.

    We have to investigate and fight against our deep rooted habits. The opportunity is rare and we have to go full force against our attachments and delusions.

  20. Sofi on Apr 12, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching and Martin for sharing Rinpoche’s teaching on experiencing versus perception. It is both interesting and challenging with some questions arising. Definitely will need to contemplate more.

  21. Lum Kok Luen on Apr 12, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for sharing this fundamental teaching on the “I” and non-self concept of an enlightened mind vs. a non enlightened mind.

    It is basically another reminder that we should not waste anymore time in this samsaric world but rare opportunity to be born a human with the right conducive condition to learn and practice Dharma, more so under a very compassionate and skillful Lama like yourself.

    Are we worthy of such a precious teaching? I certainly don’t think so, but with your kindness and compassion, we are able not only to receive but given such ample opportunities to be in Dharma through Kechara.

    Thank you.
    _/\_
    Lum Kok Luen

  22. JP on Apr 10, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching of the “I” versus non-self. As Rinpoche told me once, Enlightenment is only a hairline away.

    Everything in Kechara is designed to rid the “I” so that we perceive and not experience. We are given many platforms to focus out all the time so that we don’t operate from the “I”. I believe that it is through this “rehabilitation” that we get to slowly lessen the “I” so that we have the clarity of the mind to perceive the truth without being tainted from the “I”.

  23. stella on Jan 11, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    This is a very profound topic and took me some time to contemplate on it. What we experienced through our deluded mind can generate both negative and positive feelings, that we reinforced in our mind stream over and over again by reliving those experiences as they arise. It is a cyclic activity that happens in our mind as natural as our breathe.

    In order to break free, we have to let go of our gasping.

    For me, the positive experience is more difficult to monitor, hence more detrimental. Because most of us will associate positive experiences and pleasures in life with good karma arising, making it difficult to remove the “I” in these scenario.

    This is my understanding at the moment. I hope I can have a deeper understanding and realization in this topic soon as I am trilled to find out more on how our mind works.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching.

    • Stella Cheang on Apr 12, 2016 at 12:11 am

      The difference between an enlightened mind and a deluded mind is that, an enlightened mind do not “experience” anything whether it is positive or negative. Enlightened mind perceive. Whereas a deluded mind “experience”. When one “experiences” a judgement will arise; i.e. like it (positive experience) or don’t like it (negative experience). The deluded mind would endeavor to generate more of the positive experience and eliminate negative experience; these are grasping.

      The experience is to satisfy the 5 sensory and fool the deluded mind into believing the experience. It is through grasping that one create more karma and re-enforce the state of mind that eventually becomes a habituation.

      Whereas enlightened being perceive; perceive with an understanding and realization but without attachment. Since it is without attachment, therefore there is no grasping. One can achieve the state of mind and perceive without the 5 sensory. Since the 5 sensory is not needed to perceive, there is no grasping.

      Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching made simple.

      Humbly, bowing down,
      Stella Cheang

  24. Alice Tay on Jan 11, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    一位证悟者(佛菩萨)是已经出离所有的执着,断除了永远的苦以及摆脱了生死的轮回。诸佛菩萨是不会再有任何经历与执着于娑婆世界里所有的一切。但是,因为诸佛菩萨们的慈悲,他们是会同时化现成佛或是其他的形象在不同的时间、地点、文化和环境来教导我们如何成为一个慈悲与和蔼可亲的人。

    在这个时候,由于业力的纠缠,让我们不停的在挣扎,到底要修行佛陀的法门还是要修行娑婆世界的法门?有时候,因为我们坚持的去争辩这些事,而错过了修行所得到心灵上的宁静。

    我们必须要自我拯救。要忍受所有的贪恋、嗔怒与迷惑。当我们开始忍受这一切而且也不受他人影响,开始为他人而修行,这样我们可以去得更远。

    于此,我们的业报成熟了,我们看到了,就去接受它,经历了过后,就把它放下。唯有放下,我们将避免继续造恶下去。

    感谢仁波切的教诲,让我受益不浅。

  25. Karen Chong on Jan 10, 2015 at 11:00 am

    GOOD MORNING ROOM!

