Intimate advice for us

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Choji Lah is the 7th in line of the famous Panglung oracles of Tibet. His father was the 6th Oracle and famous in Tibet. Choji lah takes powerful trances of Dorje Shugden, Setrap, Kache Marpo and a few other esteemed Dharma protectors. Choji lah is here in Kechara Forest Retreat happily smiling and enjoying the greens. We loved having him here and respect him very much.

Dorje Shugden in our latest private 2nd trance in Kechara Forest Retreat said clearly that working for dharma is very good. Working for Kechara is very good. He mentioned in Tibetan that when we work for ‘this organization‘ (referring to Kechara), we will fulfill the needs of others and automatically fulfill our own needs without even thinking about it. This of course would apply to other monasteries and dharma centres too but he was referring to Kechara specifically. Others may think differently about working in the dharma and how meaningful it is, but no ordinary being’s wisdom can compare to the wisdom and foresight of Dorje Shugden for sure. I am not going to be swayed another person or peer who says working for others’ benefit in dharma has no meaning because most of these ordinary beings may mean well but they do not have unobstructed wisdom. Ordinary beings, although well-intentioned, may not have the knowledge and understanding of the workings of cause and effect to say much except say enjoy your life and indulge. Most advice from ordinary beings lead to further problems and sufferings. I will always trust Buddha’s Dharma and Dorje Shugden over any friend or ‘friends’ or ordinary beings, as caring as they can be. Buddha’s teachings are infallible and Dorje Shugden’s advice is always something that benefits us long term. We can trust dharma and Dorje Shugden.

Dorje Shugden said when negative situations happen to us, we should not be derailed but instead think, “Now this has happened and I have experienced the karma and it’s purified.” When we experience something, that karma is finished or finishing. The experience is the result of the karma. Once experienced, that karma is finished in general. So in fact we should rejoice the karma is finishing. This is the correct way to look at negative happenings in our lives. It’s better to look at that as finishing, than lament and be derailed.

Dorje Shugden said if we have problems or sickness, don’t just complain or be in pain and leave it as it is, but do purification practices. All pain, both mental and physical, arise from causes. Those causes are karma and karma is from us. Since karma is created by us, therefore it must be experienced by us eventually. But the GOOD news is that karma is not stagnant and therefore it can be changed, purified, ‘reversed’ or transformed when we apply the appropriate means. Since karma is something intangible to most ordinary beings (although we can feel its effects), it has to be purified by intangible methods sometimes. Just talking to someone, drinking, holidaying, sleeping or going for medical treatments may not fully take away the problem as the deep-seeded cause is karmic. We of course can go for the company of positive friends, hospitals and treatments but those will be symptomatic since the karma has opened. What we really need is to ‘attack’ the true cause which is karma by purification methods (kanshag, Vajrasattva, prostrations, retreats, Dorje Namjom, Black Manjushri, 35 Confessional Buddhas, circumambulation, building dharma buildings, Heart Sutra).

Purification does not mean we are bad. IT just means we need to purify many actions done from ignorance that have opened, or are still dormant that can cause us sufferings. Therefore applying spiritual methods such as purification practices are very important and if we are consistent, we will see a difference in our situation as Dorje Shugden promised. In fact that is what our perfected Lord Buddha said. This is really for us to go all the way and trust karma. Karma can be changed so our situation can be changed; we can trust this. A tree is known by its fruit. Dorje Shugden’s advice shows you he is an awakened Protector. This advice is excellent and it pinpoints clearly that Dorje Shugden’s advice is always in accordance to Buddha who he has allegiance to. Working for dharma to benefit others is good and no amount of counter-debate can win over this truth. No matter how smart any sentient being may be with the skill of debate, it can never match the wisdom of a fully enlightened perfected Buddha’s wisdom and truth. If Dorje Shugden says working for dharma is good, then it is good. If Dorje Shugden quotes Lord Buddha’s teachings on karma, you know we can definitely rely on that and change our situations and we should do purification practices.

Choji lah while here in Kechara compassionately performed many various rituals and pujas at the instruction of Dorje Shugden for the growth of Kechara. We are so grateful and honored.

We all make mistakes and act out of ignorance, anger, hatred, jealousy and greed. That is our current state of mind but it is not permanent. We are not bad because of it, as it can be removed. Our negative actions do not need to be us. However these actions are stored as karma and they multiply everyday, so we should not sweep those actions under the rug and ignore them. They are like a time bomb and get bigger and bigger until we purify them, or until they ripen and we experience them. Just because no one speaks about it and we are silent ourselves, does not mean they will not ripen or the karma is nil. The karma will open. We experience the ripening of karma daily, weekly, monthly, yearly as we have suffered from so many problems coming from the ten directions. God, the universe, nature, the enemies we created cannot take away our problems, nor can they give them in the ultimate sense. If something as God or universe can take them away, why don’t they? Because they cannot but we can. We can through purification practices as taught by the perfect Buddha. We should engage in purification as taught by Dorje Shugden. Then many doubts in our mind clears, dharma becomes clearer, engaging in virtuous activities become easier. Doing work for others and engaging in actions that benefit others become clearer. In fact when we clear our negative karma away by purification, doing virtuous works becomes easier. We feel lighter and happier.

