Is it the guru’s fault?

Aug 10, 2013 | Views: 1,087
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Dear friends,

I tweet daily and about different subjects. I don’t particularly enjoy social media, but it is a necessity to bring about more teachings and knowledge to reach people.

This morning I got up and tweeted all these which I include below. It is a teaching on our views, our relationship with our teacher, practice and dharma learning. It is also on the relationship between what we tend to protect within ourselves because it’s too much to deal with. But we have to deal with it. It will not serve us to not deal with it.

Tsem Rinpoche 

 

 


 

Criticising my guru then teaching others dharma I learned from him does not make sense does it? – Tsem Rinpoche

Why would you insult and criticize our guru? It hurts the sentiments of other students. – Tsem Rinpoche

What practice of dharma are we doing when we always have doubts that our guru is wrong, method is wrong and we refuse to follow? – Tsem Rinpoche

If we always say our guru’s methods are good, but we cannot follow. It is tantamount to saying our guru is not skilful. – Tsem Rinpoche

Everything we see negative in our mind we attribute to our guru’s fault is clear we are in denial of ourselves. – Tsem Rinpoche

People come and go, but look at the ‘quality’ of the minds of those who left. Look carefully and think carefully about how they were. – Tsem Rinpoche

More negative thoughts we have of our guru, the more negative karma we collect to see only negativities. Cause resemble results. – Tsem Rinpoche

Criticising our guru in order to protect our attachments is like killing a skilled doctor when we are in the midst of a great illness. – Tsem Rinpoche

Once we criticise our guru, anger, doubt, hatred and uncontrolled mind will increase and we become uncontrollable (50 Verses). – Tsem Rinpoche

If our guru is wrong, his place of worship will not grow and increase. – Tsem Rinpoche

When we plant doubts about our guru in other’s minds, it shows we are out to not clear doubts but increase doubts. – Tsem Rinpoche

Trying to justify our negativities by blaming the guru is clearly an indication we are guilty and wish to conceal them. – Tsem Rinpoche

If we reject our guru’s care or love, don’t create doubts in others to block them receiving the guru’s love also. – Tsem Rinpoche

What is your goal in criticising your guru? You want to disperse his students and have his centre closed? What does that serve? – Tsem Rinpoche

Despising the guru for pointing out your faults is like killing the methods for one’s own true happiness. – Tsem Rinpoche

Your argument is not with your guru as a person but the dharma he teaches that you refuse to adopt and transform. What do you expect? – Tsem Rinpoche

Seeing only faults in your guru is YOUR fault. So remain silent, practice, purify and transform. Persevere. – Tsem Rinpoche

Do we really deserve a kind, compassionate and loving guru? Or do we deserve to perish with the weight of our deeds and negativities? – Tsem Rinpoche

If we want the love or teachings of a guru, then we just have to pay in letting go of our negative qualities which is why we joined Dharma. – Tsem Rinpoche

We joined Dharma so our guru can teach us the way to eliminate our negative habits and wrong projections. Why fight the reason we joined? – Tsem Rinpoche

We joined Dharma to transform and if we feel hurt regarding our negativities, then our guru did his job. Why reject it? – Tsem Rinpoche

The Dharma you know is solely from the kindness of your guru, not practicing is your fault and not your guru’s. Stop blaming. – Tsem Rinpoche

Your wrong views about your guru is correct and everyone else right views are wrong. You are the only one who is correct? – Tsem Rinpoche

Your Dharma wisdom is greater than your guru’s and it ‘allows’ you to criticise your guru. Is that what you think is correct? – Tsem Rinpoche

You profess don’t be judgemental, but you spend your days and nights judging your guru and criticising to those around you. – Tsem Rinpoche

Criticising your gurus is your way to cover your negativities that you wish to hide from others. – Tsem Rinpoche

You are without fault and all the fault is your guru’s? If you think like that, then you have learned no dharma for years. – Tsem Rinpoche

Dharma means to search into yourself and change. – Tsem Rinpoche

When you criticize your guru, you erode the respect of those who matter around you. Observe. – Tsem Rinpoche

Being a guru in this day and age is like asking for trouble, criticism and anger. People prefer to blame then to see the problems within. – Tsem Rinpoche

When you always think your guru is wrong, then what dharma are you teaching others? They will think you are wrong. – Tsem Rinpoche

If I always say Zong Rinpoche is wrong and makes many mistakes and handles things wrong, then why would you listen to teachings from me? – Tsem Rinpoche

If my guru is wrong, what he taught is wrong so why would you repeat the dharma to others you heard from a wrong person? – Tsem Rinpoche

Is it possible all other students that follow your guru is wrong and you are right? You are the smartest and you surpass all of them? – Tsem Rinpoche

When you criticize your guru but say you like the dharma, you learned the dharma from your guru? That gift is greatest of all. – Tsem Rinpoche

