Psychedelic Change

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Dear friends,

I thought I give a short video talk on change and how to integrate dharma into our lives now and immediately. We like to make excuses and justifications of why we can’t… how about if we start to say we can and produce results…

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  1. Sarah on Jan 24, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Change doesn’t come without effort. As Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche said in his commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa’s “The Three Principal Paths” (“The Three Principal Aspects of the Path”), “if you really put forth the effort, there’s no question that you can even become a Buddha”.

  2. Pastor Moh Mei on Jan 24, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    We expect dharma to be some profound wisdom that is the solution to all our problems. It is. But dharma is also logical, it’s not magical. You still need to learn how to drive that car, cook that dish – that’s the part we don’t want to hear. We want to take a pill and it’s instant enlightenment. That’s why many of us despite finding dharma, will still leave because we are still looking that pill.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 3, 2015 at 4:48 am

    If we brought ourselves this this state due to habituations of 30 years plus, it may not be logical to think a solution can be found via dharma with a few weeks of going through the motions of practicing dharma. It is not impossible but highly improbable. Rinpoche tells us we can change, if we apply the dharma, and better to start now to effect that change in us.

  4. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Jun 23, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us a short yet powerful video teaching of changing ourselves with positive results by applying the Dharma practice after we have listened and learnt the Dharma. There is no immediate or quick fix when we enter into a Dharma class but gradually applying the Dharma into ourselves with mind transformation day by day before we can completely get rid of our long habituated negativity such as selfish mind, egoism, self-grasping, hatred, jealousy and ignorance. Challenging our mind to endure the difficult situation by consistently staying on the pure Dharma practice can make us feel uneasy and unhappy in the short term, but self liberation from samsara with ultimate happiness is awaiting us ahead in the long term through the Dharma practice.

  5. Pastor Han Nee on May 29, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. Yes, I am responsible for the way I apply the dharma to transform my mind to be more positive and less egotistical.No one can do it for me. At the same time I must be patient and persevering, as my mind will not effect changes overnight. I have had many years of negative habituation. How can I expect a change to take place instantly. I must let go of the past and also always think of how I hurt others when I continue to cling to my negative habituations.

    I must not think I can’t do it. I CAN, I MUST, I WILL.If I don’t persevere and just give up, it will be a great waste. I have met all the opportune conditions; and, most rare and precious of all, I have met my Spiritual Guide.If I give up, I will continue to circle samsara and continue to suffer lifetime after lifetime, as I have done for lifetimes before this.

  6. Li Kheng on May 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    In my first audience with Rinpoche, Rinpoche advised that for change and transformation to be sustainable, we must implement change with wisdom and compassion, i.e taking it one step at a time. Moderate implementation makes a goal more attainable albeit challenging.

    Being an extreme person, I thank Rinpoche for this advise that is both very kind and wise.

    I hope for everyone who wishes to apply change in their lives to benefit from this short and precise teaching.

  7. Datuk May on May 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    So true, Rinpoche, holding onto past experience, except with skills of operation, does not help with Dharma practice.

    Even past experience and skills may not be useful as the world’s technology and things progress and upgrade.

    Holding on to our past is the highest form of self indulgence and the obstacle for inability to change. Perfect illustration of the egotistical mind.

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  8. Leonard Ooi(Penang) on May 19, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Change is difficult especially when a person starts learning dharma and applying it. Everyone including me want quick fix for whatever problems we face and we expect quick results but as Rinpoche says – it will take time. We know it will take time for us to see the results but we’re just too impatient , thus we’ll just give up too easily. As for myself, I know it’s a long road for me but I will not give up in my spiritual path. As what Rinpoche said it take years in our habituation , thus it will take years too for us to see positive change in us. What I can say is that the biggest obstacle is in our mind – once our mind is transformed , we will be able to break through the barriers. The change we need has to come from within. People don’t and won’t change for us; thus we got to change from within ourselves. It is true to the fact that we have a egoistical mind that hinders us from applying the dharma that we have learnt.
    Thank you Rinpoche for reminding us about the need to learn dharma and applying it in our daily lives.

    Regards
    Leonard Ooi
    Kechara Penang Study Group

  9. Jacinta Goh on May 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    “Only I can change myself and no one can do it for me. If I resolved to change, it is where the real transformation begin.” When the change comes from within, we will not be dissapointed by others. It is expectation that gives rise to all headaches. Expect less and change for the better. I might fear the unknown ( and still) but it is far more challenging than time wasted and having regrets. For better or worse, we are constantly changing and we just have to shape and mould it from time to time.