We should not complain about anything or spread rumours, or influence others negatively against dharma or dharma work. Why? Because what can you do for them if you take them away from dharma work? Most of us are in dire straits or constantly suffering in one way or another and don’t have our own lives together. Many are not really even happy. So when you influence others away, you take people away from a remedy. You don’t need to decide for them, let them decide if this remedy is good for them or not. If you don’t like dharma work or transforming the mind, that is the karma you created. What results that leads to will determine if the karma is good or bad. The old adage is money, wealth, power, beauty and friends never bring lasting happiness. If you continue to contradict this, then you contradict the truth of life or existence as taught by the compassionate Buddha 2,500 years ago and as Dorje Shugden shared with us recently.

Kechara is a place of healing, knowledge, hope, prayers, positive results, practice based on pure lineage protected by the samaya to our guru and dharma protectors. Many people have found direction, hope, wisdom, help and blessings within Kechara. Many have found a goal and the meaning of life within Kechara and our teachings. We get so many letters and messages from people on how Kechara has touched their lives. We are humbled by this and at the same time encouraged. Dorje Shugden said if we follow the dharma, do purification practices, do our dharma works, then we will see a positive change in our situation. He said today humans (us) and Gods (himself) can meet due to very good causes created by both. We can speak together and share the dharma together which is good. We can meet again and again in the future he promised, but we should do our dharma work fearlessly. He asked us to think big, wide, far and not be afraid. We should develop Kechara further to be of even more benefit to many more.  Dorje Shugden said to work hard and make Kechara grow further and we can make it even more beneficial. Work on it and be committed. This is advice from our protector directly. We don’t need to doubt at all and just go all the way. Dorje Shugden said in trance of his renowned oracle monk that what is most important is applying Buddha’s teachings daily, tackling our points we need to work on and have a gradual daily change in our mind to more positive thinking. This change is gradual and not immediate. Don’t pressure oneself, but apply the teachings of mind training and daily make a change within ourselves. When we make this change, we change our world, our conditioning, our thinking, our environment and those around us. He said to trust the Buddha and the Dharma all the way. With Dorje Shugden as our ally, we need not be afraid but we should go all the way.

Dorje Shugden gave us much advice and very valuable instructions which I am sharing here

Dorje Shugden gave us much advice and very valuable instructions which I am sharing here

The oracle monk (Choji lah) was told by Dorje Shugden to visit us, encourage us and bless us. Choji lah the oracle of Dorje Shugden’s visit to Kechara was unplanned by us; he was sent by Dorje Shugden. Choji lah just called us and said he is visiting! While Choji lah was here, we were able to meet Dorje Shugden directly via his powerful and authentic trances. Dorje Shugden offered us the above advice and many other advice to benefit us. Choji lah, on the advice of Dorje Shugden, also did many pujas and rituals to help Kechara to grow. Choji lah is a simple and very easy monk who has been the oracle of Dorje Shugden for over the last 30 years. He was trained and certified as an authentic oracle by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche personally. Also Kyabje Domo Geshe Rinpoche helped in the training. Choji lah’s father was one of the most famous Dorje Shugden oracles in Tibet also. It is lineal in their family. The current Choji lah is the 7th in line of the Panglung oracles. We were very honored with Choji lah’s visit. We were amazed and grateful to Dorje Shugden’s guidance, advice and love. I am very much indebted to Choji lah and especially Dorje Shugden’s advice, protection and blessings on our spiritual journey to Buddha-hood.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

P.S. In retrospect to the above, I would like to welcome one of our student’s mother to Kechara today and welcome her volunteering. This student’s mom is here in Kechara and she is starting to open up to Kechara volunteering. She is here to cook for other volunteers and spend time. She is not too religious per se, but she is a giving lady who has a generous heart. She wants to be here for a few days to cook for volunteers instead of traveling and ‘enjoying’. Her last trip with a group overseas opened her heart, thoughts and mind to the meaning of life. She witnessed someone in her group collapse suddenly and later died while holidaying. This made a powerful impression. Even holidaying cannot protect from the ultimate. This made her think what is the purpose of our fragile life, where even while holidaying someone can just die with no apparent causes…all the money, travel, ‘enjoying’ just ends in sudden passing. How much time have we used up for ‘pleasures’ that gets us nowhere except it becomes a ‘interesting’ conversation to weave for others? When children work for dharma and they show a transformation, it can make their parents sit up and observe and investigate what made their children grow. When children, at the initial protestations of parents, work for dharma and may not have support, if the child transforms sufficiently, the parents are the first to notice due to many years of intimate contact, love and relationship. The parents may start investigating and even join the dharma, or at least respect what the children are doing. In this way we bring the dharma to our parents due to winning our inner battles one day at a time. This can apply to all relatives and friends around us too. Same applies when parents are in dharma, and the parents change and transform. This inspires the children to perhaps explore more. If you only spout dharma but don’t practice, then it will be hard to influence children because children are smart and their intelligence grows as they mature, and they can compare what they see at home with their parents to other adults as they grow. So whatever excuses with our children we may have that ‘may’ work now, may not later.