You should be respectful and loyal to your guru who taught you dharma over someone who increases your attachments. – Tsem Rinpoche

When you always speak ill of your guru, you hurt the feelings of those who follow your guru and indirectly you put them down. – Tsem Rinpoche

Even the abbots, master, geshes, teachers who chose your guru and say he should teach is belittled by u because u criticise your guru. – Tsem Rinpoche

You know more than the master, abbots and teachers who chose your guru to teach. Because they say he is good and you say the opposite. – Tsem Rinpoche

When you criticise your guru, what do you want from him? To close the centre and ask all students to leave? What is your goal? – Tsem Rinpoche

If your ego is bruised or u refuse to let go of your negative habituations, don’t target the guru for teaching you what is wrong and right. – Tsem Rinpoche

Are you happier if your teacher teaches you to further indulge in your attachments? What do you want to hear? – Tsem Rinpoche

If our guru’s methods are wrong, then his organisation will not grow. Observe if it does grow, because then you are wrong. – Tsem Rinpoche

Targeting your guru means you are in denial. Let go. Listen to the teachings and apologize to your guru. Not late. – Tsem Rinpoche

You check your guru before you accept them as your guru, not afterwards and then look for ‘faults’ to escape. – Tsem Rinpoche

Do you have more wrongs or your guru? You think. What have u accomplished compared to your guru? Will you grow? Or your guru’s work? Observe. – Tsem Rinpoche

Influencing other students against your gurus is a clear sign you don’t care about anyone but yourself. You want justification. – Tsem Rinpoche

Our egos are our biggest enemy that even pushes us to spoil our sacred bonds and words of honour with our guru. Is our egos worth so much damage? – Tsem Rinpoche

Our egos are our biggest enemy even pushes us to spoil our sacred bonds and words of honour with our guru. Change before it’s too late. – Tsem Rinpoche

Don’t be angry and target your guru, target your bad habits that pushed you to have so much negativities against your guru. He will forgive. – Tsem Rinpoche

Don’t be angry and target your guru, target your bad habits that pushed you to have so much negativities against your guru which is the right source. – Tsem Rinpoche

You want your teacher to be happy and go along with your wrong actions? If he agrees it’s wrong, if he doesn’t you get angry. How? – Tsem Rinpoche

The person you are most unfair with is usually your guru because he is the easiest target to justify our lack of change. – Tsem Rinpoche

Your guru is always wrong and you are right. Happy now? Convince everyone? Does that change you? Make you satisfied? Ego happy? LOL – Tsem Rinpoche

Better to have friendship, good relations and repair samaya with our guru. When our mind is better, it will serve us more for later. – Tsem Rinpoche

If everyone viewed their guru wrongly, then it would be the end of Buddhism as we know it. So who wins then? – Tsem Rinpoche

The best way to destroy dharma is destroy the gurus. The best way to destroy our inner dharma is to disparage our guru. – Tsem Rinpoche

Better to hide our negativities and not deal with them by telling the whole world our guru is wrong, wrong, wrong! LOL. – Tsem Rinpoche

Not wanting to change and step back to samsara does not justify criticizing the guru to pave our road to cover our wrong direction. – Tsem Rinpoche

Guru is good. Dharma is good. Ego is not. Denial is not. – Tsem Rinpoche

If your mind degenerates, don’t blame your guru and justify by influencing others onto your negative thoughts. – Tsem Rinpoche

If your guru is a monk, then not only do you criticise your guru but a sangha also. If you don’t care about consequences, then care about others. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you don’t care about the consequences of your actions against your guru that is your choice. But leave others their choice. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you don’t care about the consequences of your actions against your guru that is your choice. But leave others their choice by not spewing your negative schismatic talk and spoil their relations with the guru, and to justify by more numbers of your views. Care about their mind. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you don’t care about the consequences being against your teacher, then care for the feelings of others and remain silent.  – Tsem Rinpoche

There are always consequences and we claim we are brave enough to take it, let’s see what happens when it ripens upon us. – Tsem Rinpoche

We claim our guru is right and correct, yet we show ‘evidence’ he is not. Contradictions is within our own mind. – Tsem Rinpoche

If students only find fault with the teacher, then the teacher just finds new students. – Tsem Rinpoche

Teachers have to face all types of students with hundreds of personalities, don’t let their criticisms bother you, just teach with compassion. – Tsem Rinpoche

A guru has to be dissected by thousands for years on end, just forgive them and teach with compassion. It is Kaliyuga. – Tsem Rinpoche

The worse type of student is the one who never mention or recognize the true kindness of the guru but only find fault. – Tsem Rinpoche

Finding fault with the guru is already bad, but voicing it to influence others is horrible because now you’re just being vicious. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you teach, give, help, support, love a student, and they still are critical of you, it’s time to move on. Forgive and find new students. – Tsem Rinpoche

A guru teaches for you to transform due to care, if you don’t transform don’t blame the methods. Be honest and blame the ego. – Tsem Rinpoche

