Herbert Guenther – Master of Languages & Buddhism

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Professor Herbert Guenther was a German-born master of languages and great philosopher who taught Buddhism to many people. Click to enlarge.

Professor Herbert Guenther was a German-born master of languages and great philosopher who taught Buddhism to many people. Click to enlarge.

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Niral)

Professor Herbert Guenther, also known as Professor Herbert Vighnantaka Gunther, was a brilliant translator, philosopher, and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. His impact on Buddhism, especially in the west, was tremendous and his works have shaped the minds of many western Tibetan Buddhist scholar-practitioners today.

Professor Guenther’s depth of Buddhist understanding and practice led him to fearlessly address many modern philosophical issues faced by contemporary man from a transformative Buddhist perspective. While the everyday Buddhist practitioner may not know his name, his legacy is vast; his works are of philosophical importance, and as such, invaluable to the avid Buddhist practitioner today.
 


 

Early Life and Education

Born March 17, 1917, in the city of Bremen, Germany, Herbert Guenther was the only son of sculptor Reinhold Guenther and his dear wife Dorothea Guenther. From a young age, it was evident that his fascination with the east was overwhelming. He had a distinct yearning to learn more about the cultures of Central and Southeast Asia, to the extent that he could be found wondering through the Asia section of Bremen’s Ethnographic Museum, and spent his time reading books on the history or exploration of these areas that he bought using most of his pocket money.

Bremen's Ethnographic Museum as it stands today

Bremen’s Ethnographic Museum as it stands today

Having a loving father who encouraged him in his passions, even as child, he began to study Mandarin at the age of nine from a visiting Chinese exchange student. At the age of ten, he was tutoring visiting Russian sailors in German, in exchange for lessons in the Russian language. He had also learnt the Indian Sanskrit language on his own by the time he had completed his secondary schooling in 1936, through books on Sanskrit grammar he had been gifted from a school professor. All of this was alongside the usually languages taught in school at that time: English, Latin, Hebrew, and Greek.

As his proficiency in languages began to grow, his family found it easier to answer the question “What languages does he know?” with the answer “It’s better to ask which languages he doesn’t know!” By the time he enrolled at Munich University, he was already fluent in both Mandarin and Sanskrit, and had even published papers on the Sanskrit language and Indian philosophy. He had also managed to translate some Chinese stories, ready for publication. He had taught himself Persian, Arabic, French, and Swedish during this time as well.

Determined to pursue higher study, Guenther graduated with a Ph.D degree in Munich in 1939. He did so well there that he studied Pali, Prakrit, and Sinhalese under Professor Wilhelm Geiger, in addition to the usual Vedic Sanskrit and Iranian Studies under Professor Walter Wuest. After four years of post-doctoral research in Vienna, Guenther was awarded the Dr. habil degree in 1943. This post-doctorate degree gave Guenther a habilitation teaching qualification, allowing him the title and position of professorship under various European education systems.

 

Renowned Tutors

Professor Guenther had many tutors from all over Europe that greatly influenced his formative academic career. These included the likes of:

 
Professor Wilhelm Geiger (1856 – 1943)

Professor Wilhelm Geiger was so influential in his work that he appeared on a postal stamp in Sri Lanka

Professor Wilhelm Geiger was so influential in his work that he appeared on a postal stamp in Sri Lanka

Wilhelm Geiger was a prominent professor during his time, known for his mastery of Indo-Iranian languages, Iranian history, and the history of Sri Lanka. He was adept in the Pali and Sinhala languages, and the Dhivehi language of the Maldives. He first travelled to Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, in 1895 to study language. His impact there was so great, his image even appeared on a postal stamp in 1989. His works were influential, especially his publications of the Sri Lankan chronicles known as Mahavamsa and Culavamsa, which were published with both the original Pali text and his English translations. The famous physicist Hans Geiger, who invented the Geiger counter to measure ionizing radiation, was his son.

 
Professor Walter Wuest (1901 – 1993)

Walter Wuest was a renowned scholar of the Vedas, the earliest known Hindu scriptures written in ancient Sanskrit. He served as both Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy in Munich in 1935 and later as Rector of the University from 1941 to 1945. Unfortunately, Professor Wuest was drawn to Nazi ideals, and joined the SS (German: Schutzstaffel, literally translated as “protection squadron”) in 1936. This was the major paramilitary organisation under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. It was responsible for some of the most horrendous crimes against humanity during World War II.

Professor Walter Wuest was a genius but succumbed to Nazi ideology. Click to enlarge.

Professor Walter Wuest was a genius but succumbed to Nazi ideology. Click to enlarge.

He worked his way up within the organisation due to his knowledge and background in Vedic literature and philosophy, eventually being appointed the President of the Research Institute of Ahnenerbe, set up to research the archaeological and cultural history of the Aryan race. The Nazis believed that the Germanic peoples were the most racially pure, as descendants of the Aryan master race, and that all other peoples were inferior. They used this fact to justify their actions. Unfortunately, Professor Wuest propagated this idea, and even tried to prove it through scientific research methods. He played a key role in this research organisation that tried to justify Nazi hatred towards others. Once World War II ended, he stood trial in 1949, during the denazification process and was officially branded an offender and accordingly punished for his part in the war.

 
Professor Wilhelm Maria Hubert Havers (1879 – 1961)

Professor Havers was a German-Austrian linguist. He graduated in 1903 from the University of Münster, and had devoted himself to the study of philology and linguistics. He received his post-graduate and then his habilitation degree at the University of Strasbourg, earning him the title of professor. He was conscripted as a lieutenant of the reserve for war service, but was wounded towards the beginning of World War II. In 1937 he was appointed professor of General and Indo-European Linguistics, where he tutored Herbert Guenther. Even though he was an appointed professor during the Nazi regime, he did not belong to the Nazi party, somewhat suggestive of his distance to the Nazi party and their ideals.