If our children listen to us even as adults, it is because while growing up they have seen the good qualities in parents and they hold on to that and respect that. If our children don’t respect us, it can be bad influence of friends, their own karmas or we didn’t parent them in ways that influenced them positively or some combination of this. Many times but not all of the times, our children reflect their upbringing and therefore who their parents really were. If as adults we are only interested in materialistic things, travel, food, branded items, etc., maybe that is what they were exposed to while growing up. That came from the parents. You grow up to be what you are exposed to and what you are used to. If you never have to work while growing up but still get abundant toys, holidays, nice clothes, good schools, bills are paid, trips, frequent dinners out then you will grow up wanting the same without the work perhaps. But as adults you will suffer if you don’t get the same things you were used to while growing up. I am not blaming anyone, but these are just some thoughts. Any shred of influence we may have on our grown-up children will be the good qualities they observed in us while growing up. They will hold on to that. Sometimes just paying for their room, school, food and trips may not be enough to have them respect us when they are adults. Good, kind, human qualities within us is what will matter to them. Parents must show results. For many kids,  not having results but just providing good food and a house is not enough. Food and a house are expected of parents. Remember – sometimes kids can be smarter than their parents and vice versa of course. The best way to influence our children sooner or later is to create changes within ourselves that they can see and be inspired by. After all who do we love more, ourselves or our children? This is the ‘test’.

The point is if we consistently do dharma, transform and apply it within ourselves, then we are trusting the dharma in action. Therefore Dorje Shugden is protecting us. How? We are protected by knowledge and when we apply this wisdom, we avoid more sufferings and in this way dharma and Dorje Shugden has protected us.

(Everything in life/samsara we have ‘trusted’ or relied on has failed us in one way or another, including our anger, laziness, expectations and comfort zones. Wealth, name, branded items, luxuries all have faded and will continue to fade. They can’t buy us the respect we yearn for anyways. Now TRUST DORJE SHUGDEN all the way by working for others. Getting sick for others even when we ‘overwork’ is okay and be happy for it. Focus out to others. Do this until it is not difficult to do and it is spontaneous from you. Then we know we are progressing. Do this daily. Feed others, comfort others, take on the work, be a good example, speak logically, have integrity and do our best for others always. Then our protector will be pleased with us and our spiritual practice will bear results. We will be fulfilled, happy and at peace. We will bring purpose to our lives and the lives of many others. Trust Dorje Shugden in action. Destroy comfort zones. He told me this, to do more. Trust him. We can do more and we will. ~Tsem Rinpoche)

Over 700 attended the day Dorje Shugden took trance of Choji lah and gave us his holy advice

Our protector in full trance of Choji lah and giving us a dharma talk

Our Dorje Shugden in full trance compassionately blessed each person one by one. It was a very powerful and memorable moment for many.

 

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  1. Julia Tan on Dec 12, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Being able to meet H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden is a very unique experience in my life. Unique because of the karmic connection we have from the pass and to be able to continue again in this life is amazing. It was the promise from a Guru for his student from His previous life.

    Dharma work is unique too. It is not a work. It is an offerings to the Guru and the three jewels. When we do it with the correct attitude, we create lots of joy in our mind, purify our karma and collect merits. But if Dharma work is done with wrong motivation and agenda, naturally we create lots of negative thoughts and wrong view in our mind. At the end we create the karma to leave the Guru and Dharma. Hence it’s important to always check our mind, ask ourselves, why are we here? Get it right before it is too late.

    The main purpose of Dharma work is to bring Dharma to others and transform our mind and become a better person, we bring Dharma and happiness to our family and friends.

  2. Alice Tay. on Dec 2, 2015 at 11:37 am

    真的万分感恩,因为上师尊贵的詹杜固仁波切的关系,我们身为弟子可以如此的幸运可以亲身体验和接触这位来自西藏著名的第7任庞隆神谕媒,确吉拉,到临克切拉禅修林。

    除了观赏护法神的降神仪式,我们也得到了护法的衷心劝告与提示如下:

    1. 多参与佛法工作
    ~ 满足他人的需求也是直接的满足自己的需求 。简单说帮助他人的同时,其实是在帮助我们自己。

    2. 当不好的事情发生在我们的身上,不要有负面的想法,反而要觉得我们必须经历这一切来净化我们所造下的恶业。经验其实就是业果。
    ~ 要相信因果。尽量去净化我们的黑和中性业力。中性业力可能现在不会发生,但如果没有累积足够功德来净化之前所造下的业力,这是非常有潜能变成黑业。
    ~ 所谓:“种瓜得瓜,种豆得豆”。因果循环,也是如此。

    3. 当我们有问题或生病时,不要只是抱怨和诉苦,然后搁置一边。
    ~ 所有身体或精神的痛都是我们之前所造下的因。
    ~ 要想尽办法来净化恶业,包括酬供、金刚萨垛百字明咒、 大礼拜、闭关 、多杰南炯、黑文殊菩萨、35佛忏、绕佛塔/佛像 、建设弘扬佛法的地方、心经 等。

    4. 相信多杰雄登护法的劝告
    ~ 因为他是随着佛陀的教诲
    ~ 实践净化恶业 – 有帮助于我们拥有清晰的思路、清楚了解佛法知识、长做善事等,可以让我们活的更开心与轻松。