If a teacher is kind and has good motivation, the growth of his dharma centre will be testimony to this for all to see. – Tsem Rinpoche

If a student is right over the teacher, then a student must be much more successful and have greater results than the teacher. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you choose your ego and your desires over the guru, then why join dharma in the first place. Dharma is not a social club. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you don’t want to transform then don’t follow a guru, just read dharma books, don’t change and feign ignorance. – Tsem Rinpoche

Why influence others against your guru unless you are vindictive? Just remain silent totally. – Tsem Rinpoche

You can take teachings, love, help, money, care from your guru, if you give back criticism, then you check who you are. – Tsem Rinpoche

If u want to hear what you want to hear, then don’t criticize your guru for teaching you unbiased dharma. U wouldn’t even accept Manjushri’s counsel! – Tsem Rinpoche

If your views differ than your guru, that is fine, just take time to meditate. Remember, is your dharma, skilful means and wisdom equal or surpasses the teacher? – Tsem Rinpoche

I have heard others mention the faults of my guru Zong Rinpoche many times. So what? Do I join the bandwagon, or change ‘friends’? – Tsem Rinpoche

If I only find fault with my guru Zong Rinpoche, why teach dharma to anyone? The dharma is faulty from him. So remain quiet. – Tsem Rinpoche

Why always find fault with the teacher year after year? Is the teacher is really that bad or you are just overboard with your views? – Tsem Rinpoche

Finding fault with your teacher is one thing, influencing others with your poisonous talk under any guise is unacceptable. – Tsem Rinpoche

Your guru will grow and expand no matter what you say, just keep quiet, as time goes on let see who expands and becomes huge. – Tsem Rinpoche

Don’t cover your desire for your destructive attachments by saying your guru is bad hence you’re confused. Just own up to your faults. – Tsem Rinpoche

Just because you refuse to transform and you wish to chase after your harmful desires, don’t use your guru’s ‘faults’ as an excuse to do so. – Tsem Rinpoche

I can use Zong Rinpoche’s ‘faults’ and talk about them incessantly (others have) to justify my confusion, disrobe and give up. But why? – Tsem Rinpoche

You can criticize your guru as much as you want, your voice will be drowned out after a short while by the compassion and growth of his work. – Tsem Rinpoche

All the supporters of your guru are deaf and dumb and only a handful of you see the guru’s true character and faults? – Tsem Rinpoche

Your guru will continue teaching long after your criticisms and benefit others because he is a Bodhisttva. While you find new people to fault. – Tsem Rinpoche

Don’t be ungrateful, appologize to your teacher, ask for time to change, but don’t blame him for your faults. He is compassionate. – Tsem Rinpoche

Your life experiences can never compare to a teacher who has the wisdom of dharma knowledge, means to help and endowed with compassion. – Tsem Rinpoche

In 25 years since meeting Kyabje Zong Rinpoche I’ve NEVER criticised Him because I discipline my mind or speech. Others have, I don’t. – Tsem Rinpoche

I’ve heard many criticisms against me, some I accept. What would you like me to do? Give up, quit, stop teaching and let your ego win? – Tsem Rinpoche

There will always be angry students who blame others and it’s never their fault. Even Lord Buddha experienced this. Just move on. – Tsem Rinpoche

All teachers have their Devadattas and Judas, forgive them, continue to grow and reach those who want to change. LOL – Tsem Rinpoche

Some gurus are insulted or criticised by those who never even met them. Amazing. LOL. – Tsem Rinpoche

Some criticise their guru after years of love, care, teachings following the negative examples of some other ‘students’. Wake up. – Tsem Rinpoche

Some treat their lovers who are full of wrong views, ego, laziness better than their gurus and take their side against their guru!! – Tsem Rinpoche

By choosing your lover over your teacher is a mistake, because eventually u will separate from your lover and you lost your teacher too. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you self loath so much, you will manifest that as your teachers’ fault. Don’t hate yourself and don’t criticise your teacher. – Tsem Rinpoche

When you criticise your teacher, you are criticising all those who follow him and all those who ‘enthroned’ him also. – Tsem Rinpoche

Why always challenge your guru? Turn the fight inwards and challenge the desires, attachments and ego. Your real enemies. – Tsem Rinpoche

You are hurt because your guru challenged your attachments and that is all. It’s the reason you are suppose to be in dharma!! – Tsem Rinpoche

Turn the fight inwards. Turn the criticism inwards. Your guru faces thousands. You just face yourself. Give your guru some slack! – Tsem Rinpoche

Imagine I run around criticising my Zong Rinpoche like some others and then self indulge and then blame Him for my anger and faults? – Tsem Rinpoche

Criticise your guru all you want, lets ‘compare’ where you are in a few years and where your guru is. Results count! The end. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you cannot align with your holy, compassionate and giving guru, then you can downgrade to aligning with your attachments? – Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

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  1. adelinewoon on Sep 15, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche has many Gurus and his root Guru is Khyabje Zong Rinpoche, whose root Guru is Khaybe Trijang Rinpoche, who is the main tutor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama is the emanation of Avalokiteshvara. In order to be the tutor of such high emanation, H.H. Khyabje Trijang Rinpoche must be a highly attained being as well. Because a Guru has to be advance to teach and guide the students. Trijang Rinpoche is the emanation of Lord Atisha, who has also came back as Lama Tsongkhapa. Lama Tsongkhapa is the combination of Lord Manjushri, Avalokithesvara and Vajrapani. So, he is definitely a full qualified teacher of HH The 14th Dalai Lama.