 

Academic Career

With his firm grounding in philosophy, language, and learning as his springboard, coupled with his love for the East, Professor Guenther went on to become a Buddhist scholar. Having studied under some of the greatest professors of his time, his genius was sure to have flourished. While in Vienna, he was lucky to have had Professor Havers as his main teacher, and it was under the watchful eye of Professor Havers that his ability for mastering languages blossomed. He studied Pali, Sinhalese, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, English, German, Russian, and Hindi. In addition to this incredible repertoire, he also studied Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Spanish, and Italian simply because he loved learning languages.

His exceptional ability at mastering languages crossed over to his teaching ability. It was at Vienna University that he progressed to teach, from 1943 to 1950. But Guenther left the university in 1950, after the war had ended, as he refused to serve under ex-Nazis. Erich Frauwallner, a Nazi who had been rehabilitated under the denazification process had had his academic chair returned to him, a fact that Herbert Guenther could not condone after seeing the horrors of World War II. He was in fact, opposed to all forms of militarism, had a strong dislike for political manipulation, and was overall a Humanist.

A zeppelin airship over Bremen. Professor Guenther survived World War II, the horrors of which left an indelible mark on him. He came to despise the military and atrocities based on mistaken ideologies.

A zeppelin airship over Bremen, Germany. Professor Guenther survived World War II, the horrors of which left an indelible mark on him. He came to despise the military and atrocities based on mistaken ideologies.

 

Moving to India

Kailas Nath Kaul was a great scholar-herbalist, who was also the uncle of Indira Gandhi. Click to enlarge.

Kailas Nath Kaul was a great scholar-herbalist, who was also the uncle of Indira Gandhi. Click to enlarge.

When Professor Guenther left Vienna in 1950, he travelled to India, where he accepted a position teaching Russian at Lucknow University, Uttar Pradesh, until 1958. He and his wife had realised that for Professor Guenther to really understand Sanskrit, Pali, and Tibetan, he needed a deeper understanding of the philosophical values hidden in the languages. Therefore they relocated to India, where he could engage in his research more thoroughly. While there he developed a close and lasting friendship with the Indian scholar Kailas Nath Kaul, known for his work as a horticulturalist, herbalist, agricultural scientist, botanist, and naturalist. Kailas Nath Kaul was the maternal uncle of Indira Gandhi, who would become India’s first and only female Prime Minister, and instilled in her a deep consciousness of environmental issues.

In Lucknow, Professor Guenther was able to visit Professor Surendranath Dasgupta on a daily basis, aiding him to complete his magnificent five-part work entitled A History of Indian Philosophy. Professor Dasgupta was half blind at the time, so Professor Guenther helped him to recite out aloud various Sanskrit texts, take notes, and aid him in any other way he could. He also aided Acharya Narendra Deo and Pandit Jaganath Upadhyay in authoring an insightful commentary to the great Buddhist master Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakosha.

The great Buddhist master Vasubandhu, who wrote the seminal text Abhidharmakosha, dealing with the Buddhist view of wisdom

The great Buddhist master Vasubandhu, who wrote the seminal text Abhidharmakosha, dealing with the Buddhist view of wisdom. Click to enlarge.

Following this, he continued his extensive teaching career as the Head of the Department of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the Sanskrit University in Varanasi from 1958 to 1963. In 1964 he moved to teach at the International School of America. Professor Guenther especially loved the three-month summer vacations, a time when he and his family would get away from the scorching Indian heat by joining one of the many trading caravans that journeyed over the Rothang Pass from Manali to Lahul. His family would stay as the guests of the local ruler or at the Shashur Monastery, belonging to the Drukpa Kagyu tradition. There he was able to indulge himself in his passion, learning from scholars in the surrounding area or burying himself in texts in the library. He would often even meticulously copy the holy texts there by hand, which many years later he had made into microfilms.

While at the Sanskrit University, the government of India invited five learned Tibetan Buddhist masters there as research fellows, and around 30 younger Tibetan Buddhist scholars from Tibet were allowed to both study Sanskrit and assist with research there. This followed the exodus of Tibetans fleeing their homeland and seeking refuge in India. Working together with these monks, Professor Guenther was able to further his understanding even more.

Lucknow University, India, as it stands today

Lucknow University, India, as it stands today

Shashur Monastery in Lahul, India. Professor Guenther stayed at this monastery burying himself in various texts to learn more about the Tibetan language and Buddhism

Shashur Monastery in Lahul, India. Professor Guenther stayed at this monastery burying himself in various texts to learn more about the Tibetan language and Buddhism

Sanskrit University in Varanasi where Professor Guenther furthered his knowledge of Buddhism

Sanskrit University in Varanasi where Professor Guenther furthered his knowledge of Buddhism

 

Encounters with Buddhist Masters

Although Professor Guenther was already quite well versed in Buddhist philosophy, the time he spent in India brought his understanding and practice of the religion to new heights. It left an indelible mark on his mind, especially since he had the great fortune to study under some of the most renowned masters of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, especially from the Nyingma and Gelug lineages. These masters included:

Professor Guenther's importance in Buddhism's spread in the west, is just as foundational as works by other great scholars such as Alexandra David-Neel

Professor Guenther’s importance in Buddhism’s spread in the west, is just as foundational as other great scholars such as Alexandra David-Neel

It was through his vast learning and experience under such great masters, that Professor Guenther excelled at authoring books related to Buddhist philosophy and practice. These books added to other foundational works laid by earlier Buddhist explorers such as Walter Evans-Wentz, Alexandra David-Neel, and Ekai Kawaguchi. While extremely informative and practical, dealing with some of the most contemporary of issues surrounding Buddhist practice, there are those claim that his works are quite difficult to read due his use of highly specialised language. Those who support his works however, cite the fact that his background in European philosophy which over the centuries built up a rich vocabulary and conceptual systems, meant that any synthesis with eastern thought, would necessarily have been difficult, hence some of his works are dense and tough reading. That being said, the sheer breadth of his publications is evidence of his broad and encompassing understanding of Buddhist philosophy. He has authored over 30 books and 90 articles published in scholarly journals.

