Last moment

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What really matters at the precise moment?

When is it your turn? Any day now most likely. None of what you believed, said, thought, eaten, travelled, learned, family, acquired, partner, kids, parents, likes, dislikes, games, humour, travels, anger or ego will help you at this precise moment. This moment is very precise and exact. No escape. The state of mind reflected by your habituated actions throughout your life will lead you out of your body and propel you into ‘light’ or a temporary tunnel, or a vast field, or seeing some dead ‘relatives’ depending on your thoughts then total darkness followed by another womb. A womb pregnant with further pain perhaps? Most likely, unless you are spiritually attained or awakened. You will again abide within a womb waiting to issue forth into the world temporarily armed or not armed for the same experiences again or their variations and more redundancy. Existence(1) is meaningless redundancy that we falsely imbue with meaning. A meaning that leads to further repeated meaninglessness. This has been going on countless untold times and will continue to unless you achieve the methods to end it. Like the proverbial blind turtle swimming in the ocean(2).

Whatever you have been used to telling yourself and ‘believing’ will determine your next womb birth or birth. No God, Gods or wealth or friends can do anything for you now. Not that they ever could and if you took confidence in them, you are going to be sweating with regrets now of the empty clingings throughout your life to them and many others things you believed falsely. A clinging of empty promises deluded by projections pushing us to act in ways that didn’t benefit ourselves at all or anyone.

How smart you think you were or what made you feel secure will all be gone in this precise moment. Only the attainments and good merits will lead you now. Only refuge, samaya, practice, merits and your Yidam will guide you now. Unless you forsook them by laziness, temperament, wrong sudden emotions or abandonment.

Your fancy talk, explanations or wit will not secure an exception with the dark figure in your room waiting to take you from your corporeal form ready to decompose. Yama the Grim Reaper has been waiting and watching with delight at all your deceptions both known and unknown and it’s time to pay back dues. Don’t think the next step or life will be better judging from this one. You know how you were and you know what you have done. If you don’t, that’s even worse. How can diamonds be found on the moon when you dig on earth? Everything you believed or not believed or courageously and loudly proclaimed to others now will only be echoes of a soon to be forgotten past. A past you thought was permanent and still and unchanging. Remember, the words of doom is not death is upon you, but life was wasted on projections.

Are you ready for the denizens of the other world waiting patiently to exhaust your last breath? If you are not, when will you be ready? Another few extended years will do not much for you. Being ready or not is not a characteristic of the Grim Reaper(3). He doesn’t wait for you to be ready, but he waits nevertheless. Look at yourself and what you have actually achieved spiritually. Are you ready? If not, what are you waiting for now? If you forsook your teacher, dharma, practice and the practice of compassion, then regret and reconnect. Start the time honored recommendations(4) now by the past Sages. Don’t look for reasons to not practice, but look for reasons to practice. If you have remained connected due to some merit infused wisdom, then step it up. Time is not on your side!

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

1 Samsara

2 Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche describes in Lam Rim our chances of another good life is like a blind turtle that surfaces once every 100,000 years for air then goes back below the ocean again, and that his head can go through a yoke randomly floating and moving through a vast ocean. The turtle putting his head through this yoke is likened to the rarity of finding the ‘perfect’ human body again with the 8 leisures and 10 endowments and meeting the dharma again.

3 Yama, the Lord of Death or in Western terms, Grim Reaper – The one who comes to take you from your body with his minions.

4 Be vegetarian for life now. Read, study the Lam Rim and apply immediately without long explanations. Engage in Guru Yoga of Lord Tsongkapa and Migtseyma daily without a break and reap the benefits. The negative habits many and your teacher have mentioned about you for years, eliminate now. It will not hurt you but help you. Volunteer regularly in dharma works. Work for dharma fully if you can. Bring Dharma to others. Study up on dharma. Be emotionally close to your teacher and support the works. If you had differences with your teacher due to delusions, make up for it. Don’t wait. You or your teacher can die anytime. Apologize and make amends with your teacher immediately. Follow those who practice dharma and just smile at those who don’t even if they are in the dharma centre. Do your practices consistently and put the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation as the heart of your meditations combined with the first chapter of Lam Rim daily.