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  10. Sharyn Lim (Penang Study Group) on May 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Time waits for no man! I truly agree that if we want to see results, we have to start applying Dharma in our lives now. It’s not only about listening and understanding Dharma, key word here is to apply Dharma in our lives under all circumstances. We may not see results overnight due to number of years of habituation, but definitely will see results if we are consistent in our Dharma actions. Applying Dharma will only lead to positive changes. I will remember this teaching by heart. Thanks Rinpoche for such a profound teaching on change.

  11. nicholas on May 18, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    When we learn the drama, apply them in our daily action and when we see the results in our life there is where we see the satisfaction and from there we are convince that the dharma is right, truth and remedy for our problem and solution for our happiness. I agree that we need to take time to change but not to wait for change but to work for the change. I understand what Rinpoche is telling us here is to apply one day at a time, one month at a time… we need to apply but in a progressive pace as due to our habituation it take time to curb and apply the new method to counter negative habituation but we have to apply no matter ow hard it is.

    I like this “ Dharma is not just to learning, listening and understanding, Dharma is when you get results”.

  12. Michael C. on May 5, 2014 at 4:29 am

    lol! i Love this video. when You say “change” then You switch from right side of Your face showing to right side of Your face showing. lol. And the background – makes me want to go out and buy a lava lamp. And the Dharma flowing from your mouth is profound! This song keeps playing in my head, my brain synapses have made a connection between the two ( http://youtu.be/1lyu1KKwC74 )

  13. Jim Yeh on Sep 25, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Love the background!

    Thank you for sharing this with us Rinpoche. Some of us have embraced the dharma recently and we go through many new emotions, sometimes we think “oh, all my actions from now on will be pure” but then we slip up and feel guilty and confused about it. Or when conditions around us do not turn favourable immediately.

    This teaching explained that change do not happen overnight and it’s because of our years of habituation, our minds are so used to processing information in a certain way, that we can’t re-write that whole process in a mere few days. Similarly, if we spend years getting ourselves in a mess, we cannot untangle ourselves from it within 1 day.

    Thank you Rinpoche, for giving us the “secret” formula.

  14. Martin on Feb 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    This post was originally put up about one year ago and it is a good exercise now to reflect on whether we have indeed made progress in our Dharma practice by looking at our changes over the last year. Clearly in order to do that, we must firstly be mindful of what we need to change and then apply what we have learned from the Dharma and then test the changes under difficult circumstances. Positive change begets even more positive improvements because when there is a real change in us, we can taste it. It is a freedom from whatever afflictions used to have such a hold on us such as anger and depression and if we are practicing Dharma correctly, it is safe to say that we begin to crave for change. Over time difficult circumstances begin to present themselves as opportunities to measure ourselves rather than registering as problems.

    I thoroughly love this short teachings that we can out into effect immediately.

  15. Wan Wai Meng on Feb 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Very powerful on how we can be a better person. If we have spent ten years habituating, it will take almost that amount of time to reverse the effect of our negative habituation.
    Unless somehow we have this major paradigm SHIFT. Ans sometimes the Lama makes that magic happen in the SHIFT.

  16. uncle eddie on Feb 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, for your interesting video talk on how to integrate Dharma into our lives and pschedically change ourselves. Yes, when we have experienced some sort of compassion, care and concern for others from our practice,we certainly feel happy and joyful and have no hesitancy to helping others. As a start, in bringing happiness to other people’s lives, our goals, ideas, aspirations and endeavours will grow, and as such, we are able to cultivate positive energies which at times of our practice of Dharma should be important! May we be able to have this as a total positive change, and bring that to others too! OM MANI PADME HUM.

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  18. patsy on Feb 7, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this profound teachings. Transformation takes time, it doesn’t happen overnight. How much we want to change is dependent on how much effort we put in. Real dharma is when we transformed and get the results.

  19. David Lai on Feb 6, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    What a powerful teaching and reminder of how much we need to change all the time for the better. I am pretty much a creature of comfort and habit. I think that change is inevitable and how well we cope with change meaning to continually apply the Dharma with humility, perseverance and willingness to self-examine and follow through what is needed. I think one of the quotes Rinpoche posted before really reflects this spirit of transformation and change :-

    “The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

  20. jennifer on Feb 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche on the short but very wise and profound teaching.