 

Later Life

In 1963, he relocated to Canada, where he became the Chairman of the Department of Far Eastern Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. It was there that he developed the reputation for being a strict but thought-provoking teacher. He would critique any work not based on original sources, and dismissed the ‘self-help’ industry, but was generous in sharing his knowledge with others. The relationships he forged with his students created strong life-long friendships, as they realised what he cherished the most was respecting intellectual accomplishments, even if they differed from his own views or were in other fields of study. He offered his students the correct advice they needed to succeed, either through encouragement or constructive criticism as needed.

“Guenther was a man of principle and integrity. He was not political nor would he succumb to any political persuasions. He was brilliant beyond recognition, forthright in his opinions, and knife-cutting with his honesty. He encouraged me on more than one occasion to speak with the same integrity as he spoke in presenting my own research. This was not always easy for me and on occasion I shied away from his encouragement, as I knew I did not have the same sources of his past experiences from which to draw upon, his intellectual acumen, nor did I have the mastery of the original languages from which to debate my arguments.”

– Jodi Reneé Lang, Ph.D. in Herbert Guenther, The Man

Before retiring, he was still a sought after lecturer, even acting as a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, Yale University, Harvard University, Toronto University, and at the Saybrook Institute in San Francisco. During his retirement, he continued his life’s work by writing more books and articles until his hospitalisation due to diabetes. In 1974, he travelled to Japan, just another country to add to his list of adventures. He not only continued to work, but taught Buddhist philosophy in both Canada and the United States, to both scholars and Buddhist practitioners alike.

 

Family Life

Professor Guenther married Dr. Ilse Rossrucker, a classics scholar, in 1944 while in Vienna, amidst the oppressive Nazi regime’s rule. The loving couple had two daughters, Edith Kimbell and Nora Szederkenyi. Instead of pushing his daughters to follow in his footsteps, he encouraged them to pursue whatever direction they wanted, whatever interests they had, without the slightest disappointment. The eldest daughter, Edith, who later moved to Stockton, California, once received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for her studies and graduated with a Master of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, while his second daughter, Nora, studied music at Brandon University in Canada. Nora’s love for music was one that the whole family shared. As well as being a renowned linguist, Professor Guenther was also a flautist, and his wife, Ilse, played the piano. Nora herself plays the viola.

 

Death and Legacy

The great professor of Tibetan Buddhism, Herbert Guenther, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 11, 2006, from complications caused by diabetes, following a three-month period of physical weakening brought on by old age. Shortly before passing away, he had expressed his happiness that his interest in Tibetan Buddhism would continue at Naropa College of Buddhist Studies, founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, as the college prepared itself to offer a BA Hons course in Buddhadharma Studies.

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Professor Guenther left behind a great legacy of published works, still studied today, as well as inspiring many of his students to fulfil their potential. Some of his most prominent works include Dawn of Tantra (1975) co-authored with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Buddhism in Western Perspective (1977), and Teachings of Padmasambhava (1996). His most famous translation works include the Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa (1959), The Life and Teachings of Naropa (1963) and Mind in Psychology: A Translation of Ye-she rGyal-mtshan’s “The Necklace of Clear Understanding” (1975). His last known work to have been published while he was alive was an article entitled The Homology of Emotionality and Rationality, based on the work of the famous Tibetan Buddhist poet Longchen Rabjampa.

Professor Herbert Guenther’s importance within the sphere of Tibetan Buddhist studies cannot be underestimated. Both his scholarly students and those practicing Buddhism have benefited from his treasure house of knowledge and learning. His unique ability to tackle contemporary issues through the ancient Buddhist perspective greatly influenced the lives of many, and will continue to do so even though he has passed away, for his words, intelligence, and warm-heartedness stand the test of time through his many published works.

 

Professor Guenther’s Buddhist Items

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Thangka of Mahakala Panjaranatha or Mahakala of the Tent. Click on picture to enlarge. Thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni. Click on picture to enlarge. Thangka of Lama Tsongkhapa. Click on picture to enlarge.
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Statue of Chenrezig. Click on picture to enlarge. Statue of Manjushri. Click on picture to enlarge. Statue of Green Tara. Click on picture to enlarge
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Small altar to White Tara. Click on picture to enlarge. Small altar to Buddha Shakyamuni. Click on picture to enlarge.

 

Selected Publications

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The Creative Vision (download PDF) The Tantric View of Life (download PDF) The Life and Teaching of Naropa
(download PDF)
HerbertGuentherTheTeachingsofPadmasambhava HerbertGuentherTibetanBuddhisminWesternPerspective HerbertGuentherTibetanBuddhismWithoutMystification
The Teachings of Padmasambhava (download PDF) Tibetan Buddhism in Western Perspective (download PDF) Tibetan Buddhism Without Mistification (download PDF)

The texts above were sourced from legitimate book-hosting services offering these texts for free download. They are made available here for purely educational, non-commercial purposes.