    Zong Rinpoche, an emanation of Heruka himself, is the heart student of Trijang Rinpoche. So, following this logical thread, Tsem Rinpoche must be an emanation of a Budhha as well in order for him to be the heart student of Zong Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche is an emanation of one of the 8 main disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa and you can pretty much work the answer out that he is no ordinary being. Following this, we go back to the Take Refuge part in Tibetan Buddhism tradition that why we emphasize on Guru Devotion and why we take refuge in Guru who is one with the Buddha himself.

    On a mundane level, a refuge can be a shelter of protection from rain, also a place, a person, an action or a thing that offers one relief, help and protection. On a supramundane level, it is refers to a method that can offer ultimate relief and protection. To a Buddhist, it is the dharma that has been preached by Shakyamuni Buddha some 2500+ ago. The dharma that he expounded was already in existent prior. Therefore he is said to have realised the truth (dharma), but not created something new that was not in existence before. It is illogical to say that there were no Buddha (enlightened being) before him or after him, because according to buddhist cosmology, there is countless number of worlds and beings apart of planet earth. Even within planet earth itself, the amount of beings are already hard to be counted.

    So, it is obviously true that the lineage lama of the Gelug school, including Tsem Rinpoche are emanations of highly attained being. There is no question asked! So, knowing that the Gurus are enlightened, when we take refuge, we take refuge in them who is definitely one with Buddha Shakyamuni. No need to argue that. The issue most of us have is that we need to see the actual thing in order to believe it. The question now is that, what if our level is not there to perceive it. It is like the Gurus are University graduates and we are just entering kindergarten, when the Guru talks about an idea, concept, we will find it hard to understand, not to mention to see where he/she is coming from.

    So, from that point, it is obvious that when we do not have trust in the Guru, his teachings and methods, it is not the Guru’s fault, he is never at fault. Instead of saying bad things about the Guru, it is very important for us to understand that it is the same as putting a Buddha down. Let’s just not talk about big words likes merit, de-merit, karma etc, just on a logical level when we say negative things about the Guru and go to people and injected them with the ideas, we are pulling people away from their chance to be enlightened. We are pulling them away from a chance to think out of the box, to see a bigger picture. That in return make us forever stuck in the same spot with no chance to be out, just like the frog in the well.

    For us to not understand his/hers method, the things that he/she said, what they do with their time etc, it is time for us to read more and contemplate why we remain in the state of not understanding. You know we can never say we are hungry because we refuse to eat, can we? The biggest enemy that is blocking us from seeing what our Guru really is definitely is the enemies we have inside. The insider that has caused us to not move on, to not do anything to change the situation, to not want to change our view about our Guru really. If I’m asked what’s my biggest fear, I can tell know firmly me! Yes, I’m afraid of myself, afraid of all the dirty things that I have inside. Gosh, that is very very scary!

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    A Guru has to take care of so many people, their mind and mind games. If you want to show how right you are, get more attainments and spread more dharma than the Guru prove it with actions of how right you are. Don’t destroy other people’s faith in the guru with your false words, if you do can you take care of these people all the way to enlightenment, can you give initiations, give them the practices to get them ready for the rest of their lives?

  3. Albert Ratchaga on Sep 7, 2013 at 4:42 am

    People come and go, but look at the ‘quality’ of the minds of those who left. Look carefully and think carefully about how they were. – Tsem Rinpoche

    When the people talk bad about certain Dharma center and claiming they are fake, cult, etc. Well, whether the Dharma center is real or not, but when i look at the people who spread negative news about a Buddhist organization, They do not just talk bad about the dharma center, they also like to gossip about other people.. so when I look at them, I would think twice whether to believe what they said or not..

    Whatever a spiritual teacher say or do, there will be comment or criticize. But what we should examine is instead of their word, we should see that person and what they do all the time. It really make no sense of using the spiritual teacher’s teaching while disparaging him.

    Rinpoche has been tirelessly teaching Dharma in his whole life, Rinpoche never like to do social media, having Dharma center and teaching, but because his passion of spreading Dharma, he did it, he sacrifices everything else he wanted to do and do what he never like to do, and this is what he get in return?

    all the quotes here is very meaningful and there is much to digest, if we fully understand all these quotes and practice it, our lives will never be the same like now.