    It is so true that everyone wants the quick and easy way to Enlightenment -“quick fix, instant results”.
    We need to do the inner work ourselves, no matter how difficult and challenging it will be.
    As there is no one who can wave a magic wand or give us a magic pill and we instantly become Enlightened !!!

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us how to do it and thank you for explaining to us how wonderful transformation of the mind can be.

  21. Klara Morakova on Feb 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    thxxxx …

  22. mitra on Feb 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this short yet deep teaching.

  23. Erickksiow on Feb 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for the reminder, will practice it always and apply in daily life.

    _/\_

    Best Regards : Erickksiow

  24. Sharon on Feb 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Thank you for the short but meaningful video, Rinpoche. I learnt that change can sometimes take longer than what is expected and being compassion to oneself can help. In the our focus to be compassionate to others, it is easy to forget to be compassionate to oneself. With folded hands.

  25. Chenma on Feb 6, 2013 at 1:08 am

    beautiful teaching!

  26. mima on Apr 26, 2012 at 2:07 am

    “You can tolerate more difficult situation, you can accept more difficult situation and you can accept it for others for a higher purpose that is the Dharma”

    SO IMPORTANT POINT SO IMPORTANT ~~For others…..For others…..I wish to remember this every moment of my life. Thank you Rinpoche deeply with intent I wish for this sincerely..to begin today in a new journey in the Dharma day by day I can stop to be depress for others no need to be sad just give and be happy This is a big jump but I can begin today with strong intent to follow the Dharma.

  27. Wan Wai Meng on Feb 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Rinpoche puts it in such a clear and lucid way , if we expect one day of mantra / om mani padme hum and all our toxins or negativity we have accumulated goes a way that does not make sense. But as how rinpoche broke it down, if we start to have dharma, we start to have a different mind and outlook altogether. All our actions does start with the mind and if we are even willing to entertain the thought that we could have been wrong and want to change that is very powerful thought in our minds. What rinpoche pointed out is that when we come into dharma, there will be changes. In the lamrim the BUddhas pay more homage to our initial small change than the bigger changes we experience in dependance on the small changes in our minds in the first place.

  28. Ac17 on Feb 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Not easy to kick our habituation out off the door once and for all. But rather than sitting down not doing anything, it is best to roll up the sleeves and get working on it.

    Nobody can help us, beside ourselves. Along that way am sure we will encounter various difficulties.
    Anger, frustration, laziness and so on…but we must learn to counter negative emotions positively. If we do that perhaps we are transforming while learning how to transform.

    Thank You Rinpoche

  29. Li Kheng on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this patient teaching. The kindness of Rinpoche and the 3 Jewels is once again displayed in this video. Rinpoche, the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha work compassionately with the limitations we impose upon ourselves by accepting that “we need more time to change”.

    I agree with May that the speedy path is certainly “better” than taking our time because time passes quickly and many things can happen within the short time frame of a split second. For example: How many times did we regret simply because we procrastinated? How many times did we miss our chance to tell someone we loved them because we thought we had the time? How many lives can be lost or come to be in a second?

    Nevertheless, Rinpoche is very kind, wise and skilful to teach this more feasible approach of taking a step at a time in today’s degenerate age. However, we must not take the kindness of our Guru for granted and still work for the fastest possible change by being the best of who we can be.

  30. Irene on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    The best change in onself is without knowing one has changed until one is told you are changed for the better.

  31. henry ooi on Feb 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I love this post! Short, direct and compelling teaching right to the core yet set against a psychedelic background.

    Change of negative habits is a challenge that I have been and am still striving for. Not easy but little by little, day by day, I get happy when I see subtle changes in me. Harder still is not to revert to negative habits. But I will persevere.

  32. Han on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:40 am

    great video, simple and easy to understand….

    THE CHANGE HAS TO COME FROM YOU. LEARNING AND APPLYING UNDER ALL DIFFICULT SITUATIONS….
    APPLY DHARMA , DHARMA IS WHEN YOU GET RESULT…
    We call dharma only we have transformations, challenge negative to positive…..