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  1. chris chong on Sep 6, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This message is just like death meditation. Through that meditation, we will realise everything is impermanent and the delusional pleasures that we are seeking now are just nothing more than just temporary happiness. Many people who do not know dharma are afraid during their final hour. They have no idea what is death like, and what is going to happen to them. This is very bad for their mind and most probably will trigger negative karma to ripen.

    Dharma is the only thing that can help us during our final hour and after death. Without dharma, it is just like wondering in the dark and at the mercy of our karma.

    Humbly,
    Chris Chong

  2. Martin on Jun 29, 2016 at 2:53 am

    What is quite bewildering is how we are still surprised by death. Go to any funeral and you will see shock, regret, sorrow and a general sense of inequity, as if no one told us about death. As if we have been dealt a bad hand. We behave as if death is a robber come to take what is rightfully ours.

    The truth is, death takes nothing from us. It doesn’t have to because in fact, we own nothing that is of substance. Why would one who is sober ever want to steal the befuddled imaginings of one who is intoxicated with wine?

    One of the most important benefits of learning Dharma is that it correctly re-shapes our perception of death. I used to see death as something to avoid and not pay any attention to. And so I planned and lived life without one extremely significant part of the jigsaw – the eventuality and inevitability of death.

    Dharma does not force us to think about death in a morbid way but in a realistic way. When we recognise and accept that life does not end at death, and that death is not a destination but a transiting process, then our horizon shifts further afield. That in turn should realign our priorities and give cause to reexamine the objective of this human life.

  3. Wei Theng on Jun 23, 2016 at 2:56 am

    “Life asked death, who do people love me, and hate you?
    Death responded because you are a beautiful lie and I’m a painful truth.”

    Thank you Rinpoche for reminding us again that the time is not on our side.
    Seeing people leaving the world one after another, be it sudden or not, it is not upto us to control. I may not be seeing the world again the next moment or not waking up again the next morning.

    “If you have remained connected due to some merit infused wisdom, then step it up.”

    Yes Rinpoche, while I still alive, and now have the chance to be with Rinpoche, Dharma and do Dharma work, i better use my life properly and spend my time well on Dharma, as only that will help me during my last moment…

    Thank you Rinpoche for the precious teaching and reminder.
    May Rinpoche live long to turn the wheel of Dharma always.

  4. sweekeong on Jun 10, 2016 at 5:54 am

    It is indeed true that death waits for no one. We are not even prepare to die.

    If we were going to die we would have done things different. We would not done things that hurt others, taking advantange of others, anything which have to do with selfishness.

    To die means we can no longer hold on to our selfishness. I think this is so scary because we can no longer cherish our selfcenterness. The death is the end of things, we think we are connected with, which the self is afraid of.

  5. Wai Meng Wan on Jun 10, 2016 at 4:09 am

    In our quest for comforts and security, we sacrifice our lives and time in search of it whatever that may be. But yet, when it is our time to leave this body, more often than not we are not prepared to face such a loss.
    Who ever thinks that they will not wake up the next morning? No one ever does that and therein lies the problem. Hence most people are never quite prepared for the end of this life and they leave as most often than not unwillingly and full of fear. Rare it is to find a practitioner who leaves with much confidence. May everyone find the pure buddha dharma and gain realisations that help them to take a good rebirth to carry on their spiritual journey.

  6. CindyH on Jun 8, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    We instinctively want to avoid thinking about death. In fact, we encourage ourselves by not dwelling on it and even give ourselves positive affirmation to camouflage the depressing truth of impending death. Why else would we celebrate birthdays and new year when in fact it just really means that we are that much closer to meeting our end? And that is discounting the uncertainty aspect of life where our live can be snuffed out just like that. Yet, a rare glimpse of old age and death was enough to be the catalyst for Lord Buddha to take action.
    Thus, it goes to show that by facing death as a matter of fact, the frailty of our existence and how easily life can end will hit home. This in turn should result in a sense of urgency for us to kick start our preparation to face our death and work at creating the right causes for a good rebirth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this invaluable teaching.

  7. Edwin Tan on Jan 26, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the article. The picture at the end summarises what deludes us the most.

    Death waits for us all. It is a matter of whether we attained that realisation and step out of samsara. Are we doing / studying / practicing what is necessary to prepare us for the next life…? Or for enlightenment?

    In this degenerate age, can we actually understand what our Living Buddhas, our Gurus are telling us?