 

Books by Professor Herbert Guenther

Book cover

Book title

HerbertGuentherTantricBib-01 Tantric View of Life, (Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office, 1952)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-02 The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, (Shambhala Publications., Inc., 1986)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-03 The Royal Song of Saraha: a Study in The History of Buddhist Thought, (Shambhala Publications Inc., 1973)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-04 Kindly Bent to Ease Us, Part 1: Mind, (Dharma Publishing, 1975)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-05 Kindly Bent to Ease Us, Part 2: Meditation, (Dharma Publishing, 1976)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-06 Kindly Bent to Ease Us, Part 3: Wonderment, (Dharma Publishing, 1976)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-07 Tibetan Buddhism In Western Perspective, (Dharma Publishing, 1986)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-08 The Life and Teachings of Naropa, (Oxford: Clerendon Press, 1963)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-09 Tibetan Buddhism without Mystification: The Buddhist Way from Original Tibetan Sources, (Brill, 1976)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-10 Buddhist Philosophy in Theory and Practice, (Penguin, 1971)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-11 The Dawn of Tantra, with Chogyam Trungpa, (Shambhala Publications., Inc., 1975)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-12 Philosophy and Psychology in the Abhidharma, (Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 1974)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-13 Mind In Buddhist Psychology: The Necklace of Clear Understanding by Yeshe Gyaltsen, (Dharma Publishing, 1975)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-14 Looking Deeper: A Swan’s Questions and Answers, (Timeless Books, 1983)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-15 Matrix of Mystery: Scientific and Humanistic Aspects of rDzog-chen Thought, (Shambhala Publications Inc., 1984)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-16 Creative Vision: The Symbolic Recreation of the World According to the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition of Tantric Visualization Otherwise Known as The Developing Phase, (Lotsawa, 1987)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-17 From Reductionism to Creativity: rDzogs-chen and the New Sciences of Mind, (Shambhala Publications Inc., 1989)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-18 Meditation Differently: Phenomenological-psychological Aspects of Tibetan Buddhist (Mahāmudrā and sNying-thig) Practices from Original Tibetan Sources, (Matilal Banarsidass, 1992)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-19 Ecstatic Spontaneity: Saraha’s Three Cycles of Doha, (Asian Humanities Press, 1993)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-20 The Teachings of Padmasambhava, (Brill, 1996)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-21 Wholeness Lost and Wholeness Regained, (State University of New York Press, 1994)

 
Sources:

  • http://herbertguenther.com/
  • http://www.interdependentscience.com/resources/guenther.html
  • https://shop.dharmapublishing.com/collections/books-great-masters/herbert-guenther
  • http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Herbert_V._Guenther
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_V._G%C3%BCnther

 
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  1. wan wai meng on Aug 13, 2017 at 12:29 am

    It is so true that Professor Gunther is a humanist and he did it so, by unearthing and bringing to light buddha’s teachings that were stored in languages that were not commonly used in the world at that time.

    He is no ordinary person to have the passion and tenacity to master many languages. I wonder if he could have been a reincarnation of a buddhist scholar or translators as he was so adept in languages and quick to pick up languages as well.

    I have had the good fortune to read his book on the Life And Teaching of Naropa also, which was given to me by Rinpoche. I am grateful to Rinpoche to have the access to such a dharma text about the life of Naropa one of the greatest buddhist saints.

  2. Choong on Aug 6, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for introducing us to this precious geshe/lotsawa and his works. I have downloaded his book “The Life and Teaching of Naropa” and begun browsing.

    I can see that with his mastery of the ancient and modern languages; total immersion in the study of philosophy and existentialism; his receiving direct teachings from various traditions in “Tibetan” Buddhism (including collaboration with precious jewel the 11th Trungpa Rinpoche), and combined with his unclouded lense as professor and academic, he is endowed with and has produced extremely powerful and comprehensive explanations of the practice of tantra.

    Though leaning towards a more modern professorial style of explanation, I do like his ability to jump back-and-forth between the likes of Buddha Je Tsongkhapa and western-style philosophical thoughts to explain the theoretical foundations of the practices. I also like the fact that he cannot be labelled as Nyingma or Kagyu or Gelug, as it should be in Dharma. He is Professor Guenther.

    I look forward to delving further into the book which I have downloaded.

    Once again I thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

  3. Datuk May on Aug 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    In one of the verses of my prayer book it is stated that one should aspire, in the pursuit of Dharma, to be able to comprehend and master many languages both of Gods and Man. As such Professor Herbert Guenther was blessed with imprints of his previous lives in order to be able to master so many languages.

    Professor Guenther’s skill in languages was also well used to leave a legacy of books to help many people who aspire to learn the Dharma.

    It is awesome to be so gifted and in his life to have used his talents to benefit many.

    It also through his knowledge of the Dharma of compassion and loving kindness that Professor Guenther was not drawn to the Nazi ideology which prevailed during his time in history, although some of his teachers were. Amazing grace.

    As a Buddhist, I am grateful for Professor’s contribution to Tibetan Buddhism and I shall definitely acquire some of his book for my study.

  4. Samfoonheei on Aug 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Herbert Guenther was a German Buddhist philosopher, a pioneer in the field of Tibetan studies.He was one of the first translators of the Vajrayana and Dzogchen teachings into English.As a child, he was fascinated from a very early age by the Asian cultures and interest in Buddhism.He was a genius studied Sinhalese, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, English, German, Russian, and Hindi.Fantastic not easy to master at one go.But he did it somhow.His work is well known for being difficult to read.
    Amazing his published works have been translated into numerous languages and has inspired many of his students.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting and inspiring post of a great philosopher.

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    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:02 AM
    Alarming height and shocking to know there is microplastic contamination in our drinking water after scientific investigation has discovered that.
    Glad to know scientists are doing more for research on the implications for health. At least we could know more knowledge and more aware of all plastics fibres in our tap water. All this while we have been drinking . Scientists warn microplastics are so small they could penetrate organs. That is bad for our health. Plastic fibres have infiltrated the drinking water of cities and towns all over the world. Our oceans are littered with plastic, which is killing whales and other marine mammals, and contaminating fish. Previous studies have shown when people eat seafood, they are also eating high levels of microplastics, not to mention taking in a lot of mercury as well
    Many people have involved to make a change for a better environment for the generation to come. Educating the people from school children to the people on the streets the safest ways of garbage disposal will be a wonderful start. We should all take responsibility to care for the environment and help raise awareness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 01:51 AM
    In Buddhism, before become an enlightened beings, all living beings have to experience the suffering in taking rebirth for many lifetimes and each of the rebirth, we must have father and mother. It is possible that our previous lifetime’s father and mother have taken rebirth in other forms such as animals, hungry ghosts and etc in this lifetime. Due to this reason, we should love and treat all sentient beings well as everyone might once been our father or mother in the previous life. We owe them kindness and therefore we should practice dharma and help to liberate them from suffering and lead them to enlightenment.