    5. 不去议论任何谣言或任何负面影响于佛法或佛法事业
    ~ 不影响他人
    ~ 让他人自己做决定

    6. 克切拉可以被称为一间‘治疗中心’、可以让人们学习、有正面的结果、希望、祈福与修行依据纯正的传承与清净的三味耶的上师与护法。
    ~ 曾经有很多人写信与留言 提到克切拉和上师的教诲可以帮助解决他们在生活日常上的问题

    7. 护法的劝告
    ~ 如果我们学习佛法、净化恶业和做佛法事业,我们是可以看到有正面的改善和进步于生活状况。

    8. 相信护法所说的一切
    ~ 我们的遇见不是偶然的。做佛法事业要想远一点,想大一点,不用害怕。相信佛陀,相信佛法,继续走下去。

  3. Mingwen on Nov 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I’m feeling grateful that we have Tsem Tulku Rinpoche in Malaysia, we have Tsem Tulku Rinpoche who found Kechara, and we have Choji Lah, the 7th in line of famous Panglung oracles of Tibet, to visit Kechara because of Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and the great motives behind all Dharma works that have been inspired by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and well managing by Kecharians. Moreover, we are all blessed to receive Dharma teachings and wise advises directly from the Powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.

    “When we experience something, that karma is finished or finishing. The experience is the result of the karma.” Indeed, we as human being should remain positive toward any event that happens on us,even it’s negative . They are the results from our productions, either from previous lives or current life. It’s acceptable to behave negatively at first when we are facing problems, however, once we have noticed it, we should react quickly and be the one to control our body and mind, never let them hop around. Furthermore, actions should take immediately or as soon as possible to counter our negative karma, we should not wait until it’s too late to regret.

    There are tons of different religion in this world and Buddhism has been one of the religions which have the most followers. Followers of Buddhism have been practicing since 2500 years ago and it is still running well around the world. We know, every religion is teaching good, therefore, we should respect the others followers of various religions and also our own brothers and sisters who are practicing Buddhism. Never stop one from learning good, and never talk bad about good teachings. Lastly, we should be the medium to deliver things that we have learned/experienced which will bring benefits to our love ones, and people who need it.

    Parents are the one who possess the most intimate relationship with their children, and also act as their tutors of life. When they are still small, parents are always the one who are teaching them the ways they should behave at different situations. However, at times, children could reverse the roles and teach the parents something, when some of the parents are just too busy or stressed up. For instance, parents strive to give the best to their children, at times they might forget about taking care of themselves, at this time their children might ask them not to smoke or tell them not to do any things that would hurt another sentient being. Because these children have received Dharma teachings. Everything we do will cause chain effect, we must not underestimate those tiny and unimportant stuffs we do as they might influence another sentient beings either positively or negatively.

    Thank you. _/|\_

  4. Pastor Moh Mei on Nov 28, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Kechara represents dharma. Dorje Shugden specifically mentioned working for this organization (Kechara) is good. There is no doubt the purpose and goal of Kechara is dharma and will benefit many. Working for dharma in any monastery or dharma center is of course good.

    Our karmic connections go beyond this life. Since we have the karmic connection and merit to meet H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche personally or through his teachings, to hear the advise of Dorje Shugden through the Venerable 7th Panglung Kuten, to have the karmic connection to be in Kechara at the right time during the trance ceremony, the most conducive conditions for our spiritual growth has been set for us. Hence I believe especially for those present at the trance, to support and work for Kechara is the most suitable and favorable spiritual path.

    “Now this has happened and I have experienced the karma and it’s purified.” This statement is very liberating. The nature of karma is that it’s exhaustible. Just as the enjoyment of positive karma can end so can the suffering of negative karma.

    Dharma teaches us how to have the correct view on the positive and negative experiences in our life. When we are able to face and accept the negative situations we encounter with the right mind and we do not react or blame, we can end that negative karma once the experiece passed. Since we do not create more negative karma from the experience, it stops there. Hence, that negative karma is purified.

    Buddha taught us to do purification practices such as kanshag, Vajrasattva, prostrations, retreats, Dorje Namjom, Black Manjushri, 35 Confessional Buddhas, circumambulation, building dharma buildings, Heart Sutra, etc to counter our negative karma. On our own it is very difficult for us to control our mind, to change our views and to see a different truth. Buddha gave us all these various methods of practices to aid us in expediting the process so we can lessen our time in suffering.

  5. Lin Mun on Nov 28, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for sharing this article and we are very fortunate to have Dorje Shugden coming to Malaysia and giving us dharma talk. Below are some of the things I learned :

    1. It is very important to do dharma work and it is even better doing dharma work in Kechara where it is according to the right way and proper understanding. We can trust Dorje Shugden as he is and awakened protector and his advise will benefit us.

    2. When we are faced with obstacles and negatives situation we should not derailed but accept it as our karma. We should not complain but instead do more purification. We have to understand that karma is created by us and therefore we have to experience and face it.

    3. Our actions have created a lot of karma be it on daily, weekly or yearly basis and it keeps multiplying. Karma is not stagnant and can be changed. Hence we must not wait till it ripen to purify it. We should be consistent and work hard to purity it in various methods so we do not have to suffer from it.

    4. Kechara provides us a solution where it is a place for us to practice dharma, pray and purify our action based on a pure lineage. Kechara is a place that can benefit a lot of people.