    Thank you Rinpoche, for giving me the opportunity to meet with you and learn the Dharma from you. Forgive me as I never once seems to bloom the seed you have planted in me.

    I will definitely do my Migtsema in hopes to gain more wisdom and clarity.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  8. Joy on Jan 25, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    The only religion on the face of this planet that keeps on talking about death so religiously, like it can happen tomorrow, because it can, is Buddhism. And although many may find it cynical, some thinks it is very pessimistic subject, but truth is it can be and it is actually quite the opposite. On the contrary those who shun the subject needs to reflect and check in with themselves why the “fear”. I guess everyone fears the unknown, I do too but what Rinpoche taught us was that it is a “good” fear.

    How so…. well because of this fear, I am more in control of myself, my emotions, my behaviour, my mouth, my dos and don’ts, my OCDs and whatever irks me on is being put on lid, the lid that does it matter when I am dead/dying. Basically I ask myself how do I wanna feel when I’m dying, with all this anger and frustration and irritation or in peace. And the answer is simple… everyone wants peace, at least to finally go in PEACE. Yes I do, who doesn’t?

    So why on earth do we continue to hold on to all those baggage and why do we really need to create more? It is because being in denial seems easier for the ego than being vulnerable when we hear the truth. We really are our worst own enemy.

    It’s all really just an illusion – life – and what it entails. I use to work in an industry that sells people “ideas” and project to them what “happiness” is suppose to be… all lies of course, just to sell a product. I guess that is why I decided to get out of it, but it is just so easy to suck people in to this fake happiness. I realise it is because people are dying literally dying to find “happiness” and before they can find it, they kill themselves for working too hard, drinking too much, or accumulating too much. Basically looking for “happiness” at all the wrong places, not pausing to realise that every single minute, is a step closer to death anyways.

    Honestly I have not mastered this “death” meditation enough for some kind of huge realisation/transformation but what I notice is that, it makes me “let go” a lot more and that is enough for me at the moment to at least have that moment of PEACE, and that moment who knows could be my very last. So thank you Rinpoche for this absolute truth reminder why we are in Dharma… to prevent us from getting sucked back into the darkness of samsara; another rebirth, another womb, another place we have no control of heading is really a scary thought to push us to do something good with our life while we can, or at least lessen the negative karmas.

    I will dedicate however many years I have left to Dharma, for my crazy sister, niece, Justin, parents, those who has shown me kindness… for the sake of all those deluded and lost just like me before I met the Dharma. Thank you Rinpoche.

  9. Valentina Suhendra on Jan 25, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this excellent article about what matters at the Last Moment. All the money, sweet talk, etc will not matter anymore at that moment. Thank you for the constant opportunities and inspirations to create merits in this life so we can prepare for our next journey and not only exhausting our good karma in this life through various indulging activities.

    Valentina

  10. yoke chim yap on Jan 24, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    生与死確是一件很重要的事,就如佛經所說:人身难得。话雖如此,但試问又有多少人会將之放在心上。大部份的人还是选择不信因果,今朝有酒今朝醉。但当面臨病痛,意外,靠近死亡时,这时才会感覺害怕,無助,徬徨。如今世界人類面对太多死亡威胁,天災,人禍,环境汚染,病菌。分分钟与死神擦身而过。但我自己又準備好了嗎?我自己也不知道,我只知现在有幸得聞佛法,有上师在指引,要好好把握,好好学习。当面臨死亡时,可以很坦然自在。感恩上师的开示。

  11. Sock Wan on Jan 21, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    We will always have fear to the unknown, for example when we move to a new place, when we change our job. We have the choice not to move to a new house or new job so we do not have to be fearful. However, we have no choice over if we will die or not, it is very certain that we will die. That is actually quite fearful because we are not taught how to face our death in school or at home.

    Buddhism prepares us to face our death, through this preparation we hope to suffer less when we take our rebirth. Whatever our Guru teaches us or instructs us to do is to protect us and make sure we are ok when this moment comes. Do not doubt anymore, start practice now because we do not know when is our turn.

  12. Edward Ooi on Jan 20, 2016 at 9:48 am

    No one really knows when are we going to die. It might be today, tomorrow, sometime this year or 20 more years to go and we will not be warned. Even though we are extremely aware of the food we eat, the environment we live, our surroundings and etc. Yes, it may save us a few times, but what about the times where other people make mistake?