    I am extremely grateful that I meet and learn dharma from Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s skilful means teachings let me understand that I should not only care about myself, my family and friends but to be kind and compassion to everyone around me. Rinpoche reminds and encourage us to do our commitments and daily sadhana. Later, I realized that when we do prayers, sadhana or pujas, we must begin with Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels and followed by recitation of the Four Immeasurables. Through this practice, it is actually to help us to set a good motivation and generate our Bodhicitta for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/five-ways-to-love-more-by-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 10:27 PM
    Rinpoche’s blog has so many interesting topics and articles. Be it heavy and technical or light such as traveling tips, all are very useful and informative to the readers. I appreciate Rinpoche and writers team hardwork in giving us vast information and opportunity for us to learn and improve our dharma knowledge.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-am-honoured.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:04 AM
    Wow …such a unique island called Socotra which i did not know before or come across . Everything from trees to flowers looks so unique. A place home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely which adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. The landscape of this remote Socotra Island looks as if it comes from a sci-fi film.
    From what I see through the pictures this Socotra Island, looks more like Alien place. It’s truly unlike any place on earth and is also called the ‘Lost World ‘ to some of the tourist. I did some research on this island .
    It seem over millions of years, the isolated island in the Arabian Sea has cultivated a unique biodiversity unlike anywhere else on Earth. Twisted dragon’s blood trees and bulbous bottle trees have made Socotra a place of legends, feared by sailors throughout history and believed by some to be the site of the original Garden of Eden.
    Now it seem to be a tourist attraction in Yemen after when UNESCO named it as World Natural Heritage Site in 2006. Its wonderful news as UNESCO recognizes the importance of preserving the island.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these unique island with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/socotra-island.html#comment-753145
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:03 AM
    Beautiful sacred painting by Rinpoche. Amazing to know RInpoche as a small kid is so talented in drawing and painting . Yet after so many years the painting still looks good condition. Such a beautiful White Tara painting and now Rinpoche still paints.
    Wow interesting stories behind the scared painting of the powerful white Tara. When we have trust and faith that’s how these powerful Tara will help us.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/sacred-painting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:02 AM
    The two beautiful Yeti painting comes a long way from Nepal with love to Malaysia .Specially for Rinpoche……such a beautiful gift and unique .. Knowing Rinpoche like Bigfoot so much. Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. It is not the gift but the thought that counts.
    Rejoice for Mitra Poudel and Khom Thapa
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful paintings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/from-nepal.html
  • Jason
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:14 PM
    This is a great news to animals. Gucci, a leading fashion company going to stop fur clothing now. I just watched a video about the people peel off the fox skin. So cruelty.
    Even though we own any fur clothing, we shouldn’t wear it because this will create a desire cause to others to buy more fur clothing .
    Human beings are very intelligent but we shouldn’t take away animals rights to live in this planet.
    Thanks Rinpoche sharing.

    Jason
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-what-gucci-did.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:51 PM
    藏传佛教格鲁派第十世班禅喇嘛被视为阿弥陀佛的化身,并且是继达赖尊者后拥有最高权威的佛法大师。第十世班禅喇嘛是一名颇有影响力的大师,每当他给予公开开示时,数以千计的人都会前去听法。
    第十世班禅喇嘛和达赖尊者的关系可以追溯到第五世达赖尊者时期。在当时,第五世达赖尊者的上师,同时也是杜固扎巴坚赞(多杰雄登前世之一)的上师是第四世班禅喇嘛。为了感激上师,达赖尊者赐予上师“班禅大师”头衔,并对班禅大师的三任前世加以追封。此外,达赖尊者也将扎什伦布寺赐为其上师的驻锡地。而此扎什伦布寺内还安设一间供奉多杰雄登的护法殿至今,并且还成为著名的旅游胜地。
    由此可见,如果多杰雄登就如藏人行政中央所说的修持多杰雄登会伤害西藏事业,那么当时的第五世达赖尊者为何要赠送设有多杰雄登的护法殿的扎什伦布寺予第四世班禅喇?如果多杰雄登真的会伤害西藏事业,那么第十世班禅喇嘛为何要费尽心思来撰写这篇约30至40页的的“妙音怙主(宗喀巴)佛教护法天王金刚具力五部威猛尊酬供仪轨”的祈愿文?难道第十世班禅喇嘛铁了心肠不再理会或是存心要危害西藏人民?这一切的一切,让我们不得不深入的思考。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum-chinese.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:22 PM
    It is very worrying that there are such high percentage of plastic fibres found in our tap water. Even developed country such as UK, Germany and France has 72% of their tap water contaminated with plastic fibres. I guess this is the price we have to pay. With improve technologies and new science inventions we keep coming out with new products that uses various types of plastics and chemicals to bring down the production cost. But unfortunately, nothing comes free as human who will have to suffer the implication of these plastics fibres in the form of water and air, and it is alarming to our health. I think the only way is to create awareness to people telling them how harmful it can bring to us and we should avoid using the products that contribute the pollution and use alternative.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:04 PM
    It is good news that Tibetan MP Venerable Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. Why would a democratic country listen to an oracle to seek advise for the country governance and administration? It just puzzled me. If Nechung is right, why isn’t the country and people progressing but divided further with the Dorje Shugden ban? What more Nechung is an not enlightened dharma protector. It was proven that so many Nechung’s prophecies was wrong but none would question and CTA would still follow the wrong advice. The CTA leaders continue to segregate, discriminate and remove all the human rights against Dorje Shugden practitioners such as education, medical, religion and etc. This is so illegal.

