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, Mar 30. 2017 10:01 PM
    This is really great news for having SFS campaign to help the stray dogs. Other than to urge and educate the public to treat the stray dogs with compassionately, SFS campaign encourages for all quarters to work together to spay or neuter stray animals which is an effective method to control the amount of stray dogs. Indirectly, this may reduce the suffering of stray dogs from being abused or die because of starvation.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:00 PM
    Good news finally Selangor becaome the first state free from stray dogs. With the support of the royalties and the Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) organised the campaign to make
    the state free of stray dogs and create the awareness of compassionate love towards stray animals.They are working work towards a radical change,thats a worderful news.
    Well ,do hope more states will follow Selangor to replace the inhumane way of dealing with stray animals too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful news.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 05:29 PM
    These iconographically correct Buddha images set in precious gemstones are one of its kind and unique in every sense of the word. And the designs are versatile to suit any apparels and occasions, redefining the Buddhist sense of fashion in a big way. Thank you, Rinpoche and Louise for this sharing. I hope the pendants will bring protections to the wearer and connections to the Buddha to those who admire it by sight.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 03:29 PM
    Very inspiring true story of a monk…Master Xuyun after going through many hardships and illness to pursue what he wanted to be. What he did was amazing travelling in harsh conditions to so many places just to preach chinese buddhism from one country to another. Master Xuyun has spent his entired life devoted to the Dharma,During the war many monasteries and holy sites was destroyed but somehow Master Xuyun managed to restore once again.Because of him ,those monasteries and holy sites were till today. He was a household name at that time and have inspired many modern spiritual seeker to strive along the path towards enlightenment.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline Woon for such an interesting and inspiring article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html#tabs-7
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 11:47 AM
    It is ironic that Dalai Lama would have given a remarks to discourage country such as Germany to accept refugees and that refugees should return to homeland and to build the country. I think this is really a callous statement to be mentioned. Dalai Lama being the Tibetan Buddhist leader should portray compassion and extending help to those in need. All these refugees are running away for their life because their own country is not safe to stay anymore. Just like what Tibetan has encountered in the late 1950s.

    This kind of contrary statement is also very obvious in the Dorje Shugden ban. Dorje Shugden have been practised by many high lamas since 400 years ago and also by Dalai Lama’s Guru but it is ban by Tibetan leadership.

    Dalai Lama is a high lama and is believed to be the emanation of Chenrezig. Although his statements were contrary sometimes but I believe he would have the reason that we may not understand yet. Hopefully all the issues would be resolve in peace.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-europe.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chef-turned-hero.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein

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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
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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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.
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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
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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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
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Great to see Dian and Wen Xin tried to do breath meditation slowly. Alice Tay, KSDS
Happy faces of Teacher Irene together with KSDS's youngest age group. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Happy faces of Teacher Irene together with KSDS's youngest age group. Alice Tay, KSDS
Most of the KSDS students like drawing and discuss about their drawing. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Most of the KSDS students like drawing and discuss about their drawing. Alice Tay, KSDS
The yearly gotong royong event on Malaysia Day. Great day to contribute back to the society. Lin Mun KSDS
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The yearly gotong royong event on Malaysia Day. Great day to contribute back to the society. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS students, parents and teachers participated in food packaging for Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS students, parents and teachers participated in food packaging for Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
The team is setting up the tent and games for the Halloween party. Lin Mun KSDS
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The team is setting up the tent and games for the Halloween party. Lin Mun KSDS
Students of SRJK (C) enjoyed themselves so much during Halloween 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students of SRJK (C) enjoyed themselves so much during Halloween 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
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