    5. We should apply and practice dharma everyday so it can gradually change our mind to be positive. This change will not be immediate but gradual. We should learn to transform our mind and then our condition and environment will wholly change. We must have confidence and believe Buddha’s teaching and go all the way.

    Regards,
    Lin Mun

  6. wooishen on Nov 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Even we are sick or in obstacles or problems, do not focus in our problems but continue to think of others, to practice dharma ,cultivate good heart in our spiritual journey. Face it…. overcome it… is a lesson…

  7. Chris Chong on Nov 28, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this piece of advice from Dorje Shugden during the private trance. The advice is just pure dharma and spot on for people who are considering or working in dharma. This is exactly what we need to hear and contemplate on.

    When we work for dharma, we will face tons of obstacles. People around us might not be supportive and even try to pull us away from dharma. Things in our life might start to go wrong and problems will arise. However, if we have faith in our Guru and Dorje Shugden, we will be able to work our way through the hardships. We cannot be those people who have faith when everything is alright and once problem arises, we lose faith. We have go all the way and trust our Guru and Dorje Shugden. Only then, Our Guru and Dorje Shugden can assist us easily.

    CHris

  8. JP on Nov 28, 2015 at 1:45 am

    “Dorje Shugden said if we have problems or sickness, don’t just complain or be in pain and leave it as it is, but do purification practices. All pain, both mental and physical, arise from causes. Those causes are karma and karma is from us. Since karma is created by us, therefore it must be experienced by us eventually. But the GOOD news is that karma is not stagnant and therefore it can be changed, purified, ‘reversed’ or transformed when we apply the appropriate means.”

    When we listen to Dorje Shugden’s dharma talk, it all comes from Lord Buddha’s teachings. Dorje Shugden doesn’t talk about anything else but the dharma. So when others claim and make slanderous remarks of Dorje Shugden that he is an evil spirit, I find it difficult to accept and believe. Why would an evil spirit teach the dharma and promote Buddha’s teachings all the time? He always talk about mind transformation, compassion, how to benefit others, harmony, and retreats. All the negative allegations about Dorje Shugden do not match what I see and hear.

  9. Jill Yam on Nov 26, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    It is very fortunate for Kechara and us to be blessed by the enlightened protector Dorje Shudgen.
    The knowledge by Dorje Shudgen applied properly is wisdom that protects us from samsara. Thank you Rinpoche.

  10. Nicholas on Nov 26, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    It is a great blessing when we have the enlightned protector Dorje Shugden to give his personal advice and dharma teaching. What I learn from this post:

    1) When Dorje Shugden mentioned working for Kechara is very good. For an enlightened being to specifically mention Kechara which mean this organization is beneficial and the potential is much much greater in long term for our spiritual advancement. We should work harder and make Kechara grow continue to benefit more people

    2) When we are in negative situation we should change our view from being negative to positive. Whatever we experienced is form the karma we created and since now it manifest we should go through it rejoicefuly as this karma is purifying or finishing.

    3) By saying so as we going through our karma there are ways that we can chnaged, purifed, reversed or transformed by doing purification practice. This is what I like about Buddhism which it never ask us to just leave by our karma but there is a way how we can improve our karma through realization and practices.

    4) We should not complain, spread rumours or influece others away from dahrma. As we know Dharma is the ultimate truth for our life. What can we do for the people if we influence them away from dharma? Can we ensure them for enlightenment? No! we can’t but by encouraging them to stick with dharma then that is the guide for their liberation

    5) The good qualities transformation from our dharma practice is important because from our transformation it will be notice and be it our parrents, our childrens or even friends they will be inspired and we have shown the true teaching of Dharma in our reality life how it improve ourselves to benefit others.

    It’s a great honor to have the 7th Panglung Kuten to take trance for Dorje Shugden which insisting to come to Kechara to give such a precious teaching and many blessing. All this happened is from our Guru HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  11. Pee Bee Chong on Nov 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing and Chiji-lah for coming to Kechara and gave us guidance, advice, love, blessing and protection.

    Please below my learnings from the sharing above

    When experience unhappiness, suffering or negative situation, we should not be derailed but instead think, we have experience the karma and is finishing. We should rejoice as the karma is ripening.

    No one can take away the karma from us. We must do purification practices as advised by Dorje Shudgen such as kanshag, Vajrasattva, prostrations, retreats, Dorje Namjom, Black Manjushri, 35 Confessional Buddhas, circumambulation, building dharma buildings, Heart Sutra

    When we purify our karma, it is easier for us to practice dharma, our minds will be clearer and everything we do to benefit others will be easier.

    We should apply the teaching given by Buddha daily and go all the way. Then gradually, we can change our mind and to be more positive.

    We should not complain about anything or spread rumours, or influence others negatively against dharma or dharma work. Many people found their direction, hope and wisdom, help, blessing, goals within Kechara. We should do our dharma work fearlessly.

    We should develop Kechara further to be even benefits many more.

    With folded hands
    Pee Bee Chong

  12. Joy on Nov 22, 2015 at 3:41 am

    1) To have the 7th Panglung Kuten , suddenly out of the blue, say He is coming to Kechara because Dorje Shugden said so, must mean we’re doing something really good or we’re on the right track and goes to show how important and beneficial Rinpoche/Kechara work is, and that it can bring of great benefit to the world.