  4. Uncle Eddie on Aug 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

    It is said that Lama Tsongkhapa has explained two techniques for using the ‘faults’ we see in the Guru to develop our devotion – one, is to think that the faults we see in the Guru are simply the view of our own impure mind – secondly, is to think that this aspect has been purposely manifested for our benefit to guide us to enlightenment. It has been mentioned in “The essence of Nectar”, that at our present mundane level until our mind is seperated from impure Karma and obscurations, even if every Buddha without exception, appears directly in front of us, we would’nt see them as Buddhas. We would still only have our present ordinary view of our impure mind! There are so many things that our mind cannot see or apprehend in a way that is opposite to reality. It is further said that the only way the Buddhas can guide us to enlightenment is by manifesting in ordinary forms, which means, “ones” that have faults, experience the sufferings of birth, old age, sickness and death, and “make mistakes” in their actions. Our mind is said to be so deluded or obscured, that we don’t have the Karma to see an aspect without faults. They have to manifest as something that we can see that accords precisely with our level of mind. Our Guru, therefore is unbelievably kind and precious to manifest in the abovementioned ordinary forms, having ‘faults’ which accord exactly with the level of our impure mind. BUT, we must keep on developing the devotion that sees the Guru as a Buddha, by looking at Him as a Buddha, with the due respect that comes through from the heart, remembering all the kindnesses which he has accorded to us! We must have the appreciation that even when we think of our Guru’s human aspect, though with faults, He is the only one who can liberate us from every single defilement, gross and subtle, and then lead us to full enlightenment to benefit countless other sentient beings. Om mani Padme Hum!

  5. Cliff on Aug 19, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I could never really have comprehend how some one could possibly disparage, criticise or target a Guru. A Guru’s intent was to never have hurt you but to help you, point your faults and help you transform into a better person. Failing to agree with what was pointed out wrong with you by your Guru only strengthens your ego. But even to the extent of not agreeing with the teachings of one Guru and leaving to look for another and gossip bad things of your previous Guru is truly Shameful and unnecessary. It is just a vicious attempt to put a Guru down because they have failed to realise a mistake or a fault that they have and cover it up with their ego to find justification for their reasons, why study the dharma if you would still behave like this.

    The quote that really struck out the most to me was, “If your guru is a monk, then not only do you criticise your guru but a sangha also. If you don’t care about consequences, then care about others.” It is really true even if one does not agree with a Guru and leaves, criticising your previous Guru only puts down the Sangha and Dharma. If things don’t work out the way you want it, you can’t blame a Guru. “More negative thoughts we have of our guru, the more negative karma we collect to see only negativities. Cause resemble results.”

    Thank you for sharing your quotes all onto one page Rinpoche.

  6. Low KHJB on Aug 17, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.Some of us do not have the merit to meet a true Guru who preach and practice the essence of the Dharma. Most of our mind is clouded by wrong view due to ignorance,ego and selfishness .
    To blame someone is always the easiest way out of a situation.Most of the time the problem arise within one self .But we are always too proud to admit fault ,just to save face.
    Guru devotion is very important in dharma practice.If you have doubts ,you must seriously look back in to one self with regards to one’s true motivation and actions.
    The Guru is very generous and compassionate .As a result,he is willing to share with us his precious dharma knowledge and wisdom.
    But due to his effective means to transform our mind through a swift path.For those with less merits could not benefit from this and in turn try to prevent others from attaining it.That would be the worst act of selfishness.

  7. Beatrix Ooi on Aug 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I think that criticizing the teacher is a very wrong thing to do. We can’t just blame everything we couldn’t do on our Guru, the Guru is here to teach us the Dharma, not to be blamed. Also, we can’t blame our Guru when things don’t work out the way it should be. If it wasn’t our Guru, we won’t be here today. Think before act.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  8. Sean Wang on Aug 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing all these wonderful quotes. I think that criticizing the guru is horrible. Just because a student fails, it does not mean the teacher has failed too. It means the student, themselves, have not been placing the proper amount of effort.

    The guru has nothing to gain from being our spiritual guide, we only benefit from his compassion, so why should we feel anything against him.

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  10. MartinC on Aug 14, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Isn’t it quite something, that the Guru has to go out of his way to provide suitable conditions, materials, infrastructure and then very delicately and skillfully impart knowledge, kindness, wisdom, insights and teachings, all the time knowing how lost we are and how fragile our egos are…just so that we have a chance of ending our seemingly endless cycles of suffering? I think when someone criticizes the Guru, not only are they in the deepest state of denial but they are also showing the worst ingratitude.

    It has occurred to me that those who criticize the Guru either do so while they are still enjoying some benefits from the Guru directly or indirectly, or left the Guru after some years of studying and gaining knowledge from the Guru. It is strange that the same Guru that a person praised for so many years suddenly became a target of condemnation and this usually happens after the student hits a wall with the Dharma for refusing to fight a deep seated issue. So instead of fighting the issue (their own poison), they unleash venom on the Guru.