    In this age, we should be able to think and fight for our rights. I hope more people like Venerable Tenpa Yarphel will speak up against the unfair Tibetan leadership towards their people. Everyone should be treated equally and especially for a Buddhism country.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:29 AM
    Shocking to read and hear this, happening in our own country. Even though this post is old , feeling sad for those cats starving been kept at two pet boarding premises which they called pets hotel. Pets owner discovered that those pets were left abandoned and starved . They also found dead cats and many were in a sad condition. Our local newspapers reported that about 200 cats and a dog were rescued from that premise alone .Another location about 100 cats were found and rescued. These episode was highlighted in news national wide. It such a shameful act .How can the owner of the premises do it for their own selfishness just because of celebrations.
    It is good that the authorities took a stern legal action against the owners of the centre.
    Animals are ignorant and do not deserve to be treated so badly. Be kind and caring to all sentient beings. Have empathy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/300-starved-and-13-died-petknode.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:28 AM
    A beautiful approach by the British MPs has recommended that people reduce the amount of meat they eat to help prevent food shortages in Britain . Even though it is political approach yet still happy as less animals will be killed for foods on the table.
    The massive increase in meat consumption in recent decades has led to the price of grain increase which used for animal feed. Its also lead to widespread deforestation and pressure on agricultural land. The MP are trying to tackle food wastage as half the food bought from UK supermarkets goes in the bin. The UK population are encouraged to eat less meat in long run.
    Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/british-mps-says-eat-less-meat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:27 AM
    So touching ….watching this beautiful videos , could not controlled my tears too. Its such a warm moment when the two of them met again after a long search nearly 25 years of a hopless search . Mitchell Shigemoto has never forgotten how James Pearson saved his life. In foreign places, and the way Shigemoto’s relationship with James Pearson training together and fighting ,along side in the war ,they became best friends.
    James Pearson is truly a selfless ,kind and friendly person, nor matter what happen stands by Mitchell Shigemoto.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing this inspiring post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mitchell-shigemoto-and-james-pearson-best-friends-in-war.html