    How amazingly fortunate we are to have such a close connection with the oracle and Dorje Shugden that allows us to receive such precious advice. Feels like a father advising all His children. All this could not have been possible without Rinpoche.

    2) It’s amazing how Dorje Shugden’s advice are always the same as what Rinpoche would say and advise us. “When we work for ‘this organization‘ (referring to Kechara), we will fulfill the needs of others and automatically fulfil our own needs without even thinking about it.” This is something Rinpoche keeps telling us to commit and go all the way and stop being afraid and letting our fears stop us.

    3) When we experience negative situations, we should not be derailed let it discourage us. Instead we should rejoice that that karma has manifested, purified and finished. Wow this perspective is so very powerful and if we can think like this always when we have a bad experience, we will be able to handle so many things in a calm, positive state of mind. It’s another step closer to being attained I think. This also reminds me of the many accidents I’ve had and yet I am still alive today… and I remembered my first accident when Rinpoche told me this same advice; that I should actually rejoiced the karma has been purified.

    4) Dorje Shugden reminds us again about karma and how it all comes from us, ourselves, no one else; therefore it must be experienced by us one way or another. But the good news is that it is not stagnant and if we apply the teachings and do purification practices it can be changed, purified, ‘reversed’ or transformed as nothing is ever permanent. Karma can be changed so our situation can be changed.

    5) Just by reading Dorje Shugden’s advice, one can already tell what kind of Protector He is… definitely an awakened/enlightened one. All of Dorje Shugden’s advice is according to the Buddha’s teachings and nothing else. How amazingly compassionate He is to be giving us such profound direct teachings and advices, what more can we ask except to just trust and do it. Thank you Rinpoche.

    We are indeed so extremely fortunate to be connected with Rinpoche and because of this connection we are able to be connected to the divine enlightened beings like Dorje Shugden.

  13. tsering dolma on Sep 19, 2015 at 11:04 am

    _/\_thank u rinpochela for ur advice. You are really kind. I feel so blessed to come to know u all and it eventually leads to better understanding of the deity and the karma. Thank you a lot. May ma morning shine bright with ur teachings._/\_

  14. michelemarie on Jul 31, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this precious advice from Dorje Shugden With your teaching I am deeply and humbly reminded to do my best for others, always. Infinite gratitude from the deepest of my heart.

    Tsemwater

  15. Leonard Ooi(Penang) on Jul 28, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the advice given by Dorje Shugden (Chojila under trance). I was there during the trance on 21st and was in awe in the presence of our Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden, later Kache Marpo. What is even more awesome is that all of us received Dharma teachings from Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo himself. I will heed Dorje Shugden and Guru’s advice and be more compassionate, kind and loving to all sentient beings. May all the blessings be dedicated to the success of Kechara Forest Reserve.

    Regards

    Leonard Ooi(Penang)

  16. graceleong on Jul 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    It is wonderful to know that the 7th Panglung Kuten took trance of the Protector Dorje Shugden again for the 2nd time in Wisdom Hall of Kechara Forest Retreat. Dorje Shugden has given us very valuable advice on how we should approach our spiritual practice. The advice may not differ much from that of our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, but it becomes an added blessing coming from the Buddha Dorje Shugden himself. I hope that we will all be able to continue to create causes for Dorje Shugden to continue to give us precious advice in KFR as it will benefit many !

    Being a parent is the toughest and most testing challenge in life ! Thank you Rinpoche for always giving us advice on how we should have real transformations, walk the talk, in order for our children to be able to appreciate and embrace that the Dharma can bring positive changes to lives.
    “Everything in life/samsara we have ‘trusted’ or relied on has failed us in one way or another, including our anger, laziness, expectations and comfort zones. Wealth, name, branded items, luxuries all have faded and will continue to fade. They can’t buy us the respect we yearn for anyways. Now TRUST DORJE SHUGDEN all the way by working for others.”
    Thank you Rinpoche for this advice. With folded hands.

  17. Shelly tai on Jul 24, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this valuable advice from DS, we will take this advice sincerely to our heart and as a Kecharian we feel lucky to have our guru who always guide us , remind us about about short fall it really benefits us a lot, we will continue help the organization to grow and spread the dharma to more people.

  18. Choi Sheem on Jul 22, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the message and advice from Dorje Shugden of the second trance session, although it is a private one. The contents of the advice is the same as what Rinpoche have been teaching us all. This have reinforced the fact that focusing out and working to benefit others would bring fulfillment and contentment to our life.
    Many thanks too to Choji lah who have allowed his body to be used so that we can all meet with the Protector and get His advice.

  19. Berndt on Jul 21, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    “When the dharma brings you hardships, then however many differnet kinds of suffering you might have to undergo, like Jetsun mila and the Conquerors of the past, in the end your happiness will be unparalleled. But when wrongdoing makes you rich, then whatever pleasure you might temporarily obtain, in the end your suffering will be infinite”.
    Partul Rinpoche

  20. Patsy on Jul 21, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    It was a holy and historical event that more than 700 people were able to witness the Oracle Trance and to receive direct teachings from Dorje Shugden.