    That a person can criticize his/her own teacher is really a good indication how unhealthy the person’s state of mind is. Why criticize what you failed to understand?

  11. David Lai on Aug 14, 2013 at 1:16 am

    People today are naturally sceptical of Gurus especially since people are brought up to worship materialism. When we pursue spirituality with a Guru, we have to be prepared to do more and improve over time as we learn more Dharma otherwise why have a Guru. How the Guru manifests depends on how much we are prepared to change and do more for our own spiritual practice.

    However, Dharma is not just an intellectual pursuit. It is meant to be applied to our character and lives. If we can see its benefits, we can do more with it. Our embrace of the Dharma should be characterise by how well we accept negativity, criticism and obstacles. Dharma encourages us to have grace under pressure and to do what’s right so we have no regrets. In other words, we have to transcend our petty excuses and not place the blame on others when we refuse to apply the Dharma.

    When our Dharma practice fails and we refuse to accept the blame, the easiest scapegoat is the one who points out our faults, the only one who cares enough to do that. That’s our spiritual guide, our teacher.

  12. So Kin Hoe on Aug 13, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    When a Guru gives everything he or she has for the students without receiving any equivalent return or no return at all, yet the students criticize their own Guru because of their ego, self denial and never want to lose their face, is the biggest failure of their entire life. There is no reason for the students to pint point or criticize on their Guru’s teaching method as the students do not know the reason behind of every teaching given by the Guru. We should seek to understand and then to be understood.

  13. Sharon Ong on Aug 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    I truly cannot understand how or why would any student criticise their Guru. We are nowhere close to our Guru’s level and we certainly have NO right to criticise our Guru. I always believe that in order to criticise someone, you need to be so much better than the person you are criticising. For a student to criticise a Guru does not make any sense for if you criticise the Guru, you think you are much better than the Guru. If you think you are so much better than the Guru, how come you are still a student and not a Guru sitting on the throne giving teachings?

    Instead of criticising, I think we should internalise and ask ourselves, why our Guru does this or says as such. If we are unable to understand or even accept our Guru’s actions or advice, perhaps we do not have the merits or our Dharma knowledge is insufficient. This should lead us to strive harder to boost our Dharma knowledge and practice. Criticising should not be an option as it is an easier option as many have this mindset of blaming others for their sufferings.

    My latest motto in life paraphrasing 2 wonderful taglines “In Guru we trust – Just Do It!”.

    With much love and respect,
    Sharon

  14. Ashlee on Aug 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    For those who left and criticize the Guru, you previously shared with others how kind the Guru, how you respect him, how compassionate he is, that everyone should have 1 Guru and 1 Centre. Now you are telling others that the Guru is no good? What credibility do you have? What message are you sending to others?

  15. Ashlee on Aug 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I feel extremely sad for those who have left and is criticizing the Guru. Reflect back and realize that we were the ones seeking Dharma and the Guru has been so kind to point our faults and prescribe changes to us. Contemplate on the Guru’s love, kindness and compassions over the years in nurturing us to transform. Those who are criticizing the Guru should stop immediately and not create further negativity for yourself. It’s always a choice to acknowledge our faults, then change and not blame others. Apologize if you are wrong and transform. We should inspire others by realizing our mistakes and changing for the better. Do not try to justify and hide our faults by blaming the Guru or others. Nothing is worst than disparaging one’s Guru.

  16. Cynthia L on Aug 13, 2013 at 4:11 am

    There are always consequences and we claim we are brave enough to take it, let’s see what happens when it ripens upon us. – Tsem Rinpoche

    This is so true. We should not be afraid of the truth. The worst fears someone should have is their own KARMA. If one truly believes in karma, they will stop blaming, criticising, creating schism and doubts in people’s minds. Instead, they will gratefully accept any faults that the guru points out because no one else will and in the long run, we our lives can change for the better if we put the teachings that was freely given to us into practice. The reason why we have a guru in the first place is because we want to end our suffering. I guess some people have not suffered enough before. Life seems better on the other side.

  17. Eric Lee KHJB on Aug 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    上师,是我们在修行道路上的GPS, 他透过许多的修行验而到达证悟的境界。所以,他是最有资格给予他的学生有关修行的方法,他所做的一切都只会是为了让我们能更快速的达到觉悟,除此之外,别无其他。当然,不同的时代,有不同的教育方式,佛陀当时为了让更多的人能共沾法喜,也得运用了八万四千不同的法门来普度众生,更何况在这末法时代,仁波切更应该运用现代人能接受的方式,来传法,我个人认为合情又合理,何错只有,只要出发点是正确的,那结果就一定是正面的。。

  18. June Tang(khjb) on Aug 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Criticizing the Guru is the WORST attitude ! We learn all the dharma practices from our Guru, without him, we learn nothing at all ! Our Guru shows us his care, love and kindness, no matter how many mistakes we made !! We should be thankful to all his efforts !! We should love him as he love ours!!