    My laziness and attachments (games, food, fun and etc) even though I know that I will not be able to gain any benefits from it after my death. The only thing I can bring to my future lifetimes is my karma. If I also want to have a good rebirth as human and be wealthy again, everything has to start now. I know that I won’t be able to control my next rebirth but I can do a lots of dharma practice so I will have a better chance to learn and practice more dharma in my future life.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this article. I have wondered about my death and future lifetimes quite a few times and now I have a good explanation from Rinpoche.

  13. Datuk May on Jan 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    For an attainted personal death is a prelude to a new beginning with a new physical form continue their industrious work to benefit others.

    For ignoramus like all of us who wasted this precious human in pursuit of physical pleasures, it is the end of our so believed comfort and enjoyments.

    It is very kind of Rinpoche to always remind us of the purpose of our being here for the short time and also the ways and methods to make the purpose of our life to benefit us at the moment of death.

    Personally I did not even wish to think of death, but with Rinpoche guidance I now fear death knowing it is inevitable. For now I will practise accepting death and to face it with courage by letting go of all my perceptions and delusions.

  14. Lin Mun on Jan 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche ,

    Thank you for reminding us.

    We all know that all living being will come to death but not all of us are ready to face it. Most of the time we will focus on other more ‘important’ things like chasing for more money, climbing our career ladder, buying a big house, finding a good partner and so on. We will never put priority in preparing for death. It’s because since young we were being brought up to concentrate on material things and not spiritual.

    We cannot escape from karma. Every action, word spoken and mind set will let us to certain result. Hence we must realize and change now. We should cut our negative habit and do more dharma practice. It is by changing our negative habit and action that will lead us to better preparation for our ‘last moment’. So do not wait and take action now.

  15. Uncle Eddie on Jan 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Death seems to be so distant, but yet it is always so near; distant because we always imagine it at some time yet to come. Near because it can strike any moment. While death is certain, it’s hour is so unpredictable. As one famous writer did remarked, “We cannot live fully by excluding death from life, but welcoming death into our lives, we grow and enrich our lives.” Acceptance death as a part of life, serves as a spur to diligence and saves time on vain distractions. But it must be like what this great american buddhist monk once said, “Someone who used every second of his life to become a better person and to contribute to others’ happiness can die in peace”. It is said that a wise man who has prepared for death, dies tranquilly, without the look of sadness or regret, like most Lamas do, without attachment to what they are leaving behind. They leave their lives like eagles soaring into the blue sky, for they have gone beyond all fear of dying!!! We naturally conclude like what our good Guru has mercifully advised, “That we must seriously practise or work for the Dharma, since only good Karma is of any use on our death bed. Don’t look for reasons of not practising, but look for reasons to practise “Hard”, as time is not on our side.” Om Mani Padme Hung.

  16. Sarah on Jan 16, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Our inability or unwillingness to let go is what keeps us in samsara. There are stories of even advanced practitioners who were attached to certain possessions (e.g. their begging bowl) which led to their downfall. Thank you Rinpoche for always reminding us about death and giving us the teachings and instructions on how to practise to overcome our delusions.

  17. MartinC on Jan 16, 2016 at 2:53 am

    We are afraid of death because we feel it is a big and scary ‘unknown’ and we do not know what to expect. However, this is not really accurate from this profound sentence in this post – “The state of mind reflected by your habituated actions throughout your life will lead you out of your body and propel you …”

    In other words, the passage in death and how we traverse it depends largely on how we have lived. So if we are afraid of death, it can only be because we know we spent an entire lifetime not creating the right causes not to be afraid of death.

    We think of death as an entity independent of us, lurking and waiting to ‘get us’. Death is only the occurrence of a very natural and unavoidable process. What is lurking and waiting for us is the fruition of our own thoughts and actions.

    Most people we meet will avoid speaking to us about death. It is only the good spiritual friend who keeps reminding us of the inevitability of death because every day that passes is a day spent either creating more reasons to be afraid of death, or to be prepared. I imagine when we understand karma, we can already guess where we will end up based on our thoughts and actions right now.