    I was very touched by the compassion of Dorje Shugden for giving us this profound teachings, His protection and blessings and requesting Choji la to visit us to bless and show support towards the development of Kechara Forest Retreat and helping to make it grow.

    May Kechara grow and touch the lives of many to come.

  21. Datuk May on Jul 21, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    When Kechara started Kechara Forest Retreat, I had hopes and dreams of Dorje Shugden coming to visit but it is way above my dreams to meet Dorje Shugden via the Oracle as renowned as the 7th Panglung Kuten.

    Seeing the crowd being blessed by Dorje Shugden, every one present, brought tears of joy to my eyes. It is so beautiful to see so many people being benefitted from Blessings from this great and kind Protector of our times.

    What is even more awesome is that all of us received a very profound Dharma teaching. This teaching gave each and every one present the opportunity to have received Dorje Shugden as our Guru, as explained by HE Tsem Rinpoche. Imagine so much was granted to us.

    May we stay on the path of Buddhism until we gain enlightenment for the benefit of others.

  22. Sofi on Jul 20, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Although I was not at the 2nd private trance, I am glad and thankful to Rinpoche for sharing with us the advice given by Dorje Shugden (Chojila under trance). I was there during the trance on 21st and am absolutely blessed to be in the presence of 2 Buddhas (my Guru and Dorje Shugden, later Kache Marpo) at the same time.
    Having been given the opportunity to volunteer for the preparation of Wealth Box and consecration event, it certainly ring true the message “working for dharma is good”. I really enjoyed my time volunteering and feel much loss having to return to my secular work. I have learnt to be more mindful of my thoughts and actions to generate better “blessings” for the smooth completion of event (ie. reciting DS mantra, etc). Most of all, I have witness the amazing selfless dedication and hardwork of others. May all the blessings be dedicated to the success of all of Rinpoche’s projects.

  23. Vinnie Tan on Jul 20, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I truly agree with what Protector has said about when we work for others in Kechara, we will fulfil our own needs and desire. Through that we are living our lives in a more meaningful way that allows us to enjoy ourselves and feel happier unknowingly. When we use ourselves to serve others, we feel and can relate to the joy when we see the faces on others.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the importance of us purifying the karma that we accumulate along the way as each day passes by. Through Karma, it shows that there is definitely a link behind the things that we do, and thus, as much as possible we should always do good things.

    Through Protector’s teachings, it is clear that we will not be able to change all our negative points to positive ones. Yet, we can do it bit by bit, as the change is gradual and not immediate.

    Thank you Rinpoche showing us an example through the student’s mother visit to Kechara. It is through that student’s transformation that has made possible for his/her mother to be volunteering allowing her to be closer to Dharma. It shows me that it is true that only through self transformation that it will be possible to make this world a happier place to be in and to work from.

  24. Edwin Tan on Jul 19, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this article. Though I was there at the private trance, I totally forgotten what Lord Dorje Shugden mentioned. Although He saying saying specifically on growth of Kechara, his teachings can be applied on my daily living too.

    The last few weeks, I have been through many negativity, both at work and personal. And I have been hit hard and demoralized.. Lamenting and upset, and thrown of grid. Thankfully for this article, reminded me that I should view those negativity as that karma finishing or finished. I should look at it positively that I am experiencing it now and not later when the karma grows bigger and gets worse.

    Thank you for correcting how I should view those unpleasant experiences, Rinpoche

  25. Matthieu on Jul 19, 2015 at 12:57 am

    I hope I can one day have enough merit to meet Dorje Shugden in KFR. Would be a surreal experience. Yes its true for me, through reflection and thinking about ones life it is impossible to contradict the advice and teaching of the Buddha.

    Once you have heard the real truth in the teachings it is almost impossible, or at least should be impossible to live life any other way. The dharma is the ultimate truth. I need to have full faith and go all the way.

    Thankyou for sharing Rinpoche 🙂

  26. Loh Ann Leong (Penang) on Jul 18, 2015 at 4:36 am

    Humble of prostrations to Choji-la for making a special trip to Kechara under instructions of Bhagavan Dorje Shugden. And Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the ultimate advice from Bhagavan Dorje Shugden and also advice of being a good parent by bring Dharma to child.

    Trust Dorje Shugden in action. Destroy comfort zones. He told me this, to do more. Trust him. We can do more and we will.”

    These words are inspiring and with due our untrained mind that keeps lingering in the comfort zone. Its make us awake from the illusions and ensure our remaining times don’t goes wasted anymore.

    For me, Tsem Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden are same in one, having Buddha qualities by bringing benefits to all sentient beings.

    Thank you very much, Guru Tsem Rinpoche ! _/|\_

  27. Wylfred Ng on Jul 17, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing on what Dorje Shugden has advised us during the trance by Choji Lah.

    I felt so touched that we are able to listen to the teaching from Dorje Shugden directly. From the teaching, i knew that i should think or act positively against the problem that we experienced.

    I really thank Rinpoche and Choji La for bringing us Dorje Shugden, and benefited me personally.