  19. Sofi on Aug 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I am always amazed at my good fortune/merits to have Rinpoche as my Guru. Another is that my strength of my faith/trust in my Guru that helps me see through my negativities. It is this faith that makes me view my Guru as perfect with good reasons behind his every actions to help us and thus what ever problems arising would have to be coming from our own wrong thoughts/perceptions. From this, then am I able to check and correct myself. I know that the Guru is a doctor but faith/trust plays very important role in Guru/student relationship. As we are still in samsara, some would continue seeking other doctors eventhough they had been seeing the best. Its the very fact that we r in samsara that our deluded minds tell us that there maybe some better solution out there. Like those alternating between western medicine n tcm treatment. We r constantly influenced by other patients/people’s recommendation. That is why when we develope strong faith/trust, then we will not be in the position to be easily swayed n will examine the “facts” correctly. In our heart, we do know what is good for us n its only our deluded mind blinding us to this. With folded hands, may I never let my deluded mind take me away from my precious Guru n his priceless teachings.

  20. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Aug 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Ego always make us point others when we do wrong or cant fulfill our task…

    Thanks Rinpoche being so compassion to always keep remind us our weak points…

    May we gain more Merits through practice, lesser our ignorance through practice and lesser our obstacle through practice hence to serve Dharma continuously…

  21. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Aug 12, 2013 at 11:52 am

    We should always remember ” you are the creator, you experience what you create”.nobody is responsible for our mistakes, angry, unhappiness , sadness…all this is create by ourself. We shoud be grateful to our Guru who willing accepts our refuge and guide us all the way towards enlightement , no salary, no holiday,no complaints, always ready for help…how can we criticise our Guru ? Who are we? How can we let ego to become the obstacle to stop us to learn from Guru? Seek Guru forgiveness…face our ego bravely and stop it.
    Rinpoche, you are my BEST Guru…

  22. lucy yap on Aug 12, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Instead of finding fault with the Guru,who is ever compassionate recall the qualities of our Guru and pray for our own body,speech and mind to become one with the Guru’s holy body,holy speech and holy mind to receive blessings to receive all the qualities the Guru has.The Guru that teaches us the holy Dharma which is precious above all.
    “Even if you can recite the whole Tripitaka by heart,even if you know the entire Dharma,if you don’t have the Guru’s advice,there will be a gap between you and the Dharma when you practice.”
    Such are the words by Atisha from collection of advice from Here and There.Never doubt the Guru as he accept us for who we are,feel fortunate to have a Guru like this.Do not criticise the Guru for our own shortcomings.

  23. N Joy on Aug 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I once got into a situation where the decision whether or not to criticize the guru was not an easy one:
    That guru called himself a Buddhist teacher, yet he was never part of the sangha, he was not recognized by any of the other Buddhist traditions, all books and other material in the group were only from him. Also, in their concept the only way to enlightenment is relying on the guru to transmit purifying energy which will basically eradicate one’s negative karma gradually. According to them, it only really works properly in their centres and if you paid for the according courses.
    It might be due to my ignorance, but to me he seemed to be one of the many fake, self-exclaimed gurus that apparently are around in this day and age.
    I reminded myself of Rinpoche’s advice better not to criticize other centres or gurus in front of their followers, but the urge is still great to question them, just because I think they have good intention but are most likely on the wrong way and would most likely waste a great part of their lives waiting for their “master” transmitting enough energy to them, instead relying on themselves and their practice under the gurus guidance.

  24. Ming hui Ying on Aug 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I am still amazed how some students who have benefitted so much the Guru, can turn around and criticise the Guru. Even with learning the Dharma and having been taught about Guru devotion, they can still do and feel they can get away with it. These persons must be very “ill” in the Dharmic sense. Yes, a doctors’ advice maybe difficult to follow, but the patient should not blame the doctor for that.

  25. MayOng on Aug 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    If the Guru has given us teachings, shown us the way to do it, love us like his children, be kind to us like a parent who will scold us to point us to the true way, support our practice, give us money, being patient with our “monkey” behaviors and give us time to change waiting patiently – then we, like naughty children, turned our back against him, hurts him with malicious actions, words and blames him for doing his best for us for our OWN GOOD begging us to change for the better for ourself so we don’t need to suffer later.

    Is that the repayment we give to anyone at all? Think again.

  26. Shelly tai on Aug 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Shelly tai on 11 Aug 2013 at 630pm
    I fully agree with all these quote , because of our negative karma we always see fault on our guru I think the best way to over come this negative karma is by learning the dharma and put that into practice . When we practice more our deluded mind will be more clear and it cut away the ignorant. Thank you Rinpche for sharing this teaching with us.

  27. Datuk May on Aug 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Reflect, I bet my last dollar that those who criticise their Guru are the same people who cannot get along with their Parents, siblings and have true friends.