  26. Shelly Tai on Jan 9, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Dear Rinpoche thank you for this profound teaching need time to read again this teaching and internalise it is really a fact we are very fortunate to hear the Dharma and we should not let it go .

  27. Grace Leong on Jun 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    In order “to be in that enlightened state we must eliminate the space that occupies it which is grasping on to a non-existing ‘I’. [A grasping for] hatred, desire, fears, attachments, delusions, sensory perceptions, sensory grasping – all that arise from a non-existing ‘I’”. We have to stop grasping at ‘I want this’, ‘I smell this’, ‘I hear this’, ‘I touch this’, ‘I desire this’, ‘I want this’, cause when we have that grasping, we re-habituate ourselves. In this grasping process we continuously create the karma to grasp more and more and we only go downhill in our sufferings.
    Once we have the perfect opportunity to meet the precious Dharma we have to work very hard to ELIMINATE the grasping and non-existent I, by learning and putting into practice the Dharma, every second of our life !

  28. Sean Wang on Jun 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Enlightened beings are not blinded by any attachments, they see things as they truly are. They understand the presence of sufferings but they do not experience, feel it. Thank you for your explanation, Rinpoche!

  29. Shelly tai on Jun 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Dear Rinpoche for sharing this profound teaching. We should not give up Dharma because for us to meet the Dharma is like what Rinpoche said is very rare down to impossible if ever we miss it there will be unlikely for us to meet Dharma and a perfect guru .

  30. Ron Wong on Jun 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    An enlightened mind is in a state of equanimity, there is no like or dislike. It is not disturbed by the delusions arise from the 3 poisons, hatred, attachment & ignorance. When the mind is at this state, it stay there permenantly & peace abiding all the time. As Rinpoche has mentioned, it is not something to achieve but rather to find it because the Buddha nature is within us. It is just that we cannot “see” it due to our mental obscurations caused by our deluded mind & karma. Therefore, everyone can be enlightened.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching which give a glimpse at how the enlightened mind perceive but not experiencing.

  31. Datuk May on Jun 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    What I understand from this profound teaching and wish to find is that enlightened state of mind within me so that I can enjoy peace free from the grasping and desire may it be negative or positive from the deluded mind of a solid self.

    Now my thoughts are turning to whether this desire to find that enlightened state of mind is a form of grasping. Is this grasping positive for the practice of Buddhism?

    I am now remembering the teachings from Rinpoche that all phenomena are completely pure like space without any inherent values, and I have, out of ignorance, attached my emotions and feelings to them and grasped at them, thereby closing out the opportunity to really see the truth of emptiness. Thus also closing out any opportunity for me to be compassionate and kind to what is experienced as right or wrong.

    This realisation is very empowering but will definitely be difficult like “to go upriver rather than downriver” against all odds.

  32. Edwin Tan on Jun 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful explanation, and the insights to how an enlighten being thinks and perceives.

  33. KYC on Jun 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Enlightened beings see things as they are. They perceive suffering but do not experience it. Ordinary beings suffer because they are attached to “happiness”. Enlightened beings are not attached to happiness, therefore, they do not experience suffering.

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  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Feb 23. 2017 09:38 PM
    After been rejected for so many years, many scientists like Seoul National University finally confirmed the existence of meridians. It’s a piece of glad news which may help the people especially the treatments like acupuncture is based on meridians and energy channels.

    Life is full of challenges and commitments. This is not easy for everyone has immediate lifestyle changes to maintain a healthy balance for eating and living. Therefore, this wonderful news is really bring benefits to others especially those are really need for acupuncture or similar treatments which are caused by nadis blockages and etc.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this nice sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/science-finally-proves-meridians-exist.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Feb 23. 2017 09:21 PM
    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing another miracle story of Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden. As long as we have full trust in Dorje Shugden, he will assist us to clear our obstacles and challenges.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/mother-and-son-saved-by-tsem-rinpoche-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Thursday, Feb 23. 2017 09:02 PM
    感恩仁波切的分享这殊胜的一天的文章 !

    我是多么的幸运, 拥有此机缘和福份, 参与这殊胜的一天。很感恩郭月谊讲法师和一班佛友, 日夜的筹备,让当晚的活动顺利和圆满的完成 !