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Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
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Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
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Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
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Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
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Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
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This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
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Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
3 weeks ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
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First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
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I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
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More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
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The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
I just did another one. See how it\'s done-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
See what Linus has to say to Charlie Brown: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
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  • October 18, 2017 23:32
    Yen asked: Dear pastor, I am married but have not been blessed with a kid after several years. How can I overcome the pain I am going through? I also like to ask u for guidance to help someone dear to me who have met with an accident and in vegetative state. How do I help the friend suffer less? What can I do to help her overcome this obstacle in life even when doctor seems to have given up hope?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Yen, Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear of your situation and that of your friend. One thing we need to remember is that the Buddha explained to us how karma works. Everything we experience in life, whether good or bad is due to our actions previously in this life and previous lifetimes. While this may sound unfair in that we need to experience the results of something that we do not remember doing, this is the way samsara exists. They only way to be free of this type of suffering is to attain enlightenment, the state of a Buddha. That being said, we all need help in our daily life, and that is where deity practice can help us. In order to overcome the pain you are going through, may I suggest that you engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. You can find an excellent commentary by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. You can find the prayers to recite here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19. There is also a practice box set dedicate to Lama Tsongkhapa, which you can order online here if you wish: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom; Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion; and Vajrapani, the Buddha of skilful means. As such the practice is extremely powerful and is well-known to help people heal psychical pain, but more importantly the sufferings felt in the mind. You can concentrate on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra and beseech Lama Tsongkhapa to help ease your suffering. He will surely help. His practice is known for relieving anxiety and even depression. In regards to your friend, on a practical level you can research about your friend’s specific state and see if there are any treatments available that can be effective if you have not done so already. In any case what you can do is to engage in prayers or pujas and dedicate the merits generated to your friend. For example, you can engage in the practice of Medicine Buddha, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html, or alternative have Medicine Buddha pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund. Medicine Buddha is excellent at healing on all levels, and provide us with soothing and beneficial energy. Another method that you can use to help your friend is to generate as much merit for her as possible. A vast amount of merit and purification of karma can help even the direst of circumstances. Such activities could involve releasing animals from slaughter or deplorable conditions, feeding the homeless and less fortunate and providing for them, and making vast amounts of offerings to the Buddhas and enlightened beings. If done with a good motivation, and dedicated towards your friend, she will benefit from the virtuous actions, even if you cannot see the benefits at the moment. Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as a Dorje Shugden. You can find the prayers here if you wish to engage in them yourself: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden, alternatively you can have Dorje Shugden pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund. Dharma protectors help to overcome obstacles and conditions that we wish to arise. I understand that it is a difficult situation, but you should maintain your faith in the Buddhas and enlightened beings, and they will definitely help. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 14, 2017 13:27
    Ling asked: I have been practising chakrasamvara for over 2 years now and recently during my meditation I feel that during the deity meditation portion that it feel like my entire body is under a heavy water fall. My heart and limbs also feel like flowing water and there is some crawling sensations. What could this be
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Ling, Thank you for your question. I rejoice to read that you are practising Chakrasamvara for over two years now. This is very good, you should keep the practice steady, keep the vows and commitments well and you will progress on your spiritual evolution. Generally speaking when you engage in higher tantric yoga meditation, the meditations include movement of your psychic winds. Therefore sometimes people will experience strange feelings in the body. When this happens, once should ease off the concentration on that particular visualisation when engaging in the practice. What you can do to lessen these feelings is to engage in purification practices such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. Alternatively if you have the appropriate initiation, you can engage in the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva, which would be included in your sadhana text. Engaging in the purification practices would lessen these sensations when you practice, as everything we experience is due to our karma. What I would advise the most, however, is to consult the guru that gave you the empowerment of Chakrasamvara practice. Your guru would be able to better advise you in addition to the above, the methods you can use to minimise the physical effects if they are due to the actual practice. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 13, 2017 11:15
    Fearful asked: What does violent shaking all of the sudden and "shrinking" feeling of the head mean during practice mean? I've been practicing the dharmapalas, and this is happening. What does it mean?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Fearful, Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons for this to be occurring. What you can do when this starts to happen is to stop what you are doing, and take deep breaths, and concentrate on your breath. As you concentrate on your breath, this will have a calming effect on both your body and mind, which should stop the involuntary shaking and strange feelings. In fact focusing on the breath is one of the best known methods of developing a focused, concentrated, yet calm Your practice of the Dharmapalas should begin with either Guru Yoga or deity practice, therefore I would suggest that you engage in these practices more before you begin the actually Dharma protector practice. One of the best practices is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is well known for its healing ability on for both the body and the mind. Over time, you should see such occurrences lessen. If this shaking happens regularly and also when you are not practicing, you should consider visiting a qualified health professional just to rule out anything untoward. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 8, 2017 20:48
    John asked: Dear pastors, When reciting mantras we are instructed to visualize the deity. However I realize that my visualization is very very fuzzy and very very ever-changing. It is not a still image, there is like thick clouds moving and blocking the visualization then they would clear and block again and clear again and the deity would even change shape. The round part would be more oval one moment and more circle the next etc. In fact, I don't even know if the picture that ends up appearing in my mind is really looking like the deity or not. What if I end up visualizing a monster without knowing it since it's so fuzzy? Is there danger if that happens? What do you advice me to do?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear John, Thank you for your question. This is a question that people actually ask a lot, but there is no need to worry, especially if we do not have tantric initiation. In fact, the more we practice getting our visualisation stabilised now, the better we will be able to practice tantra when we eventually receive tantric initiation. The issue you are having maintain a steady visualisation is not an uncommon one. This is because we actually have to train our mind to concentrate on what we are doing. One of the major facets of Buddhist meditation is concentration, and this is something we need to develop. We might think that we have a good ability to concentrate, but what the Buddha and the great masters have taught is that we actually do not, but we can obviously develop it. Visualisation itself is a form of concentration meditation, therefore until we achieve a good level of concentration, things like this will happen as we train our minds. What we can do is to focus on a particular aspect of the visualisation, such as the face of the deity, and once that is stable and focused, we can continue onto other parts of the deity’s body, and then the various other aspects of the visualisation. That way, we train ourselves little by little to have a complete visualisation. No in regards to your question about their being danger if something goes wrong or if we make a mistake during our visualisation, this cannot be at our stage of practice. This is because the visualisation is engaged in during the mantra recitation section. Mantras themselves are the Buddhas and enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore when we recite mantras we are invoking the holy energies of the Buddhas, which naturally guide and protect us from any harm. The fact that you are facing this issue is in fact a good sign. It shows that are trying to concentrate on the visualisation, but that your mind has not reached a level of concentration powerful enough to maintain the stability of the visualisation. The antidote to this is simple, keep practising. As you continue to practice, you will notice that your visualisation becomes stronger and stronger. If however, you are still worried, you can end your recitation sessions with the prayer dedicated to a Dharma protector to any obstacles, and end with a completion dedication. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 6, 2017 22:31