    They will float through this precious human life with the desires, anger and ignorance like any other animals.

    The thought that now comes to my mind is this, if one can criticise a Guru must have been a Dharma student and when that happens, check in and with any little knowledge you may have of the Dharma, you will realise that it is your negative karma ripening, do something about purifying that negative Karma and trust and believe in the Guru for redemption. If nothing else then you may lived a ”smart life” instead of destroying your spiritually by talking badly of the Teacher of the Dharma.

  28. Ck Liew on Aug 11, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Criticising our Guru that we once praise abundantly & reverently makes us a total hypocrite. If you felt your Guru is wrong for whatever reason you cooked up in ones own mind , we should instead question ourself and investigate why such negative mindset arises. Opening salvo at our Guru that had been kind to us before is a total act of failure and it shows our own character. It’s only ones own fault for not able to learn & benefits from all the teaching our Guru imparted to us.

    For a true students to be able to benefits from having a Guru or claiming he/she had a Guru the only way to show that is to practice everything the Gury has taught us. As for myself my Guru is INCOMPARABLE.

  29. KH Ng on Aug 11, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Criticizing the Guru is the greatest of downfalls. It is beyond any justifications. Criticizing the sangha, ordained or lay among to criticizing the Guru as well and it is very dangerous as many cannot see this connection. Better keep silent, contemplate and transform one-selves. Turn adversity to advantage.

  30. henry ooi on Aug 11, 2013 at 12:44 am

    When a school teacher teaches some 35 students and all but one passed the exams would that be the teacher’s fault? That student who failed might go around blaming the teacher but as time passed people stop believing when they spoke to the other 34 students.

  31. Soon Huat on Aug 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for the marvelous and extensive teachings. I always treat you as my model and guideline of my life. You always sacrify yourself to lighten us up but sadly say that there are a lot of us still do not appreciate it due to our ignorance.
    I listened to your youtube in last Intesive Dharma class about Power of Vows you have given when you visited Bangkok. It touched me, I felt that it is powerful talk. Vows is the Promise we have given to our teacher/Guru. No matter what we should keep it and try our very best to achieve it. It will push us to another level such as feeling like our past has died and new us have reborn.
    I will keep my vows to grow the Dharma group in Penang despite of all difficulties. Hope the path will be smoother in future.
    I will change all my major bad habits: I would like to appologize to my Guru and ask for more time for the change.
    I hope I will take refuge vows under Rinpoche by this year to be Rinpoche’s student.

  32. Sean Pang on Aug 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    We were what we were – qualities and faults, the full package – with or without a guru, whom we have identified as THE guru and accepted as OUR guru. So, if we have accepted someone as our spiritual guide, why blame the guide for pointing out our faults?

    The guru has nothing to gain by doing so, all benefits from facing the truth are ours and ours alone. Why can’t we accept the fact that we have made mistakes and our guru can help us find a better way towards a more fulfilling life and, ultimately, Enlightenment?

    Because we are afraid of the truth and what it tells us about ourselves. Because it’s easier and more comfortable to hide behind lies. Is that the guru’s fault? No, that’s entirely our responsibility.

    Bear this in mind: just as we can choose and accept a guru, a guru has the choice to accept us as students. But the difference is a guru will never walk away from his student.

    If you have the good fortune to find a guru and be accepted as a student, don’t waste it by going back to who you’ve always been. Seize the opportunity to be something better and bigger than yourself.

    Trust your guru.

    Sean Pang

    • Joy on Aug 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      You are right Sean… when you blame the Guru is like I’m sick, I got cancer, I go see a doctor but when the doctor advice to do chemo, I do not want then I get more sick and then it’s all the good doctor’s fault! Which is obviously ridiculous!!!

      Don’t be ungrateful, appologize to your teacher, ask for time to change, but don’t blame him for your faults. He is compassionate. ~ Tsem Rinpoche

      If we read carefully, this entire quote post from Rinpoche is literally showing us the path to practising with the right attitude and mind. On top of that… Rinpoche even presents the way to redeem oneself and the how kind and forgiving Rinpoche is… as the quote above said, just ask for forgiveness and the Guru who is compassionate will forgive. It is not at all lost yet, but it is on the part of the student if he/she does not see this and reciprocate the love and care from their Guru.

      Can you believe it, up until now… Rinpoche is still ever forgiving!!! What’s most scary is the consequences those who disparage the Guru and 3 jewels (yes this include people who are in the Dharma community – though lay, they serve Rinpoche and the centre, so they are considered lay sangha… still sangha)… what they will face and all for what??? To cover and protect their attachments, justifying that they are good and to think everything is “permanent”. Foolish indeed… sad indeed… for they will not know peace or happiness… because it’s everyone’s fault!

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  • 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
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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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
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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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
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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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
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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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
4 weeks ago
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)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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
2 months ago
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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