  33. lucy yap on Feb 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Learning,applying and one hundred per cent targeting the mind with the Dharma.Assassin of the ego.The ego that brings us unhappiness.Along with that we do Dharma work and our Guru Yoga to support and as a practice to collect merit.
    I will remember this Rinpoche and apply it to the best of my ability.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching.

  34. May on Feb 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Change equates to this formula: 2+2 (two plus two) always equal to 4 but when we change to this: 8/2 (eight divide by two) also equals to 4 with the same result. However, the formula is different.

    If we want result that comes with happiness, we need to use the “dharma” formula ie. do dharma homework, take dharma lessons, put in effort, learn and apply them and see the changes in us (our mind, speech and action).

    If we work harder and faster, we see quicker changed results because we meet more obstacles and learned how to overcome them quicker and move on quicker to do more. Kind of like a cycle.

    If we take our sweet time to wait to change, our change and progress will be much slower as we meet lesser challenges and do not get to see the result soon, we may give up on the way and lose our sight on the final goal.

    So I prefer the quicker path – meet more challenges, learned quickly and move on to the next level quickly.

  35. William on Feb 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching. It has come at the RIGHT time. Learn and Apply to get results.

  36. Mc on Feb 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    This is a very encouraging video because all too often I feel that I am not transforming as fast as I can. It is only when we really want to change that we realize how deeply habituated we care. However, it is the daily application of the dharma and the constant reminder as to why we must transform and the sincere motivation to want to transform that gets us through the failures.

    “Dharma is when we get results”. That statements makes the difference in my mind as to what Dharma actually is. So often I forget and think that the mere practice of Dharma is Dharma. I should be looking for the results.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  37. Sonny Gardner on Feb 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Motivated! Thank you Dear Sir! Namaste.

  38. Thierry Janssens on Feb 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this short yet deep teaching.

    I have highlighted the following:

    Patience. How can we expect immediate result from Dharma practice? We have used many years to habituate ourselves to worldly habits, it will also take time to change these habits and create new habits of Dharma. We should set up expectations realistically.

    We should tell ourselves “I will transform, there will be result” but we don’t expect overnight changes.

    The only person that can change me is me. Saints cannot change my mind, only I can change by learning the Dharma and APPLYING it.

    I should not depend on others, I should be a support for others not a burden, in worldly and in Dharma.

    Learning and applying Dharma is the secret, learning only is not enough.

    I should apply the Dharma one day at the time, one month, one year, and be confident that I am changing.
    I become calmer, happier, I can accept more difficult situations and I can accept it for others, for a higher purpose.

    Change is when I am always depressed and I stop it, I stop burdening others an focus on helping others, and I work hard to become a better person.

    Change is starting a new train of thought, and I make today the beginning of tomorrow’s success, not the result of yesterday’s failures.

    Change is challenging my mind, and turn the negative into positive.

    Change is making no one around me in fear of me.

    Change is “I will be a light for others”.

    Change is being a murderer of my egoistical mind.

    When I change people around will also change.

  39. Victor Phang on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche:
    Thanks for the teaching. That is exactly what I’m always reminding myself – “The most effective transformation is not available in any scripture but it is written all the time on my action”.
    Please correct and guide me if I’m wrong.
    Thank you very much and take good care 🙂
    With love,
    VP

  40. Adeline on Feb 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I want to follow Rinpoche’s instruction from this video to learn the dharma, apply dharma into daily life,aiming to change my mind,dehabituation, stop thinking of myself,think of other peoples happiness and get results thank you for the teaching.

  41. Echo on Feb 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Thank you Rinpoche. This reinforces all i have been reading in your books and blog and is most motivating….

  42. zeeshan Sarwar on Feb 9, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Blessings Sir, Thank you.

  43. Plinio Tsai on Feb 9, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Takes time, takes effort…. very good teaching! I really love that! Learning and applying creates change! That is it!

    Tsem Riponche, please continue to teach the Dharma, and have a long life!

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

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

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    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 11:49 PM
    Spiritual practice is definitely much more than doing good for others. When we practice “spirituality” without religion and from our own understanding, how sure are we that we are on the right track? When we practice spiritual with the guide of religion, we will certain progress and much easily to attain higher levels. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

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

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

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

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    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
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    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

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

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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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
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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
4 weeks ago
It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
1 month ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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!
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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
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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This is a good one to read
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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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