    Wong asked: Hi, i would like to ask about jhana which is the last factor of the eightfold path. How is it being practised?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Wong, Thank you for your question. The last factor of the eightfold noble path is called jhana in the Pali language. In the Sanskrit language it is called dyana. This is a state of meditative absorption which culminates in the understanding of emptiness and is the pathway that leads us to attain liberation. Generally this state is achieved through the practice of single-pointed concentration meditation. But within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition once you have achieved stabilised single-pointed meditation, you progress onto the path of special insight meditation. It is at this stage, that one is able to concentrate completely on understanding emptiness and therefore attain enlightenment. This topic is somewhat outside of the scope of this section of the blog. However, Pabongkha Rinpoche in his excellent Lam Rim text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” gives a very concise yet thorough introduction to the topic of meditation. Pabongkha Rinpoche addresses the path to enlightenment, not through the eightfold noble path however, but through the six perfections of a bodhisattva. In essence although on the surface the two ways of structuring the path to enlightenment may seem different, they are actually both the same if one analyses them carefully. If you read “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” you will understand how the two structures are interlinked if you have an understanding of the eightfold noble path. You can order a copy of the book here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand and the book is also available at Kechara Paradise outlets. Alternatively, you can ask your local book store to order the book in for you if they have that service. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 3, 2017 04:11
    jason asked: i have been practicing higher yoga tantra for over two year now and recently i started to get nightmares for three continuous nights now and i think it will continue, What is happening ? did i do something wrong? The first nightmare was me being cut in to numerous pieces , the second was me being visited by a greyish blue female old female ghost with no eyes in eye sockets, and the third was a giant dark brown black centipede encased in a white translucent sac exploding out of my thigh and crawling/ rolling away in to darkness. Im quite worried that i may have done something wrong even though i think i have not.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you have been practising Higher Yoga Tantra for over two years. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments that you would have taken during the empowerment into the practice. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better, which is after all what Buddhist practice is all about. In regards to your nightmares I do not think that you have done anything wrong per se. In this case it could be due to two possible reasons, the first is that your negative karma is arising in your dreams and the second is that you are being afflicted by a spirit. In the first case, when we practice Higher Yoga Tantra properly and sincerely, it purifies a lot of negative karma. As when engaging in any practice that purifies negative karma, this karma can open and manifest under control situations. For example you the karma manifests are nightmares or scary figures or feelings, rather than physically, which would come about through uncontrollable causes and conditions. When karma is purified it manifests in its most mild form, and for you in this case, it could manifest in the form of nightmares. Therefore if we are engaging in powerful practices, or when we concentrate on these practices, such things can occur. Some people may find this sort of situation bad. But this is not correct, because due to the nature of samsara, we are affected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey. When you face such difficulties, the key here is continue with your practice strongly and not give up. In this manner, the karma which causes such situations to occur is purified quicker and then we are no longer affected by it. Therefore you should wholeheartedly engage in primary sadhana of your meditational deity. On the other hand, it could be that you are being affected by a spirit or spirits. In this case there are methods of protection that you can engage in which should be included in your Higher Yoga Tantra practice. If you are unsure of what these could be, please humbly approach your initiating guru for more guidance. Another way that can help solve this problem is to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. Since you are already practising a Highest Yoga Tantra, you can ask your guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with the practice. Each of the major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult your guru as he or she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. Whatever the case may be, it comes down to karma. The Higher Yoga Tantra you are practising should include a purification practice such as Vajrasattva. For example if you practice the Heruka Chakrasamvara tantra, and have received the appropriate empowerment, you can practice Heruka Vajrasattva. You then concentrate on the practice of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma causing the situation, and over time you will see the situation get better. If you are not sure of the purification aspect of your daily practice, you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. All of these can help, however I strongly advise you to humbly approach your guru and ask for further advice and instruction, as he or she may assign you other practices or even ask you concentrate on specific sections of the sadhana that they passed to you, to help you overcome these problems. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2017 22:31
    kevin asked: hi pastor, I've been very problematic lately and depressed. My plans seem to be always out of place. I read from an article that some problems are caused by negative karma from the previous and present life. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to drain my negative karma. Im very wary now on my actions to others so not to add to my existing karma. Can you suggest a mantra which I can recite and reflect on everyday to help alleviate my problems and drain my negative karma. Thank you very much. Bless you.
    pastor answered: Dear Kevin, Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist thought everything we go through in life is caused by karma. This can be either good or bad, so difficulties we face in life are indeed due to our karma. Now, one thing about karma that people often forget is that it can be purified. There are many methods within Tibetan Buddhism that are used for the purification of karma. In fact all practices necessarily involve the purification of negative karma and the generation of merit. The most effective of these are known as purification practices, which have the specific benefits of helping us to purify negative karma which leads to all kinds of problems within in our lives. These include Vajrasattva practice, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html and the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. You can read more about these practices by clicking on the respective links. These are two very powerful methods of purifying negative karma and have been relied upon by countless practitioners and masters to progress on the spiritual path. They are two very extremely effective methods used within Tibetan Buddhism. Since you are going through many problems, however, you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector who can help alleviate the obstacles you are facing and at the same provide conditions that are suitable for you. One such Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden, you can read more about his practice here, and his daily prayers here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The website also has a lot of information about the practice and how it can benefit you in daily life. While it may seem daunting that you have negative karma, you should not be disheartened because negative karma can be overcome by purifying it. What you said is right, you should be wary of creating more negative karma. In fact that is one of the main points a Buddhist lives by, which is not creating more negative karma. People often wonder why Buddhists take vows and precepts, this is actually to stop the accumulation of negative karma. For example a Buddhist takes the vow not to kill, this obviously stops the Buddhist from creating the negative karma of killing because they consciously remember that they should not kill in whatever situation they are in. So it is very good that are checking your actions to make sure that you do not add to the negative karma. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2017 13:18
    Nepal asked: I've noticed that in Nepal, Shugden and his retinue are forms of the worldly protector Za Rahula, or that's what the lamas and sadhanas say. Wouldn't that make Shugden dangerous or wouldn't that make Manjushri a worldly deity or one that is dangerous?
    pastor answered: Dear Nepal, Thank you for your question. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, that is what the high lamas and masters have taught and explained using Buddhist logic. Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being has been practiced by all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and was first practiced within the holy Sakya tradition. Similarly, Manjushri is an enlightened being. In fact all Tibetan Buddhist schools and Vajrayana traditions, including those in Nepal, say that Manjushri is an enlightened being, the Buddha of wisdom. Rahula on the other hand is a worldly deity who was bound by oath to protect Buddhism and Buddhism practitioners. You can read more about him here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html#tabs-1. All Tibetan Buddhist schools similarly agree to this point. Therefore to equate Dorje Shugden as a form of Za Rahula would logically mean that Manjushri is not a Buddha. This cannot be since hundreds of thousands of holy masters have relied on Manjushri and gained enlightenment through such beliefs and practices associated with Manjushri. Since from a logical perspective this cannot be the case, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, it is safe to say that Dorje Shugden is not a form of Za Rahula. You can read more about Dorje Shugden, his history, lineage of practice and benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Ideal for a family trip! Visit Kechara Forest Retreat and meet our birds at the aviary! Open daily from 10am to 5pm, Bentong, Chamang Road.
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Ideal for a family trip! Visit Kechara Forest Retreat and meet our birds at the aviary! Open daily from 10am to 5pm, Bentong, Chamang Road.
Thank you to the Wine Bar for sending over the empty wine bottles and carton boxes at Kechara Soup Kitchen site. KEP-SERENA
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Thank you to the Wine Bar for sending over the empty wine bottles and carton boxes at Kechara Soup Kitchen site. KEP-SERENA
Teacher Alice explaining Rinpoche's bio to students in the galley. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Alice explaining Rinpoche's bio to students in the galley. Lin Mun KSDS
Children were so excited listening to teacher Grace instruction in making Halloween's cookies. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were so excited listening to teacher Grace instruction in making Halloween's cookies. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Julie giving briefing on Nagomi Art. It's an art to express to inner feeling. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Julie giving briefing on Nagomi Art. It's an art to express to inner feeling. Lin Mun KSDS
We love our 'fingers' ! Halloween cookies done by the children during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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We love our 'fingers' ! Halloween cookies done by the children during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Jayce leading the completion dedication after Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Jayce leading the completion dedication after Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Thank you for the wonderful books!
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Thank you for the wonderful books!
His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is the advocate of true love, compassion and kindness. Pastor Adeline
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His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is the advocate of true love, compassion and kindness. Pastor Adeline
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Longevity Bun and cup cake as dessert ~ Guat Hee
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Stir fried Cambodian-style with lemon and mint leaves ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
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Briefing #task #service #food #team ~ Guat Hee
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Mid Autumn Festival #charity #dinner #vegetarian ~ Guat Hee
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