    在这殊胜的法会,大家有幸的得到各种加持, 如触摸加持的金泽八吉祥,迎请加持的正能量,增长好的因素如内在和外在的财富,寿命等等。大家还有幸的可以品尝已加持特制的坚果饭, 乳酪和奶茶。那是多么的有福气啊!希望将来的每一年,大家可以再次的参与,还有携带家人和亲戚朋友到来, 也让他们得到金泽的加持 !

    愿上师詹仁波切健康,长寿,吉祥如意, 克切拉禅修林的工程尽快完成, 佛法传播到世界每一个角落 !

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/yangdup-wealth-puja-2017.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 23. 2017 07:14 PM
    Beautiful image of Vajrayogini indeed with shimmering jewels offered to her. Its so nice of this lady Ms Wahyu of her painting of Vajrayogini to our previous Rinpoche whom she have not met before.Vajrayogini’s practice is very powerful to start now making offerings and to be connected .we will then gain a great amount of merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful painting of Vajrayogini.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/shimmering-vajrayogini-from-ms-wahyu.html#comment-736083
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 10:18 PM
    Mwalua is truly a very compassionate person. Not many would want to trouble themselves or even risk their live to bring water to these animals. He has such a big heart towards living beings and the importance of life.

    Angie Brown, Cher Callaway and Tami Calliope are also very generous and kind person. They help him to raise fund so he can continue with his action to save the animals.

    I hope Mwalua will receive continuous help from all kind donors so animals don’t have to suffer.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/he-is-super-compassionate.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 10:05 PM
    Heartwarming message from Mwalua, who is so compassionate and empathetic:
    “There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans,” Mwalua tells The Dodo. “If we don’t help them, they will die.”

    Mwalua fully aware that the wildlife will definitely die without the water. Furthermore, only humans can help the animals. He is able to let go of his stress and laziness just to deliver the water patiently and passionately. Many wildlife have been saved due to his kind actions. Furthermore, he visited local schools and hope to bring awareness to the children so that when they grow up they can protect the wildlife as one of their legacies.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. This is a good example of loving kindness and compassion to inspire us to greater loving kindness and compassion.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/he-is-super-compassionate.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 05:02 PM
    By being a good example ourselves, we can be a more effective campaigner for the helpless animals. I believe that when we want to stand for something, the most powerful words that speak for us is our action. It is inconsistent when one campaigns for the rescued or stray dogs and ask for donations to feed them but consume chicken and seafood and pork and beef. There is no difference between these animals, they all have feelings and fear for pain. So, here’s a picture of the dogs all trapped in a cramped cage where chicken, sea animals, pigs, and cows are in same or worse conditions waiting to be slaughtered. If you feel for these poor dogs, please spare a thought for the other meat on your plate too. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/blog-it-tweet-it-facebook-it-again-and-again-pleeeeeeease.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 04:38 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for the teaching on What is a Blessing. Many of us got all excited when we get a “blessing” from a high lama, but often time neglected the true meaning of the blessing. What Rinpoche taught us is important because we need to stop putting our fate, destiny, life in the hands of others. The mindset of thinking that once we have gotten the blessings from a holy being and then we will have good fortune and will be set for life, s not the correct mindset. The holy lama has the power by his touch to bless us, to protect us and to open up our previous imprint. The blessing is meant to trigger us to become better and change the course of our life for the better. A blessing brings positive energy into our life, and it is really up to us to persistently pursue that good cause and change our life for the better.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/what-is-a-blessing.html
  • Joy Kam
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 04:00 PM
    ***The Advantages of Propitiating Dorje Shugden***

    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…>>> http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-advantages-of-propitiating-dorje-shugden-part-1
  • Joy Kam
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 03:59 PM
    FEAR NO MORE… here is a method which not only dispels the negative things sent to you and not only does it protects you but it also helps the spirit stop collecting negative karma and binds/subdues it with compassion…

    COMMENTARY ON TRAKZE PRACTICE
    ***A Practice to Dispel Black Magic and Spirits***

    This commentary on Trakze practice was compiled from traditional sources by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche.
    Date: 30th January 2015
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html

    [NOTE: This is a commentary on Trakze’s practice and can be done daily by anyone who wants to receive protection even if you are not afflicted by black magic and spirits. This practice does not require any initiations]
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 01:42 AM
    Yeo Kwai Gin on Feb 22, 2017 at 1:38 am
    感恩仁波切和邝仁爱讲法师的分享 !