    Thank you

  28. Soon Huat on Jul 17, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    It was a amazing memorable day for me, I cannot describe how touched I was when meeting up our Guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and Choji La in this event which I have been hoping for 3++ years I think.
    “we will fulfill the needs of others and automatically fulfill our own needs without even thinking about it”, I particular like this phase. I was like others, I did Dharma was to fulfill my personal need/wishes, therefore, I was very selective in Dharma practice/work such as I only like doing water offering when preparing tormas for puja as it would help to bring me wealth or only did sponsor to certain ritual stuff for certain purpose etc. After being in Kechara for some time, I realized that I should not be selective in Dharma work as long as it is for Dharma, for Kechara, and for others I will do it. We will be benefited from Dharma work in one way or another, we do not need to ask for it . Nowadays when I can afford to make contribution to our center, I will not ask/be selective what project it goes to (such as for candle offering, or Medicine Budhha Hill, or Stupa etc), as long as it is for our center, for benefiting others, and for Dharma. This is how I try to cutoff my selfishness, my ego, and my BIG “I” in mind.

    “But the GOOD news is that karma is not stagnant and therefore it can be changed, purified, ‘reversed’ or transformed when we apply the appropriate means.” This quote really strike me hard in my mind. I am having some “turbulence” in my career in these few years;I got retrenched 3 times in these 6 years (2 times in these 2 years). Honestly, I almost wanted to give up. However, the warm and encouragement from Guru, Protectors, Pastors, Seniors and all the Kecharians in one way another brought me back to Dharma path. Hence, I will follow the instructions (I do not take it as advice only) from Guru and Dorje Shudgen without single doubt and put them into my daily practice to cut off my bad habits as purification. I treat Kechara as my home till the day I pass away in this life.

    Thank You Rinpoche and Choji La to make this event happened to benefit us. Thank You. I am looking forward for another trance from Holy Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpho.

  29. Bradley Kassian on Jul 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Such wonderful and erudite advice from the kindness of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and the protector himself. Flawless advice on purification of karma. Shakyamuni Buddha would be pleased. There are no faults or wrong views with the advice given. I truly hope Kechara grows without obstacles and bring more Dharma to the world at large….maybe Canada too hehe. 🙂 I hope I can gather many merits, purify whatever karma I carry before I pass from this lifetime, Develop bodhicitta, full view of shunyata and practice lojong. Such a rare opportunity to have this precious human life, rare to encounter Buddha’s teachings, rarer to encounter Tsongkhapa’s lineage & teachings and even rarer to to receive teachings from a Lama who works tirelessly for the benefit of others, let alone getting personal advice from an attained being. Thank you Rinpoche,pastors for working tirelessly and providing a platform for all of us to learn, grow and develop are minds. Thank you from the bottem of my heart.

    – “What we really need is to ‘attack’ the true cause which is karma by purification methods (kanshag, Vajrasattva, prostrations, retreats, Dorje Namjom, Black Manjushri, 35 Confessional Buddhas, circumambulation, building dharma buildings, Heart Sutra).

    Purification does not mean we are bad. IT just means we need to purify many actions done from ignorance that have opened, or are still dormant that can cause us sufferings. Therefore applying spiritual methods such as purification practices are very important and if we are consistent, we will see a difference in our situation as Dorje Shugden promised.”

  30. Josh on Jul 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Wow! Such amazing pith instructions from Tsem Rinpoche and directly from the great protector himself! How fortunate we all are to be able to receive these essential and complete instructions.
    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche from the bottom of my heart for making this happen and sharing it with me and so many others.
    Our positive karma is truely ripening through the blessings of the Guru-Protector.
    This is truly great inspiration for me.
    I pray that I may be able to purify my karma as taught so perfectly by the Guru-Protector and complete the two accumulations swiftly so that in some lifetime I can be of some service and benefit to beings as Tsem Rinpoche shows through his great example.
    Thank you Rinpoche and thank you Dorje Shugden.
    May I always come under the protection of you both.

  31. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jul 17, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Even after the private trance is over I’m still in awe of the powerful and profound experience. In awe that the Great Enlightened Dorje Shugden is here in Kechara Forest Retreat through the kindness and compassion of Choli lah. The profundity of the dharma teaching and advices from the Great King is so similar to those that of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, who has been tirelessly teaching us the same.

    It shows that Dorje Shugden’s mind and that of Tsem Rinpoche’s is one and of the same.

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  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 12:16 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and I was touched by this story very much. I personally think that this faithful dog must has very close karmic connection with its owner and it know that the owner is died. Furthermore, animals are very sensitive to our energies and mind states. So, if we are loving kindness and compassion, they can feel our love and care.

    As such, we must treat the animals like humans too. Not to harm them because humans can be reborn as animals and animals can be reborn as humans. We have to accept that humans and animals are interconnected and just like a family.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 11:49 PM
    Spiritual practice is definitely much more than doing good for others. When we practice “spirituality” without religion and from our own understanding, how sure are we that we are on the right track? When we practice spiritual with the guide of religion, we will certain progress and much easily to attain higher levels. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/can-we-just-be-spiritual-but-not-religious.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 10:56 PM
    When we truly love and care for another being like a family, whether this other being is a dog or cat, a child or a stranger, it will break our heart when it is gone. Many people may not be capable of this emotion towards a pet but as we evolved, we will realize we are capable to develop such feelings for animals. It is common in the west to have pets cemetery because of this reason. Thank you for this article, Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a-relative-or-friend.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

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

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
1 month ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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