  18. Pastor Adeline on Jan 16, 2016 at 2:34 am

    All living beings coming into life are destined to end with death. This process will continue until we are finally liberated from existence. Knowing that death is definite, when it arrives is indefinite and uncertain, most of us choose to not think about death, living in fear while pretending everything is alright. For those who face death as a matter of fact, a sense of urgency will arise naturally giving them strength and purpose to live a meaningful life.

    The majority of us, whether we believe in religion or not, tend to spend our time in chasing outer happiness by acquiring fame, relationship, power, security etc. through materials or human beings which are also subject to uncertainty – death or degeneration. When the nature of things are uncertain, how can they guarantee security?

    Many of us are taught by our parents, influenced by our society, our culture, to plan our life around outer happiness, pay less or no emphasis on spiritual practice, focus solely on our desire and want, duplicate their formula of an unsatisfied life evolves around anger, jealousy, hatred, greed; meaningless and endless chasing after one relationship and another, a bigger house, more branded items, expensive trips…that explain why we are afraid of change, change from the comfort of the known to unknown, from having something to nothing, to downsizing, to poor from rich, so we continue to chase for the better, to make sure we are secured with the comfort of what we are familiar with. Deep down we know, this is actually the reflection of our fear of death, the end of our life we spend so much efforts in building.

    The beautiful teachings of the Buddha on impermanence clearly stated that no one person or thing can remain unchanged forever. If we take comfort in them, we will be disappointed eventually, wasting our energy and time at things that do not bear positive results, not giving inner fulfilment, sense of security. The dharma gives us security, certainty, fearlessness that gain from knowing, understanding and realising the truth of our life, ourselves and our surrounding. Hence, the wise choose to spend their life in spiritual advancement, a path that guarantee certainty, satisfaction and stability we all craving for.

  19. Pastor Patsy on Jan 15, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Life is uncertain, death is certain. Again, Rinpoche is so kind to constantly remind us that nothing is permanent. No wealth, qualifications or any material gains that we have will help us during the time of death. We may not know when we are going to exhaust our karma and we may die anytime. It is just a breath away.

    Life is so precious since we are born in a conducive condition to be so near the dharma and we should not waste this precious life on samsaric activities but take this opportunity to cultivate our spiritual practice.

  20. Jason on Jan 15, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Thx Rinpoche for sharing.life is too short for doing dharma works.We should make every single moment more meaningful by doing dharma work and benefit others. I am very appreciated Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara members hardwork to spread the dharma .I must do more dharma works as a return to Rinpoche also can benefit more sentient being.

  21. Chris Chong on Jan 15, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for reminding us yet again about impermanence and death. We are so full with the ego and desire in ourselves that keep demanding to be praised, to be pleasured, and to feel good. We keep forgetting that how fragile this human life is, and keep thinking that we will live for a long long time.

    As Rinpoche always said, the only thing that keeps us alive and not dead is just one breath. We should not just waste our whole life in chasing mundane things such as money, house, car and relationship. It is not wrong to do so, but our life should have more meaning than materialistic gains. Those items will not help us one bit when we close our eyes for one last time.

    Dharma is the only thing that we can bring along with us when we pass away and into our next life. Practice dharma when we still have the chance.

    Chris

  22. Andrew Paisley on Jan 14, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Thankyou Rinpoche, you continue to inspire and give strength to me. Appreciate you and offer you my sincere wish to get back on track.

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  23. Pema Thinley on Jan 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    _()_ Thank you so much Rinpoche,

    Remembering death every second and minute is very important to develop renunciation. Thank you for always guiding us through this cloudy days and age. Though difficult, I must wake up early for the benefits of others. Bless us all to be able to do so. _()_

  24. Pastor Shin on Jan 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Milarepa said that:
    “All worldly pursuits have but the one unavoidable end, which is sorrow: acquisitions end in dispersion; buildings in destruction; meetings in separation; births, in death. Knowing this, one should, from the very first, renounce acquisition and heaping up, and building, and meeting; and faithful to the commands of an eminent guru, set about realizing the Truth (which has no birth or death).”

    Looking into death is actually facing ourselves because sooner or later we have to come to terms with ourselves. If we develop some kind of attitude right from the beginning that death will come; then when death actually does come, we will be much less anxious.

    As such, we need to develop a sense of urgency to do more meaningful activities in our life. It is also important to not give excuse that we are too busy to prepare for death.