    看完这篇文章后, 我的心情很沉重和心痛, 多杰雄登修持者在这20年以来开始就被歧视, 不友善对待, 伤害,破坏家园。在文章里, 讲法师被朋友在网上绝交(只因为讲法师是雄登修持者),被丑化, 被脏言怒骂等等, 只因是” 多杰雄登修持者 ” 。那是多么的无辜和无奈和心痛 !

    在邝仁爱讲法师提到的, 赞助大德一直以来供养了庞大的资源如金钱, 修理佛堂, 建医疗中心,供养佛像等等, 让寺院里的僧人拥有舒适的地方和足够的资源修行, 但是为何只有了多杰雄登的争论课题, 西藏中央政府要严厉的把 “修持雄登者” 和” 无修持雄登者”严重的隔离呢?

    一直以来, 所有修持多杰雄登法门的高僧大德如帕绷卡仁波切, 赤江仁波切, 宋仁波切, 刚坚仁波切, 詹杜固仁波切等等都是无私的不断弘扬佛法, 把宗喀巴大师的传承与佛法传播到世界每一个角落, 利益众生 !而且, 很多修持雄登的高僧还一直转世回来继续祂们的宏愿呢 !

    修持多杰雄登法门保护我们和帮助减轻或去除我们的障碍,让我们在灵修的路上更加快速的达到成就 !

    希望尊贵的达赖尊者,西藏中央政府和有关当局可以尽早把”多杰雄登争论课题”解决, 因为还没出现这课题之前, 大家都是一样的和谐共处,一起辩论佛法,一起参加法会, 一起开心的生活。

    愿尊贵的达赖尊者与尊贵的上师詹仁波切健康长寿,吉祥如意, 愿雄登课题可以尽早解决, 世界和平 !

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html?nomobile
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Feb 21. 2017 04:37 PM
    Each time when I read of the miracle helps from Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden on people who are in dire straits, the faith for the Guru and Dorje Shugden grow stronger. There are many problems in life where we, human, cannot tackle on our own; especially health problems, emergencies, and disturbance from black magic or spirit. The methods and practice shared by Rinpoche, for example, the Dorje Shugden practice, are proven methods passed from hundreds of years ago and most importantly, it works! Would we rather take a 50-50 chance or seek help from an efficient and proven method? Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/mother-and-son-saved-by-tsem-rinpoche-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Feb 21. 2017 03:54 PM
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Feb 21. 2017 03:53 PM
    This is such great news! Congratulation to Ram on the safe arrival of his newborn baby as well as his wife being saved and survived. It’s great to see them live happily now.
    This proved to us that no matter our race, gender, age and etc, Dorje Shugden will help us if we are sincere and have faith with guru and Dorje Shugden. The instructions from guru included do the pujas, candles light offering and recite Dorje Shugden mantra were important to follow in order to help his wife and baby to collect merits and clear obstacles.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing. May Ram and his family continue to be blessed by Dorje Shugden and have the opportunity to learn and practice dharma.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 21. 2017 01:54 PM
    Cannot imagine that the Tibetan leadership does not appreciate and show gratitude to those sponsor (jindak).Feeling sad disappointed as its Kecharas that have sponsored them 3000 sets of robes and statues to all of the monks of Gaden Monastery to name a few.Yet the jindaks were treated so badly denied services to hotel and are not allowed to revisit the monasteries that the jindaks sponsored.The Jindaks were also verbally abused in social media.All these happened just because of the practicing of Dorje Shugden as their choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche,Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai for sharing.
    Hope more people will be aware of this discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners world wide.http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html

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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
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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
2 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
2 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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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
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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
3 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
4 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
5 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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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
5 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
5 months ago
This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
5 months ago
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
5 months ago
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
5 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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
5 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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