    Lord Buddha’s first teachings and also his last teaching was about impermanence or the transicence of life. Hence, in comtemplating that, it will help us to be motivated to learn more about the Truth from an eminent guru, like what Milarepa spoke about.

    Tsem Rinpoche has kindly given many teachings on this, and 2 important teachings are available here on the blog for us:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/last-night-i-spoke-about-death-meditation-in-more-detail.html

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html

  25. Shelly tai on Jan 13, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this remainder on our death. Time is short is very true we do not know when is our time of death we need to put in more effort on our spriritual, but unfortunately a lot of people do not see it so is very lucky for us as a Kecharian who has a guru to constantly guide us and remind us about our destiny that us next life, without a guru we be putting all our effort to persuade our so call samsaric goal that eventually do not bring us to anyway.

  26. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 13, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    No matter how we high up in the clouds of bliss and fame we are, no matter how caught up in suffering we are, at that precise moment -the last moment of our life – Death, the grim Reaper, or Yama, the Lord of Death, will be there waiting to take us.

    At that precise moment, there is no use regretting that we have wasted our lives. It will be pointless to plead to be spared for a day,a month or a year. Whatever security we have garnered for ourselves – wealth for old age, a healthy body and the like -will be of no help.

    “Only the attainments and good merits will lead you now. Only refuge, samaya, practice, merits and your Yidam will guide you now”. Nothing else will matter then.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this grim reminder of the inevitability of Death. As the Lamrim says, Death is certain, but the time of Death is uncertain. We can die in infancy or in the prime of our lives or we can die as a broken down, decrepit ,worn out elderly being.

  27. JP on Jan 13, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Death is inevitable and we don’t know when it is our turn. I like the following sentence very much.

    “Remember, the words of doom is not death is upon you, but life was wasted on projections.”

    When we understand more of what Buddha has been pointing out to us, we begin to realize that our perceived reality is only an illusion. Yet, we get so caught up with this reality of ours. Dharma practice is the key to the truth, hence when we realize the truth, we literally awaken or in other words, become enlightened.

    This article is a very powerful reminder especially when we get distracted with life’s delusions.

  28. Beatrix Ooi on Jan 12, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing such a profound and powerful article. It is indeed a strong wake up call for all of us, reminding us that time was never on our side and that we should do something before the time comes.

    Death is uncertain, people can die of sickness and accidents. I can be enjoying myself in a party and have a heart attack and drop dead. Age does not really matter, death is just a matter of time. I really love the quote above that says: Life asked death, who do people love me, and hate you? Death responded because you are a beautiful lie and I’m a painful truth.

    It’s sad that most of us choose to live in denial and prefer to reach out for more lies instead of accepting and understand the truths, yes the truths always hurt but the truths allow us to learn our lessons and become better human beings.

    In the recent years I have a lot of friends and relatives who passed away, young or old. Upon witnessing this, it has made me realise that it is very crucial for me to learn and practise the dharma, I am just an ordinary human being who has no control of my thoughts for most of the time and certainly I have no control over my rebirths. To have a human life is indeed very precious because there’s a lot of things that we can do with this temporary body. We can choose to live a samsaric life and just die with all sorts of regrets OR we can choose to be in the dharma and apply it into our daily lives so that we can die peacefully knowing that we have done things that benefited not only ourselves but also others.

  29. Stella Cheang on Jan 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    This is a strong wake up call in the lights of David Bowie’s demise a day ago. Rinpoche had always been so kind reminding us that time is not on our side and we must not waste precious time on samsara indulgence out of our own delusion. The process to the next rebirth is real and out of our control. If we do not practice dharma now and immediately, it is unthinkable to imagine that we will get a good or better rebirth, as described in the Lam Rim by Pabongka Rinpoche.

    Thank You Rinpoche for tirelessly reminding us of the painful truth – death, that it is impending and can happen anytime. Make amends and practice dharma is the only way.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  30. KB Thapa on Jan 12, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference where should end up after this life is important.. Just like we all want to secure our old age by bank Blanche .. But we forget at time of last moment what we have saved is not Gona work.. Only our spiritual practice will help us to go better place.. Its scary to think how we going to end up …

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

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

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

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


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


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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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
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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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!
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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
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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
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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